Tummy tuck procedures remove extra tissue and tighten skin around the abdomen to create a smoother, firmer midriff area. These procedures are popular after pregnancy or weight loss to eliminate stretch marks and restore a flatter stomach, but they also counteract the effects of aging on the torso.
To perform the operation, an incision is made just above the pubic hairline. The incision varies in length depending on the extent of the procedure, but Dr. Cohen places it to be hidden effectively by a bathing suit. Once the lower abdominal skin is removed, the underlying rectus abdominus (six-pack) muscles can be repaired and tightened. Extra skin is then pulled down from the upper abdominal to cover the area, and the belly button is repositioned to a natural location. Additionally, some patients choose to have liposuction in conjunction with a traditional tummy tuck to combat love handles and improve the shape of the abdominal area. This is all performed under general anesthesia.
A tummy tuck is an extensive procedure and recovery times can be longer than with other surgeries. It is recommended to rest for two weeks, with no exercise or heavy lifting for six weeks following the surgery. Significant swelling and bruising in the area are normal for two to three weeks following the surgery. In many cases, a compression garment will be recommended to help maximize the results. Each patient is unique, so Dr. Cohen and her staff will follow you closely with a personalized recovery plan.
Dr. Cohen is committed to ensuring her patients are informed and comfortable with their decision. Below, you will find a link to our frequently asked questions. If you would like to discuss this procedure further, please don’t hesitate to contact us.