The abdomen is a problem area for many people. Even with regular, vigorous exercise and a strict diet of clean foods, you may not be able to eliminate excess fat and loose skin. Frequently, these issues are exacerbated by multiple pregnancies, significant weight fluctuation and prior abdominal surgery.
Dr. Ary Krau offers a solution: abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” surgery. With advanced training and two decades of plastic surgery experience, Dr. Ary Krau is the clear choice of patients seeking tummy tuck in Miami.
What A Tummy Tuck Can Correct
Tummy tuck removes loose, excess skin and fat deposits from the abdomen. It also repairs weakened or separated abdominal muscles. The result is a smoother, flatter abdominal contour that you can see in our tummy tuck before and after photos.
Am I A Tummy Tuck Candidate?
Dr. Krau meets with all potential tummy tuck candidates to discuss the procedure and get a better idea of their specific body contouring needs. This information is then used to determine whether the patient is a good fit for tummy tuck.
Generally, tummy tuck candidates are individuals who:
- Are in good physical and psychological health
- Do not smoke
- Do not have a health condition that could affect the surgery or recovery
- Do not plan to become pregnant (future pregnancies can reverse the results of tummy tuck)
- Understand the possible risks and complications
- Have specific and reasonable goals of surgery
How A Tummy Tuck Works
Tummy tuck is performed on an outpatient basis at Dr. Krau’s fully accredited, private, state-of-the-art surgical center.
Traditional tummy tuck involves making an incision from hipbone to hipbone, right above the pubic area. The location of this incision ensures that any scarring can be concealed beneath underwear or a bathing suit bottom.
Through the incision, Dr. Krau removes excess fat and skin. He also tightens weakened or separated abdominal muscles and stitches them into place. An incision around the belly button may also be required. Finally, Dr. Krau will re-drape the abdominal skin more tightly across the abdomen and close the incisions with sutures.
Combining Tummy Tuck With Liposuction
Dr. Krau believes that to get the most aesthetically pleasing outcome with an easier recovery, it’s best to perform combination liposuction and little surgical undermining. This is helpful to preserve a lot of the original blood supply to the abdominal wall skin and fat. Also, the results are superior. The patient enjoys much more of a waistline, recovers faster and there are very few complications. “Keeping up with the latest techniques is crucial if you want to provide patients with the best possible procedures and care,” Dr. Krau says.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
The first few days of tummy tuck recovery will be the toughest. You will be sore, swollen and bruised. However, these side effects subside over time. Dr. Krau will prescribe oral pain medication to take if you need it.
You should rest your body as much as possible while it heals. Short walks within one to two days of surgery are encouraged for good circulation. You can resume light activity when it feels comfortable (usually 10 to 20 days after surgery), but avoid vigorous exercise or sports activities for approximately six weeks.
Tummy Tuck Risks
Though any surgical procedure carries some risk, rest assured that you lower the risk of complications by working with a board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Krau. Minor complications that do not affect the ultimate outcome occur occasionally, and major complications are very unusual.
Possible complications include:
- Changes in skin sensation
- Unfavorable scarring
During your preoperative consultation Dr. Krau will explain the possible tummy tuck risks, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions.
Tummy Tuck FAQ
- When is tummy tuck surgery a better treatment option than liposuction of the abdomen?
- Should I lose weight before having tummy tuck surgery?
- How much time will I need to take off from work or my usual activity following abdominoplasty?
- When are the results of tummy tuck surgery noticeable?
- What is the cost of tummy tuck surgery?
WHEN IS TUMMY TUCK SURGERY A BETTER TREATMENT OPTION THAN LIPOSUCTION OF THE ABDOMEN?
Liposuction removes unwanted fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise, and is a good option for patients who are at or near their ideal body-weight and have good skin elasticity.
Tummy tuck surgery becomes needed when the patient has loose, excess abdominal skin that cannot shrink down to a smaller size and shape, often due to major weight fluctuations, pregnancy or the natural aging process. Tummy tuck surgery is also beneficial for patients who have severely weakened or separated abdominal muscles that cannot be restored without surgical intervention. With tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Krau removes loose skin and excess fat and repairs the underlying musculature and other tissue structures.
SHOULD I LOSE WEIGHT BEFORE HAVING TUMMY TUCK SURGERY?
Gaining a substantial amount of weight after abdominoplasty can counteract the aesthetic benefits of the procedure. For this reason, you should be at or slightly above your ideal body-weight before undergoing tummy tuck surgery. Likewise, women should wait until they are finished having children before having the procedure.
HOW MUCH TIME WILL I NEED TO TAKE OFF FROM WORK OR MY USUAL ACTIVITY FOLLOWING ABDOMINOPLASTY?
You should arrange to take about two weeks off from work or your everyday schedule after tummy tuck surgery. During this time, you should rest as much as possible and avoid rigorous activity, including exercising and heavy lifting. For this reason, you might need help around the house or with young children during this time.
WHEN ARE THE RESULTS OF TUMMY TUCK SURGERY NOTICEABLE?
Some of the sculpting results of tummy tuck surgery are noticeable immediately. However, it takes about three to five months for the final results to become actualized, as this is how long it takes for the body to heal completely and for any residual swelling to improve.
WHAT IS THE COST OF TUMMY TUCK SURGERY?
Tummy tuck costs vary slightly from patient to patient, depending on the complexity of the person’s anatomical needs and surgical goals. For instance, Dr. Krau might need to include liposuction in some patients’ tummy tuck procedure; others may be appropriate candidates for a modified tummy tuck approach that is less extensive than traditional abdominoplasty.
However, unlike other surgeons that might only quote their own fee, Dr. Krau’s quoted price is comprehensive and includes the surgeon’s fee, the operating facility fee and the anesthesiologist’s fee. In addition, several financing options are available.