The abdomen can be one of the most difficult areas to shape. No matter how carefully you watch your diet, no matter how many sit ups you do, you may still be unable to achieve the profile you desire. Circumstances may be out of your control. Pregnancy, weight changes, weak muscles and even genetics can play a role in a protruding stomach.
If you are tired of feeling self-conscious about sagging skin and excess fat around your stomach area, a tummy tuck can help you achieve the beautiful body contour you desire.
With more than 25 years of plastic surgery experience, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Feins understands how frustrating it can be to live with stubborn fat around the midriff. Contact us today online or at 603-647-4430 to schedule your free consultation. We welcome patients from Manchester, Nashua and all of southern New Hampshire.
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- What Is a Tummy Tuck?
- The Tummy Tuck Procedure
- Full Tummy Tuck
- Mini Tummy Tuck
- Recovery from Abdominoplasty
- Tummy Tuck Scars
- Is a Tummy Tuck Weight Loss Surgery?
- How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?
- Am I a Candidate for Abdominoplasty Surgery?
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Commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, abdominoplasty is a popular body contouring procedure for people who experience fat deposits, sagging or loss of elasticity as the result of weight loss, aging, pregnancy or other factors.
Tummy tucks target the area between the navel and the pelvic bone, where stubborn deposits of excess fat and skin frequently accumulate. After your procedure, you will enjoy a firmer, slimmer waist, a more sculpted-looking abdomen and taut skin around the area.
Dr. Feins never takes a one-size-fits-all approach to abdominoplasty. Depending on your unique needs and goals, your procedure may consist of:
- Removing excess fat to flatten the stomach area
- Tightening loose and sagging skin
- Tightening underlying abdominal muscles to create a firmer abdominal wall
Many patients choose to combine a surgical tummy tuck with liposuction to help reduce lower torso flaws such as muffin tops and love handles. Liposuction is an incredibly versatile body contouring option, and can also be used to streamline the hips, thighs, arms and buttocks.
Tummy tuck surgery can last anywhere from 90 minutes to several hours, depending on the type of procedure being performed. The type of procedure you undergo will also affect the length and number of incisions involved in your abdominoplasty. Scarring is inevitable, but Dr. Feins carefully plans the location of every incision in order to effectively minimize the visibility of your surgical scars.
By following Dr. Feins’ detailed pre and post-operative instructions, you can increase the likelihood of a smooth and quick healing process and reduce the size and darkness of your scars.
If you are seeking a dynamic solution to correct moderate to severe belly bulging, Dr. Feins may recommend a full tummy tuck. A full abdominoplasty removes excess fat and skin from the lower and mid abdominal area. This procedure is considered a major aesthetic surgery and is performed under general anesthesia. Typically, in a full abdominoplasty:
- An incision is made below the bikini line, near the pubic hairline
- Abdominal fat may be treated with surgical excision
- Sagging or separated vertical muscles in the abdomen are tightened with permanent internal sutures
- Skin and tissue are pulled down over the existing navel and excess skin is removed
A complete tummy tuck can take several hours to complete. Dr. Feins will provide you with detailed pre and post operative instructions to help you achieve a quick and successful recovery.
If your primary area of concern is the area just beneath the belly button, Dr. Feins may recommend a mini tummy-tuck. This procedure is similar to a full abdominoplasty insofar that it removes excess skin and fat while tightening abdominal muscles, but a mini tummy tuck only addresses the lower abdominal region.
The least invasive abdominoplasty option, a mini tummy tuck is ideal for patients who only need a minimal amount of excess skin removed and only minor muscle tightening in the abdominal area.
Compared to a traditional tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck offers several benefits, including:
- Less scarring
- Shorter recovery time
- Less discomfort
- Usually eliminates a scar around the belly button
A mini tummy tuck can often be completed within one to two hours. The incision line is discreetly made beneath the bikini line.
Following your abdominoplasty, it will be important to take time off from work to rest and recover. Most patients return to work after only a week or two. More downtime may be necessary before returning to jobs that are physically demanding.
Some considerations you will want to keep in mind for a successful recuperation include:
- Ask a friend or loved one to stay with you for the first 24 hours after surgery.
- Plan to rest for the first few days. You may get up periodically to walk around and keep your blood circulating.
- With the exception of walking, refrain from exercise and activity for 2-3 weeks.
- Avoid heavy lifting for 4-6 weeks.
- Minor swelling may persist for several months, but you should have a good idea of your results after only a few weeks, once swelling has subsided.
Dr. Feins and our staff will provide guidance and support throughout every step of your recovery. You will meet with Dr. Feins a few days after your surgery for a follow-up. He will continue to be available to answer any questions you may have during the course of your recovery.
Like all surgical procedures, an abdominoplasty will leave a scar. A tummy tuck scar is typically located in the lower abdomen, just above the pubis and extends upward toward the pelvic bones. The length of the scar depends on the amount of skin that needs to be removed.
Your scars will usually be most pronounced over the first 3 to 6 months following your surgery, as the healing process occurs. Although your scars will never fade completely, they typically thin and fade by the end of 12 months.
Most often, patients are overwhelmingly pleased with their results and do not feel that their scars are overly noticeable or a long-term disadvantage.
No. Abdominoplasty is intended for individuals of relatively normal weight. It is not a weight loss procedure, but rather a way of improving your body contour at your desired weight. If you intend to lose a significant amount of weight, you should postpone your tummy tuck until you are near your target range.
Both men and women with excess abdominal fat and skin can benefit from a tummy tuck. Abdominoplasty removes excess skin and tightens the underlying muscles to provide a smoother, flatter abdomen. It is not the solution for an excessively large overhang of skin.
If you have a drooping, deflated apron of skin hanging from your abdominal area as the result of massive weight loss or bariatric surgery, you may be a better candidate for a body lift. In a body lift, the extra skin around your body is removed, and the remaining skin is re-draped and tightened.
The cost of abdominoplasty varies. It is based on several factors, including:
- The type of tummy tuck you choose
- Whether liposuction or another procedure is added
- Hospital fees, anesthesia fees, prescription medications, garments and other associated costs
At your consultation with Dr. Feins, you will be provided with a clear explanation of all the costs and fees associated with whatever procedure you and Dr. Feins agree to.
The decision to undergo plastic surgery is a significant one and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Abdominoplasty is not right for everyone. Patients who are overweight, in poor health or intend to have children should postpone their procedure until they have slimmed down, gotten in shape or completed their final pregnancy. In fact, tummy tucks are often performed as part of a mommy makeover.
The only way to know if a tummy tuck is right for you is to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Feins. During this personal and confidential meeting, Dr. Feins will sit down with you and carefully assess your physical condition, goals and expectations. He will address your concerns and answer your questions. He will recommend the best solution to help you achieve your goals as well as other available options to consider.
Generally speaking, you may be a good tummy tuck candidate if you have:
- A desire to achieve a more contoured appearance around the waist
- Muscle or skin that is stretched and loose due to pregnancy
- Localized areas of abdominal fat that are resistant to exercise
- Undergone significant weight loss, which has resulted in excess skin in the abdominal region
Dr. Feins is committed to patient education. He will do everything possible to help you make the right decision for you, your family and your lifestyle.
If you live in Manchester, Nashua, Concord or anywhere in southern New Hampshire and would like to learn more about abdominoplasty, please call the Office of Robert S. Feins, M.D., F.A.C.S. at 603-647-4430 to schedule a free consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon.