A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that improves contours and repairs the muscles of the abdomen. This procedure is often performed on patients looking to eliminate loose, excess skin caused by aging or weight loss. It’s also a popular solution for women following pregnancy, especially those suffering from diastasis recti, in which the rectus abdominis muscles become separated. A tummy tuck restores a smooth, flat midsection, and can be performed via an incision that can be easily concealed below the waistline of most garments. Unfortunately, even the most stringent diet and rigorous exercise is no match for sagging skin. However, in the hands of an expert surgeon like Dr. Gregory Albert, patients can reclaim a defined, taut abdomen and long-lasting results. If you’re ready to enjoy better-fitting clothes and feel your best at the beach, a tummy tuck might be the solution for you. Schedule a consultation today at the Optimization Centre in Boca Raton to get started–there’s no reason to wait! Call our offices at (561) 495-2700 or fill out a convenient online form to schedule an appointment for your personal consultation.
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About the Abdomen
The abdomen is a common source of cosmetic complaints, and having a smooth, flat abdomen can seem like an impossible feat. Fat deposits in this area are notoriously difficult to eliminate because of the important roles that they play. Abdominal fat protects our internal organs and helps insulate our bodies. (1) Consequently, it’s an area of the body where fat is readily stored. And as many patients know all too well, losing this fat isn’t enough to achieve attractive abs. Following weight loss, patients often find that they’re left with sagging skin that hangs from their midsection. After expanding for a large store of abdominal fat, or stretching to accommodate a growing unborn baby, skin just doesn’t have what it takes to snap back. Patients are then left with loose rolls of skin that can be physically uncomfortable, and take an emotional toll as well. An abdominoplasty is often the only solution.
But apart from unwanted skin or lingering fat deposits, a tummy tuck can also resolve an uncomfortable condition known as diastasis recti. The rectus abdominis muscles or our “abs” are actually two long muscles that extend down the front of our abdomen. They’re connected along the center by a thin sheath of connective tissue known as the linea alba. Pressure in the abdomen can cause this connective tissue to separate, as is common with women who have undergone more than one pregnancy, or those who suffer from obesity. As the muscles become separated, patients with diastasis recti experience muscle weakness, uncomfortable urogynecological symptoms, and unwanted bulging in the area. (2)
A tummy tuck can correct and reinforce the separated abdominal muscles while also addressing skin laxity and stubborn fat deposits. Therefore, they’re incredibly versatile! Abdominoplasties can be tailored to a patient’s unique needs, resolving aesthetic and muscular concerns, and leaving patients with a smooth, slender contour in their middles.
Depending on the extent of a patient’s condition, Dr. Albert may perform a mini tummy tuck, or an extended tummy tuck, and may choose to incorporate liposuction in the procedure to eliminate unwanted fat. Your unique circumstances will determine the type of abdominoplasty required, and the surgical details that accompany each approach.
A tummy tuck offers patients improved contours, comfort, and confidence!
Many Advantages of Abdominoplasty
- Tightened abdominal skin with sagging eliminated
- More visible muscle tone and flatter contours
- Scars and stretch marks can be lessened as excess skin is removed
- Correcting diastasis recti improves core strength and eliminates uncomfortable symptoms
- More youthful, slender, and athletic appearance
- Balanced proportions
A tummy tuck is a body contouring procedure, but it is not a weight loss solution. Good candidates for a tummy tuck are troubled by excess skin, minor stores of abdominal fat, and are at a stable, healthy weight. Patients should have realistic expectations, and be willing to accept the risk of scarring in exchange for a flatter abdomen. If they use tobacco, they should be willing to quit several months before their procedure and for the duration of their recovery. Women who undergo additional pregnancies after a tummy tuck will see changes to their results.
Personal Consultation in Boca
Your consultation appointment at the Optimization Centre is an opportunity to meet
Dr. Albert, and have an informative discussion about what abdominoplasties do. You’ll learn more about the details of this procedure so that you can make a confident decision about proceeding with a tummy tuck. Dr. Albert understands the gravity of choosing to undergo a plastic surgery procedure, and he and his staff ensure that patients have all the information and support necessary.
After thoroughly reviewing your medical history, Dr. Albert will listen to your aesthetic concerns and examine your abdomen. He’ll pay special attention to skin laxity, note the presence and extent of fat deposits, and determine whether diastasis recti is present before making the appropriate recommendation. If a tummy tuck is a suitable solution for your unique condition, he’ll design a personalized approach.
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A tummy tuck is an involved surgical procedure, and you’ll be given a list of personalized instructions to ensure that you’re fully prepared for everything the procedure and recovery entails.
- Continue exercise, a healthy diet, sleep schedule, and hydration. Being in peak physical condition will ensure a smooth procedure and speedy recovery.
- Stop smoking and using any nicotine products at least a month before your surgery and for the duration of your recovery.
- Visit the pharmacy to fill your prescriptions for antibiotics and pain medication prior to your surgery date so that you have the necessary medication on hand.
- After your procedure, you’ll need to remain slightly bent at the waist to avoid putting strain on your incisions. Set up a comfortable place to recover, such as in a reclining chair, and have extra pillows available to give you the necessary support.
- Arrange for a trusted friend or family member to drive you home from your surgery and assist you for at least a day after your procedure.
Abdominoplasties are performed under general anesthesia. But before the anesthesia is administered, you’ll have the chance to meet with Dr. Albert and discuss the surgery and ask any last-minute questions. He’ll make markings on your abdomen while you’re in the standing position to ensure that lax skin and all of your areas of concern are addressed. Once you’re resting comfortably and the anesthesia has taken full effect, Dr. Albert will make a horizontal incision that extends between the hip bones, just above the pubic mons.
The skin above this incision will be lifted, and another incision that encircles the navel will be placed to preserve the natural location of your belly button. This will allow Dr. Albert access to remove any lingering fat deposits, and to perform the necessary plication suturing to repair separated abdominal muscles. Once he’s created a smooth abdomen, he will reposition the lifted skin, and create a new opening to accommodate the navel. Finally, the tension will be carefully adjusted, extra skin will be excised, and the incisions will be sutured closed.(3)
Once your tummy tuck is complete, your midsection will be dressed in a supportive compression garment to control swelling and protect your results. After you recover from the anesthesia, you’ll be closely monitored in a private post-procedure area until deemed able to return home with your appointed caregiver and begin your recovery. You’ll need to dedicate the next two weeks to resting and healing. You may have had drains placed in the incision to prevent any fluid build-up, and you’ll be given instructions on how to care for them until they are removed a few days later. It’s extremely important to continue wearing the compression garment as instructed over the course of the next several weeks, during which time you’ll return to our offices so that we can monitor your progress. In the meantime, keep moving! It’s vital to take short walks to avoid the risk of blood clots forming. At the same time, be sure not to put any strain on the incision, and continue to rest in a position with a slight bend at the waist.
Swelling, bruising, and discomfort will be the most pronounced in the first few days after your procedure, but it’s important to note that residual swelling may linger for up to several months after your procedure. As always, Dr. Albert and his staff will be available to answer any questions you may have during this important phase of your journey to a flat, trim, abdomen!
In a few weeks, you’ll be able to stand fully upright once again. And, as the swelling continues to diminish, you’ll be able to appreciate your taut new midsection. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle after your procedure will ensure that you continue to heal according to plan and that you’ll be able to enjoy your results for many years to come.
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost in Boca Raton?
Every patient is different and has unique circumstances. This impacts the details of the surgical procedure, and as such, the final cost of an abdominoplasty. You’ll be given an accurate estimate and a comprehensive breakdown of the price of your tummy tuck following your consultation with Dr. Albert.
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- Regan, J.-P., & Casaubon, J. T. (2022). Abdominoplasty. PubMed; StatPearls Publishing. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK431058/#:~:text=The%20reasons%20for%20undergoing%20abdominoplasty