Tummy Tuck in Miami, FL
Even with diet and exercise, stubborn pockets of fat around the midsection, excess skin, and a lack of abdominal contour can persist. These issues can occur for many reasons, including pregnancy, rapid weight fluctuations, or genetics. Many women and men struggle with loose skin, a belly pooch, and separated abdominal muscles, contributing to a lack of confidence and frustration.
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a life-changing procedure designed to target excess skin, loose abdominal muscles, and fat around the midsection to reveal a tighter, more contoured abdomen.
Tummy tucks are very popular with women who have been pregnant and experience an accumulation of fat and skin around the midsection, often called a pooch. Any time the body goes through weight fluctuations, there is a risk that the skin will lose elasticity and the abdominal muscles will stretch, causing two problems that are impossible to correct with diet and exercise. A tummy tuck is the only procedure to improve these issues.
What Are the Benefits of a Tummy Tuck?
The primary benefit of a tummy tuck is to slim, tone, and tighten the midsection. A tummy tuck can help address concerns such as:
- Loose or sagging abdominal skin and tissue
- A protruding belly or a “belly pooch”
- Separation of the abdominal muscles (diastasis recti)
- Changes to the abdominal area as a result of pregnancy or childbirth
- Excess abdominal skin as a result of significant weight loss
At VK Cosmetic Surgical Arts, we provide individualized, high-end care to help you reach your aesthetic goals.
What Are My Tummy Tuck Options?
Dr. Victoria Karlinsky, a leading cosmetic surgeon in Miami, is committed to providing elegant, lasting results for her body contouring patients. Your tummy tuck will be entirely customized to your specific goals and concerns while maintaining safety. VK Cosmetic Surgical Arts provides multiple tummy tuck options to curate your personalized surgical process.
Full Tummy Tuck
A full tummy tuck or abdominoplasty encompasses the entire midsection and reduces large amounts of excess skin and tissue. During a full tummy tuck, the incision extends horizontally from hip to hip, low enough to be hidden with clothing. This option is ideal for patients experiencing loose or separated abdominal muscles.
Mini Tummy Tuck
A mini tummy tuck is ideal for patients experiencing a concentrated excess of fat and skin in the central lower abdomen. This procedure is less invasive than a full tummy tuck, with a much shorter incision.
Patients may also require additional fat removal during their tummy tuck with liposuction.
Am I a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
Candidates for abdominoplasty struggle to eliminate loose skin and excess fat. If you experience these issues, a tummy tuck can help.
A tummy tuck is not intended as a weight loss solution. While it can eliminate some fat, the primary purpose is to improve issues like a loss of skin elasticity and separated abdominal muscles.
Therefore, candidates should be close to their ideal weight, be in good health, be non-smokers or are willing to quit, have realistic expectations for results, and have a healthy body image. Dr. Karlinsky believes cosmetic surgery should only be performed when the patient desires the procedure for their own betterment and satisfaction — not for another person’s desires.
A leading female cosmetic surgeon in Miami, Dr. Karlinsky understands the importance of providing elegant, natural results. Her dedication to creating custom, unique treatment plans and regarding safety as a top priority is evident through her involvement in every step of the surgical process, from consultation to recovery. Dr. Karlinsky and our team at VK Cosmetic Surgical Arts are available for support, advice, and optimum care.
If you are interested in tummy tuck surgery in Miami, Florida, call us today at (305) 939-4532 to schedule your consultation.
How Is a Tummy Tuck Performed?
The techniques for your tummy tuck will vary on the surgical plan you and your board-certified cosmetic surgeon have decided on.
Generally, a full tummy tuck takes between two and four hours and is performed under general anesthesia. A mini tummy tuck can be performed with local anesthesia and is completed in around two hours.
Your surgeon can give you a more detailed surgical plan during your consultation, as you will be discussing the overall goals of your procedure and deciding whether you are combining your tummy tuck with any other procedures, such as liposuction or Mommy Makeover surgery.
How Long Is Tummy Tuck Recovery?
Abdominoplasty is an outpatient procedure, and you can often return home the same day. You will need someone to drive you home, as you will be recovering from anesthesia and may be nauseous or groggy.
You will be sent home in a compression garment to help you heal and support the area. Expect swelling, bruising, and soreness for the first few days or weeks. You will be required to limit movement, including bending and lifting, for several weeks following surgery.
A full tummy tuck will require most patients to take at least two weeks off for recovery, refraining from physical activities for six weeks or more, and avoiding heavy lifting until your cosmetic surgeon clears you. Your surgeon at VK Cosmetic Surgical Arts will provide detailed aftercare instructions specific to your procedure.
Every patient is different, and recovery time may vary. Dr. Karlinsky will also give you her personal cell phone number if you have questions or concerns throughout your recovery process. Do not hesitate to reach out to her during this time.
When Will I See the Results of My Tummy Tuck?
You will see an immediate change following your tummy tuck, including a slimmer, flatter midsection. As you heal and swelling subsides, your results will continue to improve.
Once fully healed, you will have a smoother, tighter abdomen
Tummy Tuck FAQ
How much does a tummy tuck cost in Miami?
The cost of a tummy tuck in Miami will vary depending on the extent of correction, the tummy tuck technique used, geographical location, anesthesia fees, facility fees, surgical fees, and if you have combined your tummy tuck with any other procedures.
During your comprehensive consultation, our surgeons will discuss your surgical options and design a custom plan to help you achieve your goals. Once you decide on the treatment plan, our team can estimate the cost.
Will I have scars after my tummy tuck?
Every surgical procedure will result in some scarring. Through our years of experience and skilled technique, our surgeons will only make incisions where necessary and choose the most discreet locations possible.
The extent of your scarring will also depend on the success of your recovery period, your body’s natural healing process, and your genetic proclivity for scarring. To minimize extensive scars, it’s important to follow all aftercare instructions, which will include avoiding excess tension on your incisions, limiting sun exposure, and protecting your surgical site.
You may also benefit from topical scar medications to lessen raised or darkened scars.
Will my tummy tuck be permanent?
The results of your tummy tuck are intended to be permanent. Excess skin and fat are physically removed, and abdominal muscles are surgically tightened. However, no cosmetic surgery can stop the natural aging process or subsequent changes to the body.
If you experience excessive weight gain, pregnancy, or hormonal changes, your abdominal muscles can separate, and your skin can stretch again. If this happens, the results of your tummy tuck can be reversed, and a second surgery may be necessary.
Additionally, pregnancy risks reversing some of the effects. Therefore, women are advised to undergo a tummy tuck after having children.
How can I maintain the results of my tummy tuck?
The best way to maintain (and even improve) the results of your tummy tuck is through proper diet and exercise. Once you are fully healed, try exercises that engage your core. A tummy tuck can provide you with stunning results, but it’s also a great opportunity to take your physique to the next level beyond what you could have before.
What other procedures can I combine with my tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck is an excellent procedure to combine with other body contouring surgeries for an overall transformation.
Many women include a tummy tuck in a Mommy Makeover, a collection of procedures that target areas of the body commonly affected by pregnancy, childbirth, and the female aging process. Mommy Makeover patients often combine tummy tucks, breast surgeries, and liposuction.