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Do you wish you had a flatter belly, narrow waistline and no excess skin or fat? Dr. Ambay, the best tummy tuck surgeon in Tampa, can help you achieve this!

While the most common reason for the procedure is pregnancy, the second most common is massive weight loss after dieting and/or gastric bypass surgery. The best part is that the results are immediate and dramatic!

Tummy Tuck Surgery

Dr. Ambay’s Tummy Tuck Procedure

The tummy tuck surgery, also known as an abdominoplasty, is performed in our state-of-the-art surgery center under general anesthesia and direct observation from a board-certified anesthesiologist. Majority of women who undergo this procedure have separated stomach muscles and a loose core.

The procedure starts with realigning the muscles that create the six-pack (rectus muscle), placing the front rectus muscles and back spine muscles in perfect alignment for improved posture and exercise efficiency.

Next, the loose body wall (core) is tightened. The body wall is a canvas-like structure that surrounds and envelopes the muscle, but does not contract like muscle. Contrary to popular belief, it cannot be tightened by 1000’s of sit-ups and contributes to the loose hanging belly appearance that eludes even those women who exercise and lose weight. Many of our patients are frustrated and get demoralized because they work out, eat healthy and yet see little to no improvement.

Our tummy tuck focuses on creating shape by tightening and slimming the core like a corset. We can see this effect immediately. Check out our in-surgery video to see the instant waist-slimming effect on a real patient!

Before we go to the next step, we perform a TAP block in which we place anesthetic under the body wall to keep numb immediately after surgery. This is the key to reducing pain after surgery and it is not uncommon for our patients to feel well enough 10 minutes after surgery to stand and walk. The TAP block keeps patient pain in check and reduces narcotic pain medications. We hate to use excessive pain meds that keep people mentally hazy. When you feel good, you can walk and that prevents complications like blood clots and pneumonia.

Lastly, we place a patient in a position similar to laying in a beach chair, then remove the loose skin from the belly button down to the bikini line. We intentionally keep these tummy tuck scars very low, similar to where a c-section scar is placed. In fact, in many instances, that scar is removed in place of a much better-looking tummy tuck scar. We then ensure the belly button maintains an aesthetic appearance and finally place the patient in a body-slimming compression garment.

The result is the slimmest, flattest stomach possible for your body!

Tummy Tuck and Liposuction

For optimal results, we routinely perform liposuction at the same time. The reality is that people that have a hanging belly will also have fat that wraps around creating love handles and fat in the low back giving them a square-shaped butt.

By incorporating hi-def liposuction we remove all the fat in the low back and waist which creates a smooth curve to allow the butt to “pop” naturally and without any intervention. That smoothness translates to the elimination of the love handles and blends artfully into the flattened tummy in the front.

Liposuction paired with the tummy tuck will create a slim, natural look from the front, sides and back.

If you live in the Tampa, Wesley Chapel area, contact our office at 813.406.4448 to book an appointment with Dr. Ambay.

Tummy Tuck Before and After

Please view the Before and After photo gallery to see the results of Dr. Ambay’s patients.

Female body, before Tummy Tuck treatment, front view, patient 1 Before
Female body, after Tummy Tuck treatment, front view, patient 1 After

Tummy Tuck Patient

Please view the Before and After photo gallery to see the results of Dr. Ambay’s patients.

*Results may vary

*Results may vary

What Makes Us the Best Abdominoplasty in Tampa?

Dr. Ambay, a surgeon distinguished by triple board certification, brings a blend of integrity and a sincere commitment to patient care. Our approach is further enhanced by effective pain management techniques and proactive measures to avert postoperative complications in our accredited surgical center. Complementing this high standard of care is our outstanding staff, readily available to respond to your inquiries, even during evenings, weekends and holidays, ensuring you feel supported at every step.

Medical Weight Loss and Tummy Tuck Integration

At Ambay Plastic Surgery we work with patients to achieve their ideal weight through medical intervention, before considering surgical options.

Embarking on a medical weight loss journey with us not only paves the way for a healthier lifestyle, but also primes you for optimal tummy tuck results. Once you achieve your weight loss goals, we’ll seamlessly transition you to considering a tummy tuck, ensuring it’s the right time for you to maximize results and recovery. As part of our comprehensive care, patients transitioning from our medical weight loss program to a tummy tuck will receive a special discount, acknowledging your dedication to achieving your ideal body. Let us guide you through each step of this transformative journey.

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Ideal Candidates for Tummy Tuck Surgery

A tummy tuck is an ideal procedure for women who are done having children. In addition, the tummy tuck is ideal for men and women who have achieved their desired weight loss goals. An ideal candidate must meet the following criteria:

  • Absence of some immunocompromising conditions, uncontrolled diabetes, uncontrolled hypertension or blood clotting conditions
  • You are in good mental health
  • You have realistic expectations
  • You are a non-smoker

What to Expect from Recovery

Expect at least two weeks’ downtime after your surgery. Expect to walk the day after surgery, shower the next day and wear a compression garment for 6 weeks except during showers.

We will give you very specific instructions that will avoid complications and ensure you have a home-run result. We are your partners and working together we can help you achieve your dream look, avoid complications and return to living normally as quickly as possible. During your post-operative care we will explain to you:

  • How to care for your incision site
  • How to apply or take your prescription medication
  • Specific concerns to look out for
  • How to best position yourself when sitting or lying down
  • Post-operative follow-ups

We will give you what you need such as compression garments and creams to minimize the scar’s appearance.

Benefits of a Tummy Tuck

The tummy tuck is a great procedure to reverse the visible signs and stretching due to pregnancy or weight loss. It brings the muscles that were separated during pregnancy back together and flattens the stomach. Benefits include:

  • Eliminate muscle separation to improve front and back alignment
  • Tighter core
  • Narrow waistline
  • Flatter tummy
  • Diminished stretch-marks
  • Fit into clothing off the rack with fewer alterations and accommodations
  • Look and feel slimmer with long-lasting results that help regain your confidence

Tummy Tuck Risks

During the preoperative consultation, Dr. Ambay will thoroughly review your medical history and discuss any potential tummy tuck risks. In rare cases, some of the following risks and complications can occur:

  • Infection which we control by keeping incisions clean and early antibiotics when needed.
  • Bleeding is controlled by meticulous surgery, and managing blood pressure after reducing falling risks at home.
  • Blood clots are prevented by walking immediately after surgery, and a short course of blood thinner if surgery is longer than 5 hours.
  • Excessive scarring is managed by early intervention, scar creams, vitamin E, and meticulous incision care. In patients susceptible to keloids, steroid injections into the scar are performed.

Why Choose Ambay Plastic Surgery for Your Tummy Tuck?

  • Experience: Dr. Ambay has performed thousands of tummy tucks over 25 years
  • Honesty and Integrity
  • Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • Nationally recognized for excellence by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Impeccable credentials from the nation’s top institutions
  • Numerous “Top Doc” awards by a variety of consumer groups
  • Decorated Army surgeon and Chief, 24 years with Special Forces Iraq, Afghanistan
  • Individually designed treatment plans, never one size fits all
  • Artistic, precise and consistently beautiful results without hype or high-pressure
  • Willing to spend time to reduce post-surgical pain and prevent the overuse of narcotics

The difference between a good outcome and a great outcome is the details!!

Regain your youthful abs, slim waist and your confidence – contact our office at 813.406.4448 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ambay.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much weight do you lose with a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is not primarily a weight-loss procedure but rather a contouring surgery designed to remove excess skin and fat and tighten abdominal muscles. While patients may lose a few pounds from the removed tissue, the primary benefit is an improved body shape and contour.

What happens if you gain weight after a tummy tuck?

Gaining a significant amount of weight after a tummy tuck can stretch the skin and abdominal muscles, potentially reversing the benefits of the surgery. While the body can accommodate minor weight fluctuations, substantial weight gain can negatively affect the surgical outcome.

What is the recovery time for a tummy tuck?

Recovery time varies among individuals but generally, patients can return to work and light activities within 2 to 3 weeks. Full recovery and the ability to resume strenuous activities or exercise typically take 6 to 8 weeks. Dr. Ambay will provide personalized advice based on your specific situation.

How long does swelling last after a tummy tuck?

Swelling after a tummy tuck is normal and can vary in duration. Most swelling subsides within the first few weeks, but it can take several months for all swelling to fully resolve and for the final results to be visible.

How long do you wear compression after a tummy tuck?

Dr. Ambay generally recommends wearing a compression garment for 4 to 6 weeks after a tummy tuck. This helps reduce swelling, supports the healing tissues and helps achieve a smoother contour. Specific recommendations may vary based on individual healing progress.

When can I exercise after a tummy tuck?

Light walking is encouraged immediately after surgery to promote circulation. However, strenuous activities and exercise should be avoided for at least 6 to 8 weeks post-surgery. Dr. Ambay will advise when it’s safe to resume exercise based on your recovery progress.

How long does a tummy tuck last?

The results of a tummy tuck can be long-lasting, especially when accompanied by a stable weight and a healthy lifestyle. With proper care, the outcomes of the surgery can last for many years. Aging and significant weight fluctuations can affect the results, but the improvements in abdominal contour and muscle tightness are generally permanent.

What is included in a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, typically includes the removal of excess skin and fat from the abdomen and the tightening of the abdominal muscles. The procedure can also remove some stretch marks and improve the overall contour of the abdomen. The specific techniques and extent of the surgery will depend on the individual patient’s needs and goals.

What are the cons of a tummy tuck?

Cons of a tummy tuck may include:

  • The recovery can be lengthy and may require several weeks before returning to normal activities.
  • Although tummy tuck scars can be hidden along the bikini line, they are permanent.
  • As with any surgery, there are risks of complications such as infection, bleeding or poor wound healing.

How painful is a tummy tuck?

Pain levels can vary, but most patients experience moderate discomfort for the first few days to a week after surgery, which can be managed with prescribed pain medication. The pain typically decreases significantly after the first week, and many patients feel much better by the two-week mark.

Can a tummy tuck be covered by insurance?

Tummy tucks are generally considered cosmetic procedures and are not covered by insurance. However, if there is a medical necessity, such as a hernia repair during the procedure, some parts of the surgery may be covered. It’s important to consult with your insurance provider and Dr. Ambay’s office for specific details. We also have financing options available.

At what age should you not have a tummy tuck?

There is no specific age limit for a tummy tuck, but patients should be in good overall health without conditions that could complicate surgery or recovery. Older patients may have slightly longer healing times but can still achieve great results. It’s essential to have a thorough consultation with Dr. Ambay to discuss your health, expectations, and whether a tummy tuck is suitable for you based on your age and health status.

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    Words cannot express how much I enjoyed my consultation with Dr. Ambay and Pricilla. Pricilla is so caring and had a great way of explaining what was to expected with my consultation and my tummy tuck ...

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    Vannesa Alobaidi

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    First Dr. Ambay has the best consultation I have ever experienced. He takes his time and explains the whole process instead of expecting you to have all the questions. If you haven’t had the procedu ...

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    Beth Bushonville

    4 years ago
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    My initial consultation with Dr. Raj Ambay was very informative and his team most helpful. It gives me a very positive feeling about moving forward with my tummy tuck. ...

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    Leena Riv

    6 years ago
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    I simply can’t say enough good things about Ambay Plastic Surgery. Dr. Ambay goes above and beyond to make you feel comfortable and prepared for your surgery. I had been thinking about a Mommy Makeo ...

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    Susan Kerwin

    6 years ago
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    On June 28, 2017, I had tummy tuck and liposuction in 3 areas. Tomorrow will be 2 weeks post. I am feeling great and the incision area is healing well. Bruising is still visible but starting to go awa ...

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    Lisa Mourant

    8 years ago
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    I decided to take the last step of my weight loss journey by undergoing plastic surgery to remove excess skin... How lucky was I to find Dr. Ambay... he was the FIRST and ONLY plastic surgeon I interv ...

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    Michael Metropolis

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    My name is Michael Metropolis. After being heavy my entire life I finally lost the weight I wanted. I visited Dr. Ambay to get a consult on what my options were. First and foremost I must say that ...

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