Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty)
Naples Plastic Surgery
Many patients who have experienced dramatic weight loss or pregnancy struggle with loose skin on their stomachs and may seek out the services of a cosmetic surgeon due to the lack of viable at-home options to treat the condition. Some people who have an otherwise normal body-weight-to-proportion physique can still develop a protruding, loose, or saggy abdomen. The most common reasons for this include aging, heredity, pregnancy, and weight fluctuations, with the tummy tuck being among the most effective means for addressing the excess belly skin.
Also known as an “abdominoplasty,” Dr. Paul M. Gardner and Dr. Leopoldo M. Baccaro offer the tummy tuck to their patients in the Naples, Florida area. Along with reducing excess belly skin, the procedure can also restore weakened or separated muscles with 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.
A Tummy tuck is a sophisticated plastic surgery procedure that helps patients obtain flatter stomachs by removing loose skin and tightening the underlying abdominal muscles. Once healed, patients typically achieve the looks they desire and feel more confident in their appearance.
Tummy Tuck in Naples
Dr. Gardner and Dr. Baccaro always initiate cosmetic surgery procedures with a one-on-one consultation to determine the patient's aesthetic needs and to tailor the procedure specifically to the patient's unique physique and desired outcome. Our doctors also thoroughly discusses procedure steps, answer all questions, and strive to ease patient apprehension by imparting as much detail about the surgery as possible.
On the day of the surgery, patients are prepared for the procedure by our expert medical team and, once all prep details have been addressed, given a general anesthetic. Our plastic surgeons begin each tummy tuck with an incision across the abdomen, which allows them to sticth the abdominal muscles into a tighter position. This is followed by an extraction of excess skin and repositioning of the belly button to a more aesthetically pleasing location.
In most instances, Dr. Gardner and Dr. Baccoro combine liposuction of the “love handles” with abdominoplasty at no extra cost. They may also recommend that 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 represent an invasive surgical procedure, which may lead to complications. Our cosmetic surgeons have extensive training and experience performing successful tummy tuck procedures, and Gardner Plastic Surgery has earned a stellar reputation for plastic surgery in the Naples area. Patients will receive a detailed information packet regarding post-operative instructions, thoroughly detailing any actions you may need to take. After patients review our surgeons' outstanding surgical record, expertise, and before-and-after tummy tuck pictures, they are assured that they are in good hands.