Like many people, you've worked hard to eat right and exercise, but your stubborn belly fat just won't go away. Many women want to get rid of stretch marks and excess fat that can occur after pregnancy, while men may be ready to tackle the "beer gut" that has been weighing them down far too long. As we age, the abdominal area is one of the most common places to develop excess fat and flabby, drooping skin. Board-certified plastic surgeon and body contouring specialist Dr. Evan Sorokin performs tummy tuck surgery to give Philadelphia and New Jersey residents the firm, fit midsection they can't get on their own.
Why Us for Your Body Contouring
- Dr. Sorokin is a liposuction specialist performing laser, ultrasonic and power-assisted lipo.
- Our patients love their slimmer figures so much that many of them refer their friends and family to us.
- Dr. Sorokin and his staff are committed to your safety, comfort and satisfying results.
Reasons for Considering a Tummy Tuck
A tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, gives New Jersey and Philadelphia residents a variety of improvements, including:
- Eliminating abdominal fat that doesn't respond to diet or exercise
- Removing excess skin that remains after weight loss and pregnancy
- Tightening loose and separated abdominal muscles caused by pregnancy
- Aligning abdominal muscles for a more flattering appearance
For a more sculpted body contour, Dr. Sorokin can combine a tummy tuck with Smartlipo™. Many women choose a Mommy Makeover, which combines a tummy tuck and liposuction with breast enhancement surgery to restore their pre-pregnancy shape.
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
A tummy tuck involves surgical removal of excess skin or fatty deposits from the abdomen, along with the repositioning of abdominal muscles into a tighter formation. This procedure is designed for those who wish to have a flatter and tighter stomach, and is also helpful in remedying the vertical separation of abdominal muscles known as diastasis, which can occur following pregnancy.
Our tummy tuck patients can expect the surgery to last anywhere from 1 to 4 hours, depending on their desired look and unique physiology. To begin the procedure, Dr. Sorokin makes an incision just above the pubic bone area and extends the incision horizontally across the lower abdomen and sometimes around to the back. The skin is then stretched away from the muscle tissue, and excess skin is removed. Abdominal muscle tissue is tightened to provide a firmly-contoured stomach and well-defined waistline. Finally, Dr. Sorokin closes the incision by stitching the skin back into place. Sometimes the procedure requires an additional incision around the navel in order to provide the best results.
Recovery Following Abdominoplasty
For the first few days after the procedure, your abdominal area may be swollen and you may feel some discomfort, which can be controlled by medication. You will have a drain which we will teach you how to use for about a week. Dr. Sorokin uses "pain pumps" on all of his tummy tucks to minimize the pain involved in the procedure. Finally, you will need to wear a support garment over the incision for several weeks. Dr. Sorokin will provide you with detailed instructions for showering and changing your bandages. In addition, Dr. Sorokin encourages you to start walking as soon as possible, and normal activities generally can be resumed in 2 weeks, though heavy exercise should be avoided until you can do it comfortably. The stitches will be removed shortly after your surgery.
It may take up to a month before you can engage in all your usual activities, and your body may need up to a year to completely adapt to the new abdominal configuration. Your scars may actually look worse during the first 3 to 6 months as they heal, but this is normal. After about 9 months, your scars should begin to flatten out and lighten in color. Thankfully, abdominal scars will not show under most clothing, including bathing suits. With proper diet and exercise you will be able to enjoy the results of your surgery for many years.