Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck in Boca Raton & palm beach county at Farber Plastic Surgery

The abdominal area is often a problem spot for patients dye to the aging process, childbirth, or significant fluctuation in weight. Even if patients have achieved an optimal weight and live a healthy lifestyle with a good diet and plenty of exercise, excess skin and fat in the abdominal area, as well as laxity of the abdominal muscles, can still be a problem and affect self-esteem. If you are bothered by extra fat or sagging skin in your abdominal area, a tummy tuck procedure can restore your silhouette – as well as your self-confidence.

For the optimal results following a tummy tuck procedure in Boca Raton and Palm Beach County, our team welcomes you to visit Farber Plastic Surgery. Dr. Farber is an experienced and board-certified specialist who will tone and sculpt your midsection with an abdominoplasty. We are located in Boca Raton and proudly serve patients visiting from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and all throughout Florida.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a body contouring surgery that removes excess skin and fat, while repairing weakened abdominal muscles to create a more toned appearance. Sometimes, simple genetics and the aging process can produce excess stomach fat that is resistant to diet and exercise. In other cases, pregnancy can stretch out the skin and weaken the abdominal muscles, causing the area to sag, droop, or bulge. Significant weight gain or loss can also produce extra fat or skin that does not respond to exercise.

No matter what the reason is for excess abdominal fat and skin laxity in, it can be damaging to a patient’s self-esteem and ability to feel good about their appearance. Following a tummy tuck, patients can feel significantly more confident showing off their figures and wearing form-fitting clothing.  

Your Boca Raton Tummy Tuck with Dr. Farber: Treatment and Recovery

A tummy tuck is performed by our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Farber. During the surgical process of abdominoplasty in Tampa, FL, the abdominal muscles are tightened and excess skin and fat are removed. If the patient has previously undergone a cesarean section, the same c-section scar can sometimes be used for the incision, so that additional scarring is not created. The patient will be sent home with a compression garment.

Patients may also have trouble standing up straight as they continue to heal. It’s important that patients rest and relax as much as possible the first two weeks after their abdominoplasty in Sarasota, FL, though some may return to work after the first week. Prescription pain medication can usually be replaced with over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol after the first two to three weeks.

After three to four weeks, most patients can return to their normal activities, though it’s recommended that heavy exercise and lifting be limited until they have fully recovered. Dr. Farber advise his tummy tuck patients when they can return to workout routines or other activities.

tummy tuck on a patient before and after
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Who is a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

Patients who are bothered by excess skin and fat in their abdominal area, are at or close to their goal weight, and are in relatively good health are good candidates for tummy tucks. Tummy tuck candidates should be non-smokers and not be on any medication that would impair their ability to heal from the surgery. Patients often seek a tummy tuck after one or more pregnancies as well as significant weight loss. Changes in size and body contour caused by pregnancy or being overweight, or weight loss can affect skin elasticity and the tightness of abdominal muscles. These issues can be corrected with an abdominoplasty, helping patients regain a lean and well-contoured body shape. An ideal tummy tuck patient in Sarasota, FL is also someone who has realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure.

Meet Dr. Farber

Dr. Scott Farber is a fourth-generation physician, and practices as an aesthetic surgeon in Boca Raton, Florida. Having trained and honed his skills at some of the nations’ most prestigious institutions, he is a sought-after surgeon. He aesthetic eye and medical expertise allow him develops personalized treatment plans together with his patients.

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One variation of the tummy tuck is the partial abdominoplasty, best known as the mini-tummy tuck. This operation uses a shorter incision at or above the pubic area, much like a cesarean section. A mini-tummy tuck is a modified version that employs this small incision to remove excess skin and tighten muscle at the lower abdomen. An excellent candidate for a mini-tummy tuck has excess skin below the belly button and perhaps stubborn a stubborn pooch of fat. The partial abdominoplasty is a less extensive correction than that of the traditional abdominoplasty, and it incurs less risk, recovery, and downtime. Scarring is less significant, strategically placed below the bikini line.

This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis for patients who don’t need to reinforce the abdominal wall, especially at the mid to upper abdomen. The navel is rarely cut or moved during a mini-tummy tuck, and it can be easily combined with liposuction to remove any unwanted fat tissue.

Dr. Farber performs a tummy tuck as an outpatient procedure, frequently under a local anesthetic at our state-of-the-art facility in Boca Raton. Most patients can return to work a week after surgery. The procedure can be done concurrently with other procedures, such as a breast lift or augmentation, and is often included as part of a mommy makeover.

More and more men are also choosing a mini-tummy tuck to reduce sagging, loose skin in the belly after weight loss. It is an optimal treatment for those patients who would like to show a more defined abdomen, but have hit the wall with diet and exercise.

Should I get a mini tummy tuck?

Many patients who are considering a tummy tuck may be unaware of the potential benefits provided by a mini tummy tuck.

A full tummy tuck is a more complete, but more invasive procedure, that can address excess fat and loose skin around the upper abdominal regions, obliques, and hips. The procedure is suitable for candidates who have recently lost significant amounts of weight or perhaps have had multiple pregnancies.

Some patients do not require a complete tummy tuck and can benefit from a mini tummy tuck. A mini tummy tuck addresses the abdominal region beneath the naval and tightens the area specifically between the bellybutton and pelvis.

Patients who might consider a mini tummy tuck include those who have lost small amounts of weight and don’t have a lot of excess skin around the abdominal region, or perhaps those suffering from intestinal hernias.

Hernias occur when the muscle wall of the abdomen is compromised by being stretched or displaced. In some cases, a mini tummy tuck can provide the support required to realign the abdominal muscles and push the hernia back into place.  

The benefits of getting a mini tummy tuck over a full tummy tuck become apparent in the downtime associated with each procedure. While many patients will benefit from a full tummy tuck procedure, others can achieve their aesthetic goals with a mini tummy tuck. Patients will still require rest and recovery, but people generally recover from a mini tummy tuck within three to four weeks.

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Combining a Tummy Tuck with Other Procedures

For some patients, it makes sense to combine a tummy tuck with other treatments. Those who have recently had a baby often have excess skin and tissue in addition to stubborn pockets of fat. They may also have lost volume in their breasts and are experiencing sagging. For these patients, a combined procedure is known as a mommy makeover may be recommended. A mommy makeover can involve a tummy tuck, liposuction in the abdominal and other areas, a breast liftbreast reduction, or breast augmentation. This provides a full body rejuvenation for new mothers and helps them reclaim their pre-pregnancy, youthful silhouette. Dr. Farber can explain your options and answer any questions you may have. Having combined procedures can be a good way to reduce recovery time if you want to improve several areas of your body with plastic surgery.

Tummy Tuck FAQs

A tummy tuck typically involves removing the excess skin and  fat of the abdomen & flanks in conjunction with tightening of the loose abdominal wall and muscles to provide a corset effect to enhance the hourglass appearance of women and athletic physique in a man.

During a traditional tummy tuck, the skin is raised to allow it to be pulled tighter to achieve a flatter more athletic appearance. Raising the skin disrupts some of the blood supply. Simultaneous liposuction of the fat is not often performed at the same time in order to preserve blood supply  and provide a safer outcome.

Everyone has “abs” which represent the rectus muscles of the abdomen. The patient’s percent body fat and BMI relates to how much abdominal muscle will be visible. Following a tummy tuck, the abdomen will be much flatter and toned. The more fat that one loses corresponds to the amount of “abs” that will be visible.

A tummy tuck  is not a weight loss procedure;  however it often times will serve as a springboard for further weight loss  and a healthier lifestyle as it will be easier to exercise and be more active in daily life.

In preparing for a tummy tuck procedure, you should have a stable body weight, be healthy enough to undergo surgery and be a non-smoker.

On the day of your tummy tuck  procedure, you will be greeted by Dr. Farber before surgery. He will answer any and all of your last minute questions you may have. You will then be taken into surgery. Following surgery, you will have your surgical garments in place and be underway to achieve the results and the body you have always wanted.

All sutures placed will be dissolvable and will not require removal. The resulting scar is kept low and typically will fade into a straight line pale scar.

Typically patients will take 1-2 weeks off of work and can resume routine daily activity after that. Patients can exercise and perform all activities without restrictions after 6 weeks.

3 Benefits to a Great Tummy Tuck: 

  • Flat Tummy
  • Hourglass Appearance 
  • Natural Appearance of the Belly Button

After a tummy tuck, the majority of bruising and swelling will usually subside within several weeks; however it may take several months for all swelling to subside.

Dr. Farber encourages his patients to walk immediately after surgery. This will help patients recover faster after their procedure. 

Dr. Farber will keep your belly button. Once the excess abdominal skin and fat is removed and the tummy is flat, Dr. Farber will then use your same belly button and in set it into its new position to achieve a natural and youthful appearance.

It is important to choose a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon experienced in body contouring procedures to perform your tummy tuck.

Also known as an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck restores the attractive, sexy contours of the abdomen, flanks, and hips. Assuming that you are healthy enough to undergo surgery, an abdominoplasty may be a good option to remove excess skin and fat from the belly area. At Farber Plastic Surgery, we tailor each treatment plan for each patient. It is important to schedule a consultation so Dr Farber can determine the best treatment plan for you.

A mini tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat of the lower abdomen (below the belly button) which often times includes a previous c-section scar, creating a flatter tummy. A full tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat of the abdomen as well as tightens the loose abdominal wall with an “internal corset” technique, creating a flatter tummy and accentuating the hourglass appearance. 

Patients who are bothered by excess skin and fat in their abdominal area, are at or close to their goal weight, and are in relatively good health are good candidates for tummy tucks. Tummy tuck candidates should be non-smokers and not be on any medication that would impair their ability to heal from the surgery. Patients often seek a tummy tuck after one or more pregnancies as well as significant weight loss. Changes in size and body contour caused by pregnancy or being overweight, or weight loss can affect skin elasticity and the tightness of abdominal muscles. These issues can be corrected with an abdominoplasty, helping patients regain a lean and well-contoured body shape. There are no age restrictions and no ideal age as long as you are cleared for surgery from a medical perspective. . We want all of our patients to look as young as they feel.

I recommend reaching a STABLE weight prior to any aesthetic procedure. However, I have seen patients delay surgery for years as they struggle to lose more weight, only to say when they finally have surgery “Why did I wait so long?!”. If you are actively losing weight, keep up the good work. If you have hit a plateau in your weight loss journey, surgery can act as a spring board towards a healthier lifestyle and further weight loss. 


Generally these procedures are staged to facilitate healing, recovery, and viability of the fa. It is very common to combine other procedures such as tummy tuck or liposuction with breast surgeries such as breast augmentation of breast lift (mastopexy).

Body contouring, such as tummy tucks and liposuction are wonderful options to sculpt and shape your body for improved confidence. It is important to find a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon experienced in body contouring to help determine the appropriate procedure for you. Patients who are bothered by excess skin and fat in their abdominal area, are at or close to their goal weight, and are in relatively good health are good candidates for tummy tucks. Patients often seek a tummy tuck after one or more pregnancies as well as significant weight loss. Changes in the laxity of the skin and abdominal wall as well as an excess of fat can be caused by pregnancy, age, or weight fluctuations.  These issues can be significantly improved with an abdominoplasty, helping patients regain a lean and well-contoured body shape. Good candidates for liposuction are already at or near their goal weight, have areas of fat that do not respond to weight loss efforts, and have relatively good skin tone.  Patients that desire accentuated muscles in the abdomen, thighs or back may be good candidates for body etching through high definition liposuction to give an appearance of a more athletic physique.  I find that the best candidates for body contouring surgery are realistic about the results they will achieve and understand that a continued healthy lifestyle will enhance their results. 

A tummy tuck, otherwise known as an abdominoplasty, is a common procedure performed following bariatric surgery. It is important to discuss your weight loss journey and current medical status with a board certified plastic surgeon like myself who specializes in post-bariatric surgery as well as your bariatric surgeon to develop an  individualized treatment plan that fits your needs. Even after patients have achieved an ideal weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise, excess skin and fat in the abdominal area and laxity of the abdominal muscles may still be an issue. Abdominopalsty can address these issues to help people achieve their aesthetic goals and ultimately improve their self confidence. 

We have many patients from all over the world.We ask that our out-of-town patients refrain from traveling for a minimum of 10 days following their tummy tuck procedure. We offer many accommodations for patients to enjoy their stay in sunny, warm South Florida as they recover. If you plan to travel, it is important to stand up and walk at least every hour. In most circumstances, my patients feel well enough to travel 2 weeks after their tummy tuck surgery.  By 6 weeks, given normal healing, patients are cleared to ease back into their normal activities.

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There are numerous associated benefits with taking your physical appearance into your hands. Confidence and comfort within yourself are essential to a healthy, enjoyable lifestyle. Change is beneficial, but not necessarily an easy decision to make.

If you are ready to explore changing some aspects of yourself with a trusted plastic surgeon, reach out to us at Farber Plastic Surgery. We can have an informal phone or email discussion, or you can schedule an appointment to meet the team and discuss what comes next for you.

We look forward to hearing from you and helping you become the best version of yourself  you can be!


Your Tummy Tuck Consultation with Dr. Farber

Dr. Farber helps patients reclaim their confidence with tummy tucks in Boca Raton, FL. During your initial consultation, he provides plenty of information about how to prepare for their surgery and the recovery process. Dr. Farber will also perform a physical examination and go over your health history to ensure that you can undergo surgery safely. He can also help you decide if you should have any other treatments combined with your tummy tuck to provide enhanced results. Dr. Farber has performed hundreds of tummy tuck procedures and knows how to produce the best results for his patients.

If you are experiencing reduced self-esteem or dissatisfaction with your body due to excess skin, tissue, or fat in your abdominal area, you do not have to live with it. By having a tummy tuck procedure performed by Dr. Farber, you can regain your slim silhouette and love your body again. If you live in the Boca Raton or Palm Beach County, Florida areas, schedule your consultation with Dr. Farber today.

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