Pregnancy and significant weight loss can have a lasting impact on your body. Many people struggle with stretched skin, lax muscles, and excess fat that collects around the belly area. When diet and exercise aren’t enough to slim down these spots, a tummy tuck at our Rochester practice can help. Dr. Calvin Young, an experienced plastic surgeon, has helped countless patients sculpt their bodies and create a firmer, flatter midsection.
Dr. Calvin Young
Dr. Young specializes in plastic and reconstructive surgery, helping men and women rejuvenate their faces and bodies. His extensive experience and artistic eye make him the plastic surgeon Rochester patients know and trust.
Tummy tuck surgery (also known as abdominoplasty) is a cosmetic procedure that flattens the midsection and defines the waistline. It achieves this by tightening muscles and removing excess skin caused by pregnancy, weight loss, or aging. A tummy tuck works best for:
Removing rolls of skin and fat
Flattening a “belly pooch”
Defining the waist
During your one-on-one consultation, Dr. Young analyzes your body and determines the best approach to your tummy tuck surgery.
Are You a Candidate for Tummy Tuck Surgery?
You may be a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery if you:
Are in good overall health and do not smoke
Have maintained a healthy BMI for several months
Are not planning any future pregnancies or major weight loss
Struggle with loose skin and a protruding abdomen
It is important to remember, however, that tummy tuck surgery is not a weight-loss procedure, but a recontouring of your midsection. The surgery removes unwanted fat and skin, but it does not dramatically change the number on the scale. You should be close to your goal weight before considering a tummy tuck.
How Is a Tummy Tuck Performed?
Tummy tuck surgery is an outpatient procedure performed under a general anesthetic or M.A.C. plus a local anesthetic. Treatment begins with the doctor making a hip-to-hip horizontal incision just above the pubic area. Unwanted fat is removed, weakened abdominal muscles are repaired, and excess skin is pulled downward and removed. Then the incision is carefully sealed with sutures.
These results create a slimmer, flatter midsection, and the waistline can be further defined with treatments such as liposuction. A tummy tuck scar is typically hidden beneath the underwear line and will gradually fade with time.
What Is Tummy Tuck Recovery Like?
You may have a binder (post-surgical compression garment) in place for around two weeks after your operation. This will help with healing and comfort. You won’t be able to stand completely upright for a few days after your tummy tuck procedure. This is a normal part of the recovery process and will improve as your skin and muscles adjust. You will be advised to take slow walks upon returning home to encourage blood circulation and foster healing. Other instructions, such as how to care for your surgical drains, will be provided prior to your surgery.
Most people can return to work after 10 to 14 days, depending on job requirements. Swelling will subside and your results will become apparent about a month or two after surgery.
If you would like to learn more about tummy tuck surgery and other body contouring treatments here in Rochester, request a consultation with our online form. You can also call our practice office at