How do I know if I need abdominoplasty?
Being a major body contouring surgery procedure, abdominoplasty patients need to fully understand and plan for surgery and post-surgery. During an abdominoplasty consultation with Dr. Buglino at his Woodbury office, we always assess your goals, current body condition, health and lifestyle, as well as previous surgical history to make expert recommendations and to determine if a tummy tuck is a good fit for you. Aswell, Dr. Buglino will walk you through the preparation for the abdominoplasty surgery and make you fully aware of how it will ultimately impact your daily life during the recovery period. It is important to voice any questions and concerns you have during this time, and as well be in good health.
Remaining at a consistent and stable weight in weeks leading up to abdominoplasty surgery is necessary. Abdominoplasty recovery period depends entirely on the level of the procedure. Mini-tummy tucks may require a shorter recovery period of up to three weeks versus a more extensive abdominoplasty with liposuction, which often sees about a recovery period of six weeks or longer. Tummy tuck patients should also consider having the proper assistance during this recovery period to limit abdominal straining. During abdominoplasty recovery, patients are required to avoid any strenuous activities, such as heavy lifting, for proper healing and avoid complications. Your sex life will also be a part of the compromise during the abdominoplasty recovery period. You can also count out any housework during your downtime. Compression garments, like an abdominal binder,will be highly recommended to help support and reinforce the recovering abdominal muscles. Abdominoplasty patient can also expect some scarring at the site of surgery, which will usually fade over time. Full abdominoplasty take up to a whole year. Dr. Buglino also offers laser for any scars from abdominoplasty.
Improving the body with abdominoplasty surgery
A slimmer physique and a flat stomach remains one of the most idealized body types for men and women. Popularized by fitness buffs,runway models and those frequent infomercials for new miracle products, a toned six-pack and thin waistline is a body image that has been branded as the golden standard. While regular and often strict diet and exercise may help some to maintain or attain this, the reality is that everyone’s body shape is a uniqueresult of a combination of factors including genetics and lifestyle. For some,achieving this ideal can become more difficult with age.
Depending on the individual, an expanded stomach area may naturally pre-exist or happen as the muscles in the waist and abdominal area weaken due to age or lifestyle. Stress, which is known to cause increased cortisol levels, can also lead to a protruding stomach and fat in the abdomen.For those who struggle with the bulge and have made significant efforts to reach their ideal shape may seek to have an abdominoplasty procedure in order to tighten these muscles to create a more proportionate balance of the midsection.
Can abdominoplasty be combined with other body contouring procedures?
Abdominoplasty is often combined with liposuction to result in a contoured waist line and can be performed in just about two hours. Removing excess fat by liposuction can effectively remove “love handles” while the abdominoplasty will create a firmer, tighter abdominal area. This surgery is commonly sought after by those who have had dramatic weight loss or by women after pregnancy. Removing excess skin and fat while tightening the stomach after those changes in the body (referred to as a ‘tummy tuck’ or a ‘mommy makeover’) has helped patients get back to a slimmer profile and smoothened stomach area.
Patients who desire that picture perfect stomach like the front cover of a magazine need to set realistic expectations for themselves before opting for abdominoplasty. Patients will see excess skin and fat removed immediately following the procedure. Once the swelling subsides, an improved slimmer figure and toned stomach and waist is expected. However, it is important to keep in mind genetic factors unique to you and any limitations so that you are comfortable with your results
At Buglino Plastic Surgery, abdominoplasty is performed safely under general anesthesia and local anesthesia with light IV sedation for the right candidates. Dr. Anthony Buglino is a board certified plastic surgeon operating in Woodbury NY. For a complimentary consultation, please call (516) 864-0700.