A tummy tuck, medically referred to as an abdominoplasty, can eliminate excess skin around the abdomen. Many of our tummy tuck patients at New York Plastic Surgical Group are at or near their ideal weight and seek to address extra skin and isolated pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise efforts. Our plastic surgeons can perform tummy tuck surgery to effectively smooth and tighten the stomach region for a more youthful and athletic appearance.
A collection of excess fat and loose, inelastic skin in the abdominal area can be caused by a number of factors, including weight fluctuations, pregnancy, genetics, or the natural aging process. Tummy tuck surgery is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures available that can successfully address this common condition and give the abdomen a firmer, more fit look.
To learn more about abdominoplasty, or to schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons at NYPSG, please contact our office today.
Tummy Tuck Procedure
A tummy tuck is usually performed on an outpatient basis. The procedure requires general anesthesia, and can often be completed within two to three hours. Tummy tuck surgery typically begins with an incision above the pubic area that extends from one hip to the other. A second incision is then made around the navel, allowing our experienced plastic surgeon to tighten the underlying abdominal muscles and remove excess skin. The remaining skin is pulled taut and smoothed in order to achieve a flatter appearance.
Depending upon your individual needs and goals, liposuction may be used in combination with tummy tuck surgery to maximize your results. This procedure can also be part of a comprehensive Mommy Makeover to help mothers restore their pre-pregnancy figures.
Tummy Tuck Recovery and Results
Patients should expect to experience some swelling and bruising after tummy tuck surgery, though any post-operative discomfort can be managed with oral pain medication. Our surgeons recommend abdominoplasty patients take frequent short walks soon after surgery to aid in the healing process. In addition to utilizing techniques during surgery that can minimize tissue trauma and reduce residual scarring, the placement of the incision can often be easily concealed beneath clothing or swimwear. Most tummy tuck patients can return to work and their normal daily activities one to two weeks after surgery; however, it may take several weeks for the treated area to completely heal. Any strenuous activities or exercise should be avoided for six weeks.
Our plastic surgeon will meet with you for an initial consultation to answer your questions and discuss all aspects of tummy tuck surgery. During this meeting, we can help you determine if abdominoplasty is the best option for your needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
What cosmetic concerns can be treated?
Tummy tuck surgery is designed to address excess tissue in the lower stomach area. This can include lax skin and muscles as well as stubborn fat deposits. These cosmetic concerns often result following pregnancy or a major weight loss.
What’s the difference between a full and mini tummy tuck?
Every tummy tuck procedure is completely customized to the unique needs of the patient. While some individuals may require a full tummy tuck to achieve their cosmetic goals, others may only need a mini tummy tuck. Both procedures tighten abdominal muscles and remove excess skin. A full tummy tuck typically addresses the areas above the belly button and below. A mini tummy tuck, on the other hand, exclusively treats the lower abdomen below the belly button.
Will there be much pain after surgery?
You will most likely experience mild to moderate discomfort in the days following surgery. However, this can typically be managed with pain medication.
Will my scars be noticeable?
Incisions for tummy tuck surgery are made low on the abdomen near the pubic area. As a result, any potential scarring should be easier to conceal under most clothing, including bathing suits.
Is it okay to have tummy tuck surgery before having kids?
Our plastic surgeons highly recommend you wait to undergo tummy tuck surgery until after you are done having children. This helps ensure your results will not be compromised by the effects of another pregnancy.
When can I return to my normal activities?
It can take several weeks to completely heal and for swelling to reside. However, most patients feel comfortable enough to resume their normal schedule within the first two weeks. You should avoid more strenuous activities for the first six weeks.
If you would like more information on tummy tuck surgery, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons, please contact New York Plastic Surgical Group today.