sculpt and shape the abdomen
Abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as “tummy tuck,” is a procedure performed to sculpt and shape the abdomen by removing excess fat and skin, and also tightening the muscles of the abdomen. This procedure can be an ideal option for men and women who are not more than 20% over the recommended body weight, whose skin has stretched and after significant weight loss. If you feel that you may be a candidate for a tummy tuck procedure, schedule a free consultation and meet personally with Dr. Yi by calling (352) 259-8599 or by using the form below.
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lift the skin
This procedure is performed at our on-site state licensed ambulatory surgical center and general anesthesia is used during this procedure. The procedure begins with two incisions. One incision is made below the belt line close to the pubic area for concealment purposes. This incision runs from one site of your torso to the other. The other incision is an incision around the navel.
Dr. Yi will then lift the skin from the underlying fat tissue and muscle. The underlying muscles of the abdomen are then tightened with permanent sutures. The surgeon then removes excess fat and skin and the incision below the waistline is closed. The last step in the tummy tuck is the positioning of your navel in its new anatomically correct location. A drainage tube will be used in the first few days after surgery to drain fluids. Incision protection along with abdominal garments will also be used immediately following surgery. You may also need to stay overnight for observation.
recovery as much as possible
Immediately following surgery, patients should expect to focus on relaxing and recovery as much as possible. Patients should expect bruising and swelling and some discomfort which can be managed with pain medication. Sutures will be removed in usually about a week and most bruising and swelling will subside within two weeks.
During your recovery, our surgeons will monitor your recovery closely and provide direction on activities as you progress towards full recovery. It is important to follow these instructions closely for the best results. You will be cleared to go back to work based on the type of work you do. Office type work can be resumed usually in a week or two. Strenuous work such as construction should not be resumed for 60 to 90 days depending on your recovery. Again your recovery will be closely monitored Dr. Yi and our staff will provide guidance to help you recover as quickly as possible.
The tummy tuck procedure is performed by Dr. Christina Yi. Dr. Yi will meet with you personally to answer any questions you have about the tummy tuck procedure and how it might be the best option to remove unwanted fat. Schedule a consultation to find out if liposuction is right for you. Call us at (352) 259-8599 or use our contact form and we’ll get back to you right away!
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