Tummy Tuck – Albany, NY
Regain shape & tone in your abdominal region by removing surplus fat & loose, excess skin.
Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure to remove skin and fat from the abdomen and to tighten the underlying muscles of the abdominal wall. It is frequently combined with liposuction, so you are encouraged to also read more about Dr. DeLuca’s experience and expertise in that surgery as well. A properly performed tummy tuck creates an abdominal profile that is smoother, firmer and much more appealing than the pre-surgery shape. Abdominal issues differ greatly from patient to patient, so a highly personalized approach is necessary to achieve ideal tummy tuck results.
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Why Women Choose Dr. DeLuca for Their Tummy Tuck Surgery
Dr. DeLuca is an incredibly precise technician when it comes to improving his patient’s abdominal shape and profile. His total commitment and attention to detail minimizes scarring, reduces risk and encourages a prompt return to normal activities. The benefits his tummy tuck patients appreciate most include:
- His deep experience gained from performing hundreds of tummy tuck procedures over 26 years as a board certified plastic surgeon.
- His versatile skill range that allows him to adjust each abdominoplasty to the unique needs of each and every patient.
- A complication rate that is significantly lower than the national average.
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
The 4 types of abdominoplasty surgery:
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 in order to reduce regional fat and produce a more natural and beautifully sculpted results.
Are you an ideal candidate for tummy tuck surgery?
Because every patient is different in both body and aesthetic goals, Dr. DeLuca takes 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. Albany plastic surgeon Dr. DeLuca 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 be all that’s need in order to give you a tight & toned stomach.
- For patients who suffer from muscle weakness as well as more pronounced excess skin and fat, a full abdominoplasty will help you achieve the best results possible.
Before & After Tummy Tuck Photos
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.
Planning Your Tummy Tuck Surgery – The 1st Consultation with Dr. DeLuca
During your first visit to his office, you and Dr. DeLuca 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 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.
I had an abdominoplasty performed by Dr. DeLuca in March of 2010 with the most amazing results. I’m 49, have had 5 children – 3 of which were c-sections – and rather severe stretch marks. All are factors that could negatively impact achieving optimal results. However, a little over a year later, in spite of the “factors” I referred to above, my result is amazing and I look absolutely amazing! The results have by far superseded my expectations! My body hasn’t looked this good in almost 30 years! My stomach is “board” flat and the stretch marks have all been eliminated! I couldn’t be more pleased. My only regret is that I didn’t have my tummy tuck sooner!
I have a co-worker who had the same surgery performed by a different plastic surgeon – and even though she didn’t have all the negative factors I had going into her surgery, her results don’t look nearly as good as mine! As part of the surgery, I had to have my navel reconstructed and it looks amazingly natural (it’s better looking than my “real” one. My daughter says she has seen celebrities whose navels don’t look as good or as natural as mine.
Bottom line, excellent surgeon, excellent results. Also, I’d like to give many thanks to Dr. DeLuca’s assistant Gloria. She was phenomenal in the facilitation of the entire process.
- Deborah J. / Tummy Tuck
Saratoga Springs, NY – 10.15.2011 – / 5
The 1st Consultation cont.
After that, you and Dr. DeLuca 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 and invaluable part of the consultation experience with Dr. DeLuca because it enables them to clearly visualize what they confidently expect to look like after surgery. The consultation with finish up with a review of your surgical options, Dr. DeLuca will also offer his final opinion on what surgery plan will produce the most ideal result possible for you.
At the completion of your consultation, Karen (Dr. DeLuca’s personal secretary and our 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 Dr. DeLuca – 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.
What tummy tuck surgery won’t do
A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program. Although the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, the positive outcome can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in your weight. For this reason, individuals who are planning substantial weight loss and women who are considering future pregnancies may be advised by Dr. DeLuca to postpone their tummy tuck procedure to a later date and time in order to secure the most optimal results possible.
The Importance of Post-Operative Care
In order to achieve consistently excellent results, a surgeon must provide each and every patient with excellent post-operative care. For tummy tuck patients, this means 24/7 access to Dr. DeLuca by phone and email, individually tailored recovery programs and a post-op appointment policy that encourages patients to follow up with Dr. DeLuca at regularly scheduled intervals.a Every abdominoplasty patient is required to see Dr. DeLuca 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 does not charge for any post-op visits and will open up his schedule to see you anytime following your surgery.
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