Tummy TuckConveniently located to service Ridgewood and Bergen County NJ
Abdominoplasty, often called a “tummy tuck,” is a very popular surgery. Tummy tucks help to flatten and shape the abdomen and waist by removing excess fat and skin and tightening muscles. Dr. Ganchi has been performing abdominoplasties with excellent cosmetic results for many years. Patients love the look of their new toned abdomen after surgery under Dr. Ganchi’s exceptional care.
Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck?
The best candidates for abdominoplasty are in good physical condition with pockets of fat or loose skin that haven’t responded well to diet and exercise.
“Dr. Ganchi was very hands on, and helped me get exactly what I was looking for. I would definitely go back if I decided on another procedure. She was an absolute pleasure and also her staff. I had liposuction done, and would have more procedures done.”
Abdominoplasty can also be especially helpful for women with stretched skin and muscles from pregnancy. Results from the tummy tuck procedure will likely diminish if women continue to bear children, so we advise patients who plan to become pregnant to delay abdominoplasty.
We also encourage patients who intend to lose a lot of weight to wait before undergoing the procedure, since skin in the abdominal area typically loosens after substantial weight loss.
Before the Tummy Tuck Procedure
After meeting with Dr. Ganchi for your initial tummy tuck consultation, you will:
- Take specific medications prescribed by Dr. Ganchi (and may need to adjust dosages of medications you are currently taking).
- Stop smoking at least two weeks before your abdominoplasty surgery.
- Stop or avoid taking NSAIDs and herbal supplements at least two weeks before your surgery.
- Arrange a ride home for after the tummy tuck surgery.
You should not eat or drink anything for at least 12 hours before the procedure. Bring loose-fitting clothes so that you can be comfortably dressed.
During Your Tummy Tuck
At the start of a tummy tuck, anesthesia is administered. A curved horizontal incision is then created across the abdomen, hidden in the bikini line. A secondary incision may be made around the navel in order to allow greater access to the region.
Next, excess skin is trimmed away with a scalpel, and excess fat is removed using liposuction. The remaining skin is tightened, and the abdominal muscles are rejoined and tightened using internal sutures. Finally, the incisions are closed with the help of stitches.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
Even before the surgery, make sure that you have enough time for recovery. Clear your schedule so that you have plenty of time to heal. As part of the procedure, drains may be inserted at the surgery site. You will be instructed on how to handle and empty these drains. Take the prescribed antibiotics and analgesics medication until the drains are removed.
You will need to wear an abdominal binder for several weeks to reduce swelling and encourage the skin to better conform to the new underlying contours. The binder also helps support the abdominal muscles.
You may have to sleep with support under your back for the first few days. This aids in reducing swelling. Tuck a couple of pillows under your knees for comfort.
Start walking a bit after the surgery to maintain proper circulation and to speed up the healing process. Moving around prevents blood clots from forming.
Time off from work will be required, and you will need to avoid physically taxing activities for at least four to six weeks. Talk to Dr. Ganchi for guidance on the activities you can take part in.
Tummy Tuck Cost
A tummy tuck can be priced at anywhere from $4,500 to $12,000 or more. Whether the patient chooses a mini tummy tuck or a full abdominoplasty affects the overall procedure cost. The inclusion of hip liposuction can also impact pricing, as can anesthesia costs, surgical facility fees, and the time needed to perform the surgery.
Your Tummy Tuck will be performed in Pedy Ganchi, MD surgery center located in Paramus, NJ