Welcome to Glassman Plastic Surgery, our surgeon Dr. Lawrence Glassman has prepared the following guide for individuals seeking a tummy tuck in NYC. Dr. Glassman is a renowned body contouring expert and through a series of frequently asked questions, he has provided insights into the tummy tuck procedure and what to expect during and after surgery.
What Is a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?
A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty surgery is performed to provide the patient with a flatter, more contoured mid-section. It involves the removal of excess fat and skin from the abdomen and repairing underlying muscles that have stretched or separated from the abdominal wall.
Who Is the Ideal Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
Candidates for a tummy tuck should be in good general health with a stabilized body weight that is at or near what is recommended for their body stature. Abdominoplasty surgery is not for weight loss, and significant fluctuations in weight following the surgery can affect long-term results.
What Are the Different Types of Tummy Tucks?
Tummy tucks can be customized to address various concerns. Common types of tummy tucks include:
Full Tummy Tuck- Involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the entire abdominal area, along with muscle tightening.
Mini Tummy Tuck- Targets the lower abdomen, often requiring a smaller incision and focusing on the area below the navel.
What Is the Tummy Tuck Procedure Like?
During a tummy tuck procedure, general or intravenous anesthesia is administered to ensure patient comfort. The necessary incisions are then made per the specific type of tummy tuck chosen and placed for maximum concealment under clothing. Excess skin and fat are then removed, and the abdominal muscles are tightened and repaired as needed. Following this, a temporary drainage tube is placed if needed and incisions are closed.
What Is the Recovery Process Like After a Tummy Tuck?
Recovery from a tummy tuck procedure is a gradual process, that typically spans four to six weeks before a full return to regular activities. The first two weeks after surgery should be planned as a minimal period of downtime. Pain medication and compression garments will relieve discomfort, minimize swelling, and provide support during the healing process.
A drainage tube may be necessary during the early stages of recovery to remove excess fluid. While incision marks are an inherent part of the process, they naturally fade over time. Regular follow-up with your surgeon is essential to monitor the healing process and address concerns to ensure a smooth and successful recovery.
Who Should Perform a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, should be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon or a qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeon who specializes in body contouring procedures. It is crucial to choose a surgeon with the appropriate training, skills, and expertise in tummy tucks.
Are There Health Risks with a Tummy Tuck?
As with any surgical procedure, tummy tucks come with potential risks and complications. A comprehensive review of the patient’s health and medication history by a qualified and experienced surgeon is an essential part of minimizing complications.
Can a Tummy Tuck be Combined with Other Procedures?
Tummy tucks are frequently combined with other body sculpting procedures such as liposuction, as part of a comprehensive body contouring plan. A consultation with an experienced surgeon will help determine the most appropriate combination of procedures to achieve your desired results.
How Long Will the Results of a Tummy Tuck Last?
The results of a tummy tuck can be long-lasting, especially with a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise and a balanced diet. While the aging process continues, patients can enjoy the benefits of their procedure for years to come.
Contact Us for More Information
To learn more about a tummy tuck we invite you to request a consultation. Dr. Lawrence Glassman is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience. Our patients benefit from the convenience, privacy, and personalized care they receive at our fully accredited surgical center while undergoing body their tummy tuck procedure in NYC—contact us today to get started!