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Patient Stories: Shelby

Shelby lost 120lbs through hard work and diet and transformed herself over a two-year period. She was concerned with sagging and overhanging skin. Dr. Derby performed a Lipoabdominoplasty to reveal all of Shelby’s hard work. Thank you for sharing your story, Shelby. To meet with Dr. Derby, request a consultation at Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center or call (941) 366-8897.

FAQs About Sarasota, FL, Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck tightens up skin and muscle, while liposuction removes fat. While these two procedures have different objectives, they are often complementary to each other. During your consultation, your surgeon will determine if liposuction can help you enhance your tummy tuck procedure. 

Scarring is inevitable after a tummy tuck, but our careful suturing and incision placement minimize scarring as much as possible. Your incision line will be low on your abdomen, in an area you can easily hide with undergarments or a bikini bottom. If you have previous C-section scarring, we’ll follow the previous incision to prevent creating a new scar. Our post-operative recovery instructions also include a scar protocol – tips to ensure scars heal as discreetly as possible. Most patients find the improvement in their abdominal shape and tone fully offsets any scarring that occurs.

We do not recommend pregnancy after a tummy tuck. During pregnancy, the abdomen must accommodate a quickly growing baby, stretching the skin and muscles. This rapid expansion can offset many of the positive changes provided by a tummy tuck. We recommend that patients wait to schedule their abdominal surgery until they are no longer planning on bearing future children. Pregnancy is safe after a tummy tuck; just not recommended.

The cost of your tummy tuck at Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center will depend on many factors, including the extent of your surgery, any additional treatments you plan to receive, and your case’s complexity. Our surgeons will provide a detailed estimate during your consultation.

A tummy tuck provides a dramatic abdominal transformation on its own. For a total-body transformation, many patients choose to combine this treatment with other procedures. After pregnancy, many women turn to a mommy makeover to restore their body to a more youthful shape. A mommy makeover combines procedures like a tummy tuck, breast surgery, and liposuction. A tummy tuck may also be part of a body lift procedure after massive weight loss.