Pregnancy, weight loss, and aging can all take their toll on your body shape, especially in the abdominal area. If you have extra skin or loose muscles in your stomach area, then tummy tuck surgery can be just what is needed to help you restore your confidence in your body. Dr. Edmund Kwan, a board-certified cosmetic surgeon in the NYC tri-state area, specializes in providing personalized results that suit your body shape and preferences so that you can wear bikinis, lingerie, and tight clothing with confidence again!
A tummy tuck can be a great option for patients who have the following issues in their abdominal area:
Loose, lax muscles
Muscles that have separated, called diastasis recti
All these issues can naturally occur due to body changes throughout your life course, such as pregnancy, gaining and losing weight, getting older, and even abdominal surgeries such as appendix removal or hernia repair. The patients who achieve the most dramatic results from a traditional tummy tuck are those who have loose muscle and excess skin throughout the entire abdominal area; however, Dr. Kwan also performs mini tummy tucks, which can be a great option for patients who have looseness primarily beneath their belly button.
Because a tummy tuck is an invasive surgical procedure, certain medical conditions are contraindicated for the surgery, and it is important to be in generally good health before undergoing the procedure so that your recovery is as smooth and rapid as possible. Dr. Kwan will discuss your medical history and health with you prior to the procedure to ensure that you are a good candidate.
3D imaging allows you to see your results before the procedure
One of the most important parts of the tummy tuck procedure happens before you ever set foot in the operating room – the planning process. Dr. Kwan conducts a thorough consultation with every patient before moving forward with the procedure. During your consultation, Dr. Kwan will discuss what you like and don’t like about your stomach area, as well as what your ideal results would be.
One of the truly revolutionary technologies that Dr. Kwan is equipped with is 3D imaging technology that enables Dr. Kwan to take images of your body and then create a computerized rendition of what your results will look like. With this tool to guide your discussion and fine-tune how you’d like your results to appear, Dr. Kwan can strategically plan your surgery to help you achieve those results and you can enter the procedure with confidence that you will love your new body shape.
The VECTRA® H1 3D imaging by Dr. Kwan
How a tummy tuck works
Before your surgery, you will be placed under general anesthesia. This ensures that you are completely asleep and pain-free during the surgery.
If you are undergoing a traditional (full) tummy tuck, Dr. Kwan will then make an incision that extends from one hip to another. The location of the incision allows you to hide it under swimwear and apparel. He will then tighten the muscles in the abdomen and stitch them together if they have separated due to diastasis recti, and then use liposuction to remove any excess fat in the area. He will then strategically remove any excess skin and re-shape the belly button for top-class, natural-looking results. The final step is to close the incisions with sutures or other adhesives.
For patients who are undergoing a mini tummy tuck to flatten and tighten the area beneath their belly button only, Dr. Kwan will first create a small incision above the pubic mound. Then, he will tighten the loose muscles to help flatten the appearance of a “pouch” beneath the belly button. He will also perform liposuction to remove excess fat in this area and remove a small amount of skin as needed to tighten the stomach.
Tummy tuck Before and After Done By Dr. Kwan
*Individual results may vary
Healing and recovery
After your surgery, Dr. Kwan will dress and bandage the incision area to help protect it and aid the healing process. You may also be provided with compression material to minimize the swelling and to help support your abdominal area. In some cases, thin tubes may be used to help drain extra fluid or blood that may accumulate. Dr. Kwan’s team will give you thorough instructions on how to properly care for your incision to ensure proper healing and recovery, as well as warning signs of infection or other issues that would require you need to come into the office to be evaluated. You will likely experience some pain and discomfort in your abdominal area after the surgery. Dr. Kwan will discuss how to manage the pain, as well as when to come in for a follow-up appointment so that he can evaluate your healing progress and results.
Because tummy tuck surgery is considered invasive and involves surgical incisions, it does carry risks of side effects and complications. For example, general anesthesia has some risk involved, and the incision can fail to heal properly or become infected. Dr. Kwan will discuss all the risks with you in advance so that you are fully informed before undergoing the procedure.
The initial swelling caused by the procedure, as well as the likelihood that you will be unable to stand fully upright with good posture during the initial recovery period, can hide your results for a week or two after the surgery. However, once you can stand erect and the swelling has subsided, you will be able to see your beautiful new contours and flatter, firmer stomach.
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This patient overcame obesity; she lost 100 pounds! This big victory left behind a "distorted" stomach and hernias. Thanks to our "masterful" plastic surgeon's scar-free tummy tuck, she beat the bulge without unwanted consequences.
Upscale results at an affordable cost
There are many things that set Dr. Edmund Kwan’s cosmetic surgery practice apart. Even though he has upscale practice locations and provides patients with unparalleled results, he does not believe that high-quality results should have a high price tag. Dr. Kwan understands the value and benefits that cosmetic surgery can have on all facets of a person’s life and therefore provides competitive pricing to enable you to achieve the body of your dreams at a price you can afford.
If you are interested in learning more about tummy tuck surgery and whether it is right for you, call Dr. Kwan at (212) 734-4488 today!
What our patients say
Dear Dr. Kwan, It's been six weeks since I had my over four procedures done and the results are all amazing. I am especially impressed with my tummy tuck. No matter how much I exercised I could never achieve the abs I wanted. It's only six weeks and my scar is already fading. My clothes all fit incredibly well now and I am a true 32 waste! Read More
I can't wait until the summer to show off my abs. You are amazingly gifted and an artist as well. I am so glad I was recommended to you from my dermatologist.
In addition, your staff is extremely professional and is very knowledgeable about the pre and post operative procedures. I was also very impressed in the number of follow up calls I received after my surgery to check my status. Thanks for everything...
The best way to find out if you are a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery is a consultation with Dr. Kwan. He will be happy to answer your questions, discuss options, and use Vectra imaging so that you can see potential results.
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