Diet and exercise can’t eliminate extra skin around your belly following extreme weight loss or pregnancy. To improve your shape, Jean-Paul Leva, DO, at Leva Medical performs a tummy tuck, removing the excess skin and tightening the abdominal muscles, creating a flatter and toned midsection. To find out if you’re a candidate for a tummy tuck, call the office in the Elmhurst neighborhood in the borough of Queens in New York City. You can also request an appointment online.
A tummy tuck, also called an abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that creates a firmer and flatter midsection, improving body shape and contours.
When performing a tummy tuck, the cosmetic surgeons at Leva Medical tighten your abdominal muscles, remove and reposition abdominal fat, and eliminate excess skin.
Leva Medical determines if you’re a candidate for a tummy tuck following a consultation. The cosmetic surgeons take a patient-centered approach to care, making needs-based recommendations to ensure you get the outcomes you want and expect.
They may consider you a candidate for a tummy tuck if you’re in good overall health, a nonsmoker (for better healing), and have excess abdominal skin. Many people may benefit from a tummy tuck following significant weight loss.
Tummy tucks are also popular among women following pregnancy. Rapid growth during pregnancy stretches the skin and separates the abdominal muscles. Leva Medical only recommends a tummy tuck for women with no future pregnancy plans.
The cosmetic surgeons at Leva Medical create personalized tummy tuck surgical plans to address your unique needs and goals. Some of the techniques they may use include:
During a complete abdominoplasty, your surgeon makes an incision in the lower abdominal area (bikini line), manipulates and reshapes the abdominal muscles, removes excess fat, and trims away the extra skin.
This procedure removes your navel, so the surgeons create a new one.
For people with less excess skin, the cosmetic surgeons at Leva Medical perform a mini-abdominoplasty. This procedure makes smaller incisions to tighten the muscles, remove unwanted fat, and trim away excess skin.
They usually leave your navel intact.
For people with excess abdominal and back fat, the surgeons at Leva Medical may recommend a circumferential abdominoplasty. During this procedure, they liposuction out the excess fat from the belly and back while tightening and reshaping the muscles.
You can expect some pain, bruising, and swelling following your tummy tuck. The cosmetic surgeons at Leva Medical provide instructions on how to care for your incisions and carefully monitor your healing.
Most people go back to work within a week and resume strenuous physical activities within six weeks.
Learn more about the tummy tuck at Leva Medical by calling or requesting an appointment online today.