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Featured Surgery: Abdominoplasty

Published on May 3, 2014 by       

If you were to ask a group of people what the one thing they would want to improve about their bodies was, odds are you’d have at least one person express an interest in a flatter stomach. Thanks to the way the body burns fat and calories, it can be very difficult to target an area like the stomach on your own. If you have been exercising regularly and have consistently eaten a healthy diet, yet are still not seeing the results you desire, it may be time to explore surgical options. One such procedure, that should be used in tandem with a healthy diet and exercise, is a tummy tuck.

Abdominoplasty, otherwise known as an Orlando tummy tuck, is a procedure that removes excess fat and skin in the stomach area. In most cases, the procedure also restores weakened or separated muscles, ultimately creating an abdominal profile that is more firm and smooth.

Many people strive to achieve a “six-pack,” or at the very least, a flat, toned abdomen. Unfortunately, thanks to pregnancy, aging, or extreme weight gain and loss, obtaining the ideal abdominal appearance can be very difficult. These factors, as well as genetics or prior surgery, can cause a person to develop a loose or sagging abdomen.

Abdominoplasty is not meant to act as a substitute for weight loss or working out; it merely tightens the abdominal area. The results of a tummy tuck are immediate and often dramatic, and, thanks to the postsurgical drug, Exparel, we are now able to drastically reduce post-op pain for a quicker and easier recovery.

The first step in reaching your cosmetic goal is to find the perfect Board Certified plastic surgeon. Look no further than Dr. George Pope and the team at Orlando Plastic Surgery Center. To learn more about the benefits of an Orlando tummy tuck, contact Dr. George Pope for a consultation.


5 Facts About Tummy Tucks

Published on January 19, 2014 by       

Tummy tucks are designed to remove extra fat and loose skin while helping to produce the toned, flat core that you’ve always wanted. Curious about the procedure, its benefits and if it’s right for you? Here are 5 facts you should know.

Fact #1. The full medical name for a tummy tuck? Abdominoplasty.

Fact #2. A tummy tuck is not a weight loss tool. It is typically used after someone has already lost weight, to eliminate the excess fat and skin that remains.

Fact #3. There is more than one type of tummy tuck:
    •    The standard procedure clears away extraneous skin and tightens the underlying muscles of in the abdomen area.
    •    The extended tummy tuck reaches even further down the waist, which is a problem area for many.
    •    The mini-tummy tuck focuses on your lower abdomen, tightening the muscles found there.

Fact #4. Though tummy tucks have historically been most popular among women, men are increasingly undergoing abdominoplasty as well, oftentimes after a large weight loss.

Fact #5. Tummy tucks offer a variety of benefits:
    •    Better-fitting clothes
    •    According to Swiss researchers, once someone has excess skin removed, they’re more likely to keep weight off
    •    Overall, people feel more confident about their appearance

If you’re interested in learning more about Orlando tummy tucks procedures and their benefits, contact Dr. George Pope and the team at Orlando Plastic Surgery Center to schedule a consultation. They can help you determine which type of procedure is best for you.


Cosmetic Surgery Procedures for Men

A common misconception has been that cosmetic surgery is primarily for women. The truth is that men increasingly turn to cosmetic surgery to address many body issues, from wanting to appear thinner to the desire to look younger. Below is a list of some common cosmetic procedures popular among men:

  • Forty to sixty percent of men have excess breast tissue, commonly known as gynecomastia, which can lead to low-self esteem and in some cases, depression. Fortunately, the condition can be easily corrected through liposuction or direct excision of the breast tissue, resulting in a more contoured upper body.
  • A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that corrects a protruding or sagging abdomen by repairing the muscles and removing excess skin and fat. The result is a smoother and firmer silhouette.
  • Like a tummy tuck, liposuction achieves a shaped and sleek form. The difference is that liposuction can be performed on areas other than the stomach including, the hips, buttocks, chin and neck.
  • Men are also likely to undergo procedures to improve their facial appearance. Blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) lifts droopy eyelids and removes excess fatty deposits and bags underneath the eyes for a more youthful and refreshed look. In facelifts, the plastic surgeon removes excess skin and fat, redrapes the remaining skin, and tightens muscles, for an invigorated appearance. Brow lifts revitalize drooping and lined foreheads and are often combined with blepharoplasty and facelifts; together, these procedures can take years off the face.
  • Rhinoplasty changes the size and/or shape of the nose for more facial balance and symmetry. Options include modifying width, removing bumps, smoothing divots or depressions, correcting a drooping or upturned tip, and even reducing nostrils.

Dr. George Pope can perform these surgeries for men at Orlando Plastic Surgery Center, located centrally in South Downtown Orlando.

Dr. George Pope’s Orlando Plastic Surgery Center provides Central Florida with first-class Orlando cosmetic surgery services. Our exceptionally trained staff delivers services designed to assist you in your journey toward a better quality of life. When you visit Orlando Plastic Surgery Center, you will be greeted by our friendly, knowledgeable and compassionate staff, who will ensure you receive the most outstanding experience possible.


Tummy Tucks and Pregnancy: Everything You Need to Know

After giving birth to her second child, a 9.5-pound baby girl, Celina (not her real name) had damaged abdominal muscles, which is a common problem after pregnancy. She’s only in her early 30s, but her lower belly sagged. Despite all the weight she lost, she still looked like she was four months pregnant!

Why does this happen?

The elasticity of human skin has a limit. At a certain point, the skin will reach its limit, and it won’t be able to shrink back to its original, taut and tight look. This normally happens after pregnancy or rapid weight loss.

The Solution: Tummy Tuck

Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck is done by removing excess skin and fat in the mid- and lower abdomen. Now, this procedure might sound like a magic solution for all your tummy problems, but you have to consider many things before making a decision.

The outcome for Orlando tummy tuck surgeries differ on a case-by-case basis. The best thing to do is discuss your expectations with your Orlando cosmetic surgeon before moving forward. In some cases, your surgeon might offer you a combination of liposuction and tummy tuck, which will remove a lot of excess fat and really improve your waistline.

After the procedure, patients are satisfied with the results; some of them even report an improvement in their digestive and bladder function. For best results, consult with a licensed cosmetic surgeon experienced in tummy tuck operations.

Dr. George Pope’s Orlando Plastic Surgery Center provides Central Florida with first-class cosmetic surgery services. With our exceptionally trained staff, we deliver friendly, knowledgeable, and compassionate services that are designed to assist you in your journey towards a better quality of life. When you visit the Orlando Plastic Surgery Center, you will be greeted with our attentive and cordial staff, who will ensure you receive the most outstanding experience possible.


Don’t Spend This Summer Hiding Your Stomach! A Tummy Tuck Could Give You a Bikini-Perfect Body!

Published on March 30, 2013 by       

Tummy tuck surgery is one way Dr. Pope at the Orlando Plastic Surgery Center helps you achieve flatter abs and a slender, more natural look just in time for swimsuit season.

Abdominoplasty, better known as a tummy tuck, can give you the smooth, firm stomach you have always desired. This surgical procedure removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen, sometimes restoring weakened or separated stomach muscles in the process.

While not a substitute for weight loss, a tummy tuck can let you create a toned profile you might not be able to achieve through diet and exercise alone. You will receive permanent results that you can show off for many years to come.

Thinking of a tummy tuck? Here is where to start
To decide if a tummy tuck is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. George H. Pope at the Orlando Plastic Surgery Center. Here, each plastic surgeon is a member of the University of Massachusetts Medical School faculty. Their work sets the standard not only for traditional plastic surgery but also postbariatric surgeries that require advanced treatment.

There are several options available, including a mini tummy tuck and a tummy tuck with liposuction. During your consultation, you can discuss all available procedures with Dr. Pope to determine which one best fits your needs.

A tummy tuck is a safe procedure with minimal side effects
You may choose to have additional cosmetic procedures, such as a breast augmentation or face lift. In that case, if necessary, Dr. Pope will perform the surgeries in stages or give you an overnight stay to ensure the smoothest recovery and best possible results.

Because all procedures are done in our prestigious OASIS Surgical Center for Excellence with a fully trained anesthesia team, you can expect a safe experience with few or no side effects.

After your tummy tuck, after two or three weeks, you will be able to show off your new look to the world.

Schedule a consultation or get more information by calling The Orlando Plastic Surgery Center at 407-857-6261.

George H. Pope, M.D. is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

About Orlando Plastic Surgery Center: Orlando Plastic Surgery Center is regarded as one of Central Florida’s premier plastic surgery centers. Dr. George Pope is one of Central Florida’s most sought after plastic surgeons (he was voted to the city’s list of best plastic surgeons by readers of Orlando Magazine three years in a row). Services range from rhinoplasty and nasal contouring, breast augmentation, eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty, revisionist surgery, and gynecomastia. Liposuction and tummy tuck surgeries are also offered. Dr. Pope and his staff also provide minimally invasive procedures such as laser skin resurfacing, Sculptra Aesthetics, Botox® injections, Latisse, Juvederm, and Restylane®. Visit for more information.


Post Operative Healing After a Mini Tummy Tuck

Published on January 30, 2012 by       Filed under:

A mini tummy tuck through liposuction can do wonders for the people who wish to get rid of bulging fat and ‘love handles’ around their abdomen. Women who feel embarrassed wearing a skin hugging dress can get into shape by opting for plastic surgery procedures for a mini tummy tuck. Advanced tumescent liposuction techniques used by cosmetic surgery doctors make it possible to get a flat stomach. However, most women feel apprehensive about the post surgery pain and possibilities of scar and bruises. To prevent any complications from liposuction, it is advisable to choose the best plastic surgeon in Florida for the job.

When you choose a board certified surgeon for your mini tummy tuck, the chances of scarring and bruising are minimized. Your surgeon also advises you about post surgery care to ensure quick healing. Pain after a mini tummy tuck with tumescent liposuction typically does not require any pain medications stronger than acetaminophen (Tylenol). No painkiller or over the counter medicine should be taken without the surgeon’s advice. The pain caused after this plastic surgery procedure is similar to muscle soreness and burning experienced after having worked-out too hard. The intensity of the pain may be like sunburn and it is most intense when the skin of the area is flexed or touched – this could be while changing clothes or getting in or out of the car.

A day after surgery, as a result of open-drainage of the blood-tinged anesthetic fluid and wearing a compression garment, the degree of cosmetic improvement is easily visible and quite prominent. Over the next few days, the drainage ceases, but the inflammatory healing process continues. The swelling decreases over four to twelve weeks.

There is no restriction on postoperative physical activity after this plastic surgery. As a matter of fact patients are advised not to remain in bed, but rather to walk about slowly inside their home – this helps to resume the normal flow of blood once again in the body.

Dr. George H Pope, MD, FACS is a well-known plastic surgeon for mini tummy tuck and other liposuction procedures. He is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and is also a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. With experience of over 20 years in plastic surgery procedures, Dr. Pope uses the safest procedures for liposuction. Contact us at Orlando Plastic Surgery Center for an appointment with Dr. Pope.


The Mini Tummy Tuck: A “Wow” Transformation for Women.

Published on June 9, 2011 by       

A mini tummy tuck can significantly improve the appearance of lower abdominal areas that tend to store excessive fat and lipid deposits and create a loose and sagging skin in those areas.

Mini tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is the most effective way to tighten and sculpt the stomach area. With this surgery, the stretch marks between the belly button and private region are also eliminated. The fat tissue in the lower abdomen is removed and the abdominal wall muscles are tightened so that even when the patient sits down or bends over, the abdomen skin does not stick out. After a mini tummy tuck, you can bid goodbye to holding in your belly!

You should undergo the basic medical tests before opting for any of the plastic surgery procedures. These are necessary to check that you are physically fit for the surgery. If you smoke, this should be stopped at least 6 weeks before the mini tummy tuck surgery. The intake of blood thinning medicines such as asprin must also be stopped to avoid excessive bleeding during the surgery.

Typically, the mini tummy tuck is the cosmetic surgery for patients who have an otherwise slim figure, but just want to get rid of the sagging skin around the waist. The procedure takes about 2 hours. It is usually performed under general anesthesia.

A horizontal incision is made just above the pubic area. The length of this incision varies depending on the amount of skin surface that needs to be removed. For a mini tummy tuck, the incision is generally 5-6 inches long. The skin is detached from the tissues beneath to expose the muscles and fascia. Fat is then removed from this area either manually with surgical instruments or through liposuction. The plastic surgeon may extend the operatory area from where fat is removed by inserting the liposuction cannula between the raised skin and underlying muscles. After fat removal, the muscles are tightened with sutures.

To speed up the healing process, you may be required to use compression garments placed over the surgery dressings. A drain may also be used to remove any accumulation of fluids during the initial healing period. The recovery period is 1 to 4 weeks and the results reveal a tucked in, firm and well sculpted abdomen.

Voted the best plastic surgeon in Florida for 2 years, Dr. George Pope has over 20 years of experience in plastic surgery procedures and performs mini tummy tuck surgeries at Orlando Plastic Surgery Center. He has provided the most satisfying cosmetic surgery results to all his patients at the practice’s beautiful, state-of-the-art, in-house OASIS Surgical Suite.


Cosmetic Surgery Blog: All About Getting a Tummy Tuck!

Published on January 25, 2011 by       Filed under: ,

Who wants sagging skin and loose hanging fats in the tummy? I bet no one does. Every man or woman would want to look sexy and have that flat, sexy, well-toned abdomen and even perhaps six packs. Many of us strive hard to get those desirable tummies through exercise and diet but at times these methods simply cannot successfully accomplish our goals.

A “tummy tuck” or abdominoplasty is a procedure that makes the abdomen firmer. In order for the muscles and the fascia to tighten, tummy tuck involves the extraction of excess skin and fats from the middle and the lower abdomen. For patients with loose, sagging tissues after pregnancy or major weight loss, tummy tuck is the cosmetic surgery usually sought after by these clients.

Even clients with normal body weight and proportion have chances of developing an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging. This may be due to pregnancy, aging, significant changes in weight, heredity or prior surgeries. Tummy tuck is a good option especially for persons who are physically healthy, have a stable weight and a healthy lifestyle.

Tummy tuck surgeries offer many aesthetic benefits such as removal of excess skin and tightening of abdominal muscles, and minimize if not totally eliminate stretch marks. Unlike abdominal liposuction, tummy tuck allows for excess skin extraction to augment the removal of stubborn pockets of fat. With a tummy tuck, the surgeon does not only reduce a protuberant belly, but the surgeon can make it appear as if the belly was not protruding in the first place.

Tummy tucks can also be combined with other cosmetic surgeries such as abdominal liposuction, breast augmentation and the like. Results of tummy tuck are usually permanent but factors must be considered such as future plans of losing weight or getting pregnant because these can affect or perhaps diminish the positive outcome of the surgery. Full recovery from tummy tucks usually take about 3-6 months, with further fading of scars thereafter. Nicotine use is prohibited at about a month or longer both before and after a tummy tuck and heavy activity is also discouraged.

Like any surgeries whatever its nature or purpose, there are still risk involved and should not be taken lightly. Although serious complications are rare with tummy tucks, still this is a major surgery and all factors should be considered.

Possible complications from tummy tuck surgeries include anesthesia reactions, bleeding, blood clots, delayed wound healing, infection or unfavorable drug reactions. It is then very important to follow preoperative and postoperative instructions in order to reduce the chances of encountering complications after the tummy tuck surgery. Before making any decision, it is always best to compare the benefits with the potential risks and complications. Another thing about tummy tuck surgery is that this does not require hospitalization postoperatively.

Tummy tucks cost variably from one country to another. Like most cosmetic surgeries such as breast augmentation and abdominal liposuction, the cost depends on several factors like the patient’s age, their weight and state of health. There may also be additional costs depending on the individual if he/she would decide to have a mixed tummy tuck.

Tummy tuck surgery is a procedure that is highly individualized and one should do it for oneself, and not for other people or for trying to fit oneself to a certain image as imposed by other persons. A tummy tuck is a choice you have to make for yourself.

Contact us to learn more or to discuss scheduling your tummy tuck today!


Cosmetic Surgery Blog: Tummy Tucks and its Benefits!

Published on October 14, 2010 by       Filed under:

Tummy Tucks or Abdominoplasty surgery is a cosmetic procedure in which excessive fat or skin accumulated near the abdominal region is removed by surgery. It tightens the muscle around the abdominal wall. This procedure is done to repair your abdominal region and give you an in-shape ribbed abdomen. It’s just another way to transform your body which results in a sculpted look.

Tummy tucks can improve your confidence level because you’d have a body to be proud of. A lean and slim look after a tummy tuck provides you with a renewed and even healthier perspective at life and encourages you to follow a healthier lifestyle.

Tummy Tuck costs depend upon factors like age, current physical health, weight etc. Possible risks involved are bleeding, asymmetry, nerve damage etc.

Tummy Tucks are a pretty serious business so give it a thorough consideration. It is always recommended and beneficial to consult an experienced cosmetic surgeon who may suggest alternatives like breast life, body contouring, liposuction etc. as more fitting options.


Cosmetic Surgery Blog: What Can Liposuction Do For You?

Published on October 12, 2010 by       Filed under: ,

Obesity is a problem that can cause frustration. Sometimes no amount of exercise and dieting helps reduce the fat in your body and you may want to consider surgical methods to achieve a thinner look. A liposuction procedure can help remove excess fat from various parts of the body.

What all can liposuction do?

Liposuction can remove those love-handles or fat in the lower abdomen and such areas which never seem to go away, even after that rigorous exercise regime you have followed for months. However, a liposuction surgery does not lead to any significant change in body weight. Liposuction also can’t eliminate stretch marks or cellulite. in fact once the fat is removed the behavior of the underlying skin cannot be predicted accurately. Patients with healthy skin experience good tightening as the skin is redistributed. But people with soft skin may develop sagging areas which may need to be corrected with a tummy tuck. Tummy tucks are most routinely done along with Liposuction for this reason.

You may wonder, will the fat come back after the procedure?

Yes, if you gain considerable weight you may find that you have gained weight in areas where that weren’t operated on. This fat accumulation cannot be predicted and may happen anywhere in the body. Sometimes the liposuction surgery requires a refresh as the patients feel that there is some unevenness or even a bulgy look. In such case the doctor generally performs a touch up to get better results.

Laser assisted liposuction is a common procedure in which a laser is used to loosen the fat before it is loosened and taken out. This process is recommended for patients with loose skin particularly the older ones. The laser is also said to stimulate collage and elastin repair in the overlying skin. Laser liposuction is usually considered best for small areas without thick deposits of fat such as under the chin or other small areas.

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