NYC Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Procedures
by Dr. Lloyd Hoffman

Abdominoplasty, Tummy Tuck in Manhattan

Generally referred to as a "tummy tuck", abdominoplasty removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen. The procedure also helps to flatten the abdomen by tightening the surrounding muscles. Women with stretched abdominal areas due to previous pregnancies can benefit considerably from abdominoplasty. Older individuals whose skin has lost some of its elasticity and are slightly obese can experience an improvement in their abdominal area.

If you are in generally good physical shape but are concerned about abdominal fat deposits or loose skin that does not respond to diet and exercise, the procedure can potentially reduce or even eliminate a protruding abdomen. Abdominoplasty can produce a permanent scar which can possibly extend to both sides of your hips, although the scar will likely be located below the bikini or bathing suit line.

Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

The best candidates for abdominoplasty are in good physical condition with pockets of fat or loose skin that haven’t responded well to diet and exercise. We can also help older, slightly obese people whose skin has lost some of its elasticity.

Abdominoplasty can also be useful for women with stretched skin and muscles from pregnancy. Results from the tummy tuck procedure will likely diminish if women continue to bear children, so we advise patients who plan to become pregnant to delay abdominoplasty.

We also encourage patients who intend to lose a lot of weight to wait before undergoing the procedure, since skin in the abdominal area typically loosens after substantial weight loss.

Customized Treatment for Optimal Cosmetic Results

We take the time during every pre-operative consultation to learn what his patients want to achieve from a tummy tuck both for their bodies and for their self-confidence. By listening to what patients have to say and closely examining them rather than performing a one-size-fits-all procedure on every person, we provide patients with completely customized treatment that takes into account their specific goals.

The Tummy Tuck Procedure

Abdominoplasty takes approximately two to five hours under general anesthesia. The surgeon will make two incisions: one from hipbone to hipbone close to the pubic area, and another around the navel. He or she will separate the skin from the abdominal muscles, which are then pulled together and stitched into place for a firmer abdomen and narrower waist. He or she will stretch the skin flap down and over the newly tightened muscles, remove excess skin, and reattach the navel in a natural position. Finally, he or she will close the incisions and apply sterile surgical dressings over the sutured areas.

Recovery after Abdominoplasty

A temporary tube may be inserted to drain excess fluid from the surgical site. Recovery time ranges from two weeks to a few months.

Tummy Tuck Results

Abdominoplasty will leave a scar spanning the lower abdomen from hip to hip. We are very careful to make the incision low enough for even a bikini to conceal the scar. With a balanced diet and regular exercise, results are long-lasting.

Risks of Abdominoplasty

Though rare, post-operative complications from surgery are possible. They may include infection, blood clots, and poor healing, which may require further surgery.

Patients who have had previous abdominal surgery should know that their old scars could be raised, stretched or generally more noticeable after the procedure. A scar revision procedure after abdominoplasty may minimize the appearance of an unsightly scar.

Partial Abdominoplasty, Mini Tummy Tuck

Partial abdominoplasty is similar to abdominoplasty except a shorter incision is made and the skin is only lifted to the navel, which does not have to be moved.

Male Gynecomastia

Male Gynecomastia is a medical term, also known as enlarged male breasts, where the breast tissue swells. The most common cause is due to a hormonal imbalance of testosterone and estrogen, which is why it can be common during milestones such as early childhood and puberty. Older men can also develop this condition from normal hormone fluctuations. In fact, gynecomastia is so common that it is estimated that 40 – 60% of the male population develop this condition during some time in their life.

Common signs and symptoms of gynecomastia include swollen breast gland tissue and tenderness in the breast area. Although gynecomastia is generally not serious, it is important to seek medical attention if you have swelling, pain, or a nipple discharge of one or both breasts.

For men, gynecomastia is mostly a stressful and embarrassing condition. But for men who are generally healthy and emotionally stable, are good candidates for male breast reduction surgery. Gynecomastia can be treated either through liposuction and/or cutting and removing excess glandular tissues. The procedure is typically an outpatient procedure and takes approximately two hours under general or local anesthesia. It is also possible to combine this procedure with other body contouring procedures while under anesthesia. There is little downtime and most people can return to work and normal activities within a week. After healing, men will see a flatter, firmer, more contoured chest and most men will subsequently see a boost in self confidence.

It is also important to note, that although the results are permanent, additional excess weight gain can cause gynecomastia like effects to reoccur.

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