For many people who are in relatively good physical shape, it can be very frustrating to deal with an excess of fat and skin in the abdominal area that is virtually impossible to eliminate on their own. Recent weight loss, pregnancy, heredity, and the natural process of aging can cause this extra bit of skin and fat to accumulate in the abdomen, and even the most rigorous diet and exercise routines may not be enough to solve the problem. Abdominoplasty, commonly known as tummy tuck surgery, is a procedure designed to tighten the abdominal muscles, get rid of excess skin, and pull the remainder taut for a more fit and firm appearance. At 740 Park Plastic Surgery, Dr. Daniel Maman and Dr. Stafford Broumand can help you attain your ultimate goals with this popular, very effective procedure.
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Benefits of Abdominoplasty
Regardless of the cause for diet and exercise-resistant fat buildup in the abdomen, abdominoplasty can provide several benefits for qualified candidates. Depending on your unique needs and goals, tummy tuck surgery can often help you achieve:
- A significant reduction in excess abdominal skin and fat
- A smoother, flatter stomach and lower abdomen
- An improved, slimmer waistline
- A better fit for certain articles of clothing
In addition to its aesthetic benefits, abdominoplasty can also make a positive physiological impact on patients’ lives. Following tummy tuck surgery, the majority of individuals report a renewed sense of self-confidence and esteem with the way they look.
The Abdominoplasty Procedure
At our practice, Dr. Maman and Dr. Broumand customize tummy tuck surgery for each individual, often taking a modified approach that incorporates the respective benefits of full abdominoplasty and mini abdominoplasty techniques. Using an incision made as discretely as possible along the lower abdomen, abdominal muscles are generally tightened from the ribcage down to the pubic region. Excess skin is then removed, and the remainder is pulled taut for a tighter, smoother appearance. If necessary, liposuction can be employed to remove stubborn pockets of fat for an improved overall contour, and the belly button can be preserved or repositioned accordingly. Performed under general anesthesia, the entire procedure typically takes about two hours to complete, depending on the patient’s unique needs and goals.
Abdominoplasty Recovery and Results
There will be some degree of swelling in the abdominal area after tummy tuck surgery; however, this will improve over time. Thanks to EXPAREL® – a 72-hour anesthetic our plastic surgeons use in combination with abdominoplasty – most patients experience little to no pain in the first few postoperative days. Though rare, any potential discomfort after this time can be alleviated with medication. Most patients can resume normal daily activities after one week. You will be advised to avoid engaging in anything strenuous, or activities that will put strain on the midsection, for at least one month following abdominoplasty. Once the swelling from surgery has dissipated, you should begin to notice the full effects of the procedure – a smoother, flatter-looking abdomen.
My abdomen was riddled with incisional hernias, one quite large, and scars from past surgeries. Dr. Broumand transformed this mess into a new belly that looks better than it has in 20 years! Before and after photos are the only way to truly convey the phenomenal job Dr. Broumand did. He and his staff are absolutely exceptional. – W.K.
Benefits of an Abdominoplasty
NYC based plastic surgeon Dr. Stafford Broumand says contouring the abdomen during a tummy tuck offers patients the best results.
Contact 740 Park Plastic Surgery
For more information on abdominoplasty, or if you would like to meet with one of our cosmetic plastic surgeons to talk more about this procedure, please contact us today.