Beverly Friedlander MD 973.912.9120

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) New Jersey

Tummy tuck

Do 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.

A tummy tuck is a procedure 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. 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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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.

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.

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