Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa

Tummy Tuck

Pregnancy, weight gain, or significant weight loss can leave you with stubborn fat deposits and stretched skin on your abdomen.

Board-certified surgeon Jaime Perez performs abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, at his Tampa, FL, practice to tighten and tone your figure.

Who should consider a tummy tuck procedure?

Woman's torso with tummy tuck incisions marked on skin

Abdominoplasty Surgery Can Address a Variety of Issues

Feelings of Self-Consciousness

Most people considering a tummy tuck in Tampa have become dissatisfied with the appearance of their abdomen whether due to stubborn areas of fat, stretched skin, or weakened muscles. 

Weak Muscles and Stretched Skin

Pregnancy and weight loss following childbirth can stretch the 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.

Stubborn Fat Pockets

Aging and weight changes can also create an unattractive abdominal contour with excess skin, stretch marks, and a lower abdominal "pooch" that is not corrected by exercise. 

Ready to Get Started?

Tummy tuck is a particular area of interest and specialty of Dr. Perez. He has been perfecting his technique, adjusting it to the anatomy, fashion sense, and needs of each patient for over 10 years in private practice and six years at Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa. His gentle technique and aesthetic eye as an abdominoplasty surgeon can restore almost any waist to the hourglass shape of its youth. He can also combine the techniques of other treatments, such as liposuction, to create the results you desire.

If you are ready to transform your figure, contact our Tampa, FL, office online or call (813) 877-3739 today.

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Dr. Perez Discusses Tummy Tuck Surgery

A tummy tuck procedure can help patients achieve a curvy figure by eliminating belly fat around the stomach and love handles. Because the placement of the incision during the procedure is so low on the abdomen, and is just 15 to 17 centimeters long, patients can easily hide the minor scarring. The procedure combines the pulling of the abdomen wall with liposuction to give patients a stunning result.

What Is an Abdominoplasty?

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, 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 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 abdominoplasty based on each patient's individual desires and anatomy.

Before and after tummy tuck

Why Choose Dr. Jaime Perez for Your Abdominoplasty?

Dr. Perez is a leading tummy tuck surgeon in Tampa and all of South Florida. His goal with each procedure 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, but he also performs liposuction of the hips and flanks to produce a seamless, silky silhouette.

Having trained and being board-certified in both general surgery and plastic surgery,  Dr. Perez is familiar and comfortable with this anatomy and able to diagnose the exact cause of each patient's dissatisfaction. He can perform an abdominoplasty alone or as part of a comprehensive mommy makeover.

Candace Gargagliano

"I am 6 weeks out on having a tummy tuck with liposuction and the whole experience with Dr. Perez and his staff has been amazing... After two babies, two C-sections, and a stomach that was so stretched out with a huge amount of skin left over I never thought I would have a body like the one Dr. Perez created for me. I look better than I did weighing 120 in high school and I know it is only going to get better as I continue healing."

Wendy White

"...his team was above and beyond.. seeing Dr Perez talking to him was an life experience for me learning what I'm about to go thru and about my life well being he made me feel comfortable just wish I'd done this in my earlier years.. but my mind wasn't there at that time.. I'm pleased with my results can't wait to see him for my 3 month check up. Yes I flew across the map (Ohio) to see this doctor who's highly recommended  I would refer him in a heart beat... THE MAN IS GOOD"

What to Expect during Abdominoplasty Surgery

This plastic surgery procedure usually takes three hours to perform, but varies depending on the individual technique the patient and Dr. Perez decide on.


A tummy tuck is usually performed under general anesthesia to ensure you are comfortable and relaxed throughout treatment.


Using the smallest possible incision, Dr. Perez will tighten the abdominal muscles and remove excess skin. He may also perform liposuction on the hips and flanks, if needed.

Initial Recovery

Abdominoplasty is typically an outpatient procedure, meaning the patient goes home the same day. If a patient has other procedures performed, an overnight stay may be required. However, this is rare.

Healing from Your Abdominoplasty Procedure

Immediately after surgery, we will place a compression garment around your abdomen and any other treated areas. The garment 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. Additional procedures, such as liposuction, may affect your recovery timeline. Antibiotics and pain medications are prescribed following the surgery.

Before and after tummy tuck
View our gallery to see before and after tummy tuck photos performed by Dr. Jaime Perez at the Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa on patients throughout the Tampa Bay area and abroad. We hope to see your before and after tummy tuck pictures in the gallery soon!

Advanced Techniques to Minimize  Potential Complications

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.

Dr. Perez is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive abdominoplasty experience. He 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.

Rare Complications

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 than 1% of patients).

Risk Factors for Blood Clots

Patients at increased risk of blood clots include those with a history of:

  • Blood clots
  • Clotting disorders
  • Cancer
  • Spontaneous miscarriages
  • Pregnancy within the last three months
  • Age over 40
  • Patients taking birth control pills

Make sure to discuss your full medical history with Dr. Perez prior to surgery.

Minor Complications

Other minor complications of tummy tuck surgery include:

  • Small areas of wound breakdown
  • Fluid collections under the skin
  • Contour irregularities on the sides of the incision

"He is an ARTIST!"

"Dr. Perez is a magnificent plastic surgeon! My experience with him was exceptional... I am now 6 weeks post op and I feel amazing, I love my body it looks so natural just as I imagined it, I'm in love!!! ...Dr. Perez works magic with his hands, he is an ARTIST!!! You will look absolutely phenomenal. If there were 10 stars to give, he would be a 10!" Laura

Understanding the Cost of a Tummy Tuck

The price of an abdominoplasty varies throughout the United States depending on region, and even throughout the Tampa Bay area. According to, 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 will also depend on the:

  • Complexity of each patient
  • Distribution of fat deposits
  • Necessity of other simultaneous procedures

Dr. Perez and the staff at the Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa understand that price is a concern for many patients considering plastic surgery 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 CareCredit®, a company specializing in providing financing for cosmetic surgery procedures.

Benefit from Treatment with an Abdominoplasty Specialist

Dr. Jaime Perez

Dr. Jaime Perez has been perfecting his tummy tuck technique for nearly 20 years and might also recommend precisely tailored lipoabdominoplasty for patients who want an even more dramatic effect. In addition to his years of experience, Dr. Perez has achieved board-certification from the: 

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery

For more information about undergoing a tummy tuck at Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa, call (813) 877-3739 or contact our office online to schedule a free consultation.

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