What exactly is a tummy tuck?
Also known as an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and tissue in the abdominal area. When necessary, Dr. Grossman uses liposuction during the procedure to achieve optimal results. An abdominoplasty flattens the appearance of the belly and allows Dr. Grossman to repair weakened or damaged abdominal muscles that seem to defy any amount of ab-focused exercises.
Why can’t I achieve results with exercise and diet?
Even when your body weight is normal or close to it, aging, heredity, pregnancy, or significant weight loss can result in a protuberant or sagging abdomen due to loss of muscle tone and pockets of stubborn fat that refuse to budge no matter how far or fast you run.
Is a tummy tuck permanent?
While it’s technically permanent, fluctuations in your weight and lack of exercise can essentially erase the results of a tummy tuck. Thus it’s recommended you put off having an abdominoplasty if you plan to get pregnant in the future or want to lose a significant amount of weight.
If you’ve had your last child and are ready for a Mommy Makeover, Dr. Grossman offers a combination breast augmentation and tummy tuck package that helps restore or improve upon your pre-baby shape.
What is liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that breaks up fat and “sucks” it from the body. It can be used alone to remove excess fat from areas such as the flank, abdomen, and thighs. If you have excessively sagging skin and are undergoing abdominoplasty, Dr. Grossman may also use liposuction during surgery to provide optimal contouring results.
What is the procedure like?
Dr. Grossman will discuss the surgery in detail before you decide to commit to a tummy tuck. In general, abdominoplasty requires a horizontal incision between the pubic hairline and belly button. You may need a second incision at the level of the belly button if you have excessive upper abdominal area. After the incision is made, the skin can be lifted from the area and the abdominal muscles are repaired. The excess skin is then pulled down and trimmed away and the “new” edges are sutured together. Dr. Grossman will create a new hole for your belly button and suture it in place.
What is recovery like?
Abdominoplasty is an outpatient procedure. It generally takes three to four hours to complete and patients may return home the same day. Full recovery usually takes four to six weeks.