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Do I Need a Tummy Tuck?

Submitted by Bernabe Vazquez on January 22, 2013

54You’ve tried everything. Dieting, exercising, even wearing the new fangled synthetic spandex to hold you in, but nothing provides the silhouette that you desire and deserve. The years of frustration could meet their end with your decision to get a tummy tuck. However, there is much to know in order to make an educated decision.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

Known also as abdominoplasty, this procedure removes excess subcutaneous fat, tightens the abdominal muscles and removes loose skin. The beauty of this procedure is that it can help tighten weakened or separated abdominal muscles. Tummy tucks are the perfect solution for creating a firmer, flatter tummy that is more in proportion with your body type and weight. However, if you are looking for a decidedly smaller waist, then this procedure may, or may not, fulfill that expectation.

Who Benefits Most

Are you a woman who has had multiple pregnancies? Chances are your abdominal muscles and skin did not retract to the pre-pregnancy state. If you have put your childbearing years behind you, you would be a good candidate for this procedure. Women or men who have experienced a great amount of weight loss and now have excess fat deposits and loose skin can also benefit from this surgical option.

Not All Tummy Tucks are Alike

Mini tummy tuck is a catch phrase in use today that may be misleading. The usage of the word “mini” indicates that the procedure will leave a shorter scar, have less pain, require a shorter recovery time and even cost less. What most people don’t know is that the perfect patient for a mini tuck is fairly thin, with a nice waistline and a small bulge in her lower abdomen. For her and only her, this procedure is the correct one.

However, most people opting for this surgery don’t fit this profile. They may have experienced great weight loss either due to dieting or post pregnancy, have had their waists impacted by the weight gain and have stretched their abdominal muscles beyond their normal capacity. The bulging of their stomach may be in the area above the belly button not just below it.  Unfortunately, this procedure will not leave them satisfied.

The vast majority of people opting for this surgery are desirous of a smaller waistline, both laterally and frontally. The ultimate solution to this quandary has been developed and perfected by Dr. Bernabe Vazquez of Bayshore Cosmetic Surgery.

A New Way

Surgery is a serious matter and in our estimation, the procedure needs to address all areas of the waist and abdomen at the same time. Dr. Vazquez, a board certified plastic surgeon, with 25 years of experience has assimilated his patients’ needs and incorporated them into his own methodology. His unparalled procedure, medically known as a lipoabdominoplasty, has been coined “The Miami Tummy Tuck.”

Utilizing liposuction, Dr. Vazquez sculpts his patient’s waist and upper abdomen to perfection and then applies limited surgical cutting and lifting, which leaves a shorter scar than traditional methods. This expertly done procedure eliminates several of the complications that are inherent with the traditional procedure and is responsible for a much shorter recovery period.

This improved surgical procedure has fast become the method of choice. It leaves patients tremendously satisfied with their new slimmer physiques within a shorter period of time.95-300x193

The Added Benefits

There is a lot to be said about the psychological benefits of this surgery.

Typically, when someone has had years of frustration due to not being able to eliminate their protruding belly, their confidence suffers.

We have found that as a result of our Miami Tummy Tuck, our patients have a renewed sense of self-confidence. They have related that their strong sense of self-esteem came as a direct result of their smaller waist and their slimmer, tightened abdomen. Seeing the release of our patient’s low self-image brings us tremendous satisfaction each and every time.

What Next

There is so much misinformation about plastic surgery in general and the same holds true for this surgery. Your surgeon should be an experienced, accredited plastic surgeon that inherently has the aesthetic sensibility necessary for the cosmetic component of this surgery. Dr. Bernabe Vazquez holds board certifications from The American Board of Plastic Surgery and The American College of Surgeons.  He is a long term member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Miami Society of Plastic Surgeons. Entrance into these prestigious organizations is rigorous and highly competitive.

The Significance of Board Certifications

There are many doctors that are entering into this field without plastic surgery training. The board certifications and memberships listed above ensure that your physician has had at least six years of surgical training and experience and at least three years of plastic surgery training and experience.

Gaining acceptance into the highly respected American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is not easy. Only physicians who have been trained in plastic surgery, who have been recommended by two respected aesthetic plastic surgeons, and have documentation of a significant number and variety of cases may apply. Of this number, only one-fourth is granted admission.

Additionally, this organization requires Continuing Medical Education, ensuring that all of their members are apprised of all technological advancements in the field of cosmetic surgery.

Commitment to the Profession

Bayshore Cosmetic Surgery has been in operation in the same location for over 25 years. We are a fully operational and accredited facility located in the Mercy Hospital complex. Our community of patients comes from all over the world for a wide variety of reasons. We feel that is it our commitment to high standards medically, professionally and aesthetically that have allowed us to expertly fulfill and satisfy the cosmetic enhancement needs of our patients.

We are committed to making the transition to the new you as effortless as possible. In doing so, we have affiliated our office with Care Credit, which provides our patients with up to  6 months of interest free financing.

Bayshore Cosmetic Surgery looks forward to addressing your particular situation with the distinguished individualized care that we are known for.

Contact us by calling our office to schedule a confidential consultation at (305) 858-8222.