Do I Need a Tummy Tuck? Signs You Should Get Abdominoplasty By Joseph M. Brown, MD, FACS on March 15, 2024

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Tummy tuck is the colloquial name for abdominoplasty, a cosmetic plastic surgery that refines the waistline through the removal of excess fat and skin. It also tones the stomach through the tightening of loose abdominal muscles.

In this short blog post, I will explain why our Tampa, FL, patients come to me for this procedure and the signs that indicate a tummy tuck is the right procedure for you.

If You Want These Benefits, Get a Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck offers a broad range of incredible benefits. Beyond the skin tightening and fat removal I’ve already discussed, this cosmetic surgery offers immediate improvements that will finalize in approximately six months after your procedure. These results are permanent as long as you do not undergo any significant weight fluctuations or pregnancy.

An abdominoplasty can also enhance your overall quality of life in various physical ways, by helping to improve your posture and reduce back pain. Of course, the combination of a better daily life and vastly improved appearance means that a tummy tuck also improves confidence.

Some Lifestyle Signs Indicate a Tummy Tuck Is Right… Or Wrong

There are various factors that must be met for someone to be an ideal tummy tuck candidate. First of all, you should be done having children since pregnancy can unfortunately stretch your skin, nullifying the results of your abdominoplasty.

It is also important to be within approximately 30 pounds of your ideal weight. This is not a major weight loss procedure, it is intended to refine the body.

When it comes to your health, you should be free of any medical conditions that could complicate your surgery. Furthermore, it is ideal if you are a non-smoker because smoking tobacco-products can inhibit healing post-surgery. If you do smoke, you should plan to quit for at least one month before and after your surgery at my Tampa practice.

You Should Also Be Able to Take Some Time Off for Recovery

I will provide very detailed instructions for how you can maximize your tummy tuck recovery. It is very important that you understand the recovery period can take anywhere from about four to six weeks to end. 

Directly after your surgery, you will most likely have to take a few weeks off of work and modify your daily activities. For example, you can expect to limit all strenuous exercise and be able to rest in a calm atmosphere at home.

Request Your Tummy Tuck Consultation

The best way to find out if a tummy tuck is right for you is to reach out and request your consultation with me. Unlike many surgeons who seek to get potential new patients in and out within 15 minutes, I promise to spend a significant amount of time getting to know your cosmetic needs. When patients come to my Tampa office, I prioritize carrying out their vision, not simply performing another plastic surgery that achieves a stock look. Call or message me now to schedule an appointment.

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Dr. Joseph Brown

Plastic Surgery

A board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Joseph M. Brown strives to provide patients with transformative, yet natural results in a safe and comfortable environment. When you choose him as your provider, he will develop a patient-doctor relationship based on honesty, trust, and a clear understanding of a common goal. He is affiliated with organizations such as the:

  • American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
  • Florida Medical Association
  • American Medical Association
  • American College of Surgeons

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