New Jersey Plastic Surgery
Paramus Location in Bergen County, NJ
WHAT IS A TUMMY TUCK?
A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that can help you increase the firmness and flatness of your abdominal region. The tummy tuck procedure is performed by Dr. Robert Zubowski or Dr. Brad Gandolfi for repairing your weakened or separated abdominal muscles while removing excess skin and fat.
ARE YOU A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A TUMMY TUCK?
The best candidates for tummy tucks are healthy men and women in good shape who are bothered by fat deposits around the abdomen or have loose belly skin that does not respond to exercise or diet. Generally, this condition is common after pregnancy or subsequent to meaningful weight loss. We recommend postponing abdominoplasty for women planning future pregnancies or for individuals planning significant weight loss in the near future.
TUMMY TUCK SURGERY
During the surgery, Dr. Zubowski or Dr. Gandolfi will make a horizontal incision in the lower portion of the abdomen. Then he’ll tighten the underlying muscles, remove any excess fat and skin, and pull the skin taught, using sutures to close the incision. To aid with the healing process, Dr. Zubowski or Dr. Gandolfi will dress you in a pressure garment, which must be worn for about three weeks following the procedure. Sometimes only the lower abdomen needs tightening; in such cases, Dr. Zubowski or Dr. Gandolfi may opt to perform a partial tummy tuck. You may also opt for concurrent liposuction of the midsection, hips, or thighs, to create an all-over slimming effect.
TUMMY TUCK RECOVERY TIME
You will be closely monitored by our staff following your abdominoplasty surgery to ensure you recover fully from the anesthesia and in most cases will be able to return home the same day as your procedure. For the first few weeks your abdomen will be swollen and you will experience discomfort that can be managed with medication and the use of a compression garment to help keep the skin, muscles and other tissue in place. We recommend to our patients that they start moving around by taking a few steps within the first day after surgery. Walking will help your body circulate blood to assist in your abdominoplasty recovery, and in preventing blood clots in the legs by sustaining blood flow and maintaining your immune system to prevent infection. While moving around will help, you should avoid any strenuous activities during the healing process, typically between four to six weeks.
TUMMY TUCK COST
The cost of tummy tuck surgery will depend on the choices made during your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Zubowski or Dr. Gandolfi discussing your unique situation and desired outcome. After reviewing your medical history, you’ll be asked about your priorities and motivations for pursuing plastic surgery, and learn of any reservations and concerns you may have. Following your examination, Dr. Zubowski or Dr. Gandolfi will provide advice and options to help you achieve the appearance you desire. He will review with you the advantages and disadvantages of the different options to best present an aesthetically pleasing tummy tuck. At the end of your consultation, our staff will provide you with a written estimate of the cost of a tummy tuck. Abdominoplasty cost is typically in the $8,000 to $10,000 price range, depending on the type of tummy tuck performed.
RETURNING TO WORK
We believe it is best to prepare for anywhere between two to four weeks recovery after surgery, possibly sooner, depending on the type of tummy tuck performed and your overall health. We have found that most patients feel sufficiently strengthened to return to a sit down office job within a two-week period post tummy tuck surgery.
Dr. Zubowski is widely recognized as a top NJ plastic surgeon located in Paramus, New Jersey. He is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has over two decades of surgical experience in cosmetic surgery.
Dr. Gandolfi, like Dr Zubowski, exemplifies the patient first philosophy of the Zubowski Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Compassionate and attentive, Dr. Gandolfi has a tremendous rapport with patients. Whether the case is aesthetic or reconstructive, Dr. Gandolfi’s mission is to deliver natural-looking results and help patients feel better about their appearance.