Abdominoplasty Is Body Contouring for Your Midsection
It’s been said that change is the only constant in life. And, as we go through life’s many profound changes, they can leave unwanted evidence in their wake. Post-bariatric patients who have undergone significant weight loss or women who have been pregnant often must contend with loose and sagging skin that hangs unflatteringly from their frame. But a tummy tuck can help.
Dr. Gordon Andan serves his New Your City community with the best aesthetic treatments in the tri-state area. His offices are located in Manhattan and Garden City, NY, for your convenience. Contact us to schedule your personal consultation. Call (516) 746-0155 to speak with one of our helpful representatives.
- 1 A Flattering Flatter Abdomen After Weight Loss
- 2 Before and After Photos
- 3 Benefits
- 4 Your Personal Consultation With Dr. Andan
- 5 The Procedure
- 6 Recovery
- 7 Results
- 8 Consider a Full Mommy Makeover
- 9 How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost in New York?
- 10 Learn More
- 11 FAQ
- 12 References
A Flattering Flatter Abdomen After Weight Loss
Abdominoplasty’s cosmetic outcomes achieve what can’t be accomplished through diet and exercise alone. While a tummy tuck surgery is an extensive procedure requiring some downtime, the results are satisfying for the vast majority of patients, both female and male. If you’re considering a tummy tuck in the New York metropolitan area, contact our practice to find out if the procedure is right for you.
What Does a Tummy Tuck Do?
Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck removes excess fat and skin while restoring weakened muscles at the belly. The procedure creates a smoother, firmer abdominal profile. It is a very powerful and transformative body contouring surgery. Women who have been pregnant and weight-loss patients are the most common seekers of the tummy tuck. The aging process and genetic factors can also contribute to loose, sagging skin at the abdomen.
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Before and After Photos
A tummy tuck will tailor your body so that you can feel comfortable in your own skin. If you have recently lost weight or have had children, you owe it to yourself to look and feel your best.
The Advantages of Abdominoplasty
- Repair of stretched abdominal muscles
- Tightening of loose skin around the midsection
- For women, the procedure restores an S-shaped silhouette
Your Personal Consultation With Dr. Andan
Dr. Gordon Andan is committed to helping you achieve your best possible outcomes. He is an experienced surgeon with an attention to detail, an artistic eye and a focus on natural-looking results. Dr. Andan’s good bedside manner and customized approach ensure that every person who visits New York Surgical Arts at our New York or Long Island locations enjoys a welcoming and positive experience, from the initial consultation and beyond.
Your personal consultation with Dr. Andan is your opportunity to communicate your aesthetic goals. Guided by this information, he will recommend the best course of treatment for your sagging skin at the abdomen. All of our grateful patients’ glowing reviews affirm the fact that they made the right choice with Dr. Andan.
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A tummy tuck takes about three hours. Dr. Andan shall perform the procedure while you are under general anesthesia. We create a horizontal incision on your lower abdomen and then separate the skin from the underlying tissue. Another incision will encircle your navel. He’ll trim away loose skin and fat, and repair the underlying muscles with sutures.
During the same procedure, we often perform Liposuction in adjacent areas to provide a slimmer body shape. Dr. Andan then closes the incisions using stitches, skin adhesives or clips. Temporary drains may also be placed to collect fluid after surgery. Your midsection will be wrapped in gauze and an elastic bandage to aid the healing process.
After tummy tuck surgery, you can expect some swelling, bruising and discomfort in the treated area for several days. We will provide you with specific aftercare instructions and prescription pain medication to manage discomfort.
Within a few days, you should be up and walking, but you should postpone strenuous activity for several weeks.
The recovery time is about 10 to 14 days. Swelling and bruising will gradually subside, and the incision lines will fade and flatten out over time. Therefore, it may take several months before you can appreciate the outcome of your tummy tuck.
You can expect long-lasting results from your tummy tuck. During abdominoplasty, Dr. Andan will surgically trim away loose skin to flatter your body’s natural contours. If you avoid any further fluctuations in weight, then you will ensure your future enjoyment of the procedure’s bevy of benefits for years to come. Some skin laxity, however, is a natural result of the aging process.
How Much Weight Do You Lose After a Tummy Tuck?
Some patients lose 10 pounds or more from their tummy tuck. However, abdominoplasty is not a weight loss procedure per se. It is body contouring surgery to reshape the skin and muscle at the abdomen. A tummy tuck will flatter your form after childbearing or dramatic drops in belly fat. It is an excisional procedure in which extra fat and skin are removed to produce the desired aesthetic effect. Dr. Andan frequently performs a little liposuction along with the tummy tuck to ensure your perfect post-op silhouette.
How Long Until You See Your Tummy Tuck Results?
There are several phases of healing you must acknowledge and respect as you watch the results of your abdominoplasty blossom into their final form. Phase one of your recovery spans the first month or so following your procedure. You will abstain from vigorous physical activity during this phase while your swelling recedes. People with desk jobs may be able to return to work after just two weeks of downtime. Those in more active professions might have to wait a little longer. In phase two, your swelling will have gone down significantly. For this four-month period, your final shape will begin to emerge. Lastly, in phase three, your incisions will continue to heal and fade. Practicing good scar care is essential.
Consider a Full Mommy Makeover
Childbirth changes your life. It also changes your body. Reclaim your pre-pregnancy looks with a Mommy Makeover combination procedure. A Mommy Makeover describes the suite of services that augment and enhance the parts of a woman’s body that change during the childbearing years. This includes the breast and abdominal area. Dr. Andan performs the Mommy Makeover component procedures in a convenient sequence or in a single session. The goal of a Mommy Makeover is to focus on the changes that occur during and after pregnancy.
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost in New York?
A tummy tuck is a body contouring procedure customized to you and your individual needs. At your personal consultation, Dr. Andan or one of our team of medical professionals will perform a brief physical examination to gather the relevant information. We will also conduct an intake interview to discern your health history and aesthetic goals. At this time, the patient coordinator will provide you with your surgical quote.
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If you’re considering tummy tuck surgery, we encourage you to visit our New York plastic surgery office for a personal consultation. Our staff is kind, responsive and respectful of your needs, and they can answer many of your preliminary questions about abdominoplasty. During a consultation, plastic surgeon Dr. Andan can address your inquiries and discuss the tummy tuck in detail. Call our office at (516) 746-0155.
Is a tummy tuck worth it?
The vast majority of tummy tuck patients are very pleased with their results. The procedure has received a 97% “Worth It” rating from cosmetic surgery seekers just like you at RealSelf.com. RealSelf is the leading and most trusted source for people considering cosmetic treatments. Its ratings are generated from real user experiences. In fact, the tummy tuck was named one of “2020’s Most Worth It” procedures as a result of almost 2,000 patient ratings.
What does your BMI have to be to get a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck is not intended for obese patients—those with a BMI (body mass index) of 30 or higher. That’s because obesity often comes with its own constellation of health risks which can make an involved surgery like abdominoplasty more hazardous for the patient. However, most seekers of this procedure are already overweight to some extent. You are likely to get the most out of your tummy tuck if you keep the following guidelines in mind:
• Do not plan on getting pregnant again
• Be within 20 to 30 pounds of your goal weight
• Mitigate medical conditions
• Commit to a healthy and active lifestyle
- Najera, R. M., Asheld, W., Sayeed, S. M., & Glickman, L. T. (2011). Comparison of Seroma Formation following Abdominoplasty with or without Liposuction. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 127(1), 417–422. doi: 10.1097/prs.0b013e3181f95763
- Staalesen, T., Elander, A., Strandell, A., & Bergh, C. (2012). A systematic review of outcomes of abdominoplasty. Journal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery, 46(3-4), 139–144. doi: 10.3109/2000656x.2012.683794