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Tummy Tuck New Jersey – Body Contouring Surgery
A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) remains one of the most popular plastic surgery proceduries in the country. Belly fat can be the most difficult place to lose excess fat and for some it may not just be ‘fat’ that is a concern. There could also be some changes happening beneath the skin (and fat) that you are not aware of.
Are You a Candidate for Tummy Tuck?
When you gain weight around your abdomen, the first thing you’ll notice is superficial, pinchable fat you can see in the mirror. What is not as noticeable is the two stomach muscles beneath that superficial fat that hold everything together and keep you looking flat on the exterior. As the abdomen expands, due to weight gain (perhaps from a pregnancy), those muscles can stretch and separate. Once you lose that excess weight, those muscles do not always return to their original positions, and can leave residual looseness. Even with intense exercise, muscles that are separated may never completely flatten to the way they were. A tummy tuck procedure may be your only option.
Along the same lines, as the abdomen expands, the skin stretches. If weight gain occurs rapidly (for example, from a pregnancy) the skin loses its elasticity and can tear or create stretch marks. After losing the excess weight, the loss of elasticity doesn’t allow for the skin to shrink back, and the lower stomach often droops and sags. A tummy tuck procedure with Dr. Franckle can remove any excess, hanging skin and return a tight, smooth looking abdomen.
Mini versus Full Tummy Tuck
Mini Tummy Tuck: If you are close to your ideal body weight, but are struggling to lose small pockets of excess fat and skin in the lower abdomen (from your belly button down), a mini abdominoplasty (mini tummy tuck) may be best for you. During a mini tummy tuck procedure, fat is removed through liposuction. Excess skin is also removed to tighten and smooth the lower abdomen area. This procedure requires the smallest incision and therefore only results in a short scar.
Standard Tummy Tuck: If you are looking to tighten your entire midsection to achieve an all-around slimmer, smoother look, a standard abdominoplasty may be best for you. Many mothers, after they are finished having children, are candidates for a standard abdminoplasty as part of their mommy makeover procedure. A standard tummy tuck (commonly referred to as a full tummy tuck) removes excess tissue and tightens from the chest down to the waistline, including the flanks (love handles).
What to Expect at the Procedure
A tummy tuck procedure is performed under general anesthesia under the care of Dr.Franckle and his outstanding medical team. The procedure usually takes 2 to 2½ hours to perform in a same day surgery setting within the hospital or in an outpatient setting. (Mini abdominoplasties can be performed under sedation and local anesthesia, this can be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Franckle.) An incision is carefully hidden within the bikini line and most of the stitches are under the skin and need not be removed.
Recovery from a Tummy Tucks South Jersey
Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) was formerly one of the most uncomfortable plastic surgery procedures, often requiring one to three days of hospitalization and/or skilled nursing care. Today, with the advances of surgical technology, the tummy tuck procedure is now one of the LEAST uncomfortable procedures in plastic surgery.
After the procedure, you will leave the surgery center in a compression garment to reduce swelling. This garment must be worn daily for 6 weeks following your surgery. You can expect discomfort for the first 3 days, but we can control any pain with oral medication. Depending on your job responsibilities, we recommend taking off work for the first week following surgery. Light to moderate activity is comfortable in 10 to 14 days. Sports or intense exercise will not be comfortable for about 5 to 6 weeks. Additional procedures that may enhance the result of a tummy tuck are Liposuction, Breast Procedures, or a Thigh Lift.