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Face to Face – The Miami Tummy Tuck vs Traditional Methods

Submitted by Bernabe Vazquez on November 5, 2013

5With the plethora of plastic surgeons and tummy tuck procedures that are available, it is important to understand the differences between them in order to make an informed decision. Each patient has different needs and these different needs have to be addressed properly.


Undergoing the tummy tuck procedure requires that certain criteria are in place. A good majority of patients who opt for this surgery have had their babies. Although one can get pregnant post tummy tuck, there may be a need for revision surgery so it is best to wait until the child bearing years are over.Weight loss should also be accomplished pre surgery. It is best to be within the ballpark of your optimal weight when performing this procedure. The tummy tuck procedure is not about losing weight but about addressing the stubborn folds of fat that are difficult to affect with diet and exercise.


Among the Best

The Miami Tummy Tuck first introduced by Dr. Bernabe Vazquez is the end product of over twenty five years of experience. This comprehensive protocol far exceeds the expectations of his patients as it addresses all the areas surrounding the tummy, producing a svelte waistline in addition to a flat tummy.

Traditional Methods

Because the traditional tummy tuck is a localized procedure, dealing mostly with just the lower abdomen, it is most probable that a wide waistline and upper abdominal fullness will still be present after the surgery. Patients will report a flattened lower tummy but without the satisfaction of a completely contoured waistline.


Miami Tummy Tuck:

  • Shorter scar is always obtainable with this surgical technique.
  • Waist, sides of waists known as love handles and upper abdomen are sculpted with accurate liposuction forming a tight contoured waistline.
  • Minimal surgical cutting and lifting of tissues involved with this procedure produces a safer and more efficient outcome. Due to this procedure, less injury to the blood supply in the lower abdomen means less tissue loss and wound healing problems.
  • Complications of tummy tuck are decreased such as seroma, collection of fluid. If a drain is needed at all, it is usually removed within twenty-four hours of surgery.
  • Faster recovery time due to the elimination of the drain.
  • Patients are 100% satisfied with their new waistline and flattened tummy profile.

Traditional Methods:

  • Hip to hip scar is a necessity due to the design of the excess skin that is removed.
  • The waist, love handles and upper abdomen are not specifically addressed with the traditional tummy tuck.
  • Lots of surgical cutting and lifting of tissues, as this is the mainstay of this procedure. Complications such as wound healing issues due to blood loss and tissue damage are not out of the ordinary with the traditional methods used.
  • Seromas are common, resulting in the use of a bothersome drain that is left in the patient for up to two weeks.
  • Slower recovery due to use of the drain.
  • Patients report that they wish their waistlines were smaller and in proportion to their flattened tummy.

Defining your needs is best accomplished with a full evaluation conducted by a board certified plastic surgeon. For your confidential Miami Tummy Tuck consultation, call Dr. Bernabe Vazquez of Bayshore Cosmetic Surgery at (305) 858-8222.