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Tummy Tuck NYC (abdominoplasty)

What is tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that involves removing excess skin and fat from the abdomen while tightening the abdominal muscles. This surgery is commonly used for cosmetic purposes but can also have reconstructive benefits. It helps improve the shape of the abdomen and can address issues such as pain, itching, bladder function, skin infections, muscle loss after pregnancy, and muscle loss after weight loss.

If you have a protruding abdomen, stretched out skin, and/or stretch marks of the mid-section, you may want to consider tummy tuck surgery (“abdominoplasty”). New York surgeon, Kenneth R. Francis, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a highly skilled tummy tuck specialist who will help you achieve your cosmetic goals.

With years of experience in performing facial rejuvenation, breast lift, breast reconstruction, male breast reduction, brow lift, neck lift, and body contouring procedures.

When choosing to undergo abdominoplasty with our Manhattan tummy tuck professional, Dr. Francis, you will be provided with exceptional care and the most up-to-date plastic surgery techniques.

For those who would like to have excess fat removed from the abdomen, as well as gain a tighter surrounding muscle, this type of body reshaping surgery may be an option for them. Women who have stretched abdominal muscle due to previous pregnancies can greatly benefit from abdominoplasty.

In addition, a good candidate for tummy tuck is someone who is:

  • In good physical and psychological health

  • Realistic in his/her expectations and goals

  • A non-smoker or willing to quit for the duration of the procedure

  • Not currently pregnant or planning on future pregnancies

During a pre-operative visit with our Manhattan tummy tuck surgeon, the two of you will discuss your medical history, what results to expect, and if liposuction (“lipoplasty”) would be a more appropriate procedure (depending on the condition of the operated area) or a complimentary surgery to be performed in combination with abdominoplasty.

Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a surgical operation that is performed to improve the contours of the abdomen, waistline, and hips. The procedure typically targets the damages that are inflicted on the abdominal wall during the stretching of tissues and weight gain that occur with pregnancy but is sometimes performed in men as well.

In its most complete form, it involves removal of excess fat and skin, tightening of the abdominal muscles with stitches and recreation of a nicer belly button.

There are several modifications of the operation that can be used to tailor the procedure to each individual’s needs. For instance, if there is only loose skin with good muscle tone, a removal of skin only can be performed. The cost of the procedure can vary depending on the need for such modifications.

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What to expect?

After a tummy tuck, you can expect to have a slimmer, trimmer waistline, hips, and abdomen. Many women (and men) are able to confidently return to wearing tighter, more form fitting clothing and displaying their new and improved waistline look. It carries a very high satisfaction rate making it a very popular procedure.

Procedure steps

The steps to obtaining a beautifully enhanced and reshaped abdomen through tummy tuck begin with your decision to seek consultation with Dr. Francis. In my practice, the first consultation includes a discussion of your goals and expectations, a physical examination to determine your actual needs and the feasibility of the procedure for your particular situation.

Once you have made a decision to schedule surgery and are deemed a suitable candidate you will return for a second, or, pre-operative visit.

During this visit final plans are designed, measurements and photographs are obtained and the procedure is scheduled. Instructions for the days immediately preceding the procedure are also given, including what to eat, medications to take or discontinue, blood tests to obtain and whether medical clearance is required or not.

Best candidates

The typical candidates for tummy tuck procedure are women that have been through one or more pregnancies and, as a result, have any combination of extra skin, stretch marks, excess retained fat and muscle weakening or separation. These conditions are the result of the tissue stretching and weight gain that occurs during pregnancy.

Of course, Tummy Tuck is not limited to these patients. There are many others, including men, who have not gone through pregnancy but may have extra skin, stretch marks or muscle separation after significant weight loss or weight gain.

Recovery time

Recovery has been likened to recovery from C-section. Walking is encouraged and expected on the same day of procedure. There is discomfort for the first 5-7 days, which is easily tolerated with the use of pain medication. Sometimes drains are placed during the procedure. These may stay in place for 7-10 days on average.

My patients are permitted to shower within the first week following procedure, even with drains in place. Avoidance of strenuous exercise or lifting of items greater than 5 pounds is not recommended before 6 weeks if the muscles have been tightened.

Most patients in my practice are cleared to begin light walking for exercise at the 3-4 week mark. Driving can usually resume at about 2 weeks following procedure, as long as no narcotic pain medications are still being used.

Results

Results are almost universally satisfying. The improvement in the contour of the abdomen, hips, and waistline far outweighs the scars that are required to achieve the enhancement. Many women find that they are capable of returning to the use of a bikini on the beach.

Risks and safety

Although considered a very safe operation, as with any surgery, no matter how minor, tummy tuck carries some risks. These may range from general risks that can occur with any operation, such as bleeding, infection, healing problems, poor scarring, and blood clots to risks more specific to tummy tuck, such as irregularities or asymmetries in the scar, belly button issues and stretching or breaking of the muscle tightening stitches.

Of course, smoking increases the risks of any surgery across the board and should be discontinued completely

Preparing for a tummy tuck nyc

There is no specific preparation. Smoking cessation and a healthy diet should be observed to optimize the results and minimize the risks. Obesity is NOT an indication for tummy tuck and being close to expected body weight will maximize the results.

Post-op

After a tummy tuck you will be expected to walk almost immediately. This helps to prevent blood clots from developing. You will also be placed in a compression garment of some type, usually in the form of an abdominal binder. You should have a loved one or friend stay with you for the first day or two after tummy tuck.

The nurse will give instructions for care of the drains to you and your caretaker. Your dressings and bandages will remain in place until your first visit back to the office. Return visits to the office usually occur within 4-5 days, one week following that, two weeks later, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months and 1 year after surgery.

Consultation: “what to discuss”

Your surgeon will likely guide most of the discussion, but be sure to ask questions such as, “Am I a good candidate?, What can I expect as a result?, How many tummy tucks have you performed?, What is the scarring like?, What is the recovery like and when can I return to work?”

Choose a tummy tuck surgeon you can trust

Plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery have been through rigorous training and an extensive examination process to receive the certification that ensures that you are in trustworthy hands for your planned tummy tuck. No consideration should be given to any surgeon without these credentials.

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Are you considering a tummy tuck, mommy makeover, mini tummy tuck, or full tummy tuck? Dr. Francis, a board-certified plastic surgeon in NYC, can help you achieve your desired results. With years of experience and a passion for helping patients feel their best, Dr. Francis offers free consultations to help you make an informed decision about your procedure. Concerned about tummy tuck cost or scarring? Dr. Francis can answer all of your questions and provide personalized recommendations. Don’t wait any longer to feel confident and beautiful in your own skin – book your consultation with Dr. Francis today and discover the possibilities! Whether you’re looking for a tummy tuck near me or simply want to explore your options, Dr. Francis is here to help.

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Frequency asked questions

Tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the abdominal area and tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. This procedure is often performed on individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight or who have stretched abdominal muscles and skin due to pregnancy or aging. Tummy tuck surgery can result in a flatter, more toned appearance to the abdominal area.

A good candidate for tummy tuck surgery is someone who is in good physical health and has realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure. Tummy tuck surgery is typically performed on individuals who have loose, saggy skin in the abdominal area that cannot be improved through diet and exercise alone. It is also a good option for individuals who have stretched abdominal muscles due to pregnancy or weight fluctuations.

The benefits of tummy tuck surgery include:

  • A flatter, more toned appearance to the abdominal area
  • Removal of excess skin and fat
  • Tightening of the abdominal muscles
  • Improved self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Better fitting clothing and improved body contours

Tummy tuck typically takes between two and five hours to complete, depending on the extent of the procedure and the individual's specific needs.

The recovery time for tummy tuck is typically four to six weeks. During this time, it is important for individuals to rest and avoid strenuous physical activity. Some swelling and discomfort is normal after the procedure, but this should subside over time.

The cost of tummy tuck varies depending on the extent of the procedure and the location of the procedure.

Tummy tuck is typically not covered by insurance

Tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat from the abdominal area and tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall. Liposuction, on the other hand, removes excess fat from specific areas of the body through a suctioning process. While both procedures can result in a slimmer, more toned appearance, tummy tuck is typically a more extensive procedure and is best for individuals with loose, saggy skin in the abdominal area.

The risks associated with tummy tuck include:

  • Anesthesia risks
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Scarring
  • Poor wound healing
  • Numbness or weakness in the abdominal area
  • Unsatisfactory results
  • Reaction to medications
  • Blood clots

To prepare for tummy tuck, individuals should:

  • Choose a qualified plastic surgeon
  • Stop smoking and avoid alcohol for at least two weeks prior to the procedure
  • Follow the surgeon's instructions for preparing for the procedure, including any necessary lab work or medical clearance
  • Discuss all medications, supplements, and vitamins with the surgeon to determine if any should be discontinued prior to the procedure
  • Arrange for transportation to and from the procedure and arrange for someone to stay with you for the first 24-48 hours after the procedure

During tummy tuck, the individual will be under general anesthesia. The surgeon will make an incision in the lower abdominal area and remove excess skin and fat. The abdominal muscles will then be tightened, and the skin will be re-draped over the newly contoured abdominal area. Finally, the incisions will be closed with sutures or staples.

During the recovery period after tummy tuck, individuals should expect some swelling, discomfort, and bruising in the abdominal area. The surgeon will prescribe pain medication to help manage discomfort. Individuals will be instructed to wear a compression garment to help reduce swelling and support the abdominal area. Most individuals are able to return to work and light activity within two to four weeks after the procedure, but should avoid strenuous physical activity for several weeks.

The success rate of tummy tuck is typically high, with most individuals reporting satisfaction with their results. The success of the procedure can be influenced by a variety of factors, including the individual's anatomy, the extent of the procedure, and the surgeon's skill and experience.

The results of tummy tuck can last for several years, but this will depend on a variety of factors, including the individual's anatomy, lifestyle, and weight changes. To maintain the results of the procedure, individuals should maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen.

Tummy tuck can often be combined with other procedures, such as liposuction or a breast augmentation, to enhance the overall results of the surgery. The decision to combine procedures will depend on the individual's specific needs and goals.

To care for incisions after tummy tuck, individuals should:

  • Keep the incisions clean and dry
  • Follow the surgeon's instructions for changing dressings
  • Avoid showering or bathing until the surgeon gives the okay
  • Avoid strenuous physical activity that could put pressure on the incisions

To reduce the risk of infection after tummy tuck surgery, individuals should:

  • Keep the incisions clean and dry
  • Report any signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or discharge, to the surgeon immediately
  • Take antibiotics as prescribed by the surgeon
  • Avoid exposure to people with colds or other infections

To reduce swelling after tummy tuck, individuals should:

  • Wear a compression garment as directed by the surgeon
  • Avoid strenuous physical activity for several weeks
  • Elevate the affected area whenever possible

  • Apply ice packs to the affected area in 20-minute increments, with 20-minute breaks in between
  • Avoid salty foods, which can contribute to swelling

Some possible side effects of tummy tuck include:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Discomfort or pain
  • Numbness in the abdominal area
  • Scarring
  • Changes in skin sensation
  • Complications from anesthesia

Some risks of tummy tuck include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Poor wound healing
  • Anesthesia complications
  • Numbness or changes in skin sensation
  • Asymmetry
  • Unsatisfactory results

Tummy tuck can be performed after pregnancy, but it is recommended to wait until after you have finished having children and your weight has stabilized. This will help to ensure the best possible results from the procedure.

Tummy tuck can be performed after weight loss, but it is recommended to wait until your weight has stabilized. This will help to ensure the best possible results from the procedure.

Tummy tuck can be performed on individuals with loose skin due to aging, but this will depend on the individual's overall health and the extent of the loose skin. The surgeon will be able to advise on whether tummy tuck is a good option for you.

There are several different types of tummy tuck, including:

  • Full tummy tuck
  • Mini tummy tuck
  • Extended tummy tuck
  • Circumferential tummy tuck

To choose the right surgeon for your tummy tuck, you should:

  • Look for a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience in tummy tuck
  • Ask to see before-and-after photos of the surgeon's past tummy tuck patients
  • Schedule a consultation to discuss your goals and the surgeon's experience and approach to tummy tuck
  • Check the surgeon's credentials and track record

The recovery time from tummy tuck can vary, but most patients can expect to return to work and normal activities within two to four weeks. Strenuous activities and exercise should be avoided for several weeks, and full healing can take several months.

The results of tummy tuck can last several years, but this will depend on factors such as weight changes, aging, and pregnancy. Maintaining a stable weight and leading a healthy lifestyle can help to prolong the results of tummy tuck.

Tummy tuck can be performed in combination with other procedures, such as liposuction, breast augmentation, or body contouring procedures. This will depend on the individual's goals and the surgeon's recommendation.

During a tummy tuck consultation, you should:

  • Discuss your goals and expectations with the surgeon
  • Ask the surgeon about their experience and approach to tummy tuck
  • Have a physical examination to determine your candidacy for the procedure
  • Ask to see before-and-after photos of the surgeon's past tummy tuck patients
  • Ask about the recovery process and what to expect during the postoperative period
  • Discuss the risks and potential complications of the procedure
  • Ask about the surgeon's credentials and track record
  • Get a clear understanding of the cost of the procedure, including any additional fees for anesthesia, facility, or other costs
  • Ask any other questions or concerns you may have about the procedure and the surgeon's approach

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