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Candidates For Tummy Tuck In Tampa Bay

Tummy Tuck Tampa, Florida

Tummy Tuck by Jaime Perez MD

A tummy tuck is ideal for most patients who have a moderate amount of excess skin, fat, and muscle bulging above and below the belly button. During this procedure, access to the abdominal wall is gained through a lower abdominal incision placed in a skin crease several centimeters above the pubic hair (usually where a cesarean section incision would be located). The excess skin is removed and the abdominal muscles are tightened and contoured to fit the new frame like a glove. The belly button is reshaped into a sexy dimple and moved to its new position. At this stage of the surgery, liposuction of the flanks, love handles, and back can be performed to provide even better definition and well-balanced curves. This is where the artistry and finesse of a plastic surgeon can truly be appreciated. After the surgery, temporary drains are placed to prevent fluid collections and later removed at a follow-up appointment in Dr. Perez's clinic. Patients are left with a well-hidden lower abdominal scar that can be easily hidden in jeans and bathing suits alike; a small scar also encircles the newly created belly button.The ideal candidate for a tummy tuck is one who is healthy, has been at a stable weight for at least six to twelve months, is near his/her ideal body weight, does not plan on future pregnancies, has a moderate excess of abdominal skin and fat, and has moderate abdominal muscle bulging.

Patients who are still in the process of losing weight or may want to become pregnant in the future should postpone abdominoplasty until after having reached their target weight and have finished growing their family. Additionally, patients who have experienced massive weight loss (either through diet and exercise or gastric bypass/banding procedures) may be better served by a lower body lift (learn about Lower Body Lift) procedure that recontours the abdomen, back, lateral thighs, and buttocks rather than a standard abdominoplasty. Finally, patients with a history of smoking, heart disease, stroke, or blood clots may not be candidates for this surgery or, at the very least, may need to undergo preoperative medical clearance and smoking cessation.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for a tummy tuck is one who is healthy, has been at a stable weight for at least six to twelve months, is near his/her ideal body weight, does not plan on future pregnancies, and has a moderate amount of excess abdominal skin, fat, and muscle bulging above and below the belly button.

Patients who are still in the process of losing weight or may want to become pregnant in the future should postpone a tummy tuck until after having reached their target weight and have finished growing their family. Finally, patients with a history of smoking, heart disease, stroke, or blood clots may not be candidates for this surgery or, at the very least, may need to undergo preoperative medical clearance and smoking cessation.

Considerations

Tummy Tuck by Jaime Perez MD

The majority of patients undergoing abdominoplasty 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 surgery, there are well-known risks associated with abdominoplasty.

The most serious complications of abdominoplasty 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 abdominoplasty and should discuss this with the surgeon prior to surgery.

Other minor complications of abdominoplasty 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.

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