Why a Tummy Tuck?

The super procedure.

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is the perfect choice for many people that want to reduce loose, stretched skin from their abdomen. A tummy tuck involves removing excess skin and fat and tightening separated abdominal muscles caused by pregnancy or weight changes. The result is a smooth, flat stomach with a more contoured midsection. Clevens Face and Body Specialists provide tummy tuck surgery for our patients to build confidence and give them a new outlook on life. Our Board Certified Plastic Surgeons who specialize in Tummy Tuck will explain the procedure in detail and help you understand every part of it. Contact us for a consultation. 

Watch this video to learn more about what a tummy tuck can do for you.

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Do I Need a Tummy Tuck?

You can get rid of that loose, stretched skin.

The ideal candidate for a tummy tuck is someone that wants to eliminate stretched and loose skin. A tummy tuck procedure helps tighten your stomach muscles while removing excess skin and fat. It is not considered a weight loss solution, but it can help your weight-loss efforts with a sensible diet and fitness level. Many moms choose a tummy tuck post-pregnancy to restore their bodies. Other patients choose a tummy tuck after weight loss that leaves excess overhanging skin.

While there is no weight limit for a tummy tuck, it’s essential to speak with our tummy tuck doctors to find out if you’re a great candidate. During our conversation, we will discuss important considerations such as your height, weight, BMI, and health history to determine whether a tummy tuck is right for you. Our number one priority is always patient safety. 

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Tummy Tuck Benefits

A flatter, smoother, more toned abdomen.

The most significant benefits of a tummy tuck include:

  • Flatter, smoother, and more toned abdomen appearance
  • Removes excess or loose skin for a natural look
  • Improves curvature of your waist
  • Tightens stomach muscles
  • Boosts confidence

Listen in as Danielle explains how having a tummy tuck helped her feel happier, healthier, and full of energy. 

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Tummy Tuck Procedure

An abdominoplasty tailored to your needs and desires.

A tummy tuck procedure involves removing excess skin and tightening the abdominal area for a toned and smooth look. Our surgeons can perform a tummy tuck using multiple techniques. Complete abdominoplasty is the most common procedure, involving two incisions, one across the lower abdomen and one around the navel.

A shorter abdominal incision is made to correct isolated skin deposits below the navel during a partial tummy tuck. Patients may also be a candidate for our drainless tummy tuck. 

The best way to find out which type of tummy tuck is right for you is to meet with our team in consultation

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Tummy Tuck Recovery

Return to work within 10 to 14 days.

Complete tummy tuck healing time can take up to six months, but most people can return to work within two weeks. It’s important to avoid strenuous exercise for six weeks. If we used drains in your tummy tuck procedures, we’ll remove these within one to three weeks, and you’ll wear a compression garment for three to four weeks.

Our team is here to ensure you are as comfortable as possible throughout the healing process. We also offer the option of a local analgesic medicine, Exparel, to minimize discomfort and the need for any narcotic pain medications. After the fullness subsides, you’ll notice a natural, toned stomach appearance. 

Watch this video to find out more about what you can expect during recovery after a tummy tuck. 

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What Our Patients Say

Hear one of our Tummy Tuck patients explain why she chose the procedure and Clevens Face and Body Specialists.

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Tummy Tuck Before and After Photos

Actual Patient Before & After Abdominoplasty | Clevens Face & Body Specialists, Tummy Tuck Experts in Central Florida

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Tummy Tuck Photos | Before & After Abdominoplasty Surgery at Clevens Face & Body Specialists in Melbourne, Florida

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Actual Tummy Tuck Results | Abdominoplasty Before & After Photos of Actual Patient from Palm Bay, FL at Clevens Face and Body Specialists, board certified plastic surgeon

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TUMMY TUCK FAQ

What is a tummy tuck?

The abdominoplasty is a surgical method for reducing loose, stretched muscle and skin from the abdomen. Our breast and body specialists will tighten the stomach muscles and the remaining tissues for a flatter stomach.

Is there a tummy tuck alternative that does not involve surgery?

While some creams and non-invasive products tout the ability to tighten the skin, they do not have the ability to create a tighter abdomen. Repairing muscles that have pulled during pregnancy or after dramatic weight loss, or removing excess sagging skin can only be achieved through an abdominoplasty.

Am I a good candidate for the tummy tuck procedure at Clevens Face and Body Specialists?

If you are in overall good health, understand the abdominoplasty procedure, and hold reasonable expectations for the results, then you may make an excellent candidate for the tummy tuck. The best way to determine if you are a candidate is to schedule a consultation with a breast and body specialist like our breast and body specialists.

Can I get a tummy tuck if I am overweight?

An abdominoplasty is not a weight loss solution. Most patients considering the procedure should be at a healthy, stable weight. However, sometimes a tummy tuck can also be a part of ongoing weight loss efforts, even if you haven’t reached your goal.

When can I return to work after my tummy tuck?

Our patients generally feel well enough to return to work in about one to two weeks, sometimes less.

Will my tummy tuck scar?

Yes, an abdominoplasty does result in a scar, running from hip to hip, close to the pelvic bone. Our breast and body specialists will carefully place the incisions so the scars can be concealed under clothing or swim wear.

What are the risks of a tummy tuck procedure?

Complications from the tummy tuck are rare. However, as it is a surgical procedure, there is a small risk of infection, excessive bleeding, scarring, asymmetry, and long-lasting numbness to occur.

Will a tummy tuck remove my stretch marks?

It is not likely that all signs of stretching will be erased. At your consultation appointment, you’ll have an opportunity to discuss your aesthetic goals with our breast and body specialists and get all your questions answered.

Can I get pregnant after having a tummy tuck?

Yes, it is safe to become pregnant following a tummy tuck. However, pregnancy after an abdominoplasty can undo the results of the procedure. The changing size of the stomach may mean stretching of the abdominal muscles and causing the skin to sag. If you are considering becoming pregnant, our breast and body specialists recommend waiting on an abdominoplasty.

Can I have a tattoo on my tummy tuck scars?

Patients should wait a year after their tummy tuck before tattooing over scars. This will provide adequate time for incisions to heal and swelling to resolve completely. It will take a full year from the procedure to determine how much the scars will fade.

How much does a tummy tuck cost?

The cost of an abdominoplasty procedure may vary depending on where you have the procedure, the qualifications of your doctor, and whether you combine your tummy tuck with other surgery. At our practice in Melbourne, Florida, our experienced board certified plastic surgeons perform tummy tuck procedures starting at $9,000 and up. If you are seeking more information about having a tummy tuck in Florida, the best way to find out more is to schedule your consultation with our tummy tuck experts to learn if abdominoplasty is right for you. 

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See how a tummy tuck can help you achieve your goals: Meet with our breast and body specialists.

During your consultation, our breast and body specialists will evaluate your body and give you an honest assessment of what a tummy tuck can and cannot accomplish. They’ll listen to your specific goals and provide a tailored procedure recommendation to achieve your desired outcome. The consultation is focused on ensuring you can make the most informed decision about your procedure.

We offer consultations for abdominoplasty procedures at either our Melbourne or Merritt Island offices, conveniently located in Brevard County just an hour east of nearby Orlando in Central Florida. Schedule your consultation with our tummy tuck experts today, and start your journey to look and feel your best! 

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