What is a Tummy Tuck?

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a body contouring procedure that promises dramatic results for the midsection. This surgery addresses multiple concerns to create a firmer, sleeker look around the abdomen and waistline. Dr. Mordkovich offers tummy tuck procedures to his patients at Cross Hudson Plastic Surgery that are looking for noticeable, long-lasting body contouring enhancement.

Candidates for a Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck might be the right choice for you if you have areas of fat and loose skin around the middle that have not improved despite your diet and exercise efforts. This procedure is a common option for women after they have had their children, since pregnancy can significantly impact the appearance of the abdomen. It might also be recommended for men and women after major weight loss to address the problem of loose folds of skin that are often left behind.

Tummy tuck candidates should be in relatively good health. Non-smokers have a much better outcome from abdominoplasty so if you do smoke, you will likely be advised to quit smoking for a number of weeks before and after your procedure. In order to ensure the positive results of your procedure are long-lasting, a healthy lifestyle must be followed after surgery.

Tummy Tuck Benefits

There are a number of concerns a tummy tuck can effectively treat:

  • Abdominal muscles that have loosened due to pregnancy or weight gain
  • A bulge around the middle that won’t respond to exercise efforts
  • Loose skin due to pregnancy, massive weight loss or aging
  • Isolated areas of fat that will not disappear even when you reach a healthy weight
  • Stretch marks in the midsection that tend to appear after pregnancy

A tummy tuck offers highly dramatic results when it is performed alone. However, Dr. Mordkovich often combines liposuction with a tummy tuck to produce even smoother results around the middle. Liposuction can be performed simultaneously, so it does not require additional anesthesia or downtime to achieve the best possible results.

Procedure Details

Tummy tucks are usually performed under general anesthesia. For a full tummy tuck procedure, an incision is made just inside the panty line, from hipbone to hipbone. Through the incision, Dr. Mordkovich tightens abdominal muscles while removing excess tissue and fat to create a smoother contour. The belly button may be repositioned during the surgery to produce a natural result as well.

Liposuction may be added to suction away areas of fat that are disrupting the body profile. Once the area is properly sculpted, Dr. Mordkovich closes the incision using tiny sutures to minimize scarring afterward. Patients are usually able to return home the same day as their surgery.

What to Expect After Your Tummy Tuck

Recovery from a tummy tuck typically takes a number of weeks. During that time, you may wear a special compression garment to increase blood flow to the area and promote the healing process. You will also be given oral medication for pain and an antibiotic to prevent infection during the recovery process. Most patients are back to regular activities within 3-4 weeks, although strenuous exercise may be prohibited for up to eight weeks after surgery.

A tummy tuck offers excellent results that will be permanent as long as a healthy weight is maintained after surgery. For many patients, the positive results inspire them to stick with a healthy lifestyle so they can continue to enjoy their new look. If you want to learn more about tummy tucks or find out if this is the right procedure for you, contact Cross Hudson Plastic Surgery at 201-751-9490.

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