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Tummy Tuck services offered in Upper East Side, Upper East Side, New York, NY

If you want more muscle definition of the abdomen but struggle with sagging skin, a tummy tuck can remove excess skin and create a firmer appearance. At Fifth Ave Plastic Surgery on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, board-certified plastic surgeon Eric Cha, MD, FACS, and his team provide various types of tummy tuck procedures with or without liposuction to cinch your waistline. To learn more about the surgery and the results you can expect, call the office on Park Avenue in New York City, or schedule an appointment online today.

Tummy Tuck Q&A

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is a plastic surgery that restores a flatter, firmer, and tighter belly. There are many reasons why the skin on your abdomen might expand or sag with time, including childbirth, major weight loss, or genetic factors leading to increased skin elasticity. Loose abdominal muscles also play a role in having sagging belly fat.

You’re under general anesthesia for the surgery, and the team makes an incision along your lower abdomen near the bikini line. Sometimes, they also need to make an incision around your belly button. The team reinforces your abdominal wall with sutures after removing the excess tissues. 

Who can benefit from a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck can treat various types of sagging skin and the features that come with it when it’s on the abdomen. Both men and women can benefit from tummy tucks to treat:

  • Skin laxity after major weight loss
  • Sagging skin related to aging
  • A moderate amount of excess abdominal fat
  • Post-pregnancy weak abdominal muscles
  • Low back pain due to weak abdominal muscles

During a consultation at Fifth Ave Plastic Surgery, the team makes sure you have realistic expectations and are healthy enough to undergo tummy tuck surgery. 

What are my options for tummy tucks?

Fifth Ave Plastic Surgery offers a few different types of tummy tucks and add-on procedures to enhance results. Depending on your personal needs and goals, the team might recommend:

Mini tummy tuck

A mini tummy tuck is a surgical technique that minimizes scarring due to a smaller incision. This is the best option for you if your abdomen is only slightly sagging. 

Extended tummy tuck

An extended tummy tuck is the best option for individuals who need a tummy tuck after significant weight loss. It treats excess skin on the abdomen, hips, and back and uses a larger incision. 

Liposuction for definition

You can add liposuction to any traditional, mini, or extended tummy tuck to suction out excess fat in the area and better define your contours. 

What is recovery like after a tummy tuck?

Recovering after a tummy tuck can take up to six weeks. However, you can go back to work just two weeks after the surgery, assuming you have no complications, and you can resume regular exercise after four weeks. 

During the early stages of your recovery, there is a drain that allows fluid buildup to leak out of the incision area. You also need to wear a compression garment to control initial swelling. The team at Fifth Ave Plastic Surgery teaches you everything you need to know about these parts of aftercare and can prescribe medications to control postoperative pain. 

To find out more about tummy tucks and if you’re a candidate, call Fifth Ave Plastic Surgery or book an appointment online today.