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Gerald Imber, M.D.

EXCELLENCE AND EXPERIENCE IN PLASTIC SURGERY

Abdominoplasty

Based in New York City

Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is a procedure to tighten the abdominal skin and muscles. Pregnancy and weight gain and loss are the primary culprits in the abnormal stretching and loosening of the abdominal skin and underlying rectus abdominus muscles. The operation is performed in the office ambulatory surgical suite under general anesthesia.

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There is no shortcut for this operation; it requires removing large amounts of inelastic skin and results in a scar along the bikini line. On balance the scar is a small price to pay and patients are delighted they went through the procedure.

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An incision is made in the lowest portion of the abdomen, usually in the crease above the pubis. The horizontal length of the incision depends on the extent of skin laxity. The looser the skin, the longer the incision. After excess fat is removed by liposuction, skin and fat are separated from underlying muscles. The midline borders of the rectus abdominal muscles are sutured at the waistline. In some circumstances, there is so much skin laxity that the umbilicus (belly button) is removed. In these cases, the umbilicus is replaced in its natural position in the newly tightened skin

Your Abdominoplasty will be performed in Dr. Imber‘s Surgery center located in NYC.

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Abdominal Binder

An abdominal binder is the usual dressing. Initial postoperative days are uncomfortable, and there may be annoying complications associated with the procedure, such as fluid collection. In general, the procedure is easily tolerated and results are good.

Abdominoplasty FAQ’s

What is an Abdominoplasty?

An Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is a procedure to tighten the abdominal skin and muscles. Pregnancy and weight gain and loss are the primary culprits in the abnormal stretching and loosening of the abdominal skin and underlying muscles.

What is a Mini-Abdominoplasty?

A Mini-Abdominoplasty is very common post-pregnancy procedure and directly deals with the loose skin and stretched muscles. It is usually combined with liposuction and is designed to remove loose skin of the lower abdomen, between the pubis and the umbilicus. Recovery from mini-abdominoplasty is fast, and usually uncomplicated.

What are the benefits of an Abdominoplasty or a Mini-Abdominoplasty?

The benefits of both an abdominoplasty and a mini-abdominoplasty are endless. The core muscles of the abdomen are tightened and the skin is made taught allowing patients to look better with or without clothing and boost confidence

What type of anesthesia will I receive?

The operation is performed in the office ambulatory surgical suite under general anesthesia.

How long will recovery take? 

In general, the procedure is easily tolerated and results are good. However, initial days after the surgery you may be uncomfortable. Each patient recovers differently and during your post-operative appointment we will be able to assess your individual progress.

Are there any non-invasive alternatives?

There aren’t any non-invasive alternatives that deliver the results like an abdominoplasty. There are modest skin tightening solutions but a true candidate for an abdominoplasty must understand the surgery can only correct your concerns.

Do I need any special garment or bindings?

We will provide you with an abdominal binder after surgery.

Why do I need a board certified plastic surgeon?

A board certified plastic surgeon holds the highest levels of education and training needed to deliver the best results. This qualification is not easy to achieve, so by using a board-certified plastic surgeon, you also know they meet the standards of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Will there be any scarring? 

There is no shortcut for this operation; it requires removing large amounts of inelastic skin and results in a scar along the bikini line. On balance the scar is a small price to pay and patients are delighted they went through the procedure.

How much does an Abdominoplasty cost?

Any question you have regarding procedure cost and payment options can be discussed during your consultation at Dr. Imber’s office.

He is very thorough, meticulous, detail oriented and you cannot negotiate services or anything with him. It’s his way or the highway. I had a lot of work done years ago long before plastic surgery was so common. My daughter went to him last year for lipo and he is exactly as thorough and precise as he was then. If you are a Botox junkie looking for quick fixes on the cheap, he probably won’t be right for you. His work is very subtle, understated, natural and undetectable.
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Mini-Abdominoplasty

A Mini-Abdominoplasty is usually combined with liposuction and is designed to remove loose skin of the lower abdomen, between the pubis and the umbilicus. This is the most common area of concern after pregnancy, and the procedure deals directly with the loose skin, and stretched muscle. The incision is confined to the area above the pubis, like a cesarean section scar. There is no need to reposition the belly button. Recovery from mini-abdominoplasty is fast, and usually uncomplicated.

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