Ask any man or woman what their number one problem spot is for stubborn bulges and unwanted deposits of fat and they will likely identify their midsection. Even if you are committed to counting calories or working it off at the gym, belly fat is challenging to eliminate. Pregnancy and weight fluctuations can also lead to stretched muscles and loose skin around the stomach that cannot be treated with lifestyle choices alone.
At Cross Hudson Plastic Surgery, we often recommend a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) procedure for patients that have experienced these issues. Our tummy tuck procedure focuses on removing excess skin and tissue while tightening the underlying muscle structure to support a flatter, more evenly sculpted abdomen. Abdominoplasty may be performed alone or in conjunction with liposuction to complement and maximize the results of the procedure. While a tummy tuck is an extensive surgical procedure, the results it produces are both dramatic and long-lasting.While not every patient can achieve the six-pack they want, we tailor this surgery to your body shape and desired look so that you’re happy with the results. A tummy tuck is not a weight loss method, and we do recommend that patients should be at a stable, maintainable weight before pursuing this procedure. If you are planning to become pregnant or still have weight you want to lose, we recommend that you schedule your consultation at a later time.
Because a tummy tuck is moderately invasive, you need to be in good health before undergoing this surgery. Smokers are not good candidates for a tummy tuck since nicotine can increase your risk for anesthesia-related risks and interfere with the healing of your incision. If you smoke, you will be asked to quit many weeks before and after your surgery. Even better, use your tummy tuck as the catalyst to kick the nicotine habit for good. A tummy tuck addresses the following concerns:
- A stubborn bulge around the middle that does not respond to diet and exercise
- Loose skin on the belly as the result of pregnancy or weight fluctuations
- Abdominal muscles that have stretched and loosened over time
- A body contour that makes you feel unhappy and self-conscious about your appearance
Dr. Mordkovich will take a thorough medical history and discuss your concerns and your desired results at your first appointment to determine whether a tummy tuck is a good choice for you.
Dr. Mordkovich performs tummy tucks in a hospital setting under general anesthesia. Dr. Mordkovich will begin by creating an incision just under the bikini line that extends from hipbone to hipbone. Through the incision, he will have access to tighten lax abdominal muscles before removing excess tissue, fat and skin from the area. Liposuction may be added to your tummy tuck to produce additional abdominal sculpting and an enhanced contouring result. Once all of the corrections are made, Dr. Mordkovich will meticulously close the incision with tiny sutures that will minimize visible scarring after the procedure.
You will go home from your tummy tuck with drains in your incision to prevent fluid buildup and infection and a compression garment to minimize swelling after surgery. You will also receive a set of precise instructions from Dr. Mordkovich to make your recovery process as safe and efficient as possible.
Some of these instructions might include:
- Keep someone with you for the first 24-48 hours after your surgery to meet any needs you might have and allow you to rest fully.
- Limit activity for the first 24 hours but begin walking short distances after that time frame to encourage healthy blood flow and reduce your risk for clots.
- Take all medications as instructed. You will likely be given antibiotics to prevent infection and pain medication to keep you comfortable for the first week or so.
- Keep your hips flexed when lying down for the first week to avoid placing undue strain on the incision site.
- Keep your follow-up appointments with Dr. Mordkovich so he can monitor your recovery process and address any potential issues right away.
- Contact Cross Hudson Plastic Surgery with any concerns or questions you might have during your recuperation time.
You should be back to light activities within two to three weeks and more strenuous exercise after about six weeks. Swelling may linger for a few months, although it will continue to subside and become much less noticeable after a few weeks. Once your body is fully healed from your tummy tuck, your full results will become apparent and remain as long your weight stays stable after surgery.A tummy tuck involves a significant investment, but the return is a result that is dramatic and permanent in most cases. If a tummy tuck sounds like the right procedure for you, schedule your consultation at Cross Hudson Plastic Surgery today by calling us at 201-751-9490 .