Tummy Tuck in Tampa, FL and Atlanta, GA
Men and women who feel as though their stomach is resistant to diet and exercise should contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brandon Mang. He is proud to offer tummy tucks to the patients in Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida, as well as Atlanta, Alpharetta, and the neighboring communities in Georgia.
Many patients seek a tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, for a variety of reasons. Candidates who intend to lose a lot of weight and/or are planning future pregnancies may want to postpone this procedure. Keep in mind a tummy tuck will only remove stretch marks on the piece of skin that is excised. This procedure is frequently performed in combination with liposuction to specific areas you want to have contoured.
What Happens During A Tummy Tuck Procedure?
This procedure can last between one to four hours depending on the method best for you: mini or standard.
In a traditional tummy tuck an incision is made above the public area that spans from one hip bone to the other. In order to lift the skin and cut away he excess Dr. Mang will separate the skin from the abdominal wall and suture the skin together again in it’s new position. If needed, your belly button will be re-positioned and sutured.
Partial Abdominoplasty (Mini Tummy Tuck)
To begin, a shorter incision is made above the pubic area. Your navel may not be moved but may be pulled into an abnormal shape as the skin is stretched and tightened. Skin is separated only between the incision line and your navel. The skin is lifted, stretched down and excess skin removed. Finally, the incision is sutured and dressings are applied. You may wish to include a limited muscle repair or liposuction.
Cost of A Tummy Tuck
Dr. Mang is conscious of his patients’ budgets and keeps his prices competitive. Plastic surgery procedures can range depending on the needs and goals of each patient, therefore, it is important to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mang to discuss pricing. At Mang Plastic Surgery, we believe that a cosmetic procedure is an investment in your self-confidence, which will be beneficial for years to come. Sometimes that may be costly, and that is why we offer financing through CareCredit®.
Preparing For A Tummy Tuck
The preparation for your surgery starts during your consultation. Your needs and desires are unique and the consultation is a time for us to get on the same page as well as discuss your expectations and answer any questions you have about your surgery. In the consultation we will ask about your medical history and require a list of medications you are currently taking.
Review With Dr. Mang
- Stop smoking. It is important to discontinue the use of cigarettes and other nicotine products as they constrict blood vessels and slow the healing and recovery process.
- Avoid alcohol. This is not long term, but alcohol use should be discontinued for at least two weeks before surgery and two weeks after surgery.
- Vitamins and other OTC drugs. Discontinue the use of these for at least two weeks before surgery.
- Pain medication. Dr. Mang may prescribe you pain medication to alleviate any discomfort. It is important to fill these prior to surgery and bring them to the procedure.
- Drink water. Water is a very helpful tool both before and after surgery. It is important to drink plenty of water before surgery and after. Water helps flush out toxins.
- Aspirin and Ibuprofen. Discontinue the use of both of these for at least two weeks before and after surgery. These products thin you blood and can interfere with your body’s ability to heal.
- Getting home. After surgery driving is prohibited. Arrange for transportation home.
What To Expect After Surgery
Work: Most patients are back to work between seven to 10 days for a mini tummy tuck and two to three weeks for a standard tummy tuck. If a high level of activity is required for your job, speak to your doctor about a time frame that will be appropriate for you to return to work.
Swelling and Bruising: Bruising will disappear after a few weeks; however, swelling can remain for months. Abdominal numbing is expected and can last as long as six months or longer. Scars may actually appear to worsen for the first three to six weeks after surgery, but this is normal and to be expected. After nine to 12 months, scars will begin to flatten and lighten in color. Scars can be hidden by most clothing and bathing suits. Dr. Mang advises patients to use the herb arnica to help prevent and minimize swelling and bruising.
Showering: You may shower after your dressings and drains (if placed) have been removed.
Discomfort: Discomfort can be moderate. The tighter the tuck, the more discomfort you will feel. Pain medication prescribed by your surgeon can help minimize it, but if discomfort persists, contact your surgeon immediately.
Recovery: You should begin walking as soon as possible. This reduces swelling, lowers your chances of blood clots and tones muscle. Sutures may be removed 10 to 14 days after surgery. Bandages are removed after one to four days. Drains (if placed) will be removed after several days. Your surgeon may instruct you to wear a support garment for a recommended amount of time.
Results: Each patient heals and scars differently. It is vital to keep in mind that the results of this procedure vary from patient to patient. However most patients will enjoy their final result within one to three months.
A large or sagging mid-section should not keep you from feeling your best. Men and women who want a tighter, leaner, and more sculpted abdomen should call Dr. Mang. He is board-certified plastic surgeon serving patients in Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida, as well as Atlanta, Alpharetta, and the neighboring communities in Georgia. Contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mang today.