Also called abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck removes excess fat and skin, and in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles, creating an abdominal profile that is significantly more slim and firm. A tummy tuck takes approximately two hours. Recovery time is typically a few weeks. With a balanced diet and regular exercise, results are long-lasting. Although the procedure will likely leave a permanent scar stretching between the hips, it will be low enough for even a bikini to conceal it. After a tummy tuck, your abdominals will be significantly more thin, youthful and attractive.
To schedule your complimentary Tummy Tuck consultation with Dr. Emanuele, call (631) 318-0003 or click here to contact us.
Commonly Asked Questions - Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty):
Who are the best candidates for a tummy tuck?
The best candidates for a tummy tuck are non-smoking men or women who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by a large fat deposit and/or loose abdominal skin that will not respond to diet and/or exercise and possess realistic expectations. The surgery is ideal for women who, through multiple pregnancies, have severely stretched their abdominal muscles and skin. The loss of skin elasticity in older patients or those who have experienced significant weight loss can also be improved. Patients who intend to lose a lot of weight or women who plan on future pregnancies should postpone surgery accordingly.
How can I determine if a tummy tuck is right for me?
In your initial, complimentary consultation, Dr. Emanuele will evaluate your health, determine where your abdominal fat deposits lie and assess your skin tone. Alternative body-contouring methods or less complex produces that may be more appropriate -- such as liposuction or a partial abdominoplasty -- will also be reviewed. Dr. Emanuele will also discuss the procedure in detail, and carefully explain all the risks, limitations, preparation and after-care associated with a tummy tuck. She will explain the type of the anesthesia that will be used during the procedure and the total costs involved.
How is a tummy tuck performed?
The operation is performed by making an incision in the lower abdomen just above the pubis. The incision may go from hip to hip but is placed under the bikini line so that it is well hidden. The skin and fat is removed from the abdominal muscles all the way up to the bottom of the rib cage. All of the fat below the belly button is typically removed. The skin above the belly button is drawn down to the pubis and secured into position.
What are the risks associated with a tummy tuck?
All surgery carries a small level of risk. Abdominoplasty, under normal circumstances, is very safe – patients are carefully selected and the facility is professionally staffed and properly equipped.
Possible complications will be reviewed during your initial consultation.
How much pain can a patient expect post-operatively?
The amount of pain associated with a tummy tuck can vary. Some patients note a small to moderate amount of discomfort, while others report it to be more than that. Certainly there is some discomfort. Patients will often experience some back discomfort due to the 45 degree positioning for 4 to 5 days after surgery.
What are the costs associated with a tummy tuck?
The cost of a tummy tuck, as well as any procedure or treatment at East End Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, is unique because each patient’s treatment plan is unique, customized for his or her specific cosmetic concerns and objectives. To find out more about the cost of a tummy tuck, schedule your complimentary consultation by calling the office at (631) 318-0003 or click here to contact us.
Is Dr. Emanuele certified?
Dr. Emanuele is board-certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. In addition to being board-certified, she has performed many successful tummy tucks in her career and helped numerous patients achieve a greater satisfaction with the appearance of their midsection.
To schedule a complimentary Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) consultation with Dr. Emanuele,