Sometimes, our bodies just do not respond to diet and exercise the way we want them to. Cosmetic plastic surgery procedures can reshape many areas by removing excess fat and skin and toning muscle. Below are some of the procedures we perform for body contouring.
Pregnancy, weight fluctuation, age, gravity, and genetics all play a role in the appearance of your abdomen. For most patients, diet and exercise are unable to tighten loose skin and muscle and improve the appearance of this problem area. Abdominoplasty, or "tummy tuck surgery," is an extremely popular procedure in New York City that's used to flatten and shape the abdomen by removing excess skin and tightening the abdominal muscles. Dr. Schwartz has been performing tummy tucks in Manhattan with excellent cosmetic results for nearly two decades.
The best candidates for a tummy tuck are in good physical condition with loose skin and muscle who have not responded adequately to traditional diet and exercise. Patients who intend to lose significant amounts of weight should do so prior to the procedure, since skin of the abdominal area loosens after substantial weight loss. Results from the tummy tuck procedure will likely be compromised if women continue to bear children, so patients who plan to become pregnant should consider postponing this procedure until they are done having children.
Tummy tucks are usually performed under general anesthesia and take approximately two to three hours to perform. This procedure may be performed on an outpatient or inpatient basis, depending on the extent of your surgery and your desires.
An incision is made low in the abdomen, just below the level of the pubic hairline so that the scarring is hidden beneath undergarments and swim wear. The skin and fat are separated from the abdominal muscles. The umbilicus (navel) is cut free from the skin and left on its attachment and later brought out through a separate incision. The muscles are tightened with sutures to flatten the abdomen and narrow the waistline in women. Excess skin and fat are removed and the incision is closed.
There are several variations from the "classic" tummy tuck described above.
A "mini tummy tuck" is similar to the regular tummy tuck procedure, except it involves a shorter incision and the skin is only lifted to the umbilicus, which does not have to be moved. This procedure is ideal for patients who need minimal improvement in order to reach their desired results.
With an "extended" abdominoplasty, the incision continues to the flanks and enables additional removal of skin and fat. A "fleur de lis" abdominoplasty includes a vertical scar in addition to the hairline scar allowing for removal of skin in a side to side fashion. Both of these procedures are more extensive than the classic abdominoplasty but may provide improved contour when necessary.
Dr. Schwartz takes the time during every pre-operative consultation at his practice in New York City to learn what patients want to achieve from a tummy tuck and will help you to decide which procedure will help you meet these specific goals.
Other procedures are frequently combined with a tummy tuck depending on specific patient goals, body type, and operating times. Liposuction of the flanks and thighs are commonly performed during a tummy tuck to enhance the contours. Breast implants may be performed together as well depending on the extent of the tummy tuck. Some patients choose to have their tummy tuck combined with a hernia repair or gynecologic surgery. These may be performed in conjunction with your general surgeon or gynecologist in New York City.
After surgery, compression garments are worn and a temporary drainage tube may be inserted under the skin to drain excess fluid from the surgical site. Recovery time ranges from two to three weeks. You should limit strenuous activities for at least six weeks, but Dr. Schwartz will give you specific instructions for your individual recovery. Following these instructions can help speed up your recovery and reduce the risk of any post-surgery complications.
A tummy tuck leaves patients with a flatter, more toned abdominal area that fits the natural contours of your body. It can improve a patient's appearance and confidence by helping them look and feel younger and slimmer. The results of this procedure are visible right away and will continue to improve. With a balanced diet and regular exercise, results are long-lasting. Scars will fade with time, leaving your stomach sleeker and more defined than ever before. Though uncommon, post-operative complications from any surgical procedure are possible. Although highly unlikely, these may include infection, bleeding, scaring, and blood clots.
If you are interested in learning more about Tummy Tuck in New York City, call 212-737-9090 to schedule a consultation.