Antell Plastic Surgery
David J. Antell, DO, FACS
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon located in Woodbury, NY
If you have loose abdominal skin or excess tummy fat, it can affect the way you feel about yourself and damage your self-esteem. Fortunately, a tummy tuck is a powerful option for improving your abdominal profile. David Antell, DO, of Antell Plastic Surgery, offers tummy tucks to patients throughout Woodbury, New York. To learn more, come in for a personalized consultation today. You can book your visit online or by phone, so don’t delay.
Tummy Tuck Q&A
What is a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that delivers a firmer, flatter abdomen. For many, a tummy tuck also delivers improved confidence and self-esteem.
Just like the rest of your body, your abdomen undergoes a range of changes over time. Your belly can become distended after multiple cycles of weight gain or loss. Aging leads to sagging skin and stubborn deposits of belly fat that don’t seem to respond to diet and exercise.
For women, the demands of pregnancy and childbirth alter abdominal muscle tissue. That can make it hard to get back to your pre-pregnancy body. A tummy tuck is a great solution and is often included in a “mommy makeover,” a combination of procedures like liposuction, breast lift or augmentation, and other treatments aimed at reversing the effects of motherhood.
What happens during a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia. The process involves creating an incision low on your abdomen to gain access to the underlying tissues.
Dr. Antell surgically repairs any damaged muscle tissue and removes excess tissue. He then carefully draw your abdominal skin tighter before removing excess skin and closing the incision.
There are different types of tummy tucks available, depending on how much tissue needs to be removed. A mini tummy tuck is a great way to address the area beneath your belly button. A full tummy tuck improves both the upper and lower portions of your abdomen. An extended tummy tuck also refines the contouring of your hips and upper thighs.
Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck?
Women should wait until they’ve finished adding to their family to come in for a tummy tuck. That’s because a subsequent pregnancy can alter your abdominal muscles and stretch your skin, which changes your results.
It’s also important that you’ve reached and are able to maintain a stable weight prior to a tummy tuck. You want your newly toned and tight abdomen to last, and significant weight gain ruins your results.
You should also be in good general health before a tummy tuck. As with any surgical procedure, your body responds best when your immune system and circulation are in top shape.
If you have questions about whether a tummy tuck is right for you, schedule a visit to Antell Plastic Surgery online or by phone.