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Tummy Tuck Tampa

Tummy Tuck Tampa | Dr. Alberico Sessa

Florida is the top destination for plastic surgery in the United States. It has among the highest number of plastic surgeries performed and has some of the most affordable pricing for cosmetic surgery in the country. Tummy tuck surgery is always a popular procedure and patients seeking Florida plastic surgery have many options within the Tampa, Florida area. However, Dr. Alberico Sessa of Sarasota Surgical Arts provides the best tummy tuck Tampa offers.

Overview: Tummy Tuck Surgery In Tampa

Tummy tuck surgery—also referred to as an abdominoplasty—is a plastic surgery procedure that removes excess skin from the abdomen. It also usually tightens separated abdominal muscles, a condition known as diastasis recti. Dr. Sessa frequently performs liposuction alongside tummy tuck procedures to further improve results by removing stubborn fat deposits.

A tummy tuck addresses a stomach bulge and hanging stomach that will not respond to diet and exercise. These situations often occur after pregnancy (especially multiple pregnancies),  massive weight loss, or frequent fluctuations in weight. The stretched and loose skin will not respond to weight loss and losing weight can worsen the condition. Thus, surgically removing it is the best way to improve the abdominal contour.


Firstly, good Tampa tummy tuck candidates will have significant extra skin on their abdomen. This does not always mean the patient is overweight and the skin may look wrinkled, dimpled, or hang down from the abdomen. There are multiple types of tummy tucks to address different patient needs.

Secondly, patients should be in overall good general health. This means that any medical conditions are being adequately treated, the patient is not undergoing cancer treatment, and they are not pregnant. It is also preferred that the patient has maintained a stable weight for at least a few months before surgery. This is because keeping a stable weight is important for keeping tummy tuck results long term.

Finally, patients should not plan to become pregnant again. Future pregnancies can reverse tummy tuck results and require revisional surgery. If it happens, there are no health risks, but it will likely affect the cosmetic result.


A tummy tuck in Tampa can offer patients several possible benefits and advantages. Possible benefits include:

  • Flatter abdomen
  • Remove excess abdominal skin
  • Correct diastasis recti
  • Tighter abdominal wall
  • Remove stretch marks below the belly button
  • Many surgical options to fit patients of different sizes and circumstances
  • More toned looking stomach
  • Address symptoms associated with diastasis recti such as urinary incontinence, back pain, etc.
  • Natural looking belly button
  • Low scar
  • Often can be combined with other cosmetic surgeries
  • Performed by a top Florida cosmetic surgeon
Before & After
A Before & After Photo of a Tummy Tuck Plastic Surgery by Dr. Alberico Sessa in Sarasota
Before & After
A Tummy Tuck Before & After Photo by Dr. Alberico Sessa in Sarasota

Before & After Tummy Tuck Tampa

Consultation With Dr. Sessa

A tummy tuck consultation can take place in the Sarasota Surgical Arts office or through virtual means. The most important part of the consultation is for Dr. Sessa to examine the patient’s abdomen, skin quality, amount of extra skin, and other factors that may affect the procedure. This may include an in-office exam, a video exam, or sending in photos via email.

Dr. Sessa will also review the patient’s medical history. This may include past surgeries, medical conditions, current medications they take, any allergies, BMI, and if a patient smokes. He will consider the patient as a whole and determine if a tummy tuck is the best procedure for them.

At the end of the consultation, the patient will also receive a customized price quote for their tummy tuck in Tampa and any other procedures part of the consultation. Patients can also review financing and payment options.

Abdominoplasty Surgery

For a tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Sessa will make an incision below the panty line from hip to hip. He will use this incision to access the abdominal muscles and remove extra skin. Once the extra skin is removed and the muscles tightened, Dr. Sessa will bring the remaining skin down to meet the incision for a tighter and more toned abdomen appearance.

Dr. Sessa may also perform liposuction to remove excess fat. He can transfer this fat into the buttocks or breasts if desired. Patients also frequently undergo breast surgery with a tummy tuck. This combination is called a mommy makeover. Dr. Sessa can also help a patient determine if a combination surgery is right for them.


Recovering from a tummy tuck Tampa may look slightly different for each patient. Though, Dr. Sessa will provide customized instructions for each patient. These post-op instructions may include:

  • Prevent stress on the incision which may require hunching over and not lying flat for two weeks or more
  • Wear compression garment
  • Stay hydrated and eat a nutritious diet
  • Walk, but avoid strenuous activities
  • Do not submerge the scar in a bath, pool, hot tub, etc. until okayed to do so
  • Wear clothing that does not require lifting over the head
  • Attend post-operative appointments
  • Make sure to get enough sleep and rest

Patients may experience some temporary side effects such as pain, redness, swelling, bruising, and itchiness. Major or prolonged side effects are uncommon. Dr. Sessa will provide medications and instructions for helping patients feel more comfortable during their recovery and prevent severe side effects.



A tummy tuck Tampa has no specific weight requirements. This is because other factors such as height, medical history, and medications also come into play when determining tummy tuck candidacy. As long as a patient is not significantly underweight or overweight, they are more likely to be a surgical candidate. Dr. Sessa will evaluate each patient and their situation individually.


A full tummy tuck cost Tampa with Dr. Sessa starts at $7,500, not including anesthesia. Other types of tummy tucks come with different price points. Dr. Sessa does offer flexible financing options through Care Credit.


Generally, the first three to four days after a tummy tuck are the worst. This is when patients tend to be the most swollen and experience the most discomfort. After this, patients often begin to slowly feel better over the next two to three weeks. Dr. Sessa will provide medication and aftercare instructions to help patients remain as comfortable as possible during their Tampa tummy tuck recovery.


Tummy tuck surgery does not penetrate the muscle layer. Therefore, unless a hernia is present, a tummy tuck never even reaches the organs. It is normal immediately after a tummy tuck and in the early stages of recovery to feel nauseous and potentially vomit, but this is generally short-lived and easily treated with medication.
If any other stomach issues arise following a tummy tuck, it is unlikely that they are related. However, if a patient has concerns, Dr. Sessa can always schedule a post-op appointment or address it at their next scheduled appointment,


Sarasota Surgical Arts is located roughly one hour south of Tampa, Florida. Why travel to Sarasota for a tummy tuck? Dr. Sessa is one of the best cosmetic surgeons in Florida and has over two decades of experience. Additionally, Sarasota is a smaller city with a less hectic lifestyle which allows for a less stressful environment on the day of surgery. Patients also have the freedom to return home the same day or stay in the area as they see fit. Dr. Alberico Sessa sees patients from all around Florida, the United States, and the world.

The Best Tummy Tuck Surgery In Tampa, FL

Sarasota Surgical Arts is a luxury cosmetic surgery practice in Sarasota, Florida. Having served the greater Tampa area for over two decades, Dr. Sessa and his team provide high quality, customized cosmetic surgery, including tummy tucks in Tampa. They also frequently combine procedures with tummy tuck surgery such as breast augmentation, Brazilian butt lift, and liposuction 360. Sarasota Surgical Arts performs the best tummy tuck Tampa.

Dr. Alberico Sessa is a board certified cosmetic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face, breast, body, and extremities. He helps patients regain confidence in their bodies, address changes following pregnancy or weight loss, and reconstruct parts of the body that have experienced trauma or medical procedures.

To learn more and schedule a consultation with Dr. Alberico Sessa, call us at 941-923-1736. Patients can also reach out online via chat, contact form, and Price Simulator.