Many people find that a flat stomach just isn’t possible, no matter how hard they diet or exercise. A tummy tuck from board-certified South Jersey plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Mohit Sood in Linwood, New Jersey can provide the look you desire.
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck removes excess fat and skin to give your stomach area a flatter, more toned appearance. It can also restore abdominal muscles that have become weakened or separated.
Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
Tummy tucks are often chosen by people who have lost a significant amount of weight to help remove loose skin and effectively reduce the size of the stomach. A study performed by Swiss researchers also found that bariatric patients who had tummy tucks were more likely to keep their weight off than others were. Other benefits include the following:
- Can be safely combined with a number of other procedures, including hernia surgeries
- Enhances self-esteem
- Tightens the abdomen to present a more toned appearance
How Is a Tummy Tuck Performed?
A tummy tuck is usually performed in our office on an outpatient basis, unless other procedures are scheduled at the same time. In this instance, the procedure will likely take place in a hospital so the patient can remain there for observation overnight.
Patients in our office are typically given local anesthesia, while those in a hospital setting are usually administered general anesthesia. After the anesthesia takes effect, Dr. Sood will make a horizontal incision beginning just under the belly button and extending downward toward the pubic area. He will then lift the skin to access the abdominal muscles and make any needed repairs.
Skin from the upper abdominal area is pulled down and trimmed before being sewn together. This requires the belly button to be repositioned as well. Once the belly button is in place, the outer skin will be sewn together, and the wounds will be covered with gauze or other bandages.
Preparing for a Tummy Tuck
Several preparations could be needed prior to your tummy tuck, including the following:
- Getting lab or other blood work
- Stopping certain medications
- Refraining from smoking
You may also need to avoid eating or drinking anything for up to twelve hours leading up to your surgery.
Recovery from a Tummy Tuck
Following surgery, your abdomen will be wrapped in elastic bandages or a compression garment to aid with healing. You should wear this bandage or garment for up to two weeks. Take care to keep incisions clean and dry to prevent infection from setting in. Check them regularly and report any unusual symptoms to Dr. Sood immediately.
You may experience bruising, swelling, or moderate discomfort immediately after this procedure. Taking a medication such as ibuprofen can help eliminate these symptoms. To avoid pulling stitches, refrain from strenuous exercise or heavy lifting until after your follow-up exam.
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?
Your cost, including payment options, will be discussed during your consultation. A few of the payment options we offer include the following:
- Personal check
- Major credit card
- CareCredit® financing
Is a Tummy Tuck Right for Me?
If you are concerned about sagging skin on your abdomen, a tummy tuck can help you feel more confident. Before having this surgery, you should be at or near your target weight, as any additional weight loss could once against result in sagging skin. If you plan to become pregnant in the future, this could also render the results of your tummy tuck ineffective.
Why Choose Dr. Mohit Sood for a Tummy Tuck?
As a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Mohit Sood is experienced at performing tummy tucks under a variety of conditions. His skilled hands will ensure your abdomen presents the tightened, toned appearance you desire.
What to Expect During Your Tummy Tuck Consultation
A tummy tuck consultation tends to be slightly more in depth than other plastic surgery consultations, particularly if you are having more than one procedure performed at the same time. During your consultation, Dr. Sood may do the following:
- Check the skin elasticity of your abdominal area
- Discuss future weight loss goals to ensure this surgery will have long-lasting effects
- Take measurements of your abdominal area
- Discuss your health history and obtain a list of medications you are currently taking
If you’ve struggled unsuccessfully to tone and firm your abdomen, a tummy tuck could be needed to provide you with the results you’re after. Patients in the South Jersey region can contact Dr. Mohit Sood at (609) 904-5390 to schedule a consultation.