5 Great advances in tummy tuck surgery that everyone needs to know
After pregnancies, abdominal strength and contour changes permanently, While some women are left with just a mild weakness and looseness of the muscles and fascia ( connective tissue layer around the muscles), others can have severe skin excess, stretch marks or stubborn fatty deposits that won't go away with any exercises.
The good news is that the treatment options are better than ever. Here are the advances in abdominoplasty that everyone bothered by post-pregnancy changes should know:
#1) Not everyone needs a scar around the belly button.
Most belly contour procedures require some skin removal to tighten and tone up. While older procedures required a bulls-eye shaped scar around the belly button, that is no longer needed in many patients. If you are close to your ideal body weight, then in most cases, removing the skin, some muscle tightening, and lipo sculpting can all be done through a lower incision ( same as a c-section scar just longer) This makes a HUGE cosmetic difference)
#2) You do not need overnight or hotel stay with a nurse hospital stay.
With modern anesthesia techniques, recovery is faster than ever. FOr the past 8 years at the Rye Ambulatory Surgery Center, Dr. Suzman has performed over 2500 surgeries with patients safely going home a few hours after surgery. Complications can be lower when you have to walk around more, take less narcotic medications, sleep better in your own bed, and avoid hospital infections.
3) Liposuction techniques are gentler, safer and better than ever.
Water assisted liposuction with the Body-Jet system, developed in Germany, results in less bruising, minimal to no pain, and improved sculpting with less chance of skin injury and contour irregularities. For the past few years, Dr. Suzman has found Body Jet vastly superior to simple tumescent or laser lipo (smartlipo). The more gentle fat removal allows for what is called lipoabdominoplasty, where the abdomen areas are gently reduced of fat and then
Precise skin removal and improved tightening can occur. The best results in tummy tuck surgery require safety and artistry, and lipoabdominoplasty does just that. Dr. Suzman’s tummy tuck reviews confirm our patients' delight with this technique.
4) Fat Grafting to facial wrinkles and other areas is safe, with long-lasting, superior results to fillers.
Who would've thought that all the fat removed from liposuction as like liquid gold? Compared to Juvederm and Restylane fillers, fat transfer to the cheek and face area is near miraculous. It is your own living tissue, soft and natural appearing, restoring volume to areas that have sunken over time. Fat grafting is the ultimate in stubble, natural facial rejuvenation The key is that it has to be done well and the fat-handled gently prior to injection Using the Body-Jet system from Germany, Dr. Suzman performs liposuction to the upper and lateral abdomen, or thigh areas or back rolls as needed.
The fat is collected in a filter, placed in small syringes and injected to the cheek, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, or even the breast for small augmentations. Most of the fat lives in its new site happily, and new blood vessels grow into the fat. Growth factors and stem cells result in improved blood supply and support to the skin, resulting in fewer wrinkles and dramatically improved skin contour and texture.
5) Breast surgery at the same time as abdominoplasty can be done in under 3.5 hours.
Many tummy tuck patients request breast surgery at the same time to correct aging and pregnancy-related changes. While combo surgery is not always possible, it can be safely done in healthy patients who are near their ideal body weight ( BMI - body mass index- under 30). The key to multiple area plastic surgery is getting a great result in the safest possible manner with the easiest possible recovery. Balancing these priorities requires a skillful, highly trained and experienced plastic surgeon.
The mommy makeover procedure can be highly gratifying and safe, though prolonged surgery has serious risks. Dr. Suzman and his outstanding team will typically start tummy tuck- breast procedures at 7 AM and finish by 10:30, allowing for a safe discharge home early in the afternoon. This applies to both breast augmentation with implants and breast lifts and reductions.
Dr. Michael Suzman, FACS, is an American Society of Plastic Surgeons member who has strived for the highest level of safety and patient outcomes since 2002. To learn more or make an appointment, call us at 914-848-8880, schedule online at www.westmedgroup.com, or email us at [email protected].
Many patients ask about fees for plastic surgery, and they can vary based on the time and complexity of surgery. Dr. Suzman’s cosmetic surgery fees for body surgery, including anesthesia and operating room fees, can be as low as $6000 for liposuction to as much as $24,000 for advanced abdominoplasty and breast reduction surgery.
Most procedures fall in the $10-15,000 range for our 2019-20 pricing. After you in person visit, we can offer more precise information about fees, outcomes, risks, and recovery. We look forward to working with you.
* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.