Understanding Tummy Tuck
A tummy tuck removes excess fat and skin and, in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles to create a smoother and firmer abdominal profile. Tummy tucks are not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program. It cannot correct stretch marks unless the blemishes are located on the areas of excess skin to be excised. Individuals of normal body weight and proportion can treat loose and sagging abdominal skin caused by such conditions as:
- Significant fluctuations in weight
- Prior surgery
I think this is for me
A tummy tuck is very personal. You should take your time considering if the procedure is the right way for you to achieve your body goals. But, you don’t have to do it alone. Dr. Ridha is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with many accomplished years of experience, who also graduated valedictorian from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (Cabrini) program in Manhattan. He has the knowledge, practical experience, and reliable bedside manner to guide you through your decision-making process to a satisfied outcome.
Call and make an appointment
Our dedicated, friendly staff can arrange for a consultation around the busiest schedules. This first visit is very important. You should come to your appointment focused on the matter at hand with a list of your expectations and concerns, as well as unguarded openness and honesty. Being up-front with Dr. Ridha is the key to a successful and safe procedure. With your active involvement, he can help you through every step of the process in confidence. Your first visit may include:
- A candid talk about why you are considering a tummy tuck and what you hope to achieve
- An evaluation of your general health and examination of your abdomen, which may include photographs and taking measurements
- Informative discussions about the benefits and risks of the procedure, the surgical facility, how to prepare for surgery, and how to recover
What can I expect?
You will go into surgery with a detailed plan created by yourself and Dr. Ridha. Surgeries are unique to every patient, but most include the following steps.
A tummy tuck is usually performed on an outpatient basis, which means you need to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery. Also, someone must be with you for at least the first night following surgery.
The procedure is performed while you are sedated or under general anesthesia. A full tummy tuck procedure requires a horizontal incision in the area between the pubic hairline and navel. The shape and length of the incision is determined by the required degree of correction. Through the incision, weakened abdominal muscles are repaired and sutured, and excess fat, tissue, and skin are removed. A second incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen. Internal incisions are closed with layered sutures, and ones close to the skin are closed with sutures, skin adhesive, surgical tape, or clips.
Dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid. Surgical incisions must not be subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during healing. Dr. Ridha provides easy-to-follow instructions to care for yourself after surgery, which include a follow-up visit.
The final results will become apparent within two weeks when swelling has subsided and you are able to stand fully upright.
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