Many people want to feel as if they could slip into a bathing suit at a moment’s notice. But for many of us, that seems like a far-off dream. Genetics, having children, and poor eating habits can all contribute to weight gain in the stomach area. The resulting body shape can look less than glamorous. A tummy tuck from board-certified Manhattan plastic surgeon and general surgeon Richard W. Swift, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S. can help alleviate these concerns.
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a procedure that removes excess fat around the stomach and abdominal area, helping reveal a sleek, sexy, and bathing suit ready body underneath. In many cases, a tummy tuck can also remove excess saggy skin left over from fat removal.
Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
A tummy tuck provides a wide range of cosmetic benefits. Many of our patients who have undergone abdominoplasty tell us that as a result, they feel the following benefits:
- Improved self-confidence and self-esteem
- An improved body image
- Less social awkwardness or embarrassment because of fat
Tummy Tuck Before and After
We invite you to browse our extensive catalog of cosmetic surgeries and treatments to see the types of results Dr. Swift has obtained for his patients. Keep in mind that each individual is different and that you’ll learn more about the outcome you can expect from your specific surgery or treatment at your consultation with Dr. Swift.
How Is a Tummy Tuck Performed?
Tummy tuck surgery is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Swift will make two incisions; the first extends from hipbone to hipbone, close to the pubic area, and the second goes around the belly button. He will then gently separate the skin from the abdominal muscles. The underlying muscles are tightened and stitched into place to help firm the abdomen and narrow the waist. Then Dr. Swift stretches the skin flap down, removes excess skin, and stitches the incisions closed. The belly button is reattached in a natural position while the sutured areas are bandaged to promote healing. The end result is a more toned-looking, smoother stomach.
Preparing for a Tummy Tuck
During your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Swift, you will be evaluated to determine whether or not your goals and expectations for a tummy tuck are realistic and reasonable. If they are not, an abdominoplasty may not be the right procedure for you.
Women who are planning to become pregnant may be advised to hold off on having a tummy tuck until after they are finished having children, as pregnancy can stretch out the muscles and elasticity of the stomach.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
You may feel sore and have some bruising and discomfort after your tummy tuck. This lasts for a few days, and the swelling should completely dissipate within a few weeks. During this time, we encourage you to avoid any bending or heavy lifting, which can disrupt the healing process. Gentle walking is allowed, but please refrain from strenuous exercise until Dr. Swift clears you. Your full recovery could take up to a few months, but you’ll be able to return to work within a week to 10 days.
Is a Tummy Tuck Right for Me?
Keep in mind that while a tummy tuck will remove some fat and tighten up the muscles in the stomach, it is not a treatment or cure for obesity and will not result in significant weight loss. If you are planning to become pregnant, you should wait until after you are done birthing children to have a tummy tuck.
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck in New York Cost?
Costs for your tummy tuck treatment will vary depending on the extent of surgery or the number of treatments needed to achieve your desired result. Most insurance plans do not cover plastic surgery or specific cosmetic treatments. Dr. Swift accepts payment via cash, check, or credit card, as well as Prosper Healthcare Lending as a financing option.
Why Choose Dr. Swift?
Board-certified plastic surgeon Richard W. Swift, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S. provides a variety of cosmetic surgeries and treatments to help improve and enhance your natural beauty. A graduate of Yale and Brown University, Dr. Swift has earned prestigious awards for his vast medical expertise and experience. In addition to offering a wide range of cosmetic surgery options, Dr. Swift can also provide detailed consultations on surgical techniques, alternative treatments, and pre- and post-operative care. Throughout the process, his number one goal is to deliver personalized, high-quality, one-on-one care to ensure your complete comfort and satisfaction.
What to Expect During Your Consultation?
Dr. Swift understands that many women (and men) feel their weight loss results should be more evident. Excess skin hanging over the stomach like a belt or apron is unattractive and doesn’t let you show off your hard work. During his consultation, he will examine the area to be treated and determine the best possible options for your tummy tuck. Above all, he’ll be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about preparing for or recovering from the surgery.
Now you no longer have to feel self-conscious about your body or the way you look in a bathing suit. A tummy tuck can help remove stubborn fat, lift a sagging stomach, and give you a slimmer, more toned-looking figure in less time than you think! Contact our Manhattan office today to set your consultation appointment and get all your questions answered.