Tummy Tuck

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons Serving Pensacola, FL & Mobile, AL

If you’re unhappy with loose skin and excess fat in the abdomen and want to obtain a flatter, more toned stomach, a tummy tuck (also known as abdominoplasty) may be right for you. This procedure is very popular because it can produce dramatic results that last as long as you can maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Tummy tucks are great for post-childbirth women, but they can be performed on anyone who has excess fat and sagging skin in the abdominal area. Men can also sometimes benefit from tummy tucks, especially if they’ve undergone massive weight loss.

If you’re interested in a tummy tuck, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Ben Brown and Dr. Ashley Chandler of Restore Plastic Surgery in Pensacola. Call us at 850-500-7527 to schedule your consultation today. Our friendly Pensacola facility welcomes patients from throughout Florida, nearby Mobile, Alabama, and across the nation.

What Is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck is a body contouring procedure that addresses:

  • Loose, sagging skin on the abdomen
  • Excess fat in the abdomen
  • Loose, separated abdominal muscles

Dr. Chandler consulting with abdominoplasty patientDuring a tummy tuck, we also like to perform liposuction to help contour the entire midsection of the body. Performing liposuction ensures a smooth, beautiful contour while also having the added benefit of allowing the abdominal skin to become mobile and easier to manipulate and trim.

In addition, the fat from the liposuction can be harvested and injected into the buttocks for a Brazilian butt lift. This procedure shapes and contours the buttocks, allowing patients with flat or deflated buttocks to achieve a full, round backside.

We position the incision for a tummy tuck very low, just 5 or 6 cm above where the labia majora meet. We also take care to only extend the incision as far as absolutely necessary. This allows the scar from the procedure to be hidden easily in swimsuits and underwear.

Mini Tummy Tuck

If you have excess skin and fat but no need for muscle repair, you may benefit from a mini tummy tuck rather than a full tummy tuck. A mini tummy tuck utilizes a shorter incision, leaving a smaller scar. It’s a good option for men and women who desire a flatter, smoother stomach but do not need a full tummy tuck with muscle repair.

During your consultation, we can examine you and listen to your concerns to see if a mini tummy tuck may be an appropriate option for you.

Benefits of a Tummy Tuck

There’s a reason the tummy tuck is such a popular procedure. The numerous benefits of a tummy tuck include:

  • Increased self-confidence
  • Feeling better in swimsuits and lingerie
  • Feeling sexy again after childbirth
  • Easier time finding clothes that fit well

While diet and exercise can help you to shed weight and look better, unfortunately not even the healthiest lifestyle can get rid of excess skin or repair stretched, loose abdominal muscles. A tummy tuck can help you to regain the body you had prior to childbirth.

Tummy tucks also will last for as long as you can maintain healthy eating and exercise habits. If you don’t put on more weight, your results can basically last forever.

Tummy Tuck Candidates

The best candidates for a tummy tuck are those who want to obtain a more toned, flatter stomach. You should also:

  • Be committed to leading a healthy lifestyle
  • Be in good overall health
  • Not smoke, or be willing to quit
  • Be finished having children

Having a tummy tuck will not prevent you from having more children in the future, but you should keep in mind that pregnancy and childbirth will likely ruin your results. You can always have a revision tummy tuck, but we recommend that patients be finished having children to prevent the need for one.

You can also be a tummy tuck candidate if you have undergone massive weight loss that left you with lots of excess skin. A tummy tuck can help to excise your loose and sagging skin. If you have excess sagging skin in other areas besides the abdomen, we also offer body lift procedures.

Recovery After a Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck is a fairly extensive procedure, and full recovery can take some time. We’ll give you prescription medications to help with any pain or discomfort, but you should have help around the house and with childcare.

You’ll need someone to drive you home after your surgery, and you should rest for the rest of the day at home. Walking around is encouraged for the first week or so, after which you can resume light exercise.

A typical tummy tuck recovery timeline may look something like this:

  • Rest and take it easy for the first few days. Take medications as needed.
  • Shower 24 hours after surgery.
  • Return to work within the first week, depending on your type of job.
  • Resume light exercise after 1 or 2 weeks, depending on how fast you’re healing and how well you feel.
  • Resume regular exercise after 3 to 4 weeks, avoiding abdominal exercises.

You’ll have a scar, but we position it low enough to be hidden in your underwear. It’ll be fairly prominent at first, but it should fade over the course of a year or so. The majority of patients find that the scar is well worth the results.

If your scar looks like it is going to heal poorly, we offer scar revision services to help improve its appearance. We can also give you topical scar ointments to use during your recovery. Scarring can be unpredictable, but we do everything we can to try to improve your outcome.

Tummy Tuck Cost

The cost of a tummy tuck depends on:

  • The extent and complexity of the procedure
  • Whether you’re having other procedures done at the same time (such as a butt lift or breast augmentation)

photo session with tummy tuck patientWhile we can’t provide an exact quote without a consultation, we’ll be more than happy to give you a ballpark estimate of how much tummy tucks typically cost at our practice. Contact us anytime to get a general quote.

If you have had massive weight loss and are suffering from extensive loose skin, your procedure may be covered by insurance. Check with your plan to see if you may have full or partial coverage for a skin excision procedure. Otherwise, tummy tucks are typically not covered by insurance as they are considered a cosmetic procedure.

We offer tummy tuck financing plans for patients who would rather not pay the full amount upfront. Our financing plans allow you to have payment flexibility so that you can fit your procedure into your budget. Other benefits include:

  • Low or 0% APR for qualified candidates
  • Flexible repayment schedules
  • Easy to apply
  • Get your tummy tuck sooner

A tummy tuck can provide an immense boost to your self-confidence and self-esteem, and we want everyone who needs one to be able to have one. Tummy tucks can also provide the motivation to lead a healthy life, as patients wish to keep their results. Talk to us about financing options during your consultation so we can help you find the one that best fits your needs.

Schedule Your Tummy Tuck Consultation

If you’re interested in a tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck, please call Restore Plastic Surgery, led by Dr. Ben Brown and Dr. Ashley Chandler, today at 850-500-7527. We serve patients in Pensacola, Florida and Mobile, Alabama. We are also happy to welcome patients from out of town, and we offer virtual consultation services to all patients who are not able to make it into our office easily.

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