Many individuals are dealing with excess fat and skin on their abdomen. The most common cause of this is childbirth or weight loss. If you are considering a tummy tuck to help improve your appearance and confidence, understanding the fundamentals of the procedure is important. Be sure to educate yourself on the following things before getting a tummy tuck.

Understand what a Tummy Tuck is

The first step is to understand what exactly a tummy tuck is. This procedure reshapes and flattens the abdominal area by removing excess fat and skin and tightening abdominal wells. There are three main types of tummy tucks used today, including the full tummy tuck, the mini tummy tuck, and the extended tummy tuck.

Understand the Risks

As with any surgical procedure, the tummy tuck comes with some risks. It is important to understand these potential risks, but also be sure to choose a board certified plastic surgeon to perform your procedure to ensure best results.

Find Out if You are a Candidate

Be sure that you are a good candidate for the tummy tuck procedure, which can be done through a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon. Ideal candidates will be healthy, nonsmokers who lack abdominal tone, have a belly that is protruding or abdominal muscles that are stretched, and have loose, excess belly skin.

If you are interested in learning more about a tummy tuck in Brandon, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shienbaum.


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Dr. Shienbaum is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience in all forms of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, including Tummy Tucks Liposuction Breast Augmentation Brazilian Butt Lifts and Mommy Makeovers. He provides services for the entire Tampa Bay area, including Brandon, Lakeland, Riverview, and Tampa, Florida. To find out more about the procedures near you, please visit