Abdominoplasty, or most commonly referred to as “tummy tuck” surgery, is a type of cosmetic surgery that can restore the body to a more youthful appearance before pregnancy, gravity and time began to take their toll. Often, tummy tuck surgery is a popular procedural choice for the so-named “Mommy Makeovers” that can help busy moms quickly reclaim their pre-pregnancy figures.
Dr. Roland is one of New York, New York’s most respected board-certified cosmetic surgeons. After graduating with honors from New York University School of Medicine and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Roland became a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a sought-after teacher of plastic surgery at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai. He is also an award-winning researcher who has completed ground-breaking research on how magnetic energy pulses can increase new blood vessels following cosmetic procedures. Dr. Roland performs hundreds of procedures each year to enhance patients’ facial, breast, body and overall physical appearance.
Tummy Tuck Surgery
An abdominoplasty can be a great aid to seeing the full results from dramatic weight loss, since excess skin and fat are both removed during the procedure. Older adult patients whose skin is beginning to succumb to gravity’s stretching effect can also enjoy great results from having a tummy tuck. There are different types of tummy tuck procedures that can be performed, including a partial and full tummy tuck, depending on what the patient’s cosmetic goals may be.
Good Candidates for a Tummy Tuck
The best candidate for a tummy tuck procedure is someone who is in good health and has no major upcoming health or surgical procedures scheduled. For the best results, women who plan to become pregnant again should postpone having a tummy tuck until their families are complete.
In addition, the best candidates will:
- Have completed their weight loss goals (a tummy tuck is not a substitute for maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regiment).
- Have some loose skin or problematic fat deposits that have remained resistant to the slimming potential of a healthy diet and regular exercise.
- Be a non-smoker or willing to cease from smoking for a period of time before, during and after the procedure (smoking heavily can interfere with the body’s own ability to heal itself).
- Be able to take some time away from work (ideally, 5 to 7 days) to allow the body to fully heal.
- Be free from the need to take any medications that may thin the blood, reduce clotting ability or help to manage an autoimmune-type disorder.
- Have skin that can tolerate incisions well (for instance, skin that won’t produce keloid scars or changes in pigmentation following surgery).
- Are willing to follow post-recovery recuperation instructions precisely (this will provide for the very best results from the procedure).
If you meet each of the criteria outlined here, you are likely a very good candidate for having a tummy tuck procedure.
Preparing For The Initial Tummy Tuck Consultation
When you meet with Dr. Roland for your tummy tuck consultation, you will be able to share your personal goals for having a cosmetic procedure done. Dr. Roland will take a thorough personal and family medical history to ensure you are a good candidate for having a tummy tuck.
Dr. Roland will also take some “before” photographs to include in your patient file. He may make some marks on some of the photographs to indicate area(s) to be treated during the procedure. You will also have a full physical examination so you and Dr. Roland can discuss how best to meet your cosmetic goals.
Before you leave your consultation, you will have the opportunity to pick a date to schedule your procedure. If you would like to learn more about financing options, you can also find out how to apply at that time. Once you schedule the date for your procedure, Dr. Roland and his staff will provide you with a complete list of instructions for pre-operative preparations and post-operative care. You can also call the office at any time if you have questions or need more information about how to prepare for your procedure.
What Happens During a Tummy Tuck Procedure?
Your tummy tuck procedure will take less than three hours. Dr. Roland will perform the procedure in a hospital setting using general anesthesia. You will be asked to arrive earlier than your scheduled procedure start time so you can go through check-in and be fully prepared for your surgery.
Once the procedure begins, Dr. Roland will make a total of just two incisions: one will be right around your navel and the other will be from one hipbone to the other below your bikini line (near the pubic bone area). From here, Dr. Roland will lift away the fat and skin from the abdominal muscle group. He will then tighten the muscles by suturing them in place before excising any excess fat or skin that could interfere with your cosmetic results. During the procedure, two temporary tubes will be inserted to permit any excess fluid to drain out of the area. These tubes will remain in place for approximately one week following your surgery date.
The final steps of your procedure will be to re-secure the outermost layer of skin with sutures and relocate your navel in a natural place on your abdomen. Sutures will close the incisions, which will be sterilized with a surgical solution for your safety. Finally, a surgical binder will be placed around your surgical site to ensure the sutures stay in place.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
After your procedure, you will be able to return home that same day. The two tubes will remain in place to permit any additional fluid to easily drain out of the healing surgical site. You will be given prescriptions for any pain management medications you may need and will be asked to lie in a specific position (on your back with pillows under your back and knees) that will allow your waist to remain slightly flexed at all times.
The first night on the day of your procedure you will be instructed to take several very short walks just around your home. You should continue this in the days following your surgery and be sure to refrain from any activities that may cause strain to the surgical site, such as lifting or working out.
After one week, you will return to Dr. Roland for a post-operative appointment. At this time, the two drainage tubes will be removed. You can also call the office at any time if you have questions.
Tummy Tuck Frequently Asked Questions
It is very common to have lots of questions about a tummy tuck procedure. Here are some frequently asked patient questions that may provide insight, and we look forward to answering your additional questions during your consultation.
When can I return to work after a tummy tuck?
Generally speaking, it is best to wait one week (5 to 7 days) before returning to work. It is possible to work from home after a few days of recuperation time if this is needed/desired.
Are there any risks I need to be aware of?
While complications from tummy tuck procedures are typically quite rare, there is always the risk of infection from undergoing any type of surgical procedure. As well, there is a slight risk of blood clots.
When can I resume my regular schedule, including exercise?
Patients are generally advised to wait at least six weeks before resuming a regular schedule that might include lifting and intense exercise.
Can I get insurance reimbursement for abdominoplasty?
Typically, tummy tucks are not covered by traditional medical insurance unless the procedure is related to an underlying medical need. However, Dr. Roland’s office does provide patients with some options for financing as needed.
Are there any side effects from the surgery?
The most commonly reported side effect is numbness in the abdominal area, which can last for up to six weeks following the procedure until the muscles and skin have fully healed. Other temporary side effects can include some discomfort or pain, a bit of swelling and redness and some itching at the incision sites as healing progresses. These side effects can be well managed with the appropriate pain medications.
When will I see results from my tummy tuck?
Most patients say they can begin to see the results of their procedure in as little as two weeks following their tummy tuck surgery. After six weeks, you will be able to fully see and enjoy your new shape.
Contact Dr. Roland Today
Dr. Roland maintains a busy cosmetic surgery schedule from his office at 58 East 79th Street, New York, New York. For more extensive cosmetic procedures, Dr. Roland holds affiliations with Manhattan’s leading hospitals.
For patients who need it, financing for cosmetic surgery procedures is available through CareCredit and American Healthcare Lending. Contact Dr. Roland today at (212)-744-9400