Abdominoplasty, also known as tummy tuck, is a commonly performed procedure that removes excess fat and skin and tightens the abdominal muscle structure. This creates a smoother, firmer, and more youthful abdominal profile and contour.
Diet and exercise alone may be unable to restore a flat and well-toned abdomen. Excess skin, an odd appearance from separated abdominal muscles (diastasis recti), or sagging abdominal tissue, fat, and skin, may require surgery. These changes to the abdominal area are in part due to aging, pregnancy, or fluctuations in weight. The tummy tuck is a customized surgical procedure. Dr. Tanna will tailor a surgical plan to help you restore a firmer, flatter, more youthful tummy area. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Tanna uses the most advanced surgical techniques in his approach to abdominoplasty and body contouring surgery to give you the best results in a tummy tuck Long Island has to offer.
Many people, both women and men, live with a bulging abdomen. Even those who eat a healthy, nutritious diet and consistently exercise can be dismayed to discover that none of their efforts restore a firm, tight abdomen. In these cases, a tummy tuck may be the appropriate procedure. This surgery corrects a loose, sagging abdomen. This procedure is not a weight-loss surgery – it is geared to restore the tummy area, repair loosened muscles, and remove the excess skin and fat.
Each one of our Long Island abdominoplasty procedures is a custom-tailored surgical procedure, geared to resolve the unique issues of the individual patient. The steps in the procedure are as follows:
The type of anesthesia used can vary, based upon the extent of the surgery and the patient. Most commonly, general anesthesia is required.
Incisions required to excise the excess skin and fat. If the abdominal muscles have separated or loosened (diastasis recti), they will be tightened so they lie flat. The incisions will be placed in various areas, based upon the patient’s anatomy, but you can be confident that Dr. Tanna will do all he can to keep incisions as small as possible.
Once the area is repaired, the incisions are closed. Dissolvable stitches will be utilized. High-grade medical adhesive is placed over the stitches, allowing patients to shower in as little as 24 to 48 hours after surgery.
Our tummy tuck in Long Island will require some healing time. Initially, you will need to rest at home for several days, with limited activity. Long acting nerve blocks are performed during the surgery, to help minimize pain. Nonetheless, prescription pain medications will be provided to keep you comfortable during the early stages of recovery.
Healing time varies, based upon the patient and extent of surgery. Younger people, such as mothers who have chosen to have a “mommy makeover,” often heal more quickly than older patients. Abdominoplasty is an elective procedure, and it is advised that you arrange to have about four weeks to recover after the procedure. Prior to surgery, comprehensive aftercare instructions will be provided. In addition, Dr. Tanna will be monitoring your progress throughout the healing phase to help ensure you have the best tummy tuck Long Island has to offer.
As every person is unique in the aesthetic problems they live with, the exact procedure will vary based upon the individual. The surgical options include:
This procedure is often called a “full tummy tuck,” as it involves a full surgical repair to the upper and lower abdomen (area above and below the navel).
This procedure is appropriate for some patients, but is more limited, as it only addresses excess skin and fat below the navel.
This procedure is more extensive, and appropriate for patients that need to removing excess skin and fat of not only the abdomen, but also the thigh and buttock region. The procedure can include liposuction to remove excess fat from lower back and hips. While this is a more invasive procedure, it offers the most dramatic improvement for patients.
Even younger patients can suffer from a loose, flabby tummy area, and feel less confident in body image. No matter what your age, if you are tired of living with excess fat, hanging skin, and a droopy, saggy abdomen, Dr. Tanna can help you restore the fit, trim, flat tummy with our abdominoplasty in Long Island.