Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck surgically tightens abdominal muscles and removes excess skin and fat. The excess skin and fat may be a result of multiple pregnancies, previous surgeries, aging, or massive weight loss and has not responded to diet and exercise. Tummy tuck leaves patients with a flat, firm abdomen and increased self-confidence.
Candidates for Tummy Tuck
Patients considering tummy tuck surgery are at their intended weight and are in good health, with excess skin and/or weakened muscles on their abdomen. Women considering this procedure should be finished having children, as pregnancy and childbirth can reverse its results. Patients must be considering tummy tuck surgery for personal reasons and need to have realistic expectations about the procedure. Patients will need to consult with a plastic surgeon to determine whether a tummy tuck is right for them.
Tummy Tuck Consultation
During a tummy tuck consultation, you will undergo a physical examination and your medical history will be reviewed. It is important to mention all prescription and over-the-counter medications you are taking, as some may need to be stopped before surgery. Your plastic surgeon will explain the tummy tuck procedure in great detail and answer any questions you may have.
Tummy Tuck Surgery
Tummy tuck surgery may take as long as five hours and is performed using general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. After the anesthetic has taken effect, a horizontal incision is made along the pubic area. The abdominal muscles are then relocated and tightened, extra skin is cut off and remaining skin is stretched over the abdomen. The belly button is often repositioned as well. When surgery is complete, the incision is sutured shut, and in some cases, bandages and drainage tubes are placed over the incision.
Recovery from Tummy Tuck
Some patients return home the same day as their tummy tuck, while others return home the next day. For the first few days after surgery, you will experience pain, swelling and soreness, which can usually be managed with painkillers. For the first week after tummy tuck surgery, you will need to refrain from standing up straight. Scarring at the incision site may take up to nine months to heal; however, most undergarments should sufficiently cover the scar. You will receive specific instructions regarding when regular activities can be safely resumed.
Risks Associated with Tummy Tuck
All surgical procedures carry a risk of complications. Although they rarely occur, risks associated with tummy tuck surgery may include infection, poor wound healing, bleeding, complications from the anesthesia, or pulmonary embolism. To minimize the occurrence of complications, always choose a board-certified plastic surgeon for your procedure.
Schedule Your Tummy Tuck Consultation Today
To learn more about tummy tuck, contact us today to schedule a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon. Our practice serves Long Island, Queens, New York City, Bergen County, and all surrounding areas.
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