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 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.
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 Anita Saluja, MD, serving residents of Central Florida in Melbourne, Viera, Brevard County, and neighboring communities. Contact us now!