Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck as it is most commonly referred, is a Tampa cosmetic surgery procedure where excess skin and fat is removed from the abdomen and the abdominal muscles are retightened to create a smooth and tighter stomach. An incision is made just above the pubic hairline and excess skin and fat is removed from that area. It is also through that incision that the abdominal muscles are tightened. The exact length and location of the incision will be discussed with you by Dr. Harrell.
Who is candidate for this procedure?
Typically, patients over the age of 18 who have pronounced excess skin and fat that has been unresponsive to diet and exercise are good candidates for this procedure. Patients who have gained and lost weight due to pregnancy, weight loss surgery, or diet and exercise are typically good candidates. It is important to discuss your medical history with your Tampa plastic surgeon (Dr. Harrell) so during your consultation he can identify if you are a good candidate for this procedure.
The Consultation Process
When you arrive at the Fountain of Youth Institute® in Tampa Bay, you will be greeted by our warm and caring staff. During the consultation, you will have an opportunity to meet with Dr. Harrell to discuss your specific areas of concern and together develop a treatment plan that will provide you with your desired results. The consultation is a great time to ask any questions about the procedure, recovery period, and to address any concerns you might have. Our main goal is to assist you in looking and feeling your best and we strive to make your experience with us a positive one.
Many factors can contribute to your recovery experience. Typically, a patient can expect several days of discomfort followed by a few weeks of restricted physical activity during the post-operative period. Pain medication is prescribed to you prior to surgery to minimize your discomfort. Many of our patients return to work within one to two weeks but strenuous physical activity is limited for a few weeks. Any concerns you have about the recovery process should be discussed with Dr. Harrell.