Abdominoplasty Surgeon Westchester
Dr. Joshua Greenwald
Tummy Tuck: Is It for Me?
Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a surgical procedure performed to remove excess skin and fatty tissue deposits from the abdominal area. During tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Greenwald can also repair abdominal muscles that have been torn or damaged due to pregnancy or massive weight gain. The deeper abdominal muscles (rectus muscles) often incur damage due to pregnancy, when the abdominal muscles and skin stretch to accommodate the growing baby. While some women “bounce back” to their pre-pregnancy shape with ease following childbirth, many mothers experience saggy skin and torn abdominal muscles — aesthetic and functional issues that can be corrected only surgically.
Another major group of abdominoplasty patients are individuals who have lost a large amount of weight as a result of bariatric surgery. While weight loss surgery can be very effective in helping patients achieve a normal weight, the rapid weight loss often leaves behind folds of excess skin in the stomach area. The excess skin cannot be removed through even the most stringent diet and exercise plan. Fortunately, plastic surgery procedures such as tummy tuck can help patients permanently remove the redundant tissues and attain a beautiful midriff appearance.
Tummy Tuck with Dr. Greenwald: The Procedure
As an experienced White Plains / Westchester County tummy tuck surgeon, Dr. Greenwald works tirelessly with each patient in order to help him or her achieve the best aesthetic results possible. He begins each treatment by performing a series of tests and evaluation procedures. Dr. Greenwald assesses the prospective tummy tuck patient’s overall health, skin elasticity, the amount of excess tissue in the abdominal area, and the patient’s aesthetic concerns and desires. Dr. Greenwald then recommends the most appropriate body contouring procedures, which might include tummy tuck, mini tummy tuck, liposuction and lower body contouring. Mothers who desire to regain their pre-pregnancy appearance might also require a breast procedure, such as breast lift, to achieve a slim-yet-curvaceous appearance.
On the day of the surgery, Dr. Greenwald’s surgical team prepares the patient and administers a very precise amount of anesthesia. Dr. Greenwald then makes an incision in the lower abdominal area. The extent of the incision depends on the type of abdominoplasty performed. The mini tummy tuck requires a shorter incision across the lower abdomen, while the full tummy tuck typically requires an incision from one hip to the other as well as a smaller incision in the navel area. As a seasoned tummy tuck surgeon, Dr. Greenwald places the incisions so that they are as inconspicuous as possible and can be easily covered by a bikini.
After the incisions are created, Dr. Greenwald carefully removes the excess skin and fatty tissues and rearranges the underlying abdominal muscles. He then closes the surgical openings and applies special surgical dressings. In order to ease the post-surgical discomfort, Dr. Greenwald can prescribe medications or insert a special “pain pump” that delivers soothing medication directly into the effected tissues.
Additional Body Contouring Procedures
Dr. Greenwald recognizes that sometimes patients require several procedures to realize their full beauty potential. This is why he offers an array of body contouring treatments, including full and mini tummy tuck, body lift and liposuction. In addition, he is recognized as an exceptionally gifted post-pregnancy body contouring specialist who has helped many mommy makeover Westchester patients restore their pre-motherhood body contours.