Just like our faces and the rest of our bodies, our midsections change throughout our lives. Some of these changes can't be reversed with diet and exercise alone, and we wish for the flat belly that we used to have — or always wanted. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, in Albany, NY with Dr. Jeffrey Rockmore can bring back that flat stomach, making your clothes fit better and making you feel better about your shape.
Dr. Rockmore approaches each procedure with precision and artistic vision to reveal each patient's unique beauty. To get started, request a free consultation using his online form or call his office at (518) 328-3330.
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This 53-year-old woman visited our Capital Region New York office to improve her abdomen. She had a previous surgery which left her with an indented scar of her lower stomach. She also had overhang which never seemed to go away with diet and exercise. She wanted her belly to look b...
After having a couple of children, this young woman was unable to get her belly back with diet and exercise. The skin was stretched and loose and the muscles were lax, creating a lower "Pooch". She had a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, to bring back her flat belly. At the same time, some li...
At his Albany practice, Dr. Rockmore's tummy tuck patients each have different motivations for seeking surgery, although there are a few common causes of the stretched abdominal tissue they'd like to address. Some of the things that typically change the shape and firmness of the belly include:
Pregnancy: The abdomen changes dramatically after even a single pregnancy in some women. Few women can escape pregnancy without some changes in the abdominal wall. The skin and muscles are stretched during the pregnancy and often do not have enough elasticity to shrink afterward and regain their old form. This can leave loose skin with stretch marks and a lower belly bulge from the loss of muscle tone.
Weight loss: When both women and men lose weight, our skin can sometimes be too loose to contract and fit our new form. This is especially true when there is significant weight fluctuation, and it can result in hanging skin, called a pannus. A tummy tuck can remove the excess, hanging skin and tighten the skin that remains.
Abdominal surgeries: Previous surgery on the lower abdomen can leave scars as well as loose skin and muscles that can be improved with a tummy tuck. In some cases, the scars can be removed and replaced by a well-concealed tummy tuck scar.
Dr. Rockmore will talk to you about your lifestyle and medical history during a thorough consultation, and he encourages you to share your reasons for seeking surgery. These can help him better understand your expectations and lead to a successful outcome.
Why Choose Dr. Rockmore for Tummy Tuck Surgery
Experience with more than 1,000 tummy tuck and body contouring procedures
A caring, compassionate approach with every client expressed by both Dr. Rockmore and his staff
Knowledge and expertise that enable Dr. Rockmore to individualize his approach to your abdomen to maximize your results while minimizing your recovery time
Types of Tummy Tucks
Every person's midsection is unique. There are a variety of different tummy tuck options that allow Dr. Rockmore to create an individualized approach to meet your needs and expectations. These include:
Mini tummy tuck: A mini tummy tuck is used when the area in need of improvement is limited to the lower abdomen below the umbilicus, or belly button. It is often combined with liposuction of the upper abdomen and flanks to further enhance the contour. The skin and muscles of the lower belly are tightened, but no improvement of the upper abdomen or the area around the belly button is possible. The advantages of a mini tummy tuck are that the scar is shorter, the recovery quicker, and the cost lower.
Tummy tuck: A traditional tummy tuck is used when improvement is desired both above and below the belly button. The abdominal muscles, called the rectus muscles, are tightened to create a flat foundation. These muscles are left intact and are pulled back together in a process called plication. The skin is then lifted and tightened over the entire abdomen. This results in a scar from hip to hip that is hidden within the underwear line in most people. Over time, this usually fades and becomes more discreet. There is also a small scar around the umbilicus. Liposuction is frequently used in conjunction with a tummy tuck to remove any unwanted fat and to further contour the waistline.
Extended tummy tuck: In some women and men, there is more significant laxity of the skin, and the overhang extends around the hips. In this situation, an extended tummy tuck is sometimes needed. This allows further skin tightening of the sides of the belly than a traditional tummy tuck and results in a longer scar.
During your consultation with Dr. Rockmore, you can point out the areas that bother you most. After examining your stomach, he can then discuss the specific options for you and help you come up with a plan that best meets your needs.
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
Tummy tucks are typically done as outpatient procedures at the surgical center near Dr. Rockmore's office. This is a fully accredited facility, and a board-certified anesthesiologist will provide your anesthesia care. On the day of your tummy tuck, you will meet Dr. Rockmore and have the opportunity to ask any remaining questions. He will then draw on your stomach while you stand to plan the surgery. You will then be brought into the operating room for your tummy tuck using the techniques described above.
After the procedure, you will be observed in the surgery center for a couple of hours to make sure that you are comfortable. A friend or family member will then be needed to take you home.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
The best position to recover from your tummy tuck is in a recliner. The flexed position minimizes any tension on your stomach and makes it easier to get out of than a bed. It is best if you walk around the house immediately after surgery and flex your calves periodically while sitting.
You will have a binder in place for 2 weeks, which is a supportive elastic band around your waist. This keeps light pressure on your abdomen while you heal. There are drains in place for 1 week in most cases to remove any fluid from the surgical area. You can shower the day after surgery but need to avoid any baths or swimming for a couple of weeks.
You will be prescribed pain medications after your tummy tuck, as well as antibiotics for the first week. After the first 2 to 3 days, you will start to feel more comfortable and become more mobile. It is best to have some help available for the first couple of days. Most people can drive after 10 days and can be back at work in 2 weeks depending on their job requirements. It is important to avoid any lifting for 4 to 5 weeks after your tummy tuck while the tightened muscles heal.
I am very happy with the results of my tummy tuck. Dr. Rockmore was able to restore my belly back to it's pre-pregnancy shape and can wait to wear a bikini again!
Your results will become more apparent in the month after your tummy tuck. The bruising and swelling from the procedure will gradually subside, and you will feel more like yourself. The scar will gradually fade for several months after the procedure, and it is best to avoid sunlight on the scar for several months. Before you know it, you will be able to wear the clothes that you always wanted to and have your body back.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a tummy tuck cost?
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. Rockmore offers you a personalized estimate during your consultation.
When should I have my tummy tuck?
The timing of your tummy tuck is largely a personal decision, but Dr. Rockmore typically recommends postponing your surgery until you're done having children. This is because pregnancy can affect the abdomen, potentially undoing the results of surgery. While a tummy tuck doesn't affect your ability to get pregnant or carry a child, it's a good idea to wait until you're finished building your family before having the surgery.
Will I have surgical drains after my tummy tuck?
Yes. Dr. Rockmore adds drains during your surgery to reduce fluid accumulation and swelling. He makes sure you leave with detailed information about caring for your drains and monitoring your fluid output. He typically removes them 1 week after surgery.
What will my scar look like?
Dr. Rockmore makes every effort to make the incision as low on the abdomen as possible. Although a full tummy tuck requires a horizontal incision from hip to hip, it's typically positioned just above the pubic area for maximum discretion. Most patients find that their scars are well-hidden while wearing underwear and bikinis.
How long can I expect my results to last?
If you follow Dr. Rockmore's aftercare instructions, give your body plenty of time to heal, and avoid any sort of significant weight fluctuation, the results of your tummy tuck can last indefinitely and the skin will not grow back. A tummy tuck does repair abdominal muscles and remove excess skin, but it doesn't stop the aging process of the abdomen.