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Tummy Tuck in Port St. Lucie, FL

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About Abdominoplasty Surgery

For women and men alike, hanging skin and excess fat within the abdomen can be frustrating and challenging despite attempts to lose it. Pregnancy, weight loss, and aging are the primary reasons why someone may not be able to attain a tighter and slimmer abdomen. A tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgery that successfully transforms the stomach area, creating amazing results for patients. Port St. Lucie, FL plastic surgeon Dr. S. Darrell Lee performs abdominoplasty that varies on the individual's cosmetic goals. This popular surgery at Lee Plastic Surgery and Laser Center allows patients the chance to have a redefined physique and renewed confidence.

Ideal Candidates

Abdominoplasty can be performed on both women and men. If you battle loose skin as well as excess fat in the abdominal region, this surgical treatment can help restore a tighter and slimmer physique. Dr. Lee recommends you to be at a healthy weight prior to surgery. Abdominoplasty is not a weight loss procedure — it addresses loose skin. Liposuction is often implemented during surgery to remove fat. If your tummy section has healthy skin tightness, but you are still unhappy with your appearance even on a healthy diet, you may be a better candidate for liposuction. Women considering this treatment should be past pregnancy so that the surgical outcomes are not impacted.

Surgical Technique

Tummy tuck surgery is performed using general anesthesia. There are several methods to consider when the surgery is performed by Dr. Lee, which is tailored for the patient's needs. For starters, the incision length is selected based on the amount of excess skin. Some patients with severe sagging skin may require a full tummy tuck. This method places the incision from hip to hip, just above the pubic area. Other patients who have minimal skin laxity may be better suited for a smaller incision. These patients still benefit from tummy tuck surgery, but will simply receive a smaller scar. Regardless of the method, all tummy tuck procedures at Lee Plastic Surgery and Laser Center involve the removal of loose skin and fat removal.

What to Expect

After your tummy tuck surgery, you will be monitored and released wearing a compression garment to help control swelling. Walking and standing will be difficult at first, so you should rest for a couple days. Standing becomes easier once the muscles relax and the incision begins to heal. Most patients should be able to resume normal activities around two weeks. Exercise can resume later, closer to two months or when you are cleared by Dr. Lee. The abdomen will feel sore and tight, but you will feel normal after recovering.

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Many factors can lead to a stretched-out abdomen that creates hanging skin. We know it can be a daily struggle — surgery is generally the only way to overcome this. If you are tired of having the loose skin in your abdomen, regardless of the severity, tummy tuck surgery by Dr. Lee in Port St. Lucie, FL can help you get the look you want. Please contact Lee Plastic Surgery and Laser Center to learn more.

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