Full Tummy Tuck Surgery
Tummy Tuck Surgery is one of the most sought-after procedures performed by George Solomon, M.D. This procedure is performed to remove excess fat and skin from the stomach. It is also known as an abdominoplasty. Everyone wants a flat, toned stomach, but sometimes, diet and exercise are not enough. That is why tummy tucks are so popular. Aging, pregnancy, heredity, extreme weight loss and prior surgery can cause a person to develop loose, sagging skin. At the Solomon Cosmetic Center office in Clearwater, the options for aesthetic enhancements are endless. Our office is conveniently located to serve Tampa, Clearwater, Sarasota, Winter Haven, and Spring Hill,
The full tummy tuck surgery treats two conditions:
- a muscle separation above and below the belly button
- excessive or loose skin in the belly
It is really two operations, a muscle repair and a skin excision. The skin excision part is called a Dermatolipectomy. All the skin between the belly button and pubic mound is taken out. Thus it takes care of all the stretch marks below the belly button. The skin above the belly button is stretched to reach the top of the pubic mound. Any stretch marks above the belly button will come to lie just above the pubic mound.
With a complete tummy tuck, the patient usually has liposuction around the love-handle area and a drastic reshaping of the entire midsection. Results can be amazing! However, it does require a scar that goes from hip bone to hip bone. However, Dr. Solomon can usually place the scar below the panty line. Sometimes the scar can be slightly shorter. It depends on the individual, and Dr. Solomon will explain all of your options.
Full Tummy Tuck or Mini Tummy Tuck?
Because there are many different levels of tummy tuck surgery, your first step will be to discuss your goals in a consultation with our skilled plastic surgeon, Dr. George Solomon. He will help you determine which technique is appropriate for the amount of sagging skin, excess fat, and muscle looseness you have in your abdomen. During your consultation, he will help you come up with a customized treatment plan to maximize results and recovery. During your consultation, you’ll get to know Dr. Solomon and his experienced staff. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. He will also assess whether or not you are a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery, and if your expectations for the procedure are realistic.
For some patients, a full tummy tuck may not be necessary. In those cases, a mini-tummy may give you the desired results. It usually depends on how much loose skin and fat need to be removed. Also, in a full tummy tuck, Dr. Solomon has to tighten the underlying muscles. You and Dr. Solomon can discuss what your options might be. To learn more about Mini Tummy Tuck click here+
Candidates for a Tummy Tuck Surgery
Healthy people with realistic expectations are considered good candidates for this procedure. People who are interested in getting this procedure should also be non-smokers. Furthermore, women who want to get this procedure should wait until they have finished having children. It is important to note that some patients may be required to get liposuction in concert with an abdominoplasty so that they can get the best results.
About the Procedure
Because there are so many variations on the tummy tuck, it is impossible to generalize the procedure for each technique. However, the classic technique is the full abdominoplasty, addressing excess skin, fat, and musculature between the pubic area and the belly button. Abdominoplasty is performed in Dr. Solomon’s private surgical suite under local anesthesia, and the whole procedure takes approximately 2-3 hours.
Dr. Solomon will make a horizontal incision between the navel and pubic hairline. The length and shape of the incision will depend on the extent of the procedure. Dr. Solomon will be able to remove the excess skin, tissue, and fat through this incision and repair any weakened abdominal muscles. Dr. Solomon may be required to make another incision around the navel so that excess skin and fat can be removed from the upper abdomen as well.
Aftercare and Recovery
Most abdominoplasty procedures involve significant surgery, and patients need to be prepared for a somewhat lengthy recovery process. While heavy activity is to be avoided for several weeks, patients should move soon after surgery.
Dr. Solomon will give you specific instructions on things that you will need to do to speed up the recovery process. You will be advised to avoid using nicotine products for at least one month after surgery. Swelling will persist for several weeks, gradually disappearing over the months following surgery, with the final results settling after about six months to a year. However, patients will be able to see preliminary results before this time.
You will need to limit physical activity several for up to six weeks. Many patients may have to take several weeks up to a month off work while some return to work after 3 weeks as recovery time can vary from patient to patient, Dr. Solomon will provide an individualized plan to help you recover quickly and completely.
Cost of a Tummy Tuck
Solomon Cosmetic Center offers some of the best pricing for a tummy tuck Tampa Bay Area. Because he has an in-house surgical suite, he is able to keep his costs down while producing excellent results. There are a number of factors that affect the cost of this operation. The cost of this surgery may include a surgeon’s fee, anesthesia fee, medical tests, and post-surgery garments. Dr. Solomon will discuss the price with you during your consultation.
Before & After Photos of a Full Tummy Tuck Surgery
For more information on abdominoplasty or tummy tucks visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website+
Every patient is unique; therefore, results may vary.
Your initial consultation gives you the opportunity to meet our team, learn more about our services, and find out which treatment options will best meet your needs. Our staff is here to help you connect your inner beauty with your outer glow. If you would like to find out if a tummy tuck could be the right procedure to help you feel good about your waistline again, call (727) 288-9988 or complete our online form to schedule a consultation. Dr. Solomon treats patients from all over Florida including Tampa, Brandon, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Brandon, Palm Harbor, and Largo.