Abdominoplasty in Tampa, Palm Harbor, Clearwater & Largo, FL
Achieving a flatter, tighter abdominal area is a goal for many women and men.
For many women, the abdomen can be one of the most challenging areas to keep under control with the aging process. Perhaps even more challenging are the extreme effects that occur with pregnancy, including significant stretching of the skin, thinning and loss of elasticity of the skin from hormonal influences, and separation of the supporting muscles or “six pack.” Weight gain can be addressed over time with diet and exercise, but the loss of skin elasticity cannot. Abdominal muscles can also be strengthened with exercise, but it will not bring them back together. This separation of the abdominal muscles contributes to the “pouching” of the abdomen that many women complain of.
While most people associate cosmetic surgery with women, the male tummy tuck has become an increasingly common way for men to flatten the difficult-to-tone stomach area. For more information on Male Tummy Tuck Surgery or other commonly performed Male Cosmetic Surgery contact us today.
What Tummy Tuck Surgery Offers Both Women and Men
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. isidoros Moraitis, addresses all these components with Abdominoplasty, or Tummy Tuck Surgery in Palm Harbor, FL. With this procedure, the muscles are tightened together again, providing greater support. The excess skin and tissue, or “pouch”, is removed and the remaining skin is tightened. Dr. Moraitis customizes this surgery to each patient’s specific goals and sometimes recommends a combination of Liposuction or other Body Contouring procedure.
Tummy Tuck Incisions
For Tummy Tuck Surgery in Tampa, a horizontal incision is placed just within or above the pubic area. The length of the incision necessary depends on the amount of skin to be removed. The contour of this incision may vary somewhat according to the structure of your abdomen and the style of bathing suit or undergarments that you prefer. Through this incision, Dr. Moraitis brings the abdominal muscle back together with sutures and removes the excess skin and tissue, resulting in a flatter, more contoured abdomen. For patients with loose skin above the navel, or belly button, Dr. Moraitis may recommend a second incision around the navel so that the redundant skin above it can be pulled down, leaving the position of the navel unchanged.
Skin of the lower abdomen that contains stretch marks may be removed as well. Any remaining stretch marks may be somewhat flattened and improved, but you should not expect a dramatic change in their appearance.
Variations in Technique
There are many variations both to the design of the incisions and the technique itself. In some instances, it may be possible to avoid an incision around the navel. When the amount of loose skin is minimal and the excess fat deposits are located below the navel, a short horizontal incision is all that is necessary. This procedure is called a Partial or “Mini” Abdominoplasty.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
Dr. Moraitis will discuss with you the recovery time needed after tummy tuck surgery. During your tummy tuck recovery, You will initially have bandages along your incision and you will be wrapped in a compression garment to minimize postoperative swelling and facilitate healing. The garment is easily hidden under clothing and will be worn for 6 weeks post surgery. You will also have two small drains along the incision to help drain any excess fluid that may collect. These are typically removed after 5-7 days. It is important to follow the specific set of recovery instructions Dr. Moraitis supplies you with for a safe recovery.
Typical Tummy Tuck Results
As an experienced and skilled Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Moraitis is able to place the incisions so that the resulting scars are barely visible, and easily concealed by a typical bathing suit or bikini. Following Tummy Tuck Surgery, many patients from Clearwater and Largo can enjoy a firmer, more toned midsection and even improved posture as a result of the tightened abdominal muscles. Many patients find that their self-esteem is improved and their wardrobe selections grow.
Maintaining Your Figure
While many women and men seek Plastic Surgery to tone and improve body contour, it is vital to remember that it does not substitute for a healthy diet and regular exercise. Results can be life-long, but it is still possible to gain weight in the abdomen and in other areas after Tummy Tuck Surgery or other Body Contouring Procedure offered by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Isidoros Moraitis.
Dr. Moraitis serves patients all over Southwest Florida. His office is only 8 miles South of Tarpon Springs and 6 miles North of Dunedin, FL. A consultation with Dr. Moraitis to discuss your options for Tummy Tuck Surgery can help you decide if it is the right procedure for you.
For more information on Tummy Tuck Surgery or to schedule a consultation at our Palm Harbor plastic surgery practice, please contact us by calling (727) 773-9796 today or by completing our contact form to request a personal contact from our office.