A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure, during which your plastic surgeon removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen. It is recommended if you have stubborn abdominal bulging or loose skin that refuses to respond to diet and exercise.
Drs. Perrotta and Pellegrino have years of experience performing successful tummy tuck surgeries on both men and women and use the most advanced techniques available to minimize scarring and discomfort.
Dr. Perrotta or Dr. Pellegrino will devote as much time as necessary to discuss your individual goals and needs with you. After a focused physical examination, your surgeon will provide preliminary recommendations and explain what you can expect from abdominoplasty. There are multiple versions of an abdominoplasty – major abdominoplasty, modified abdominoplasty, and mini abdominoplasty.
Once your surgeon determines his surgical plan, our aesthetic coordinator will produce a written quote, which lists all costs of your proposed surgery so that there are no surprises. At that time, an appointment is set for your pre-op visit. Additional procedures that may enhance the results of a tummy tuck include liposuction, breast enlargement, breast reduction, or a thigh lift. These can also be discussed during your consultation.
Much is covered during your pre-op visit. Dr. Perrotta or Dr. Pellegrino will explain the surgical technique to you and thoroughly inform you as to what you can expect, including any potential complications. While all procedures involve risks, major complications are rare.
Dr. Perrotta or Dr. Pellegrino will then obtain a more complete medical history from you and perform a final pre-op physical examination. Your abdomen will be measured, and your vital functions will be checked to ensure that you are physically fit for surgery. Prior to releasing you from your pre-op visit, your doctor and our staff will give you detailed instructions for the time leading up to your surgery, as well as for the time immediately following it.
Drs. Perrotta and Pellegrino perform tummy tuck surgery with IV sedation and local anesthesia or general anesthesia. Younger and healthier patients are able to go home on the same day of surgery, while those with significant surgical risks stay overnight in the hospital.
During the surgery, excess skin is removed, and the deep muscle layer is tightened. Liposuction to remove excess fat is usually performed simultaneously. Your surgeon will make the incisions along the pubic hair line and extend toward the lower waistline, within the bikini line, where they are less noticeable. Occasionally, when there is a large amount of excess skin in the horizontal direction, a vertical incision must be made in addition to the lower, horizontal incision.
You will be asked to keep your hips and knees flexed at all times during the first week or two after surgery. You will also probably need to wear a specialized post-operative garment to control swelling and/or protect the deep muscle repair. You will be able to walk around the house the day after surgery and resume light activities within 3-7 days.
If your tummy tuck procedure involved skin tightening only, you can resume restricted work within 7-10 days and full work, including even strenuous physical activity, in approximately 2-3 weeks. If your muscles were also tightened during your surgery, you must refrain from strenuous physical activity for 4-6 weeks. After your procedure, you will follow up with us several times so that we can monitor your healing.
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Rarely, if the abdominoplasty is being performed for medical reasons, the procedure may be partially covered by insurance. Usually, the patient is responsible for payment.
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