What is a Tummy Tuck?
A “tummy tuck” is a cute name for a custom surgical procedure called an abdominoplasty. This procedure varies, patient to patient, based upon the extent of the damage. A tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure – you must be at close to your ideal weight to undergo an abdominoplasty.
The goal is to recontour your lower abdomen, remove excess skin, tissue, and fat, and tighten the underlying muscle structure. For women who developed stretchmarks on the lower abdomen during pregnancy, a tummy tuck has an added benefit – stretch marks in this area may be partially or fully removed when the loose skin and tissue is excised.
Frequently Asked Questions About Tummy Tucks
Will I be left with visible scars after a tummy tuck?
The procedure involves incisions – but these are placed low on the abdomen, so they are hidden, even in the most revealing bikini bottoms. The idea is to ensure your incisions heal correctly. We have various procedures to help you heal to the point where a surgical scar is almost unnoticeable. Our medical team will be monitoring your progress, but you should keep a close eye on your incisions during healing.
We can advise you of the most effective topical creams to apply once the incision is fully closed. Keeping your skin moisturized during healing is helpful. Keep the area of the incision out of the sun’s rays at all times to avoid darkening. Wear clothing that is comfortable and non-irritating. Your scars will soon be forgotten.
How long before I will feel normal?
Most of our NYC patients are surprised at how quickly they recover – many are ready to return to work far sooner than expected. You will have some swelling and bruising for a time, but the swelling reduces as the days pass, and the bruises fade. You should be feeling yourself within two weeks, and ready to get back to your normal life – without vigorous exercise until you are given the go-ahead.
At what age can a person have a tummy tuck?
You should have reached adulthood, but there are no other age restrictions. Many of our patients are women who have a stretched tummy area as a result of pregnancy, while others have successfully lost a significant amount of weight and were left with hanging skin and tissue.
It is advised that women who plan on having more children should wait until all childbearing is completed before undergoing a tummy tuck, as that is usually recommended as part of a broader mommy makeover procedure. Men who have a flabby abdomen can have tummy tuck surgery in adulthood. The main issue is that you are in good general health, don’t smoke, and don’t have a condition or illness that would make it unsafe for you to undergo surgery.
Why Scarpidis Aesthetics in New York for a Tummy Tuck?
Dr. Ulysses H. Scarpidis is not your average plastic surgeon – and his exclusive clinic in New York was built around providing the most positive patient experience. Dr. Scarpidis is a talented, board-certified plastic surgeon, known for his outstanding surgical work. When planning to undergo any body contouring procedure, it is the skilled hands of your plastic surgeon that matter above all. You can trust in Dr. Scarpidis to work closely with you to help you achieve your vision for a fitter, firmer, more attractive body shape.