Tummy tucks are one of the most common cosmetic surgeries, and for good reason: They’re often the best choice for people who want a flatter, better-toned abdomen. Dr. Jay Fine in Pembroke Pines, Florida, is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience removing excess skin and fat, restoring abdominal muscles, and helping patients achieve their desired results. Patients interested in a tummy tuck should schedule a consultation with Dr. Fine — he’s available to answer questions and find solutions for the patient’s cosmetic concerns.

Tummy Tuck Q & A

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck, also called an abdominoplasty, is surgery that removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen. During the procedure, Dr. Fine also restores weak or separated abdominal muscles to create a firm, smooth tummy. While tummy tucks won’t diminish stretch marks, the surgery may eliminate them in some areas.

Dr. Fine will take the time to learn about the patient’s desired results, then talk with their about whether abdominoplasty is the patient’s best option. For example, if patients have significant fat to lose, they may find that liposuction is a better choice. Dr. Fine also has an extensive photo gallery of completed tummy tucks that patients can view to see the type of results he achieves.

Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

The results of a tummy tuck are permanent, but a significant change in weight will affect the patient’s abdomen’s appearance in spite of abdominoplasty. For this reason, people who still need to lose weight, or women who may become pregnant in the future, should postpone having a tummy tuck.

The best candidates for a tummy tuck are women and men who have lost weight and consistently maintained their weight loss, but who still have a rotund abdomen, weakened muscles, or loose, sagging skin. People who have always maintained a normal body weight can also develop a protruding abdomen due to heredity, aging, earlier abdominal surgery, or pregnancy. A tummy tuck can give them a slimmer, better-toned abdomen.

What happens during and after surgery?

Dr. Fine performs abdominoplasty in the hospital, keeping patients for two nights to ensure their health and safety following surgery. The operation takes about three hours, depending on the extent of the tummy tuck, and patients should plan on a recovery that takes three to four weeks. During recovery, it may be hard to notice the difference, but as healing progresses, patients will see a flatter, firmer abdomen. Dr. Fine makes the incision low enough so that they will be able to conceal the scar with brief or panty.

If patients are considering a tummy tuck, they can count on Dr. Fine’s experience to help them achieve optimal results, and they can also look forward to personal care before, during, and after surgery. Dr. Fine is accessible. Whether patients call the office with a question or need post-operative care, they will have his attention.