Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck in New York

Whether you’re a mother looking to get a makeover to restore your pre-baby body, a breast cancer patient looking for reconstruction, or in need of elective hand surgery such as carpal tunnel syndrome, Dr. Pinsky is there to help you reach your desired results. Schedule an appointment today!

woman with flabby stomach holding her shirt up as doctors makes marks for plastic surgery

By removing the excess skin and fat, Dr. Pinsky can create a smoother, firmer abdomen that restores the waist line and helps achieve a more youthful figure. Attaining a tighter, flatter stomach can be beneficial for people with post-pregnancy figures, dramatic weight loss, and laxity of the abdominal wall due to medical conditions. As a plastic surgeon, Dr. Pinsky is an expert in aesthetic surgery and brings a comfortable, approachable atmosphere for each patient. Dr. Pinsky believes that the tummy tuck surgery should go beyond simply removing skin and fat to try and sculpt and reshape a youthful, feminine physique. As a highly adept person in abdominoplasty procedures, Dr. Pinksy uses the latest techniques to offer safe, effective treatment and to provide you with natural-looking results.

What is the Purpose of a Tummy Tuck?

Flat, toned stomachs are a goal that many people strive for.  In many instances, exercise and diet can provide only so much control for people wishing to keep up their daily appearances and maintain a healthy lifestyle. For those with otherwise normal body weight, portions of the abdomen can develop muscle weakness with protruding, sagging areas of the stomach containing excess fat and skin, caused by:

Genetics

Genetics can play an intricate role in obesity, skin elasticity, and the development of excess skin. Genes and behavior don’t always predict future health, but can increase one’s susceptibility to a protruding abdomen.

Aging

As we age, the skin, muscles, and connective tissue that hold our body together lose elasticity, the body begins to redistribute body fat to areas of the trunk including the lower abdomen and flanks

Pregnancy

The body experiences many changes from pregnancy including weight gain and  stretching of the skin and abdominal muscles.  These changes do not always reverse themselves after delivery.

Prior Surgery

Any previous surgeries, such as liposuction or weight loss surgery, can dramatically increase in saggy skin along the abdomen.

Weight Fluctuations

Any long-term dramatic weight gain and weight loss can result in loose, hanging skin around the abdomen, flanks, back, buttocks, and thighs.

Tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, removes the excess skin and fat of the lower abdomen and tightens the loose abdominal muscles to create a smoother, firmer stomach. This procedure isn’t a replacement for weight loss, and any fluctuations in weight can also change the results of the surgery over time.

Procedure Steps For Tummy Tuck

During your first consultation, Dr. Pinsky will take the time to get to know you and your goals for surgery.  He will perform a detailed medical history and examination to determine the most appropriate surgical or non-surgical plan that meets your specific needs.  Dr. Pinsky will discuss the details of surgery including potential complications, and you will be allowed time to ask any questions you may have.  Once you’ve been assessed for the procedure, Dr. Pinsky’s assistant will schedule a time for your surgery.  Most patients are seen at least two time prior to surgery to ensure that all their questions are answered and there is proper understanding of the surgical plan:

  1. Abdominoplasty surgery requires general anesthesia, and Dr. Pinsky only uses board certified anesthesiologists in the hospital or ambulatory surgery setting
  2. A low transverse incision is designed across the lower abdomen.  The scar is designed to sit in the underwear line so it is not visible in low-cut pants or a bikini.
  3. Excess lower abdominal skin is removed, and the abdominal muscles are tightening in the midline with internal sutures.   Liposuction is frequently added to improve the contour of the flanks and abdominal skin flap.
  4. Dr. Pinsky will close the incisions with sutures and skin adhesives to allow the skin to heal.
  5. After the procedure, he will prescribe medications to apply or take orally to reduce the chance of infection and instruct you on how to care for your surgical site.

Tummy Tuck Recovery And Risks

For patients undergoing surgery, the recovery process will take several months before completely healed. Strenuous exercise and any strain on the abdominal region should be avoided during the first few weeks.  Patients are encouraged to walk even on the day of surgery to avoid the risk of blood clots and lung infections.  Patients are given pain medication and antibiotics to take after surgery.  Most people will return to work within two weeks; however, patients whose jobs require heavy labor may require additional time.  Most patients are allowed to resume all activities, including exercise, after six weeks.  The majority of the healing happens in the first three months, but it takes 6-12 months to see the final results of surgery.  You can achieve a flatter, tighter abdomen with Dr. Pinsky.  Please see us at any of Dr. Pinsky’s offices in Babylon, Huntington, and East Hills, NY.  Please contact Dr. Pinsky at (631) 870-7208 to schedule a consultation.

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