Shape Your Stomach with Tummy Tuck Surgery
It is no secret that many women and men are bothered by the appearance of their abdomen or midsection (stomach). While diet and exercise are effective means to reduce fat in your abdomen, for many people no amount of diet and exercise will help. Abdominal fat is particularly problematic as stubborn fat deposits can be seen. For women, pregnancy leads to not only weight gain, excess skin, but also weakened muscles in the abdomen. Some women find that after childbirth, it is difficult to reduce their abdominal fat and restore their stomach to their pre-pregnancy state. Additionally, individuals who have lost a large amount of weight have loose, sagging skin and weakened abdominal muscles.
A tummy tuck surgery, also called abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that can address all of these concerns at one time. Specifically, weakened or separated abdominal muscles are tightened, and excess skin is removed to provide a flatter and more slender appearance. Stretch marks can also be removed if they fall in line with the skin that is removed. Dr. Sheila Bond advises some of her patients that if you have a small amount of excess stomach fat and some sagging skin, a partial or mini-tummy tuck may be the right procedure for you. In some cases, where there are deposits of abdominal fat, liposuction may be recommended.
If you would like to have a flatter abdomen and want to look more attractive in your clothes, then a tummy tuck may be the procedure for you.
What Is A Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure used to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall to create a profile that is smoother, trimmer and firmer. A tummy tuck is a complicated surgical procedure that should only be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon that has the education, training and experience. Dr. Bond, board-certified plastic surgeon has the necessary credentials, skills and has performed hundreds of tummy tucks.
Who Can Benefit From A Tummy Tuck?
The best candidates for a tummy tuck are men or women who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise.
The surgery is particularly helpful to women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched skin and abdominal muscles and skin that cannot be corrected with diet or exercise. Loss of skin elasticity in older patients, which frequently occurs with weight gain and loss, can also be improved.
How Is A Tummy Tuck Performed?
Dr. Sheila Bond specializes in body contouring procedures. She begins a tummy tuck by making a precise incision from hipbone to hipbone, just above the pubic area within the bikini line. She sews together the abdominal muscles to create flatness at the muscle level; she then liposuctions the waist and flank areas to create a slim waistline.
The flap of stretched skin is pulled down and the excess skin is removed. A new opening is created for the navel, and finally, the incisions will be stitched, dressing will be applied, and a temporary drain will be inserted to remove excess fluid from the surgical site. The drains are taken out in about one week. A complete tummy tuck surgery usually takes about three hours, depending on the extent of work required.
Partial (mini) tummy tucks may take about two hours. With a mini-tummy tuck, which only deals with the lower abdomen, the incision is shorter and excess skin above the navel is not tightened.
What Is The Recovery Like From A Tummy Tuck?
For the first few days, your abdomen will be swollen and you’re likely to feel some discomfort, which can be controlled by medication that Dr. Bond will prescribe. Most patients stay overnight in the hospital after tummy tuck surgery.
Because of the newly tightened skin, standing is challenging immediately after the procedure, in a few days you will be able to stand comfortably. Surface stitches dissolve by themselves, and a support garment is worn for six to eight weeks to help the skin re-attach smoothly to the muscle. Dr. Bond typically recommends that her tummy tuck patients take off 2 to 3 weeks depending on the type of work you do. If your job requires very strenuous work or heavy lifting, you may want to be out longer. Our office will be happy to complete any disability forms so that you can take time off from work without sacrificing a paycheck.
Most people begin light exercise after about a month. Tummy tucks, whether partial or complete, produce excellent results for patients with weakened abdominal muscles or excess skin. The results will last if you follow a balanced diet and exercise.
Learn More About Tummy Tuck – FAQS
Will my health insurance cover any part of my Tummy Tuck?
I had bariatric surgery and lost 95 pounds. Will my insurance cover a tummy tuck?
After giving birth to my daughter, my belly hangs over a lot. I tried exercising and dieting and everything else to get rid of the stretched skin on my stomach. Would liposuction help me?
My doctor recommends that I undergo a hysterectomy. Can I do a tummy tuck at the same time?
Can a tummy tuck be done without a scar?
I already have a C-Section scar, will I have another scar after a tummy tuck?
Will I have drains?
How long before I can have sexual relations after a tummy tuck?
When can I get back to exercising?
What if I just get liposuction of my baby 'pouch'?
After having a baby, I had a separation of my rectus abdominis (diastasus recti) and it looks horrible. My stomach muscles are loose and jiggly. Will a tummy tuck fix it?
After a tummy tuck, will I have a new belly button?
Will I have to wear a tight girdle after my tummy tuck?
Will I have to stay in the hospital after the surgery?
I’m a type 2 diabetic with a lot of stomach fat. Can I get a tummy tuck?
Tummy tuck fees are a lot cheaper in countries outside of the United States; such as the Dominican Republic. Why shouldn’t I go there?
Can I pay on a payment plan?
Schedule Your Consultation For A Shapely New You!
There are many solutions to address body shaping and contouring concerns. If you would like to improve the look of your abdomen and exercise has not accomplished your goal, call us to set up a personalized consultation to determine if you are a candidate for a tummy tuck. We invite you to consult with Dr. Sheila Bond and her body shaping professionals at The Body and Face Cosmetic and Plastic Specialists NJ to learn more about surgical and non-surgical body shaping procedures. Call (973) 509-0007 to schedule your confidential consultation.
Visit our plastic / cosmetic surgery office located in Montclair, New Jersey (NJ). We serve patients from the following area, such as Essex, Hudson, Passaic and Sussex counties, as well as Jersey City, Newark, NJ and all surrounding areas including New York (NY).