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Tummy Tuck

Best Tummy Tuck Miami, Fl | Gables Plastic Surgery

For men and women everywhere, having a tummy tuck can be a genuinely wonderful and life-changing experience. Designed to remove excess abdominal skin and recontour the body, a tummy tuck (also known as abdominoplasty) can also have extraordinary medical benefits.

Most patients who seek tummy tucks from Dr. Jorge de la Pedraja have either been pregnant or lost a significant amount of weight. If you now have loose, sagging skin on your midsection preventing you from performing everyday activities, this procedure could be the ideal solution.

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Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jorge de la Pedraja is an expert at performing tummy tuck surgeries and genuinely values his patients’ time and aesthetic goals. He is committed to ensuring that his patients are safe, have an exceptional experience, and are provided with outstanding results. Since each procedure will be slightly different depending on a patient’s age, anatomy, and other factors, Dr. de la Pedraja will take the time to get to know you, your lifestyle, your cosmetic goals to develop the plan that is perfect for you.

Are you ready to enjoy the considerable benefits of a tummy tuck? Learn more by calling (305) 441-9144 or contacting us online today. Gables Plastic Surgery is located in Coral Gables, FL, and proudly serves Miami, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne, Miami Beach, Pinecrest and other areas of South Florida.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck is an excellent way for you to remove excess skin and tighten and repair muscles to achieve a flatter and more youthful-looking midsection. Also known as abdominoplasty surgery, tummy tucks can significantly improve the lower abdominal appearance, which is often affected by:

  • Excess skin
  • Lax or damaged abdominal rectus muscles (six pack) 
  • The after-effects of childbearing
  • Significant weight loss

If stubborn pockets of fat are contributing to your belly bulge, your tummy tuck may be combined with liposuction for an even more significant slimming boost.

Reasons to Consider a Tummy Tuck in Miami, FL

Even though you are eating healthily and regularly working out at the gym, this may not be enough to tighten muscles and skin that have become stretched. No amount of diet and exercise will help you get rid of excess skin.

Childbearing could also create a need for a tummy tuck since pregnancy puts a considerable amount of stress and stretch on your abdominal muscles and skin. There are a variety of reasons you would strive to have a flat stomach and slender waist, something that diet and exercise simply can’t do:

  • Improve the appearance of your midsection.
  • Tighten loose and sagging skin.
  • Strengthen core muscles.
  • Reduce back pain.
  • Improve posture.

During a tummy tuck surgery, Dr. de la Pedraja will not only strengthen your abdominal muscles but will also tighten any loose skin on your stomach. While a full tummy tuck may involve adjusting the muscles around your navel, you can also choose to have the less extreme mini tummy tuck.

Are You an Ideal Candidate for a Tummy Tuck in Miami?

The best candidates for a tummy tuck are those who:

  • Have lost a substantial amount of weight (often post-bariatric surgery patients). 
  • Have had children.
  • Have loose abdominal skin for any reason. 
  • Have stretched or bowed abdominal muscles.

Patients who are in good health are prime candidates for the surgery. This procedure may also be used to correct hernias and other abdominal problems like diastasis recti. Both men and women can have tummy tucks, and it’s important that you have realistic expectations and a good understanding of what the surgery can provide for you.

Patients contemplating future pregnancies or weight loss should consider waiting until a more appropriate time to have tummy tuck surgery. You can be assured that Dr. de la Pedraja will go out of his way to help you understand the procedure, what to expect, and how to make the best decision.

Why Choose Dr. de la Pedraja for my Miami Tummy Tuck?

Dr. de la Pedraja is highly trained and actively seeks out the latest advancements in the field. He stays current with the most sought-after tummy tuck methods and techniques.

Dr. de la Pedraja does not run his office like a clinic and wants you to know that he is here for the long run. He and his team consider all patients to be family and will treat them as such. Dr. de la Pedraja gives each patient ample time in every appointment, whether it is a consultation or a post-op follow-up. Dr. de la Pedraja will never pressure you to make a decision at Gables Plastic Surgery, and you can always reach out to him with any questions or concerns.

Dr. de la Pedraja is aware that patients may ask for things that he can’t deliver. He tries to reason with them and explain his thought process. With their health and well-being in mind, Dr. de la Pedraja will turn down patients if he thinks what they want is not in their best interest.

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Why Choose Dr. de la Pedraja

  • Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Member of Miami Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Committed to providing the highest quality of care to each and every patient

What Are the Different Types of Tummy Tucks?

There are three types of tummy tuck which each involve tightening the abdominal muscles and removing excess skin. However, as described below, there are key differences between the procedures. The particular patient’s needs will determine which they are a candidate for.

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What is a Full Tummy Tuck?

For a full tummy tuck, the most commonly performed type of abdominoplasty, a horizontal incision is made low on the abdomen, extending from one hip to the other, between the pubic hairline and belly button. The incision runs from the right hip to the left hip, placed as low as possible to keep the incision line hidden. 

The underlying rectus muscles (six pack) are tightened to create a smoother, flatter abdomen. If needed, liposuction can be employed to further contour the abdomen. The skin and belly button are repositioned to achieve the most aesthetically appealing and natural-looking result possible. The procedure is completed by trimming away excess skin and closing the incisions.

If a woman has had a cesarean section (C-section), the existing scar will be utilized if possible.

What is a Mini Tummy Tuck?

In cases where a complete abdominoplasty is not required, a mini tummy tuck may be a great option to address fat, skin, and tissues below the belly button. This type of tummy tuck is generally less severe, will not take as long to complete, and has less downtime. 

A mini tummy tuck may be best if you have only a small to moderate amount of excess abdominal tissue and skin below the belly button. The incision for a mini tummy tuck is shorter in length and will also be concealed low on the abdomen below what is commonly referred to as the “bikini” line.

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What is an Extended Tummy Tuck?

Some patients may choose to have an extended tummy tuck when the surgical plan requires a larger incision to achieve the desired result. Although slightly more invasive, it allows more excess skin and fat in different areas to be removed. Dr. de la Pedraja will work with you to help you decide on the best tummy tuck to suit your specific needs.

Combining Liposuction with Tummy Tuck Surgery

Many patients elect to add liposuction to their abdominoplasty surgery, allowing for the removal of any excess fat from beneath the skin. For the right patient, removing fat can provide a better aesthetic result after surgery.

Look your best, feel your best

Dr. de la Pedraja is committed to providing the highest quality of care to each and every patient. His philosophy is to develop an individualized care plan to meet the needs of each patient with the utmost compassion and concern in a setting of comfort and confidentiality.

Recovering from a Tummy Tuck

After the surgery, your abdomen will be bandaged, containing the swelling and protecting your incisions. You will have drains that will be in place approximately one week. You should have someone at home to help you for the first few days. For the first week or two after your procedure, it’s vital to curtail your activities and allow your body to heal.

Expect to experience some moderate discomfort after surgery, especially during the first few days of your recovery. You will feel as if your abdomen is tight, feeling as if you did 500-1000 crunches. You’ll be provided with pain medication to help you manage your pain.

You should be able to return to work within two weeks of the procedure, though each patient’s recovery will differ. Your overall health, age, procedure type, as well as other factors will dictate how long your recovery will take.

After the surgery, Dr. Jorge de la Pedraja will follow up with you to make sure you are recovering as expected. He goes out of his way to ensure that his patients are doing well.

Schedule Your Tummy Tuck Consultation!

Learn even more about the numerous benefits of tummy tuck surgery by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Jorge de la Pedraja online or by calling (305) 441-9144 today. Gables Plastic Surgery is located in Coral Gables, FL, and proudly serves Miami, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne, Miami Beach, Pinecrest and other areas of South Florida.

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