Abdominoplasty is more commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, but this term can raise confusion in patients wondering what to expect from their results. Does your tummy really get “tucked” during this procedure and what does that look like? If you are looking for body contouring procedure that will provide you with dramatic and permanent results, it is important to get the facts about a tummy tuck to determine whether it is the right procedure for you.
What is a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck addresses changes to the midsection that might make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. Reasons for the changes might include pregnancy, weight fluctuations or the regular aging process. Tummy tucks are performed on men or women at any age but are most common during the middle years when those changes may become very apparent.
What does it treat?
The tummy tuck surgery can address a number of concerns at one time, including:
- Stretched abdominal muscles due to weight gain or pregnancy
- Skin laxity as a result of weight fluctuation and age
- A tummy “bulge” that won’t disappear with your weight loss efforts
- A midsection that keeps you from fitting into clothing or makes you self-conscious
Dr. Mordkovich will evaluate your specific issues and the results you are hoping for to determine whether a tummy tuck will meet your aesthetic needs best.
Who is it for?
A tummy tuck is an extensive surgical procedure, so we usually recommend it for patients that are in good health and do not smoke. It is best to wait for this surgery until you decide not to have more children since pregnancy can alter the results. It is also important that you achieve a stable weight before the procedure because weight gain or loss may also impact your overall outcome.
What can I expect from the procedure?
Dr. Mordkovich performs tummy tucks under general anesthesia. A traditional abdominoplasty involves an incision that stretches from hipbone to hipbone just above the pubic line, also known as the bikini line, where it will be safely hidden under clothing. This procedure also involves repositioning the belly button to achieve a natural result. During the surgery, Dr. Mordkovich will tighten up abdominal muscles while removing excess skin and tissue to create a smoother, flatter midsection.
If you do not require as much correction, Dr. Mordkovich may recommend a less invasive tummy tuck procedure. This technique, commonly known as a mini tummy tuck, involves a shorter incision and does not typically require repositioning of the belly button. With either tummy tuck technique, Dr. Mordkovich may add liposuction to the procedure to create a more defined, sculpted waistline.
What can I expect from my results?
Recovery from a tummy tuck can take some time and most of our patients are off work for two to three weeks. Strenuous activities and heavy lifting will likely be restricted for up to eight weeks to ensure the abdomen has ample time to heal. The longer recovery time pays off with dramatic body contouring results that will last a lifetime as long as you stick to a healthy weight after your procedure.
A tummy tuck may be the right choice for you if you have areas of fat around the middle you have not been able to eliminate on your own. It also provides superior results for both men and women that have lost a significant amount of weight and have loose folds of skin as a result. To find out if a tummy tuck is appropriate for you, schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Mordkovich by phoning Cross Hudson Plastic Surgery at 201-552-4155.