Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, was the fifth most common procedure performed by plastic surgeons in 2005. Dr. Tyrone routinely performs abdominoplasties and tummy tucks at his Gainesville, Florida Plastic Surgery practice. Candidates for abdominoplasty are those patients with excess skin and fat of their abdomen. An abdominoplasty involves three basic surgical components: skin and fatty tissue excision, liposuction, and muscle repair. The extent of each of these parts will be individualized for you. During abdominoplasty surgery, the excess skin and fat from the abdomen are removed, the underlying separation of the rectus muscles (“rectus diastasis”) is repaired to tighten the waistline and excess fat is removed by a combination of direct excision and liposuction. Every effort is made to keep the resultant scar concealed in a patient’s undergarment. Certain patients with minimal excess fatty tissue and skin may be good candidates for mini-tummy tuck surgery. This limited procedure results in a slightly shorter scar and quicker recovery time. Dr. Tyrone can discuss with you which procedure would benefit you the most.
An abdominoplasty is usually an outpatient procedure performed at Dr. Tyrone’s ambulatory surgery facility located in Gainesville, Florida. Our convenient location allows Dr. Tyrone to perform tummy tuck surgery on patients from not only Gainesville and Alachua county, but all of north Florida including Ocala, Jacksonville, Orlando and the surrounding areas.
Dr. Tyrone understands that the decision to undergo an abdominoplasty is an important one, and he knows the importance of educating you before, during and after the procedure. He firmly believes the most informed patients are also the most comfortable, confident and satisfied patients. Several before-and-after abdominoplasty patient photographs are available on this web site. Additional photographs are available for viewing in the office.
Please contact our cosmetic Plastic Surgery practice in Gainesville, Florida to schedule a liposuction, tummy tuck, body contouring or gynecomastia surgery consultation with Dr. Tyrone.
Below are a few of the commonly asked questions regarding tummy tuck / abdominoplasty surgery. We understand that patients often have many other questions, and we strongly encourage you to write them down and bring them with you to your consultation. Dr. Tyrone is happy to answer any question you may have, and believes the most informed patients are the most satisfied patients.
Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck?
Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a procedure which removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen. The abdominal and waist line contours are improved by removing the excess skin and fat, reuniting the abdominal muscles in the midline and contouring the remaining fat by a combination of direct excision and liposuction. If you have a significant amount of excess fat, a secondary liposuction procedure may be required as overly aggressive liposuction at the time of abdominoplasty may compromise wound healing. Dr. Tyrone will discuss your expected result at the time of your consultation. In 2005, more than 165,000 tummy tucks were performed. It is one of the more common procedures performed by Board Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tyrone in his Gainesville, Florida surgical facility.
Good candidates for abdominoplasty include women and men who have excess skin and fat concentrated in their lower abdomen. This is frequently the result of significant weight loss or post-pregnancy changes. Frequently, patients have a midline bulge that is a result of separation of the abdominal muscles. This is often seen in women after pregnancy and will be addressed at the time of your surgery. Patients seeking abdominoplasty frequently have excess fat in other areas besides their abdomen. Many of these areas (hips, flanks and lateral thighs) can be safely addressed by liposuction at the time of abdominoplasty.
What is the difference between a full tummy tuck and a mini tummy tuck?
A mini tummy tuck is similar to a full tummy tuck except the scars that are generally shorter in length, less undermining of the abdominal skin is performed and a muscle repair may or may not be performed. Patients may have a quicker recovery with this "limited" procedure, however a mini tummy tuck may not be the best option for all patients. Dr. Tyrone will discuss with you which procedure would be best for you during your consultation.
What will my abdominoplasty consultation with Dr. Tyrone entail?
During your initial abdominoplasty consultation, Dr. Tyrone will inquire about your medical and surgical history including current medications and allergies. It is important to be thorough when discussing your medical history as safety is Dr. Tyrone’s top priority. Your full disclosure of all pertinent medical information prior to surgery will reduce the incidence of unwanted complications after surgery. You will discuss your concerns and motivations for seeking an abdominoplasty. Details of abdominoplasty surgery will be discussed including incision placements as well what is expected of you preoperatively and postoperatively. The risks of surgery will be discussed in detail. Before and after photographs of actual patients will be reviewed during your consultation. Frequently, during this part of the abdominoplasty consultation, the patient sees a photograph that she feels is most similar to the before and after result she would like to obtain.
Dr. Tyrone will then carefully examine the areas of your body that concern you. Your excess abdominal skin and fat will be assessed. Your abdominal muscles will be carefully examined to assess whether or not you would benefit from a muscle repair or tightening during your abdominoplasty. Proposed incisions will be demonstrated to you. Dr. Tyrone encourages you to ask any questions during your consultation. A surgical plan will then be proposed based on the information gathered during your consultation. Following your consultation, you will meet with Dr. Tyrone’s patient coordinator, to discuss scheduling your surgery and answer any questions you may have forgotten to ask Dr. Tyrone.
Abdominoplasty surgery is not an exact science. Although the majority of women experience no complications, potential risks and complications of abdominoplasty surgery will be discussed at the time of your consultation. Prior to undergoing abdominoplasty surgery with Dr. Tyrone, it is important for you to fully understand the risks and potential complications associated with your procedure.
What do I need to do to prepare for my tummy tuck surgery?
Once you have scheduled your abdominoplasty surgery with Dr. Tyrone, you will be given preoperative instructions that discuss everything from finances to follow-up visits after your surgery. Prior to your abdominoplasty, you will need basic blood work and medical clearance form your primary medical doctor. You will receive prescriptions form Dr. Tyrone’s patient coordinator prior to surgery. It is important to have the medication prescriptions filled in the days prior to your surgery so they are waiting for you when you return home from surgery.
You will receive a list of medications (i.e. aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to avoid for 14 days prior to your tummy tuck surgery with Dr. Tyrone. Additionally, though there is no scientific proof that certain medications reduce bruising, swelling and pain after abdominoplasty surgery, you will be asked to obtain Arnica Montana, Bromelain and Vitamin A pills to take prior to and after your procedure. Finally, the night before surgery, shower and wash as you would normally and do not eat or drink after midnight.
Where will my abdominoplasty scars be?
Dr. Tyrone will be able to give you an excellent idea of where your abdominoplasty scars will be prior to your operation. They will be shown to you during your examination. You will also be marked prior to your surgery. You will be asked to wear a bathing suit or underwear at the time of your preoperative markings so the incisions can be designed to fall in the confines of your undergarments. The scar typically lies above the pubic hair and extends a variable distance to the sides below the hip bones.
During a full abdominoplasty, as opposed to a mini-abdominoplasty, the belly button is left attached to the abdominal wall and brought out through a new opening after the excess skin has been removed. The location of your belly button does not change. It is impossible to know exactly where your scar will lie and to know the exact length of your scar prior to your operation. Scars will be discussed in detail prior to your operation. This is because the final adjustments to the scar including location and length are made during the operation. Every effort will be made to leave you with as fine a scar as possible by suturing not only the skin at the time of your operation but also repairing the deeper fascia (superficial fascial system) of the abdominal wall. By repairing the deeper layers of the abdominal wall, tension on the skin repair is minimized. Scars will be discussed in detail prior to your operation. Dr. Tyrone will also instruct you on how to optimize the appearance of your scars after surgery. Dr. Tyrone will make every effort to leave a scar that can be concealed in your undergarments. It is important to remember that scars often get worse before they get better. Most scars undergo a period of time where they are swollen and red typically 4-8 weeks after surgery before they begin to settle.
Where will my tummy tuck surgery take place?
Dr. Tyrone performs abdominoplasty and tummy tuck surgery in Gainesville, Florida at the state of the art "Laser and Eye Surgery Center". The Ambulatory Surgery Facility (APSF) located in the North Florida Regional Medical Center Physician Park, is certified at the highest level by American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. Our entire staff is dedicated to your comfort and satisfaction. A beautifully decorated reception area, comfortable exam rooms, private dressing rooms for patients preparing for surgery, and attentive care from our staff through all phases of your recovery help to make your entire surgical experience a pleasant one. Every measure has been taken to ensure your safety and comfort.
When you arrive at the ASF for your tummy tuck surgery with Dr. Tyrone, you will check in and be escorted to the surgery suite. Dr. Tyrone and his nurses will meet with you prior to your surgery.
If Dr. Tyrone feels a hospital is a more appropriate setting for your surgery, he has full privileges at several local hospitals including North Florida Regional Medical Center.
What do I need to do after my abdominoplasty?
After recovering from your tummy tuck surgery with Dr. Tyrone, you will be able to go home in the company of a friend or family member. If you have chosen to have your surgery in a hospital setting (or Dr. Tyrone felt it was medically indicated to you’re your surgery in the hospital), you will be discharged the day after your surgery. You will receive thorough postoperative instructions. Dr. Tyrone will call you at home or at the hospital the night of your abdominoplasty. Your pain will be well controlled and you will be able to drink normally. Your incision will be covered by steristrips that are not to be removed, a gauze dressing, and an abdominal binder. For the first few days after surgery the binder should not be made too tight. If you had a full abdominoplasty, you will typically have two drainage tubes. You will be instructed in their care. Usually, one tube is removed @ 3-5 days and the remaining tube will be removed a 710 days. You will be permitted to shower after both drains have been removed. Compression stockings as recommended in your preoperative instructions should be worn until you are ambulating normally and with regularity. It is important to be mobile after surgery and to keep blood circulating in your legs. You may have difficulty standing straight up after surgery; however, this will pass after several days.
You may shower on the second day after surgery. Drains are typically removed 7-10 days after the operation, Your incisions will be supported by steristrips or surgical tape for 4-6 weeks. As discussed, scars tend to get worse initially and then fade over time. Dr. Tyrone will discuss how to care for your incisions. You may resume aerobic activities after three weeks but should refrain from abdominal exercises or heavy lifting for six weeks.
Dr. Tyrone is available at all times through his Gainesville office should a problem arise. Abdominoplasty and tummy tuck surgery patients are typically seen the day after their surgery, and one week later.
What results can I expect from my abdominoplasty?
Provided you are a good candidate for abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery, surgery by Dr. Tyrone will provide you with improved abdominal contours. Clothing should fit better and extra skin and fat that bothered you before will no longer be a worry. The results will be long lasting provided you maintain a stable weight through diet and exercise. Maintaining a relationship with Dr. Tyrone after your abdominoplasty surgery is important to help you address these changes and other concerns which may arise.