Tummy Tuck: Painless, Drainless Abdominoplasty
Why Should You Consider The Plastic Surgery Group For a Tummy Tuck?
Drs. Ablaza and Rosen are board certifieid plastic surgeons who are considered among New Jersey’s top specialists in tummy tuck surgeries.
Their combined experience, as you can see in the before and after photo section, coupled with their unique surgical techniques, result in natural looking, sculpted abdomens.
Often, individuals who have lost a massive amount of weight — whether due to pregnancy, bariatric surgery or intensive weight loss efforts — are disappointed to find that they still do not have the firm abdominal profile they desire. For these individuals, the body contouring plastic surgeons at the Plastic Surgery Group offer abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).
What Tummy Tuck Improves
Extreme fluctuations in weight such as the ones caused by pregnancy or major weight loss following bariatric surgery can leave individuals with loose abdominal skin that has lost its elasticity and therefore cannot shrink back to a smaller shape or size after the weight loss. In addition, pregnancy can leave mothers with severely damaged or even separated abdominal muscles that cannot be toned. Once these developments occur, no amount of diet and exercise can restore a firm, flat midsection. Surgical intervention is necessary to repair the damage. Fortunately, the board-certified plastic surgeons at the Plastic Surgery Group have extensive experience performing abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery. With tummy tuck surgery, the plastic surgeon eliminates excess skin and fat from the abdomen before repairing the underlying musculature, resulting in the toned tummy patient’s desire.
Appropriate Tummy Tuck Candidates
Keeping the above factors in mind, appropriate tummy tuck candidates generally include individuals who:
- Suffer from loose excess abdominal skin with poor elasticity
- Have severely damaged or possibly separated abdominal muscles
- Are at or just above their optimal bodyweight
- Are confident they can maintain that weight after surgery
- May be frustrated by localized pockets of fat that are resistant to healthy lifestyle efforts
- Are in sound overall health, both physically and mentally
- Are not currently pregnant and do not plan to get pregnant in the future
What to Expect During the Procedure
Tummy tuck surgery is almost always performed under general anesthesia and is usually performed on an outpatient basis at North Fullerton Surgery Center, an ambulatory center located in the same building as the Plastic Surgery Group. Some patients prefer for the procedure to be performed in a hospital setting where they can stay overnight following the procedure, which can be accommodated. Once general anesthesia has been administered, the plastic surgeon may perform liposuction of the abdomen, if necessary, to remove stubborn deposits of fat from under the skin. The surgeon then makes a horizontal incision in the pubic region, extending from one hipbone to the other. Although the incision needed for tummy tuck is significant, it is strategically placed in an area that can be easily concealed by the underwear or bikini line.
The plastic surgeon eliminates the excess skin before repairing the underlying musculature and other supporting tissue structures. To do so, the surgeon positions internal stitches in a corset-like pattern to hold the repaired muscles and tissues in place after surgery. Our surgeons then use a special technique so that the patient does not need to have drains placed (a newer technique, pioneered by our surgeons, that drastically improves recovery from this procedure). Our expert New York City and New Jersey abdominoplasty surgeon then pulls the remaining skin taut and closes the incision with dissolvable external sutures. He or she moves the navel so it is aligned with the newly contoured abdomen, using a second, small incision located in the belly button to do so. The treated area is dressed with fluffy bandages and overlying compression garment that must be worn for several weeks after surgery, as directed by the surgeon.
Modified Tummy Tuck
Certain patients who have poor muscle tone and skin elasticity but whose excess skin is limited to the region below the navel may be suitable candidates for a modified, or “mini”, tummy tuck procedure. To see if this procedure is right for you please book a consultation.
The Plastic Surgery Group Tummy Tuck Recovery Period
Once the effects of the anesthesia have worn off, patients are free to return home in the care of an authorized adult. A responsible individual should stay with the patient for at least 24 hours after surgery. Patients recovering from abdominoplasty will need to take about two weeks off from work or their everyday activities.
Following surgery, it is advised that individuals:
- Get plenty of rest
- Avoid strenuous activity, including heavy lifting
- They should walk around the house every couple of hours, with the assistance of a caregiver if needed.
Although some of the aesthetic benefits of tummy tuck are noticeable immediately after surgery, it will take about 12 weeks for the final results to become actualized, as this is how long it takes for any residual swelling to resolve and for the tissues to heal.
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I was committed to getting a tummy tuck (after 3 children, a hernia and a diastatis). After meeting with Dr. Rosen, I knew he was the right doctor for me.
– Cherie Hankin https://goo.gl/maps/4Jq4QrJPRGB2