Flat Tummy. Full Confidence
Dr. Stephan Baker is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Miami, FL, specializing in one of the most popular body contouring procedures in South Florida: the tummy tuck. Many factors can lead to excess skin in the abdominal area, ranging from pregnancy to massive weight loss. Even challenging exercise routines cannot tighten and tone stretched-out skin and muscles in this area. Fortunately, patients can turn to tummy tuck surgery to regain their figure.
Achieve a Smooth, Sculpted Stomach
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdominal area and tightens the abdominal muscles to create a flatter stomach. While this cosmetic surgery can be performed alone, in some cases, it can be combined with liposuction to improve the contours of the body and achieve the best possible results. There are types of tummy tucks for patients with less extensive sagging skin; a mini tummy tuck can be a good option. This procedure involves removing and tightening the skin below the belly button only. A “full” or traditional tummy tuck addresses the entire abdominal wall.
Dr. Stephan Baker has over 20 years of experience performing tummy tuck surgery for patients in South Florida and worldwide. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Baker, contact our Miami office today at (305) 381-8837. During a consultation at our Miami practice, Dr. Baker will evaluate you to see if you’re a good candidate for a tummy tuck. Sometimes, the doctor may recommend other treatments if he feels your concerns and goals can be better addressed with other surgical or non-surgical approaches. Visit Dr. Stephan Baker or call our Miami office to see if this treatment is right for you.
“I do every procedure three times. I do it all in my head in advance. I do the actual surgery. I review it all from start to finish to look for ways to improve. This way, each procedure I do is my best work.”
Cosmetic and Structural Benefits
Popular cosmetic reasons people choose abdominoplasty:
After having children, many women are left with flabby skin, a belly “pooch,” excess fat and tissue, and loose skin and abdominal muscles. Despite attempts to live a fit and healthy lifestyle, some women never regain their pre-baby body without surgical assistance. A tummy tuck can address the last bit of “baby weight” many mothers gain during pregnancy. Depending on how much excess fat and skin is present, a tummy tuck might be the ideal solution and can be combined with other body surgeries, such as breast augmentation. For more information, visit our Mommy Makeover page.
Many patients who have dealt with obesity in the past have adopted a healthier lifestyle and diet or gotten gastric bypass surgery and lost a significant amount of weight. While this is typically a positive change, massive weight loss usually results in a large amount of excess, loose skin. An abdominoplasty is ideal for addressing the midsection and removing excess skin after reaching one’s weight goal.
Fluctuations in weight can cause both men and women to get stretch marks in certain areas of their bodies. Luckily, Dr. Baker’s tummy tuck method is excellent for removing excess skin, which is the only effective way to fully eliminate the stretch marks found on the abdomen. Aside from the obvious cosmetic benefits, there are sometimes medical benefits of a tummy tuck procedure as well.
This type of hernia occurs when the intestines or abdominal tissues poke through the abdominal wall, creating a pouch. Abdominal weakness from weight loss or a C-section are all causes of this type of hernia. A tummy tuck can correct this problem by tightening the abdominal muscles.
Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) causes urine leakage when the patient is sneezing, laughing, or coughing due to pressure on the bladder. While this type of bladder control issue is typically treated without surgery, abdominoplasty may help patients with this condition regain some control.
Abdominoplasty can also help to decrease back pain. Childbirth and significant weight loss can cause the stomach muscles to weaken. These muscles help support the back and may cause back pain when they are weak. The surgery tightens the abdominal muscles and can take tension off of the back.
Improving posture is another side benefit of tummy tuck surgery. By tightening and creating stronger abdominal muscles, abdominoplasty can also support the spine and give patients better posture.
The best candidates for a tummy tuck include:
Women who plan to get pregnant in the future should plan their surgery once they are finished having children. Since the vertical muscles in the abdomen are tightened during a tummy tuck, pregnancy may separate the muscles and undo the results of the surgery. The Tummy Tuck is not intended as a weight-loss procedure, so people planning to lose a lot of weight should also wait until they are close to their goal, with a BMI of 30 or lower. People who have a chronic illness like diabetes, IBS, or heart disease may not be good candidates for this procedure. Safety is the priority. You will have your candidacy assessed during your tummy tuck consultation with Dr. Stephan Baker.
Both tummy tuck surgery and liposuction are body contouring procedures that can improve your physical appearance in varying ways and enhance your quality of life, as noted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The real difference lies in the purpose of each procedure. Liposuction removes unwanted body fat from areas with stubborn fat deposits but does not tone muscles or tighten the skin in the target areas. A Tummy Tuck tightens the stomach muscles and also removes excess abdominal skin and fat, thereby improving the contour of the entire abdomen. While a tummy tuck primarily targets the abdomen/stomach area, lipo removes fat from different areas of the body and can even target sensitive areas like the submental/chin region. Oftentimes, a tummy tuck can address stretch marks in the abdomen, which is why these procedures often go hand-in-hand during combination procedures like the “Mommy Makeover.” Patients interested in a Tummy Tuck often worry about how their tummy tuck scars will look after surgery. While the procedure does yield one large scar, Dr. Baker makes the incision along the underwear line as inconspicuous as possible. The scar should not be visible beneath a bikini bottom or underwear. To find out which procedure is better for you (or perhaps even both), contact us today for a consultation.
Personalized Attention for Safe, Beautiful Results
Before going forward with surgery, patients must attend a consultation with Dr. Stephan Baker. During this initial visit, be prepared to spend time discussing your surgical goals and expectations. Dr. Baker will examine you to evaluate your candidacy and to determine if your goals are realistic. Before the meeting, take notes about any questions you have, and be sure to come prepared with a list of your medications and supplements, plus information on any current or previous medical conditions. Be honest about any smoking, alcohol and drug use, as these habits can impact the results of the surgery. It’s important not to withhold any important medical information, as doing so could impact your safety and results.
How to Prepare for the Procedure
Before having a tummy tuck, it’s important to get a medical evaluation and lab testing. Certain medications should be temporarily put on hold or adjusted. Stop smoking at least three months before surgery, but the further in advance you can stop, the better. Stop taking Advil, Motrin, or similar medications two weeks before the procedure, including aspirin and certain herbal supplements, as they can increase bleeding. Before the day of the surgery, arrange to have a friend or family member drive you to and from your surgical appointment. They should also stay with you the first night after surgery, if not longer. Have a plan in place for childcare and other duties that may require physical strength during the first several weeks.
Tummy tuck surgery involves the use of general anesthesia to allow for optimal tightening of lax muscles, which is not possible with sedation anesthesia alone. The next step is the incision. This surgery requires a long incision below the bathing suit/underwear line. A mini tummy tuck requires a slightly shorter incision. After the incision is made, the skin is lifted to expose the abdominal muscles. These muscles are sutured down the middle to create a strong central core along the full length of the abdomen. The lax skin is then pulled down, and excess bulk is removed. Excess fat may also be removed. Sutures are placed to create a taut stomach, and a new opening for the belly button is created so that it remains in its same natural position. Once Dr. Baker has made all the necessary adjustments, he closes the incision.
On the Road to a Smooth Recovery
After the procedure, a surgical dressing is placed over the stomach area to protect the incision and belly button and to aid in the healing process. One small drainage tube is typically placed under the skin to remove excess body fluid.
For several days, patients should sleep with their upper body raised and their knees at an angle. Moderate pain is normal and can be controlled with prescription pain medication. Swelling in the area can be expected for about six weeks after the surgery.
A supportive compression garment should be worn around the tummy during the first few weeks. This also facilitates movement and mobility. Patients should plan to take about two weeks off from work and postpone strenuous activity for up to four to six weeks. Dr. Baker and his staff will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions to promote beautiful and lasting results.
If we’re talking about post-surgery meals, we recommend eating something light. Vitamins are also essential, so lots of vegetables and fruits should be included in your diet. Once you’re back to tolerating regular foods, a protein-based diet is recommended to help your body build new cells and to keep you on track for long-term results.
All surgeries come with risks. The principal risk is fluid accretion (a ‘seroma’), hence the drain after surgery to help avoid this. Rare complications include infection, bleeding under the skin, slow healing, and blood clots.
Dr. Baker may recommend combining other procedures with a tummy tuck surgery, such as breast augmentation and liposuction of the hips to rejuvenate the body post-pregnancy or after weight gain/loss. These options will all be discussed during your consultation. Dr. Baker creates a custom treatment plan for each patient.
When searching for a surgeon to perform your tummy tuck surgery, make sure to select a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive body contouring experience. It is always important to check before and after photos of former patients before or during your consultation.
Why choose Dr. Baker?
Dr. Baker has decades of experience and has been affiliated with the following prestigious institutions:
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Dr. Baker offers an inimitable treatment experience with a highly personalized, precision-based approach. With extreme dedication, Dr. Baker takes the time to ensure that every detail of your treatment is designed uniquely for you with optimal safety, effectiveness, and compassion. Take the first step toward your best possible outcome by scheduling your in-office or virtual consultation with Dr. Baker today.
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