Recovery: 1-2 weeks until you can drive and work at a desk job & 2-4 weeks to return to more strenuous jobs & 6 weeks until you can resume vigorous exercise
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can a tummy tuck do for me?
- My abdominal area is stretched from pregnancy/weight loss
- I have tried diet and exercise and still struggle with my abdominal contour
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.
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.