Introduction to Tummy Tuck

Losing weight through a proper diet and routine exercise is a wonderful achievement, but depending on your age, genetics, and degree of weight loss, you may notice that your stomach has some lax skin. As your body produces less collagen and elastin, your body has a more difficult time “snapping” back into shape. At this point, one of the best and most efficient ways of achieving a flat tummy is through cosmetic surgery. A Tummy Tuck in Miami, FL from Dr. Michael Keyes at Celebrity Plastics can help you achieve the slim and firm stomach that our city is known for! Please keep reading below to learn about how this procedure can help you!

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What is a Tummy Tuck?

Tummy Tuck, also known as Abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to improve the appearance of the abdominal area through the removal of excess skin and fat from the abdomen, followed by tightening the underlying muscles. This results in a flatter, firmer, and more toned midsection.

By using the latest techniques and technologies to create personalized treatment plans, our team can ensure you the best possible results. Dr. Keyes understands that not every patient requires the same degree of surgery, which is why he offers several variations of the Classic Tummy Tuck.

Types of Tummy Tucks

Standard Tummy Tuck

Also known as a Full tummy tuck, a Regular Tummy Tuck addresses both the lower and upper abdominal areas. It is a great technique for individuals who have more significant excess skin and fat, as well as muscle laxity in the abdominal region. During a regular tummy tuck, a horizontal incision is made above the pubic area, extending between the hip bones. Dr. Keyes then removes excess skin and fat, tightens the abdominal muscles, and repositions the belly button if necessary.

Extended Tummy Tuck

An extended tummy tuck is the most extensive variation of the procedure that targets the abdominal area, as well as the flanks or sides of the body. This procedure is beneficial for patients who have excess skin and fat extending to the sides or back. During an extended tummy tuck, Dr. Keyes makes a longer incision that extends further toward the sides of the body. He then removes excess skin and fat from both the abdominal area and the flanks and then tightens the abdominal muscles before suturing the incisions.

Mini-Tummy Tuck

A Mini-Tummy Tuck is a less extensive procedure compared to a regular or extended tummy tuck. It is typically recommended for patients who have excess skin and fat only in the lower abdominal area below the belly button. During a mini-tummy tuck, a smaller incision is made above the pubic area, and the excess skin and fat are removed. The abdominal muscles may be tightened but to a lesser extent compared to a regular or extended tummy tuck.

Male Tummy Tuck

Similar to a standard Tummy Tuck surgery, our Male Abdominoplasty procedure is tailored specifically to address the unique anatomical differences and aesthetic goals of men. Our male patients who seek out the tummy tuck procedure often choose to as a result of aging and fluctuations in weight. While it’s not a solution to achieve six-pack abs, a tummy tuck surgery gives men a second chance to look slim and svelte again. Dr. Keyes considers the masculine figure and body type to sculpt the abdomen, aiming to eliminate stubborn belly fat, address loose or sagging skin, and improve abdominal muscle definition, resulting in a slimmer and more masculine-looking physique.

What are the benefits of a Tummy Tuck?

Dr. Keyes has seen our Miami Tummy Tuck patients enjoy the following benefits from their procedures:

  • Boost confidence
  • Clothing fits better
  • Enhance posture
  • Flatter abdominal profile
  • Long-lasting results
  • Motivation for healthy habits
  • Potential health benefits
  • Reduce back pain
  • Reduce stretch marks
  • Tighten muscles
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Who are the best candidates for the Tummy Tuck procedure?

The best candidates for a Tummy Tuck in Miami are candidates that have characteristics such as:

  • Committed to maintaining results through diet and exercise
  • Excess skin and fat
  • Have no plans for future pregnancy
  • Loose or weakened muscles
  • Non-smokers

It is important that candidates are in good overall health, have realistic expectations, and have maintained a stable weight for a considerable period.

What’s the first step?

If you’re interested in a Tummy Tuck in Miami, FL, your first step is to schedule your consultation with plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Keyes. When you come in for your appointment, Dr. Keyes will evaluate your body and discuss the best method to achieve your aesthetic desire, as well as discuss any medications you are currently taking, your lifestyle and medical history, and details about any previous surgeries you may have had.

Dr. Keyes will guide you through every step of the procedure and may take some photographs for comparison pictures. Once he has a good idea of how to best perform your procedure, he will create your procedure plan, and if you agree with it, our Patient coordinator will help you set up your surgical date.

What to Expect on the Day of Tummy Tuck Surgery

Your surgery will begin with the administration of anesthesia, the type of which will depend on the Tummy Tuck technique being performed. Dr. Keyes will mark the areas in which he plans to make incisions.

Dr. Keyes will make an incision just above the pubic area to remove any excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen. Then, the skin is separated from the abdominal wall up to the ribs, followed by the large skin flap being folded to reveal the vertical muscles in your abdomen. These muscles are tightened by pulling them close together and stitching them into their new position. This maneuver provides a firmer abdominal wall and narrows the waistline.

Dr. Keyes draws underlying muscles and tissue together and stitches them, which narrows the waistline and strengthens the abdominal wall. The skin flap is then stretched down, any extra skin is removed, and a new hole is cut for your navel, which is then stitched in place. Finally, the incisions will be stitched up, dressings will be applied, and a temporary tube called a cannula may be inserted to drain excess fluid from the surgical site.

One of the most common complaints after a Tummy Tuck is that the belly button (umbilicus) ends up looking either unnatural, it’s placed in an unnatural position, or both. Dr. Keyes takes extra special care in making sure that the placement and resting position of your belly button look natural.

A standard Tummy Tuck usually takes two to five hours, depending on the extent of work required, whereas a Mini-Tummy Tuck may only require one or two hours.

Procedure timeline

Contact

The first step to getting your Tummy Tuck surgery is to contact Celebrity Plastics and schedule a consultation through our patient coordinator.

Consultation

During your consultation with Dr. Keyes, he will discuss your goals and expectations, answer any questions or concerns regarding the procedure, and examine your body. After your procedure plan is made, our Patient Coordinator will help you schedule your consultation.

Pre-operative preparation

Before the surgery, the surgeon may ask the patient to undergo certain medical tests, adjust medications, and stop smoking or consuming alcohol. There may also be certain foods and drinks to avoid before surgery. We encourage patients to have prescriptions filled before surgery.

Surgery

Tummy Tuck is typically performed under general anesthesia and can take between 2 to 5 hours, depending on the extent of the surgery. After surgery, you will be able to return home and recover in comfort.

Recovery

After the surgery, the patient is monitored in the recovery room for a few hours before being discharged to go home. The patient will need to take it easy for several weeks, avoid strenuous activities, and take care of the surgical site to ensure proper healing.

Post-operative appointments

Post-operative appointments for Tummy Tuck are important to monitor wound care, medications, follow-up tests, activity restrictions, progress evaluation, and address any concerns. These appointments ensure that the patient is recovering properly and any issues are addressed promptly.

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Tummy Tuck Recovery

After your surgery, you will need to wear a compression garment to minimize swelling and support the abdominal area. Since this is an outpatient treatment, you will be able to return home to recover that same day, just make sure that you have a family member or friend available to drive you.

It is common to experience some discomfort, bruising, and swelling, which gradually subside over time. Your recovery time can vary, but it normally takes a few weeks to fully recover from a tummy tuck. You will want to avoid strenuous activities and follow the post-operative instructions we provide you for optimal healing.

During your initial recovery, you will need to follow all of our post-surgical instructions to achieve the safest and most optimal results. One of the directions will be to do manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) massage to prevent excessive swelling and reduce discomfort. The lymphatic system is incredibly important and acts as your body’s defense mechanism. It consists of a network that works continuously to maintain your body’s health. The fluid transported by this system is called lymph and it carries immune cells, proteins, hormones, toxins, and fatty acids, which are then processed by the lymph nodes. Typically after surgery or any traumatic changes your body experiences, the lymphatic system tends to decrease the efficiency of lymph production, which can result in inflammation and other health issues. By practicing manual MLD, you can stimulate the flow of lymph to improve the removal rate of toxins from your body.

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Another important aspect of your recovery that you will need to adhere to for the best results is post-operative compression therapy. After surgery, the body attempts to naturally protect itself from inflammation. When you wear a compression bandage, it can help improve the rehabilitation process by reducing edema (excessive fluid build-up) and increase your blood flow to supply healing nutrients and oxygen throughout the body. The optimal duration of compression therapy can vary between weeks, months, and even long-term based on the surgery. You will need to wear it 24 hours a day until Dr. Keyes says it’s alright to stop wearing it; you can remove any garments while you shower, but you should put it back on once you are dry.

TAP Blocks with Ultrasound

For an additional cost, which can be discussed during your consultation, Dr. Keyes can use TAP Blocks during your Abdominoplasty using Bupivacaine or Exparel. A TAP (Transabdominal Plane) block is a regional anesthesia technique used for post-operative pain management in abdominal wall procedures. These ultrasound-guided blocks involve an injection of local anesthesia between the internal oblique muscles and the transversus abdominis, which is the deepest abdominal muscle. This add-on treatment can give you about three days’ worth of pain relief so you can have a more comfortable recovery, and also reduce the need for prescription pain medications.

How much does a Tummy Tuck cost in Miami, FL?

The cost of a Tummy Tuck in Miami will vary from patient to patient and is determined by numerous factors, including the type of surgery you are getting. After consulting with Dr. Keyes, our Patient Coordinator will provide you with a breakdown of the costs for your surgery.

Why choose Dr. Keyes?

Celebrity Plastics is a premier destination for transformative cosmetic procedures, guided by the expertise of Dr. Michael Keyes and his exceptional team. Our team understands that every individual is unique, as are their aesthetic goals, which is why we tailor each treatment plan to suit the specific needs and desires of our patients, ensuring a truly bespoke experience. A board-eligible plastic surgeon and the founder of Celebrity Plastics, Dr. Keyes is a member of the Social Media Subcommittee for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and has spoken about social media & plastic surgery at national meetings around the USA. He has been featured in various media publications such as Vogue, Marie Claire, New York Times, USA Today, Vox.com, and many more

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