A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen while tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall. It can be used to help improve the appearance of your abdomen after pregnancy or significant weight loss. The procedure typically involves two to three hours of surgery and requires a recovery period of four to six weeks. During this time, you may experience some discomfort, swelling, bruising, and numbness in the treated area. After your surgery has healed, you should notice an improved contour in your abdomen as well as a more toned appearance.
The New York Liposuction Center offers tummy tucks with experienced board-certified plastic surgeons
who specialize in this type of procedure. Our team will provide you with personalized care before and after your surgery to ensure optimal results. We are committed to helping you achieve your desired look and providing you with a safe and comfortable experience throughout the entire process
Day of Tummy Tuck Surgery
The day of your tummy tuck surgery is a big event. You will need to arrive early in the morning, and you will be asked to fill out paperwork and provide consent for the procedure. Once you have been checked in, you will be taken back to a pre-operative area where you can change into a hospital gown and wait until it is time for your surgery.
Your surgeon will come in to speak with you before the procedure begins. During this time, they will review all of the details of your surgery, including what type of anesthesia will be used and any other information that needs to be discussed. They may also ask if you have any questions or concerns about the procedure.
Before the surgery begins, you will receive an IV line and medications through it such as antibiotics and pain killers. This helps reduce the risk of infection during and after the procedure. Once everything is ready, your surgeon will begin by making incisions around your abdomen area
Tummy Tuck Procedure
During the tummy tuck procedure
, excess fat and skin are removed from the abdominal area. The underlying muscles may also be tightened depending on how much laxity there is in this area. Depending on what type of tummy tuck you are having done, liposuction may also be used to remove stubborn pockets of fat in areas such as the flanks or hips.
Once your surgeon
has finished removing excess tissue and tightening muscles, they will close up the incisions using sutures or surgical glue. The entire process usually takes between two and four hours but can take longer depending on what type of tummy tuck was performed. Afterward, you will be taken to a recovery room where nurses can monitor your condition until you are ready to go home.
The first week after a tummy tuck surgery is one of the most important weeks for recovery. During this time, the patient should follow their doctor's instructions closely to ensure proper healing and reduce the risk of complications. It is important to note that the body needs time to heal and rest during this period.
Pain management is an important part of recovery in the first week following a tummy tuck surgery. Patients may experience some discomfort and pain due to the incisions made during the procedure. To manage this pain, doctors typically prescribe medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. It is also important to take any prescribed antibiotics as directed by your doctor to prevent infection.
During the first week after surgery, it is important for patients to limit their physical activity. This includes avoiding strenuous activities such as running or lifting heavy objects, as well as any activities that involve bending or stretching. Additionally, patients should avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time and should get plenty of rest and sleep in order to facilitate healing.
Patients should expect their doctor or nurse to change their dressings regularly during the first week after surgery. This helps keep incisions clean and free from infection while allowing them to heal properly. During these dressing changes, patients may be instructed on how to care for their incision sites at home, including cleaning them with antibacterial soap and applying antibiotic ointment if needed.
Patients should plan on attending all scheduled follow-up appointments with their doctor in order to monitor progress and address any concerns that may arise during recovery. These appointments are usually scheduled within the first week after surgery, but can vary depending on individual cases. During these appointments, patients can ask questions about any issues they may be experiencing and receive advice on how best to care for themselves throughout recovery.
Week 4 to 6
During the fourth, fifth and sixth weeks after a tummy tuck surgery, patients will continue to heal and recover. During this period, it is important for patients to follow their post-operative instructions closely in order to ensure optimal results
Patients should avoid strenuous physical activity and heavy lifting during this time. They should also wear compression garments as instructed by their surgeon. These garments provide support and help reduce swelling.
At the end of week four, most patients can return to work if they feel up to it. It is important for them to take things slowly at first and not overdo it.
Most of the pain associated with a tummy tuck should be gone by week four or five. However, some pain may persist and can be managed with over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Patients should consult their doctor before taking any medications.
Swelling is normal after a tummy tuck procedure and may last up until week six or seven. In order to reduce swelling, patients should rest with their feet elevated above their heart level when possible. Compression garments should also be worn as directed by the surgeon in order to reduce swelling and promote healing.
Patients will typically have several follow-up appointments with their surgeon during this period in order to monitor progress and ensure that everything is healing properly. At these appointments, the surgeon may remove stitches or drains if necessary. The patient's incisions will also be examined for signs of infection or other complications that may need treatment.
Week 6 and Beyond
At week 6, the patient can expect to experience a significant decrease in swelling. Patients may also begin to see their final results of the tummy tuck surgery. However, it is important to remember that the healing process is not complete at this stage. After week 6, patients must continue to wear their compression garment for an additional two weeks or until instructed otherwise by their doctor.
During this time, patients should also avoid strenuous activities such as heavy lifting, running, or any other activity that could cause strain on the abdomen. It is important to follow all post-operative instructions given by your doctor in order to ensure a successful outcome.
Patients will still have some scarring at this stage, but it should be significantly less than when they first left the hospital after surgery
. Scars will continue to fade over time and can be treated with laser treatments or other scar removal techniques
It is important for patients to attend all follow-up appointments scheduled by their doctor in order to ensure that everything is healing properly. During these appointments, your doctor may take new pictures of your abdomen and ask you questions about how you are feeling overall. These follow-up appointments are essential for making sure that everything is going according to plan and that the tummy tuck has been successful.
Final Results of a Tummy Tuck
The final results of a tummy tuck are typically visible within 6 to 8 weeks after the surgery. The patient should be able to move around more easily and have a flatter, firmer abdomen. Some people may still need to wear a compression garment for up to six months following their tummy tuck in order to reduce swelling and help the skin heal properly.
Once the healing process
is complete, the patient should expect to see a dramatic improvement in their abdominal area
. The skin will be tighter and smoother, and any excess fat or loose skin will have been removed. In addition, many patients
find that they now have better posture due to the removal of excess tissue in the abdominal region.
Although results vary from person to person, most people experience an improved self-image and confidence level after their tummy tuck surgery
. It is important to note that these results can be maintained with proper diet and exercise, as well as regular maintenance visits with your surgeon.
We understand that abdominoplasty surgery
is a big decision and we strive to provide our patients with the best possible care throughout their entire journey. Our experienced surgeons are dedicated to helping you achieve your desired outcome while ensuring your safety and comfort during every step of the process.
Abdominoplasty surgery is an outpatient procedure that can be performed under general anesthesia. The surgery typically takes two to three hours and involves making a horizontal incision in the lower abdomen
, removing excess skin
and fat, and tightening the abdominal muscles. The surgeon may also reposition the navel if necessary.
Day of Tummy Tuck Surgery
On the day of surgery, patients will need to arrive at least one hour before their scheduled procedure time
. They will meet with a nurse who will review their medical history
and provide instructions on how to prepare for the surgery. This includes fasting for several hours prior to the procedure and avoiding certain medications
, such as aspirin or ibuprofen. After being admitted to the clinic, they will change into a hospital gown and receive medication to help them relax before being taken into the operating room.
During the first week after surgery, patients should expect swelling, bruising, and some pain around the incision site. most patients
are able to return home within 24 hours of their procedure but should plan on taking it easy during this time and avoiding strenuous activities. It is important to wear a supportive garment such as a girdle or binder provided during this period in order to minimize swelling and support the abdomen while it heals.
Week 4 to 6
By four weeks post-surgery
, most of the swelling should have subsided and patients can begin light exercise such as walking or yoga. At this point they can also start wearing clothing that fits more snugly around their midsection without causing discomfort. By six weeks post-surgery, most patients will be back to their normal activities including swimming and other forms of exercise.
Week 6 and Beyond
After six weeks post-surgery, patients will begin to see more dramatic changes in their body shape as healing continues. At this point they can resume all normal activities including running or lifting weights if desired. Patients should continue wearing supportive garments during physical activity in order to maintain results over time.
Final Results of a Tummy Tuck
The final results
of abdominoplasty surgery are usually visible within three months but may take up to six months for full results to be achieved. Most patients report feeling more confident about their appearance following surgery with improved posture due to tighter abdominal muscles
and smoother contours along the midsection due to removal of excess fat and skin.
Our board-certified plastic surgeons
are experienced in performing abdominoplasty surgeries safely with excellent outcomes for our patients. We understand that everyone’s needs are different which is why we take a personalized approach when designing treatment plans tailored specifically for each individual patient's goals.