Achieve a Lean, Flat Stomach with a Traditional Abdominoplasty
What would life be like if you no longer had to worry about loose skin around your abdomen and an annoying out-pouching of your abdomen that won’t diminish with exercise? With a traditional tummy tuck in Tampa by Dr. Brad Stephan, you can experience these changes first-hand and enjoy the freedom of a lean and firm midsection. If you feel self-conscious about excess skin and tissue created by pregnancy, significant weight loss, or aging, our surgeon can help.
For your abdominoplasty consultation, visit us at Stephan Surgical Arts. Call (813) 549-6299 to speak to a member of our team and learn more about what we can do for you.
Your Tampa Abdominoplasty Consultation with Dr. Stephan
The first step in any successful aesthetic surgical treatment plan is to meet with your surgeon to determine the best way to address your current issues. Dr. Stephan provides one-on-one consultations to gain a complete understanding of the extent of loose tissue and explain what you can expect during and after your tummy tuck procedure.
Our entire team at Stephan Surgical Arts believes in patient education. We use your initial appointment as an opportunity to provide all relevant information regarding your surgical treatment. We encourage patients to carefully research the abdominoplasty procedure and bring questions to their consultation, so we may help them make an informed decision about their treatment plan.
What Happens During a Traditional Tummy Tuck?
This procedure is intended to remove excess abdominal skin and tighten the abdominal muscles to restore an aesthetically-pleasing appearance. Excess skin and widening of the area between the abdominal muscles in the midline (diastasis recti) often occur after pregnancy, with significant weight loss, or even with the effects of gravity and loss of skin elasticity with age. During an abdominoplasty, Dr. Stephan creates an incision low on the abdomen to allow him to effectively remove excess skin, as well as some fat. For patients with diastasis recti, Dr. Stephan reapproximates the midline muscular structure.
The belly button is repositioned as well to achieve a natural appearance with the newly tightened abdominal tissue in patients with excessive abdominal skin or widening of the midline musculature. After treatment is complete, surgical drains are placed to prevent accumulation of fluid, help with post-treatment swelling, and create the best results.
The benefits of treatment include:
- A better fit into clothing of all types
- Improved body confidence
- Tightening of the abdominal muscles in the midline to restore a natural beautiful abdominal contour
- Restoration of natural physique
Tummy Tuck Treatment Options at
Stephan Surgical Arts
Our surgeon, Dr. Brad Stephan, provides two primary ways to help you see the results you want from your abdominoplasty: traditional abdominoplasty and liposuction-based abdominoplasty. We review these options during your consultation and help you determine the best treatment for your concerns.
This standard treatment involves excision of loose tissue, which also removes stretch marks from the lower part of the abdominal skin – a part of the surgery that many patients find to be a pleasant surprise. In addition, the midline of the abdominal muscles is restored to a beautiful natural shape (diastasis recti is fixed). A traditional abdominoplasty is primarily intended to correct drooping skin and diastasis recti, but some fatty deposits may be removed as well. Before treatment, patients should be at or near their ideal body weight to see the best results. Aesthetic surgery is not intended to help with weight loss, although patients do feel lighter after the loose skin and tissue has been removed.
A traditional tummy tuck is a great way to regain your pre-baby body or to achieve ideal contours after your successful weight loss efforts.
Patients who are concerned with stubborn fat and excess skin of the lower abdomen, which often creates a visible belly pooch on a physique that is otherwise balanced, can benefit from abdominal liposuction and removal of excess skin during the same operation. This allows Dr. Stephan to sculpt a trim and lean stomach and waist. This operation is best suited for individuals with minimal to no widening of abdominal wall in the midline (minimal to no diastasis recti). The nuances of abdominoplasty operations are discussed in detail during your consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions about Abdominoplasty
Patients who want to look their best after surgery are justifiably often concerned with scarring post-procedure. Creation of an incision and resultant scarring are unavoidable during any surgery, including an abdominoplasty, but scarring can be minimized and well-hidden with help from our surgeon. Dr. Stephan uses specific types of sutures, types of suturing techniques, and postoperative care regimens to minimize scarring. In addition, the incision is placed low between the hips and is normally concealed by bikinis or underwear. Patients can normally wear any clothing they’d like with confidence, without worrying that their scar will be visible.
Just about every aesthetic surgery results in some swelling. After a tummy tuck, swelling persists for several weeks. Patients are often sent home after treatment with drains and compression garments to help alleviate the swelling. Individuals who expect to see immediate results after their procedure can be easily frustrated by swelling obscuring their results. However, it’s essential to understand that this will recede. With patience and by following Dr. Stephan’s instructions, patients can quickly make it through this period of swelling and realize their final beautiful physique.
Patients should take at least one week away from work, and some take two. Immediately after your procedure, you will be sore and drowsy from anesthesia. When you are released to return home, it’s essential to have everything you need set-up ahead of time, such as a comfortable resting area, medication, entertainment, and food and water. Many patients spend the first few days sleeping and taking the prescribed medication to ensure their comfort; you will be tired after treatment, and your body needs adequate rest to heal.
If muscle alignment is repaired during surgery, you will need help standing and getting the recommended amount of movement, as suggested by Dr. Stephan. This helps improve blood flow and allows you to stand up straight as the healing process progresses. After the first week, patients report improvements in energy and mood; some regular daily activities may be resumed then, but patients will have to take it easy for up to six weeks – this includes no heavy lifting or strenuous physical exertion.
Download the Traditional Abdominoplasty Patient Education & Surgical Consent PDF for more information.