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What Tummy Tuck Addresses

One complaint that Joshua A. Greenwald, MD, FACS, a renowned board-certified plastic surgeon, commonly hears from patients is that they are frustrated that no matter how faithfully they follow a healthy diet and exercise program, they cannot attain a firm, flat abdomen. In many instances, it is not the patient’s fault.

Over time, the body gradually stops producing collagen and elastin, two proteins that are necessary for healthy skin. As this happens, the skin loses its elastic quality, causing it to sag. Major weight loss and pregnancy can compound this problem. Often, once the skin is greatly stretched, it cannot return to a smaller size or shape, no matter how frequently an individual exercises and how consistently he or she eats nutritious meals. In addition, pregnancy can cause a woman’s abdominal muscles to become separated or severely weakened (i.e., rectus diastasis), so some women cannot tone their midsection, despite all their efforts.

Thankfully, Dr. Greenwald performs abdominoplasty, or “tummy tuck” surgery, to address sagging abdominal skin, separated abdominal muscles and stubborn fat throughout the midsection.

Who Is a Suitable Candidate for Tummy Tuck?


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Prospective abdominoplasty patients should only trust a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Greenwald to establish tummy tuck candidacy. That said, suitable candidates for tummy tuck usually include individuals who:

  • Have loose, sagging skin throughout their midsection
  • Have separated or extremely weakened abdominal muscles, often due to pregnancy
  • Have tried to improve the look of their abdomen by following a healthy diet and exercise routine, but to no avail
  • Are at or just slightly above their ideal body weight, and feel that they can maintain this weight after surgery
  • Are not pregnant and do not plan to become pregnant again (as pregnancy can counteract the aesthetic results of tummy tuck)
  • Have a positive self-image overall, but are frustrated with the appearance of their midsection
  • Are in good physical and mental health, in general
  • Have realistic expectations for the outcome of surgery, and understand both the advantages and disadvantages of tummy tuck
  • Are considering tummy tuck of their own volition

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The Tummy Tuck Procedure

Video: What to Expect from Tummy Tuck Surgery in NYC

Learn more about tummy tuck surgery, including what to expect during surgery, from renowned tummy tuck surgeon Dr. Greenwald.

Tummy tuck is an outpatient surgical procedure, performed under general anesthesia. If the patient requires liposuction during his or her tummy tuck procedure, Dr. Greenwald performs this first.

Dr. Greenwald makes a horizontal incision across the lower abdomen, extending from one hipbone to the other. Although the required incision is significant, Dr. Greenwald strategically positions it in an area that can be easily concealed by underwear or a bathing suit.

Dr. Greenwald eliminates excess skin before repairing the damaged abdominal muscles, using internal sutures to create a firm abdominal profile and to hold the restored stomach muscles in place.

He then pulls the remaining skin taut and repositions the navel (belly button) to align with the new contour of the abdomen. Dr. Greenwald closes the incision with stitches and dresses the treated area with bandages. Liposuction of the abdomen and flanks is frequently performed at the time of tummy tuck surgery to enhance the result further.

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Recovering From Tummy Tuck

Video: Tummy Tuck Recovery Time

Read about tummy tuck recovery time, including when you can return to work after your NYC tummy tuck procedure.

Before tummy tuck surgery, patients receive complete pre- and post-operative care instructions. Following abdominoplasty with Dr. Greenwald:

  • Individuals should expect to take about two weeks off from work or their normal routine.
  • Many patients require the use of pain medications for a short period of time. 
  • Patients might experience swelling and bruising in the treated area, as well as pain, discomfort, numbness or a tingling sensation throughout the abdomen.  
  • Patients can gradually resume their usual exercise regimen as directed by Dr. Greenwald. They should avoid crunches or other stomach exercises for at least six weeks after surgery.
  • Patients are required to wear a compression garment over the midsection for four weeks following the procedure.
  • Some of the aesthetic results of tummy tuck are visible immediately, but it takes about six months for the swelling to subside completely and for the full results to become realized.

Tummy Tuck Recovery Chart

Preoperative

Patient’s preoperative testing is reviewed. Patient will have filled prescriptions for pain medications, antibiotics and muscle relaxants. Meet with Dr. Greenwald, our anesthesiologist and nurses.

Surgery

A typically abdominoplasty with liposuction contouring of the flanks takes between 2 and 2.5 hours. Patient receives an intravenous antibiotic prior to beginning procedure.

Recovery Room

Approximately 1 hour - you must be sent home with a responsible adult who should plan on spending the night with you.

After Surgery

Patients are sent home in a binder or corset with 2 drains in place. The drains should be emptied as needed. Patients should be ambulating to go to the bathroom but limited to walking around the house.

Postoperative Visit #1

Typically 5-7 days after surgery. Incisions are checked and drains are removed. Patient continues in an abdominal binder. You are permitted to shower after this visit.

Postoperative Visit #2

Typically 12-14 days after surgery. Incisions are checked. Sutures are trimmed if needed. Most patients are able to return to a desk job if needed.

Postoperative Visit #3

Usually about three weeks after surgery. Compression binder or garment can be removed if desired. Able to begin light walking on treadmill. No exercises that engage “core” musculature - no sit ups, cronches or planks! Begin silicone scar therapy.

Postoperative Visit #4

Patient’s are typically seen 3-4 months after surgery and then yearly.

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How Much Does Tummy Tuck Cost?

The comprehensive cost of tummy tuck may can vary depending on: a patient’s unique body type and how complex his or her anatomical needs are; the desired aesthetic goals for surgery; and if liposuction is required with the procedure. However, the basic fees associated with tummy tuck include the cosmetic surgeon’s fee, the operating facility fee and the anesthesiologist’s fee.

To schedule a one-on-one consultation, or to find more information about tummy tuck surgery, contact the practice of Dr. Greenwald by calling (914) 421-0113 or (212) 518-1642 today.

 


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