WNY Plastic Surgery: Andrew P. Giacobbe, MD, FACS
7 Hopkins Road
Williamsville, NY 14221
Phone: (716) 634-5555
Locations Hours: Monday, Thursday: 9 a.m.– 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 9 a.m.– 7 p.m.

Tummy Tuck

Dr. Giacobbe specializes in abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery, at his practice outside Buffalo, NY. This procedure helps both women and men achieve a slimmer waist and flatter abdomen when diet and exercise aren’t enough. For individuals bothered by loose skin, a protruding belly, and stubborn rolls on the midsection, tummy tuck surgery is typically the solution.

Is Tummy Tuck for You?

Dr. Giacobbe customizes each tummy tuck procedure to suit the person’s individual needs. During the consultation, he evaluates candidates for the following characteristics:

  • Generally good physical and emotional health
  • Realistic expectations about the surgery
  • Nonsmoker, or willing to quit at least several weeks before surgery
  • Wish to reduce excess, sagging skin or weakened abdominal muscles

Dr. Giacobbe emphasizes that tummy tuck is not a procedure that’s intended for weight loss. It’s best for someone who is at or near their healthy BMI but bothered by the appearance of their abdomen.

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Tummy Tuck Options

Dr. Giacobbe performs standard, mini, and extended tummy tucks. During your consultation, you’ll work together to decide which option is best for you.

A standard tummy tuck uses a horizontal incision that extends nearly from hip to hip, plus an additional incision around the belly button. This is the most common approach to tummy tuck, and is best for treating the entire (upper and lower) abdomen.

A mini tummy tuck uses a smaller incision made just above the pubic area to improve the lower abdomen, an area of the body where many people develop a “pooch.” There is no navel incision in a mini tummy tuck.

An extended tummy tuck uses a longer incision to improve the abdomen and the hips and thighs, slimming and smoothing this entire area. It’s most appropriate for people who have undergone significant weight loss and are left with lots of excess skin in this area.

Occasionally, tummy tuck is performed with liposuction for a more complete, refined result. Tummy tuck is also a common addition to mommy makeover due its popularity with women who have had children.

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Your Surgery

Dr. Giacobbe performs tummy tuck surgery while you are under general anesthesia. He begins by making the incision based on your surgical plan. Depending on the specifics of your surgery, he tightens underlying abdominal muscles with internal sutures. He may also remove residual pockets of fat with selective liposuction. Finally, he excises loose skin before pulling the remaining skin tight and closing the incisions with sutures. He may also adjust the placement and shape of the navel to ensure a natural-looking result.

Dr. Giacobbe

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Giacobbe is proud to be your partner in aesthetics. He and his remarkable team offer a variety of surgical and nonsurgical options to help you look and feel your best.

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Dr. Giacobbe

Meet Dr. Giacobbe

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Giacobbe is proud to be your partner in aesthetics. He and his remarkable team offer a variety of surgical and nonsurgical options to help you look and feel your best.

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Recovery and Results

Throughout the first few days after surgery, it’s important to engage in only light activities. You should take it easy, but walk around enough to ensure good circulation. This helps prevent the formation of blood clots. It’s also important that you avoid driving until about the 3-week mark. At night, Dr. Giacobbe recommends that patients sleep in a “lounge chair” position in bed. By keeping a few pillows under your back and your knees, you can ensure you don’t roll over in the night and damage your results. Surgical drains will be in place, and our surgical staff instructs you on properly caring for them.

Although no special diet is required before or after tummy tuck, you may find it difficult to tolerate heavy meals in the immediate days after surgery. Start with items such as light soups, gelatin, and smoothies before progressing to your regular diet as you feel comfortable.

Bruising and swelling are common in the weeks after surgery. You’ll be prescribed nausea medication and pain medicine to keep you comfortable. You may take these medicines as needed. Dr. Giacobbe also prescribes a prophylactic antibiotic, which you’ll need to take for seven days. This minimizes the risk of infection.

In the long run, the results of your tummy tuck have the potential to last for many years, especially if you maintain a healthy diet and keep your weight relatively steady.

We look forward to planning your tummy tuck with you. Request your consultation online, or call us at (716) 634-5555 to arrange your appointment.