The good news is that a tummy tuck is highly customizable, and most patients who desire a more svelte midsection will find that there is a technique that is right for them.

What Can A Tummy Tuck Improve?

A tummy tuck can help with:

  • Excess skin
  • Sagging or wrinkled skin
  • Unwanted fat
  • Stretch marks

An extended tummy tuck can also address excess skin on the hips or lower back for patients who have lost a significant amount of weight.

Certain life events like pregnancy or weight fluctuations can leave your skin stretched out. Everyone has a different degree of skin elasticity, and some are able to recover with minimal loose skin. For others, stretch marks, loose skin, and weakened abdominal muscles can lead to an unwanted “pooch.” You can feel more comfortable in form-fitting clothing or bathing suits after a tummy tuck. The procedure can improve the appearance of the lower abdomen and, in some cases, the flanks and lower back as well.

Limitations Of A Tummy Tuck

If you do not have sufficient loose skin you may not be a candidate for a tummy tuck. There must be enough loose skin on your stomach that it can be pulled tight and reattached without an unsightly stretched look. A tummy tuck can also reduce the appearance of stretch marks but may not get rid of them completely. If your stretch marks extend above where your incision lies then they may not be trimmed away during the procedure.

You should be done with childbearing and committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle in order to preserve your results. While a tummy tuck can make dramatic changes to your physical appearance, you may not see the same results if you become pregnant again or experience significant changes in weight.

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Ideal Long Island Tummy Tuck Candidates

You may be a candidate for a tummy tuck if you are unhappy with loose skin, stubborn fat, or other imperfections on your lower stomach. Typically, patients are men or women who have lost a significant amount of weight, or women who have had children.

The best candidates have realistic expectations for their tummy tuck and understand the recovery time involved with the procedure. You should also have a significant amount of excess skin and fat around your midsection.

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One-On-One Consultation

Deciding to have a tummy tuck is not an easy one. It can be intimidating to undergo surgery, even though the vast majority of patients are very happy with their results. Dr. Small understands your concerns and will address all questions during your initial consultation.

Our Long Island cosmetic surgeon will help you determine if you are a candidate for the procedure after reviewing your medical history and discussing your cosmetic goals. If you’re unhappy with your stomach, you may see a significant improvement in your appearance and your self-esteem after a tummy tuck in Long Island.

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