At a Glance
- Recovery: 1-4 Weeks 1-2 weeks until driving or back at a desk job 2-4 weeks until a more strenuous job 6 weeks until resuming vigorous exercise
- Cost: $8,000-$10,500
- Anesthesia: General
- In-Op Length: 3-4 Hours
What is a Tummy Tuck?
Dr. Kayastha specializes in helping patients from Albany, NY and surrounding areas achieve the tighter, flatter midsection they are seeking. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your midsection a tummy tuck might be the solution you are looking for. Most women (and some men) undergo changes to their midsection as they get older that diet and exercise will not fix. Most patients tell us that the bulging of their abdomen and excess fat deposits lead to self-consciousness about this area of their body. Many patients have a combination of loose skin, muscles stretched by pregnancy that bulge and excess fat of the stomach region. Many have dieted and exercised faithfully but still, have excess tissue that won’t respond to their best efforts. This can be very discouraging and some feel hopeless that there is nothing that they can do to get their pre-pregnancy shape back. The good news is that a tummy tuck can fix these issues.
A tummy tuck (aka abdominoplasty) is a procedure that accomplishes the goal of a trimmer more defined midsection through a few well-defined maneuvers. If you need it Dr. Kayastha may start your tummy tuck procedure out by doing liposuction of your love handles and abdomen. After that Dr. Kayastha makes a low incision just above your pubic region that extends hip to hip. He will always keep the scar as low as possible to keep it hidden by the waistline of your jeans or the bottoms of a two-piece swimsuit. Next, the abdominal muscles are visualized and the separation in them that contributes to a potbelly shape (rectus diastasis) is fixed. Once you have a flatter abdominal wall to build upon Dr. Kayastha moves on to address the excess skin. The excess skin is carefully measured and removed.
What to Expect
A tummy tuck will give you a flatter more attractive midsection.
You will have a thorough consultation with Dr. Kayastha to determine the exact combination of procedures to help you achieve your goals.
Your safety and comfort are our priorities. Surgery is performed at the hospital with general anesthesia. Usually, patients spend one night in the hospital.
You will have to rest and take it easy for a couple of weeks to ensure you have an optimal recovery. Most patients use pain medication for 1-2 weeks. Patients can do light activities of daily living right away. Strenuous activity like exercising resumes at 6 weeks post-op and gradually increases.
Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck?
Good candidates for a tummy tuck are people who are in good health and at or near their ideal body weight. Women who have had one or more pregnancies benefit from reducing skin and tightening of abdominal muscles. Men or women that have undergone significant weight loss can also benefit from abdominoplasty.
Customize My Tummy Tuck:
There are different types of tummy tucks depending on each patient’s individual situation. They are categorized by how extensive the surgery is. In every procedure, an incision is made and the weakened underlying muscles are tightened, and tissue is re-draped. Excess skin is trimmed away and excess fat can be removed with liposuction techniques. The end result is a smooth, tightened, and toned mid-section.
Standard/Full/Classic Tummy Tuck:
The most popular tummy tuck is for individuals who wish to tighten their abdomen both above and below the belly button. The procedure involves a horizontal incision that extends from hip to hip. An incision is also around the belly button. Excess skin is removed and any muscle splitting is repaired. Finally, the belly button is repositioned and the low incision is closed.
This procedure is best for healthy men or women who have excess skin and weakening of the abdominal muscles. Surgery is performed at the hospital under general anesthesia. Most patients require 2-4 weeks for a full recovery.
Vertical Tummy Tuck/Fleur de Lis:
A fleur-de-lis or vertical tummy tuck is for individuals who have significant loose skin not only in the lower abdomen but also above the belly button. This procedure involves the same lower incision as a standard tummy tuck. It differs from a standard tummy tuck because it adds a second vertical incision in the midline of the abdomen. This vertical incision allows the surgeon the ability to remove excess skin above the belly button. Recovery is similar to a full tummy tuck.
Mini Tummy Tuck:
A mini tummy tuck is a smaller version of a standard tummy tuck. This technique addresses only skin and muscle below the belly button. The belly button is not repositioned with a mini tummy tuck. The mini tummy tuck is ideal for patients that have only a minimal amount of loose lower abdominal skin and bulging of the muscles only below the belly button.
During a mini-abdominoplasty, a limited horizontal incision is made above the pubic area. Excess skin below the belly button is removed and the lower abdominal muscles are tightened. There is no scar around the belly button since it does not need to be repositioned. This type of surgery can often be performed in the office with local anesthesia. Sometimes it is performed in the hospital with IV sedation. Recovery generally takes 1-2 weeks.
Extended/Circumferential/Lower Body Lift Tummy Tuck:
A circumferential tummy tuck or lower body lift addresses the hips, lateral thighs, buttocks, and lower back in addition to the anterior abdomen. This technique is reserved for individuals who have loose sagging skin the extends all the way around their body.
To accomplish this procedure an incision is made that extends 360 degrees around the midsection. This allows the surgeon to remove the skin from the anterior abdomen, lateral abdomen, and back in one procedure.
A circumferential tummy tuck requires general anesthesia and is performed in the hospital. This technique requires an overnight stay in the hospital. Recovery takes 4-6 weeks.
Tummy Tuck FAQs
The cost of a tummy tuck here in Albany typically ranges from $4,000 to $10,000, but that number may vary based on the extent of your surgery. Dr. Kayastha offers you a personalized estimate during your consultation.
Anyone who wants to improve the appearance of their midsection may be a candidate. You should be in good general health and near your ideal body weight. Those who have had kids, lost weight or both are the most common people seeking a tummy tuck.
This is because you are suffering from split abdominal muscles (aka: rectus diastasis). The six-pack muscles are connected by fascia which is a tendon-like material at the midline. Once this has been stretched by weight gain or pregnancy it will not repair itself no matter how many sit-ups you do. When the muscles have split the abdomen is rounded and has a potbelly shape.
There is no scarless tummy tuck. Your scar will depend on the exact procedure you undergo (full, mini, vertical, circumferential tummy tuck). Dr. Kayastha uses gentle meticulous techniques during surgery to give you the best scar possible. After surgery, he has an extensive regimen in place to optimize the healing of your incisions and ultimately your scar. He commonly uses taping, scar massage, Embrace scar therapy, Biocorneum, and Fraxel laser to give his patients the best scar possible.
Many patients will spend one night in the hospital following the surgery. Weeks 1-2 are the hardest. During these weeks the patient is encouraged to walk and do normal non-strenuous activities as possible. Most patients use pain medication for 1-2weeks. Weeks 2-4 see many patients feel much closer to normal. This is when some patients start returning to work. Strenuous exercise like CrossFit and Orange Theory should be avoided for six weeks.
Most patients use medication for 1-2 weeks. Dr. Kayastha takes multiple measures to ensure that your experience is as pain-free as possible. He uses an On-Q pain pump that drips local anesthetic into your surgical site to decrease your pain. He also commonly prescribes a muscle relaxant for after surgery. This is because the most common early discomfort after surgery comes from the tightened muscles.
There is no expiration date on a tummy tuck. The factors that would have changed you before like aging, weight gain/loss, and pregnancy will continue to affect you after your tummy tuck. In general, it is best to have a stable weight and be done having children before considering a tummy tuck.
The fat and skin that are removed do not typically weigh that much. The average weights are 1-3 pounds of skin and fat.
An in-person consultation will make this clear. In general, if you have lost a lot of weight or have had kids the best procedure is usually a tummy tuck. If you have mild to moderate fat and your skin is not loose then liposuction or coolsculpting may be the correct procedure for you.