A tummy tuck helps you
achieve a flatter stomach,
toned abs and a healthier shape overall.
Abdominoplasty often referred to as a "tummy tuck", is a procedure that tightens the abdomen or stomach area, in a manner that could never be obtained by simply going to the gym. During tummy tuck surgery, NJ plastic surgeon Dr. Morin tightens the rectus abdominis muscles and removes excess skin and fatty tissue. A beautiful new belly button is then created to complete the transformation. The result is a flatter, firmer, tighter and younger appearing "tummy" that is expertly contoured in order to create the desired shape. Many women find it is impossible to get rid of the extra skin at the lowest part of their abdomen despite aggressive diet and exercise, following childbirth. This procedure is, therefore, commonly performed on women after they have had all their children.
Abdominoplasty surgery is also commonly performed on patients who have experienced massive weight loss, for example, patients who have undergone bariatric (stomach shrinking) surgery. After major weight loss, most people end up with an excessive amount of loose skin, especially in the belly area. By removing this excess skin, a patient can greatly improve not only the appearance of their body but also the quality of their life. Dr. Morin has been performing tummy tucks in New Jersey with beautifully contoured results for many years. His NJ tummy tuck is a great choice for patients with poor skin elasticity.
Dr. Morin is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is considered among New Jersey’s top specialists in abdominoplasty surgery. An abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is a surgical procedure, and it is performed under general anesthesia. It is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. At the start of the surgery, an incision is made low on the abdomen in an attempt to hide the incision line as low as possible below the bikini line. Excess skin and fatty tissue are then removed and the abdominal wall muscles are tightened in the midline in order to give a firm result. Although not every procedure requires it, in most cases supplemental liposuction in the flank significantly improves the final contour.
To offer the very best abdominoplasty results, New Jersey tummy tuck specialist, Dr. Morin performs surgery with multiple individual muscle tightening sutures. This helps create a tightly sculpted abdominal wall and prevents the recurrence of upper abdominal fullness that can occur if only one suture is used. For many patients, recovering after tummy tuck surgery is fast and healing occurs quickly. In addition to a rapid recovery, Dr. Morin offers direct defatting, a fat removal technique that eliminates fat from the undersurface of the skin flap to make a patient significantly thinner.
Your tummy tuck surgery by Dr. Morin will result in tighter, more defined abs, a beautifully designed belly button and a well contoured hourglass shaped torso.
Following surgery, drains are usually used for approximately one week. In addition, a compression binder is worn and pain medication may be used for comfort. Patients may experience some discomfort and swell immediately following the surgery, however, this improves quickly over a few days. All patients are extensively instructed in our unique recovery protocol, that includes supplements, vitamins, medications and carefully timed activities that help promote successful healing.
Though you should still avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activity, walking and light activity can be resumed. Bruising and swelling will start to subside.
2 TO 3 WEEKS
As the swelling and bruising continues to subside, Dr. Morin recommends lymphatic massage to the liposuction areas and progressively more light physical activity.
4 TO 6 WEEKS
You’ll begin to enjoy sculpted results and can slowly resume strenuous exercise, once approved by Dr. Morin.
Almost all abdominoplasty related swelling will have subsided. You can enjoy the full results from your tummy tuck surgery and return to all normal activities.
Dr. Morin will assess your body type, and discuss the best tummy tuck technique based on your specific anatomy and appearance goals. Sutures are carefully placed to repair the loose abdominal wall, and create tighter abs.
The type of abdominoplasty surgery a person receives generally depends on the amount of excess skin they have in their upper and lower abdomen. For patients with a large amount of loose skin, a complete or even an extended abdominoplasty might be recommended. However, for a small subset of patients who have minimal excess skin on their bellies, limited to below the navel region, a mini-abdominoplasty may be possible:
Individuals who are bothered by loose or hanging skin in the abdominal region, or have weak abdominal muscles due to previous pregnancies, are often excellent candidates for abdominoplasty. Often, candidates for NJ tummy tucks are also bothered by stubborn fat deposits in the bra area, love handles and thighs, unresponsive to diet and exercise routines.
After having a baby, most moms are eager to regain their pre-pregnancy shape by having a tummy tuck at our New Jersey surgery center. Despite regular exercise and a healthy diet, most women find that the abdominal skin that was stretched during pregnancy remains. The solution is a tummy tuck; however, Dr. Morin strongly recommends that patients wait at least 6 months after the birth of their final child before having abdominoplasty surgery to remove loose skin and tighten the abdominal wall. In addition, Dr. Morin condemns the practice of combining an abdominoplasty with a cesarean section, as a woman’s uterus needs time to heal and return to its pre-pregnancy size prior to remodeling the surrounding skin and soft tissue.
Since a tummy tuck is a surgical procedure, it can be accompanied by some pain. Generally, this pain resolves quickly and patients can return to their normal activities of daily living within about one week. The overall recovery process, however, requires about one or two months. Dr. Morin and his highly trained staff will help you get through this process with minimal discomfort and the fastest recovery possible.
Liposuction of the flanks is almost always combined with tummy tuck surgery in order to remove excess fat. Liposuction can also be used on other areas of the body, like the inner or outer thighs, upper arms or back. Tummy tuck surgery is also commonly combined with either breast augmentation or breast lift surgery, in a treatment called the Mommy Makeover. This total body rejuvenation procedure addresses the main areas of a woman’s body affected by pregnancy and breastfeeding.
If you maintain a healthy lifestyle and refrain from gaining excess weight, your newly contoured abdomen will last a long time. However, no treatment can prevent the natural aging process, and your entire body will continue to age over time.
Dr. Morin has extensive training and experience performing abdominoplasty surgery. Furthermore, Dr. Morin fully customizes his tummy tuck surgeries based on your unique anatomic needs and goals. With a great eye for detail, a commitment to patient satisfaction and many years of experience, Dr. Morin aims to give patients natural-looking, but life altering, long-lasting results. If you’re considering a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty surgery, contact now.