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Tummy Tuck

In Melbourne, FL

To eliminate folds of sagging skin in the abdominal region after dramatic weight loss or pregnancy, a tummy tuck may be the ideal solution. At Dermatology + Plastic Surgery, led by double board-certified plastic surgeon Rebecca Novo, MD, and board-certified dermatologist Anita Saluja, MD, plastic surgery procedures such as a tummy tuck are performed with excellence for residents of Melbourne, Viera, Brevard County, and the surrounding communities of Central Florida.

WHAT IS A TUMMY TUCK?

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure known medically as an abdominoplasty, which rejuvenates the abdominal region by tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall, trimming away fat and sagging skin, re-defining the waistline, and stretching the skin of the abdomen so that it is flat and tight. This procedure eliminates folds of sagging skin and tightens weak abdominal muscles following dramatic weight loss or pregnancy.

WHO IS AN IDEAL CANDIDATE FOR A TUMMY TUCK?

The tummy tuck is ideal for patients with flaccid abdominal wall muscles following pregnancy or extreme weight loss, and for patients with fatty deposits and folds of sagging skin in the abdominal area. Patients must be in good health and not have any conditions that contraindicate surgery.  It is also imperative that you closely follow any instructions the doctor recommends prior to surgery, such as the recommendation to suspend certain medications.  For patients who have smaller pockets of fatty deposits and firmer skin tone, a less-invasive liposuction procedure or a mini tummy tuck may be more suitable.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM A TUMMY TUCK?

A tummy tuck is a comprehensive surgery. You will be sedated to ensure your maximum comfort.  The surgery is performed using a horizontal hairline incision that runs just above the pubic line and in some cases a tiny incision just above the navel.  The procedure tightens flaccid abdominal muscle tissue and lifts sagging skin. In most cases, the navel is also re-positioned.  The tummy tuck leaves a very thin scar that extends from hipbone to hipbone that may be camouflaged under clothing, but scarring fades gradually over time in most patients. The tummy tuck produces a slimmer, tighter, and flatter abdomen as well as a more defined waistline.

TUMMY TUCK RECOVERY

Most patients will require 10 to 14 days to fully heal after a tummy tuck before returning to office work and light physical activities. You may be required to wear a compression garment. Dressings are removed after a few days, and surgical drains are removed after a week. To ensure optimal healing of delicate abdominal tissue, we recommend that you gradually resume regular activities after a period of six to eight weeks.

A tummy tuck is a comprehensive surgery. You will be sedated to ensure your maximum comfort.  The surgery is performed using a horizontal hairline incision that runs just above the pubic line and in some cases a tiny incision just above the navel.  The procedure tightens flaccid abdominal muscle tissue and lifts sagging skin. In most cases, the navel is also re-positioned.  The tummy tuck leaves a very thin scar that extends from hipbone to hipbone that may be camouflaged under clothing, but scarring fades gradually over time in most patients. The tummy tuck produces a slimmer, tighter, and flatter abdomen as well as a more defined waistline.

HOW MUCH DOES A TUMMY TUCK COST IN MELBOURNE, FLORIDA?

Prices will vary between patients because each procedure is unique and some patients may choose to combine another procedure with the tummy tuck. Since most health insurance providers typically do not cover this procedure, our office provides easy and flexible financing and payment options.

If you’re tired of sagging skin in your abdomen and pockets of fat that make your clothes look unflattering, consider a tummy tuck performed by the team of specialists by Dermatology + Plastic Surgery, led by double board-certified plastic surgeon Rebecca Novo, MD, and board-certified dermatologist Anita Saluja, MD, serving residents of Central Florida in Melbourne, Viera, Brevard County, and neighboring communities. Contact us now!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you get a tummy tuck if youre obese?

You would want to be at a safe BMI to avoid wound healing issues.

Do men get tummy tuck?

Yes, both male and females get abdominoplasties.

Do you get a scar from a tummy tuck?

Yes, you would have a scar from hip to hip and around your belly button.

Do you have to be skinny to get a tummy tuck?

You want to be at a safe BMI to avoid wound healing issues.

Does a tummy tuck tighten muscles?

If you have diastasis it would be reparied during the time of abdominoplasty.

How dangerous is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is considered a major surgery and you want to be in the hands of a skilled surgeon

How long will a tummy tuck last?

They will last as long as youre at a stable weight.

How much weight can you lose having a tummy tuck?

You should be at an ideal weight with a good BMI

Is it easier to lose weight after a tummy tuck?

You want to be at your goal weight before surgery.

When can I wear regular clothes after tummy tuck?

Depends on the patient, most patients choose to wear comfortable/loose clothing for a couple weeks then return to regular cloths.

Who is a good candidate for tummy tuck?

If you have excess skin from weight loss or pregnancy then you would be a good candidate for a tummy tuck

Will a tummy tuck make my stomach flat?

Yes a tummy tuck will make your stomach flat

Can I walk after tummy tuck?

Yes, you can walk after abdomioplasty.

How long is pain after tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck recovery period is normally 6 weeks

What are the side effects of a tummy tuck?

The side effects of a tummy tuck are going to be tenderness to the abdominal area

What do you eat after tummy tuck?

After a tummy tuck you might want to consider soft healthy foods for a couple days and a lot of fluid

What is the best girdle to wear after a tummy tuck?

Your surgeon should be able to recommend the best girdle for your needs

When can I start working out after tummy tuck?

You can usually resume normal activities 6 weeks after a tummy tuck

Why would you need a tummy tuck?

If you have excess skin from weight loss or pregnancy that you are not comfortable with, you might consider a tummy tuck

How can I lose my stomach fat?

Diet and exercise is healthiest way to lose abdominal fat

How early does your stomach get hard when pregnant?

This would be different for each pregnant woman

How long does it take to lose weight after a tummy tuck?

It would depend on your eating and exercise habits

What does a tummy tuck usually cost?

Depending on the surgeon a tummy tuck can cost anywhere from $8000 to $14000

What qualifies you for a tummy tuck?

If you have excess skin from weight loss or pregnancy then you would be a good candidate for a tummy tuck

Are tummy tucks dangerous?

A tummy tuck is considered a major surgery and you want to be in the hands of a skilled surgeon

Can a tummy tuck cause stomach issues?

Abdominoplasties affect the tissue above the intra abdominal wall so it would not affect the stomach.

Can you get pregnant after tummy tuck?

You can get pregnant after an abdominoplasty but pregnancy will re- stretch the skin.

Can you lose weight after tummy tuck?

Yes, you can lose weight after a tummy tuck

Do tummy tucks work?

Yes, tummy tuck are minimizing the excess skin of the abdominal area

How do I prepare for a tummy tuck?

You want to be at a safe BMI, exercise, eat healthy and stop smoking. Your surgeon will require you to have labwork done

How long after a tummy tuck can you drink?

Depending on the surgeon and the patient, it is typically recommended to not consume alcohol while you are recovering from a tummy tuck.

How long do tummy tucks last?

They will last as long as youre at a stable weight.

How long do you wear a binder after surgery?

You wear compression garments for 4-6 weeks after surgery.

How much does it cost for a tummy tuck?

Depending on the surgeon, a tummy tuck can range anywhere from $8000 to $14000

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   “Dr. Novo is phenomenal.  Her staff is  super friendly! I am very happy with the surgical procedure I had done, and would definitely recommend her.”

   “Dr Novo is an absolute gem, as well as her whole team! I felt extremely welcomed and comfortable from the moment I walked in for a consultation and the level of care they provided throughout the whole time was excellent! She is so knowledgeable and well spoken, I always felt like she took all of my concerns and interests to heart. Her assistant Aggie is also a complete angel and I really enjoyed working with her. Thank you Dr Novo and the rest of your team for making this such an easy and great experience. Also want to mention I am beyond thrilled with the results!”

   “Dr Novo and staff are so incredibly kind and encouraging. I felt completely confident that I was in great hands to finally have the flat stomach I wanted so much! My results have been unbelievable! Currently, I am only 7 weeks out and I feel great. My scar is already minimal. I am so happy I chose Dr Novo!”

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