Tummy Tuck Surgeon
In Bradenton and Sarasota, abdominoplasty, more commonly as a tummy tuck, is a major surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. Dr. Lacerna performs this procedure that can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen.
If you are considering a tummy tuck in Sarasota, Dr. Lacerna will give you a basic understanding of the procedure. How and when it can help, how it is performed, and what results you can expect.
The Best Candidates for Tummy Tucks
The best candidates for abdominoplasty are men or women who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise. The surgery is particularly helpful to women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal. Loss of skin elasticity in older patients, which frequently occurs with slight obesity, can also be improved.
Planning Your Tummy Tuck
In your initial consultation, Dr. Lacerna will evaluate your health, determine the extent of fat deposits in your abdominal region, and carefully assess your skin tone. Be sure to tell her if you smoke, and if you’re taking any medications, vitamins, or other drugs. Be frank in discussing your expectations with Dr. Lacerna. She should be equally frank with you, describing your alternatives and the risks and limitations of each.
Preparing For Your Surgery
Dr. Lacerna will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins, and medications. If you smoke, plan to quit at least one to two weeks before your surgery and not to resume for at least two weeks after your surgery. Avoid overexposure to the sun before surgery, especially to your abdomen, and do not go on a stringent diet, as both can inhibit your ability to heal. If you develop a cold or infection of any kind, your surgery will probably be postponed.
After The Tummy Tuck Surgery
For the first few days, your abdomen will probably be swollen and you’re likely to feel some pain and discomfort which can be controlled by medication. Depending on the extent of the surgery, you may be released within a few hours or you may have to remain hospitalized for two to three days. Your doctor will give you instructions for showering and changing your dressings. And though you may not be able to stand straight at first, you should start walking as soon as possible.
Your New Look
Abdominoplasty, whether partial or complete, produces excellent results for patients with weakened abdominal muscles or excess skin. And in most cases, the results are long lasting, if you follow a balanced diet and exercise regularly. If you’re realistic in your expectations and prepared for the consequences of a permanent scar and a lengthy recovery period, abdominoplasty may be just the answer for you.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Tummy tuck is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery procedures. As an experienced, board certified surgeon, Dr. Lacerna has helped many patients achieve their aesthetic goals through tummy tuck surgery. If you are interested in learning more about abdominoplasty, or would like to schedule a consultation, contact her practice today at 941-584-8425 in Sarasota or 941-954-4500 in Bradenton.