Your stomach can be one of the most difficult parts of your body to keep slim and toned. A Tummy Tuck with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Abramson will leave you with a beautifully smooth, defined abdomen.
- 1 What is a Tummy Tuck?
- 2 Reasons To Get a Tummy Tuck
- 3 Ideal Candidates
- 4 Why Choose Dr. Abramson?
- 5 Consultation
- 6 Preparation
- 7 Techniques Used
- 8 Before & After Photos
- 9 Alternative/Ancillary Procedures
- 10 Recovery
- 11 How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?
What is a Tummy Tuck?
A Tummy Tuck, or Abdominoplasty, can help improve the look of your bulging or slack belly by removing excess fat and skin. In most cases, a Tummy Tuck also restores weakened or separated muscles to create a smoother, firmer abdominal profile. This surgical procedure is used to contour the abdomen when diet and exercise do not produce toning results after occurrences such as pregnancy or significant weight loss. Working out can tone muscle, but it cannot tone lax skin.
Dr. David L. Abramson has worked with hundreds of Tummy Tuck patients from Manhattan and other communities in the area. He has listened to men and women who are frustrated by the fact that a flat, firm belly eludes them, despite their commitment to a healthy diet and consistent exercise. He has helped many individuals finally achieve a toned tummy with Abdominoplasty.
Reasons To Get a Tummy Tuck
- Pregnancy or childbirth
- Significant weight loss
- Diet & exercise not producing results
- Unhappy with the appearance of your midsection
Good candidates for a Tummy Tuck are men and women who are close to their ideal weight but are bothered by the feeling that their belly is too large.
Even if your weight is normal, you can still have a protruding abdomen or lax skin because of pregnancy, aging, significant weight loss, genetics, or prior surgery.
Pregnancy and weight gain cause both the skin and the abdominal muscles to stretch. It is sometimes to the point where natural skin elasticity is lost and the muscles remain protruding, in which case a Tummy Tuck may be the solution for you. In some instances, performing Liposuction in conjunction with a Tummy Tuck can greatly enhance contoured results.
It is important to note that a Tummy Tuck is not a substitute for weight loss through diet and exercise. Also, the procedure cannot correct stretch marks, but they may sometimes be removed or improved during the excision of your excess skin.
Why Choose Dr. Abramson?
A doctor is only as good as his or her bedside manner, and Dr. David L. Abramson has one of the best in the entire state. That is why those living in other areas often call on him for help. They know that he will do whatever it takes to make them feel more relaxed and at ease before performing a single procedure.
The doctor credits his bedside manner to the experiences that he had while working at Harvard and in other parts of New York. Working with both adults and children helped him understand how to work with patients of different backgrounds, ages, and genders.
Dr. Abramson offers a number of different procedures for patients, including body contouring procedures, migraine treatments, and facial surgery. He helps patients better understand their conditions and problems, and he works hard to provide those patients with the solutions they need.
During your private consultation you will have the opportunity to share your concerns with your midsection and your desired results. Your consultation will also include a comprehensive evaluation and a thorough explanation of the procedure. With both the examination findings and your goals in mind, Dr. Abramson will be able to determine which personalized techniques will suite you best.
He will go over all of your options and make sure that you understand what is possible with each Tummy Tuck technique so you are able to make an informed decision.
Dr. Abramson will be there to help you every step of the way. Any questions you may have about any step of the process will gladly be answered; we want to make sure that you have zero concerns or uncertainties on your body sculpting journey. Call our office or schedule a consultation online to get started.
In order to ensure you have beautiful, lasting results, some preliminary steps need to be completed.
Avoid smoking for a minimum of 4 weeks prior to your procedure. Discontinue anti-inflammatory medications and herbal supplements as these increase bruising and bleeding. Make mention of any routine medications you take as you may have to adjust your take.
Please have a friend or family member drive you home from surgery as you will not be able to drive yourself. We highly recommend have someone stay overnight with you to aid in your immediate recovery. Dr. Abramson will give you additional personalized preparation tools, as well as specific postoperative instructions so you have ample time to get any supplies you may need during recovery, such as prescriptions or washcloths.
When you undergo a Tummy Tuck procedure, Dr. Abramson will typically administer general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. The procedure starts with an incision that runs somewhat horizontally between the pubic hairline and the navel. The shape and length of the cut will depend on the extent of the operation and the method performed.
Full Tummy Tuck
A Full Tummy Tuck is designed for those with a large amount of loose, hanging skin and fat. An incision is made from hip to hip near the bikini line so it can easily be concealed in jeans. Through the incision, your Tummy Tuck surgeon will repair and suture the weakened abdominal muscles above and below the naval. Excess fat, tissue, and skin will also be removed. At times, a second incision may be needed around the navel to excise extra skin in the upper abdomen.
Mini Tummy Tuck
A Mini Tummy Tuck is a smaller version of a Full Tummy Tuck. Often times this involves tightening muscles and excising skin underneath the navel, but it can be done for both above and below. The skin redraping for the Mini Tummy Tuck method is much less drastic than that of a Full Tummy Tuck. Because of this, it is atypical to create a second incision for the navel. The length of the incision is frequently shorter than that required for a Full Tummy Tuck.
Modified Tummy Tuck
A Modified Tummy Tuck is great for those who only require minimal help with abdominal defining. This method focuses on enhancing either just the abdominal muscles or just the abdominal skin.
Male Tummy Tuck
A Male Tummy Tuck is designed for men who have lost significant weight and have a large amount of excess skin. The abdominal muscles are tightened by suturing them together, excess hanging skin is removed, and the skin is then redraped to show defined muscles.
Before & After Photos
Liposuction is a body sculpting procedure that suctions out small fat deposits from various parts of the body. These excess fat deposits do not respond to diet or exercise. It can be performed as an alternative or ancillary procedure, depending on the patient’s specific needs. Liposuction alone will not address loose skin; that is why it is often paired with a Tummy Tuck.
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive alternative to Liposuction and a Tummy Tuck. It targets and destroys fat cells by delivering extremely cold temperatures, which eliminates them without causing harm to the skin or surrounding tissue. There is no pain and no downtime with this treatment. CoolSculpting patients should be close to their ideal weight but struggle with stubborn fat deposits.
A Body Lift is reserved for those who have lost an extreme amount of weight and have an abundance of loose skin on multiple areas of their body, not just the abdomen. A Body Lift consists of several different procedures, which can include an Arm Lift, Liposuction, Tummy Tuck, Buttocks Lift, and/or Thigh Lift.
You will receive individualized recovery tools, but the following are some general postoperative key points:
- Dr. Abramson will apply dressings and a compression garment around your abdomen. This helps reduce swelling and aids your body in forming to its new contour. You can only take this off when instructed to.
- You will have drains from your incision locations to catch any excess fluid; you will receive special instructions on how to care for them until they are removed (typically about 7-10 days).
- Continue to avoid anti-inflammatory medications, herbal supplements, and alcohol after your procedure; the exact amount of time will be determined by Dr. Abramson.
- You will need to sleep with your head and back elevated and your legs slightly raised. This position reduces irritation or strain on the incision location. You can use pillows to prop yourself up.
- Walking is important as it promotes good blood flow and minimizes the chance of blood clots. When walking you should be bent at the waist since this too decreases strain on the incision location.
Recovery varies between patients, but generally you can expect to return to a desk job about 2 weeks after your procedure. Avoid strenuous activity for 6-8 weeks. Discomfort can be easily managed with prescribed pain medication.
To ensure lasting results, it is essential to live a healthy lifestyle. A Tummy Tuck is not a weight loss substitution. Pregnancies after your procedure may affect your results.
With sufficient exercise and healthy diet you can experience your newly defined abdomen for many years.
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?
The highly personalized nature of Abdominoplasty makes it impossible to establish generic costs for the procedure. For your financing needs, Alphaeon™ and Prosper® are offered. To help you can get an idea of what Tummy Tuck prices would be, based on your individual case, when you meet with Dr. Abramson. He invites you to schedule an appointment at either his New York City, Franklin Lakes, or Englewood location to learn more about the procedure.