If you want to improve the appearance of your abdomen, Dr. Neal Goldberg is proud to offer tummy tuck in his plastic surgery practice.
The tummy tuck is designed to address excess abdominal skin and tissue following pregnancy or major weight loss. Also referred to as abdominoplasty, the procedure may also be part of comprehensive post-bariatric body contouring. During surgery, excess skin and fat are removed, and the muscles of the abdominal wall are repaired.
The techniques used in the tummy tuck procedure — liposuction and surgical excision — are common to many body contouring procedures. Surgical excision is used to remove excess skin, while liposuction targets fat. Often used as a combination approach to address an expanded waistline, liposuction and excision conducted during a tummy tuck work to produce a tauter, more contoured abdomen.
Consider a Tummy Tuck if…
3708 View Gallery You are concerned about the loose skin and fat surrounding your midsection. Your midsection may look out of proportion with the rest of your body, a common problem following pregnancy or substantial weight loss. Ideally, you should be of stable weight, in good health, and a non-smoker. Though it doesn’t make pregnancy impossible, it is best if you are not planning any future pregnancies. Finally, candidates for tummy tuck surgery should have realistic expectations for surgery.
Every time a patient comes to my office, they’re going to see me. That’s every step of the way, from the initial visit to having their stitches removed and everything in between.
– Dr. Goldberg
How is the Tummy ‘Tucked’?
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 if 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 redraping 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.
Your Recovery from Tummy Tuck
Gauze dressings and mild compression are applied immediately after surgery to minimize swelling. You may be advised to begin walking within 12-18 hours following surgery to assist the recovery process. Compression garments also serve to minimize swelling and to support circulation, and should be worn for about six weeks following surgery. Most patients achieve near to full recovery from surgery within 2-3 weeks.
Frequently Asked Questions About Tummy Tuck Surgery
To help you become as well-informed as possible about your cosmetic options, Dr. Goldberg has provided some additional information. By answering commonly asked questions, he hopes to offer patients a helpful resource about tummy tuck surgery. If you have additional questions about this or another procedure, please reach out to our friendly and knowledgeable medical team to schedule a consultation.
What will the scars look like?
The incision will be placed low on the hipline and above the pubic hairline. This is done to keep the residual scar as unnoticeable as possible. Dr. Goldberg will take care to make the incision low enough that it is not visible in most types of clothing, including underwear and swimwear. He will indicate where this line will be during your initial consultation, so that you can develop a good idea of what to expect. While the scar will never completely disappear, most patients find that the mark fades in color and prominence over time. If you would like to further reduce the appearance of the scar, we can provide non-surgical suggestions, including laser skin resurfacing, which can support improved healing.
When can I return to my daily schedule?
The recovery period is an essential part of achieving the discussed outcome. While everyone heals at their own rate, most individuals return to work and other daily tasks after about two or three weeks. You should continue to avoid vigorous exercise for a few more weeks after this point, but walking is encouraged soon after the surgery to help you heal as quickly and as fully as possible. If you have any questions about other types of activity, Dr. Goldberg will be happy to discuss your options and a timeframe for returning to your favorite fitness regimen. If you receive other procedures at the same time as your tummy tuck surgery, such as a breast lift or more comprehensive body contouring, this may affect the estimated recovery time. Dr. Goldberg will review the plan with you so you can be prepared to make the most of your post-operative experience.
How long will the results last?
Tummy tuck surgery is designed to provide lasting results, and you may not have any need for retreatment if your weight remains stable and you continue to live an active and healthy lifestyle. Minor fluctuations in weight should not have a noticeable effect, but significant weight gain and/or loss could alter the results of your procedure and change your body contour. If you have a child after the operation, this could also modify your results. If you choose, you may be able to have another cosmetic treatment to re-obtain your desired look at a future date.
Can I still have children after a tummy tuck?
While we recommend that patients wait until they have finished building their families to have a tummy tuck, the procedure should have no effect on your ability to conceive or bear children. In the event you decide to have another child, you may experience many of the changes in body contour that initially led you to consider a tummy tuck. If you decide at a later date to address these new concerns, Dr. Goldberg can go over your options to restore your abdomen to its previous appearance.
For more information about tummy tuck surgery, call our office for a complimentary consultation at 914-722-1600.
*Individual Results May Vary