Dr. Beam offers tummy tuck surgery for patients in Glastonbury, New Britain, Hartford, New Haven and surrounding areas of Connecticut.
The tummy tuck is designed to sculpt your midsection giving you a flatter, slimmer waistline. We offer two types of tummy tuck surgery, a traditional tummy tuck, and a mini tummy tuck. Dr. Beam has extensive experience with both types of abdominoplasty in the Hartford, West Hartford, and Manchester facilities.
This procedure is excellent for patients who have lost a significant amount of weight and are left with excess skin. Also, women who have loose skin or separated muscles due to pregnancy are great candidates. Each tummy tuck is tailored to your personalized needs, which can be discussed at your initial consultation. Many patients also choose to undergo liposuction to address a combination of loose abdominal skin and stubborn fat pockets.
How is a Traditional Tummy Tuck Performed?
Dr. Beam begins the abdominoplasty procedure by making a horizontal incision just above the pubic area and a second incision around the belly button. He then lifts the skin, separating it from the abdominal muscles. This allows him to remove excess fat deposits and to draw loose, separated muscles into their proper place. After removing excess skin, Dr. Beam makes a new hole for the belly button and pulls the skin back down over the abdomen. He finishes by closing the incisions with stitches or sutures and bandaging the area.
What is a Partial Tummy Tuck?
A partial abdominoplasty, or “mini tummy tuck,” is a variation on the traditional abdominoplasty procedure. Those who are bothered by the appearance of a protruding abdomen but have minimal amounts of excess skin may benefit from this less invasive procedure, which involves a smaller incision. Dr. Beam performs both types of abdominoplasty at our practice serving individuals in the Hartford and New Haven areas and beyond.
What Can I Expect After Abdominoplasty Surgery?
Most patients experience swelling and bruising after surgery which can be alleviated using pain medication. Dr. Beam will give you a compression garment to help reduce the side effects. Patients should plan to rest for a couple of weeks before returning to work.
Dr. Beam and his staff can discuss all pricing and financing options with you at your initial consultation.
Tummy Tuck FAQs
To put it simply, a tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat, then tightens the remaining skin and the underlying abdominal muscles. In all, these techniques help produce a firmer, smoother abdomen to enhance the figure.
While it is difficult to provide an exact estimate for an individual patient, most patients lose about two to three sizes with a tummy tuck. Keep in mind that it is possible to lose even more sizes, but it will depend on your condition prior to the procedure, as well as your treatment goals. During your consultation, we can discuss the details of your procedure to provide a more accurate estimate.
There is nothing inherent to the tummy tuck procedure that makes it easier to lose weight. However, if you have a lot of excess skin removed, you may find it more comfortable, and therefore easier, to exercise and lose weight. Additionally, many patients are motivated and encouraged by their tummy tuck results, which makes it easier for them to stick to nutritional and exercise plans and continue losing weight.
Harold Beam M.D. offers plastic and cosmetic surgery to patients in Glastonbury, New Britain, Hartford, New Haven and surrounding areas of Connecticut. Contact Dr. Beam today to schedule your consultation!