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Tummy Tuck

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 board-certified plastic 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.

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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:

  • Tightening excess skin that may be loose, wrinkled, and have stretch marks
  • Repairing 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 mini tummy tuck, a full tummy tuck, and an extended 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, also called a partial tummy tuck, 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 full tummy tuck, also called 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.
  • An extended tummy tuck provides the same improvements as the full tummy tuck but also tightens loose skin all the way around the waist. Our surgeons often perform this procedure for patients who have undergone massive weight loss. The incision is placed as low as possible so that the resulting scar is covered by bathing suits and undergarments. For patients who have lost a significant amount of weight, the extended technique can be performed as part of an even more comprehensive circumferential body lift, which provides improvement around the entire body.

Tummy Tuck Incisions

How is a tummy tuck performed?

Our surgeons perform most tummy tuck procedures in an outpatient surgery center close to our office. We perform all tummy tucks using general anesthesia, so you will be asleep through the procedure. All our anesthesia is administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist to maximize your safety and comfort.

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

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Tummy Tuck – Full


Tummy Tuck – Mini

In a full 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 tightened. The plastic surgeon then creates a hole for the navel and the incisions are stitched closed.

Our surgeons frequently use liposuction during the tummy tuck process to reduce 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.

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,
serving the Schenectady, Saratoga Springs,
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

Can I have liposuction instead of a tummy tuck?

These are 2 distinct procedures. Liposuction is used to reduce areas of excess fat. If you have loose skin on your stomach and separated abdominal muscles, a tummy tuck is the best way to restore a firm, youthful contour to your midsection. In most cases, our surgeons use liposuction during tummy tuck surgery to sculpt the hips, waist, and possibly other areas of unwanted fat.

Do men have tummy tucks?

Yes, our surgeons perform many tummy tuck procedures for male patients who have lost a lot of weight or have sagging around the middle due to aging. This procedure is adapted for men to enhance the patient's masculinity by creating an angular, athletic waist and accenting the "6-pack" abdominal muscles.

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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