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A tummy tuck in Queens NY tightens muscles and skin while removing excess fat

Dr. Kwan with tummy tuck surgery alone or combined with liposuction

The abdominoplasty procedure, better known as the “tummy tuck,” is one of the most common cosmetic surgery treatments performed by plastic surgeons in the U.S. Only breast augmentation, liposuction, nose jobs, and eyelid surgery are performed more often than the tummy tuck. Abdominoplasty is a “powerhouse” treatment, because it can tighten muscles, shrink fat, and remove excess skin. Many other surgical and nonsurgical treatments available at your surgeon’s office are very good at treating a single cosmetic concern; for example, liposuction alone does a great job at suctioning out fat. But it doesn’t treat patients whose primary (or additional) concern is excess skin or a loose abdominal wall, brought on by dramatic weight loss or pregnancy.

Liposuction can be combined with abdominoplasty to work wonders on patients who have stubborn fat and stretched-out skin and muscles. Variations of the full tummy tuck surgery in Queens NY are available at the office of Edmund Kwan, MD. You don’t need to have significant loose skin and fat or the need for muscle repair to benefit from the abdominoplasty procedure.

A Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Kwan recommends techniques based on the amount and location of the “excess”; the shape, length, and number of incisions varies from patient to patient due to each individual’s unique needs for contouring. Regardless of your needs, partnering with a surgeon with extensive experience and training results in desirable outcomes and minimal scarring. Patients who have a history of scarring have been thrilled by the beautiful shape that’s left behind, nothing more. Dr. Kwan’s experience with a diverse array of patients offers peace of mind, because there are some pigmentation issues that tend to arise among those with darker complexions. He understands the challenges and potential risks and takes those unique considerations into account when determining the best technique for darker-skinned patients.

Surgical skill makes the difference in how your body heals and responds to the surgery in the weeks and months following treatment. Many of Dr. Kwan’s patients are surprised by how quickly they recover post-surgery. Your surgeon’s skill plays a big role in a healthy and speedy recovery; however, you must follow the specific instructions provided by Dr. Kwan to ensure you enjoy fast healing, too.

Young lady with extra fat and skin

Generally, if you are healthy and have skin laxity in addition to excess fat, abdominoplasty is your answer. If a once-tight abdominal wall is now loose, a standard tummy tuck may be the only way to achieve complete muscle repair.

  • For very small patients or those with more modest needs for tissue removal, the “mini” version of a standard tummy tuck targets the lower abdomen – in the area between the pubic bones and belly button. A small incision between the hips is hidden well by swimwear and other garments. Underlying tissues may also be accessed and tightened through these incisions. The smaller the procedure is in scope, the quicker the recovery and the more cost-effective the treatment; however, Dr. Kwan and his team take great pride in minimizing complications through surgical skill and planning, and in having reasonable rates, especially when compared to competitors in the NYC area.
  • For those patients who require tissue removal and tightening between the belly button and pubic region, a full or standard abdominoplasty can get the results you desire. The above alternative doesn’t touch the belly button, but a standard tuck does – repositioning the skin around your belly button and bringing it through a small incision that is closed into its “normal” position. The hip-to-hip incision and scarring is hidden along the natural crease at your bikini line. Dr. Kwan can also adeptly tighten the fascia (connective tissue) over the abdominal muscles.

As its name suggests, an extended tuck extends as far up as is necessary to remove excess skin. Depending on your needs, the incision length may be longer along the sides than what is typically associated with a standard or traditional abdominoplasty.

The tummy tuck with liposuction may be “staged,” or completed within the same appointment at Dr. Kwan’s AAAASF-certified ambulatory surgical facility in NYC. You may even wish to try lipo and then take a “wait and see” approach of three to four months as the skin conforms to your slimmer contours. If you’re still not satisfied with the results, additional treatment may be recommended.

Contact Edmund Kwan, MD to schedule an appointment at the Queens location in Flushing, or the Manhattan and Fort Lee, NJ offices.


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    Dr. Kwan is by far the most talented surgeon I have EVER crossed paths with. I came to Dr. Kwan after an under eye fat transplant, performed 'by another' plastic surgeon, which deformed my face. It was only until I was under Dr.Kwan's care that the deformity was corrected. Dr. Kwan literally gave me back my beauty. This was a priceless feeling. That was about 4 years ago, I can assure you ever since- Dr. Kwan is the ONLY plastic surgeon I trust my face and body to. I look forward to my body contouring procedure coming up in a few weeks!! :)
  •  Edmund Kwan, M.D. - Reviews Mascha N
    The staff treated me very kindly, with respect and genuine smiles. Dr Kwan is a real professional in my opinion. He took the time to listen to my story, addressed my concerns and took his time to walk me through the process and give me his opinion and explanation on his recommendation. I had my surgery in his practice and we went over everything again before I met up with the anesthesiologist, who was equally as nice and professional as everyone else at his practice. We started counting bikes ... and after bike #6 I fell a sleep. When I woke up, he was there to tell me I did great and before I knew it I was in a taxi cab back home with my best friend who came to pick me up. So I don't know if this is typical, but I had no pain whatsoever after the surgery. . I am very very happy with the results. Dr Kwan did an amazing job and I couldn't be more pleased.
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    I was involved in an automobile accident last May, 2013. The outcome from the emergency room left me with 5 stitches on the bridge of my nose, and the tip of my nose was missing due to the severe impact of the accident. I called and scheduled an appointment to visit Dr. Kwan so he could assess my nose. Upon arriving to the office, I was immediately impressed with the facility, service, and professionalism of his staff. Dr. Kwan met with me and examined my nose and in detail, he explained the approach he would take in order to get my nose like brand new again.On the day of my surgery, I was met by Dr Kwan, who performed the surgery, himself. His Anesthesiologist was very informative and professional as well. The outcome of Phase 1 was a success. In addition to that, the staff even called my medication into the pharmacy that way it would be ready as soon as I left the office. My nose is 98% back to normal, I now look forward to Phase 2 to be completed. After that procedure is done I am positive my nose will look absolutely perfect and I will be back to my confident self again. Thanks Dr Kwan and Staff.
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    I have had several surgeries with Dr Kwan, and would recommend him highly. Liposuction of abdomen and love handles came out smooth. Upper eyelids look younger and refreshed, and the Basal Cell Cancer he cut out of my nose is not even visible, despite the fact that it was right along the rim of my left nostril.
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    I have been using Dr Kwan for over 10 years now. I have had many different procedures and all of them have turned out great. One of the breast augmentations had a crimp in the left breast and he had no problem going in to revise it to assure my satisfaction. I have always liked the way he answers each of my concerns and we go over everything for each procedure I've done several times to assure we are on the same page :) Take a list of any questions or concerns and I guarantee you will love your results no matter what procedure he is doing for you! .
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