Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty

An abdominoplasty (often called a tummy tuck) is the procedure used to improve the shape and contour of the abdomen by not only reducing the excess skin and fatty tissue, but additionally tightening the muscles of the abdomen to create a stronger, slimmer, and more aesthetic midsection. Multiple techniques can be used to achieve the best abdominal contour, and many different types of women and men can benefit from the abdominoplasty procedure.
Tummy tucks can be combined with other procedures such as liposuction and breast surgery. Combinations of procedures such as these are often referred to as a Mommy Makeover and are frequently performed by Dr. Lowenstein resulting in dramatic transformations and outstanding results.

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FAQs: Tummy Tuck

  • How long is recovery?

    A tummy tuck can involve a few weeks for complete recovery. Because this surgery brings about considerable change in the body shape, physical exercise is discouraged for about 3 weeks. Patients often need some assistance in the first few days while heavy lifting and twisting of the body is avoided.

  • What type of dressings are used?

    Tummy Tuck patients will wear a special compression dressing for the weeks following surgery in order to maximize healing, minimize swelling, and provide comfort. While other padding and dressings are used immediately after surgery, they are quickly removed in the first few postoperative days.

  • Do you use drains?

    Dr. Lowenstein will often use drains to minimize concern for complications after your tummy tuck. Special technical maneuvers are also used during surgery to prevent fluid collections and aid in shortening the time your drains are required.

  • What about the scars?

    The length of the low, horizontal scar depends on the amount of loose skin that you have. Dr. Lowenstein pays special attention and applies meticulous techniques to promote particularly pleasing scars. Scars are placed as low as possible, and in the majority of patients, healing of these scars results in faded narrow lines. The scar around the belly button is usually very well camouflaged. New advanced scar therapy called Embrace has had remarkable effects on improving scars following abdominoplasty.

  • Is it painful?

    Long acting injectable pain medications are always used during abdominoplasty by Dr. Lowenstein to aid in recovery and comfort. Pain is not a significant complaint after after abdominoplasty in Dr. Lowenstein’s experience, although excessive activity after surgery is highly discouraged to maintain comfort and aid in the earliest recovery.

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