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Board Certified Tampa Palms Plastic Surgeon Restores Youthful Shape with Tummy Tuck Procedure

Experienced cosmetic surgeon helps patients find their ideal shape

Florida’s beautiful beaches and warm weather are an invitation for everyone to go outside.  If you’re feeling less than confident with your excess flab, especially after significant weight loss or liposuction, a tummy tuck Tampa Palms can successfully get your body ready for the beach in no time.  Gerard C. Mosiello, MD is a board certified plastic surgeon who has the expertise to perform the kind of top-notch tummy tuck Tampa Palms residents are looking for, done with the utmost skill and care. Tampa beach goers: don’t let another summer go by without considering a confidence-boosting tummy tuck!

Tummy tuck after weight loss is a popular option for both men and women

If you’ve experienced dramatic weight loss, whether through dieting, childbirth or liposuction, you may have noticed some excess flab that you can’t seem to get rid of. You aren’t alone; while the human body can react to dramatic changes, it can’t always adapt perfectly to rapid weight loss. Excess skin, fat deposits and other tissues may remain around the target area. That’s where an abdominoplasty, commonly known as a tummy tuck, can help. New Tampa plastic surgeon Gerard C. Mosiello, MD, has years of experience helping patients achieve the look they desire.

Often the body cannot respond to dramatic weight loss effectively and quickly. As a result excess skin, tissue and fat deposits may remain despite targeted exercise efforts. The Tampa tummy tuck procedure may be an excellent treatment for these situations.  Some of our tummy tuck new Tampa patients, tummy tuck Wesley Chapel patients and tummy tuck Tampa patients and their success stories are featured in our before and after photo gallery.

This condition may be experienced by both genders as a result of dramatic weight loss. It may also be caused by naturally inherited traits or changes in health. Pregnancy is another common cause of excess abdominal skin and fat. As a result, a tummy tuck is typically included as a part of the mommy makeover or body lift procedures

Best candidates for a tummy tuck

If you find your weight is frequently fluctuating due to diet, exercise or health conditions, a tummy tuck may not be your best solution for eliminated flab and defining your abdominal shape. The most effective results are achieved for patients with a stable weight who need to eliminate excess skin or fatty tissue, typically following sustainable weight loss.

A tummy tuck is often recommended following liposuction to help maintain a natural and taut look for the abdomen following the removal of excess fat in the torso region. It can also help women who have recently given birth to restore their shape after losing the baby weight.

What is involved in a tummy tuck?

Before your procedure, general anesthetic is administered to ensure that you are comfortable during surgery. A horizontal incision is made just below the bathing suit line above the pubic area. A second incision may be made around the navel to remove excess skin from the upper abdomen.

Loose tissue and muscle underneath the skin is tightened with internal sutures. Skin is tightened and pulled downward. Any excess skin is removed, and a new hole is made for the navel. The navel is poked through the skin, keeping its original location. The incisions are then closed to finish the procedure.

Recovering from a tummy tuck

Dressings and bandages are applied immediately following a tummy tuck to prevent infection and control swelling. Compression garments may also be applied to prevent swelling and keep the tissue in its new position. Surgical drains are sometimes used to allow the removal of fluid buildup following the procedure.

Stitches are generally removed within two weeks, during which time swelling will decrease as well. Patients may return to normal routines and sexual activity after about two weeks. Full recovery takes 5-8 weeks. Of course, recovery times may vary depending on the extent of the procedure.

Common questions about the tummy tuck procedure

Will there be scarring following a tummy tuck?

It is always a top priority to minimize or eliminate visible scarring following cosmetic surgery. Lower tummy tuck incisions are hidden below the swimsuit line whenever possible. Upper abdominal incisions can be hidden in the natural folds of the navel. Incisions are also closed with fine sutures to reduce the appearance of scarring. Visible scarring should fade over a period of up to 12 months.

How will I feel after the procedure?

The sensitive location of the tummy tuck procedure may contribute to a range of discomfort. This may be due to swelling and tissue adjustment. Discomfort may be treated through the use of prescription medication and supportive garments, and will subside as the swelling goes down.

Are there any possible complications?

As with any surgery, there are possible complications following a tummy tuck. These may include asymmetric or irregular surface appearance. And whenever surgery is performed, there may be a chance of infection, sensitivity changes and fluid buildup. Dr. Mosiello will speak with you about all possible complications during the initial consultation, and how he can help to remedy any unexpected results.

Learn more about the process and results of tummy tucks for patients in Tampa

To find out whether a tummy tuck is right for you, schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Gerard Mosiello by calling Tampa Palms Plastic Surgery at (813) 527-9631 or contact us online. We are conveniently located in New Tampa near Wesley Chapel.

When to Consider a Tampa Tummy Tuck

Ideal candidates for a Tampa tummy tuck have a stable weight and have tried to remove their excess fat and abdominal tissue with diet and exercise. Benefits of the tummy tuck may include:

  • Removal of excess abdominal skin
  • Strengthening of abdominal muscles
  • Removal of excess fatty tissue

Discussing your full medical history with Dr. Mosiello can help limit complications. Some medications and smoking may increase your time spent in recovery.

Check out our tummy tuck before and after photos.

If you are considering a tummy tuck procedure, trust a board certified plastic surgeon for beautiful results.