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Are you considering a Tummy Tuck this year?

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bdominoplasty or tummy tuck is a surgical procedure which Dr. Rotemberg performs to remove excess fat and skin from the abdomen and tighten the abdominal muscles. Its primary focus is to design a tightened and re-contoured abdomen that eliminates bulky or pudgy stomach tissue. In addition to reshaping the appearance of the midsection, the abdominal muscles are tightened to a desirable structure that much more toned internally. How do I know if I need a tummy tuck or liposuction? If you have a protruding abdomen with excess fat and loose hanging skin, especially when you sit down, you are a candidate for an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck. If you just have localized fat without hanging skin on your stomach, then liposuction may be all you need. Your board certified plastic surgeon can determine the best procedure for you during a physical examination. What are the differences in the types of abdominoplasty? There are three common types of abdominoplasty or tummy tuck procedure. 1. Standard or full abdominoplasty 2. Mini abdominoplasty 3. Extended abdominoplasty

They all involve removing the excess skin and fat from the abdomen and they may or may not involve tightening the abdominal muscles. With the mini abdominoplasty we just remove the excess skin in the lower abdomen without repositioning your umbilicus. A physical examination and discussion with your plastic surgeon will determine the best procedure for your body shape. How long and where is the incision for the tummy tuck? Usually the incision is a low transverse (horizontal) incision hidden in the bikini area. The length of the scar depends on the amount of excess skin the patient has and needs to be excised. What will it happen with my belly button after a tummy tuck? The umbilicus stay in the same place, we just make a new opening in the tightened skin to pull it through. How long is the procedure? The abdominoplasty surgery usually takes approximately 3 hours. You will stay in the recovery room another hour or two and then be discharged to home. What type of anestheisia do you use? General anesthesia is given by a board certified anesthesiologist.

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How long is recovery? Most patients return to work after 2 weeks. If you have a desk job you may return to work sooner, depending on how you feel. No heavy, strenuous exercise for 6 weeks. Light exercise, such as walking can be restarted after 2 weeks. Please send us your questions to silvia@rotembergmd.com Your answers will be posted in the next edition.

Dr. Silvia Rotemberg is a plastic surgeon in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at Rotemberg Plastic Surgery, P.L.L.C.

Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery & Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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