A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin, repairs weakened abdominal muscles and flattens the midsection for a more appealing contour. Though childbirth is often to blame for excess abdominal skin and fat, genetics and weight fluctuations can play a role, too. Abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck, is a popular way Long Island residents remedy concerns about excess skin and fat when diet and exercise aren't enough.
If you're curious about enhancing your figure on Long Island with a tummy tuck, request a consultation online, or call our office directly at (631) 424-3600 to make an appointment with Dr. James Romanelli or Dr. David Pincus.
Before & After Tummy Tuck
This 44-year-old mother of 2 came to Dr. Romanelli for a tummy tuck to firm and flatten her tummy.
This patient, age 45, chose a tummy tuck with Dr. Romanelli to renew her abdominal area after having 2 children. For additional photos of tummy tuck patients, visit our photo gallery.
*Your results may vary.
During a tummy tuck consultation, you will meet Dr. James Romanelli or Dr. David Pincus to plan and discuss your procedure. Your surgeon will review your medical history and ask questions about your goals and lifestyle. He will also examine your abdomen's muscle tone, skin elasticity, and fat distribution to design a customized approach to your abdominoplasty.
Your consultation is a great opportunity for you to ask questions and voice your concerns in a confidential, unhurried environment. Once Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Pincus has determined your candidacy, he will provide a detailed explanation of your tummy tuck surgery, including where the incision will be, how much skin and fat will be removed, scarring, and potential results.
Because the procedure varies from person to person, there is no hard-and-fast approach to abdominoplasty. In general, full tummy tucks require an incision below the bikini line and across the abdomen, as well as an incision around the navel. The abdominal muscles are tightened using sutures, a process that narrows the waist and creates a stronger abdominal wall. Excess skin is removed, creating a new opening for the navel, and the incisions are closed with stitches.
Dr. Romanelli and Dr. Pincus also sometimes perform mini tummy tucks, which requires no scar at the navel. This less-invasive option addresses excess skin and fat below the belly button only, so it is not appropriate for all patients. Your surgeon will make a recommendation about which option will work best for you.
At Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery, abdominoplasties are performed under general anesthesia, administered by our board-certified anesthesiologist. The surgery usually lasts between 1½ and 2½ hours. Though a mini-abdominoplasty may be performed as an outpatient procedure, our full tummy tuck patients stay overnight in our recovery suite to be monitored by our private duty nurse.
Recovery & Results
If you choose to stay overnight, Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Pincus will examine you the morning after your surgery, and, in most cases, allow you to return home. You will need to allow for plenty of time to rest and heal. Though standing up will be difficult, it's important to get up on your feet at least a couple of times each day. Soreness can be relieved with prescribed pain medication.
Our surgeons rarely use drains for tummy tucks, thanks to new techniques Dr. Romanelli added long ago. Most sutures are dissolvable, though healing can continue for up to 6 weeks. Your surgeon will provide you with a comprehensive guide to caring for yourself after surgery, including recommendations for when you may return to work and other daily activities.
Will I have a scar after my tummy tuck?
Patients who undergo a full tummy tuck will have a scar below the bikini line. The scar will usually appear pink in color once the sutures are removed and then gradually fade to white over the coming months. Tummy tuck scars are not usually visible when you are clothed or wearing a swimsuit.
How long will my results last?
If you maintain a healthy weight, tummy tuck results can be long lasting. It is important to inform your doctor if you plan on becoming pregnant after the surgery. Pregnancy or weight gain can negate the effects of your tummy tuck.
Who can have a tummy tuck?
It's important to remember that abdominoplasty is not a weight-loss procedure. The purpose of a tummy tuck is to enhance and contour the abdomen, not help a patient shed pounds. Good tummy tuck candidates are generally healthy and able to maintain a stable weight. If you smoke, you should quit well in advance of your surgery, as smoking may increase the risk of complications. Patients should also have realistic expectations about the outcome of the surgery.
For answers to other common questions about tummy tuck surgery, visit our Tummy Tuck FAQ page.