Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) & Liposuction
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A tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) is a procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen. It is frequently done in men and women who have experienced weight fluctuations and are left with extra tissue that won't go away on its own.
Who gets a tummy tuck?
The tummy tuck is extremely common in women who have had one or more children, and it is sometimes referred to as part of a "mommy makeover." The tummy tuck can also be performed as a "body contouring" procedure in someone who has lost a significant amount of weight through diet, exercise, gastric bypass, gastric banding, or some combination of techniques for massive weight loss.
Are there scars?
Scars from a tummy tuck are hidden entirely under your bathing suit or underwear line, allowing you to feel confident showing your body after the procedure. The tummy tuck can be combined with liposuction in some people, and this is sometimes referred to as "lipoabdominoplasty."
How do you decide between a tummy tuck and liposuction?
Liposuction is an operation that focuses on the targeted removal of fat, while a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty removes both fat and excess skin. In addition, a tummy tuck allows your surgeon to repair any splitting of the six-pack muscles that may have occurred during pregnancy or weight changes (rectus diastasis).
Liposuction is ideal if you are at or close to your goal weight, and you have a few pesky areas of stubborn fat deposition that are not responsive to diet and exercise. For persistent areas of fat-- whether they be in the belly, arms, legs, waist, neck, or knees-- liposuction can sometimes be the only way to definitively remove them. Liposuction uses extremely tiny incisions (about half a centimeter in length, and usually hidden in an easily concealed area like the belly button) to actually suck out the extra fat. Downtime is minimal and results are quick and gratifying.
How will this change my daily life?
The tummy tuck is one of the most gratifying operations I perform, as it truly transforms people's lives. I have had a number of patients tell me that their abdominoplasty has allowed them to swim, go to the beach, shop in their favorite stores, date, rekindle their romantic relationships, and exercise-- activities that can be prohibitive when excess skin and fat gets in your way.
What is the next step?
If you are thinking about a tummy tuck, liposuction, or lipoabdominoplasty, the first step is scheduling an in-person consultation. We will discuss your goals and the best ways to achieve them. To start your journey, please call (212) 452-2400.