When loose, excess skin in the abdominal area won't shape up, it can be disheartening. Millions of people struggle with a stomach that can't be improved with sit-ups and crunches. But a flatter stomach can be achieved, and tummy tuck surgery may be the answer. Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. James Romanelli and Dr. John Layliev of Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery in Huntington, NY, perform tummy tucks to remove surplus fatty tissue and tighten the stomach muscles for a smoother appearance. Here are five things you should know before undergoing a tummy tuck procedure.
1. Both men and women can benefit from a tummy tuck
A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, can be performed as a stand-alone surgery, or as part of a series of procedures called a mommy makeover to reshape the appearance of a woman's body following pregnancy. While women can enjoy the advantages of a tummy tuck, they’re not the only ones who can benefit. Men who want to make changes to their abdominal area can achieve a more toned physique with this transformative procedure.
Good candidates for a tummy tuck are at or near their ideal weight, with excess skin due to genetics, a previous pregnancy, or significant weight loss. Anyone who is not satisfied with their abdominal area can schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon who is experienced with tummy tuck procedures. During your consultation at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Layliev can determine which procedure will work best for your unique situation.
2. Tummy tuck surgery is not a one-size-fits-all approach
Everyone’s body is different, and the same is true when it comes to aesthetic goals. This is why there are different types of tummy tucks. For instance, if you only have a small amount of loose skin to address, a mini tummy tuck may be recommended. The incision from this technique is considerably smaller than that of a traditional or full tummy tuck, and offers a quicker recovery period. A full tummy tuck is far more extensive, as it addresses a wider range of problem areas.
Another option is to combine abdominoplasty with liposuction. Even though a tummy tuck does work to remove some unwanted abdominal fat, it does not address fat around your waist or love handles. Liposuction is more effective in removing significant amounts of excess fat on your flanks and back. Liposuction can also be performed on the thighs and other problem areas at the same time as a tummy tuck. At Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery in Long Island, NY, we work with you to assess your specific areas of concern and determine whether liposuction is an effective addition to your tummy tuck.
3. A tummy tuck is not a weight-loss solution
A tummy tuck can help you shed a few pounds due to the removal of loose skin, but it is not meant to be a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise. Abdominoplasty is a body contouring procedure to help you reach your ideal shape, but it will not eliminate a significant amount of weight.
4. You’ll need recovery time
Patients considering abdominoplasty should set aside several weeks and take time off from work to fully heal. It is normal to feel fatigued and swollen with moderate pain for the first several days. Long Island-area tummy tuck patients should get assistance with household chores and childcare during this time so they can focus entirely on the healing process. Avoid strenuous activities for at least 4 – 6 weeks, or until you have been cleared by our medical team at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery.
5. Your scars will be minimal
Abdominoplasty incisions vary depending on the type of procedure and technique being used. For all surgeries, special precautions are taken with the incisions in order to minimize scarring. Incisions are typically placed so they are hidden by a bathing suit or undergarments – they are usually made through the belly button or pubic region. Our skilled staff will give you instructions for scar management so they will blend into the skin as they heal. Also, any surgical adjustments that are made to the belly button will have a natural appearance following the procedure. We strive to make the belly button narrow with no visible scarring.
There are benefits beyond cosmetic advantages
A tummy tuck in Long Island, NY, can help you look sleeker and slimmer, but there are even more benefits. Imagine how confident you will feel with your newly tightened tummy, without worrying about unsightly extra skin hanging over your waistband. There are numerous medical benefits, as well. Since a tummy tuck strengthens the abdominal muscles, it can have a significant impact on the strength and support of your body's core, back pain, and bloating. When you return to the gym after surgery, you will be able to feel your core engaged in the exercises.
Are you ready for a firmer, flatter stomach?
If you are uncertain whether you need a mini tummy tuck or full abdominoplasty, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. James Romanelli or Dr. John Layliev at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery in Huntington, NY. They will help you start on your journey to a contoured, toned abdomen. Call our Long Island-area office today to schedule your appointment.