A tummy tuck (known medically as an abdominoplasty) is a cosmetic surgery procedure that tightens the covering of the abdominal muscles while removing excess fat and tissue from the abdominal region. The end result is a much smoother and more toned appearance. Tummy tucks are popular for women after they have had kids and men who carry weight in their midsections. At the Castellano Cosmetic Surgery Center in Tampa, a tummy tuck can help you achieve a flatter, more contoured and more attractive abdomen.
Request a consultation with us today and see why patients come back to Dr. Castellano again and again. With his extensive cosmetic surgery experience, Dr. Castellano can help you determine if a tummy tuck is the right option for you.
When Abdominoplasty Is Right
When determining whether an abdominoplasty is right for you, Dr. Castellano often looks at the following factors:
Note that a tummy tuck by itself will not give you a “6 pack” with prominent and defined abdominal muscles. The procedure tightens the covering of the muscles, which can become loose over time or after pregnancy. It does not tone, tighten or build muscle on its own. After you’ve recovered from your tummy tuck, you should feel more comfortable to do exercises such as crunches and sit-ups that will build abdominal muscle.
What to Expect
During a tummy tuck, Dr. Castellano will make an incision across the lower abdomen below the belly button. The incision is placed low enough to be discreetly hidden by most styles of underwear and even skimpy swimsuits after healing up. Working through this incision, Dr. Castellano sutures the abdominal muscles to restore tautness. Once this new supportive framework is in place, excess skin and fat are removed, and the remaining skin is sutured closed at the incision site.
Recovery and Results
A tummy tuck can deliver dramatic results. Following your procedure, you’ll initially have to wear a compression garment to aid healing. For the first day or two, Dr. Castellano advises that you get some help getting around, as standing completely upright might be painful at first. Swelling will disguise your new figure for a little while, but you should see a more slender silhouette in just a week or two. The patients who are happiest with their results are those who maintain a realistic outlook about the procedure, and who are already in good health.
With Other Procedures
Tummy tucks can be combined very effectively with liposuction for a full lower-body sculpting. The result will be a slimmer, more toned-looking body. Oftentimes, those who feel better about their physical appearance also find a new confidence and positive outlook about the rest of their lives as well. This kind of total improvement is the ultimate goal.