Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty)
If there’s one area of the body most of us can agree is a trouble spot, it’s our midsection. Some aesthetic tummy issues can be remedied with diet and regular exercise, but certainly not all. Problems of excess skin and stubborn fat deposits due to weight loss, pregnancy, and the inevitable toll that gravity takes on the body generally require a surgical solution. Plastic surgeons at the East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery Center offer New Jersey patients many body contouring options including tummy tuck surgery, also called an abdominoplasty. If you’re interested in learning about how a tummy tuck procedure can bring you closer to your ideal image, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with an advanced cosmetic surgeon at one of our ECAPS Centers of New Jersey locations in Hoboken, Livingston, Ridgewood, or Livingston.
What is an abdominoplasty?
Tummy tuck surgery, also called abdominoplasty, removes excess and/or sagging fat and skin to improve the overall shape and tone of your abdomen or midsection. Certain cases may also require the tightening of abdominal muscles. Anyone who wishes to have a flat, smooth stomach with a better contour and shape may be a good candidate for an abdominoplasty procedure.
A tummy tuck is a popular procedure for women who have recently given birth or lost a substantial amount of weight. Surgery becomes the best option when the reshaping of problem areas cannot be corrected with simple diet and exercise.
Am I a good candidate for an abdominoplasty?
At the ECAPS Center, we want the best for each and every one of our patients. One or more of the following may indicate you are a good candidate for an abdominoplasty procedure:
- You are in good physical condition and near average weight. Being able to withstand surgery is a major factor when determining your candidacy for a tummy tuck.
- You wish to gain a more even, toned body after weight loss, pregnancy, natural aging, or inherited factors
- You are currently struggling with pockets of fat that are not in proportion with the rest of your body. This fat oftentimes cannot be eliminated with diet and exercise
- If you do not have an associated amount of abundant excess skin, and elasticity of the skin is still good, your surgery should be a success
During your one-on-one consultation with a surgeon at one of our ECAPS Centers of New Jersey, you will go over these considerations in order to ensure that your surgery is a success. You should be prepared to discuss your full medical history during your consultation, including any medical conditions, previous surgeries or treatments, drug allergies, current medications, and use of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal substances.
Special Considerations for Tummy Tucks:
Age, weight, and pregnancy can negatively impact the results of your tummy tuck. If you are considering an abdominoplasty procedure, please also review the following points:
A tummy tuck can be performed at any age, as long as you are a good candidate for major surgery.
It is important that you complete your weight loss prior to surgery, otherwise the problems may reappear. Gaining weight after your surgery may worsen scars or bring back the issues you were dealing with prior.
It is in your best interest to inform the ECAPS staff if you are considering having children in the future. Pregnancy can cause unpredictable body changes and can affect the long-term results of your abdominoplasty procedure.
Surgery and Recovery
A tummy tuck is commonly an outpatient surgery, performed with general anesthesia or local anesthesia and sedation. After a few hours of recovery you will be able to return home. Any incisions you receive during your tummy tuck will be wrapped in gauze dressings and may include drain tubes to prevent the accumulation of fluid. You should be able to walk immediately following surgery and will be up and about within a day or two after surgery.
Dressings will be removed within several days but you may be required to wear a supportive garment to reduce swelling. The professionals at the East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery Center in New Jersey will recommend follow up visits to evaluate your healing process. It is important to follow your doctor’s orders during this time to assure that your final results reach their full potential.