Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

 

A woman’s abdomen can change over time. Pregnancy, aging, weight fluctuations, and prior surgery can result in an abdomen that is loose, protrudes and sags.  Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen.  The procedure also helps to improve the contour of the abdomen and to narrow the waist by tightening the abdominal muscles. Thus, it creates an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.
 
Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is not a substitute for weight loss or an exercise program.  The result of surgery can be adversely affected by significant weight gain or loss.  Thus, the procedure should be performed after weight has stabilized.

 
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Goal of Surgery Prior To Your Surgery Risks of Surgery Include
Removes excess fat and skin

Restore weakened, separated muscles

Improve abdominal contour

Enhance self-image

Get medical evaluation and lab studies

Adjust current medicines

Stop smoking

Avoid aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs

Unfavorable scarring                  Bleeding

Skin or nerve damage               Pain

Skin discoloration                      Infection

Seroma                                     Asymmetry

 

PLANNING

During your initial consultation with Dr. Olivier, she will thoroughly discuss your desires and expectations for tummy tuck / abdominoplasty with you. After a comprehensive history and physical examination, Dr. Olivier will review the surgical options and recommend the one that she thinks is best of your body type. Dr. Olivier will discuss specific instructions for preparing for surgery, including diet and medication requirements. She will also clearly explain your post-surgery needs so that you can prepare in advance.

PROCEDURE

Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Dr. Olivier will recommend the best choice for you.  Tummy tuck / abdominoplasty is performed through a transverse incision in lower abdominal region.  During the procedure the  abdominal muscles are tightened, and excess skin and fat removed.  A second incision is also placed around the belly button (umbilicus).

Sutures, skin adhesives and/or surgical tape may be used to close the skin.  Incision lines are permanent, but in most cases will fade and significantly improve over time.

Your improved body contour will be apparent when the swelling subside. With continued practices of healthy diet and fitness, the results from tummy tuck should be maintained. However, substantial weight gain can alter the result.

RECOVERY

After your tummy tuck / abdominoplasty is completed, a compression garment or abdominal binder may be applied. This garment aids in controlling swelling and providing abdominal support.  In addition, small tubes (drains) may be placed in beneath the skin to remove any excess blood or fluid.

Although many factors are involved in determining your actual recovery time from tummy tuck, you will likely experience a post-surgical recovery period of two weeks and an additional period of reduced-activity (3 to 6 weeks). You will likely experience soreness and swelling for a few weeks. Exercise and normal activity can resume at the direction of Dr. Olivier. Over time, post-surgical swelling will decrease and incision lines will fade.

You will be given specific instructions that may include: 1) how to care for the surgical site,  2) medications to apply or take orally which may aid in healing and reduce the potential for infection, and 3) when to follow up with Dr. Olivier.

RELATED PROCEDURES

Tummy tuck / abdominoplasty is often performed as an isolated procedure. However, it may be combined with other body contouring procedures such as Liposuction.

CONTACT US

If you would like to learn more about tummy tuck / abdominoplasty in New York, we invite you to meet with Dr. Olivier who is a female, board certified plastic surgeon for a private consultation at our Brooklyn office, located at One Hanson Place.  Contact us by calling 718-783-0934.
 
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