Tummy Tuck

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What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat and skin and strengthens weak abdominal muscles for a smoother abdominal profile. It narrows the waistline by getting rid of fat cells in the midsection when diet and exercise are not enough.

A tummy tuck can also provide medical benefits include decreasing insulin resistance, improving cardiac and pulmonary function and eliminating skin irritation caused by skin chafing. Abdominoplasty is used to rebuild weak abdominal wall muscles stretched by pregnancy or simply age. It helps to restore your self-confidence and get rid of excess fat and skin. It is a popular procedure, as part of a mommy makeover, to remove loose skin and fat from the abdomen caused by weight gain coincident with pregnancy and childbirth. It is also a great option for patients who have a history of a massive weight loss procedure.

When it comes to a Tummy Tuck Miami plastic surgeon, Dr. Zuri, can alter your lifestyle by removing that unwanted excess fat and skin from your stomach and give you a slimmer appearance. This enhances your self-confidence and health.

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Tummy Tuck FAQS

Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

If you are looking to eradicate the extra fat from your abdomen and make your muscles stronger, you are a good candidate for a Tummy Tuck. It is important that you be in good physical health, a non-smoker, and have a stable weight. A tummy tuck can be a great surgical option for women who have lost skin elasticity after a pregnancy.

How long does a tummy tuck take?

A mini tummy tuck usually takes an hour or two and a traditional tummy tuck can last up to three hours. The duration of the procedure is not a concern as Dr. Z is focused on your safety and has excellent results.

How long for my scars to heal?

It can take up to a year for your abdominal scars to fully mature and heal. Your scars never fully disappear but can easily be hidden underneath your clothes.

What are the risks with a tummy tuck?

Like any surgery, there can be some risks involved, including bleeding, seroma, deep vein thrombosis, fat necrosis, infection, poor healing, numbness, and asymmetry. At Zuri Plastic Surgery we want you to have the best Tummy Tuck Miami has to offer, so Dr. Z takes precautions to prevent all of these complications, and if they were to arise, he can treat them accordingly.

Is there any downtime following a tummy tuck?

After a tummy tuck, the first few days will be the most uncomfortable, and you will need to rest. Moderate activity should wait until it feels doable without much pain, usually after 10-20 days. Activities such as strenuous exercise or sports should be avoided for 6-8 weeks.

Should I lose weight before a tummy tuck?

Ideally, and to enjoy lasting results, you want to be at or slightly above your optimal weight before having a Tummy Tuck. Women should also wait until after their final pregnancy to have the surgery.

How much does a tummy tuck cost?

Tummy tuck pricing varies based on the specific needs of the patient and the scope of the procedure. The incision length, need for any liposuction, and individual physique goals will change the pricing.

Reasons for Tummy Tuck

The obvious reason for a tummy tuck is to get rid of excess skin and tissue. But there are other reasons why a Tummy Tuck in Miami can benefit you.

  • Stretch marks can be abolished after a pregnancy
  • Skin breakdown issues are eliminated from skin chafing
  • Better posture thanks to stronger abdominal muscles
  • Excess and loose skin is abolished 
  • Maintain weight loss program after seeing the positive effects of a tummy tuck 
  • Scaring can be hidden above the pubic area in the hipbone
  • Back pain is alleviated when the stomach muscles are stronger
  • Ventral hernias can be dealt with when the abdominal tissue are pushing through the abdominal wall

It is important to find a certified and experienced surgeon like Dr. Z when choosing a procedure such as a tummy tuck. At Zuri Plastic Surgery, we go the extra mile for our patients. Our goal is to give you the best Tummy Tuck results possible so you can enjoy your new body for years to come. We care about not only the success of the procedure but also the recovery of our patients.

Types of Tummy Tuck Procedures

There are three types of tummy tuck procedures that help to eliminate skin and fatty tissue around the stomach for men and women. It can be adapted to fit your specific needs and what you are looking to achieve.

1. Extended Tummy Tuck

An extended tummy tuck is used for people who have lost a lot of weight, sometimes due to bariatric surgery. With this option, excess skin and tissues are removed from the stomach as well as the back, hips, and thighs while the muscles in the back, stomach, and flanks are strengthened.

2. Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck concentrates on taking out the excess skin that hangs low in the stomach in the navel area. It corrects laxity and enhances contours but does not treat the abdominal muscles. The procedure usually takes one hour.

3. Traditional Tummy Tuck

A traditional tummy tuck, on the other hand, repairs the abdominal muscles by tightening them while also taking out excess skin and tissue. The belly button can be repositioned as well. The Tummy Tuck is often combined with other procedures such as liposuction for maximum results, and can go up to three hours. Incisions are made very low across the lower pelvis.

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If you smoke, you will need to pause for several weeks before the surgery. Smoking can significantly inhibit your ability to recover and heal and increase the risk of bleeding.

Eating a healthy diet is also crucial to ensure your immune system is in good shape for a smooth recovery. During your surgery preparation appointment, your Miami Plastic Surgeon will discuss any medications or supplements that should be paused until after the procedure. Plan on taking a couple of weeks off work and arranging for assistance at home.


There are several different types of Tummy Tucks, including traditional, extended, and mini. The length of the incision varies in each case.

Sometimes liposuction is also utilized and usually removal of excess skin. In addition, weak abdominal muscles can be sutured for a firmer abdominal wall, and the belly button is usually repositioned. During a consultation, your plastic surgeon will discuss your individual abdominal goals and customize a plan to achieve your desired results.

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Tummy Tuck Consultation

During your consultation for a Tummy Tuck Miami plastic surgeon, Dr. Zuriarrain will make a thorough examination of your abdomen and surrounding areas to determine the best technique for your situation. You will have an opportunity to learn more about the tummy tuck procedure and how it can impact your life.

Dr. Z enjoys meeting his patients and getting to know them. He will listen to what you hope to achieve and your concerns before making the best recommendation for you. Dr. Z has spent many years helping people with tummy tuck procedures and the repair of their abdominal muscles.

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Recovery After Tummy Tuck

Miami Tummy Tuck patients recover at their own pace, based on their current health and, specifically to a tummy tuck, the strength of their abdominal muscles. What can you expect from your recovery?

  • For your abdomen to be swollen for a few days
  • To feel some discomfort following your procedure 
  • To do light exercises which helps you heal faster and lowers your chance of a blood clot
  • Not to do any strenuous exercises for a few weeks
  • To return to work after two weeks depending on the nature of your work (some people need a month)
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