June 27, 2017

What You Need To Know About Tummy Tucks

During pregnancy, most women gain about thirty pounds, and most “thin” women should gain a minimum of forty pounds. While much of this weight is baby weight, such as the fetus, placenta, and amniotic fluid, some of the weight is additional fat that’s often critical during delivery. So, while most of these pounds go away on their own, not all the added weight goes away after delivery.

Sometimes, the pounds themselves are not the issue. Skin around the abdomen often stretches during pregnancy and delivery; this stretching is especially common among petite moms. As a result, many women have flabby stomachs instead of toned abs, and no matter how much they diet and exercise, the change is often permanent, at least to some extent.

Options Available

Cosmetic surgery is not about fulfilling someone else’s expectations about body image or wanting to look like the actress and model moms who appear on magazine covers. Instead, tummy tucks and other procedures are just one part of a total makeover that starts with your appearance and then changes the way you feel about yourself.

Double Board Certified Dr. Michael Fiorillo usually performs two types of tummy tuck procedures for New York women who want to reclaim their pre-pregnancy bodies:

  • Abdominoplasty: For a full tummy tuck, Dr. Fiorillo makes an incision along the pubic hairline, lifts the abdominal skin, removes fat cells, and tightens the abdominal muscles. The result is usually a flatter and tighter stomach.
  • Partial Abdominoplasty: A mini tummy tuck is much the same, but Dr. Fiorillo makes a smaller incision and only lifts the skin up to the naval.

Before you make any decisions, Dr. Fiorillo will carefully review your goals and expectations for the abdominoplasty procedure, and then fully discuss all the relevant pros and cons for both types of tummy tuck. Then, once you have all the information, the final decision is yours and yours alone. The choice should not be influenced by anyone else, because this environment often sets the stage for disappointment in the results.

Some women choose a tummy tuck as a standalone procedure to increase their self-confidence and energy levels, while others also have Dr. Fiorillo perform some other “mommy makeover” procedures, like breast lift or liposuction.

To begin the process, schedule your initial consultation by going online or calling 845-867-2594. Dr. Fiorillo personally meets with all patients the first time they come into our office.

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