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Extra skin on the body can develop for several reasons. Aging, pregnancy, weight loss, genetics, and even some medical conditions. While it may seem like patients have to live with this extra skin, this is not true. A number of cosmetic surgeries can help patients restore a tighter and more toned appearance. One of the most popular procedures is an abdominoplasty, better known as a tummy tuck. Dr. Scott Blyer and Cameo Surgery Center provide the best tummy tuck Long Island and NYC offers.
What Is Abdominoplasty Surgery?
Abdominoplasty surgery removes excess skin from the abdomen. It also usually tightens the abdominal muscles separated, a condition called diastasis recti. This commonly occurs after pregnancy. While a benign condition, it often causes a “pooch” appearance and can make it difficult to exercise adequately. When performing a tummy tuck, Dr. B can achieve a much better result when he repairs diastasis recti before tightening and removing the skin.
The expected result of a tummy tuck is to create a flatter stomach and a tighter core. Not only does this provide a fantastic cosmetic result, but it can also have some medical benefits such as addressing back pain or stress urinary incontinence.
4 secrets for your Tummy Tuck
An abdominoplasty surgery comes with benefits and risks patients should consider. Most healthy patients with extra abdominal skin will qualify, but aspects of the surgery sometimes make it not an ideal choice. Dr. B will discuss all of the options a patient has during a consultation.
The benefits of tummy tuck may include:
- Flatter stomach
- More visible muscle tone
- Removes extra skin on the lower abdomen
- Tighten skin for a more youthful appearance
- May remove stretch marks or existing scars
- Help patients fit into clothing better and feel more confident in different types of clothing
- Repair diastasis recti
- More youthful body contours
- Often combined with liposuction and other cosmetic surgeries
- Can help alleviate back, neck, or shoulder pain
- May improve posture
- Can help treat stress urinary incontinence
- Performed by one of Long Island’s top and foremost tummy tuck surgery experts
All surgeries—medical, cosmetic, elective, and non-elective surgeries—come with some degree of risk. The good news is that elective surgeries involve a high level of screening and preparation that many other forms of surgery do not have. This allows Dr. B to prevent and avoid many risks.
The risks of a tummy tuck surgery may include:
- Raised or visible scarring
- Poor healing
- Fluid collection
- Nerve damage
- Tissue/skin damage
- Prolonged or severe side effects such as swelling or bruising
Types Of Tummy Tuck
Abdominoplasty surgery—like people—come in all shapes and sizes. What works for one patient may not work for another. Dr. Blyer can help patients determine the right tummy tuck and then customize it to fit the patient’s anatomy and needs.
Mini Tummy Tuck
A mini abdominoplasty does not include as much correction or skin removal as the other types of tummy tuck surgery. The surgery involves the traditional hip-to-hip tummy tuck scar but does not remove skin or correct above the belly button. Therefore, it does not move the position of the belly button. Additionally, a mini tummy tuck is the only one that does not routinely include muscle plication, or the repair of diastasis recti.
Mini tummy tuck patients tend to have only a small amount of skin on the lower abdomen. They often are patients who are naturally petite, but developed stretched, sagging skin that does not extend above the belly button. They usually do not present with muscle separation.
Full Tummy Tuck
A full, or standard, tummy tuck is the most common abdominoplasty surgery performed. It corrects up to the waist and also tightens the abdominal muscles in most cases. The incision is the same as a mini tummy tuck, spanning from hip to hip. The belly button will need to be moved and often is recreated as one of the final steps of the surgery.
The average full abdominoplasty candidate will be in generally good health, a nonsmoker, and have realistic expectations. It is recommended that any current or future mothers, delay the surgery to prevent jeopardizing their results.
Extended Tummy Tuck
An extended tummy tuck mirrors the traditional tummy tuck except that it extends the incision over the hips. It may curve completely around the hip or stop around the swell of the hip. This longer incision lets Dr. B remove more skin from the hips and flanks. If not performed, this would interfere with the results of a regular tummy tuck. Thus, the extended version will provide the best results for patients with significant extra skin on the hips and flanks as well.
Ultimate Tummy Tuck
The Ultimate Tummy Tuck is Dr. Blyer’s specialized tummy tuck surgery technique. It involves an extra suture on each side of the abdominal muscles to really snatch the waist. Dr. B will also perform unlimited liposuction across the abdomen to tighten the skin as much as possible. Finally, like all of his tummy tuck surgeries, he creates a designer belly button that looks so real no one can tell the patient had a tummy tuck. It is the ultimate waist snatching procedure.
Fleur-de-lis Tummy Tuck
A fleur-de-lis tummy tuck is one of the most extensive tummy tuck procedures available. However, for patients who have undergone bariatric surgery or major weight loss, a fleur-de-lis tummy tuck can be absolutely life-changing. It removes massive amounts of skin from the entire abdomen. Shaped like a fleur-de-lis, the incision spans hip to hip continues vertically up the abdomen, and then stretches underneath each breast.
Removing this much skin completely transforms the body contours and allows patients to see the true results of their weight loss efforts. It can also make it easier to lose more weight eliminating extra skin that may get in the way or weight them down.
Wonder Which Tummy Tuck Options The Best For You?
Losing weight after a tummy tuck frequently happens because patients find more motivation to maintain their body and it can sometimes remove barriers that prevented them from exercising. Losing too much weight though can cause the need for a tummy tuck revision. Normally, if the weight loss remains minimal, patients will not notice a major difference.
If more substantial weight loss happens after a tummy tuck, then a future procedure may become necessary to remove more skin. The patient’s age, skin quality, and genetics all play a role in how well the skin retracts with weight loss.
In a way, yes, a tummy tuck is similar to a C-section in that their incisions are made in the same area. A C-section incision does tend to be slightly smaller. The other difference comes down to the abdominal wall and muscles. A C-section cuts through the muscle while a tummy tuck does not. Though, a tummy tuck does use sutures to bring the abdominal muscles back together. This can lead to some tightness not experienced following a C-section.
Many patients have found a tummy tuck less painful or comparable to their C-section recovery. However, this is largely a subjective part of the procedure recovery, but Dr. B does use a long-acting numbing agent on the entire abdomen to prevent pain after surgery.
Yes, while it is understandably inconvenient and sometimes uncomfortable, it is in the patient’s best interest to remain hunched over. This position reduces stress on the incision. In turn, this prevents the splitting open of the incision and allows it to heal better overall. Patients worried about scarring especially should limit stress on the incision.
Dr. Blyer at Cameo Surgery Center offers many different tummy tuck options. The cost of a few of his Long Island tummy tuck surgeries include:
- Mini Tummy Tuck: $10,000
- Tummy Tuck: $12,500
- Extended Tummy Tuck: $13,500
- Ultimate Tummy Tuck: $18,999
The Best Tummy Tuck Surgery Long Island Offers
Dr. Scott Blyer and Cameo Surgery Center have provided high quality cosmetic surgery on Long Island for over 16 years. He specializes in body contouring procedures and tummy tucks are one of his most popular surgeries that Dr. B has become known for. Cameo Surgery Center in Islandia offers the best tummy tuck Long Island and NYC provide.
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