Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Technically known as abdominoplasty, the tummy tuck is a plastic surgery procedure available at our Westchester clinic which flattens and shapes the abdomen to improve a protruding appearance. Excess fat and skin are removed during the procedure and the muscles of the abdominal wall are tightened.
Dr. Andrew Kleinman, a board-certified plastic surgeon, has extensive experience in abdominoplasty. By working closely with you, he will develop an individualized treatment plan that will best help you to achieve your desired look. Ideal candidates for the tummy tuck are those who, though in relatively good shape, have a bothersome fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that cannot be improved with diet and exercise. The tummy tuck is also very beneficial for women who have experienced stretched abdominal muscles and skin through multiple pregnancies as well as older patients who have experienced a loss of skin elasticity. As with all surgery, anyone considering a tummy tuck must have realistic expectations for the outcome and be in good health. You may be advised to postpone surgery if you are planning future pregnancy or weight loss
TUMMY TUCK PROCEDURE
Your tummy tuck surgery will take place at our Westchester clinic and may be performed with general anesthesia or with a combination of local anesthesia and sedation. An average of two to three hours is typically needed to complete the surgery, though more extensive cases can take as much as five hours. The incision is located just above the pubic area and runs between the hipbones. A second incision may be necessary in order to release the navel from the surrounding tissue. Once the incisions are made, the muscles of the abdominal wall are tightened and excess fat and skin are removed.
TUMMY TUCK RECOVERY
Recovery after the tummy tuck will involve some bruising and swelling that can last anywhere from several weeks to months. Some discomfort and soreness can be expected, particularly during the first few days, and this can be countered with medication. Patients will be required to wear a support garment for a period of time. Surface stitches are typically removed within five to seven days and deeper sutures within two to three weeks. Patients should be aware that the tummy will leave a significant scar, though it will fade with time and is typically low enough to be easily covered by a bikini. Most abdominoplasty patients are back to work and their usual routine within two to four weeks.
Patients with fat deposits limited to the area below the navel may be candidates for a partial abdominoplasty, or mini tummy tuck. This is a less extensive procedure that takes just an hour or two to complete and involves a shorter incision and no second incision around the navel.
TUMMY TUCK PATIENT REVIEWS
I am writing to you and Dr. Kleinman to thank you for the wonderful experience I had before, during and after my abdominoplasty surgery in May 2009. The level of care and expertise from your office made the process worry free. But more importantly, the results have more than I could have hoped for. I have a flat, smooth stomach and I feel in better shape than ever.
After two pregnancies accompanied by excessive weight gain, my abdomen was permanently scarred with stretch marks and my skin loose and flabby. Exercise and diet regimens did nothing to change the situation. And that was more than 20 years ago....