Tummy Tuck Overview
A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty, is an ideal procedure for individuals who wish to remove excess tummy fat that cannot be eliminated by diet or exercise alone. In Orlando, board-certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Armando Soto performs four distinct variations, which includes the modified method, high lateral tension, mini, and extended. At Aesthetic Enhancements Plastic Surgery, Dr. Soto will discuss all the differences and benefits between these procedures during a patient’s initial consultation. However, the overall goal is to remove excess fat and skin in the abdomen to create a smoother and slimmer belly. It is a popular procedure among both men and women because it produces amazing results.
Tummy Tuck Reviews
"Nice Butt - Orlando, FL - i have always been flat behind and hated the way i looked in clothes. for years and years i wore my clothes big to camaflage my figure. after about 3 years of researching a plastic surgeon. i decided to have my buttocks augmentation surgery. i am 52 years old and could not have spent my money in a better way. i had my surgery 2 months ago and have no regrets. the facility was a quad a facility. my doctor was a board certified plastic surgery. a board certified anesthesiolgist put me to sleep. 2 icu nurses to care of me before, during and after the surgey. the office staff was amazing and very professional especially sarah. i called my doctor at 3 o'clock in the morning 2 days after my surgery because my garment was itching my doctor answered his phone very nicely told me what to do and the garment has been fine every since. i had my surgery on a thursday, i reported back to the office monday and when my doctor came in he had flowers for me. my doctor was totally honest and realistic with me he told me what he could do and he did it. i don't have this big ghetto booty, but it is perfect for a woman my size and age, it also jiggle a little bit, i love it. i can't wait to go back for my post-op in january to take my after surgery pictures and to talk to him about a tummy tuck or abdominal plasty whichever one he thinks i need. "- J. / RealSelf / Dec 14, 2009
"Planning the Mommy Makeover - Orlando, FL - Hey all! I'm currently considering a tummy tuck with a bit of lipo on the flanks and breast lift; potentially scheduling it for June 2011 in Orlando, Florida. So, here's the start of my story ... I'm 35, mother of two fantastic little ones (4 & 18months), I'm 5'2 and currently weigh 138. 138 is a bit heavy for me. Back in the college days I looked fabulous at 105, but it's been more than a decade since I have seen that weight! After my first, I lost the baby weight by 9months by dieting and jogging. I weighed about 130. My little guy is 18 months now and I haven't been as successful with the weight loss this time. For background, I am active ... walking and jogging often and I eat well, but not perfect. Both babies were big (almost 9 pounds each), but I think my youngest ruined my belly! I carried him like a bullet! Honestly, I have been unhappy with the shape/size of my hips since I can remember ...even when I should have been thrilled. So, I am getting the "guts" to do this thing and get a little lipo on the hips! My stomach muscles are separated and my sweet little guy did a number on my skin below the belly button, hence the need for a TT. The TT scares me the most .... I hope I am making the right decision here. The breast story ...I work full time (medical sales), but spent some quality time with the breast pump, and was able to breastfeed both babies for about 5 months each. I'm thrilled I was able to breast feed, but I am certainly not thrilled with the look of the milkers now! The breasts are racing south, hence my choice to pursue a lift. I am usually a size C, but expanded to something off the charts while breast feeding. Now the big question is lift with or without implants? My goal is natural shape and higher, not bigger. I have interviewed several doctors around the Orlando area (Fiala in Altamonte, Clark in WInter Park and Soto in Dr. Phillips). Fiala was great, but wanted to divide the surgery into two different procedures. Knowing myself, I wouldn't go back for round two. Plus, I couldn't take time off from work twice. His outcomes look great in photos. Clark suggested lipo and no TT, which sounds nice, but probably won't totally fix the tummy. Soto is who I think I will ultimately choose. His TT results look awesome and I feel the most confident in his work/outcomes/procedure. So, I think I am really going to do this! I have a second consultation on April 19 and I plan to bring the hubby. Hubby and mom are both supportive, but I suspect that the hubby is a bit clueless on what all of this entails. Mom had a face lift at 38 show she knows and is willing to babysit kiddos and nurse me too! Here goes ... "- A. / RealSelf / Apr 06, 2011
"32 Years Old, breast lift with implants and tummy tuck - Orlando, FL - Born into a family of large breasted women, I was the flat chested one lol! I've wanted breast implants ever since I was a teenager, and wanted a tummy tuck after having my first child and seeing what pregnancy did to my once flat tight tummy. Once I got enough money, I knew I'd never get the opportunity again and decided to be selfish and do something for myself for once! I am so glad I did it and cannot wait to be fully healed and the once again hottie feeling comfortable in a 2 piece bathing suit again! I know I stayed glued to this site for months leading up to my surgery and hope my story and pics can help someone, just like everyone else's helped me!!Also I think my pics may be out of order, but I have dated them, sorry!!! "- L. / RealSelf / Jan 01, 2015
"Amazed! A Great Experience So Far - Orlando, FL - Tons of pros but one of the best is not having to ask my husband " does this make my stomach look big?"Thank God! It has only been 6 days and I feel great. Severe pain only lasted about 45 minutes in the recovery room but once the pain meds kicked in I was suprised I was able to walk and go to the bathroom on my own 5 hours after surgery. My husband was shocked that I didnt need to wake him up all night. I decided to have a tummy tuck with lipo because after losing 90 lbs through diet and exercise I still had a lot of extra skin and fat on my belly and flanks.I would have loved to lose those last 20 lbs before surgery but have been stuck at this weight for the last year even though I work out 6 days a week,2 hours a day. This journey has taken me 3 years and I am estatic with the results so far. Because I have the patience of a 2 year old, I have already tried some of my clothes on and all I can say is " oh my God! What a difference!" Thats with swelling and a drain. God willing, the best is yet to come. Thanks to the Realself community for all of your advice and useful tips.(getting a power recliner was the best) You also helped me find an excellent doctor. "- R. / RealSelf / Oct 03, 2010
"Tummy Tuck & Lipo No REGRETS - Orlando, FL - I've been wanting and thinking about doing a tummy tuck for several years. After my divorce i gained lots of weight i decided it was time to take care of my self and not let my depression take over me. It was time to take a stand I started losing some weight but i was not happy with my belly,I started researching different doctors here in Orlando. I found one that had great reveiws so i called to get a consultation, as soon as i met him i felt so comfortable with him he gave me so much confidence that i decided at the spot to go ahead with the surgery.The day of my surgery i was so scared i was ready to back out. The first day of the surgery it was a little painful but once i started with my meds i barley felt pain only discomfort trying to get up. With in two weeks i was feeling so much better i was able to stand up straight i was off my meds and there was no pain.My scar is amazingly thin which i love and my belly button forget it......it's amazing, I love it looks like it was never touched.I recommend My doctor to every one he is such an amazing DR. he will call you the same day of your surgery to check up on you. My Dr. is very caring and very profesional and will try to do everything possible to make you happy.If you have any other questions please don't hesitate to contact me. "- M. / RealSelf / May 18, 2009
Tummy Tuck Surgical Technique
Full Tummy Tuck
In patients who undergo a full tummy tuck, the incision is made from hip to hip just over the pubic area. This results in a scar line that is horizontal and can be hidden when wearing undergarments. It is commonly performed on women with significant skin folds after multiple pregnancies. This technique allows the surgeon access to a large portion of the abdomen while repositioning the belly button so that its placement appears natural. Liposuction is performed to remove excess fat preceding the skin tightening portion. The internal abdominal muscles are secured for a firm, toned appearance.
Mini Tummy Tuck
An alternative to the traditional technique is the mini tummy tuck, which is also known as a “Brazilian tummy tuck.” The difference is that ideally the patients that undego this procedure are already in relatively good shape with a healthy skin tone, but still have loose skin on the lower abdomen. Unlike the full tummy tuck, the belly button is unaffected and the incision is smaller. Liposuction is used (if needed) to remove excess fat, and the loose skin is removed and pulled tight.
Extended Tummy Tuck
In cases when major skin tightening and body contouring is needed, an extended tummy tuck is recommended. This is a necessary technique for patients who have undergone a significant weight loss. It was developed after some patients noted that even after a full tummy tuck, the parts surrounding the abdomen still showed excessive folds of skin. The incision may extend around the navel, flank and lower back depending where skin tightening is necessary. Liposuction is still used and excess skin is trimmed then tightened. Similar to a full tummy tuck, the belly button is repositioned.
Tummy Tuck During/After Surgery
A tummy tuck is done under general anesthesia. It is an outpatient procedure, but an overnight stay can be required specific to complex cases. As with any other surgery, abdominoplasty comes with risks so it’s best to discuss any health conditions you have prior to surgery. After surgery, pain medications are provided and a compression garment is worn. The patient will need to rest up to 48 hours. From then, it is recommended that patients make a concerted effort to move around to help blood circulation and reduce the risks of blood clot complications. Recovery may take up to 6 weeks.
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Tummy Tuck FAQs
Lipo or Abdominoplasty?
Tummy tucks are reserved for patients who have stretched, loose skin in the lower abdomen as a result of pregnancy or obesity. Liposuction, on the other hand, is for those who want to remove excess fat in the abdomen but still have a healthy skin tone. During the initial consultation, we will provide a thorough assessment and determine if liposuction alone is all that is needed, or if a tummy tuck will provide the best results.
Normally, abdominoplasty is performed to improve loose skin and excess fat around the abdomen area. However, sometimes other cosmetic procedures, such as breast augmentation or a breast lift are done to further improve the overall look and feel of the body. When this combination type surgery exists, it is known as a “mommy makeover.” It is very popular among women after pregnancy who wish to get their pre-pregnancy body and shape back to normal.
How Bad Are The Scars?
Unfortunately, with a tummy tuck surgery, scars are unavoidable. However, extra measures are taken to make sure that scarring is minimal. The incision line is placed in areas that can be concealed by undergarments. Previous C-section scars will be incised in the same spot for the tummy tuck. During the healing process, we will provide a post-operative protocol that includes scar treatment to help assist the scars in becoming less visible.
Pregnancy After Tummy Tuck?
It is our recommendation that women who decide to have more children delay a tummy tuck procedure. The stretching of the skin as a result of another pregnancy can reduce the positive outome of this procedure.