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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?

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Tampa's Top Tummy Tuck Specialist, Dr. Jaime Perez is able to sculpt your ideal balance.

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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. 

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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. We can discuss your goals in person or over a virtual consultation.

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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.

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.

The Cost of a Tummy Tuck

The price of abdominoplasty varies depending on several factors, including the location of the practice, the surgeon's skill, and the techniques required to produce the best possible results. According to RealSelf.com, the average price of a tummy tuck in the United States is $8,250. A tummy tuck at Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa begins at $8,900.

Dr. Perez can examine you during a tummy tuck consultation and provide you with an individualized price depending on your unique needs. Some of the factors that will be considered include the complexity of each case, the distribution of fat deposits and excess skin, and the potential need for complementary 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. Many patients take advantage of the financing options that we accept with CareCredit®; these plans can help patients work the cost of treatment into their budget.

To learn more about the cost of a tummy tuck at our Tampa, FL, plastic surgery office, contact us online or call:

(813) 877-3739

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.

Sedation

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

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

Liposuction Tummy Tuck (Lipoabdominoplasty)

In contrast to the traditional, standard tummy tuck which relies on sharp dissection to separate excess abdominal skin from the underlying abdominal wall, liposuction tummy tuck relies on blunt dissection with cannulas to dissect between the skin and abdominal wall, preserving delicate blood vessels in the process. Because there is less theoretical damage to the existing blood vessels than with a standard tummy tuck, aggressive liposuction can safely be performed in the upper and lateral abdomen, flanks, hips, and back. Another technical difference between liposuction tummy tuck and a traditional tummy tuck is that the fascial layer (i.e. a fibrous connective tissue) separating the superficial and deep fat of the abdominal wall is preserved during liposuction tummy tuck (lipoabdominoplasty) but not traditional tummy tuck. Many plastic surgeons that perform liposuction tummy tuck throughout Tampa Bay, Florida, and abroad think that preservation of the fascial layer may help absorb fluid accumulations between the abdominal wall and skin and decrease the length of time that drains must be used postoperatively. This earlier removal of surgical drains often increases patient mobility and return to normal activity.

Ideal Candidate for Liposuction and Tummy Tuck

The ideal candidate for a liposuction 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 amount of excess abdominal skin, fat, and muscle bulging, and desires total abdominal, flank, hips, and back sculpting.

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 met 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.

Cost of Liposuction and Tummy Tuck

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 $8,400. The cost of a tummy tuck in the Tampa Bay area, including Tampa, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg, varies between $6,500 and $10,000. The price of a liposuction tummy tuck is usually similar to that of a traditional tummy tuck. However, prices of a liposuction tummy tuck will vary depending on the complexity of each patient and the 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. We believe that cost should not deter anyone from obtaining plastic surgery and 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

Liposuction 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 liposuction 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 recovery and exercise in five to six weeks. Antibiotics and pain medicines are prescribed following the surgery.

Complications

The majority of patients undergoing liposuction 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 cosmetic and plastic 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 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 Liposuction Tummy Tuck Pictures

Go to the gallery section of this website to see before and after liposuction 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 liposuction tummy tuck pictures in the gallery soon!

The Short-Scar Full Tummy Tuck Procedure

After lipo is complete, the tummy tuck portion of surgery begins by making a 15-17cm horizontal incision approximately 6cm above the labia commissure (shown by the red line in Figure 1). Due to the low placement and short length of this scar, it is easily hidden by an undergarment or bikini. Then, the abdomen is dissected all the way from the pubic area to the xiphoid process (bottom edge of the sternum) just like in a regular full tummy tuck. Next, the abdominal muscles are plicated to correct the muscle separation that often results from childbearing. The excess skin and belly fat within the triangle are removed and the skin outside of the triangle is pulled down to close the incision. Lastly, a new hole for the belly button is made and it is sutured down at its new position.

Note that the length of skin pulled down (shown by the blue lines) is roughly twice the length of the lower abdominal incision (red line). Because there is a greater length of skin being pulled down than would normally fit within the length of the lower incision, the tummy tuck scar often appears “wrinkly” after surgery. However, this wrinkling is temporary and usually smooths out within seven months. After a year, the scar from a tummy tuck has faded to its fullest extent.

Candidates For Tummy Tuck In Tampa Bay

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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

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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.

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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Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa

Dr. Jaime Perez offers state-of-the art-cosmetic procedures utilizing the most high-tech equipment available at Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa. Dr. Perez is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is a member of a number of professional associations including:

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

To schedule a consultation at our Tampa, FL office, or to learn more, contact us online or call (813) 877-3739 today.

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