Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Get Rid of Excess Skin & Fat in Rochester NY
We perform various body contouring treatments at The Plastic Surgery Group of Rochester.
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a popular procedure for patients who have lost weight, but the excess skin remains. With this procedure, our Rochester Plastic Surgeons remove excess skin and deposits of fat. In some cases, our plastic surgeons may tighten the muscle in your abdominal area, slimming your waistline and greatly reducing the appearance of a protruding abdomen.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Women who have abdominal muscles and skin that are loose due to pregnancy can benefit greatly from the procedure. Tummy tuck surgery can help you get rid of a protruding belly, even one that won’t go away with diet and exercise.
Types of Abdominoplasty
The two common types of abdominoplasty are:
- Mini-Tummy Tuck: A mini-tummy tuck, or mini abdominoplasty removes the excess skin and fat that hangs around the lower stomach. This contours the lower abdomen and removes fatty tissue for a tighter look. In this procedure, abdominal muscles are not treated.
- Traditional Tummy Tuck: A traditional tummy tuck, or traditional abdominoplasty, is a full procedure. In this surgery, the abdominal muscles are repaired and excess fat and skin is moved from the full abdominal area. Typically, women who have experienced pregnancy or have lost excess amounts of weight undergo this procedures.
What Type of Abdominoplasty Is Right for Me?
Here at the Plastic Surgery Group of Rochester, we make sure to take the time to get to know you. This allows us to understand which procedure would best suit you. Tummy tucks can be customized to meet the needs of each individual patient, so it is important for us to know your goals.
How Is Tummy Tuck Surgery Performed?
When performed at our surgical facility in Rochester, abdominoplasty surgery usually takes two to three hours to complete. A mini-tummy tuck generally takes only an hour. In the full abdominoplasty operation, the main incision stretches across your abdomen just above the pubic area, reaching from one hip to the other. A mini-tummy tuck uses a shorter incision, and usually does not require us to separate and move your navel. During these abdominoplasty procedures, some patients may have their abdominal muscles tightened. This makes your stomach firmer and slims the contour of your waistline.
What Other Procedures Can Be Combined with a Tummy Tuck?
If fat deposits are more widespread, you may get the best results from a tummy tuck done in conjunction with liposuction, which can give you a better body contour by removing fat deposits from your hips and other areas. Depending on your particular circumstances, our Rochester plastic surgeon may even recommend liposuction alone instead of an abdominoplasty.
Recovery from abdominoplasty varies from patient to patient. For some patients, an overnight stay may be necessary, and a temporary tube may be inserted to drain the surgical site of excess liquid. Recovery time can range anywhere from two weeks to two months based on factors such as age, general health, and the quality of aftercare. Tummy tuck patients can expect a scar to form on the lower stomach from hip to hip, which should fade over time. If you are having any healing complications, it is important to inform your doctor.