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Tummy Tuck Surgery at The Godek Center for Personal Enhancement

As we age, the abdomen tends to accumulate fat and lose its youthful tone and trim contours. People who have undergone significant weight changes or have been pregnant may also experience separation of the abdominal muscles. A tummy tuck addresses abdominal fat, laxity, and muscle damage using an approach individualized to the patient’s anatomy. The success of a tummy tuck can largely depend on the expertise of the surgeon performing it. The New Jersey plastic surgeons at The Godek Center for Personal Enhancement are highly experienced in abdominoplasty and perform each procedure with expertise and individualized care.

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What is a Tummy Tuck?

Tummy tuck surgery — also called abdominoplasty — is an aesthetic procedure designed to remove loose, excess abdominal skin and stubborn fat deposits that prove resistant to normal diet and exercise efforts. In addition, this procedure can repair abdominal musculature that has stretched or torn due to significant, often rapid changes in weight. By eliminating inches and pounds around the midsection with abdominoplasty, our board-certified plastic surgeons can help patients achieve a sleeker, more defined abdomen with incredibly natural-looking results.

Tummy Tuck at The Godek Center for Personal Enhancement

To learn more about tummy tuck New Jersey patients can explore the in-depth information provided on this page. If you have further questions or are interested in scheduling a consultation with one of our highly-skilled surgeons to discover if abdominoplasty is right for you, please feel free to contact The Godek Center for Personal Enhancement online or by phone today. We look forward to meeting you, helping you explore your options, and assisting you in achieving your cosmetic goals.

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Who is an ideal Tummy Tuck candidate?

In general, at our practice in New Jersey tummy tuck surgery is suitable for individuals who aim to address diet and exercise-resistant accumulation of fat or loose skin and muscles in the abdominal region. Despite these specific indications, it is important to be aware that abdominoplasty is not considered a weight loss procedure. In fact, ideal patients should be at—or very near—their desired weight and in good overall health. Additionally, they should be through having children, as any future pregnancies may compromise the results, and have realistic expectations for the final outcome of their procedure. Ultimately, tummy tuck surgery can be very beneficial for patients who just can’t seem to get rid of that extra bit of skin in the abdominal area, as well as women who are having trouble firming up the midsection after pregnancy.

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To learn more about the tummy tuck procedure or to schedule a consultation to discuss your surgical options, contact our New Jersey Plastic Surgery practice today. At your initial appointment, you will have the chance to discuss your goals, ask your surgeon questions, and get help designing a treatment plan that meets your needs safely and effectively. We take a personalized approach to every patient and look forward to supporting you in achieving your most beautiful, confident self.

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How is the Tummy Tuck procedure performed?

During a tummy tuck procedure, our New Jersey plastic surgeon will remove excess, loose skin in the abdominal area and tighten the underlying muscles. The remaining skin is shifted down and pulled taut, resulting in a much flatter, firmer stomach. If applicable, some form of liposuction will also be utilized to eliminate stubborn fat pockets for a slimmer, more toned contour in and around the midsection. Conducted under general anesthesia, the abdominoplasty procedure takes approximately two hours to complete, though this may vary based on the individual needs and aesthetic goals of the patient.

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Tummy Tuck Recovery and Aftercare

The majority of individuals feel well enough to resume normal, non-strenuous daily activities after about one to two weeks; however, most patients will need to avoid heavy lifting and rigorous exercise that may strain the abdominal region for several weeks. Once all swelling has subsided, the final results of abdominoplasty should be apparent.

What is recovery from Tummy Tuck surgery like?

Following tummy tuck surgery, some temporary swelling or bruising may occur, but these symptoms should dissipate over time. Slight tenderness in the targeted area may also be experienced. Any discomfort can generally be managed with medication.

Maintaining your Tummy Tuck results

A tummy tuck is most effective for patients who have achieved and expect to maintain a stable weight. Subsequent weight gain could reverse the results of surgery. It is not recommended that you have a tummy tuck if you plan to get pregnant again. For patients who have recently lost weight, a tummy tuck can be a valuable step in regaining lost tone and tightness.

“I had an extended tummy tuck and upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty. I can’t say enough about Dr. Godek and his team. Everyone from his office staff to the staff at Toms River Surgery Center were very professional, pleasant, and helpful. I felt very comfortable and like I was in great hands! I am day one postop and feel amazing! Very little pain and no problems after 4 1/2 hrs of general anesthesia! Very happy with my results!! Dr. Godek is amazing!” —Mary December 10, 2021

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Tummy Tuck Frequently Asked Questions

While some degree of scarring from tummy tuck surgery is inevitable, our doctors do everything in their control to reduce the final visibility of the incision line. For the majority of patients, the abdominoplasty incision is made low along the abdomen, often extending from hip to hip. This location allows scarring to be concealed by most articles of clothing, including many bikini and underwear varieties. We will also provide specific instructions for how to properly care for the incision as it heals, which can help diminish its final appearance. Ultimately, patients typically say the physical and psychological benefits of tummy tuck surgery far outweigh any concerns they have about scarring.

As a customizable procedure, tummy tuck pricing will vary from patient to patient. Some key factors can impact the cost of abdominoplasty:

  • The extent of skin and fat removal needed
  • The particular surgical technique used
  • The expertise and experience of the plastic surgeon
  • Fees for the operating facility and anesthesia
  • Pre- or post-operative vitamins, supplements, or medications

To determine an exact price for tummy tuck surgery, one of our plastic surgeons will need to perform an in-person evaluation during a consultation at our practice. At this time, they can formulate a personalized treatment plan and provide a custom cost quote based on the specifics of the procedure. If you are interested in payment plan options, our team can also introduce you to various plastic surgery financing possibilities that can help make abdominoplasty more affordable for your unique budget.

Post-procedure discomfort can be managed with prescription or over-the-counter pain medications. Most patients feel well enough to return to mild or moderate activity levels after one to two weeks.

A tummy tuck is considered cosmetic, so it is not covered by health insurance. Ask about financing options to help you pay for your surgery.

Yes. Plan to have someone drive you home and help you get settled in for your recovery.

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