Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and it’s also incredibly adaptable, able to stretch, grow, and heal itself. But one of the things that your skin can’t do is shrink back to its original size after multiple pregnancies or significant weight loss. When this happens, patients can be left with sagging, loose skin on their tummies. No amount of exercise or dieting can eliminate this “extra” skin which is why many of our patients begin looking into a cosmetic procedure called an abdominoplasty, commonly called a tummy tuck. New Jersey men and women can get a sleeker and trimmer shape with a tummy tuck. Make sure you contact Dr. Comizio today at (973) 775-9248.
Now, here’s what happens after you call. First, you’ll be greeted by one of our welcoming and expertly-trained staff. Talking with potential patients is one of the highlights of our day, and we’re delighted to discuss any questions that you might have. From there, the next step in the process is to set up a preliminary consultation. During this consultation, you’ll get to visit with Dr. Comizio about your concerns for the procedure and ask any questions that you might have. Dr. Comizio will also perform an examination, talk with you about your medical history, and discuss your surgical goals.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
New Jersey men and women that have lost a lot of weight often have excess left on their stomach that won’t go away with diet or exercise. For moms, multiple pregnancies can also leave them with extras skin on their tummies. To get rid of that skin, it actually needs to be removed surgically, which is exactly what an abdominoplasty is.
During the procedure, Dr. Comizio makes an incision just above the pubic mound and around the umbilicus. For a full tummy tuck, the incision will stretch between the flanks. For a “mini” tummy tuck, the incision may be shorter. Dr. Comizio will suture the stomach muscles back together if they’ve been stretched. From there, Dr. Comizio will place drains into the incision, remove the excess skin, and suture the incision shut.
Recovering from a Abdominoplasty
New Jersey patients should make sure to plan ahead for their recovery. The recovery process is one of the most critical parts of the whole process and can have just as great an influence on the quality of your results.
New Jersey patients should expect to take two weeks for their bodies to complete the initial healing process. Typically patients will be admitted to the hospital overnight for postoperative care. You will need someone to drive you home and stay with you for the first week or so in case there’s an emergency. Patients should then avoid all strenuous activities for 4 to 6 weeks. Some light activity is okay, with Dr. Comizio’s approval.
There will be some initial bruising, swelling, and discomfort. Dr. Comizio can prescribe some pain medication to help with that as well.
How Long to See Results from a Tummy Tuck?
New Jersey patients will get the chance to talk with Dr. Comizio about managing their expectations for their results. It’s important to remember that the final results from an abdominoplasty will be present after surgery and gradually improve and become more natural after several months. But it’s also important to note that every patient’s body is different. Some people heal faster than others and may be walking around more comfortably sooner.
Why Work with Dr. Comizio
As an Ivy League-educated surgeon, Dr. Comizio is one of the leading doctors in the field of plastic surgery. She’s won multiple awards for her precision and dedication to her craft, including being named one of America’s top plastic surgeons by the Consumers’ Research Council of America for five years in a row. On top of all that, our patients absolutely love Dr. Comizio’s gentleness and compassion. Dr. Comizio uses a shared decision-making system where the patient plays a significant role in determining their treatment plan. Plus, the results that our patients get are beautiful and natural looking. Call our New Jersey office at (973) 775-9248 to get started.