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. New Jersey Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Friedlander, can help eliminate these persistent issues by performing a tummy tuck.Have a Question
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.
Am I a good candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
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.
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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.
What can I expect during a Tummy Tuck consultation?
To achieve the best result, it is necessary to assess the abdomen circumferentially and to determine the contribution of the back fat and the upper abdomen to the individual appearance. A Tummy Tuck involves much more than the tummy. It is only by looking at the entire torso that the results can be transformational. The surgery is individualized to meet your needs and may include liposuction or even fat transfers. 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.
What is involved in a Tummy Tuck procedure?
A tummy tuck is intended to restore a more youthful appearance to the abdomen. After pregnancy and changes in weight, the distribution of skin and fat will have changed, leaving loose folds in the lower abdomen and extra fullness in the upper abdomen. The abdomen takes on a rounder appearance signifying a weakness in the ab muscles which no amount of sit ups can correct. Tummy tuck surgery addresses all of these changes resulting in a more pleasing shape. Dr. Friedlander frequently performs liposuction at the same time to improve your waist line. This may involve liposuction of your hips or your upper abdomen. She will make an incision in your lower abdomen, at the location of a c-section scar (if you have one). The ab muscles are tightened and the extra skin is marked and removed. This results in a scar across the lower abdomen that is hidden by most undergarments. Many women are concerned about pain after surgery. She uses a long acting local anesthetic to reduce your post op discomfort. Drains are places to prevent any adverse fluid accumulation under the skin. She feels it is best to remain in the facility overnight to help you begin your road to recovery. After your procedure you will be assisted out of bed. Early ambulation is the best way to reduce complications.
Will I be in pain after a Tummy Tuck?
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 after a Tummy Tuck?
Dr. Friedlander will make an incision in your lower abdomen, which will permit tightening of the muscle and removal of excess skin. This is located at the same level of your C-section scar, if you have one. The scar that results heals over time becoming less visible.
When can I resume normal activities after a Tummy Tuck?
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 Tummy Tuck 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 973-524-7124.