Tummy Tuck ( Abdominoplasty ) Questions


What is a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty?

It is a cosmetic surgery Dr. Mandraccia performs that is used to remove excess fat and skin from the abdomen. If you are having a mini or full abdominoplasty, the abdominal muscles can also be tightened.

Who is the best candidate for a tummy tuck / abdominoplasty?

Since a tummy tuck is a major surgery, the best candidates are those in good overall physical and mental health. If you are in good health and have tried to get rid of your abdominal fat through diet and exercise unsuccessfully, then you are an ideal candidate for an abdominoplasty with Dr. Mandraccia.

When is an abdominoplasty usually performed?

Many of Dr. Mandraccia’s patients in the Fort Myers, Florida area are women who are done having children and are discontent with their ability to lose weight or eliminate the sagging skin around their mid-section.

Can you still have children after you’ve had a tummy tuck?

In general, you should be done having children if you elect to have a tummy tuck with Dr. Mandraccia. This is because the tightened skin and abdominal muscles may have trouble accommodating another pregnancy. In addition, the results of the tummy tuck can be undone if you go through another pregnancy.

What is the initial recovery like? 

Although you may be able to walk immediately after this cosmetic surgery procedure with Dr. Mandraccia, you will likely be in a hunched over position (this may lead to back pain a few days after the procedure). Your abdomen will feel tight and you will need to wear a compression garment to help control swelling. During the first few weeks, you will need to limit your activities and Dr. Mandraccia will prescribe you medication to manage pain. Many patients return to sedentary jobs in one week.

When can tummy tuck / abdominoplasty patients return to work?

Most patients are able to return to work two weeks after this cosmetic surgery procedure, but because this is a major surgery, individual healing time can vary.

Where will I have my tummy tuck?

Dr. Mandraccia offers an on-site certified operating room to ensure your complete comfort and privacy. His facility has recently been ranked at 100% by the Florida Board of Health. His staff also includes an experienced, certified nurse anesthesia.

Schedule a Tummy Tuck Consultation Today

If you are located in the Ft. Myers, Florida area and would like to learn more about tummy tucks or other cosmetic surgery procedures, please contact Dr. Robert V. Mandraccia, MD at (239) 633-8819 to schedule a consultation today. Dr. Mandraccia’s Fort Myers office is conveniently located on Route 41 at Seven Lakes Boulevard.