In Miami, Florida, as well as in the rest of the United States and across the world, it is especially important to look your best. Abdominoplasty or "Tummy Tuck" is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fatty tissue from the abdomen, as well as tighten the underlying musculature. A tummy tuck from our Miami, Florida center will tighten stretched, wrinkled skin, creating a firmer, flatter abdomen and narrower waistline.
Protruding abdomens or those with loose, wrinkled, or hanging skin and fatty tissue, causes distress to thousands of people. Weak abdominal muscles, weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and surgical scars can wreak havoc on our lower midsections. For many people, this area does not respond well to diet and exercise.
Abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck is not, however, a substitute for weight reduction, and it is not meant as a treatment for obesity. The ideal candidate for a tummy tuck has relatively normal weight with weak abdominal muscles and excess skin and fat of the lower abdomen. Loss of skin elasticity, which frequently occurs with slight obesity in older patients, or extreme fluctuations in weight, can result in loose, stretched, hanging skin, as well as fat in the lower abdomen. These conditions can be improved with this procedure. If stretch marks are a problem, only the marks on the excess or hanging skin will be removed. Abdominal wall hernias and/or abdominal scars can sometimes be complicating factors that may also be corrected during tummy tuck surgery.
Every tummy tuck performed at our Miami, Florida cosmetic surgery center is performed with the utmost care and latest techniques. Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery generally takes between two and three, hours plus additional time for liposculpture, if performed. The line of incision and areas for liposculpture are outlined. After speaking with the anesthetist or anesthesiologist, the patient is brought to the operating room. Once asleep, medication is administered to reduce bleeding.
Tummy Tuck surgery also results in a scar around the belly button (umbilicus), as this is made free to allow removal of the excess and loose skin. During a tummy tuck, skin and fat are separated from the abdominal wall, by a transverse incision across the lower abdomen to the lower portion of the rib cage. The underlying abdominal wall and muscles are tightened with sutures (stitches), which provide a firmer and flatter abdominal wall, as well as a narrower waistline. The elevated skin is then lowered and the excess removed. The belly button (umbilicus) is then repositioned to its normal location.
In selected cases, Dr. Gershenbaum may recommend a less extensive "mini" or "modified" tummy tuck. These procedures can be individualized to treat, conditions such as loose muscle tone without excess skin and fat. The procedure can also treat excess skin and fat without loose muscle tone. A "mini" abdominoplasty usually treats conditions or problems isolated to the lower abdomen. In these cases, an incision around the belly button (umbilicus) may not be necessary. The abdominal wall and muscles may be tightened depending on the requirements of the patient.
Prospective tummy tuck patients are encouraged to speak with previous patients about their surgery and results. Dr. Gershenbaum and his staff are always available for questions about abdominoplasty at our Miami, Florida center. Please contact the Aventura Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Hair Restoration to schedule an appointment today!
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