The stomach is a common trouble spot that many men and women struggle to tone and tighten, even with rigorous diet and exercise. If you’re troubled by your tummy, contact board-certified plastic surgeon Roger T. Brill, MD, to discuss the tummy tuck procedures he performs at his practice in Gainesville, Florida. Abdominoplasty can help you get rid of unwanted fat to reveal smooth, tight abs. Call the office or schedule a consultation online today.
A tummy tuck is a colloquial term for abdominoplasty, a cosmetic procedure that removes excess fat and skin from your abdomen. During the procedure, your surgeon also restores weak or separated abdominal muscles to create a smooth, toned stomach.
While a tummy tuck can’t replace healthy lifestyle habits like a nutritious diet and regular exercise, it can restore the appearance of your abdomen. For example, many women — whose muscles and skin that were stretched during pregnancy — struggle to tone their tummies because that area isn’t as responsive to diet and exercise after childbirth. A tummy tuck can get rid of any excess loose skin and repair your abdominal muscles.
Dr. Roger Brill provides extensive consultations prior to scheduling any surgery. The ideal candidate for a tummy tuck is someone in good health and close to a healthy body weight with loose skin or a protruding pocket of abdominal fat that hasn’t responded to changes to in diet and exercise habits.
A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that requires general anesthesia. An anesthetic specialist places an IV in your arm and provides a sedative that allows you to sleep during your procedure.
Dr. Brill cleanses your abdomen and marks the incision sites before starting the removal process. Using a scalpel, he makes incisions in your abdomen and lifts your skin to access your muscle wall. He surgically repairs any damaged or weak abdominal muscles before pulling your skin back down over your stomach.
He pulls the skin tight and trims away any excess tissue before suturing your skin together. If necessary, he may relocate your belly button or create a new navel.
It’s normal to have swelling and discomfort after a tummy tuck. Despite swelling, you’ll notice an improvement in the appearance of your abdomen right away. As the swelling recedes, the difference will become even more apparent. You will need to rest at home for a few days and avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting until Dr. Brill gives you the all-clear.
To find out if a tummy tuck is the best procedure to improve the appearance of your abdomen, call or schedule a consultation online today.