Tummy Tuck in Weston, FL
Individuals who have undergone considerable weight loss and those who have experienced one or more pregnancies often struggle with sagging skin, stubborn residual belly fat, and loose abdominal muscles.
Diet and exercise are often unable to improve these problems, and for those who want a smoother, slimmer, and more toned appearance, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck surgery) is their best option. This customizable plastic surgery procedure addresses these issues by recontouring the belly and waist.
Dr. Messa offers tummy tuck surgery for his patients in Weston, Florida, and the surrounding areas.
Are You a Candidate for Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Good candidates for tummy tuck surgery are women and men who have lost significant weight or experienced changes to their bodies due to pregnancy. These patients:
- Are troubled by loose, hanging skin and exercise-resistant fat in the lower abdomen
- Are in overall good health
- Do not smoke or use nicotine products
- Have realistic expectations for your results
- Are willing to follow instructions before and after their surgery to avoid complications
What Are the Benefits of Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Men and women who undergo abdominoplasty enjoy the following benefits:
- Removal of stubborn fat in the belly and flanks
- Elimination of excess loose skin
- Significant reduction of stretch marks
- Tighter abdominal muscles
- Repaired defects in the abdominal wall
- A smoother, firmer, and slimmer midsection
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost in Florida?
Your tummy tuck cost will depend on several factors:
- Which abdominoplasty technique you choose
- The experience and skill of your surgeon
- Preoperative testing costs
- Fees for the surgical facility and anesthesiologist
- Postoperative care (compression garments, dressings, medications, etc.)
Be sure to consult a respected, skilled, and experienced board-certified plastic surgeon when considering a tummy tuck. Looking for discounts or choosing a surgeon based on cost alone can cause you to be unhappy with your results.
Dr. Messa is a double board-certified plastic surgeon providing tummy tucks in Weston, Florida. He is dedicated to your safety and delivers excellent tummy tuck results. You will receive the highest level of care at Weston Cosmetic Surgery Center starting with your consultation, after which you will receive an inclusive tummy tuck cost quote.
Before Your Tummy Tuck
Your tummy tuck experience begins at your in-depth consultation with Dr. Messa. He will listen carefully to all your concerns and ask you about your desired results. After reviewing your medical history and examining your midsection, he will explain your abdominoplasty options, how the procedure works, and what to expect before and after surgery.
Dr. Messa will also invite you to look at his other tummy tuck patients’ before and after photos. If you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck and decide to schedule your procedure, our financial coordinator will explain your costs and financing options.
Instructions are provided to explain the pre-surgical process, including preoperative testing and any supplements or medications to avoid (aspirin, NSAIDs, and other medications that may promote bleeding), as well as lifestyle habits that may need to be modified.
You will have to arrange for a friend or family member to bring you to our facility for your surgery, drive you home, and stay with you for the first 24 hours following your procedure. Picking up any prescribed medicines before your surgery date is advised.
What Are Your Tummy Tuck Options?
Dr. Messa uses the information you provide at your consultation to create your individualized surgical treatment plan, which may include:
Full tummy tuck
A full tummy tuck provides all the benefits mentioned. It requires an incision just above the pubic area (bikini line) extending from hip bone to hip bone. Excess skin and fat are removed, often with the assistance of liposuction, and separated abdominal muscles are repaired.
Mini tummy tuck
A mini tummy tuck can address loose skin and pockets of fat localized under the navel and can be performed using a shorter incision. This technique cannot provide the same results as a full tummy tuck — and is not appropriate for every patient — but is ideal for qualifying men and women with a lesser degree of laxity.
Tummy Tucks Are a Popular Part of a Mommy Makeover
Many women choose to combine their tummy tuck with cosmetic breast surgery for a Mommy Makeover. This combination plastic surgery procedure can include tummy tuck surgery, liposuction, breast implants, a breast lift, or a breast reduction.
What Is a Daddy Makeover?
Men with excess breast tissue (gynecomastia) can opt for a “Daddy Makeover” by adding male breast reduction to their tummy tuck procedure.
During Your Tummy Tuck Surgery
Tummy tucks are typically performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. However, it may be possible for a lighter anesthetic to be used during a mini tummy tuck.
You will be closely monitored by Dr. Messa and the anesthesiologist to ensure your safety.
Dr. Messa may use liposuction before and during your surgery. He will make the appropriate incision to remove unwanted fat and tighten your abdominal muscles. Excess skin is trimmed away, and then your incision is closed.
A compression garment will be fitted over your abdomen to minimize swelling, and you will be brought into our comfortable recovery room, where Dr. Messa will check in on you. After you wake up, our team will provide aftercare instructions.
After Your Tummy Tuck
Your driver will bring you home, and someone should stay with you for one or two days to help you get comfortable and ensure you have plenty of water as well as nutritious but easy-to-digest food to eat when you become hungry.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
Expect some bruising, swelling, and discomfort for the first three days that will soon start to dissipate. Use your prescribed pain medication as instructed and a cold compress to ease your temporary pain.
Most patients can return to non-physically demanding jobs by the end of the second week.
Take short walks several times daily but do not resume strenuous activity and rigorous exercise for six weeks or until Dr. Messa clears you.
For a more in-depth guide to tummy tuck recovery, read our blog here.
When Will I See My Tummy Tuck Results?
You will see changes to your midsection shortly after your surgery as swelling and bruising subside. However, your final results may not be evident for about six months after a full tummy tuck.
Tummy tuck surgery provides permanent results in the absence of significant weight gain or subsequent pregnancies. Patients should maintain a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and nutritious diets.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I choose a tummy tuck?
Weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and even aging can negatively impact the appearance of your abdomen and cause irritation.
Tummy tuck surgery can help you achieve a more youthful and flattering silhouette.
Learn about more benefits of tummy tuck surgery.
How can I get the best results from tummy tuck surgery?
A tummy tuck is not a weight-loss surgery, so being at or near your ideal weight and maintaining it for at least three months can help ensure long-lasting results. Follow your surgeon’s instructions and don’t use any tobacco or nicotine products.
Need to lose weight before your tummy tuck? Read our blog to learn more helpful tips.
Is liposuction or a tummy tuck best for me?
Liposuction alone may be appropriate if you are displeased by localized fat pockets anywhere on your body and loose skin is not a major concern for you.
While liposuction is unmatched in its ability to remove excess fat; however, it cannot tighten or remove excess skin. If you have loose skin around your belly and waist, liposuction may actually cause additional laxity.
A tummy tuck is your best solution if you have loose abdominal skin and muscles.
Is tummy tuck surgery painful?
Dr. Messa performs tummy tuck surgery under general anesthesia, so patients undergoing this procedure will feel no pain. After surgery, some tenderness and discomfort are to be expected.
Following Dr. Messa’s postoperative instructions and taking prescribed medication as directed will decrease discomfort, and compression garments also help reduce swelling and pain.
Are there any risks associated with tummy tuck surgery?
As with any surgical procedure, tummy tucks come with some risks of complications. These complications include reactions to anesthesia, infection, bleeding, blood clots, fluid accumulation, and poor wound healing. These risks are rare and are typically correctable.
Following Dr. Messa’s postoperative instructions will help ensure the safest, quickest recovery and best results. Contact our office immediately if you experience side effects or if they get worse.
Will I have scars after my tummy tuck?
All surgical procedures leave some type of scar. A full tummy tuck scar will run across the lower abdomen and can be hidden by a bathing suit and other clothing. There will also be a small (often undetectable) scar around the navel.
A mini tummy tuck produces a much shorter scar. Your scar will fade over time, and most tummy tuck patients agree that it is a tiny sacrifice when considering the benefits of this procedure.
Does insurance cover tummy tuck surgery?
Tummy tuck surgery is considered an elective procedure and is not covered by health insurance. However, Weston Cosmetic Surgery offers financing options for patients to make the cost of your tummy tuck manageable.