The abdomen can be an area of concern for both men and women who have excess skin or hard-to-lose fat around their midsection. Age and other factors can cause the skin to become loose and fat to be stored despite a healthy diet and regular exercise. When such concerns can’t be resolved with such measures, a tummy tuck offers an effective, long-lasting option for achieving a slim and sculpted abdomen. Dr. Jeremy White is a double board-certified plastic surgeon offering exquisite results to Miami tummy tuck patients. During your consultation at ARC Plastic Surgery, Dr. White will assess every aspect of your needs to design a treatment plan tailored uniquely to you.
A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a surgical cosmetic procedure that involves the removal of excess skin and fat to achieve a more contoured look throughout the abdomen. With a carefully placed incision, a section of skin is excised, allowing the remaining skin to be pulled taut as the incision is closed. At the same time, liposuction is used to sculpt slimmer contours throughout the area. Dr. Jeremy White offers two different Tummy Tucks Miami patients can choose from: a full tummy tuck and a mini tummy tuck.
A mini tummy tuck is for people that only have loose skin present in the lower portion of the abdomen. This procedure requires less surgical intervention, and typically does not require addressing the belly button. In either this or a more traditional scenario, an initial consultation will help you and your surgeon decide which procedure is best for your needs.
Offering more dramatic results than a mini tummy tuck, full abdominoplasty addresses loose skin on both the lower and upper abdomen. It can also address diastasis recti, a separation between the six-pack muscles after giving birth. This technique features an incision from hip to hip that is usually hidden within the underwear line. Most full tummy tucks also require belly button repositioning; otherwise, the navel might sit low on the abdomen once the skin flap is pulled down taut.
An extended tummy tuck is similar to a full tummy tuck. The difference is that an extended tummy tuck has a longer incision that extends around the sides of the abdomen toward the flank area. This method removes more skin than a standard tummy tuck and also repairs abdominal muscle separation from pregnancy.
A common concern for cosmetic surgery patients, and a legitimate one, is that of loose, hanging skin on the front of the abdomen. This issue can easily be eradicated with the use of an abdominoplasty, also called a tummy tuck in Miami. The condition of this loose skin can be the result of:
At our office in Miami tummy tuck procedures remove the excess, unsightly, sagging skin and abdominal fat to restore a flat contour to the tummy area. When indicated, this surgery can also repair or narrow the gap between the abdominal muscles, which many women experience during pregnancy, giving the tummy an odd “split” appearance. The belly button is moved to a new, natural-appearing location. Abdominoplasty can also benefit those who have not been able to achieve the taut, contoured tummy they want through diet and exercise alone.
Tummy tuck candidates must be in good general health with an ideal BMI of 30 or less. You must not smoke. It is also important that you are at or near your ideal body weight, as significant weight change after your procedure may impact your results. You should have realistic expectations for your surgery and recovery and a positive outlook on your body and life after your tummy tuck.
If you are tired of sagging stomach skin making you feel less confident and happy about your body, or you feel it is a barrier to your love life, or the condition of your tummy is preventing you from wearing a swimming suit, it may be time to talk to a board-certified plastic surgeon about whether you’re a candidate for our tummy tuck Miami surgery. Dr. White is proud to offer the most advanced cosmetic procedures in a warm, caring environment at our boutique practice in Miami. Surgical treatments are no substitute for a healthy diet and regular exercise, but we understand that lifestyle changes are not always enough to achieve the results you’re looking for. Contact us in Miami to set up your initial consultation in a compassionate, comfortable setting.
Liposuction and tummy tucks go hand in hand. While abdominoplasty removes the subcutaneous fat attached to the excess skin, many patients have fat in other areas they wish to treat. The love handles, flanks, mons pubis, arms, thighs, and bra line are just a few areas that tend to store fat despite calorie counting and trips to the gym. Combining liposuction and tummy tuck surgery into one procedure allows the patient to reduce stubborn fat while simultaneously tightening the lax abdominal skin. Possible advantages of adding liposuction to a tummy tuck include spending less money on anesthesia, condensed downtime, and more dramatic body contouring results. Your surgeon can help you decide what options are suitable for you.
For this procedure, you will be given general anesthesia or a sedative administered intravenously. The surgeon will then make a horizontal incision above your pubic hairline, spanning from hip to hip. The skin is then lifted so that the surgeon can access the underlying tissue.
Excess fat and skin will be removed, and torn or displaced abdominal muscles are repaired. Some people opt to have liposuction in conjunction with our Miami tummy tuck to maximize results. Depending on the amount of tissue being removed, the surgeon may make another incision around your belly button to remove even more skin. Skin with stretch marks can be removed and tightened to minimize or completely remove them, depending upon where they are on the body.
In most cases, when a large amount of excess skin and tissue is removed, the surgeon will create a new location for your belly button, moving it to a higher, very natural-looking position. The skin that was lifted to access the abdominal muscles will then be pulled down like a window shade to cover the abdomen. The surgeon will pull the skin tightly and secure it into place, removing any leftover excess skin. The placement of the scar may vary, but surgeons typically try to reattach the skin along the pelvis in such a way that the surgical scar will fall along a naturally occurring crease in the skin, minimizing appearance. Several different methodologies may be used to close the wound, including sutures, skin adhesives, and tapes and it is possible that small temporary drains will be placed in the incision to aid in draining excess blood and fluid during the healing process.
A tummy tuck is an extensive surgical procedure that requires significant recovery. It is important that you are aware of this and prepared to take the necessary steps to ensure your smoothest recovery and, ultimately, your best results.
Following your procedure, you will experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort, including a feeling of tightness in your lower abdomen. Dr. White will prescribe you pain medication to provide you with the most comfortable recovery possible. You will also need to wear a compression garment for several weeks to help your abdomen heal and encourage the affected tissues to settle into smooth contours.
Dr. White will advise you on how long you will need to wear the compression garment, when to return for your follow-up appointments, and when you will be able to return to your regular activities. However, you should plan to stay home from work for a minimum of two to three weeks after your tummy tuck.
After the surgery, patients can expect a life and body they’re more comfortable with. Aesthetically, the visibility of the surgery scars is minimal. The resulting abdominoplasty scar, for example, can be low enough on the abdomen to be hidden well. A tummy tuck alone, or sometimes in conjunction with liposuction, can help patients to achieve that hour-glass, bikini-ready figure they’ve been longing for.
If you are interested in one of the best tummy tucks Miami has to offer, call ARC Plastic Surgery to schedule an evaluation and speak with our double board-certified plastic surgeon to determine whether the procedure is right for you. We serve patients across the planet, but if you live in the Miami area, including the communities of Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale and Aventura, our office is in your area and you have direct access to a highly-respected double-board certified surgeon with Dr. Jeremy White.
My expectations for a complete enhancement reboot, which included a full tummy tuck, liposuction and a breast lift was met and actually surpassed my own personal outcomes I had in my head! The ARC team, that work along side Dr White, in his practice, made me feel at ease with the entire process of transformation. My biggest regret was not doing the it sooner! There is a stigma that I couldn’t get rid of in my own mind, telling myself, that my body was they way it was because of how I treated it along the way, but the HIIT classes at 5:30 AM every other morning wasn’t doing it for me. A lot of work and a lot of “dieting” but no results! When, I decided that I owed myself the responsibility of enhancing my body, I went for it! If you are trying to decide who to go to when it comes to a reboot, Dr. White and his staff are the ones you want to put your trust into! Literally, life changing! Thank you to the Team at ARC and Dr. White for the life changing results you gave me!
Amazing, caring doctor who takes the time to explain everything and, more importantly, did an incredible job on my tummy tuck. His staff is also excellent, very friendly and easy to reach. Highly recommend!
I highly recommend Dr. White. It's been three weeks since my surgery, and he continues to reach out to me to see how the recovery is proceeding. The procedure was completed successfully, and I love the results. Dr. White's credentials are impeccable and his residency was in DC where I reside. After a careful search, I chose him because of these reasons. I was not disappointed and would not hesitate to return for additional work.
Working with Dr. white and his team was incredible. I had lost 100lbs and didn’t feel good about myself- regardless of weight loss. We went over the parts I wanted to work on- he listened and we made a plan together. From start to finish, he was patient, kind and very knowledgeable. His staff was amazing as well. His office is clean- and the wait is as minimal as any office I have been to. A year later, and I am still thrilled with the results! Thank you Dr. White, and staff!
Amazing doctor and team !! I must say from the beginning to end they are behind you. Dr. White made me feel comfortable at all times. He knows what he’s doing and is very knowledgeable. I had a Panniculectomy(a surgical procedure to remove the pannus) in May 2021. Best decision ever! I feel amazing!!! Dr. white contacted me the night of surgery to check on me and any questions or concerns along the recovery time he handled right away. I plan on going back for more procedures. Dr. White is the best!
I got a tummy tuck with Dr. Jeremy White. I had 4 kids and lots of loose skin. Dr. White did liposuction of my hips and made my tummy look brand new! The pain was tolerable and totally worth it! He kept the scar real low so it hides in my bikini. Thank you Dr. White!
It's been 8 years since i started losing weight and eating healthy and nothing seem to help when came to my tummy i want to say i had like 30 pounds of skin hanging on my tummy..I went to Dr White and shared my concern with him... so he spoke to me about doing a procedure that will help me. Its been 3 weeks I am back to work feeling great looking better at 35 than I look at 25. Thank you Dr White.
I am very much looking forward to get back to the amazing office of Dr. White and explore more of an invasive procedures as I love the results. Being 40 and look line 30 is a compliment i get after great work of Dr. White! The face, the legs, tummy, all look amazing! Thank you Dr. White and the staff for your amazing job, as a patient, I feel very happy and grateful.
He listened and works hard to get the job done cut 45 lbs off me when other doctors would say no. Dr.White is one of the greatest bedside manner I have ever had.
The scar from Abdominoplasty is designed to hide well in the bikini line. Once the surgical wound has healed, we advise patients to apply silicone gel to the scar twice daily for 3 months to improve the scar color and prevent it from thickening. It takes at least a year for the scar to mature fully and it will continue to fade over time.
Abdominoplasty surgery can help to fix small umbilical hernias. This is accomplished by repairing the widening of your abdominal muscle covering (fascia), which is often caused by carrying multiple pregnancies.
Mini tummy tuck surgery is ideal for people who have loose skin present only in the lower portion of the abdomen. This requires less surgical intervention, and often does not require changing the location of the belly button.
Abdominoplasty surgery involves tightening your stomach muscles and skin, so your stomach will feel tight for a few weeks. During the first two weeks, we ask our patients to refrain from any lifting greater than five pounds and to avoid straining. This will give your body the chance to heal and minimize the chance that you might displace one of the tightening sutures.
Yes, abdominoplasty can be effective in getting rid of stretch marks, but only those that have appeared in the lower portion of the abdomen, below the belly button. It will not necessarily reduce the appearance of remaining stretch marks, but the excess skin removed during a Tummy Tuck is often the skin that has been most affected by stretch marks. This method for removing stretch marks is tried and true!
This answer to this question is impossible to predict. Some women’s bodies just bounce back after pregnancy while others are less fortunate. Having another pregnancy that will stretch your abdominal muscles and skin again does carry with it the risk of a need to repeat the abdominoplasty procedure. For this reason, we advise women to consider whether they are planning to have more children before going through with a tummy tuck procedure.
The results after a tummy tuck can last a long time, even decades, in some cases. The excess skin folds should not return unless you gain and lose significant amounts of weight or decide to get pregnant in the future. At ARC Plastic Surgery, our surgeons hesitate to call any procedure “permanent” since your skin will continue to lose elasticity and firmness with age.
That is ultimately up to you to decide. Complications are possible no matter how skilled the surgeon, and by agreeing to have surgery, you are accepting a certain degree of risk. Your plastic surgeon will provide a list of risks that can occur. You will have an opportunity to ask questions to better understand those risks before agreeing to have surgery.
Post-bariatric patients may have several pounds of skin removed, although weight loss is not the goal of the procedure. Ideally, you should reach and maintain a steady weight for at least a year before considering a tummy tuck to remove loose skin.
If you’re considering plastic surgery, choosing the right plastic surgeon could not be more important. Dr. Jeremy White is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the 2021 Doctor’s Choice Award Miami, the 2016 RealSelf Top 500, and the prestigious Castle Connolly Top Doctors Award Winner since 2017. We invite you to have a consultation about the procedure you need. Schedule your consultation today.