Who is a candidate for a tummy tuck?

Candidates for abdominoplasty typically suffer from loose (inelastic) skin on the abdomen and weakened muscles as a result of:

  • Age
  • Childbearing
  • Significant weight loss due to diet, exercise, or bariatric surgery

Why choose us for a tummy tuck?

Under the guidance of Dr. Troy Callahan, who also serves as  Chief of Plastic Surgery Englewood Health, your procedure will reflect our extensive experience and expertise in tummy tuck procedures.

Dr. Callahan's skillful techniques, meticulous attention to detail, and artistic vision ensure exceptional outcomes and patient satisfaction.

Our new, state-of-the-art facilities are fully equipped with advanced technology, designed to deliver the highest standards of care. Our goal is to enhance your natural beauty with tummy tuck results that are harmonious, proportionate, and natural-looking. Dr. Troy Callahan's expertise, combined with our dedication to aesthetic excellence, ensures you will receive the highest level of care and achieve results exceeding your expectations.

The tummy tuck procedure

The tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure to sculpt a more defined and toned abdomen. At Northern Jersey Plastic Surgery Center, we understand that a flat and well-contoured midsection can enhance your confidence and significantly improve your figure. Our skilled plastic surgeon, Dr. Troy Callahan, specializes in tummy tucks in Englewood and is dedicated to helping you achieve a youthful, firm, sculpted abdomen.

During this procedure, an incision is made along the lower waist, usually below the panty line, to allow for the removal of excess skin and fat. Underlying muscles are tightened to create the foundation for a flatter and firmer stomach. There are drains placed at the time of surgery to remove fluid that may collect under the skin. These are easily removed after surgery at a follow-up office visit.

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Where are the incisions?

The incision pattern used in a tummy tuck procedure will depend on the extent of correction required for the individual. Dr. Troy Callahan will carefully evaluate your abdominal area during your consultation and recommend the most appropriate incision technique. Commonly used incision patterns include:

  • Traditional (full) tummy tuck: This technique involves a horizontal incision just above the pubic area, extending from hip to hip. After excess skin and fat removal, a second incision is made around the navel to reposition it.
  • Mini tummy tuck: This variation is suitable for patients with less significant skin laxity or muscle separation confined to the lower abdomen. It involves a smaller horizontal incision, typically below the navel.
  • Extended tummy tuck: An extended tummy tuck may be recommended for individuals with excess skin and fat extending beyond the abdomen to the sides or lower back. This technique incorporates longer incisions to address the additional areas.
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What to expect in your tummy tuck journey

Before your tummy tuck procedure, Dr. Troy Callahan will conduct a thorough consultation to discuss your specific goals, evaluate your medical history, and ensure you are a suitable candidate. He will provide detailed pre-operative instructions to help you prepare for a successful surgery.

During the procedure, you be under general anesthesia to ensure total comfort. Dr. Callahan will make the necessary incisions and carefully remove excess skin and fat, tightening the underlying muscles as needed. Once the desired contour is achieved, sutures will close the incisions. The belly button structure will sometimes be repositioned to be centered correctly on the newly restructured abdomen.

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Recovery

After the surgery, you can expect a recovery period involving discomfort, swelling, and bruising. Dr. Callahan will provide post-operative instructions to help manage pain, promote healing, and minimize the risk of complications. It is essential to follow these instructions closely, including:

  • Wearing compression garments
  • Taking all prescribed medications as directed
  • Attending scheduled follow-up appointments

Most patients feel tired and sore after surgery. They are typically able to go home the same day of their procedure under the care of another adult. The tiredness and residual pain usually improves daily and is minimal within a few days following surgery. Patients are encouraged to walk immediately following surgery but must avoid vigorous physical activities for two to three weeks. Many patients return to full activity within about four to six weeks, looking fabulous.

After a tummy tuck, a few stitches must be removed, and you should expect a follow-up appointment within a week following surgery. The residual post-operative pain, swelling, and sensitivity gradually fade over the first few weeks.

Scars from abdominoplasty incisions are typically hidden below the panty line, will begin to disappear in a few months, and will continue to fade for months or years.

Results

While the initial results will be visible, it could take several weeks or months for the beauty of the results to be finalized as swelling subsides and the incision lines fade. With proper diet, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle, the results of a tummy tuck are long-lasting, allowing you to enjoy life with a more sculpted and defined abdomen.

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Exceptional care and guidance It is all about you at our practice.

At Northern Jersey Plastic Surgery Center, we are dedicated to providing you with exceptional care and guidance throughout your tummy tuck in Englewood. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Troy Callahan and take the first step towards achieving a flatter, firmer midsection – and a more positive life journey.

Complications

Complications following abdominoplasty surgery are uncommon and usually minimal. They may include:

  • Fluid collections (seroma)
  • Swelling and pain
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
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