Tummy Tuck Expectations
For the right patients, a tummy tuck can successfully treat the appearance of:
- Loose stomach skin and stretched abdominal muscles following pregnancy and childbirth
- Excess skin that forms around the abdomen with significant weight loss
- Age-related loss of abdominal muscle tone and skin tone
- Fat deposits around the midsection that linger even with increased exercise and positive dietary changes
Good candidates for tummy tucks are those who are nonsmokers in good overall health and desire a tighter profile around the midsection. Women who plan to have children are advised to postpone an abdominoplasty until after childbirth; the physical stress of pregnancy can adversely affect the muscles tightened during many types of tummy tuck procedures.
Similarly, those who plan on undergoing dramatic weight loss should defer an abdominoplasty until they are within their ideal weight range. Major weight loss often leaves the type of loose, sagging skin that tummy tucks seek to correct. Though it removes excess fat and skin, an abdominoplasty itself is not a weight-loss method or substitute for exercise.
If you’re considering a tummy tuck, you may have encountered the terms “mini tummy tuck” and “partial abdominoplasty,” or heard about tummy tucks that use liposuction. Every abdominoplasty is intended to restore a slimmer and more toned appearance to the stomach and waistline by removing excess tissue and tightening the abdominal muscles, but the method varies depending on your body type and cosmetic goals.
Many patients benefit from a mini tummy tuck, which eliminates excess skin and fat from the region below the belly button. Also known as a partial abdominoplasty, a mini tummy tuck uses a smaller incision than a traditional tummy tuck, and it is well suited for those who want a taut, smooth stomach and don’t have loose skin and extra fat in the upper abdomen.
A traditional, or complete, tummy tuck constricts the vertical abdominal muscles via a hip-to-hip incision. Excess skin is removed for a smooth appearance, and liposuction may be performed to provide natural-looking contours around the waist.
Your plastic surgeon will discuss your abdominoplasty options with you in detail during your consultation and outline a custom plan based on your unique body type and cosmetic objectives.
Tummy Tuck Recovery and Results
Everyone’s recovery time and experience following a tummy tuck differs a bit based on the extent of the procedure and other individual factors. Most patients are able to resume routine activities within a few weeks, and sutures may be removed within a week or two.
Full recovery can take another month or so, and your plastic surgeon will monitor your post-surgery progress and clear you for increased activity and exercise. Your surgeon will thoroughly review your recovery guidelines and expectations with you prior to your procedure.
With a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet and regular exercise, the results of your abdominoplasty will last for years. To learn if a tummy tuck can help you regain a more youthful figure, please contact us to schedule your consultation at one of our Long Island locations.