Abdominoplasty, simply referred to as a tummy tuck, is a popular cosmetic plastic surgery procedure that removes excess stomach fat and skin while tightening abdominal muscles to contour one’s body and improve overall appearance. Depending on body type and individual needs, there are essentially three types of tummy tuck procedures used today to address common patient concerns.
The Standard Tummy Tuck, or traditional tummy tuck, provides dramatic results for individuals looking to reduce moderate amounts of excess fat deposits in their midsection. Surgical incisions are made from hip to hip to properly access abdominal tissues and muscles. Liposuction can be used to assist in fat removal. Because a sizeable amount of abdominal skin is removed, the belly button is typically repositioned to complement the new appearance.
The Mini Tummy Tuck, also termed a partial standard tummy tuck, is ideal for patients with a pouch-like appearance below the navel, or a modest amount of stubborn tummy fat that does not responded to proper diet and exercise. The mini tuck uses shorter incision lines with less tissue excision, so the navel is left intact and the recovery period is quicker than the traditional tuck.
Abdominoplasty is generally performed in a hospital or accredited surgery center on an outpatient basis under general or local anesthesia. Operation times can last two to six hours depending on desired outcome. Because every procedure is unique, there are several surgical variations used to address individual cosmetic goals. Abdominoplasty recovery periods can range from two to eight weeks. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen will promote longer lasting results.
It is crucial that you consult a highly trained, experienced board certified plastic surgeon to perform your tummy tuck for optimal results. Dr. Douglas S. Steinbrech, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon that specializes in tummy tuck procedures in Manhattan. Dr. Steinbrech is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons. He offers every patient a customized abdominoplasty treatment for optimal cosmetic results rather than performing a one-size-fits-all procedure. Dr. Steinbrech’s clinical appointments include Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, New York University Downtown Hospital and Lenox Hill Hospital. To schedule an initial tummy tuck consultation, please call at (646) 949-0580 or read more about the tummy tuck.