We think that if we eat right and exercise then we can control the size of our mid-sections; however, this is not always true. Some people are indeed “born lucky” and have very little trouble maintain a healthy weight and figure thanks, in part, to good genes and a higher metabolism. Most people, however, will gradually gain weight around their mid-sections as they age no matter what they do. It isn’t their fault. Fat is easily formed in the abdominal area — it’s merely biology — and to make matters worse, this fat is typically highly resistant to weight loss through diet and exercise.
When you gain weight — whether through lifestyle choices or pregnancy — the muscles and skin of your abdomen can become stretched and lose their ability to “snap back” to their formerly taught and tone condition. In cases such as these, a tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) procedure can be an ideal solution, restoring the tight skin and muscles you had prior to these events. In individuals who adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle, the results of a tummy tuck surgery can be very long-lasting and fulfilling.
What Is A Tummy Tuck?
An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is a surgery designed for patients who want a tight and contoured midsection like they once had. A tummy tuck is never a one-size-fits-all surgery. Based on your needs, Dr. Newman may remove fat and skin or tighten underlying muscles or both. These decisions will depend upon the condition of the abdominal area and the amount of rejuvenation desired by each patient. The surgeon typically performs tummy tucks using general anesthesia. The surgery is typically done at Riverside Surgical Services, Dr. Newman’s private surgical facility in Westchester, NY. An overnight stay is rarely required. This procedure may be performed in the hospital as well, but this is rare. Tummy-Tuck (abdominoplasty) gives virtually all patients dramatic results with significant enhancements to their body contours, with results that, added to a healthy lifestyle, can last forever.
While a tummy tuck can be performed as a stand-alone procedure to improve the abdomen — offering more than diet and exercise can alone — the surgery can also supplement other treatments to give patients greater rejuvenation. For example, when a tummy tuck is combined with liposuction, patients can take a confident stride towards their dream of chiseled and sculpted looking abs. For women, breast enhancement and liposuction may be done at the same time, and are a popular and effective method for whole-body rejuvenation. Your goals will be clearly outlined and will form the basis of your treatment plan designed during your consultation with Dr. Newman.
What Are The Benefits Of A Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck surgery gives patients many immediately visible benefits which include:
- A flatter midsection with smoother and tighter skin
- Tightened abdominal muscles
- A reduction in loose skin in the treatment area
- Elimination of most or all stretch marks
- A repositioned belly button for a very natural look
A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure, which may not be an ideal option for all patients. First of all, for patients who have only mild symptoms, surgery may not be necessary.
Other candidates for abdominal rejuvenation will prefer to limit themselves to non-invasive options or try those first before considering surgery. For those candidates, Dr. Newman can offer many solutions to improve their concerns prior to surgery. The surgeon’s priority is always to listen to his patients’ concerns and provide the most appropriate recommendation based on their symptoms, goals and preferences. That being said, abdominoplasty offers the most substantial and longest-lasting rejuvenation of any procedure where moderate to severe abdominal issues are concerned.
Performed By A Skilled Surgeon, A Tummy Tuck Affords Many Options
First and foremost, Dr. Newman will provide you with the level of rejuvenation you want to remedy your present concerns. Fortunately, a tummy tuck procedure lends itself quite well to the varying needs of patients. For example, a partial abdominoplasty (or mini tummy tuck) uses a shorter incision which is ideal for candidates who have milder symptoms. This technique also has other advantages, including a shorter recovery and less scarring. A mini tummy tuck typically includes liposuction to enhance a patient’s results and deliver the sculpted look which many want.
On the other hand, a traditional tummy tuck can eliminate significant amounts of loose and sagging skin, giving patients who have more pronounced symptoms much greater rejuvenation. This technique requires two incisions — one which is made low on the abdomen typically covered by a bathing suit, and a second which is made around the navel. This gives the most natural and attractive result possible when surgery is complete.
You also do not have to wonder how you will look after your surgery. Dr. Newman will show you many before and after photos of his patients so you can become familiar with typical results of patients that may be similar to you.
Am I A Candidate For A Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Dr. Newman will take a medical history during your one-on-one consultation, as well as evaluate you to make sure you are a candidate for a tummy tuck; good candidates are:
- Emotionally and physically healthy
- Lead a somewhat active lifestyle
- Within 25 pounds of their ideal weight
- Realistic about the outcome of the surgery
If you believe you may be a candidate for the tummy tuck procedure and are in New York City, including Manhattan, Westchester, and Long Island, or in Southern Connecticut, please contact board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Scott Newman at the Newman Plastic Surgery & Laser Center for an initial consultation.
What Will Happen During My Tummy Tuck Procedure?
A tummy tuck removes excess fat and repositions the abdominal muscles to create a leaner figure. Excess skin will also be removed so that you will not have sagging skin after the fat is removed. Dr. Newman performs the tummy tuck while you are asleep under general anesthesia. An incision is made at the hip bone and drawn across the pubic area to the other hip bone. An additional incision is made at the navel. The incision is designed to conform with the styles you like to wear. Dr. Newman will typically request that you bring a bathing suit with you on the day of the procedure.
After separating the skin from the wall of the abdomen, the loose muscles are sutured and tightened. Some patients have lower abdominal or umbilical hernias and these are frequently repaired at the same time. Next, Dr. Newman removes fat and excess skin. If needed, liposuction can be performed to treat rolls at the hip. The navel is then reconstructed and repositioned to fit your new trim abdomen.
The tummy tuck procedure may take several hours to perform, and recovery may take from a week to a few months. Both the procedure and the time to recover depends on the individual patient. It is important for you to remember that you must maintain a healthy diet and exercise to keep a toned appearance.
Today is a week since my surgery and I just saw Dr. Newman for my second post-op visit. I am so thrilled. First of all his staff is wonderful. I am amazed at how I feel now only one week later. Dr. Newman told me that I'd be OK to return to work this past Monday only 3 days after surgery. Honestly, I didn't believe him but as it turned out he was correct. I returned on Tuesday after surgery last Friday. At this point I have almost no pain and I only have a small bruise on my left side. My result is amazing and exactly what I told him I wanted. I heard from other people how good he is and, to be honest, I'm amazed at how easy this was. Go Dr. N!!!JessieRK
What Is Recovery From A Tummy Tuck Surgery Like?
Your tummy tuck recovery time will vary depending on many factors but will primarily depend on your health before surgery. A typical patient, however, will return to work within one to two weeks, and regain most of their pre-surgery mobility after about six weeks. Results continue to improve for about three to six months. Dr. Newman and his staff will advise you about exercise and other strenuous activities and the correct time frame to resume these activities in your particular case.
Fatigue, swelling and soreness are all common and normal side effects during the early part of recovery; however, you can help alleviate this discomfort in many ways. Dr. Newman will discuss everything you can do before and after surgery to increase your comfort and speed your healing when outlining your treatment plan. Some of those steps will include:
- Changes to your diet and activities before surgery
- Taking all pain medications in the required dosages
- Staying hydrated and avoiding salty foods to minimize swelling
- Wearing your compression garment as directed
- Using cold compresses, as necessary, to increase comfort
- Avoiding activities that might strain your abdomen, causing injury
- Taking short walks between periods of rest to promote blood flow
- Changing dressings or bandages as needed
You can guide your recovery and secure optimum results by listening to your body throughout your time at home, and at any time should you have a question concerning the healing process, you can call Dr. Newman’s offices. He will respond to your question as quickly as he can. Patient care does not end once the surgery has been completed, and you can rely on Dr. Newman for advice no matter how great or small your concern. Most patients are given Dr. Newman’s cell phone number.
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You Can Achieve Your Ideal Look With a Tummy Tuck Performed by Dr. Scott Newman
Dr. Scott E. Newman uses an artistic eye and surgical precision to tailor each of the tummy tuck procedures he performs to the individual needs of each patient. The results of the procedure celebrate each patient’s unique personality and restore their vibrancy and zest for life.
For more information about abdominoplasty or additional body rejuvenation treatments, call Newman Plastic Surgery & Laser Center at (212) 472-6100 in Manhattan, (914) 423-9000 in Westchester, (516) 882-1020 in Long Island and (203) 263-9000 in Greenwich, Connecticut and schedule your appointment with Dr. Newman today. We look forward to helping you achieve all your body goals.
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