What is a Tummy Tuck?
An Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck helps flatten and re-contour the abdomen and waist by removing excess skin and fat, and by tightening the underlying muscles. The procedure is especially beneficial for women with loose skin, stretch marks, and muscle laxity as a result of pregnancy, as well as for patients with excess fat and loose, baggy skin which has simply lost its elasticity.
Dr. Wiener utilizes a low, gently curving incision just above the pubic area, but lower than the panty line for concealment. The length of the incision varies with the amount of skin to be removed. Dr. Wiener uses a medical grade adhesive rather than stitches in order to minimize the appearance of scars. In many cases, liposuction to the abdomen, hips, or flank area can be added to achieve the best possible contour.
What is tummy tuck recovery like?
Most tummy tuck patients feel tired and sore after tummy tuck surgery, and there will be some degree of bruising or swelling. Small drains will be placed near the incision and will be removed after several days. A post-surgical garment is worn for several weeks. Most patients return to work within one week, and more strenuous activities can be resumed in 6 to 8 weeks.
Dr. Wiener feels that, for many patients, addressing the entire trunk from the front, sides and back, is the best way to fully transform the figure. He will spend all the time necessary prior to your surgery, to develop the best possible plan for you.
Mini Tummy Tuck
For patients with excess abdominal skin limited to the lower abdomen, below the navel, a Mini-Tummy Tuck may be the best procedure. Here, a shorter incision is used, and liposuction is often added to achieve the best possible results. Post-operative discomfort is often less and recovery is shorter than for a full tummy tuck.
Mommy Make-Over with a Tummy Tuck
For women who wish to re-contour all of the areas affected by pregnancy, Dr. Wiener routinely performs a “Mommy Make-Over.” Here, an Abdominosplasty (and possibly liposuction) is combined with breast enlargement or lifting to replace or improve upon what pregnancy has taken away. This has become one of Dr. Wiener’s most popular combination procedures.
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