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Why Consider Tummy Tuck
The abdomen is often regarded as a visual representation of a person’s overall health. A slim, beautifully contoured abdomen could indicate that a person is in shape. However, for many people, the abdomen is a problem area that may protrude or appear round. While diet and exercise can help support weight loss, even the strictest lifestyle choices are not always effective in the pursuit of a flat tummy. This is because a lax abdomen is often the result of stretched abdominal muscles, which can occur during pregnancy or after significant weight loss. If this sounds familiar, you need a targeted solution that can improve the appearance of your abdomen. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Elsa Raskin helps her patients achieve their ultimate body goals with tummy tuck surgery.
Benefits of Tummy Tuck
Tummy tuck surgery, also referred to as abdominoplasty, involves the removal of excess fat and skin from the abdomen and tightening of lax muscles. Benefits include:
- A flat, slimmed-down, attractive midsection
- Reduction in the appearance of stretch marks on the abdomen
- More attractive body contour
- Boost in confident
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
During your consultation with Dr. Raskin, she will examine the skin on your abdomen, as well as the abdominal fat and underlying muscles to determine which tummy tuck technique would be most appropriate for you.
Traditional tummy tuck: This option appeals to patients that require significant correction. An incision is made near the bikini line, and another around the navel. Dr. Raskin then tightens the lax abdominal muscles and removes excess fat, tissue, and skin.
Mini tummy tuck: Mini tummy tuck procedures involve a shorter incision and are often performed on patients with less excess skin. The muscles below the navel are tightened and excess skin and fat in this area are also removed.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
Your incisions will be dressed following surgery, and you may be wrapped in a compression garment to reduce swelling and help support your midsection as you heal. Dr. Raskin will insert small drainage tubes into the abdomen to collect fluid. A few days after your procedure, you will be released from the hospital. A week after surgery, your stitches will be removed. Around week two or three, your sutures will be removed. Full recovery takes a minimum of four months, and although your scars won’t disappear entirely, you can expect them to fade over the course of about nine months to a year.
Beautiful Tummy Tuck Results
Dr. Raskin goes the extra mile to understand your tummy tuck goals before surgery so that you are satisfied with your result. You may initially experience swelling; however, your new, slimmer profile should begin to reveal itself as the swelling diminishes. You may notice your midsection is firmer, flatter, and in better proportion to the rest of your body.
When is a tummy tuck necessary?
There are many changes that the body undergoes that can leave patients unhappy with the appearance of their midsections. For example, pregnancy, weight fluctuations, and age can leave you with stretched skin, weakened abdominal muscles, and an overall flabby abdominal appearance. While eating a nutritious diet and making healthy lifestyle changes can improve some aspects of your physique, it is usually not sufficient to repair a damaged midsection. A tummy tuck can sculpt your tummy, leaving it with a flat, more attractive appearance.
Can I lose weight with my tummy tuck surgery?
While there is an aesthetic goal of tummy tuck surgery, it is not intended to help you lose weight. Instead, the procedure significantly improves the appearance of the midsection by removing excess skin while tightening the muscles underneath, resulting in a tight and toned look. Contouring the body in this manner can leave patients with a more shapely and slimmer waistline, which can make it appear as though you have lost stubborn pounds of fat. However, to maintain a healthy weight after surgery, it is important to partake in healthy lifestyle habits.
Is tummy tuck surgery customizable?
Dr. Raskin understands that no two patients are alike. She treats each case uniquely, utilizing the most appropriate techniques to ensure a great result. During your tummy tuck consultation, you will have the chance to discuss your needs and goals with Dr. Raskin, who will then create an effective treatment plan for you that includes the type of tummy tuck you will need, such as full tummy tuck or a mini tummy tuck.
How long after giving birth can I undergo surgery?
After the changes to the body that accompany pregnancy, it is understandable that you may want to repair your midsection as soon as you can. However, your body requires time to heal after giving birth, and you will need time to adjust to the changes that have occurred in your routine. It is advised that you wait at least six months after having a baby before you have tummy tuck surgery.
Can I get pregnant after my surgery?
Pregnancy causes significant stress on the body, especially the abdomen. The muscles of the abdomen become stretched out and weakened while pregnant. If you have previously undergone tummy tuck surgery, a subsequent pregnancy could compromise your results, leaving you with an undesirable abdominal appearance. It is important that you consider whether you are still expanding your family. If there is a chance you might get pregnant again, it may be advised that you wait until you are done having children before getting a tummy tuck.
Additionally, our team understands that the subject of family planning as it relates to surgery can be nuanced. We recommend discussing your intentions with Dr. Raskin at your surgical consultation. She can provide additional guidance regarding your surgery, goals, and intentions.
Why should I choose Elsa Raskin, MD for my procedure?
Tummy tuck surgery is a complex procedure that requires skill and artistry; choosing the right surgeon for your procedure can also help minimize the chances of complications. Dr. Elsa Raskin is a highly skilled plastic surgeon with years of experience delivering exceptional care to many satisfied patients. She has been named Top Doctor by Greenwich Magazine, highlighting her exacting standards. Dr. Raskin and her compassionate staff are ready to help you get the results you desire. To schedule your consultation, contact our office today.
Why Choose Dr. Elsa Raskin for Your Tummy Tuck
Skilled plastic surgeon Dr. Elsa Raskin has earned a glowing reputation for the beautiful results she achieves with tummy tuck surgery. She has helped many patients look and feel their best in their bodies. For the past 10 years, Dr. Raskin has been named Top Doctor by Greenwich Magazine, which only highlights her dedication to her craft and her patients. Dr. Raskin is committed to providing excellent care and has a track record of success in her field.
If you are ready to transform your body, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.