Tummy Tuck Surgery in New York – Dr. Richard Swift
Before Tummy Tuck
Everyone wants to feel as though they could slip into a bathing suit at a moment’s notice and proudly flaunt their toned figure. However, many men and women struggle with loose skin and fat deposits in the abdominal area. If you are one of them, consider abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery in New York City with Dr. Richard Swift
What Can Abdominoplasty Accomplish?
Abdominoplasty effectively slims and tones the midsection by removing excess fat and tightening the underlying musculature. It is not a weight loss procedure, however, and therefore will not significantly reduce the patient’s body weight.
Good Tummy Tuck Candidates
After Tummy Tuck
Tummy tuck candidates should be in good health. We encourage women who plan to become pregnant to delay tummy tuck surgery until after they are done having children, as pregnancy can reverse the effects of the surgery. Dr. Swift will sit down with every candidate during the initial consultation and determine whether the patient’s goals are realistic and reasonable. If they are not, he is unlikely to recommend abdominoplasty as an appropriate choice.
Tummy Tuck Surgery
Tummy tuck surgery is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Swift will make two incisions; the first extends from hipbone to hipbone, close to the pubic area, and the second goes around the belly button. He will separate the skin from the abdominal muscles. The muscles are tightened and stitched into place to firm the abdomen and narrow the waist. Then, Dr. Swift stretches the skin flap down, removes excess skin and stitches the incisions closed. The belly button is reattached in a natural position. The sutured areas are bandaged.
Recovering from Abdominoplasty
You will most likely feel sore, swollen and bruised after surgery. This lasts for a few days, and the swelling should completely dissipate within a few weeks. During this time, we encourage you to avoid any bending or heavy lifting, which can disrupt the healing process. Gentle walking is permitted, but please refrain from strenuous exercise until Dr. Swift clears you. Your full recovery could take up to a few months, but you’ll be able to return to work within a week to 10 days.
Possible Abdominoplasty Complications
Tummy tuck risks include infection, blood clots and poor healing. Patients who have had previous abdominal surgery should note that their old scars may become raised, stretched or more conspicuous after tummy tuck.
Learn More About Tummy Tuck Surgery
If you are not happy with the way your stomach looks, and would like to learn more about tummy tuck surgery, please contact our Manhattan cosmetic surgery practice at (212) 828-9906 or email us today. We would be happy to schedule a one-on-one consultation for you with Dr. Swift to discuss your options, including other body surgery procedures such as liposuction and body lift surgery.