The standards for today's bathing suit ready bodies have changed in the last decade. A flawless profile and tight, fit body are just a few checklist items that women and men strive to achieve. However, when genetics, age, busy lifestyle, and other factors weigh in, individuals may need cosmetic intervention to get closer to the body they desire. A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, can provide both men and women the option of having the flat, more fit-looking stomach they always wanted. When all efforts of diet and exercise have been exhausted, women can get bikini ready with tummy tuck help and feel better about how they look.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey LaGrasso is proud to offer an extensive list of cosmetic body contouring procedures at his state-of-the-art facility in Miami, FL. Dr. LaGrasso can reshape your midsection, so you feel more comfortable and less self-conscious about your appearance. Read on to learn more from Dr. LaGrasso on your tummy tuck options to be more confident about your waistline before heading to the beach.
What can a tummy tuck help?
A tummy tuck is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed in the United States today. Why is it so popular? It is a solution, especially for women who have had children, to eliminate loose abdominal skin, unsightly stretch marks, and weakened abdominal muscles. After weight loss or pregnancy, a patient can get bikini ready with abdominoplasty.
What are the target areas for a tummy tuck?
The main goal of a tummy tuck surgery is to remove excess skin (and, when necessary, remove fat with liposuction) to leave patients with a flatter, more toned midsection. A person's abdominal area can be broken down into two different areas: the upper and lower region. The lower abdominal area is below the belly button and can be cosmetically altered with a traditional, mini, or extended tummy tuck. Loose skin folds and isolated pockets of fat can settle in this area due to pregnancy, genetics, age, or fluctuating weight. When all efforts of diet and exercise have been exhausted, these cosmetic body contouring options can be the answer.
Which tummy tuck procedure do I need?
During a thorough consultation, Dr. LaGrasso will listen to a patient's concerns and determine the best surgical technique for optimal results. Patients in Miami, FL can improve their physical appearance with one of the following options:
Full tummy tuck
This traditional technique is commonly performed on women with mild to moderate loose, saggy skin in their lower abdominal area. The incision is made from hip to hip, right above the pubic area and can be hidden with a bathing suit or undergarments. It can be further contoured with liposuction to remove excess fat, and the underlying abdominal wall reshaped before tightening the skin. The belly button is generally repositioned with a full tummy tuck to look more natural and symmetrical. In some cases, a woman's previous C-section incision can be utilized to minimize additional scarring or be eliminated with a traditional tummy tuck procedure.
Extended tummy tuck
This technique is reserved for women needing a significant amount of skin (or excess fat) removed in their lower abdominal area. The incision is above the pubic area and will extend past the hips to the lower back area. Undergarments or a bathing suit can also hide it. Liposuction can remove excess fatty pockets, and underlying abdominal muscles can be tightened for further body contouring help before the skin tightening portion of the procedure. The belly button is repositioned with an extended tummy tuck for a more aesthetic appeal.
Mini tummy tuck
A mini tummy tuck is an excellent option for women who have a small amount of excess skin in their lower abdominal area. It is a less invasive option compared to a traditional tummy tuck and can provide excellent results for the right candidate. Healthy, fit women trying to get rid of a small "pooch" or loose skin to be bathing suit ready can consider this cosmetic procedure. It involves a smaller incision above the pubic area and doesn't require relocating the belly button. Liposuction can be utilized to reduce any pockets of excess fat before the loose skin is pulled tight.
If you want to get ready for summer and feel better about how you look in a bathing suit, then we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jeffrey LaGrasso in Miami, FL. He will determine which tummy tuck technique is suitable for your body contouring goals and needs. Get bikini ready with tummy tuck help, and call Dr. LaGrasso today.