What is a Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tuck is a surgical procedure to cosmetically improve the appearance of the abdomen. Formerly known as an abdominoplasty, this procedure removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen, repairs a diastasis recti, and repositions the umbilicus in an aesthetically pleasing site. This results in a smoother and more toned abdominal appearance.
A tummy tuck strengthens the lower abdominal wall and removes excess skin and fat. Many consider the procedure after weight loss and gain, pregnancy, prior surgery, genetics, or other significant weight fluctuations.
Ideal Candidates for Tummy Tuck
Ideal candidates for a tummy tuck include healthy, non-smoking patients who maintain their weight and have realistic expectations. These patients have often committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition and exercise.
Many people consider tummy tuck surgery if they have:
- Accumulated excess skin around their bellybutton
- Weak lower abdominal wall
- Liposuction did not improve the appearance of the abdomen
- Retracted scarring of a prior C-section or surgical scar
- Loose skin after bariatric surgery
- Excess abdominal fat/skin after pregnancy
For women who have had a C-section, Dr. Mahmood will remove their existing scar and replace it with a thin, fine, more cosmetically pleasing scar hidden in the bikini line.
Tummy tucks are often performed in conjunction with liposuction of the waist to better contour the abdominal area, and can also be performed with other cosmetic procedures like breast surgery.
When to Avoid Surgery
It is not advisable to have a tummy tuck if you:
- Plan to lose a great deal of weight, or have a higher body mass index due to the increased risk of complications
- Plan a pregnancy in the future
- Suffer from severe, chronic conditions that are not properly managed
Tummy Tuck Surgery
Tummy tuck surgery is an outpatient procedure performed at our NYC surgical suite. They are performed under general anesthesia and are often combined with liposuction for a sculpted waistline.
After anesthesia is administered, the surgery begins and Dr. Mahmood takes the following steps:
- Horizontal incisions are made low in the bikini line.
- Abdominal skin flaps are elevated above the muscle to free up the tissue and then stretch it down firmly to determine the maximum amount of tissue that can be removed.
- The fascia is tightened with permanent sutures. The fascia is the covering over the abdominal muscle. Tightening it corrects the rectus diastasis (muscle separation), and provides an ‘internal corset.’
- The skin around the belly button is then re-positioned and the bellybutton is inset into a natural position.
- Incisions are stitched closed.
- Drains are placed under the skin. Drains eliminate buildups of blood or fluids, and keep abdominal swelling down to ensuring proper healing.These drains are temporary.
- Compression garments are applied to the area.
Recovery & After Care
Dr. Mahmood believes in the importance of close follow up and making sure patients are comfortable with every step of the recovery process. She sees patients the day after surgery in her Union Square office, at one week to remove one drain, week two to remove the second drain, and at one month post-operatively.
We remove both drains by the second week after surgery.
Dr. Mahmood explains everything necessary to ensure a smooth recovery at every step of the post-operative period, including when to begin massage, scar creams to promote optimal scar healing, and when and what physical activities can be restarted. She is very familiar with patients who may face challenges with scarring and are prone to hypertrophic scars and keloids, and this close follow-up allows a proactive approach to providing the best result possible.
General Recovery & After Care Guidelines
- Patients will need to have someone take them home after surgery.
- We recommend patients wear a compression garment for approximately six weeks. Compression garments prevent fluid build-up, decrease swelling, and provide support during the healing process.
- The doctor advises patients to walk immediately after surgery and on the following days.
- Patients should avoid heavy lifting or vigorous physical activity for four weeks. This point is especially important for men and women with children.
- The doctor prescribes pain medication and antibiotics.
- Most patients take off approximately 1 week from work, but this is variable based on individual patients needs and desires.
Results of a tummy tuck are immediate, and improvements will continue over the next several weeks as the swelling resolves. The procedure is long-lasting, but patients are encouraged to follow a healthy diet and regular exercise to maintain the results.
Tummy Tuck Surgery Cost NYC
The cost of tummy tuck surgery varies on a patient-by-patient basis. Typically, tummy tuck is considered a cosmetic procedure, which means it is not covered by insurance. There are certain times insurance may cover the procedure (such as when it is necessary for hernia repair) but these cases are not common in at practice.
Dr. Mahmood is committed to helping her Union Square patients achieve the best possible surgical outcomes, so every case begins with a comprehensive consultation where Dr. Mahmood examines the patient and outlines tummy tuck surgery costs and considerations.
More About Your Tummy Tuck Consultation
During your consultation with Dr. Mahmood, she will perform a review of your medical history. This includes medications, previous surgeries, history of non-invasive body contouring treatments, smoking status, and overall health. She will perform a thorough physical examination and discuss your expectations, concerns, and surgical goals.
Dr. Mahmood will work with you to determine the best treatment option to help achieve your desired result in a safe and effective way.
Contact us today to book your NYC tummy tuck consolation with Dr. Mahmood – a Board Certified, double Ivy League-trained, Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon practicing in Union Square, NY.