Major life changes like pregnancy or significant weight loss can leave behind noticeable skin sagging, weakened or separated abdominal muscles, and even a bulging stomach pooch that is hard to eliminate with diet and exercise alone. Dr. Tolomeo can help you reclaim a tighter-looking and more youthful abdominal contour with a tummy tuck.
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What Is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is a transformative body contouring procedure that involves a combination of techniques, including skin excision, fat removal, and tightening of the underlying abdominal muscles. Also known as abdominoplasty, the surgical procedure has helped countless men and women achieve tauter, firmer, smoother midsections.
If you’re struggling with weak muscles or extra fat and skin around your abdomen that causes functional problems or leads to a disproportionate appearance, this procedure is for you.
What Can a Tummy Tuck Accomplish?
A tummy tuck is performed for women and men with the following:
- Loose, sagging skin from weight loss, pregnancy, or aging-related issues
- Combination of excess/loose skin and stubborn abdominal fat
- Loss or blunting of waistline or figure
- Diastasis recti/weakened abdominal muscles
- Wrinkled skin on the stomach
- Umbilical hernias
- Stretch marks
Am I a Candidate for Tummy Tuck?
If you identify with the above qualities, you may be a candidate for a tummy tuck.
Candidates for a tummy tuck are:
- At or near your optimal body weight
- In good health
- Realistic in their expectations for their results
- Relatively confident they will not become pregnant again, as prgnancy can negate results
As a general rule, a tummy tuck should never be a substitute for weight management. During your consultation, Dr. Tolomeo will meet with you to discuss your concerns, review your medical history, and perform a physical examination to determine your candidacy.
Why Should I Choose Dr. Tolomeo for My Tummy Tuck Procedure?
With extensive experience in cosmetic surgery, triple board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Pasquale Tolomeo is one of Massachusetts’ most trusted tummy tuck surgeons. He combines his expertise and artistic vision to deliver beautiful, natural-looking abdominal contours.
Many of Dr. Tolomeo’s procedures involve combining a tummy tuck with Lipo 360 for the ultimate high-definition body contouring result. He provides a customized approach tailored to each patient’s goals and needs and pays particular attention to patient comfort and safety.
How Is Tummy Tuck Performed?
Tummy tuck surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia for your safety, comfort, and convenience.
Depending on the extent of skin redundancy and muscle looseness, a patient will undergo one of the following:
- Mini tummy tuck
- Full abdominoplasty
- Extended tummy tuck
Mini Tummy Tuck
A mini tummy tuck is designed for patients with minor skin laxity and fullness in the lower abdomen only. A mini tummy tuck is performed through an incision below the bikini line.
Excess skin and fat are removed from the central part of the lower abdomen. This technique is not appropriate for patients with laxity in the upper abdomen or towards the hips.
Full Tummy Tuck/Full Abdominoplasty
For a full or traditional tummy tuck, an incision is made along the pubic line that usually stretches from hip to hip. Excess skin and fat are removed, abdominal muscles are tightened (like an internal corset), and the remaining skin is pulled down.
The navel is also repositioned to its new position on the abdominal wall. After this, the incision is meticulously closed using advanced suturing techniques to promote optimal healing. Dr. Tolomeo is careful to make the incisions as inconspicuous as possible.
Extended Tummy Tuck
An extended tummy tuck is similar to a full tummy tuck; however, the incision stretches past the hip bones to address laxity on the hips and lower back. This tummy tuck option allows for the most significant correction and is often chosen by patients who have lost considerable weight.
Can Tummy Tuck Be Combined With Other Cosmetic Surgeries?
Liposuction can be included with your tummy tuck to remove excess fat and further enhance the sculpting and contouring of your figure. A tummy tuck is performed as a standalone procedure or can be combined with additional procedures like breast augmentation or breast lift surgery for a Mommy Makeover.
What Is Tummy Tuck Recovery Like?
Recovery can vary significantly from patient to patient, depending on the specifics of the surgery. Most patients experience abdominal tightness and soreness but describe the pain as moderate and manageable. You will also be required to wear a compression garment for several weeks to help reduce swelling and inflammation. Dr. Tolomeo will provide you with detailed aftercare and recovery instructions to ensure a safe and effective healing process.
On average, patients feel comfortable returning to normal routines in about 10 to 14 days. However, activities should be kept at a minimum to facilitate proper healing and avoid complications. Avoid all strenuous exercises for at least six weeks or until cleared by Dr. Tolomeo.
Frequently Asked Questions About Tummy Tucks
How much does a tummy tuck cost in Massachusetts?
The cost of a tummy tuck in Massachusetts will vary depending on the type of procedure, the technique used, if you combine your tummy tuck with any other surgeries, and the extent of necessary revision. Once you have discussed your goals for the procedure and Dr. Tolomeo has created a personalized treatment plan for you, he will be happy to provide you with an accurate cost estimate.
Will my tummy tuck results be permanent?
While no cosmetic surgery can stop the signs of aging or additional changes to the body, a tummy tuck is considered a long-lasting procedure. By maintaining a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise and barring changes to the body associated with pregnancy or hormonal changes, the results of your tummy tuck can be enjoyed for years to come.
What if I get pregnant after my tummy tuck?
While your tummy tuck will not affect your ability to get pregnant, it is not recommended that you undergo this procedure until you are finished having children. As pregnancy causes the skin and abdominal muscles to stretch, the results of your tummy tuck may be reversed with a subsequent pregnancy. If this is the case, you may need additional surgery.
How can I maintain the results of my tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck is a fantastic procedure for contouring, smoothing, and tightening the abdominal muscles and midsection. Dr. Tolomeo will be able to provide you with a flat, toned midsection with which you can continue to hone into your dream figure. Once you are fully healed and cleared for more substantial exercise, you may wish to focus on your core and obliques to further strengthen your abdominal muscles. Additionally, it’s a great idea to maintain your results through a healthy diet.
Interested in Tummy Tuck in Massachusetts?
If you’re looking for an optimal way to achieve a firmer, more toned abdomen, schedule a consultation with our triple board-certified cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Pasquale Tolomeo.
We are committed to providing beautiful, natural-looking results and the best possible tummy tuck experience for every patient.