The Truth about Abdominoplasty

If you have worked so hard to shed those pounds but your belly still looks saggy, abdominoplasty can help you reach your final goal.

An abdominoplasty procedure, also called a tummy tuck, helps get the abdomen firmed up after significant weight loss or after the belly-stretching that often comes from having children. Abdominoplasty can get rid of the extra skin and fat around the abdomen and also tighten the underlying muscles for a firmer, smooth belly.

Types of Abdominoplasty Surgeries

Tummy Tuck Long Island & Tummy Tuck Manhattan Surgeons Explain Some Tummy Tuck FactsThere are actually two main types of procedures available; a full tummy tuck or a mini tummy tuck. Mini procedures simply remove excess skin and fat but do not address the underlying muscles. A full abdominoplasty helps to tighten the abdominal muscles and the connective tissue that has become lax with weight gain, pregnancy, or age.

You can even opt for a new belly button shape with a full abdominoplasty. It is not, however, a minor surgery. Our tummy tuck Long Island and  Manhattan patients often require a minimum of two weeks recovery time before they can go back to .

Incision Placement

An incision is made across the lower abdomen (just above the pubic line) from hip bone to hip bone, and another around the belly button. The skin and fat are loosened from the abdominal muscles and the excess skin and fat between the belly button and the bottom incision are removed.

The abdominal muscles are then tightened and the skin above the belly button is pulled toward the bottom incision and sutured. A new hole is then made for the belly button. Drains are usually put in place at either ends of the incision and left in place for a week to ten days. They can be removed during your second post-op appointment at either of our tummy tuck Long Island or Manhattan offices.

Endoscopic Options

For an in-between solution for individuals who need less than a full abdominoplasty, an endoscopic procedure can be performed, producing less trauma to the abdomen and a reduced healing time. The endoscopic abdominoplasty is a great option to remove fat and tighten a bit of muscle, but the procedure cannot be used to tighten skin.

Scars to Consider

One consideration to take into account is the scar that results from this surgery. While the surgeon will likely use the shortest incision necessary and will place it as low as possible, it is a good idea to discuss this with the Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Team to properly set expectations.

Healthy Candidates for a Tummy Tuck in Long Island or NYC

Individuals considering abdominoplasty need to be in good physical and mental health because it is a serious surgery with significant healing time. It is a good idea for women to wait until they are done having children before considering the surgery. For individuals losing weight, the Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Team advises them to wait until the weight loss is complete so no further surgery is required later.

The Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Team is at the forefront of modern techniques and truly are first class surgeons. They have many years of experience and also specialize in endoscopic procedures. Contact us today to schedule your complimentary consultation and get a personalized plan to achieve the very best-looking you!

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