For women and men alike, loose, sagging skin and excess fat in the abdominal region can be embarrassing and frustrating–and almost impossible to resolve. Significant weight loss, childbirth, and aging can lead to a loose, bulging abdomen that no amount of exercise will change. Our Long Island tummy tuck procedure is the answer many are looking for to transform the abdominal area and leave it looking firm, taut, and sculpted.
Who is a candidate for a tummy tuck?
Patients who would like our Long Island tummy tuck should meet the following qualifications:
- You have loose, hanging abdominal skin due to significant weight loss, age or pregnancy.
- You are physically healthy and at a stable weight.
- You are not pregnant or expecting to have more children.
- You have realistic expectations about what this surgery can do for you.
- You do not smoke.
- You have severely weakened or separated stomach muscles.
- You are unhappy with the appearance of your abdomen.
Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
- Flatter abdomen
- Better fit in clothing
- Removal of loose, hanging skin after pregnancy or weight loss
- Elimination of stretch marks
- Improved symptoms of stress urinary incontinence
- Tighter abdominal muscles
- Corrected ventral hernia
- Improved posture
- More contoured, sculpted abdominal area
Types of tummy tucks
There are different types of tummy tucks that may be done to address your abdominal concerns.
A traditional tummy tuck in Long Island is done with an incision at the underwear line that goes from hip bone to hip bone, and a second incision around the navel. Your surgeon will remove excess skin and some amount of fat from approximately the pubic bone to the navel, then tighten the muscles with permanent sutures both above and below the belly button to achieve a flatter, firmer look.
A mini tummy tuck involves only the lower incision on the bikini line and does not address sagging above the navel. Mini tucks are ideal for people at normal body weight with a small pooch or loose skin in the lower belly. If you have excess fat or saggy skin above your belly button, or have lost a lot of weight and have a lot of excess skin, you'll need a full tummy tuck.
An extended tummy tuck is very similar to a regular tummy tuck, but in addition to targeting the excess skin and fat on the stomach, it also addresses the flank area, or love handles, between the waist and hips. Ideal candidates for an extended tummy tuck include people who have lost a lot of weight and have excess skin or want to tighten and trim their body more extensively than just in the abdominal area.
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What to expect during a tummy tuck
Tummy tuck procedures
Traditional Tummy Tuck
During a traditional tummy tuck, an incision is made at the underwear line that runs between your hip bones. A second incision is made around the navel to remove the attachment of the navel to the belly skin. The underlying muscles will be permanently stitched together, which slims the waistline. Loose skin and fat are removed, and the skin is pulled downward and trimmed. It is then reattached to make a tighter, firmer abdomen. Liposuction can also be combined with a tummy tuck if there are pockets of fat that need to be removed.
The final step is creating a new opening for the belly button. Once this is made, your surgeon will pull the umbilicus through the skin and suture it into place with dissolvable sutures.
Mini Tummy Tuck
A smaller incision will be made in the same area as a traditional tummy tuck. Loose muscles in the lower abdomen will be sutured together and tightened. Excess skin will be removed, creating a flatter, more contoured abdomen and waistline. Because the upper skin is not pulled down during a mini tummy tuck, your belly button will remain the same.
Extended Tummy Tuck
During an extended tummy tuck, a longer incision is made above the pubic hairline that wraps around to the lower back. Loose skin and fat are removed from the stomach and flank areas. The skin is pulled tight, trimmed and laid flat, and the belly button is reattached, giving the skin a firmer, flatter appearance.
What kind of scars will I have?
Mini and traditional tummy tucks leave a scar low on the abdomen that can be concealed by underwear. An extended tummy tuck will have a longer scar that extends around the back.
How painful will the recovery be?
In general, pain is mild to moderate after a tummy tuck. Many patients are surprised that the pain is much less than they expected.
How long should I wait to return to work after my tummy tuck?
Plan to take about two weeks off from sedentary work.
How much does a tummy tuck cost?
The cost of a tummy tuck depends on the type of tummy tuck you receive. Depending on the complexity of the procedure, the cost is between $9,000-$12,000.
What type of anesthesia is used?
You will be under general anesthesia given by an experienced, expert anesthesiologist.
How long will the surgery last?
On average, the surgery will take about 3.5 hours.
How long will it take to fully recover after my tummy tuck?
You will be able to return to many of your usual activities after two weeks. You will wear a compression garment for six weeks. At about one and a half months post surgery, after the garment is taken off and the swelling subsides, you will be fully recovered.
Can I get a tummy tuck if I am overweight?
Obsese patients do not qualify for a tummy tuck. However, if you are overweight, you may still qualify for and benefit from a tummy tuck. The most ideal results are seen in patients who are close to their ideal weight.