Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in Jupiter, Ft. Lauderdale & West Palm Beach

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Tummy Tuck Surgery

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Video: Tummy Tuck with Dr. Rankin

Tummy Tuck Surgery Can Help You Look Your Best

Sometimes, a healthy diet and a good exercise plan isn’t enough to create a flat, toned tummy. Especially after childbirth or weight loss, many people find it difficult to get rid of excess skin and isolated deposits of fat around the midsection. However, when performed by an experienced plastic surgeon, it may be a good solution. If you live in South Florida (or want to take a trip to the area!) you can trust your tummy tuck to Dr. David Rankin or Dr. Dev Vibhakar, a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience and a passion for helping patients look their best.

Am I a Candidate for Tummy Tuck?

As with any surgical procedure, suitable candidates for tummy tuck surgery should generally be in good health. If you’ve had multiple pregnancies or lost a considerable amount of weight and are left with loose skin, you will likely benefit from tummy tuck.

The timing of your tummy tuck is important, and Dr. Rankin or Dr. Dev will address this with you during your pre-operative consultation at his Jupiter plastic surgery practice. You should be at a stable weight before having tummy tuck. This means that if you plan to become pregnant again, or lose a lot of weight, you should postpone your tummy tuck surgery until your weight has leveled off, as weight gain/loss and pregnancy can reverse the effects of tummy tuck.

What Happens During Tummy Tuck Surgery?

The procedure is performed either in Dr. Rankin’s private operating suite or at a local outpatient surgical facility. It generally takes about two hours, and you will return home the same day. Tummy tuck can be performed on its own, or may be combined with other procedures such as liposuction or breast augmentation. It is also often part of a mommy makeover for women who wish to reclaim their pre-pregnancy figures.

Dr. Rankin or Dr. Dev begins by making a horizontal incision just above the pubic area. He will make every effort to hide the incision below the bathing suit or underwear line. The length of the incision depends on the degree of correction necessary. Dr. Rankin or Dr. Dev then makes a second incision around the navel so he can target the belly button area. Through the incisions, he draws the abdominal muscles together to tighten them and stitch them into place.

After removing excess fat deposits, Dr. Rankin or Dr. Dev smooths the skin over the abdominal muscles, removes excess skin and closes the sutures. Dr. Rankin and Dr. Dev use absorbable sutures that do not need to be removed. This ensures that the incision has no track marks and heals beautifully. He may perform liposuction of the hips or other areas of the body at the same time, which can add to the surgery time but help to contour the sides of the body and create a slimmer waistline.

David Rankin MD and Dev Vibahakar MD understands that post-operative pain control is very important to his patients; he uses a long-acting local pain medication to help control pain post-operatively.

Mini Tummy Tuck

Mini tummy tuck is a twist on traditional full tummy tuck, and there are several differences between the procedures. In general, mini tummy tuck is suitable to individuals who do not need extensive correction in the abdominal area, but could benefit from some small tweaks.

When performing mini tummy tuck, Dr. Rankin removes less tissue and does not make an incision around the belly button like he does during full tummy tuck. He also does not tighten the abdominal muscles as much as he does during full tummy tuck. Mini tummy tuck is less expensive than full tummy tuck, with less downtime, less pain and a smaller scar.

body-1Recovering from Tummy Tuck Surgery

After surgery, the abdominal area may be swollen and uncomfortable, but pain medication can ease discomfort. We give our patients their prescriptions prior to surgery, so they can properly prepare for their recovery. Dr. Rankin and Dr. Dev takes pain control very seriously and uses every method at his disposal to reduce your pain, including providing a pain pump which releases Novocaine into the affected area for three days.

The time it takes to heal from tummy tuck depends on the physical condition of the patient prior to surgery. While some patients return to work in two weeks, others find that it takes longer to resume normal activities comfortably.

What Does Tummy Tuck Cost?

The cost of tummy tuck varies by patient, but generally is in the range of $4500-$7000, which includes all costs — facility fees, anesthesia and surgical fees. We also perform blood work and EKGs in our own office (if necessary) during your pre-op stage, as this helps you avoid making an additional trip to another facility. We try to make the process as smooth as possible for our patients.

Financing Tummy Tuck

Dr. Rankin and Dr. Dev offer tummy tuck financing through CareCredit and an in-house plan. To learn more about your options to finance your surgery, please contact our office.

Tummy Tuck FAQs

How much weight can I lose from tummy tuck surgery?

Tummy tuck surgery is not a weight loss procedure. If you are considering tummy tuck surgery, you should be at or close to your ideal target weight.

Can I have a baby after a tummy tuck?

Physically, you can have a baby after tummy tuck surgery, but, for cosmetic reasons, Dr. Rankin and Dr. Dev do not recommend it. Pregnancy usually reverses the effects of tummy tuck by stretching out the abdominal skin and damaging the muscles.

When can I exercise after tummy tuck surgery?

After tummy tuck, you should refrain from strenuous aerobic exercising and heavy lifting for approximately six weeks. Gentler activities, such as walking, are permitted sooner. Dr. Rankin or Dr. Dev will speak with you about this after your surgery.

Is tummy tuck safe? What are the risks?

Any surgical procedure carries some degree of risk. Possible complications include infection, bleeding, prolonged numbness, poor wound healing and excessive scarring. Selecting an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Rankin or Dr. Dev minimizes many of the risks of surgery.

How can I get rid of swelling after tummy tuck surgery?

Swelling is a normal post-operative side effect and takes several weeks to subside on its own. To minimize swelling, wear your compression garment as advised by Dr. Rankin, and follow any additional instructions he and his staff provide.

When can I go back to work after a tummy tuck?

It is difficult to say without personally consulting with you. The amount of time you take off from work depends on personal factors, such as your pain tolerance and the nature of your job. Generally, tummy tuck patients with desk jobs return after about two weeks; patients with more physically demanding jobs need to take additional time off. Dr. Rankin or Dr. Dev will discuss taking time off from work during your consultation.

Schedule a Tummy Tuck Consultation

If you’d like to speak to Dr. Rankin or Dr. Dev about tummy tuck surgery, and learn how it can improve your physique, please contact us to schedule a consultation. Call us at 561-776-2830 or 954-564-3832.

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Jupiter

Aqua Plastic Surgery

641 University Boulevard, Suite 103
Jupiter, Florida 33458

561-776-2830

Ft. Lauderdale

Aqua Plastic Surgery

2322 East Oakland Park Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33306

954-564-3832

West Palm Beach

Aqua Plastic Surgery

600 South Dixie Highway, Suite 103B
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

561-202-6615