Tummy Tuck

There are times when improving your body contours requires more than diet and exercise. Pregnancy and significant weight loss can make the skin and muscles of the abdomen stretch to the point where surgery is the only way to get them smooth and firm again. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. George Pope performs abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck, in Orlando, FL, to give women and men a rejuvenated midsection and the confidence to show off their waist again.

What does a tummy tuck do?

Good candidates for a tummy tuck are healthy women and men who are close to their desired weight (not obese) and want to improve the appearance of their midsections. With this procedure, Dr. Pope can provide a variety of improvements, which commonly include:

  • Reducing loose, sagging skin from the abdomen
  • Flattening a protruding belly caused by stretched and separated ab muscles
  • Reshaping a stretched or enlarged belly button
  • Removing pockets of fat from the abdomen and waist
  • Getting rid of stretch marks on the lower abdomen

Most mommy makeover patients combine tummy tuck surgery with breast procedures such as breast augmentation or a breast lift. Dr. Pope may perform a tummy tuck as part of a body lift for post-bariatric surgery patients.

Dr. George Pope

George Pope, MD, FACS

Dual Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Respected by patients and other physicians, Dr. Pope has been serving the Orlando area for over 30 years. Whether you're considering enhancement of your face, breasts, or body, he has the training, talent, and experience necessary to achieve the attractive results you want.

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How is abdominoplasty performed?

Dr. Pope performs abdominoplasty as an outpatient procedure in a private, AAAASF-certified surgical center located in the same building as his Orlando office. Anesthesia is administered under the care of a board-certified anesthesiologist. Dr. Pope will personalize one of the following procedures to the patient’s individual needs and concerns:

  • Complete tummy tuck, which is best suited to the majority of patients, involves an incision that spans between the hip bones placed just above the pubic bone where it can be covered by underwear and swimsuits. A second incision is placed within the belly button to release it from the outer skin. Next, the abdominal skin is separated from the abdominal wall, abdominal muscles are brought together along the midline if necessary, the outer skin is smoothed down, and the excess skin is trimmed away. Additionally, an opening is created in the outer skin, and the belly button is pushed through the opening (much like inserting a button into a buttonhole) and then is sutured in place.
  • Mini tummy tuck addresses lax abdominal skin from the belly button to the pubic bone with an incision that is shorter than the one used in a complete tummy tuck.
  • Extended tummy tuck, often used for body contouring after significant weight loss, combines a complete tummy tuck with skin tightening all the way around the abdomen.

Dr. Pope completes each tummy tuck with the application of Exparel®, a long-lasting pain control medication, into the surgical area.

What is tummy tuck recovery like?

If you have a tummy tuck on its own, you will likely return home the day of your surgery. Pain is usually not significant because the effects of Exparel usually last about 3 days, covering the initial, most uncomfortable period. While it will be difficult and uncomfortable to stand completely upright at first, it is very important to stand and walk around slowly as soon as possible to help the healing process and prevent complications.

Expect to return to normal daily activities, including work if your job is not strenuous, within 2 weeks and full activity within 6 weeks. You may lose sensitivity in your abdominal area for the first several months, but this side effect is usually temporary.

How long will it take to see my final tummy tuck results?

While you can expect your abdominal area to be noticeably slimmer and flatter right away, it usually takes a few months for swelling to go away and reveal the final results. At this time you should enjoy full sensitivity and comfort in your abdomen, and you’ll notice the scars from the incisions beginning to fade.

Next Step

Are you ready to discover the difference 30 years of dedicated experience as a plastic surgeon can make in your care and results? Request a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. George Pope using our online form or call at Pope Plastic Surgery at (407) 857-6261 for an appointment.

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