Serving New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut (the mid Atlantic states)
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon Sheila A. Bond, M.D., F.A.C.S.
It is no secret that many women and men are bothered by the appearance of their abdomen or midsection (stomach). While diet and exercise are excellent ways to work on reducing the fat in your abdomen, for some people no amount of diet and exercise will help. If you would like to have a flatter abdomen and want to look more attractive in your slacks and form-fitting clothes, then an abdominoplasty (commonly called a tummy tuck) may be the procedure for you.
Sheila A. Bond, M.D., F.A.C.S, of Bond Plastic Surgery located in Montclair, New Jersey would like to meet with you in a personalized, private consultation to determine if you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck, medically known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure used to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall to create a profile that is smoother, trimmer and firmer. A Tummy Tuck performed by Dr. Bond can produce remarkable results.
Who can benefit from a Tummy Tuck?
The best candidates for a tummy tuck are men or women who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise. The surgery is particularly helpful to women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched skin and abdominal muscles and skin that cannot be corrected with diet or exercise. Loss of skin elasticity in older patients, which frequently occurs with weight gain and loss, can also be improved.
How is a Tummy Tuck Performed?
Dr. Bond performs a tummy tuck by making an incision from hipbone to hipbone, just above the pubic area within the bikini line. She plicates (sews together) the abdominal muscles to create flatness at the muscle level. She then liposuctions the waist and flank areas to create a slim waistline.
The flap of stretched skin is pulled down and the excess skin is removed. A new opening is created for the navel, and finally, the incisions will be stitched, dressing will be applied, and a temporary drain will be inserted to remove excess fluid from the surgical site. The drains are taken out in about one week. A complete tummy tuck surgery usually takes about three hours, depending on the extent of work required.
Partial (mini) tummy tucks may take about two hours. With a mini tummy tuck, which only deals with the lower abdomen, the incision is shorter and excess skin above the navel is not tightened.
What is the Recovery like from a Tummy Tuck?
For the first few days, your abdomen will be swollen and you’re likely to feel some discomfort, which can be controlled by medication that Dr. Bond will prescribe. Most patients stay overnight in the hospital after a Tummy Tuck.
Because of the newly tightened skin, standing is challenging immediately after the procedure, but in a few days you will be able to stand comfortably. Surface stitches dissolve by themselves, and a support garment is worn for six to eight weeks to help the skin re-attach smoothly to the muscle. Most people return to work after three to four weeks and begin light exercise after about a month. Tummy tucks, whether partial or complete, produce excellent results for patients with weakened abdominal muscles or excess skin. The results will be permanent if you follow a balanced diet and exercise regularly. Many patients look better after a Tummy Tuck, than before they had their babies.
Want to Learn More about the Benefits of a Tummy Tuck Procedure?
If you feel a tummy tuck procedure could enhance your look, please call our office at (973) 509-0007 to schedule your personalized consultation. Let Dr. Sheila Bond help you look your best. Visit our plastic/cosmetic surgery office located in Montclair, New Jersey (NJ). We serve patients from Essex, Hudson, Passaic and Sussex counties, as well as Jersey City, Newark, NJ and all surrounding areas including New York (NY).
We look forward to meeting you in person.