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Whether caused by pregnancy, weight changes, or aging, loose skin and excess fat around your waist and abdomen can make you feel self-conscious and unattractive. Diet and exercise can only do so much to help. The surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Group perform abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck, to help Albany, Syracuse, Saratoga Springs, and other New York patients who are in overall good shape look more toned and fit.

Cosmetic surgery should be a rewarding experience that leaves you looking great and feeling more confident. Request a free cosmetic consultationRequest a free cosmetic consultation with one of the surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Group or call (518) 438-0505.

Is a tummy tuck right for me?

Our Albany tummy tuck patients should be in good health and at or near their ideal weights. This procedure provides several improvements, which may include one or more of the following:

  • Removing excess skin that may be loose, wrinkled, and have stretch marks
  • Tightening stretched or separated abdominal muscles that cause the belly to protrude
  • Improving the appearance of a scar from a C-section delivery, appendectomy, or gynecological surgery

What are the different types of tummy tuck?

The Plastic Surgery Group offers a partial tummy tuck (also called a "mini" tummy tuck) and a complete tummy tuck. Our surgeons view tummy tucks on a spectrum, and the extent of surgery should match the individual needs of the patient.

  • A mini tummy tuck is more limited in its degree of correction and typically involves shorter incisions, and therefore, shorter scars. This approach is best for individuals who do not require muscle repair and who have only a minimal amount of excess skin limited to the lower abdomen. Our surgeons typically recommend this option for a person whose upper abdomen (the area above the belly button) needs no improvement.
  • A complete tummy tuck offers more comprehensive benefits for people who need both skin removal and muscle tightening. It requires a longer incision that runs between the pelvic bones and can produce more substantial changes.

How is a tummy tuck performed?

With a complete tummy tuck, your plastic surgeon will make an incision across the lowest part of your abdomen from hip to hip. Another incision will be made around your navel. With a partial tummy tuck, the incision across the abdomen will be much shorter and there may be no incision around the navel.

In a complete tummy tuck, after the incisions have been made, the plastic surgeon lifts the abdominal skin as far up as the ribcage to reveal the muscles of the abdomen. These muscles are pulled closer together, carefully positioned, and stitched, firming the abdomen and narrowing the waist.

The lifted skin is stretched back into position and excess skin is eliminated. The plastic surgeon then creates a new navel hole and the incisions are stitched closed.

Our surgeons frequently use liposuction during the tummy tuck process to eliminate pockets of stubborn fat. We can also perform both these procedures as part of a mommy makeover, a combination surgery that also addresses the breasts.

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Case 1031, Tummy Tuck

Surgeon: Jeffrey Rockmore, MD

After having a couple of children, this young woman was unable to get her belly back with diet and exercise. The skin was stretched and loose and the muscles were lax, creating a lower "Pooch". She had a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, to bring back her flat belly. At the same time, some liposuction was done to bring in the waistline.

Case 1044, Liposuction, Mommy Makeover, Tummy Tuck

Surgeon: Steven Lynch, MD

This 39 year old patient and mother has done it all for the family and now wants to do something for herself.  The patient presented with a desire to have a more shapely body and flatter stomach.  She like so many other Mom's could not get rid of the excess tissue and fatty deposits along with the gained weight.  During the interview many things were discussed including a tummy tuck and liposuction.  Many times the breasts are also done with this type of case but this was not this patient's desire.  She was bothered mostly by the deposits of fat on the abdomen, upper back and hips/waist.  A plan was outlined to approach her goals and many patient pi...

Case 950, Tummy Tuck

Surgeon: Susan Gannon, MD

38 year old female unhappy with her abdomen following childbirth and a 70 lb weight loss. Patient after abdominoplasty and small amount of liposuction of her waist and hips.

Case 330, Tummy Tuck

Surgeon: Douglas Hargrave, MD

48 year-old female unhappy with abdominal fullness and overhang Would like to improve abdominal contour

What is recovery like after a tummy tuck?

Keep in mind that everybody heals differently and there are many factors that can influence how quickly your body recovers from tummy tuck surgery. You can expect your recovery process to generally proceed as follows:

First Week

After your tummy tuck, bandages will be applied to your abdomen and you will most likely have small, temporary drainage tubes below your skin to prevent fluid collection. Your plastic surgeon will prescribe medication to help you feel as comfortable as possible. Your plastic surgeon may also advise you to sleep in a recliner rather than a bed to keep your body in a flexed position and to make getting up easier.

You will be encouraged to stand and walk as soon as you can after your surgery. Because you will not be able to stand completely upright for at least this week, walking may be somewhat difficult at first. It is important to maximize your blood circulation at this stage of the recovery process by moving around.

By the time the first week ends, all tubes will be removed, stitches will be out, and your abdominal bruises and swelling will have peaked.

First Few Weeks

You should also be careful not to lift, bend over quickly, or otherwise strain your abdomen during this early recovery stage. After 3 or 4 more weeks, your abdominal bruises and swollen areas will obviously start to disappear and you can expect to:

  • Stop wearing any kind of support device
  • Begin increasing your activity level and exercising in moderation
  • Return to work in about 2 weeks, as long as your job is not too strenuous

Few Months

After a few months you'll begin to see the improvements from your tummy tuck. At this time you should enjoy full sensitivity and comfort in your abdomen, and you'll notice the scars from the incisions beginning to fade.

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surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Group,
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Utica, and Albany area of New York.

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Meet Our Surgeons

Meet the expertly trained Albany plastic surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Group, serving the Schenectady, Saratoga Springs, Utica, and Albany area of New York.

Learn More  Request Your Consultation 

Other Questions About Tummy Tuck Surgery

Where does the surgery take place?

We perform both partial and complete tummy tucks in an outpatient surgery center.

Will I be awake during my tummy tuck?

We perform all tummy tucks using general anesthesia, so you are asleep through the procedure. All our anesthesia is administered by a certified anesthesiologist to maximize your safety.

How long will it take to feel back to normal after my tummy tuck?

Recovery time varies from person to person, but in general most men and women who have tummy tuck surgery can go back to work comfortably in just a couple of weeks. Sometimes it takes a few more weeks of resting to feel comfortable returning to work. The better condition you are in at the time of your surgery, the faster your recuperation will be.

Does exercise help the recovery process?

Exercise is a very important factor in recovering from tummy tuck surgery. It helps in many different ways — from reducing the amount of swelling and the chance of a blood clot to helping give the muscles in your newly contoured tummy much more tone. Of course, you should exercise moderately at first and gradually increase the vigorousness of your exercise in relation to your comfort level.

For additional information, visit our Tummy Tuck FAQ page.

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