Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Surgery
Dr. Charlotte Ann Rhee is a Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in Huntington, Long Island NY that specializes in Abdominoplasty. For patients seeking more minimal results, Dr. Rhee also offers mini-Tummy Tuck surgery.
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
Abdominoplasty, often called a “tummy tuck,” is a very popular surgery in America. Tummy tucks help flatten and shape the abdomen and waist by removing excess fat and skin and tightening muscles. Our doctors have been performing abdominoplasties with excellent cosmetic results for many years. Patients love the look of their new flat stomachs after surgery under our doctors’ exceptional care. Tummy tuck surgery is often performed as part of the mommy makeover combination procedure along with breast lift surgery and liposuction.
Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck?
The best candidates for abdominoplasty are in good physical condition with pockets of fat or loose skin that haven’t responded well to diet and exercise. We can also help older, slightly obese people whose skin has lost some of its elasticity.
Abdominoplasty can also be useful for women with stretched skin and muscles from pregnancy. Results from the tummy tuck procedure will likely diminish if women continue to bear children, so we advise patients who plan to become pregnant to delay abdominoplasty.
We also encourage patients who intend to lose a lot of weight to wait before undergoing the procedure, since skin in the abdominal area typically loosens after substantial weight loss.
Long Island Abdominoplasty with Dr. Rhee
We take the time during every pre-operative consultation to learn what each patient wants to achieve from a tummy tuck, both for their bodies and for their self-confidence. By listening to what patients have to say and closely examining them rather than performing a one-size-fits-all procedure on every person, we provide patients with completely customized treatment that takes into account their specific goals.
Tummy Tuck Before and After Photos
How Is Tummy Tuck Surgery Performed?
Abdominoplasty takes approximately two to five hours under general anesthesia. The surgeon will make two incisions: one from hipbone to hipbone close to the pubic area, and another around the navel. He or she will separate the skin from the abdominal muscles, which are then pulled together and stitched into place for a firmer abdomen and narrower waist. He or she will stretch the skin flap down and over the newly tightened muscles, remove excess skin, and reattach the navel in a natural position. Finally, he or she will close the incisions and apply sterile surgical dressings over the sutured areas.
How Long Does Abdominoplasty Take?
The tummy tuck surgery can take anywhere between an hour and a half to two and a half hours. Most patients are able to return home the same day as their procedure, so there is no overnight stay to account for. The length of the surgery really depends on how much work needs to be done. This means patients who have more skin and muscles to tuck tend to have longer procedures.
How Much Weight Will I Lose After Tummy Tuck Surgery?
After tummy tuck surgery, patients experience a surge in self-confidence due to their new appearance. Abdominoplasty, on average, results in a loss of 12-15 pounds, but results vary. Patients who undergo abdominoplasty with realistic expectations achieve their weight goals and are happy with their results. Dr. Rhee will be sure to be clear about what to expect and how you can further achieve your goals after your surgery.
Abdominoplasty Recovery Process
After surgery, compression garments are worn and a temporary tube may be inserted under the skin to drain excess fluid from the surgical site. Recovery time ranges from two weeks to a few months. You should limit strenuous activities for at least six weeks, and may need to take off from work for up to a month. Dr. Rhee will give you specific instructions for your individual recovery. Following these instructions can help speed up your recovery and reduce the risk of any post-surgery complications.
Tummy Tuck Results
Abdominoplasty will leave a scar spanning the lower abdomen from hip to hip. We are very careful to make the incision low enough for even a bikini to conceal the scar. With a balanced diet and regular exercise, results are long-lasting. However, individual results will vary per patient. Your abdominal muscles will continue to age, but your results will continue to have an effect on your appearance.
Risks of Abdominoplasty
Though rare, post-operative complications from surgery are possible. They may include infection, blood clots, and poor healing, which may require further surgery.
Patients who have had previous abdominal surgery should know that their old scars could be raised, stretched or generally more noticeable after the procedure. A scar revision procedure after abdominoplasty may minimize the appearance of an unsightly scar.