Tummy Tuck in Huntington and Staten Island
A flat and well-toned abdomen is something that many of us strive for through exercise, dedication to a healthy lifestyle, and weight control. However, despite our best efforts and intentions, these methods cannot always achieve our goals due to the effects of aging, genetics, pregnancy, injury, and/or weight fluctuations. Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging – something that no matter how dedicated you are cannot be fully corrected without a surgical intervention.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
A Tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a very common plastic surgery procedure that addresses the entire abdomen by removing excess skin and fat. In most cases a tummy tuck will also restore weakened or separated abdominal muscles, commonly called a diastasis recti, to achieve an abdominal contour that is smoother, slimmer, and firmer. Whether a patient is left with loose or excess skin following weight loss or as a result of pregnancy, a tummy tuck is often the ideal procedure for both men and women to help patients achieve a beautiful and to-be-desired abdominal contour.
How Does a Tummy Tuck Work?
A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that is routinely performed at Blaine Plastic Surgery under general anesthesia, administered by a board certified anesthesiologist. The incisions required by a tummy tuck are a horizontal incision extending hip-to-hip that rests below the patient’s bikini line and a secondary incision that ultimately falls inside of the patient’s belly button, or umbilicus. For a traditional tummy tuck, both of these incisions are required in order to pull down and remove any excess skin and to allow for the tightening of a patient’s abdominal wall muscles. The abdominal skin is lifted so that the underlying weakened abdominal muscles are can be repaired (using permanent sutures), and then all excess skin and tissue are removed resulting in a tight, firm abdomen.
Liposuction is often also performed on the flanks at the time of a tummy tuck to further improve abdominal and waist contour. Many patients will also elect to add on additional areas of liposuction at the time of their tummy tuck, commonly the upper and lower back and inner and outer thighs, to achieve the overall body proportions and contour that they desire.
For patients with very minimal excess skin that rests only below the belly button, and who have no compromise to their abdominal wall muscles, a mini-tummy tuck (link) might be considered in lieu of a traditional tummy tuck.
What to Expect?
An abdominoplasty is most commonly performed as an outpatient procedure but depending upon a patient’s medical and prior surgical history it is possible that your surgery might be performed in the hospital setting. Regardless of location, it may be suggested that you enlist one of our home care nurses to stay with you the first night after your surgery to ensure that you are in great clinical hands during this immediate postoperative period.
Discomfort, bruising and swelling are to be expected immediately following your tummy tuck and medications will be prescribed to you in order to help manage any discomfort that you might feel. While patients are typically encouraged to take 7 to 10 days off from work following their tummy tuck, we do encourage our patients to be up and walking around immediately after surgery, but ask that they avoid any exercising and/or heavy lifting for the first 4 weeks. During the first 4-6 weeks following your procedure, we also recommend the use of a surgical compression garment to help reduce any swelling, enhance your results and to increase patient comfort.
The results from your tummy tuck will be visible the very next day and you will almost immediately notice a slimmer and tighter abdominal appearance. With that said, your results will keep getting better and better as full results cannot be seen until roughly 6-12 months after surgery when all of your post-operative swelling has resolved.
Schedule an Abdominoplasty Consultation Today
Dr. Christine Blaine is a female Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with offices in both Huntington, Long Island, and Staten Island. Dr. Blaine looks forward to discussing your aesthetic goals during your consultation and ensuring you are comfortable with your treatment plan. Please contact us today at (631) 470-2000 to learn more about an abdominoplasty and to schedule your complimentary consultation.