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Tummy Tuck in Jacksonville, FL

Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery is a leading Jacksonville, Florida plastic surgery center especially equipped to provide abdominoplasty surgeries. Our team of surgeons provides patients with extensive experience in performing tummy tuck surgery and can help you achieve truly amazing results.

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Firm and Fabulous: Tummy Tuck Surgery

An abdominoplasty removes excess fat and skin, restores muscles that have weakened or separated, and achieves an overall smoother, firmer stomach. Because a tummy tuck can remove excess skin and tighten stomach muscles, the procedure can offer a result that is close to your pre-pregnancy or pre-weight gain body shape. A tummy tuck is frequently performed in combination with liposuction — especially around the sides of the stomach, hips, and thighs — to give additional contouring. 

FAQ

Should I get a tummy tuck or liposuction?

Should I get combination surgery?

Can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?

Should I get a tummy tuck or liposuction?

Patients who have loose skin in the lower abdomen may be better candidates for a skin tightening procedure such as a tummy tuck. If a patient is battling unwanted belly fat, but otherwise has good skin tone, liposuction (which removes fat only) may be all that is needed.

Should I get combination surgery?

Abdominoplasty can be combined with another cosmetic procedure, such as breast augmentation, a breast lift, or liposuction that targets another area of the body. This is sometimes referred to as a “Mommy Makeover” and is considered a common practice, especially where pregnancy, weight gain and breastfeeding are concerned.

Can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?

For optimal results, it is recommended that patients wait to have abdominoplasty until after all pregnancies have been completed. This is to ensure the stretching and weight gain that occurs with pregnancy does not compromise the results of the surgery.

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Why Choose PVPS for a Tummy Tuck?

Established in 1993, Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery has been serving the Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra Beach, and Fernandina Beach, FL area and changing lives through both surgical and non-surgical procedures. We have significantly grown and evolved over the last 29 years, now with multiple locations and five board-certified plastic surgeons, six Advanced Aesthetic Practitioners, and seven skin health specialists covering Northeast Florida. We are known for our outstanding reputation, excellent bedside manner, professionalism, safety, and remarkable results. 

“Circumferential tummy tuck in Jacksonville, FL! So far my doctor has been really great. He did an amazing job! I’ve known that I wanted a tummy tuck since after I had my first son. I got bad stretch marks and loose skin on my belly. I knew I wanted more children, so I waited until now, after my third son was born last September. Every time I had a baby, my belly would just get worse. I have gotten to the point where I know if I don’t get the surgery, I won’t ever be ‘myself’ again. I feel like I’m restricted from doing normal things…little things that most people do, like taking the kids to the pool, going on vacation, finding something to wear every day, etc. So I’m here and tomorrow I’m ready! Nervous but ready!”

D., RealSelf

The Full Tummy Tuck

A traditional (full) tummy tuck is suitable for both men and women who have a moderate amount of excess skin in their midsection. It is commonly performed on women post-pregnancy. During this surgery, the incision extends from hipbone to hipbone, which grants the surgeon access to a greater portion of the internal structures. Liposuction is used to remove fat and the abdominal muscles are pulled and tightly secured. The belly button is usually re-positioned for natural placement. 

The Mini Tummy Tuck

Individuals who are in relatively good shape but desire a flatter tummy may be good candidates for a mini tummy tuck (known as a “Brazilian tummy tuck”). These patients have loose abdominal fascia, but the muscles aren’t stretched to the point where a full tummy tuck is necessary. During surgery, a smaller incision is made along the lower abdomen, liposuction is used to remove excess fat, and the remaining skin is pulled tight. The belly button is not affected by this surgery. 

The Extended Tummy Tuck

The extended tummy tuck is reserved for patients who require major skin tightening and body contouring following a major weight loss. The extended tummy tuck requires a longer incision that extends beyond the hips, as well as another one around the navel. Liposuction is used and the excess skin is trimmed away and tightened. The belly button is re-positioned during this surgery.

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Abdominoplasty Surgery Details, Recovery, and Results

A tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility and typically takes around two hours to complete. It is considered an outpatient procedure. 

After surgery, patients will wear a compression garment and will need to rest for the first 48 hours. They should make a concerted effort to move around in order to help promote blood circulation, but should only attempt to initially stand at a 45-degree angle to protect the incision. Pain medication will be provided to help with post-operative pain. Clearance to resume exercise is usually given around 4-6 weeks.

Unfortunately, scarring is a part of an abdominoplasty. However, every effort is made to minimize scarring, and the incisions are generally placed in locations easily concealed by undergarments. For women who have had a previous C-section, the original C-section scar will be replaced with the tummy tuck incision. Most patients feel the physical results of this surgery far outweigh any scarring left behind.

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