Dr. Duffy is a highly regarded Jacksonville, Florida plastic surgeon providing Tummy Tuck Surgery in Jacksonville, Fl. Dr. Duffy provides tummy tuck surgery in Jacksonville and can help you achieve the results you desire.
A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) helps to flatten and shape the abdomen and waist by removing excess fat and skin and tightening muscles. The best candidates have pockets of fat or loose skin that haven’t responded well to diet and exercise. The tummy tuck procedure can also be useful for women with stretched skin and muscles from pregnancy.
The procedure takes approximately two to five hours and can be performed with general anesthesia or local anesthesia with a sedative. Recovery time ranges from two weeks to a few months. With a balanced diet and regular exercise, results are long-lasting. The tummy tuck procedure will likely leave a permanent scar stretching between the hips, although it should be low enough for even a bikini to conceal it.
Mini Tummy Tucks
Partial abdominoplasty is similar to abdominoplasty except a shorter incision is made and the skin is only lifted to the navel, which does not have to be moved.Am I a good candidate for abdominoplasty?
If you plan to become pregnant or lose weight in the future, you should discuss this with Dr. Duffy. Scarring from previous abdominal surgery may limit the results of your abdominoplasty.
Dr. Duffy may examine your abdomen while you are standing as well as lying down. Your skin tone and the degree of loose skin in the abdominal region will be assessed. Dr. Duffy also will evaluate the amount of excess fat in your abdomen and the condition of your abdominal muscles.
You should come to the consultation prepared to discuss your medical history. This will include information about any medical conditions, drug allergies, medical treatments you have received, pregnancies, previous surgeries and medications that you currently take. It is important for you to provide complete information.
Individual factors and personal preferences will determine the specific technique selected to smooth and flatten your abdomen.
There are many variations both to the design of the incisions and the technique itself. In some instances, it may be possible to avoid an incision around the navel. When the amount of loose skin is minimal and the excess fat deposits are located below the navel, a short horizontal incision is all that is necessary. This procedure is called a partial, or “mini,” abdominoplasty.
Sometimes liposuction may be used alone, or in conjunction with abdominoplasty, to remove abdominal fat. Endoscopic abdominoplasty is another technique for minimizing scars and may be useful when patients have only a mild degree of excess fat and muscle laxity.
Dr. Duffy will discuss with you the particular method that he or she recommends for achieving the best result in your particular case.
The goal of Dr. Duffy and the entire staff is to make your surgical experience as easy and comfortable for you as possible.What will the day of surgery be like?
Abdominoplasty will enhance your body contour by making your abdomen firmer and flatter. You may find that you feel more comfortable in your clothing and are more confident about your appearance.
The incisions from the procedure will heal and fade over time. It is important to realize, however, that the incision lines will be permanently visible. In some instances, they will eventually be only faint lines. Certain individuals may have incision lines that are more noticeable. Fortunately, the incisions for your abdominoplasty are usually in locations concealed by most bathing suits and undergarments.
Unless you gain or lose a significant amount of weight or become pregnant, your abdomen should remain firmer and flatter for many years. However, gravity and the effects of aging will eventually take their toll. If, after a period of years, you again become dissatisfied with the appearance of your abdomen, you may choose to undergo a second procedure to restore a more youthful body contour.
You will return to Dr. Duffy’s office for follow-up care at prescribed intervals, at which time your progress will be evaluated.