The stomach area is one of the most problematic regions of the body that men and women struggle to keep in shape. Excess fat forms easily here, and even with diet and exercise, the belly can be highly resistant to weight loss.
After pregnancy or weight loss, the muscles and skin may be stretched beyond their ability to snap back through your efforts alone. This is where abdominoplasty, also known as tummy tuck, comes in. With this procedure, Naples plastic surgeon Dr. Manuel Peña can address the issues impacting the strength and appearance of your midsection, producing ideally contoured results that help improve the appearance of your belly and, in some cases, your overall health as well.
If you live in Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero, Ft. Myers, or surrounding areas of Florida and are interested in learning more about abdominoplasty, call Dr. Peña at 239-348-7362 to schedule a consultation right away.
- A Closer Look at the Tummy Tuck Procedure
- Am I a Good Abdominoplasty Candidate?
- What are the Benefits of Tummy Tuck Surgery?
- Abdominoplasty Recovery & Results
- How can I Maintain my Tummy Tuck Results?
- How do I Select a Good Abdominoplasty Surgeon?
- Contact Board-Certified Naples Plastic Surgeon Dr. Manuel Peña
A Closer Look at the Tummy Tuck Procedure
The goal of abdominoplasty is to remove excess fat and tighten the stomach muscles for a leaner, healthier, and more appealing look. Excess skin can also be removed, a benefit that is especially helpful for patients who have sagging skin due to pregnancy or high-volume weight loss.
Our Naples plastic surgeon offers both full and mini tummy tuck options. However, while the extent of these procedures varies slightly, their procedural steps are very similar. For most patients, these steps include:
- The use of IV sedation to prepare you for the procedure
- Horizontal or bicycle handlebar-shaped incision between the navel and pubic hairline
- Repair and tightening of stretched abdominal muscles
- Repositioning of the abdominal wall for a smaller waistline
- The removal of excess skin
- The removal of fat deposits
Not each tummy tuck procedure will involve the repositioning of abdominal muscles or the removal of excess fat. The best way to learn which steps will be included in your procedure is through a one-on-one consultation at our Ft. Myers area plastic surgery office. Call us at 239-348-7362 to schedule your consultation and learn how Dr. Peña can help you reach your goals today.
Ideal Tummy Tuck Candidates
Through body contouring procedures like a tummy tuck, Dr. Peña can help you achieve results impossible through diet and exercise alone. We can help many men and women achieve the flat belly that no amount of running, dieting, or sit ups could accomplish, but not everyone is a good candidate for this procedure.
Dr. Peña and his staff have extensive experience speaking with patients about their body issues and we can help you select the procedure most likely to give the best results.
Good tummy tuck candidates should be:
- Physically healthy
- Leading an active lifestyle
- Within 25 pounds of their ideal weight
- Emotionally healthy
Candidates should also have a positive outlook and realistic expectations, enabling them to evaluate the physical and emotional benefits of a tummy tuck to decide if they outweigh the potential risks.
Patients who are obese, are smokers, who have significant medical or psychological issues, or who can get equivalent or better results through another procedure are considered poor candidates for a tummy tuck.
If you are considering abdominoplasty, it is a good idea to look at our gallery of before and after tummy tuck pictures to learn what can and cannot be accomplished through the procedure. This will help ensure your expectations are in line with what can actually be accomplished through abdominoplasty.
One of the most obvious benefits of tummy tuck surgery is its ability to sculpt and tone the midsection. Because this section of the body tends to be resistant to weight loss in general and toning in specific, surgical techniques to shape and tighten the abdominal area can help many people reach their cosmetic goals. However, cosmetic enhancement is not the only benefit offered by this procedure.
During the tummy tuck procedure, Dr. Peña tightens abdominal muscles that have become weakened and separated. This, in turn, helps sculpt the hips and abdominal wall, producing a slimmer and more toned appearance. It may also help restore core strength and balance, providing a springboard for abdominal exercises that can fully enhance both the form and function of your lower torso.
Excess, loose, sagging skin is also removed during abdominoplasty. This skin can be both an embarrassment and an impediment to more advanced forms of physical exertion. By removing these unnecessary accumulations of skin, Dr. Peña can enhance your physique and help set the stage for a more rewarding exercise routine.
When you come to our office for your tummy tuck consultation, our board-certified plastic surgeon will listen to your goals to help you determine if the benefits offered by the procedure can help you achieve them.
Tummy Tuck Recovery & Results
Recovery is different for every patient and yours will depend on factors including your natural healing ability and how well you follow Dr. Peña’s pre and postoperative advice. However, in general, you should plan on taking at least one week following your procedure to completely rest and relax. After this initial period, you may be able to resume work along with some other activities, but strenuous physical exertion may need to be avoided for six weeks or more. Dr. Peña will help you determine when all normal activities can be resumed.
Swelling and bruising are common following tummy tuck surgery. These things can be dealt with by wearing a compression garment and engaging in mild forms of exercise such as walking. Pain medications will be prescribed by Dr. Peña to address postoperative discomfort as well. In most cases, swelling will subside within four to six weeks.
The results of your procedure may take up to six months to be fully realized – though it is not uncommon for major differences to be noticeable within four to eight weeks. You can reduce recovery time and speed results by carefully following Dr. Peña’s advice and taking proper care of your body. These things will be discussed in greater detail during the planning phase of your abdominoplasty surgery.
Maintaining Abdominoplasty Results
Following your tummy tuck procedure, you will want to take steps to maintain your results. This means both adopting a healthy lifestyle and avoiding weight gain that will reduce muscle strength and connectivity, and increase fat accumulation and skin expansion.
Tummy tuck is often part of the mommy makeover procedure because it helps tighten the muscles that pregnancy stretches out. Future pregnancies will undo the results you have achieved through tummy tuck surgery. For this reason, Dr. Peña typically recommends women who plan on having additional children wait to undergo this procedure.
To prevent new fat accumulation and the subsequent expansion of skin, it is essential that you maintain a healthy diet. This should include:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Lean proteins
- Nuts, seeds, and legumes
- Complex carbohydrates
If you find maintaining a healthy diet difficult, it can be helpful to work with a nutritionist until good habits are formed.
Exercise is also an important component of maintaining tummy tuck results. You should plan on getting at least three hours of moderate exercise every week – more if you want to enhance your results.
Daily, you should aim for 60-90 minutes of exercise. This can include:
- Walking or jogging
- Yoga or Pilates
- Weight training
- Using an elliptical, stationary bicycle, or treadmill
In addition to your daily exercise, three hours of moderate or more progressive exercise is advisable as well. This may include:
- Boot camp or CrossFit classes
- Aerobic or group sports classes
- Running or cycling
Moderate exercise includes any activity that causes the heart rate to increase and your body to begin cooling with sweat. As a rule of thumb, if you haven’t broken a sweat, you’re not getting moderate exercise.
As with diet, it can be very helpful to work with professionals when developing an exercise routine. Consider hiring a trainer who can show you around the gym and customize a routine that meets your specific needs.
During your tummy tuck consultation at our Bonita Springs area plastic surgery office, Dr. Peña will discuss ways you can maintain your results to help ensure you are fully prepared to enjoy the remarkable benefits this body contouring procedure can offer.
Choosing a Tummy Tuck Surgeon
Finding a qualified plastic surgeon who will give you the tummy tuck results you want takes time. However, here are some tips to help you:
- Referrals – Getting referrals from friends or family members who can provide a good tummy tuck surgeon’s name may not be available to everyone. However, if you are fortunate enough to know someone who can give you a referral, you can often find out what the plastic surgeon is like as a person, what their staff is like, as well as the quality of results and the overall tummy tuck experience.
- Before and After Pictures – Once you have decided to consult with a plastic surgeon about your tummy tuck, be sure to view their work. This can be done by looking at before and after tummy tuck pictures, either on their website or in their office. By focusing on images of the procedure you are interested in, you can see what kind of results the plastic surgeon can achieve.
- Find a Surgeon You can Work with – Again, finding an experienced tummy tuck surgeon is not enough. You want someone you can communicate with and who understands your cosmetic goals. You should also be able to discuss options, understand instructions, and be able to communicate freely. Working with a plastic surgeon who you are comfortable with and gives you confidence in your decision to undergo a tummy tuck will do a lot to ensure you have a good experience.
Naples tummy tuck surgeon, Dr. Manuel Peña understands all of these things and believes you deserve the best surgeon for your particular needs. He will educate you as much as possible about the procedure, take you through the process and what you can expect, and always treat you with respect and courtesy. Ours is a welcoming, clean, and compassionate plastic surgery office where you will be listened to and provided the individual attention and care you deserve. From the moment you contact us, Dr. Peña and our staff will make every effort to ensure the most pleasing and satisfactory experience possible.
Contact Dr. Peña
If you are ready to schedule your tummy tuck consultation, call Dr. Peña at 239-348-7362 today. Located in Naples, Peña Plastic Surgery provides customized facial, breast, and body procedures to men and women living in Ft. Myers, Bonita Springs, Estero, and all surrounding Florida communities.