What You Should Know Before a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Ensuring Optimal Results That Last

A tummy tuck (adominoplasty) is a fairly simple procedure, however it is important to make sure that you are well-informed about the procedure and recovery process.  Here are a few things that you should know before undergoing a tummy tuck.

The Procedure

The procedure starts by making an incision in the lower abdomen through which excess fat and skin are removed, and the abdominal muscles tightened. Once properly contoured the area is sutured and the patient discharged and  given post-operative instructions. Following these instructions will be an instrumental part of the recovery process. Patients who only have a small amount of excess lower abdominal fat may be viable candidates for a mini tummy tuck. A mini tummy tuck is a less extensive, and involves a smaller incision and removal of fat that is located only below the belly button.

What To Expect After Your Tummy Tuck Surgery

before and after tummy tuck photoIt is important for patients to realize that a tummy tuck procedure does result in a scar around the navel area as well as a horizontal scar just above the pubic region.  Patients should also expect to have some drainage from the area after their operation, as well as moderate post-operative pain that is easily treated prescribed medication. Post-operative care instructions should be carefully followed in order to avoid complications and speed up the healing process. There is an extremely high rate of satisfaction for individuals following a tummy tuck  and who follow their surgeon’s instructions in the days and weeks following the procedure.

Who Is A Good Candidate?

Abdominoplasty  is not  for everyone. Individuals who have not yet finished having children are highly discouraged from undergoing  the procedure. We also recommend that you wait until you are at a realistic weight before the procedure, since a tummy tuck is not a weight loss method but rather a contouring procedure . Liposuction of the flanks (sides) is commonly combined with the tummy tuck procedure.

Considering A Tummy Tuck?

At Associated Plastic Surgeons & Consultants, PC we understand that deciding to undergo cosmetic surgery is big decision. You should feel fully comfortable and confident in all aspects of the procedure as well as with your surgeon. If you would like to learn more about how a tummy tuck may help you, please contact us at our Huntington, NY office. One of our team members will work with you to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Elliot Duboys.

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