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Charles A. Messa, III, MD, FACS

Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
Weston Cosmetic Surgery Center

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Weston, Florida
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Tummy Tuck

The tummy tuck, also known as an “abdominoplasty,” is a cosmetic procedure for men and women that sculpts the abdomen into a more flattering shape. This procedure removes excess skin and fat in the upper and lower abdomen and tightens the abdominal muscles, resulting in a slender, firmer abdominal appearance.

Common Reasons for
Having Tummy Tuck

Weight loss, weight gain, pregnancy, and aging can affect the appearance of the abdomen. The skin may appear loose or stretched due to excess fat that created an unflattering silhouette, or the skin quality itself may have led to sagging over time. The tummy tuck improves the overall abdominal appearance by tightening the abdominal muscles and removing excess skin and fat.

Common Tummy Tuck Concerns

  • Scars

    Scars result from any surgical procedure that involves making an incision in the skin. The scar for a full tummy tuck will extend along the lower abdomen very close to the pubic hairline. The length of this incision will depend on the amount of loose skin that is present. There will also be a small scar around the navel. The mini tummy tuck involves a shorter incision in the pubic region. These scars can be easily hidden beneath most styles of swimsuits and underwear and will continue to fade significantly over time. Most patients agree that the resulting scars are worth the confidence and improved appearance they get from this procedure.

  • Pain

    Dr. Messa performs tummy tuck surgery with the patient under general anesthesia, so the patient will feel no pain during the procedure. After surgery, the patient may feel some discomfort, puffiness, or tightness, which subsides with time. Following Dr. Messa’s postoperative instructions and taking the prescribed medication will decrease discomfort significantly. Compression garments will also help to reduce swelling and pain.

  • Recovery

    Recovery from a tummy tuck will last about two weeks, after which time most patients are comfortable enough to return to work at a desk job. After this point, they will still have to be careful when sitting and standing, and they will need to avoid bending and heavy lifting. Swelling in the abdomen can last from a few weeks to several months, depending on the body’s ability to heal. Complete recovery should occur within six to eight weeks. At that time, the patient should be cleared to resume strenuous exercise and activity.

  • Risks

    As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved with the tummy tuck, including anesthesia risks, 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 and quickest recovery.

  • Results

    Those who achieve the best results with a tummy tuck are at or near their ideal weight and have maintained that weight for at least three months. The tummy tuck is not a weight-loss procedure, but it can remove fat when paired with liposuction. Most patients who consider this procedure wish to have excess skin removed from the abdominal area. Patients who have significant visceral fat (deeper fat that surrounds the organs) may not get the smooth and slender results they desire until they reduce their visceral fat through diet and exercise. A personal consultation with Dr. Messa will help determine if you are a good candidate for superior results with the tummy tuck procedure.

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