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Tummy tuck surgery

Abdominoplasty Surgeon in West Palm Beach, Wellington

Dr. Steven Rueda is one of the most sought after tummy tuck surgeons in West Palm Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, Delray Beach and Boyton Beach. His attention to detail and methodical technique create beautiful and natural results. Abdominoplasty, also known as tummy tuck, contours the patient’s abdomen by removing excess loose skin and fat to achieve an ideal shape. The removal of skin is commonly called a “tuck”, hence the name tummy tuck. Although non-surgical methods of skin tightening in the abdomen exist, tummy tuck remains the gold standard.
There are known advantages to tummy tuck surgery: Removal of excess abdominal skin, Contouring of abdominal shape, Tightening of abdominal skin, Narrowing of the waist line

What can tummy tuck correct

Excess and loose abdominal skin

The primary goal of tummy tuck surgery is to remove the excess skin in the abdomen. Skin tucking not only removes the excess skin but tightens the remaining tissue.

Excess abdominal fat

Fatty tissue in the abdomen can be removed with tummy tuck surgery if located in the area of skin removal. Sometimes it is combined with liposuction surgery to contour excess fat in the other areas of the abdomen, waist, or flanks.

Wide waist

Excess skin and fat can blunt body contours and create a wide waist appearance. Dr. Rueda specializes techniques that narrow the waist internally with sutures.

Excess abdominal fat

Fatty tissue in the abdomen can be removed with tummy tuck surgery if located in the area of skin removal. Sometimes it is combined with liposuction surgery to contour excess fat in the other areas of the abdomen, waist, or flanks.

Wide waist

Excess skin and fat can blunt body contours and create a wide waist appearance. Dr. Rueda specializes techniques that narrow the waist internally with sutures.

Abdominoplasty procedure

Dr. Rueda offers three types of tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty): mini tummy tuck, traditional tummy tuck, and high lateral tummy tuck. All of these procedures can be safely combined with liposuction to optimize the shape of the abdomen.

Incisions

The incisions are made and hidden in the lower abdomen just below the bikini line

Ideal Candidate

Ideal candidates for this procedure have mild to moderate abdominal excess skin and fat limited to the area below the belly button

Areas Corrected

This procedure corrects excess skin and fat below the belly button

Incisions

The incisions are made and hidden in the lower abdomen just below the bikini line, but wider than for a mini tummy tuck

Ideal Candidate

Ideal candidates for this procedure have moderate to severe abdominal excess skin and fat above and below the belly button

Areas Corrected

This procedure corrects excess skin and fat above and below the belly button

Incisions

The incisions are made and hidden so that the final incision appears below the bikini line, as wide as a traditional tummy tuck

Ideal Candidate

Ideal candidates for this procedure have moderate to severe abdominal excess skin and fat above and below the belly button

Areas Corrected

This procedure corrects excess skin and fat above and below the belly button. This technique removes skin in a pattern that allows the abdomen to improve its waistline compared to other techniques.

RECOVERY AND DOWNTIME

This is an ambulatory procedure, where you get to go home the same day. There is swelling and bruising for first 7-10 days; most patients feel tightness in the abdomen. A dressing is applied for 48 hours and then removed. There are drains that usually stay for 3-10 days. An abdominal binder is worn for 4 weeks to help contour the body.

Most patients generally return to work in 2 week. Exercise is not allowed until 6-8 weeks after the surgery if the muscles were tightened.

The cost of a tummy tuck varies from patient to patient depending on the type of technique needed, anesthesia time, and surgical time. At Precision, we make sure we provide you with an accurate personalized price that will cover all costs needed for you to obtain a fantastic result.

A WORD ON BELLY MUSCLE TIGHTENING

 

In some cases, tummy tuck surgery requires tightening of the muscles of the belly. These muscles are commonly known as the six pack muscles. In some patients, the tissue weakens leading these muscles to separate from each other. This decreases the overall tone of the abdomen and makes it more likely for bulges to occur. This is commonly seen woman after pregnancy, patients who had significant weight loss, but may occur in others as well.

Tummy tuck surgery tightens these muscles when they are separated using sutures. This leads to a tightening and improvement in the contour of the abdomen. If muscle tightening is necessary Dr. Rueda uses a special technique known as TAP Block, where the nerves around these muscles are numbed with medication to provide excellent relief of any pain or discomfort.    

Why choose precision plastic surgery for your tummy tuck surgery

Dr. Rueda, a Cleveland Clinic trained surgeon who has 7 years and 2,000 procedures of experience in Plastic Surgery will be your safe and best choice for tummy tuck surgery. Successful results in this procedure require a surgeon that is experienced, artistic, and detailed oriented. Dr. Rueda has published articles on tummy tucks in expert peer reviewed journals, and his work has been presented in several national plastic surgery conferences. Dr. Rueda’s passion for patient education and custom centered approach will guarantee you feel comfortable every step of the way. Dr. Rueda also believes in treating his patients as if he was treating his own family; you can trust you will enter a trusting long-term relationship and have the best tummy tuck Palm Beach can offer. We serve patients from the following cities: Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Boyton Beach, and Delray Beach.

Reduce your Pain

Reduce your Pain

Dr. Rueda uses a “TAP Block” with injectable long acting medication that reduces the postoperative discomfort patients may feel after surgery. In some patients Dr. Rueda has noticed up to 80% reduction in discomfort after tummy tuck surgery.

Minimize your Incisions

Minimize your Incisions

Tummy tuck surgery requires incisions to remove the excess abdominal skin. Dr. Rueda specializes in techniques that minimize the length of the incisions to achieve the desired results.

Expertise

Expertise

Dr. Rueda has published on abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) in the most prestigious international plastic surgery journals. You will have expert hands taking care of your body during this procedure.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

Those patients with excess abdominal skin and fatty tissue are ideal candidates for this procedure. The location and amount of excess skin will determine if Dr. Rueda will advise a Mini, Full, or High lateral tummy tuck.

Tummy tuck surgery may take 1-3 hours depending on the amount of areas undergoing treatment.

Your tummy tuck surgery will be performed in Precision Plastic Surgery Palm Beach by Dr. Steven Rueda in our office operating room. In very selected cases, the surgery may be performed at a local hospital or ambulatory surgery center in Palm Beach.

Yes! Tummy tuck surgery is frequently combined with other procedure like breast augmentation or liposuction. This can be done safely.

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