The abdomen is a problem area for many women—not only those who are overweight. Over time, fluctuations in weight, aging and childbirth cause the muscles to weaken and stretch leading to droopy skin and protrusion. No amount of exercise or dieting is able to correct this or restore the appearance of a tight, contoured abdomen.
A tummy tuck creates a firm and contoured abdomen. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Stark regularly performs this popular procedure at the StarkMD Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center, transforming the bodies and lives of his patients. During your personal consultation with Dr. Stark at our Philadelphia area office, he will help you identify the safest and most effective surgical plan individualized for your needs.
What is a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck is more formally called abdominoplasty. During a tummy tuck, Dr. Stark removes excess skin and fat and repairs stretched and separated abdominal muscles. The result is a return to your belly’s youthful flatness and tone. Abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia and takes three to four hours to complete.
What can a tummy tuck accomplish?
After pregnancy, fluctuations in weight and aging, many women are left with stretch marks and unwanted, excess skin. Additionally, the abdominal muscles may weaken or separate. No amount of diet or exercise can reverse these changes as even women who are in very good shape have problems with this difficult area. A tummy tuck removes the excess skin and tightens the muscles to restore a flat, contoured abdomen.
A tummy tuck can:
- Decrease belly protrusion
- Tighten abdominal muscles
- Narrow the waistline
- Remove loose, sagging skin
- Remove stretchmarks
- Improve the contour of the abdomen
How is a tummy tuck performed?
Many women are turned off by pictures of scars they have seen after a tummy tuck. Dr. Stark likes to make his incisions as low as possible so that they remain unseen even when wearing low-cut garments. The length of the scar depends on the amount of excess tissue that has to be removed. Dr. Stark will determine whether you are a candidate for a mini tummy tuck or require a traditional or extended tummy tuck when he sees you during your personal consultation appointment. During the actual tummy tuck procedure any muscles that have separated are brought together and tightened. Finally, excess skin is removed and the incisions are carefully and meticulously closed to minimize the appearance of the scar. While performing his abdominoplasty, Dr. Stark uses a unique method of placing internal dissolvable sutures which enhances contouring and allows a drainless recovery.
Tummy Tuck Before & After
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Recovering from a tummy tuck
After surgery, you will be fitted with a compression garment which must be worn for six to eight weeks. Although most patients can return to work after about a week, you will feel some discomfort for several weeks as you heal. You should be prepared to avoid vigorous activities for at least four to six weeks. Swelling will begin to resolve about two to three weeks after surgery. The difference will already be impressive, but the full extent of your results will not be visible until after your complete recovery, about three to six months after surgery.
Your patient experience
Dr. Stark will ensure you feel comfortable the minute you walk into StarkMD Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Center. His friendly staff, comfortable exam rooms and warm bedside manner will immediately put you at ease. We understand surgery can be emotionally difficult and ultimately the key to a successful surgery is alignment of your goals with those of your doctor.
Your abdominoplasty consultation at StarkMD Plastic & Aesthetic Surgery allows the time and comfort you deserve to discuss your desired outcome. As with any surgery, health is of the utmost importance and Dr. Stark will ensure you are taking any necessary supplementation and stop any medications that may interfere with surgery. In addition, Dr. Stark’s considerable skill and finesse come through to minimize scarring with every closing suture.
Schedule a consultation
To learn if a tummy tuck is right for you, the next step is a private consultation with Dr. Ran Stark. Please call our office to schedule an appointment.