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Tummy Tuck

Men and women who are unhappy with the contour of their abdomen often consider a tummy tuck to restore a more attractive shape. Often, people become frustrated when they cannot achieve the toned abdominal appearance they desire through diet and exercise. Genetics, lifestyle, and natural aging can result in abdominal laxity and excess skin. Dr. Lickstein performs tummy tuck surgery on patients to restore the natural, attractive contours of their abdomen.

Who Can Benefit From a Tummy Tuck?

Tummy Tuck Procedure

Preparing

You will undergo a thorough consultation prior to your tummy tuck surgery, during which you will discuss your expectations, preferences, and medical history to help develop a customized treatment plan. You should quit smoking six weeks prior to your surgery and shouldn’t take blood thinning medication for two weeks before your procedure. Stay hydrated and eat a healthy diet leading up to your surgery to provide your body with the essential nutrients needed for healing.

Incisions

Dr. Lickstein performs high lateral tension tummy tucks that use thin, discreetly placed incisions. A lower abdominal incision, slightly above the pubic region, is placed from hip to hip, which can be easily concealed using clothing. A secondary incision is created around the navel. Both incisions are placed to provide the best access to the underlying abdominal structures while minimizing scar visibility. In some cases, there is no scar around the belly button.

Shaping Process

To create the new shape of the abdomen, the excess skin is separated from the abdominal muscle wall. An internal corset technique sutures the abdominal muscles together to tighten the patient's core. Excess skin is excised from around the lower abdomen. The remaining tissue is draped over the new contours of the abdomen, and the navel is repositioned to ensure a natural appearance. Temporary tubes are placed to drain fluids, and your incisions are closed.

Liposuction

Liposuction can be added to any tummy tuck procedure to enhance abdominal definition. It can be utilized across the abdomen and around the hips to craft more attractive curves. Liposuction gently eliminates excess fat that may cause a flabby stomach appearance. Liposuction only removes stubborn deposits of fat and should not be considered a weight-loss tool.

Our Results

“Dr. Lickstein did a great job with my tummy tuck procedure. He helped restore me to my pre- pregnancy figure. He provided excellent post-operative care and pain management. I would highly recommend him to everyone.” – Anonymous
“Dr. Lickstein, it’s hard to find someone quite as nice as you are and harder to find words to say how many words of thanks are yours today. You made me the person that i used to be. I’m so grateful. Thanks"
“I look great. I get compliments on a regular basis"

Frequently Asked Questions

Ideal patients for tummy tuck surgery are in good health and have realistic expectations about their results. A tummy tuck is not designed to be a weight-loss procedure and should only be performed on patients who are near their goal weight and have maintained this weight for several months. It is recommended that women planning on future pregnancies postpone their procedure until they are finished having children.
An abdominal pooch with minimal excess skin is a common problem for many women following pregnancy. The mini tummy tuck is a modified abdominoplasty that only tightens skin below the navel and may also include internal suturing of the muscles.
Women experience changes to their bodies in multiple areas following pregnancy, the most significant being their tummy and breasts. The tummy tuck can be performed as a part of the Mommy Makeover. It is combined with breast enhancement procedures to restore your pre-baby body.
Patients who have lost a significant amount of weight will often have redundant folds of skin around the abdomen, hips, back, and thighs. The tummy tuck can be included in the lower body lift procedure, which targets folds of skin around and below the waistline to restore a slimmer, fitter physique.

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