An abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that slims and smoothes the midsection by removing excess skin and fat, correcting a bulging belly wall, and removing fat from the back and flanks. Abdominoplasty is commonly called a "tummy tuck." Patients visit our Vineland, New Jersey, practice from South Jersey and the Jersey Shore because they trust Dr. Sean Bidic's qualifications and the results he consistently achieves. As one of only a handful of board-certified plastic surgeons in the U.S. with a Master of Fine Arts, Dr. Bidic has unique qualifications in the technical and aesthetic aspects of body contouring.
If you're considering a tummy tuck, choose a surgeon with experience and results that exceed your expectations. Request your consultation online, or call (856) 362-8898 to schedule your appointment.
Before & After Tummy Tuck
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A Consultation That's All About You
Dr. Bidic is known for his longer-than-average consultations at his Vineland office. For tummy tuck and other plastic surgery patients, he values patient education, and makes sure that you feel comfortable and confident about your procedure and recovery.
During your consultation, he will work with you to determine the best approach to your tummy tuck. This is influenced by your aesthetic concerns and the degree of correction needed.
Are You a Good Tummy Tuck Candidate?
There are several reasons you might consider a tummy tuck. Women finished having children often get tummy tuck surgery as part of a mommy makeover. Some patients have lost a significant amount of weight, either through surgery or lifestyle changes, and have excess skin they'd like to remove. Whatever your specific motivation is, there are some general guidelines that make you a good candidate for a tummy tuck:
- Your weight doesn't fluctuate significantly. A tummy tuck isn't a weight-loss procedure; rather it refines your contours by tightening skin and muscles. Still, weight changes can affect your results, so you should be at a stable weight prior to surgery.
- You are in good physical health. Healthy patients generally tolerate the recovery process very well.
- You don't smoke. If you are a smoker, you should stop at least 6 weeks before the surgery. Smoking is linked to an increased risk of complications and slows down the healing process.
Your Tummy Tuck Procedure
Dr. Bidic's patients often say, "I work out, I eat right, and I still can't get my abdomen back into pre-pregnancy shape." This condition is a result of lost elasticity in the abdominal tissues. To accommodate the enlarged uterus (or womb) during pregnancy, all 3 abdominal wall layers — skin, fat, and muscle encased in fascia — from just above the navel (belly button) to the pubic bone stretch beyond the body's ability to create new tissues. The abdominal wall tissues of mothers bearing multiple children (twins, triplets, etc.) are stretched to a more extreme degree. How well these tissues bounce back after delivery is dependent on many factors, including:
- Skin elasticity
- Weight gain during pregnancy
Although abdominal muscles can return to a normal state after pregnancy, the tissue that encases these muscles (the fascia) and the skin do not have the same resilience. The stretched fascia and skin produce a protruding belly. This mechanical change in the tissue cannot be corrected with exercise or diet.
Muscle and Skin Laxity
During surgery, Dr. Bidic removes excess skin and repairs the muscle wall. This procedure will help tighten the abdominal corset from the inside by restoring weakened or separated muscles thus creating a smoother and firmer abdominal profile. The only way to completely eliminate stretch marks is to remove them.
As a natural part of pregnancy, fat stores on the back and flanks increase. These new stubborn deposits usually resist diet and exercise. This change alters the feminine hourglass figure, creating a less curvaceous and more masculine shape. Dr. Bidic uses liposuction to remove this excess fat during a tummy tuck.
Women and men who have lost a great deal of weight also benefit from tummy tucks for the correction of muscle laxity, excess skin, and fat deposits as part of a lower body lift.
The Cost of a Tummy Tuck
The price of tummy tuck surgery in New Jersey can vary widely from patient to patient depending on the extent of correction needed and whether other procedures are done at the same time. Cosmetic surgery costs also vary from region to region and may be more or less depending on the surgeon's training and experience. At American Surgical Arts, a tummy tuck on its own typically costs from $8,000 to $8,500. Dr. Bidic strives to keep his prices competitive within the region, and he offers financing options to help his patients achieve the results they desire.
What to Expect After Surgery
The abdominoplasty incision is tailored to the patient's needs, depending on the amount of skin and fat overhanging, and will be closed with dissolving sutures. Only your naval (belly button) will have sutures that will have to be removed. You will have 2 surgical drains in place for about a week to prevent fluid accumulation (seroma).
You will have an overnight extended recovery after surgery and will walk and have a shower on the day after surgery, but you will be sore and unable to walk fully upright for several days. Most patients require 10 to 14 days of rest before returning to work. The patient must wear an abdominal binder, refrain from lifting greater than 10 pounds, and avoid activities that increase the heart rate above 100.
Advanced 3D imaging lets you see the possibilities.
We use VECTRA to help evaluate your needs and better assess the expectations that are possible with surgery. You and Dr. Bidic will be able to review the 3D outcomes for the same procedure you seek.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a tummy tuck or liposuction?
That's a common question for patients struggling with stubborn fat on their abdomens. People who have good skin elasticity and tight abdominal muscles but also have bulges caused by exercise-resistant fat are often good candidates for liposuction alone. If a patient's skin has lost its elasticity and is loose or stretched, liposuction alone may actually make matters worse. That's because the skin doesn't "snap back" into place after removing fat and creates additional excess skin. Those patients are usually better suited for a tummy tuck. Dr. Bidic frequently uses liposuction as part of a tummy tuck to fine-tune the abdominal contours.
Is a tummy tuck only for women who have had children?
Not at all. Both women and men can benefit from tummy tuck procedures. Because childbirth takes a toll on a woman's abdominal area, tummy tucks are common for mothers who want to regain their pre-pregnancy figures, including a flatter stomach. But aging and extreme weight loss also result in loose abdominal skin for both men and women, and a tummy tuck can help.
What's a mini tummy tuck?
If a patient wants to remove excess fat that's located primarily below the navel and above the pubic area, he or she may be considered a candidate for a mini tummy tuck. During this procedure, Dr. Bidic usually doesn't need to reposition the belly button, which is done during a full tummy tuck. Minimal skin laxity is also needed for patients who want a mini tummy tuck. The procedure is shorter and requires less time to recover, but it is still considered major surgery.
Can I have a child after a tummy tuck?
It's perfectly safe, but it may affect your cosmetic results. Pregnancy stretches and weakens the abdominal muscles. It also stretches the skin. Patients who get pregnant after having a tummy tuck usually find their results are impacted. A second tummy tuck is possible, but Dr. Bidic recommends that his patients are finished having children before undergoing abdominoplasty.
How to Find Our Office
Patients come to our office in Vineland from many nearby communities because of Dr. Bidic's skill and experience. Click on your region below to get easy-to-follow driving directions to American Surgical Arts.