If you want to improve the appearance of your abdomen, Dr. Neal Goldberg is proud to offer tummy tuck surgery at his plastic surgery practice.
A tummy tuck is designed to address excess abdominal skin and loose tissue after pregnancy or major weight loss. Also referred to as “abdominoplasty,” the procedure may be part of a comprehensive post-bariatric body contouring plan. During surgery, excess skin and fat are removed, and the muscles of the abdominal wall are repaired.
The techniques used during the tummy tuck procedure — liposuction and surgical excision — are common to many body contouring techniques. Surgical excision is used to remove excess skin, while liposuction targets fat. Often utilized as a combination approach to address an expanded waistline, liposuction and excision are conducted during a tummy tuck to produce a tauter, more contoured abdomen.
Tummy tuck surgery is a rather extensive surgery that requires between 2-5 hours of operating time. After general anesthesia has been administered, Dr. Goldberg initiates surgery by marking the incision sites, being careful to minimize visible scarring as much as possible. These incisions are made just above the pubic hairline, below the abdomen, and at the swimsuit line.
Next, the abdominal muscles that have been stretched out from previous pounds or pregnancy are repaired and tightened with sutures. Excess skin in these areas is pulled down and inward, or ’tucked’. The skin is then re-draped, and the incision closed. If liposuction is conducted on the upper abdomen, hips or flanks, it is administered before the incisions are closed. The navel may be remodeled and possibly relocated in order to simplify the process of tightening and re-draping the skin.
For some individuals, our board-certified plastic surgeon may choose to perform a mini tummy tuck. In this procedure, a single incision will be made in the pubic hairline and often, more aggressive liposuction may be performed to achieve the desired result. This type of surgery does not necessitate the recreation of the umbilicus as a traditional tummy tuck may.
Choosing between a mini and full tummy tuck is about more than personal preference. Patients who have excess or loose skin around and above the belly button will not fully benefit from a mini tummy tuck the way they would with a complete procedure. A mini tummy tuck is best for individuals with concerns exclusively located below the belly button, as this method does not address the upper abdomen.
Tummy tuck surgery is not for everyone, and in some cases an alternative approach may optimize your outcome and better achieve your cosmetic goals. We offer a comprehensive range of aesthetic treatments, including surgical and non-surgical options, to best suit your needs and goals. Liposuction is a popular option for individuals who have excess fatty tissue but good skin quality. Additionally, many women and men like to add on other treatments to address concerns in nearby areas. Breast augmentation or a breast lift may help a mother restore her pre-baby body. Post-weight loss surgery body contouring can be used to trim excess skin from the abdomen as well as the thighs, buttocks, and arms. Regardless of your interests, we can help you develop a personalized plan with your desired outcome in mind.
The quality of your results and overall satisfaction after the procedure rely on your choice of plastic surgeon. While a little research is required to find the right provider for your needs, the following checklist can help you narrow down your options. Generally speaking, a top-notch tummy tuck surgeon should have the following qualifications:
Above all else, your plastic surgeon should make you feel confident and comfortable enough to entrust them with your aesthetic desires. Your health, safety, and overall satisfaction are paramount, and you should never feel compelled or pressured by your surgeon to make a decision about treatment.
At this time, there is no non-invasive treatment or technique that can achieve the same results as a tummy tuck without surgery. As a procedure that aims to repair the abdominal muscles as well as elevate and redrape the skin, a tummy tuck is simply unmatched by non-surgical treatments like “fat burning” creams, compression binders, or the Tummy Tuck Belt®. The Tummy Tuck Belt®, in particular, is advertised to achieve the same effects as a tummy tuck through a daily regimen of applying a “thermal accelerating” cream, then wearing the belt for ten minutes while performing certain standing exercises. Needless to say, this cannot replicate the outcome of a procedure designed to surgically correct the anatomy of the skin and muscles.
These products purport to reproduce the same outcome as abdominoplasty without surgery; however, there is no scientific or medical evidence to support these claims. A tummy tuck is currently the only effective body contouring procedure that can not only correct diastasis recti (separated abdominal muscles), but also provide long-lasting results.