In our practice in New York, tummy tuck patients are most often women who have experienced multiple pregnancies. But men and women who have undergone weight loss or simply suffer the effects of time and unfortunate genetics can benefit too.
Our Abdominoplasty Philosophy
To achieve a fit, youthful torso, it’s not enough to simply remove, tighten and suture. Our approach to tummy tuck surgery is to address the entire abdominal area and “sculpt” features as needed to create a pleasing look.
For instance, pregnancy may have changed the orientation of your navel from vertical to horizontal. Dr. Jacobs can re-create a vertically oriented, more youthful looking navel. He can also use his liposuction skills and delicate touch to develop that subtle groove extending upward from the navel, the valley between abdominal muscles. Finally, if your mons pubis – the fleshy pad above your pubic bone – has sagged, Dr. Jacobs can elevate it.
During his many years as a board certified plastic surgeon in New York, Dr. Jacobs has performed abdominoplasty and liposuction for thousands of patients. He is experienced in working with men and women, bodybuilders and other athletes, young people and seniors. His artistic sensibilities are especially evident in body contouring procedures.
The first step in abdominoplasty surgery is liposuction to remove fat bulges from high up on the torso to the flanks, love handles and belly as needed, creating a smooth, uniform layer of fat over the whole area. Then, Dr. Jacobs makes a horizontal incision just above the pubic area. He carefully loosens the skin, including the navel, from underlying layers of muscle and sutures lax muscles to tighten them up and flatten the abdomen.
Dr. Jacobs pulls the abdominal skin downward and reattaches the navel to the muscle wall in a slightly lower position. He pulls the mons pubis area upward and attaches it as well. Finally, excess skin is removed, including a C-section scar, if present, and the various layers of tissue are sutured together with dissolving stitches.
Most patients have tummy tuck surgery in our accredited surgical suite under “twilight sleep,” a form of anesthesia that is gentler than general anesthesia. Our experienced surgical team includes an M.D. anesthesiologist who will monitor you every step of the way.
After surgery, you may experience a few days of discomfort during which you can take the pain medication we’ll prescribe for you. You can anticipate some swelling and numbness of the skin for a time. While you will be encouraged to walk around the day after surgery and thereafter, you probably will not want to return to work for 10 to 14 days. You can start to work out again about 3 to 4 weeks post-op.
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Last updated: Jan 13, 2018 2:27 pm