Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
For abdominoplasty in a private and confidential setting, tummy tuck patients can come to Dr. Richard Zeff’s conveniently located outpatient surgery center. The tummy tuck procedure is performed by making an incision as low as possible on the abdomen to hide post-surgical scarring. Next, excess skin and fat are removed from the area between the belly button and the pubic hairline, and, when needed, the underlying muscles are tightened to create an even flatter tummy. The belly button stays in its natural position in the newly tightened skin. Sometimes, simultaneous liposuction of the hips can help achieve even better overall contour.
Tummy tuck surgery is usually done as an outpatient procedure. Initially, patients may be unable to stand up straight for several days, limiting early post-operative activities. After a week or two, only strenuous activity will be limited. Discomfort from abdominoplasty typically improves daily but can last, to a minor degree, up to two weeks and is often easily controlled with medications prescribed by our plastic surgeons.
Before & After
Full Tummy Tuck vs. Mini
When the looseness is limited to the lower abdomen, one can consider a mini- abdominoplasty which is a less expensive and less invasive procedure. A long but very low incision is used to remove the excess tissue of the lower abdomen. The recovery is also much shorter. A mini-abdominoplasty will not, however, tighten the tissues around and above the belly button.
Tummy Tuck vs. Liposuction Surgery — Which is Right for you?
Before undergoing any body contouring procedure, it is important to first analyze whether the patient requires abdominoplasty (tummy tuck surgery), liposuction, or a combination of the two. At our New Hampshire practice, we help each patient evaluate his or her needs and goals. Liposuction can remove excess amounts of fat, but the procedure cannot remove loose or excess skin. Furthermore, the results of liposuction are related to the patient’s skin tone. On the other hand, patients with very loose skin and stretch marks should consider a tummy tuck, which removes excess skin and fat, resulting in tightening of the entire abdomen. Dr. Zeff and/or Dr. Wilson can determine which procedure is best for your cosmetic goals during an initial consultation.
“My experience with Dr. Zeff and all of his staff was beyond my expectations. I had been planning my tummy tuck surgery for years and knew quite a bit about the procedure but had originally decided to go with a different surgeon. After some time and meetings with that particular surgeon, I wasn’t feeling confident so I decided to cancel my surgery and made an appointment with Dr. Zeff. He was extremely honest and generous with his time and information in regards to my specific needs. I left the office with an appointment for surgery in hand and felt 100% confident about it. The whole process of pre-surgery to the actual surgery and post-surgery was absolute text book, and my recovery and results are perfection. I can’t even express how pleased I am with Dr. Zeff and his extremely caring and welcoming staff. If you are ever wavering and are unsure, I whole-heartedly recommend Dr. Zeff.”
Stephanie – Exeter, NH
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We would like to hear from you! Please contact our plastic surgeons if you would like to learn more about abdominoplasty (tummy tuck surgery). We also offer affordable financing options for patients who may be interested.