Tummy Tuck ( Abdominoplasty ) Tampa Bay Florida
Most people considering wanting a tummy tuck in Tampa have become dissatisfied with the appearance of their abdomen following either pregnancy or weight loss. Pregnancy, and weight gain in general, can stretch abdominal skin and muscles beyond their biomechanical ability to retract. The result is laxity and thinning of the skin and separation and bulging of the abdominal muscles. These changes are seen most frequently in the lower abdomen below the umbilicus (i.e. belly button) where the abdominal wall is weakest. The result is an unattractive abdominal contour with excess skin, stretch marks, and a lower abdominal "pooch" that is not corrected by exercise. Having trained and being board-certified in both general surgery and plastic surgery, Dr. Perez is familiar and comfortable as a tummy tuck surgeon with this anatomy and able to diagnose the exact cause of each patient's dissatisfaction.
A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that has been used by plastic surgeons since the 1960s to remove excess abdominal skin and recontour the trunk. Traditional tummy tuck procedures merely elevated and removed excess abdominal skin through a large, lower abdominal incision, did not tighten the abdominal muscles, and paid little attention to the overall physique or harmony between the upper and lower body.
Changing fashions, a better understanding of abdominal wall anatomy, and improved surgical techniques allow today's best plastic surgeons to perform tailor-made tummy tucks depending on each patient's individual desires and anatomy. Dr. Jaime Perez is a leading tummy tuck surgeon in Tampa and all of South Florida. His goal with each tummy tuck is to sculpt a flat and sexy abdomen through the smallest incision possible while ensuring smooth, beautiful transitions between all body parts. To accomplish this, he not only tightens the abdominal muscles of every patient, he also performs liposuction of the hips and flanks to produce a seamless, silky silhouette.
Find out if you are an ideal tummy tuck candidate.
Surgical Technique of Tummy Tuck
Tummy Tuck is usually performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis, meaning the patient goes home the same day. Rarely, if a patient has other procedures performed in addition to tummy tuck, an overnight stay may be required. Tummy tuck surgery usually takes three hours to perform, but varies depending on the individual technique the patient and Dr. Perez decides upon.
Cost Of Tummy Tuck Surgery
The price of a tummy tuck varies throughout the United States depending on region, and even throughout the Tampa Bay area. According to RealSelf.com, the average price of a tummy tuck in the United States is $7,800. The cost of a tummy tuck in Tampa including Clearwater and St. Petersburg, varies from $6,500 to $10,000. Prices of a tummy tuck will also depend on the complexity of each patient, distribution of fat, and necessity of other simultaneous procedures.
Dr. Jaime Perez and the staff at the Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa understand that price is a concern for many patients considering a tummy tuck in Tampa and in general. We believe that cost should not deter anyone from obtaining the body of their dreams and thus provide assistance with financing options through Care Credit (a company specializing in providing financing for cosmetic surgery procedures).
Recovery of Tummy Tuck Surgery
Tummy tuck surgery typically takes three hours and is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Immediately after surgery, patients are placed in compression garments that must be worn for six weeks to help support and shape the healing tissues. If drains are placed, they are generally removed in the office in seven to ten days when they are putting out less than 30 ml per day. Recovery times following a tummy tuck vary, but patients are generally able to return to work in one to two weeks, light exercise in three to four weeks, and full exercise in five to six weeks. Antibiotics and pain medicines are prescribed following the surgery.
Complications of Tummy Tuck Surgery
The majority of patients undergoing tummy tuck surgery love their new body and can't wait to get back into their "skinny jeans" or a new swimming suit. Despite the high patient satisfaction rate, like every plastic and cosmetic surgery, there are well-known risks associated with tummy tuck surgery.
The most serious complications of tummy tucks are fortunately rare and include blood clots of the leg (approximately 1% of patients) and blood clots of the lungs (less that 1% of patients). Patients with a history of blood clots, clotting disorders, cancer, spontaneous miscarriages, pregnancy within the last three months, age over forty, and patients taking birth control pills are at increased risk of blood clots following a tummy tuck and should discuss this with the surgeon prior to surgery.
Other minor complications of tummy tuck surgery include small areas of wound breakdown, fluid collections under the skin, and contour irregularities on the sides of the incision. Dr. Perez examines all of his patients within one to two days after surgery so that in the rare chance there is a complication, it can be diagnosed and addressed appropriately.
Before and After Tummy Tuck Tampa Pictures
View our gallery section to see before and after tummy tuck photos performed by Dr. Jaime Perez at the Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa on patients in Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and throughout the Tampa Bay area and abroad.
We hope to see your before and after tummy tuck pictures in the gallery soon!
Postoperative Care After Tummy Tuck
Tummy tuck surgery typically takes three hours and is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Immediately after surgery, patients are placed in compression garments that must be worn for six weeks to help support and shape the healing tissues. If drains are placed, they are generally removed in the office in seven to ten days when they are putting out less than 30 ml per day. Recovery times vary, but patients are generally able to return to work in one to two weeks, light exercise in three to four weeks, and full exercise in five to six weeks. Antibiotics and pain medicines are prescribed following the surgery.
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