Abdominoplasty surgery is also known as the popular Tummy Tuck surgery. Further, it is one of the most popular and requested cosmetic surgery procedures. For this reason, Dr. Brown has a very unique approach to each patient getting surgery on their stomach. Did you know it’s the perfect treatment for that stubborn apron of loose skin? This is the skin that hangs at the bottom of your abdomen. As a result, this procedure is an excellent option for women post-pregnancy or for those who have lost a lot of weight. You can get the stomach you want with tight and toned skin.

Our patients who undergo this treatment report a considerable boost in their self-confidence. This is because of the improvement made to their physical appearance. Hence, they have a lack of self-consciousness, both in and out of clothing. There are different types of abdominoplasty procedures aimed at improving the abdomen. Next, let’s take a look at the procedure or surgery itself.


An Abdominoplasty, or Tummy Tuck, aims to improve the look of the entire central core. For many patients, this procedure achieves the following:
1. Removes stretch marks
2. Creates an enhanced definition of the belly button or umbilicus
3. Removes excess skin
4. Tightens abdominal skin
5. Tightens and repairs the six-pack muscles (or rectus abdominis)
6. Narrows the waistline
7. Improves self-confidence

For these reasons and more, it is one of the most transformative procedures for patients. Also, it is one of the best available in a plastic surgeon’s armamentarium. Dr. Brown pays particular attention to abdominal contour, definition, and the belly button. He uses a unique suturing technique. Because of this technique, it will help to shape and mold a beautiful belly button. He believes this is essential to a beautiful abdomen.

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The mini tummy tuck primarily addresses excess skin in the lower abdomen. Most often, the scar is shorter and, if necessary, gets tightened. It does this by fixing the laxity between the six pack muscles. This aims to address the “baby bulge” that never went away. The belly button stays in place and does not have a scar around it.


This is one of the most powerful tools of transformation in a plastic surgeon’s belt. With this surgery, Dr. Brown removes skin and fat from the upper and lower stomach. Then he redrapes the skin and excises the excess. The belly button pops out through its new position and is more defined. Many patients say it now has a more youthful appearance. Take note, it is still your belly button but more refined looking. How do the six pack muscles get tightened? They are sewn together in the mid-line. Because of this, it narrows the waistline creating an hourglass appearance. The incision is almost always made from hip to hip. With a scar around the belly button as well, which is well camouflaged.


Lipoabdominoplasty is a very specialized form of abdominoplasty that Dr. Brown excels in. Some patients are excellent candidates for this state of the art procedure. He performs liposculpture across the abdomen as well. Coupled with full abdominoplasty surgery. Together, these further enhance the abdominal contour and create beautiful definition. Hence, these procedures create compelling visual changes to your midsection. Liposuction is mainly focused on the hips, flanks, and lower ribs. It establishes a pronounced hourglass appearance. As a result, the effect is visible both in and out of clothing.


Have you had Bariatric surgery? Or lost a significant amount of weight? If you answered yes to either of these, you might enjoy the results of the extended tummy tuck. With this operation, the scars are longer. This helps to achieve a significant effect on the abdominal wall contour. As a general rule, the pubic region is also lifted with this surgery. Because of this, there is a universal improvement in the torso. As well as a more harmonious improvement to your stomach as a whole.


Sometimes not all the skin on the upper part of the stomach gets tight enough with a mini or full tummy surgery. As a result, reverse tummy surgery is an option. With this operation, the skin gets pulled up toward the breasts/lower chest. It is useful if you need a secondary or revision surgery. Imagine all the skin laxity that begins to develop as we age, too!


For patients who want to enjoy the benefits of a slimmer shape with extra figure, the revolutionary hourglass tummy tuck may be for you. This unique procedure combines three surgeries in one to deliver stunning results. It aims to deliver a slimmer, tighter look while also providing the enhanced curves of an hourglass figure. The hourglass tummy tuck combines:

  • Tummy Tuck: to create a tighter and firmer appearance in your abdominal area.
  • LipoSculpture: to remove stubborn pockets of fat for a slimmer shape and silhouette.
  • Brazilian Butt Lift: to repurpose the fat from liposuction and enhance the shape and size of your buttocks.

The aesthetic results of the hourglass tummy tuck are unparalleled in the field of cosmetic surgery.


Did you know that men get this surgery almost as much as women? That’s right! If you are close to your ideal weight, men and women of any age are great candidates. Ideal weight is an important point to remember. This helps to ensure accuracy for the final result, which can always change with more weight loss. Also. Dr. Brown recommends that women wait until they have no future plans to become pregnant. Why might you ask? This can reverse the changes made in abdominoplasty. We also suggest you look at our tummy tuck before and after photo gallery as a reference point.

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  • Lack of self confidence due to excess abdominal skin
  • Excess stretch marks in lower abdomen
  • Excess stretch marks in lower abdomen and around belly button
  • Poorly define belly button in the setting of excess skin
  • Separation of six-pack muscles, also called diastasis recti
  • Roundness of the abdomen despite low body fat and healthy diet/lifestyle
  • Uneven scar from C-section
  • Over-hanging skin from weight loss, C-section, or previous pregnancy
  • Crepe-paper appearance of abdominal skin from pregnancy
  • You can grab fist-fulls of skin on your abdomen due to excess skin


  • Initial discussion
  • Physical exam
  • Photographs
  • Treatment planning

At your initial consultation, Dr. Brown will speak with you and listen to your concerns. In addition, he will get a thorough history while doing so. Dr. Brown will take every precaution in making sure to focus on safety over everything else. Next, you will get a physical exam to assess your abdominal skin. Also, Dr. Brown will look at:

1. Your six-pack muscles
2. Presence of any hernias
3. The appearance of any preexisting scars
4. Stretch marks
5. Areas of excess fat

To determine the best treatment option, this exam is vital. Next, Dr. Brown will take photos of your stomach. These are part of your confidential medical record. These are not published without your explicit verbal and written consent. Finally, a safe treatment plan that will help you to reach your goals best. You should also make a complimentary second preoperative consultation. Why is this necessary? First, you can get more questions answered. Second, you will get your prescriptions ahead of time. Third, you can fill them before your surgery. In closing, everything is ready for you when you get home after your operation.


Most patients undergo general anesthesia when having tummy tuck surgery. But they do go home the same day while very few need to stay overnight. Drains help to prevent the development of fluid collections as a result of surgery. Dr. Brown utilizes a very modern technique of local anesthesia. Because of this, surgical pain will be less right after the immediate operation. Most patients feel pretty well after a few days, but are sore for about 2 weeks. You should start walking and only engage in light activity. Anything strenuous should not happen for almost 6 weeks. Why might you ask? This is to prevent complications and ensure the best possible outcome!

Day 0 to 2 Weeks
Walking bent at the waist to minimize tension on the incision

2 to 4 weeks
Walking upright is more comfortable
Light activity may be initiated here with minimal engagement of core musculature
Typically, a garment or abdominal binder are worn night and day for this period

4 to 6 weeks
Modest increase in activity
The garment or binder may be worn for 12 hours a day

6 weeks
Enjoy your new body without restrictions


This procedure will have done more to improve your physique than any 6 weeks of working out could do. Also, prepare yourself to see results you haven’t seen in years when you resume your workouts. A healthy lifestyle and rigorous exercise regimen will only maximize your results. Also, it will sustain them after the 6 weeks, too! Dr. Brown is an excellent choice for plastic surgery Tampa.

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

To get started, request an appointment using our form or call (813) 258-2425.

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