Flatten and firm up your stomach
If pregnancy, weight loss, or the natural aging process has left you with excess, sagging skin around your abdomen, an abdominoplasty (or “tummy tuck”) can give you the flatter, firmer stomach you once had or always wanted.
How a tummy tuck works
During an abdominoplasty, excess fat and skin are removed from the abdomen area in order to tighten the muscles and tissues of the abdominal area. Depending on your body, your surgeon will recommend one of two options for your tummy tuck: full abdominoplasty or modified (mini) abdominoplasty.
A full abdominoplasty is required when the patient has excessive fat deposits, plus a drop in the underlying muscle and skin layer.
Modified (mini) abdominoplasty is required when a patient has good muscle tone, but there is too much skin and the stomach appears crinkly.
When to Consider a tummy tuck:
- If you’ve got flab, stretch marks, or excess skin around your abdomen that does not improve with diet or exercise
- If the shape of your abdomen has been affected by pregnancy or massive weight loss
- If you feel that your protruding abdomen is unattractive
- If your self-confidence is marred by your stomach contour
Frequently asked questions
Below are answers to the most commonly asked questions about tummy tucks. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, chat with a Hudson Medical specialist now or give us a call: (646) 882-6278.
What are the different types of tummy tuck procedures?
There are two types of tummy tucks: a full abdominoplasty (or a "tummy tuck") is a procedure where the abdominal muscles are tightened to reconstruct the abdominal wall, and the “mini-abdominoplasty,” which does not involve tightening the abdominal muscle nor the relocation of the belly button — it only removes redundant skin from below the belly button.
How long is the recovery period for a full tummy tuck?
Since all abdominoplasties are different, recovery times can vary. The amount of dissection, tightness of the closure, and the need to tighten the muscles (and to what degree) may all influence post-op pain, sense of tightness, and recovery time. However, most patients should be able to resume most activities by 3-6 weeks and should be able to stand erect within a few days. Patients who work from home can probably do so after the first week.
Does a tummy tuck leave scars?
All incisions leave scars and a tummy tuck is no different. You can, however, expect the scars to fade and become less noticeable with time.
How will weight gain after a tummy tuck affect the results?
We all have fat cells within our abdominal wall and cavities. Therefore, weight gain after a tummy tuck will stretch the skin and muscles, allowing the fat cells to grow. This means you will lose the benefit of the muscle and skin tightening from the procedure.
Is a tummy tuck safe?
A tummy tuck is safe if performed by a Board Certified Plastic surgeon, in a credentialed hospital or surgical center.
Is it safe to perform a tummy tuck surgery right after a C-section?
We prefer to wait 6-12 weeks to allow for uterine contraction, so we can best tighten the muscles. If the patient is breastfeeding, we recommend waiting until she is done, as the tummy tuck requires general anesthesia.