Tummy Tuck in Tampa & Sarasota, FL

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Tummy Tuck Sarasota with Dr. Jiles

The stomach area is a frequent trouble area. For people who have lost weight, it can be difficult to shed off the last bit of fat that would achieve a flat tummy. Additionally, for people who have given birth, the muscles can release and contribute to a pooch appearance despite a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Emily Jiles of Sarasota Surgical Arts is a talented surgeon with fellowship training in tummy tucks and cosmetic surgery. Dr. Jiles offers tummy tucks in Sarasota, Florida.

Tummy Tuck Surgery

Tummy tuck surgery is a cosmetic surgery that removes extra skin from the abdomen and often repairs abdominal muscle separation. This muscle separation is known as diastasis recti which can cause a “pooch” appearance of the stomach. Diastasis recti usually requires surgical repair, especially when caused by multiple pregnancies.

Not all tummy tucks involve muscle repair. In these cases, the tummy tuck is performed to remove loose skin. Whatever your concerns with your abdomen, Dr. Jiles can determine if you are a good candidate for abdominoplasty surgery, or if liposuction or another procedure may better address your goals.

What Makes a Good Tummy Tuck

Motivations for a Tummy Tuck

Every patient will have unique goals and reasons for seeking a Sarasota tummy tuck. A common motivation is that patients eat right and exercise and continue to have an appearance to the stomach they are dissatisfied with. As discussed, many situations and conditions can cause this, and often require surgical repair. A few of the causes of diastasis recti and the need for a tummy tuck are:

  • Pregnancy and childbirth (especially multiple pregnancies)
  • Frequent weight loss and gain (yoyoing)
  • Massive weight loss
  • Age
  • Previous abdominal surgery
  • Genetics
  • Hormonal imbalances or changes

Types of Tummy Tuck

There are three types of abdominoplasty commonly performed by cosmetic and plastic surgeons: mini, standard, and extended. Each tummy tuck consists of a similar surgical method with a few differences that make them unique.


The mini tummy tuck involves an incision in the lower abdomen. Unlike a traditional tummy tuck incision that spans from hip to hip, a mini tummy tuck incision is shorter. The actual length will vary depending on each patient’s needs. This is most commonly performed when a small amount of skin needs to be removed and no muscle repair is necessary. Lower abdominal muscle plication is sometimes performed in conjunction with a mini tummy tuck.

Typically, candidates for a mini tummy tuck only have skin laxity below the belly button. If the skin laxity goes above the belly button, a standard or full tummy tuck is likely needed to achieve the best results. Benefits of a mini tummy tuck include:

  • Small incision
  • Faster recovery
  • Does not affect the belly button
  • Usually does not correct diastasis recti, although can address lower abdominal muscles
  • Less surgery


A standard tummy tuck, as discussed above, utilizes an incision from hip to hip. Normally located below the panty line, this incision allows Dr. Jiles access to the skin, fat, and muscle structures needed to create a good result. This technique is the most common type of tummy tuck performed.

Most abdominoplasty candidates can benefit from a standard tummy tuck. Advantages of a tummy tuck can include:

  • Can repair diastasis recti
  • Incision is hidden below the panty line
  • Can address stretchmarks
  • Removes extra skin
  • Can address issues with the belly button
  • Removes excess skin and fat above and below the belly button
  • Often a more dramatic result than a mini tummy tuck


Extended/Maxi Tummy Tuck

An extended tummy tuck addresses the abdomen like a standard tummy tuck. However, the incisions will continue to the hips and sometimes around to the back. This procedure can remove extra skin and fat present on the abdomen, hips, and love handles. It is also sometimes called a lower body lift.

This type of abdominoplasty usually aids patients who have lost massive amounts of weight. These patients may have copious amounts of extra skin, especially in the lower half of the body. If a full lower body lift is not needed to address this, an extended tummy tuck will likely provide the results the patient seeks.

Advantages of an extended tummy tuck include:

  • Provides some correction to the love handles, back, and possibly even the thighs and buttocks
  • Completely changes body contours
  • Removes extra skin and fat
  • Can repair diastasis recti
  • Provides all of the same benefits as a standard tummy tuck with extra correction of the sides and back of the body


How Do I Know Which Tummy Tuck Is Right For Me?

Only a trained professional can determine which tummy tuck will best benefit you. However, you may be able to get a good idea of the abdominoplasty surgery that is right for you. Like the example given above, if the area that needs correction extends beyond your belly button, a standard tummy tuck is likely required for the best results.

As far as an extended tummy tuck, if you have extra skin, stretch marks, or stubborn fat that extends up to your waist and around the body, an extended tummy tuck may be necessary. Combining a standard tummy tuck with liposuction can often avoid an extended tummy tuck if you do not have a large amount of extra skin in the areas treated by an extended tummy tuck.

Who are Good Candidates?

The best candidates for tummy tuck surgery are patients who have concerns about the look of their abdomen. In general, it is recommended that tummy tuck patients are within ten to twenty pounds of their goal weight and have maintained their weight for several months before surgery. Large amounts of weight gain or loss following a tummy tuck can distort the results.

Tummy tuck surgery patients should also be in good health, not smoke, and not have any major, unmanaged conditions. Medical conditions do not necessarily hinder your ability to undergo a Sarasota tummy tuck, but all conditions should be disclosed to and evaluated by Dr. Jiles at your consultation.

Tummy Tuck Before and After: What to Expect

Your Consult With Dr. Jiles:

At a consultation with Dr. Jiles at Sarasota Surgical Arts, she can determine if you are a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery. She will first want to know your goals for surgery and your medical history. This will allow Dr. Jiles to determine if a tummy tuck procedure will fit your goals. Finally, she will conduct a physical exam to decide whether or not you are a good candidate for an abdominoplasty.

Abdominoplasty Surgery

Dr. Jiles performs tummy tuck surgery at the accredited outpatient surgery center, Sarasota Surgical Arts. On your surgery day, a licensed anesthesia provider will place you under anesthesia. You will continue to be monitored throughout surgery to ensure safety and comfort.

Dr. Jiles will then begin your tummy tuck surgery. Making the incision in the lower abdomen, she will ensure that it is in the optimal location where it can be hidden easily with clothing. Utilizing this incision, Dr. Jiles will carefully remove extra skin and fat. She will also correct diastasis recti if necessary and pull the other underlying muscle tight.

Following this part of the surgery, Dr. Jiles will carefully redrape the skin and structures over the contours of your new abdomen. Once in the best position to fit your goals, Dr. Jiles will stitch the incisions.

Recovery Timeline:

Going home after your tummy tuck surgery, you can experience some side effects for the first few days following surgery. Side effects of an abdominoplasty can include: pain, bruising, swelling, redness, and temporary numbness. Dr. Jiles will prescribe medications to prevent infection and keep you comfortable.

Side effects should begin to subside within a week and many patients switch over to over-the-counter painkillers at this point. Returning to work depends on the type of tummy tuck you had, but most patients can return to work in two weeks. You may need to continue avoiding exercise and strenuous activities for many weeks. Some side effects such as residual swelling may continue for a few months, but most patients return to normal life in about a month.

Based on your lifestyle, job, and healing process, Dr. Jiles can provide a more accurate timeline during your consultation and post-operative appointments.

Tummy Tuck Results: What To Expect

When you come out of surgery, you will likely notice some difference in the appearance of your abdomen. There may be swelling present that may mask results. It is agreed that tummy tuck results take at least nine months to a year to fully settle in. This is because swelling must fully go away, the skin and anatomical structures need to settle into their new positions, and your incision needs to heal.

Dr. Jiles will continue to see you throughout your tummy tuck recovery to gauge results. Some patients may see results sooner if swelling resolves faster, while other patients may take longer if their healing is compromised. However, despite these differing timelines, most patients enjoy their final results within one year.

Premier Abdominoplasty Surgery by Dr. Emily Jiles

Dr. Emily Jiles is a skilled general surgeon with fellowship training in abdominoplasty surgery. With skill and precise surgical technique, Dr. Jiles offers among the best tummy tuck surgery. She stays in constant contact with patients and aims to exceed expectations. Her personability and fantastic bedside manner make her a compassionate and thorough cosmetic surgeon.

Sarasota Surgical Arts is a safe, state-of-the-art surgical facility that provides the highest standards in cosmetic surgery. All of Dr. Jiles’ tummy tucks are performed at the Sarasota Surgical Arts facility in Sarasota, Florida.

What is the Cost of a Tummy Tuck?

Dr. Jiles offers among the best tummy tuck surgery results in Florida while pricing the procedure relatively low compared to other providers with her experience. Her personability and fantastic bedside manner, paired with her results and pricing, make her a can’t-miss provider throughout the state. 


To schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Emily Jiles, call us at (941) 867-7682.