What is a Tummy Tuck?

When you notice that your belly is starting to droop, sag, or has loose or split muscles, a tummy tuck can restore the firm, fit look of youth and health. Many people who have gained weight and lost weight are left with a remaining abdominal sag that no amount of diet and exercise will resolve.

If you are experiencing abdominal fat, tissue and skin that protrudes, bulges, or hangs, or your lower abdomen is marred by stretch marks, a tummy tuck could be your answer. This procedure removes excess skin, fat, and tissue, and tightens the abdominal muscular structure so you can live life with a tighter, trimmer, more youthful look.

No more loose clothing to hide the bulges – you will be free to wear clothing styles that reveal your figure. After weight loss, skin that has lost elasticity is unable to return to a tighter position against the underlying musculature. During a tummy tuck, excess sagging skin is removed, and muscles tightened, for a flat, fit, firm abdomen.

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What are the Benefits of a Tummy Tuck?

The benefits of a tummy tuck include:

  • Tighter looking abdomen
  • Smoother looking body contour
  • Slimmed waist
  • No more sagging skin, fat, and tissue
  • Excess skin left after a dramatic weight loss removed
  • Surgical scars invisible in even the most revealing clothing

What Does the Tummy Tuck Procedure Involve?

The tummy tuck procedure requires general anesthesia. An incision is placed on the lower abdomen, horizontally, low enough that it won’t be visible in underwear, a bikini, or other lower cut bottoms.

The excess skin, tissue and fat is removed through this incision. Fat may be removed with liposuction or surgically excised. Sagging, stretched, or damaged skin is removed, and split or sagging muscles repaired so the abdomen is tight and firm. The length of the incision will reflect your individual condition.

If there is a large quantity of excess skin and fat in the upper abdominal area, then an incision may be made in the navel to help reduce the excess skin and create a tighter upper abdomen.

In almost all cases, the abdominal muscles are tightened and repaired. This is especially necessary if the procedure is done post-childbirth and the abdominal wall was compromised by excess stretching, and now appears split, sags, or has many stretch marks.

After the sutures are carefully placed, the area will be protected with compression bandages to hold your newly-slimmed abdomen firmly in place during healing.

What is the Recovery Time Like?

The primary recovery time is the first two weeks, where your activity level will have to remain low, with great care to avoid strain on the abdominal area.

There will be bruising and swelling around the treatment area, which should subside as the days and weeks pass.

After this period, you should be able to return to your normal activity level, although more downtime or restricted activity may be suggested depending on the extent of your surgery.

During this time, you will have follow up visits with your surgeon to ensure that healing is occurring as normal and that everything is going smoothly. As well, you may need to have any non-dissolving stitches removed.

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Am I a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

A good candidate for a tummy tuck typically demonstrates the following:

  • Has reached a weight that is within range of their ideal weight
  • Has realistic expectations for the procedure and its results
  • Has a healthy lifestyle and commitment to maintaining their weight loss
  • Is a non-smoker
  • Has finished having children and does not plan on becoming pregnant, as this will compromise the results of the tummy tuck
  • Have no medical conditions that would disqualify them from the procedure
  • Are maintaining a stable weight

Surgery After Weight Loss

After the life-changing accomplishment of significant weight loss, unfortunately there is often excess skin remaining that sags or droops. This skin can be uncomfortable, cause irritation from rubbing and even cause hygiene issues. A tummy tuck tightens the abdominal area, which allows you to complete your weight loss journey and achieve the tight, smooth and contoured physique you’ve worked so hard to achieve.

Before you receive a tummy tuck after weight loss, it’s important to be at or near your goal weight. If you have a tummy tuck too soon, and your weight fluctuates, you may need revision surgery to tighten your abdominal area again.

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Are There Any Risks Associated with Getting a Tummy Tuck?

Ensuring your tummy tuck is performed by a highly-accomplished, experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon is of utmost importance in avoiding potential risks in surgery.

We will fully assess your medical history and give you a physical examination prior planning surgery. This ensures that the procedure goes smoothly, and you recover as expected.

Risks usually include bleeding, blood clots, fluid accumulation, and negative responses to anesthetics. Numbness in the surgical area may also occur. The risks can be reduced with proper surgical techniques and strict patient health and safety protocols.

At NYBG Plastic Surgery, we are proud to have garnered a reputation for surgical excellence in tummy tucks in Westchester, NY, as well as face, body, and breast procedures.

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Why Choose NYBG Plastic Surgery in Westchester for a Tummy Tuck?

NYBG Plastic Surgery focuses on weight loss procedures and cosmetic enhancements involving the reduction of stubborn fat. This specialty allows them to guide a patient through the lifestyle necessities of weight loss procedures.

We are experienced, meticulous in our surgical approach, and use the most advanced surgical techniques for tummy tuck procedures to create truly aesthetic results.

Our expertise and technical skills combined with an artistic approach in surgery are known to produce very natural-looking results – the signature of NYBG Plastic Surgery in Westchester, NY. In your initial consultation you will have all of your tummy tuck questions answered and can discover whether you are good candidate for this procedure. Beautiful, aesthetic results await.

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