The midsection is notoriously hard to spot-tone. Thus, it makes sense that a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is one of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures in the country. Dr. Mark Prysi, a highly experienced and well-known Naples board-certified plastic surgeon, offers tummy tuck surgery. Schedule a consultation with him today to learn more about tummy tuck and determine whether it can help you achieve your cosmetic goals.
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If you have an abundance of loose skin and fat in your abdominal area, consider tummy tuck surgery. Perhaps you have experienced changes in your waistline after having children or losing a significant amount of weight. Excess skin can be difficult to get rid of, preventing you from showing your body confidently. You should consider a tummy tuck if you are in strong physical and psychological health, do not plan on becoming pregnant, and have reasonable expectations of the surgery and its outcome. Dr. Prysi will meet with you one-on-one to discuss tummy tuck in greater detail at his Naples office and to determine whether you are a good candidate for the surgery.
A tummy tuck is an outpatient procedure that takes several hours. Anesthesia is administered so you will not feel any pain during surgery. Dr. Prysi begins by making a horizontal incision across your lower abdomen (just above your pubic area). Depending on your case, he may make an additional incision around your belly button. Through the incision, he reshapes the underlying tissue. Dr. Prysi may use liposuction to remove targeted fat deposits. He excises excess skin and re-drapes the remaining skin more tightly across the midsection. Finally, Dr. Prysi closes the incisions with sutures. He may place a support garment around the midsection to help the tissues form to their new contours.
A tummy tuck is performed as an outpatient procedure. Your incisions will be bandaged and you may be required to wear a compression garment to reduce swelling. In many cases, a tube is temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid. You will feel sore and swollen after tummy tuck surgery. Dr. Prysi will prescribe oral pain medication to help with any discomfort. He will give you a comprehensive set of instructions to help you with recovery from surgery and he will schedule several follow-up appointments so he can check your healing progress. In general, you should rest as much as possible and refrain from bending, lifting or straining for a few days following your procedure. Dr. Prysi will clear you to return to work, exercise and your normal daily routine when he is happy with your healing progress.
Within a week or two you can begin to enjoy the results of your tummy tuck. You will notice a flatter, firmer abdominal region and a slimmer figure you can feel confident in. Scarring from the incisions will fade over the course of several months to a year but won’t disappear completely. It is important to maintain a consistent weight to ensure long lasting results from your tummy tuck.
What should you avoid before a tummy tuck?
If you smoke, you should stop as soon as possible before your surgery. Additionally, stop taking anti-inflammatory medications as well as any supplements and herbal medications to reduce the risk of bleeding.
Do men get tummy tuck?
Men can absolutely receive a tummy tuck.
Is a tummy tuck permanent?
It’s perfectly normal to have some fluctuation in the appearance of your stomach from factors like eating, bloating, and water retention. However, a tummy tuck will permanently remove any excess skin and fatty tissue that contribute to a rounded appearance.
Can you lift weight after surgery?
You should avoid lifting anything over 5 pounds until cleared by Dr. Prysi. Heavy lifting can put pressure on your incisions and impact your recovery.
How many sizes do you lose with a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck should not be considered a weight loss procedure. However, you can enjoy a slimmer waist after excess skin and fat are removed. Many patients lose between 2 and 3 pant sizes after a tummy tuck.
What is a mini tummy tuck?
A mini tummy tuck is a procedure that addresses stubborn fat only below the belly button. It comes with a shorter recovery time and can be a good option for patients who don’t need a full tummy tuck.
Dr. Prysi serves patients throughout the South West Florida area. For more information on how a tummy tuck can improve the appearance of your waistline, especially after having children or losing a significant amount of weight; please contact Naples plastic surgeon Mark Prysi at 239-643-3223 to schedule a surgical consultation. Dr. Prysi has extensive experience with tummy tuck surgery and has been recognized multiple times for his plastic surgery excellence.
Artist. Surgeon. Innovator.
Mark F. Prysi, MD, FACS
Dr. Mark Prysi is a nationally recognized, board-certified Naples Plastic Surgeon. He is an internationally renowned expert in plastic surgery who has been consistently recognized as one of the “Best Plastic Surgeons in Southwest Florida” and one of the “Best Doctors in America.” He is the former Chief of Plastic surgery at Naples Day Surgery and past chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Naples Community Hospital. Dr. Prysi’s innate surgical skills and artistic aesthetic judgment combined with over 25 years of experience makes all the difference.