Tummy Tuck Miami
What is a Tummy Tuck?
We all want to have a flat stomach with well-defined abdominal muscles. Many people spend significant time and resources on exercise equipment, dietary supplements and gym memberships trying to achieve this desired aesthetic.
Unfortunately, factors like age, heredity and body weight may prevent you from ever seeing the results you strive for. For these individuals, cosmetic surgery offers a safe, practical option to allow you to have the toned abdomen you desire.
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, performed by Dr. Deirdre Marshall at Marshall Cosmétique in Miami, involves the removal of excess skin and fat on your abdomen. This procedure also rebuilds weak abdominal muscles in many patients. The most common reasons why people seek tummy tucks are:
- Significant weight fluctuation
- Prior surgery
Who Should Consider a Tummy Tuck?
The ideal patient for a tummy tuck is an individual that is generally healthy and at a stable body weight, a non-smoker and a patient with realistic expectations. Anyone planning future weight loss should postpone surgery until after the desired weight loss is achieved.
What to Expect from a Tummy Tuck?
Prior to surgery, Dr. Marshall will evaluate your current health status at our center in Miami and will likely have you:
- Adjust or add medication
- Stop smoking
- Avoid taking aspirin
On the day of your tummy tuck, your procedure will involve the following steps:
- Anesthesia. Dr. Marshall will recommend whether you should undergo intravenous sedation or general anesthesia
- Incision. Dr. Marshall will make a horizontal abdominal incision in the area between your public region and belly-button. Dr. Marshall then repairs your weakened or damaged abdominal muscles while removing excess skin and fatty tissue. Once this task is complete, the incision will be closed using sutures and/or skin adhesives.
- Recovery. Immediately after the procedure, your abdominal region will be tender and swollen. Your incisions will be covered in surgical dressings and/or bandages. You may also receive drainage tubes to flush out excess blood and/or fluid that may have collected during surgery.
When Can I Return to Work?
Most patients will need to take least one week off from work.You should not stand completely upright until healing is complete. Drains may be placed near the surgery site for around a week to help with the removal of fluids. Strenuous activities cannot be resumed for at least 6 weeks after the procedure. After about one to two weeks, the swelling will subside and you’ll be able to stand up straight to reveal your firmer, slimmer abdomen.