Why a Tummy Tuck?

The super procedure.

A tummy tuck, or an abdominoplasty, is a surgical method for reducing loose, stretched skin from the abdomen, removing fat, and tightening muscles. The procedure removes excess skin and fat and tightens separated abdominal muscles caused by pregnancy or weight changes. The result? A smooth, flat stomach and more contoured midsection or hourglass waist that you'll love seeing in the mirror and showing off in new clothes!

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.

A tummy tuck can help you tighten up your stomach muscles and remove excess skin and fat. While an abdominoplasty is not a weight loss solution, you may find it can be a component of your ongoing weight-loss efforts. Many men and women find that a tummy tuck enhances their commitment to their fitness routine and that it makes exercises, such as sit-ups, easier. Many of our patients are moms who opt for a tummy tuck post-pregnancy to restore their body, or men and women who have lost weight and are left with excess overhanging skin that hides a toned, fit body underneath.

The best way to know if a tummy tuck is the right procedure to meet your unique goals is to meet in consultation with our breast and body specialists. Watch as we share what makes someone the perfect candidate for a tummy tuck.

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Tummy Tuck Benefits

A flatter, smoother, more toned abdomen.

One of the biggest benefits of a tummy tuck, particularly if you were ever pregnant or experienced extreme weight loss, is it removes excess or loose skin, restoring your stomach to a natural, more toned state. A tummy tuck can also improve the curvature of your waist and tighten stomach muscles, creating a flatter, firmer abdomen. Many patients opt to have a tummy tuck as part of a Mommy Makeover

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.

Our surgeons can perform a tummy tuck using a number of techniques. A complete abdominoplasty is the most common procedure, involving two incisions, one across the lower abdomen and one around the navel. During a partial tummy tuck, a shorter abdominal incision is made to correct isolated skin deposits below the navel. Patients may also be a candidate for our "drain-free" or drainless tummy tuck. 

Our breast and body specialists at our Brevard County, Florida practice perform an innovative abdominoplasty that restores and tightens muscles to the desired position, eliminates excess fat, and pulls the skin taut. The result is a more toned and fit-looking tummy that immediately boosts your confidence and helps you feel fabulous!

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.

Full healing from an abdominoplasty can take up to six months, and you’ll want to avoid strenuous exercise for six weeks. Most patients are able to walk within a day of surgery and return to work within one to two weeks. You’ll see our breast and body specialists post-op visits to monitor your healing. Drains, which prevent the accumulation of fluid, are removed within one to three weeks, while a compression garment remains in place for three to four weeks.

Our team is here for you 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 and the nausea they cause. 

Watch this video to find out more about what you can expect during a 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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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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