Tummy Tucks & Liposuction

What Is Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure to correct loose, sagging tissue that forms across the midsection. This procedure is tailored to address skin laxity as well as the underlying fascia and muscle tissue connected to the abdominal wall. The tummy tuck surgery may be a “mini” procedure or a “full” tuck. During your consultation, you will assessed and a care plan will be formulated to provide your desired outcome.

Is tummy tuck surgery right for you?

The best candidates for abdominoplasty are in good overall health, with pockets of fat or loose/excess skin that have not responded well to diet and exercise. Tummy tuck surgery is also appropriate for those whose skin has lost some of its elasticity and for women with skin and muscles stretched from pregnancy. If you plan on losing a significant amount of weight or you are a woman planning to have children, you should wait before undergoing abdominoplasty.

Are there any alternatives to tummy tuck surgery?

The answer is not simple. One of the services on the menu here is CoolSculpting. This noninvasive treatment “melts” fat cells away by freezing them. But this nonsurgical fat-reducing treatment cannot accomplish what a tummy tuck can in terms of results. CoolSculpting was not intended for dramatic fat loss and skin-tightening.

But abdominoplasty is not a minor procedure. Your body will need time to heal. During your postoperative checkups, we will discuss the forms of exercise you may engage in, and to what extent, in order not to disrupt the healing process.

What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that uses a thin, hollow tube called a cannula to remove fat. The cannula is inserted through extremely small incisions then moved back and forth to loosen excess fat, which it suctions out using a vacuum or cannula-attached syringe. Treated areas look slimmer and more contoured and in better overall proportion to the rest of the body. However, liposuction is not for losing weight and is not effective at eliminating cellulite or tightening loose, sagging skin.

Is liposuction right for you?

It is if you are in good overall health but have one or more areas of fat that do not respond to diet or exercise. Areas we often treat with liposuction include thighs, abdomen, arms, back, hips, buttocks, chest, face, calves and ankles. Liposuction can be performed alone or in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures such as thighplasty and abdominoplasty.

How does liposuction work?

One of the most common liposuction techniques is tumescent liposuction, which may be assisted by ultrasound or laser on an outpatient basis. During tumescent liposuction, a solution of saline, lidocaine (an anesthetic) and epinephrine (a blood-vessel contractor) is injected into the area being treated. The solution firms the tissue, making it easier to remove via cannula. The anesthetic is built in, so there is no need for general or IV sedation, and blood loss is minimized. We use the suction cannula to break up fat cells and remove them.

What should you expect during recovery from liposuction?

After liposuction, patients may experience mild swelling, bruising and discomfort in the treated area. Compression garments or elastic bandages help reduce these symptoms as the area heals. Patients can usually return to work and other regular activities the next day or as soon as they feel comfortable. Exercise and other strenuous activities should be avoided for a few weeks.

When will you see results from liposuction?

Results from a liposuction procedure may not be apparent until the swelling and bruising subside. Most swelling is gone by the end of the first week, though some may persist for a month or two. Scarring is almost nonexistent because the incisions used for the cannula are so small. The results of liposuction are generally long-lasting.

When you’re ready to love the way you look, look to Aron Kressel, MD. Call 212.772.6968 or use our convenient Request a Consultation form. We welcome patients from Wayne, Upper East Side, Lenox Hill, Midtown, Midtown East and nearby locations.

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