Tummy Tuck

In Fort Lauderdale


Tummy Tuck

Weight loss is an incredible achievement, but depending on the degree of change, some patients are left with stretch marks and loose, sagging skin. Well-respected plastic surgeons, Dr. Savannah Moon & Dr. Stephanie Scurci of Himmarshee Plastic Surgery offer Tummy Tuck surgery in Fort Lauderdale, FL to help their patients feel higher self-esteem by removing excess skin and fat caused by sudden and significant weight loss. To learn more about this plastic surgery and what it can do for you, please continue reading the information below.

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What is a tummy tuck?

A Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) aims to remove excess fat deposits and skin from the stomach with the additional benefit of repairing weak abdominal muscles, which in turn, improves your abdominal contour and gives your stomach a flatter appearance.

As we get older, there are a myriad of things that can wreak havoc on our midsection, particularly extreme weight loss and pregnancy. These circumstances can make it incredibly difficult to regain tone and tightness in the lower abdomen, regardless of how many sit-ups we do or the extent of caloric intake we control.

Weakening and separation of the abdominal muscles, also known as diastasis recti, can occur following pregnancy or weight gain. Diastasis recti, stretch marks, and loose abdominal skin can be difficult to improve, even with proper diet and exercise. Tummy tucks address these concerns by sculpting and removing excess skin around the midsection and bringing the abdominal muscles together in the midline, restoring your abdominal anatomy to a more youthful state.

Mini-Tummy Tuck

A mini-abdominoplasty is less invasive than the traditional full tummy tuck and produces a shorter scar in the bikini line and no scar around the belly button. This surgery still allows for the tightening of your six-pack muscles. The main consideration for candidacy is how much skin needs to be removed, so for patients who require a lot of extra skin to be removed, a full tummy tuck procedure is probably the best option. Patients who have only a little extra skin with good natural elasticity could be good candidates for a mini-tummy tuck.

Full Tummy Tuck

Also known as a complete or traditional Abdominoplasty, it is the most common type of Tummy Tuck and involves making a low horizontal incision between the hip bones and removing excess abdominal fat and skin.  If needed, the abdominal muscles are brought together in the midline to correct a diastasis recti and create a more toned and sculpted appearance.  The belly button remains in its same position attached to the abdominal wall and is brought through a new opening in the skin as it is pulled down and tightened.  This surgical technique is ideal for patients with moderate to severe skin and abdominal wall laxity.

Extended Tummy Tuck

An extended tummy tuck is a more extensive version of the traditional option that reaches beyond the tummy to the hips and sides of the lower back. A horizontal incision is made across the lower abdomen that extends around the hips. 

During surgery, loose stomach muscles are tightened, tissue and excess skin from the abdominal and flank regions are removed, and the skin resecured. As with a standard tummy tuck, repositioning of the navel is typically required. Recovery takes longer than a standard tummy tuck due to the longer incision. Expect two to three weeks of recovery time, at a minimum.

This technique is best for adults who have had a significant amount of weight loss and excess skin as well as those struggling to slim down love handles or back fat regions.

Who are the best candidates?

At Himmarshee Plastic Surgery, we believe good Tummy Tuck candidates in Fort Lauderdale, FL if you have some of the following characteristics:

  • Bothered by the aesthetic of your abdomen
  • Committed to maintaining results through a healthy diet and routine exercise
  • Has no abdominal wall laxity
  • In good overall physical health
  • Keeps realistic expectations for their tummy tuck results
  • Maintained a stable weight
  • Non-smoker and can commit to staying so
  • Tried losing weight in the abdominal area with limited or no success

What are the Benefits of a Tummy Tuck?

Our Fort Lauderdale, FL Tummy Tuck patients have been able to see some of the following examples of the benefits that this surgery can provide:

  • Gives the abdomen an improved contour and can increase self-confidence
  • Have significant skin laxity
  • Improved control over bodily functions
  • Increases your tolerance for more intense exercises once that excess skin is gone
  • Minimize the risks for certain medical conditions
  • Motivates to lose excess weight and achieve better health
  • Prevents painful hernias
  • Relieves stress urinary incontinence (after pregnancy, some women find they have an issue with accidental leaks)
  • Repairs issues such as diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal wall) which often results from straining during pregnancy
  • Stronger and improved core
  • Better overall flexibility

First Steps

What’s the first step of a Tummy Tuck?

The first step in getting a Tummy Tuck in Fort Lauderdale, FL is to contact Himmarshee Plastic Surgery. When you come in for your consultation, you will be able to meet with either Dr. Savannah Moon or Dr. Stephanie Scurci and discuss what you’re looking to achieve from the procedure. She will also be able to answer any questions that you may have, perform an examination of your stomach and body type, and ask you questions about your medical history.

You should be very open and honest when talking about your medical history as this will help your surgeon determine if you’re a good candidate for a tummy tuck and make the safest decisions when creating your surgical and treatment plan.

Once your plan has been made and you agree with it, then you will meet with our Patient Coordinator who will help you select your surgical date. You will also be given a list of instructions that will help give you a more optimal surgical experience.


What to expect from a Tummy Tuck?

When you come in for your Tummy Tuck, it will begin with you being administered some anesthesia in the form of general anesthesia or intravenous sedation, depending on what is discussed during your consultation. When you are fully sedated, your surgeon will begin making her strategic incisions.

A full tummy tuck utilizes a horizontally oriented incision placed between the pubic hairline and the belly button. The shape and length of the incisions are determined by the amount of excess skin. After your abdominal skin is lifted, the weaker, underlying abdominal muscles are repaired. If necessary, a second incision will be made around your naval as your surgeon removes excess skin in your upper abdomen.

The upper abdominal skin is pulled down and any loose skin is trimmed. The remaining skin is sutured together and a new opening for the belly button is created. Your surgeon will pop the belly button up through the surface and suture it into position. Finally, the incision is closed with sutures, skin adhesives, tapes, or clips.

This surgical procedure will take approximately two to three hours.

Tummy Tuck Recovery

Since Tummy Tuck surgery is an outpatient procedure, you will be able to return home to recover in peace, however, you should have a friend or family member available to give you a ride home. You will have dressings or bandages applied to your incisions and you may also be wrapped in an abdominal binder (elastic bandage or compression garment) to minimize swelling and give underlying muscles in your abdomen additional support. Your surgeon may temporarily insert some small tubes called cannulas under your skin to help drain any blood or fluid that collects.

You will likely be sore during the first week or so of your recovery process and should plan on resting and taking some downtime the first few days post-surgery, this is to reduce scarring and avoid any excess bruising or swelling. You may be able to return to work after a few days but only if you have light work, there should be absolutely no heavy lifting until your surgeon clears you to do so. Most patients require at least two to three weeks before they can do even gentle tasks.


Tummy Tuck Cost

How Much Does A Tummy Tuck Cost In Fort Lauderdale, FL?

The cost of a Tummy Tuck in Fort Lauderdale, FL is dependent on a number of factors, including the amount of tissue that is required to be removed the anesthetic choice, the type of Tummy Tuck performed, and surgeon and hospital fees. After meeting with your chosen surgeon and discussing everything, our Patient Coordinator will be able to give you a breakdown of the full price of your treatment.

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Why choose Himmarshee Plastic Surgery?

Himmarshee Plastic Surgery is a practice that prioritizes the individual aesthetic goals of each patient, striving to achieve natural, timeless, and refined surgical results.

Dr. Savannah Moon and Dr. Stephanie Scurci are both board-certified by the American Board of Surgery (ABS).  Following the completion of their comprehensive general surgery training, Dr. Savannah Moon and Dr. Stephanie Scurci went on to further specialize through a 3-year Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Florida, where they met and served as chief residents.  In the course of their surgical training in South Florida, Dr. Moon and Dr. Scurci were in an ideal location to perform a vast range and quantity of aesthetic surgeries, developing expertise across a broad spectrum of procedures. Both Dr. Moon and Dr. Scurci are dedicated to achieving results that are subtle, elegant, and natural, tailored to each patient’s individual aesthetic aspirations. 

Himmarshee Plastic Surgery boasts an on-site surgical suite committed to prioritizing safety and ensuring optimal patient care.  Our surgical team includes a board-certified anesthesiologist and experienced nursing staff specializing in plastic surgery, providing a familiar and expert touch throughout your surgical journey.  The on-site operating room not only provides convenience and accessibility but also ensures privacy, a vital consideration for our patients. Maintaining discretion as a top priority, our practice features a private entrance and exit to the surgical suite and perioperative areas.   All these factors align to make our on-site surgical suite a choice that combines safety, privacy, and convenience to create a concierge experience for our patients.

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We know that choosing plastic surgeons can be a daunting task, which is why when you come to us for your plastic surgery, you are choosing quality AND care. If you have excess skin and fat in your abdominal region caused by weight fluctuations or pregnancy and you’ve tried everything else to reduce a protruding abdomen, a Fort Lauderdale, FL tummy tuck from Himmarshee Plastic Surgery can help improve loose abdominal skin contour.

Call our office today or use our website to fill out a consultation request form and we will be in touch with you! We look forward to meeting with you and helping achieve a more toned and flatter abdomen.

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