Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck flattens the stomach by removing the loose skin as well as excess fat. In addition to flattening, the muscles in the abdominal wall can be tightened for a more toned appearance. This is a very popular procedure following pregnancy or drastic weight loss leaving you with cumbersome excess skin.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
At your initial consultation, your current state and aesthetic goals will be discussed dictating how the procedure will be performed. Based on your areas of concerns, your abdomen will be marked to indicate where the incisions should be made. The tissues will then be lifted and repositioned into a more desirable look. Drains may need to be added to prevent fluid buildup.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
After a certain point, you may find that diet and exercise are no longer yielding results. Unfortunately, diet and exercise can’t do much to help loose skin. If the following characteristics sound familiar to your concerns, you may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck:
- The natural aging process has left you with loose skin that makes clothing uncomfortable or inhibits movement.
- You’re a non-smoker
- You have reached a healthy weight that is stable
- You are physically fit with the goal of maintaining the results
- You do not plan on having or having more children after the procedure
Post Care & Recovery
With rather invasive procedures, such as a tummy tuck, it is vital that you follow the post-care instructions given to you to ensure best results and comfort while you recover. The placement of drains will most likely be necessary to help manage the fluid build-up but once removed, movement will be easier.
Full recovery from a tummy tuck can take up to six months or more. In the first couple of days post-procedure, easing pain and avoiding complications will be your main focus. The first week will be the most uncomfortable, and recovery will continue for about two to three weeks. After a few weeks, re-introducing mobility and fitness again will be very important. After some months, you will be able to start evaluating the aesthetic results.
Tummy Tuck Surgery by
Dr. Leland M. Deane Plastic Surgery
Dr. Deane looks forward to working with you to find your abdominal surgical solution. Your customized solution and treatment plan is sure to improve your lifestyle with more mobility and comfort. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of the area locations. Dr. Deane meets his patients in Garden City, Babylon as well as Manhattan.