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Tummy Tuck

tummy tuck new jersey | abdominoplasty njDo you find yourself wishing that you could eliminate your “pot belly” or “pooch”? Some women turn to diet and exercise only to find that they continue to have loose skin and a protuberant abdomen. New Jersey Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Friedlander, can help eliminate these persistent issues by performing a tummy tuck.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck is a procedure performed by New Jersey Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Friedlander, that is aimed at correcting fullness of the lower abdomen that is caused by excess skin and fat. This condition often results from pregnancy but may be associated with weight change or even heredity, and is appropriate in men and women.

The ideal Tummy Tuck candidate

Abdominoplasty is the one of the most popular plastic surgeries for women. Many women have a tummy tuck as part of their mommy makeover. The best candidates are women (and men) who are at their ideal body weight, who eat healthy and who exercise. After pregnancy or weight change, skin and muscle become lax and an overhang or pooch may develop. As long as you have no serious medical problems, are within 10% of your ideal weight and have completed your child bearing, you are an excellent candidate. Even if you are above your ideal weight you may still obtain a great result, helping you to feel better about yourself and the way you look. Dr. Friedlander will review your history and perform a complete examination during your consultation and discuss this with you.

What is the difference between a Tummy Tuck and Liposuction?

This procedure removes excess and/or stretched out skin in addition to tightening the underlying muscle (abs or rectus muscle) to give a flat, firm look. The difference between liposuction and a tummy tuck can be confusing. Liposuction only reduces excess fat. It does not remove excess skin. Liposuction on other areas, or even other contouring procedures, can safely be performed at the same time as a tummy tuck to create a more balanced outcome.
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What to expect during your consultation

The surgery is individualized to meet your needs. After examining you, Dr. Friedlander will recommend the procedure that will best address your needs, and review that procedure in detail. Most often, a full tummy tuck is recommended, but if the problem areas are isolated to the region below the belly button, you may be a candidate for a mini tummy tuck. Alternatively, if there are loose folds of skin extending around the waistline she might recommend an extended tummy tuck or body lift.

Where is the Tummy Tuck procedure performed?

Tummy tuck surgery is done in the hospital, and an overnight stay is necessary. Dr. Friedlander will make an incision in your lower abdomen, which will permit tightening of the muscle and removal of excess skin. Your bed will be flexed and bent in the middle to take pressure off of your tummy. You will need to walk slightly stooped over and sleep in a bed flexed in the middle for about 1-2 weeks*. The sutures are removed after several days. Dr. Friedlander uses drains which help to remove any fluid that might accumulate under the skin. These drains are monitored and removed after several days. Although you may not be able to stand up straight, you should begin walking the day after surgery. You may gradually increase your activity level and return to strenuous activity and heavy lifting after about 4-6 weeks. Most people can return to work after about 2 weeks.*

Will I be in pain?

Dr. Friedlander uses Exparel, a long acting anesthetic, on her tummy tuck patients. The Exparel which has revolutionized pain control after the surgery, lasts up to 3 days and significantly reduces the amount of pain her patients feel*. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of confidence because you feel good. It is important to remember that you have had a procedure and you need to take it easy.

Will there be scarring?

Dr. Friedlander will make an incision in your lower abdomen, which will permit tightening of the muscle and removal of excess skin. The incision that results heals over time becoming less visible.*

When can I resume normal activities?

After your tummy tuck surgery, your bed will be flexed and bent in the middle to take pressure off of your tummy. You will need to walk slightly stooped over and sleep in a bed flexed in the middle for about 1-2 weeks. Dr. Friedlander uses drains which help to remove any fluid that might accumulate under the skin. These drains are monitored and removed after several days. Although you may not be able to stand up straight, you should begin walking the day after surgery. You may gradually increase your activity level and return to strenuous activity and heavy lifting after about 4-6 weeks. Most people can return to work after about 2 weeks.*

Schedule a consultation

For more details and to find out if you are a candidate for tummy tuck please contact us to schedule a consultation or call our office at (973) 912-9120. You may also use our online consultation tool provided on this page.

* = Results may vary

 

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