A tummy tuck is also known as an abdominoplasty. The tummy tuck procedure serves to remove excess skin and fat from the abdominal region as well as repair weakened or separated abdominal muscles. The goal result is a flatter, toned, and smooth abdominal area.
Often, a tummy tuck is chosen by patients after pregnancy or losing a significant amount of weight. In addition, patients may see loose skin or bulge because of the natural aging process, genetics, or the result of surgery.
The Plastic Surgery Center in Baltimore offers abdominoplasty procedures to create a firm and flat tummy you’ll be proud to show off!
Many struggles with trying to achieve a flatter, well-toned tummy. When diet and exercise just don’t work, you may want to consider a tummy tuck. Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck involves removing excess fat and skin, and in most cases restoring weakened or separated muscles. The goal is to create a profile that is smoother and firmer.
A tummy tuck is helpful for people who:
If you’re looking for a plastic surgeon in the Maryland area, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rosenberg is ready to make you feel confident about your midsection. To learn more about the tummy tuck procedure or other body contouring options, contact Dr. Rosenberg today to schedule a cosmetic consultation.
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Nearly anyone who has aesthetic concerns about their abdomen can be a good tummy tuck candidate. However, a tummy tuck is a very personal decision, meaning that patients should only choose to undergo the surgery for themselves. In addition, it is important to be generally healthy before pursuing the procedure, which includes being at a stable weight and a nonsmoker. You should have realistic expectations for the procedure and be able to clearly communicate your goals with your plastic surgeon. Dr. Rosenberg will determine your candidacy after a thorough consultation.
Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) involves removing excess fat and skin, and in most cases restoring weakened or separated muscles. By removing excess fat and skin and tightening the stomach muscles, a tummy tuck can be used to create a flatter waist line, improving the appearance and increasing self-confidence.
There are multiple techniques that can help people with different conditions and concerns achieve their best figure with minimal downtime. Tummy tuck options range from a mini tummy tuck to an extended tummy tuck or circumferential tummy tuck.
Abdominoplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Temporary side effects may include pain, swelling, bruising, and numbness. The likelihood of scarring from a tummy tuck incision and other risks varies from individual to individual and should be discussed with your doctor. Most patients are able to return to work and light activities in two weeks or less.
If you’re considering abdominoplasty, you might be wondering what the difference is between a mini tummy tuck and a full tummy tuck. In most cases, a mini tummy tuck is only performed on the section of the abdomen below the belly button. A mini tummy tuck involves tightening only the lower abdomen.
Whether or not a mini tummy tuck will help you achieve your desired results will depend upon the amount of excess skin and fat present prior to surgery. Our plastic surgeon can help you decide whether a mini tummy tuck or full tummy tuck will serve you best.
In addition to determining whether a tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck is necessary, our plastic surgeon can also recommend tummy tuck procedures with liposuction or lower body lifts for maximum results. Because each person’s anatomy and goals are different, meeting with a plastic surgeon for a tummy tuck consultation is always recommended.
While a tummy tuck is a highly effective procedure in creating a slimmer, more toned appearance, there are some expectations for the procedure that are not realistic.
Patients should note that a tummy tuck is not a weight-loss procedure. If you are at an unstable or unhealthy weight, it is important to adopt a healthy diet and exercise routine and reach a healthy weight before choosing a tummy tuck or other cosmetic procedure.
In addition, while the results of a tummy tuck are considered permanent, you can damage your skin further due to future weight fluctuations or pregnancies.
Finally, a tummy tuck will not necessarily treat stretch marks. However, the procedure does remove excess skin, so any stretch marks which appear on the skin that is excised are removed. Patients should understand that stretch marks above the belly button will remain after the procedure.
Your tummy tuck consultation is your opportunity to discuss your goals for the procedure and ask any questions that you have. Dr. Rosenberg will also examine the treatment area and evaluate your health history to determine whether you are a good candidate for the surgery. You should be prepared to discuss any previous surgeries, medications, or allergies during this appointment. Dr. Rosenberg will likely take photographs of the treatment area, discuss your options, and explain the results that you can expect from a tummy tuck.
Before your tummy tuck, you may ask any questions you have about the procedure and recovery period during a consultation appointment. Some common questions include:
After your tummy tuck, the most common symptoms are swelling, redness, bruising, and some discomfort. You will be required to wear a compression garment to reduce swelling, and will likely have drains in place as well. You can take prescription and/or over-the-counter pain medication to maintain your comfort during the early days of the recovery process.
Most patients require 1-2 weeks of downtime after a tummy tuck before they are ready to return to work and other non-strenuous activities. Dr. Rosenberg will monitor your healing during post-operative appointments and advise when you can safely return to exercise routines or other activities.
At The Plastic Surgery Center in Baltimore, MD, Dr. Rosenberg can help you determine if abdominoplasty is the best option based on your personal goals. His expertise in abdominoplasty ensures the location and positioning of each incision is carefully pre-planned—minimizing the visibility of surgical scars and giving you superior results.
We invite you to learn more about abdominoplasty or any of the body contouring procedures performed at our plastic surgery center in Baltimore, Maryland. Contact us using the form on this page or call us at 410-324-3071 today to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Rosenberg.
It is encouraged that you try to slowly start moving and walking the day after your procedure. This helps with circulation to prevent any complications after surgery.
A tummy tuck procedure will leave a scar, but it will fade significantly over time. Dr. Rosenberg will ensure that the incision is placed in a discrete position to be easily hidden.
Yes, a tummy tuck tightens separated muscles in addition to removing excess skin and fat.
A horizontal incision will be made to remove the excess fat and skin. The surgeon will then tighten the connective tissue above the abdominal muscle and close the incision.
Tummy tuck results are considered permanent, so long as you maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen.
Generally, most patients are advised to wear their binder for around 4-6 weeks following the surgery.
A tummy tuck is ideal for healthy individuals who are close to their desired weight and would like to reduce the amount of fat and skin in their abdominal region.
Dr. Rosenberg will monitor your healing process to help determine when you are ready to begin working out again. Generally, this will take about 5-6 weeks.
Anyone who is looking for a flatter abdomen and is generally healthy, doesnt smoke, and maintains a stable weight, may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck procedure.
A tummy tuck is an effective and popular procedure for both men and women.
Make sure you are eating right, not smoking, and have someone to help you for a few days following your procedure. Dr. Rosenberg will also provide you with more information on how to prepare before your surgery.
The cost of a tummy tuck in Baltimore is around $7,900.
During the procedure you will be under anesthesia and not feel any pain. Afterwards, most patients will experience mild to moderate pain that can be managed with medication and proper care.
Yes. However, doing so may undo the results of your tummy tuck, as well as possibly damage your skin.
After a tummy tuck, patients may experience bruising, swelling, redness, and discomfort. These symptoms will usually subside within the first week or two.