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Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck, technically called abdominoplasty, is performed to correct excess adipose (fat), excess skin, and correct abdominal wall laxity. This procedure is often combined with liposuction to correct other problem areas such as excess fat in the back, hips and thighs that occurs following pregnancies.

For more information about tummy tuck surgery, request a consultationrequest a consultation online to meet with one of our surgeons or call our office at (850) 654-1194. Located in Destin, Florida, we provide first-class services for patients from surrounding cities like Panama City and Pensacola who choose to undergo tummy tuck surgery, as well as those from neighboring states and international locations.

Dr. William R. Burden is known internationally and throughout the Southeast as a specialist in breast, face, and body contouring surgery. Other plastic surgeons and doctors seek out his care and refer their spouses, family, and patients to him. He is known as the face of Destin Plastic Surgery having established and built the practice from the ground up. Dr. Burden will listen to your concerns and help you achieve your goal for the improved shape you desire.

Dr. Burden introduced the high-lateral tension abdominoplasty and the drainless tummy tuck to Northwest Florida and surrounding areas. He also performed some of the first endoscopic abdominoplasties in the United States. Additionally, he introduced ultrasonic and power-assisted liposuction to the area. These procedures require advanced training and experience.

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Dr. Burden

Dr. William Burden

An internationally renowned plastic surgeon with experience and advanced training in body contouring.

Dr. Ennis

Dr. L. Scott Ennis

World renowned plastic surgeon recognized by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS)

Dr. Ennis is an internationally recognized and renowned plastic surgeon specializing in breast, body, and facial surgery and complex breast revision who is devoted to achieving the optimal outcome for every patient. Dr. Ennis has been recognized by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery with membership in the society. An exclusive recognition requiring at least 2 other internationally recognized surgeons to nominate him for membership, ISAPS membership is drawn from some of the world most elite surgeons in 73 countries on every continent. He also utilizes advanced techniques such as the high-lateral tension abdominoplasty and the drainless tummy tuck.

Reasons for Abdominoplasty

Three factors often cause an abdomen to look unattractive:

  • Excess abdominal fat
  • Excess abdominal skin
  • Deformity of the abdominal wall, muscles and connective tissue

Several factors contribute to this:

  • Weight gain
  • Pregnancy
  • Age
  • Abdominal surgeries

If the problem is excessive fat, then liposuction can correct this problem. If there is excess skin or abdominal muscle deformity, then an abdominoplasty is required for correction.

Before & After Tummy Tuck Surgery

The excess skin is excised and the abdominal muscles are tightened from the previous pregnancies. No liposuction was performed in this patient of Dr Ennis. Photos are taken 3 months post-operatively.

Before & After Tummy Tuck Surgery

Often liposuction near Pensacola and Mobile is combined with an abdominoplasty to correct areas of excess fat in the back, hips, and thighs. This patient combined liposuction of the hips with the abdominoplasty. Photos are taken 3 months post-operatively.

Before & After Tummy Tuck Surgery

The excess skin is excised and the abdominal muscles are tightened from the previous pregnancies. Liposuction is used to correct the areas of extra fat in the back and hips. Photos of these patients of Dr. Ennis are taken 3 months post-operatively. The scar will typically remain pink for 3 to 6 months. It takes 6 to 12 months for a scar to mature and completely fade to a fine white line. During the first 6 to 12 months, a scar should not be tanned or become sunburned as it will darken or turn purple.

Before & After Tummy Tuck Surgery

Endoscopic Abdominoplasty

A new technique called an endoscopic abdominoplasty can be utilized to correct muscle deformity and remove the excess fat. This procedure is not used to correct excessive skin. A short incision is made above the pubic area and a fiber optic camera placed for guidance in performing a muscle placation (tightening). The excess fat is removed utilizing liposuction.

Advanced techniques using a combination of liposuction and endoscopic (minimal scar technique) abdominoplasty to recontour the abdomen hips and thighs were used for this patient. The C-section scar was also revised to a lower position to allow for a better appearance in a low-cut 2-piece.

Before & After Tummy Tuck Surgery


With significant skin laxity and separation of the abdominal muscles, a more comprehensive procedure is needed. The skin is pulled tightly over the abdomen and a new navel (belly button) is made. The rectus muscles are pulled together. The result: an improved contour and a flatter tummy.

Notice the flatter tummy as the result of the muscle repair and the excess skin removal. As part of the mommy makeover, breast augmentation and liposuction were also performed to enhance the bust and the buttocks. Now instead of the "Mom Bod," she is bikini-ready!

Revision Abdominoplasty

Dr. Burden and Dr. Ennis are frequently asked to see patients who underwent procedures at other facilities for possible revisions. Most commonly this is due to concerns about the scar. Many times these can be revised, and often significant improvement can be obtained.

Before & After Tummy Tuck Surgery

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This patient presented with concerns about the result of her previous abdominoplasty and underwent a revision here at Destin Plastic Surgery. As you can see in the after photos, significant improvement in the appearance of the abdomen was obtained with the revision.

Recovery Time

Recovery time after abdominoplasty is progressive. Early after the surgery, your activities will be limited with most of your time in bed with trips to the restroom and short intervals up in a chair and walking. As each day passes, your activities will increase. At 3 to 5 days, you will most likely be up walking about slowly and carrying out most of your daily activities such as bathing, cooking small meals, and moving about the house. By 4 to 10 days, you should be walking without much limitation, and performing daily activities. During the 2nd and 3rd weeks, your activities should be back to normal with no strenuous exercises planned. At 6 weeks, you can gradually resume your exercising activities.

Dr. William R. Burden, MD, FACS and Dr. L. Scott Ennis, MD, FACS are known for their experience and dedication to staying in the forefront of leading technology in plastic surgery. Drs. Burden and Ennis not only treat many patients from Panama City, Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, Tallahassee, Dothan, Atlanta, and Birmingham but also from around the world. Many people travel from Europe, South America and Asia to Destin to seek out their services.

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