After pregnancy, significant weight loss, or aging, the abdominal muscles can weaken, and skin in the area can become loose and saggy. In such cases, Cosmetic Surgery Associates of New York can enhance and refine your appearance through a abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck. At our Westchester, New York facility, we can both tighten your abdominal muscles and smooth the skin around the abdomen, leaving you with a flat, smooth midsection.
If you would like to find out more about a tummy tuck at any of our New York City area locations, request a complimentary consultation online or contact us at (914) 761-8667. Our surgeons look forward to helping you achieve your reconstructive and cosmetic goals.
When skin laxity and muscle weakness are confined to the lower part of the abdomen, a modified abdominoplasty, or "mini-abdominoplasty," that limits tissue removal and muscle repair to the area below the navel may be recommended. This more limited procedure leaves a shorter scar but does not provide as much improvement as a traditional tummy tuck. Whatever technique is recommended for you, the goal of the procedure is a firmer, flatter abdomen.
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The surgeons at Cosmetic Surgery Associates of New York want your tummy tuck to be as successful as possible. In many cases, people who are unhappy with the appearance of their midsection also have other cosmetic concerns about their body. Our surgeons will focus on the "total package" of your cosmetic needs so that your tummy tuck is complemented by a completely beautiful you.
During your procedure, your tummy tuck surgeon will begin by creating a horizontal incision between your pelvic bones. Your incisions will be carefully placed so they are concealed by a bikini or underwear. During the procedure, excess skin and fat will be removed. To remove skin around the upper abdomen, an incision around the navel will need to be created. After this, your surgeon will tighten the underlying abdominal muscles to create a toned appearance. Typically after your procedure, you will be given a compression garment to wear for a few weeks in order to retain your new shape.
For those who experience excess sagging and laxity primarily in the lower abdominal region, we offer a mini-abdominoplasty, which targets that area specifically. The advantage to a mini-tummy tuck is that there are smaller incisions, and the belly button stays intact.
Our tummy tuck patients receive detailed instructions to help their recoveries go as smoothly as possible. Patients return home with surgical drains that help remove fluid from the incision area and a compression garment that fits snuggly around the abdomen. Although each person's recovery timetable is unique, there are some general guidelines to keep in mind following your surgery:
Plan ahead. Make sure you have help around the house, especially during the first couple of weeks following the procedure. A tummy tuck usually involves tightening the core abdominal muscles that are used in most movements. The first week is usually the most challenging, and then you'll gradually feel stronger. Plan to avoid heavy lifting for at least a month, and make sure you have comfortable clothing, nutritious foods, and other items you need.
Walk when possible. Although we encourage patients to get plenty of rest, it's also important to gently walk around the house beginning the day you return home. Walking helps reduce swelling and aids in the healing process.
Take time off. If you work outside the home, take at least 2 weeks off. If your job is more physically demanding, additional time may be necessary.
Wait on the gym. Postpone any exercising that causes you to sweat for 4 to 6 weeks. Ease back into a normal workout routine, and take more time if needed.
Follow your surgeon's instructions. Recovery following a tummy tuck can be a challenge, but the chances of complications drop significantly for patients who follow all their postoperative instructions. Our surgeons provide you with plenty of guidance that is customized to your needs.
To learn more about what you can expect from your tummy tuck surgery and recovery, visit our Tummy Tuck FAQ