Get a Flatter Stomach with an Abdominoplasty in New Jersey

The belly is a common problem area for people of all ages. Excess fat, loose skin, and other cosmetic problems can create a flabby look, especially for patients who have successfully lost a good deal of weight. A tummy tuck at New Jersey’s The Peer Group can produce a firmer and more sculpted appearance, whether the procedure is a full abdominoplasty or a “mini” surgery that focuses on the region below the belly button. No matter the extent of the tummy tuck, our plastic surgeons work diligently to help patients from Livingston, Morristown, and beyond achieve their cosmetic goals.

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Tummy Tuck

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Contact The Peer Group about tummy tuck in New Jersey. Request a consultation online, or call 973-822-3000.

What Is a Tummy Tuck?

Stubborn fat can be an issue for anyone who wants a leaner and more toned appearance, but it isn’t the only thing that may prevent the abdomen from sitting flat. Women and men with a belly bulge often find that their appearance is due to a combination of diet-resistant fat cells, stretched-out skin, and abdominal muscles that have been separated and now allow the organs behind them to push outward.

A tummy tuck is not a single plastic surgery procedure, but a selection of body surgery options chosen to address a patient’s specific needs. Liposuction can be used to remove unwanted fat cells. Lax skin can be trimmed away, and the remaining skin draped so that it lies flat, without sagging. Muscles can be sewn back together to create a stronger, more supportive abdominal wall. For certain tummy tuck patients, the look of a new belly button can be created in the appropriate position.

BEFORE & AFTER GALLERY

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PATIENT

Age: 40 – 49

Height: 5’ 0” – 5’ 5”

Weight: 100 – 149 lbs

PROCEDURE

Abdominoplasty

Liposuction

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*Patient results may vary

What Are My Options for Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Full Tummy Tuck

A full abdominoplasty typically includes everything the procedure can entail: removing stubborn fat, removing stretched-out skin and re-draping the rest, repairing the abdominal wall muscles, and “repositioning” the navel. Not every step may be necessary for every patient, but the full technique involves the abdomen as a whole.

Mini Tummy Tuck

Some patients have a modest amount of skin laxity below their navel. To address this, a mini tummy tuck is an appropriate choice. This surgery involves only removing fat and skin below the belly button.

There are no navel-related incisions, but depending on the degree of separation of the abdominal muscles, tightening can still be performed.

Abdominoplasty/Tummy Tuck at The Peer Group

How Can I Choose Which Tummy Tuck Approach Is Best for Me?

If you know that you have a belly that you would like to be flatter, that is enough. You don’t need to determine on your own whether a full or mini tummy tuck—or even a different procedure—would work better for you. After a physical examination and discussion of your aesthetic goals during a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons, we will present a treatment plan intended to give you the look you are asking for.

We want all of our tummy tuck patients to be well informed and confident in their choice, so we encourage questions about the surgery itself, the results, the aftercare, and more. We also maintain a before-and-after photo gallery that includes images of patients who underwent an abdominoplasty so that you can see the results that are possible.

What Does a Tummy Tuck Procedure Involve?

Patients who come to our private on-site AAAASF-certified operating room will work with a board-certified anesthesiologist who administers the anesthesia necessary for making the procedure as safe and comfortable as possible.

A full tummy tuck then involves the surgeon making an incision in the navel to free the skin. Another incision is made along the pubic line to allow access to the abdominal area so fat can be removed, as well as make it possible for the skin to be pulled tight so that the excess can be trimmed away. The abdominal wall can also be repaired through this incision, and your own belly button can be re-positioned to sit in the appropriate location on the belly.

Once the contouring work is done, the abdominal wall and the incision will be injected with long-acting local anesthetic that will provide three to four days of decreased pain and discomfort. The incision will then be closed. The positioning of this incision is deliberate, so that any resulting scar from the tummy tuck can be hidden by clothing—even underwear, a bikini bottom, or trunks.

What is Tummy Tuck Recovery Like?

The extent of your tummy tuck recovery process will hinge on the extent of the procedure performed. A more involved surgery requires more care and recovery, although all patients typically manage the process well.

Every tummy tuck surgery will result in some common side effects, including swelling, bruising, and tenderness or discomfort. These sensations will likely last for a 1-2 weeks, during which it is very important to rest instead of engaging in work, social visits, or other regular daily activities.

Some light walking is encouraged after the initial days of healing, but abdominoplasty patients should avoid lifting anything heavy or participating in any sports, exercise, or similar activities that require exertion for at least 12 weeks.

What Results Can I Expect from a Tummy Tuck?

The main benefit of an abdominoplasty is a flatter belly, without a noticeable bulge or loose skin hanging down. Patients who have their abdominal muscles tightened can also potentially see improved definition.

While the tummy tuck results are intended to last, it is possible to “undo” the effects by gaining new weight or going through a pregnancy after the surgery. Anything that pushes apart the muscles in the abdominal wall, causes existing fat cells to grow larger, or stretches the skin anew can cause the belly area to develop a lax or flabby look once again. To maintain the slimmer contours, it is important to eat a healthy diet, engage in regular exercise, and generally commit to a healthy lifestyle. This pays off in many ways—not just in terms of abdominoplasty results!

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What Is the Cost of Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Since an abdominoplasty is such a highly customizable procedure, the cost is variable and depends on the specific surgery details. A mini tummy tuck, for example, will be priced differently from the full option. Your costs will be discussed at your consultation, and our financing page explains more about our policies and payment options.

What Other Body Contouring Procedures Are Available?

Women who choose a tummy tuck to address changes caused by pregnancy often consider a full “Mommy Makeover,” which involves multiple plastic surgery procedures combined in a customized way to restore pre-pregnancy contours. Other common elements of this makeover are breast surgeries (such as breast augmentation, breast lift, or breast reduction), other body surgeries (such as liposuction, body lift, and labiaplasty), and even non-surgical treatments.

Abdominoplasty can also be part of overall post-weight loss body surgery, which may also include an arm lift, a thigh lift, and more.

The goal with any lift and the related procedure is to create new contours that appear slim, proportional, and natural. Our team is prepared to develop a personalized plan for each patient, focusing on a specific feature, the upper body, the lower body, or the body as a whole.

Ready to visit New Jersey’s The Peer Group? Reach out today!

Ready for your tummy tuck with New Jersey′s The Peer Group? Patients in Livingston, Morristown, the surrounding communities, and beyond can reach out today by requesting a consultation online or calling 973-822-3000.