Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure to reduce skin and fat from the abdomen and to help tighten the underlying muscles of the abdominal wall. A tummy tuck is designed to smooth and firm the abdominal profile. Abdominal issues differ greatly from patient to patient, so a highly personalized approach is necessary to achieve ideal tummy tuck results.
Dr. DeLuca and Dr. Tauber are incredibly precise technicians when it comes to improving a patient’s abdominal shape and profile. Their total commitment and attention to detail minimizes scarring, reduces risk and encourages a prompt return to normal activities.
As a surgical scrub, I have seen first hand the kind of surgeon and person Dr. DeLuca is. As a physician, he is impeccable in his care and concern for his patients. He is meticulous and gifted in his skills as a surgeon and was easily my 1st choice when I myself, had plastic surgery. As a patient and professional co-worker, I would and have recommend him to all of my family and friends.*
– Amie S. / Albany, NY – / 5
Dr. DeLuca has positively changed my life forever! I was educated and mentally ready for my challenge to have weight loss surgery, but I was not prepared for what it did to my body and my self-esteem once I got to my goal weight. From the very first time meeting with Dr. DeLuca I was completely at ease with him. I loved his demeanor, professionalism and complete dedication to his work. I might add a perfectionist… which I admire! My first surgery with him was a breast correction with implants and a full tummy tuck at the same time. The results were beyond my expectation. My breasts are now the same size prior to surgery but they are fuller, lifted and positioned perfectly. They do not look “fake” and they look so natural as if they were like this my whole life. My full tummy tuck, which is absolutely amazing, allows me to now buy the right size clothes. Dr. DeLuca has incredible talent and he really puts you at ease with explaining the entire process. His staff is very caring and professional. Words cannot express how much he changed my life and my self-esteem. I would certainly do this all over again with Dr. DeLuca without any hesitation.*
– Carol M. / Albany, NY – / 5
Generally speaking, there are 4 unique techniques of abdominoplasty surgery:
• Mini-abdominoplasty (mini-tummy tuck) tightens the lower abdominal wall skin only (shortest scar).
• Standard abdominoplasty tightens all abdominal wall skin (normal scar, generally along the natural crease in the lower abdomen).
• Extended abdominoplasty tightens the abdomen and the flanks or sides (longest scar extending around the flanks onto lower back.)
• Liposuction abdominoplasty simply adds liposuction to the procedure to reduce regional fat.
Because every patient is different in both body and aesthetic goals, Dr. DeLuca and Dr. Tauber take pride in customizing every treatment to your situation. This means that the three most typical causes of belly sagging (muscle weakness, excess fat and excess skin) will be examined and your particular problems assessed before any planning is even done for your tummy tuck. Dr. DeLuca or Dr. Tauber will explain all your options during your consultation.
• If you have good skin elasticity and minimal amounts of excess fat, liposuction alone may be the best option for you.
• If you have minimal amounts of excess fat and skin sagging confined to the area below your belly button, a mini-tummy tuck (mini-abdominoplasty) – that may or may not include liposuction – may help to give you a tighter-looking stomach.
• For patients who suffer from muscle weakness and a more pronounced excess of skin and fat, a full abdominoplasty may be the best option.
In addition to the before & after tummy tuck photos that have been uploaded to the web site, Dr. DeLuca also has several large binders worth of recent cases that you will be able to look through and discuss during your consultation.
A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program. Although tummy tucks are designed to deliver long-lasting results, the positive outcome can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in your weight.
For this reason, patients that are in the process of weight loss or who are considering weight loss surgery are often encouraged to wait until they have achieved their stable goal weight for 6 months before proceeding with surgery.
In addition, who are considering future pregnancies may be advised by Dr. DeLuca or Dr. Tauber to postpone their tummy tuck procedure to a later date and time.
During your first visit to his office, you and your surgeon will discuss in depth your history, such as allergies, existing conditions and prior procedures, as well as your motivations for seeking out cosmetic surgery. This information prevents complications from arising during your procedure and can help ensure the best possible results.
Following a thorough review of your medical history, Dr. DeLuca or Dr.Tauber will then take time to fully address all questions, comments, hopes and/or concerns you may have about the tummy tuck procedure. If there is anything you aren’t perfectly clear or certain about, the 1st consultation offers a terrific opportunity to dramatically enhance your understanding of the procedure via answers custom tailored to your unique body type and surgery goals.
After that, you and your surgeon will review before & after abdominoplasty photos of patients whose body shape, size, age, height, weight and/or skin elasticity closely resemble your own. Many patients find this to be the most helpful part of the consultation because it helps them clearly visualize their own results. The consultation will end with a review of your surgical options, and your surgeon will offer his final opinion on what surgery plan will be best for you.
At the completion of your consultation, your patient coordinator will provide you with a written estimate which lays out the total cost of your procedure. She will also detail the cost of each aspect of the surgery (i.e. hospital fee, anesthesiologist fee, surgeon’s fee, etc.). At this time, you will also have an opportunity to schedule your procedure if you so choose. If you’d like to think things over, don’t worry – at no time will your surgeon nor any member of the staff at DeLuca Plastic Surgery – pressure or rush you into to making a final decision.
The choice to undergo tummy tuck surgery is not a minor matter and thus should always be given careful consideration. The final decision should always be your own to make – but many patients like to bring their spouse, significant other, family member or a friend to the consultation – and that is perfectly ok with us.
Tummy tuck patients have 24/7 access to Dr. DeLuca and Dr. Tauber by phone and email, individually tailored recovery programs and a post-op appointment policy that encourages patients to follow up with DeLuca Plastic Surgery at regularly scheduled intervals. Every abdominoplasty patient is required to see Dr. DeLuca or Dr. Tauber a day (or two) following their operation to assure that everything looks exactly as it should. Patients then typically come in for a series of post-op checkups one week, one month, three months, six months and one year after surgery. Some patients come in more often than that, while others come in less. It’s mostly up to you. Dr. DeLuca and Dr. Tauber do not charge for any cosmetic post-op visits and will open up their schedules to see you anytime following your surgery.
*Disclaimer: The individuals featured in the above testimonials are all actual patients of DeLuca Plastic Surgery. Please note that outcomes from plastic surgery procedures may vary and the experiences shared in the testimonials are specific to that particular patient and may not be representative of the experience of others.