Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty)
Naples Plastic Surgery
Many patients who have experienced dramatic weight loss or pregnancy struggle with loose skin on their stomach and seek out the services of Dr. Gardner. Individuals who might otherwise have a normal body weight and proportion can still develop a protruding, loose, or saggy abdomen. The most common reasons for this include aging, heredity, pregnancy, and weight fluctuations.
The procedure can also restore weakened or separated muscles to the effect of creating abdominals that are both smoother and firmer. While dieting and exercise can tone abdominal muscles, only surgical intervention can remove sagging skin on the stomach and tighten flabby muscles. However, a tummy tuck is no substitute for a recurring exercise regimen.
Tummy tucks are a sophisticated plastic surgery procedure that helps patients obtain flatter stomachs by removing loose skin and tightening the underlying abdominal muscles. Once healed, patients achieve the looks they desire and feel more confident in their appearance.
Tummy Tuck in Naples
Dr. Gardner begins the process with a one-on-one consultation to determine the patient's aesthetic needs and to tailor the procedure specifically to the patient. Every patient’s requirements are different. He also thoroughly discusses the procedure and answers any questions to ease patient apprehension.
On the day of the surgery, patients are prepared for the procedure by Dr. Gardner's medical team and are given a general anesthetic. The plastic surgeon begins the tummy tucks by creating an incision across the abdomen and stitching the abdominal muscles into a tighter position. Then, he extracts excess skin and repositions the belly button to a more aesthetically pleasing location.
In almost all instances, Dr. Gardner combines liposuction of the “love handles” with abdominoplasty at no extra cost. He may also recommend other areas be treated with liposuction.
Certain patients are candidates to have combined tummy tuck and liposuction of the tummy. This cutting edge procedure can successfully remove excess skin and fat on the stomach to yield smaller waistlines and more toned abdomens.
Abdominoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis and typically takes two to four hours to complete. After the procedure is finished, patients are able to return to their homes, where they can rest and recover for one to two weeks before returning to their daily activities.
Recovering from Abdominoplasty
Tummy tucks are an invasive surgical procedure, which may lead to complications. Dr. Gardner has years of experience performing successful tummy tuck procedures and has earned a reputation as a fantastic plastic surgeon in the Naples area. Patients will receive a detailed information packet of post-operative instructions, thoroughly detailing any actions you may need to take. After patients review Dr. Paul Gardner's outstanding surgical record and before-and-after tummy tuck pictures, they feel assured that they are in good hands.