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What Is a Tummy Tuck?

Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery is a procedure which repairs damage to the muscles and skin of the abdomen caused by pregnancy, weight loss, or genetics. The typical patient seeking tummy tuck surgery is a woman who is through having children and has excess skin in the lower and mid abdomen which is cannot remedied through exercise.

Tummy tuck surgery begins with an incision from hip to hip and the separation of the skin from the abdomen wall. Excess skin is pulled down and removed. If the muscles of the abdomen have become separated, the muscles are sutured restoring strength to the core caused by diastasis.

There are several tummy tuck techniques designed to address lax skin of the abdomen, hips, and flanks. In some cases, a tummy tuck can be combined with other procedures such as liposuction, breast lift, or breast augmentation for a complete rejuvenation of the torso.


Best Candidates for Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck surgeries vary in scope with different techniques available to address a wide range of patient concerns, typically stemming from pregnancy or weight loss.

Pressure on the abdomen from excess weight due to pregnancy or visceral fat sometimes causes a condition called diastasis recti, where the muscles of the abdomen to separate. Diastasis cannot be corrected with diet and exercise. During a tummy tuck, the surgeon lifts the skin of the abdomen and sutures the muscles of the abdomen thereby correcting the diastasis.

Tummy tuck surgery can restore the integrity of abdominal muscles affected by weight gain, correcting a host of conditions such as posture, bloating, and back pain; once the core regains strength the muscles are better equipped to support the spine. Patients suffering from Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI); the reduced or loss of control of the bladder usually caused by pregnancy, may also be corrected following a tummy tuck.

Ideal Candidates for Tummy Tuck Surgery

The best candidates are in good overall health, at a stable weight, and wish to address excess skin in their midsection. It is recommended that women considering a contouring procedure of the abdomen be certain they have finished having children as pregnancy can affect the results of the procedure. Becoming pregnant after a tummy tuck is not dangerous, with many patients not needing a second procedure in the event of a pregnancy after a tummy tuck.

Gaining weight after a tummy tuck can also impact the results of the tummy tuck. Patients who gain weight may notice that the weight is not distributed as it was before, as once fat cells are removed they do not return, but patients may stretch the skin and experience loss of strength of the abdomen.

*Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Benefits of Tummy Tuck Surgery

The most coveted advantage of undergoing tummy tuck surgery is the noticeable improvement to the shape and size of the midsection. Tummy tucks eliminate excess skin and subcutaneous fat resulting in a flat tummy, significantly smoother skin and a smaller waist.Many patients experience a boost in confidence from their improved appearance. Patients who have excess tummy flab often decide what clothing to wear based on which best camouflages the unsightly bulge at the lower tummy. Patients who suffered from back pain, bloating, urinary incontinence or other conditions addressed during tummy tuck surgery may also find their quality of life improved.

Although tummy tuck surgery is by no means a weight loss procedure, many patients lose weight after surgery; perhaps motivated by their self-confidence or the desire to preserve their results. Patients who exercised prior to their tummy tucks have reported being able to “feel” the core muscles engaging during abdominal work outs where they previously felt little to no impact, likely in part due to diastasis.

Tummy Tuck Alternatives

Prospective patients may believe their only solution is to undergo a tummy tuck, when in fact they are better candidates for a liposuction procedure, which can remove pockets of stubborn belly fat resulting in a smooth, toned appearance of the area treated.

Carrying excess weight for long periods of time can dramatically change the structure of the abdomen, which is usually left with pockets of fat, stretch marks, sagging skin, and loss of strength at the core. It is impossible to treat changes this severe by any other means. Sadly, many patients are fooled by marketing gimmicks for waist trainers, tummy flattening herbal teas, laser treatments, creams, and other methods which are meant to treat minor contouring irregularities, not significant, permanent irregularities.

A circumferential abdominoplasty, or belt lipectomy, is the 360-degree version of the traditional tummy tuck. Meant for patients who have lost a significant amount of weight, this procedure addresses excess skin at the abdomen, hips, and lower back. The incision required to complete a belt lipectomy goes all the way around the patient’s hip area. Patients who undergo this procedure benefit from a lift to the glutes and hips in addition to the tightening of the abdomen.

A fleur de lis tummy tuck, also called an FDL tummy tuck, anchor pattern tummy tuck, or inverted T tummy tuck, is similar to the traditional abdominoplasty, with an added vertical incision to address excess skin high in the abdomen. An increasingly popular procedure amongst patients, this tummy tuck removes lower belly skin and cinches the waist resulting in an attractive hourglass shape.

The least invasive variation on the standard abdominoplasty, the mini tummy tuck, or partial abdominoplasty, involves an incision between the navel and the pubic line about the same size as a C-section incision. This procedure is perfect for patients who do not have significant belly protrusion, but are suffering from excess skin following pregnancy, the infamous “pooch”. Patients who previously underwent a C-Section may be able to remove the scar via this procedure, which leaves a discreet scar which is easily hidden in the bikini line.

The Mommy Makeover is a tummy tuck combined with a procedure of the breast such as breast lift, breast implants, or breast lift with implants. Named after its core demographic, this combination is ideal for women after pregnancy who suffer from lax skin at the abdomen, and sagging breasts due to swelling or breast feeding.

Despite the name, other patients may opt for this 2-for-1 cosmetic surgery to address both concerns in one pass.

A winning combination which serves to address skin laxity as well as stubborn pockets of fat of the abdomen, waist, or the upper and lower back. Beginning with liposuction, where the surgeon removes stubborn fat using a cannula and an aspirator, then removes any excess skin of the abdomen.

Combining liposuction with a tummy tuck can reduce the size of the waist, flatten the tummy, and remove stubborn love handles and bra rolls, resulting in a harmonious silhouette.

The traditional abdominoplasty meant to correct loose skin of the lower abdomen begins with a hip-to-hip incision right above the pubic area. The skin of the abdomen is lifted revealing the abdominal muscles and diastasis is corrected if needed. Next, the skin is pulled downward and the excess is removed. Once the skin is reattached, a small incision for the navel is made, the bellybutton is pulled through the opening and sutured.

Tummy Tuck Procedure

Tummy tucks are usually performed as an outpatient procedure, allowing patients to return home to recover soon after surgery is complete. Offering several options to treat different patient concerns, the tummy tuck is one of the most customizable and versatile procedures. The basic procedure always involves the removal of excess skin at the abdomen, with several options for incision styles and combination procedures. 

Average Cost of A Tummy Tuck In Miami, FL

The cost of plastic surgery is impacted by geographical location as well as other fees such anesthesia, and medication. Having a tummy tuck in Miami, FL can save patients thousands of dollars thanks to a healthy amount of competition among plastic surgeons. The average cost of a tummy tuck in Miami is relatively low when compared to other states in the union, ranging anywhere between $4000 and upwards of $10,000, depending on the scope of the procedure.
At Lux Cosmetic Surgery, we strive to accommodate each patient’s budget, working directly with them to explore financing options such as Medical Credit, and affordable lay away plans, allowing patients the flexibility to have their procedure on their terms at a price they can afford.

Tummy Tuck Surgery

With a wide variety of tummy tuck surgery techniques available to address a slew of patient concerns, the results of an abdominoplasty procedure, when expertly carried out by a skilled plastic surgeon, could potentially re-contour a patient’s body, revealing a flatter tummy, smaller waist, and overall smoother, smaller midsection, an area which troubles so many.
At Lux Cosmetic Surgery we work with patients to answer questions, provide information, and help obtain financing for their tummy tuck surgery. Our skilled plastic surgeons offer fast and easy photo consultations, allowing prospective patients to explore their options for plastic surgery with the guidance of a skilled plastic surgeon.

*Legal Disclaimer: Individual results may vary; every patient is unique, therefore, no single technique is suited to all cases. Before & after photos and videos are not guarantees that your results will be the same or even similar: each individual patient’s results will be different.