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Liposuction and skin excision surgery is a procedure to remove excess fatty tissue from the upper, middle, and lower abdomen and to remove excess skin from below the belly button while preserving your own belly button. This technique does not require general anesthesia. You can try liposuction and skin excision in NYC if you want a minimally invasive body-contouring procedure.

What Is Skin Excision?

Skin excision can be performed with liposuction for people who prefer a less invasive procedure than tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty. Skin excision is best done after liposuction, since lipo can leave hanging skin in the abdominal area. The doctor will remove the redundant skin through excision.

Liposuction and skin excision can be conducted as an outpatient surgery. Despite being less extensive than a tummy tuck, you can still expect a leaner and fitter physique from both procedures.

Am I a Good Candidate for Skin Excision?

Patients who are bothered by the appearance of their abdomen due to stubborn fat and excess skin are good candidates for skin excision surgery. If you are physically healthy and maintain a stable weight, you are an excellent candidate.

Non-smokers are ideal for this procedure. This is because smoking negatively affects skin elasticity and can result in complications after surgery. Smokers must quit for several weeks before the procedure and must avoid smoking during recovery as well.

The Skin Excision Consultation

During the initial consultation, you will talk to your doctor about what you hope to get out of liposuction and skin excision. You will also be able to discuss the possible results given your current skin, body shape, and amount of excess fat. It is important to develop realistic expectations of what can be achieved with the procedure.

At the consultation, the doctor will tell you what the procedure will be like, including preparation and recovery. Feel free to ask the doctor any questions. It’s helpful to write them down before the appointment, since this will give you a clearer idea of what to ask.

Dr. Moreano’s Approach

There are a variety of different techniques used by surgeons for cosmetic surgery of the abdomen. Abdominoplasty is the name given to the traditional surgery that eliminates excess skin and tightens the muscles of the belly, most of the time creating a new belly-button. During traditional abdominoplasty surgery, not much liposuction can be performed on the anterior abdominal wall skin because the surgery itself cuts the blood supply and nutrition to the skin. Once the blood supply has been cut, performing liposuction to the same skin area would put the skin at risk of poor healing and scarring.

The result of traditional abdominoplasty is thus limited by the fact that not much liposuction can be performed on this belly skin, leaving you with a thick abdominal wall skin flap. This limitation of traditional abdominoplasty can be overcome by the liposuction with skin excision with a belly-button presentation procedure performed by Dr. Moreano. This less aggressive surgery begins with complete liposuction of the abdomen and waistline, and then eliminates the excess skin located below the belly-button without cutting away the nutrition to the remaining scar and belly skin.

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By preserving their own belly-button, patients feel that they have a more “natural” looking belly because scars are not visible in the navel area (as it is noticeable in traditional abdominoplasty surgery). Patients can wear a two piece bathing suit without fear of someone noticing belly button scars.

This newer technique does not require general anesthesia and does not require leaving drains under the skin after surgery. It does not require the patients to receive narcotic pain killers to control post-op discomfort, bleeding is “minimal” during surgery and the recovery time is a lot shorter than with traditional tummy-tuck surgery.

In summary, if you are a candidate for this less invasive procedure, getting your body “back” will be easier than with a traditional abdominoplasty.

Skin Excision Recovery

Swelling and bruising will be present at the incision sites but will ameliorate in time. While healing, it will be necessary to wear a post-surgical elastic garment to control swelling. Avoid physically strenuous activities for several weeks, and take time off from work until cleared to return by Dr. Moreano.

Stitches can be removed within a week during a follow-up appointment. At this appointment, Dr. Moreano will ensure that healing is progressing properly.

Skin Excision Cost

The cost of skin excision with liposuction for the abdomen depends on several factors. Price varies based on the amount of tissue being removed, the total time needed to perform the surgery, and anesthesia fees.

Contact Us Today

Contact our office today to schedule an appointment, or call us at (718) 478-2852 to find out if you are a candidate for skin excision in NYC. Our team provides the best possible patient care and follows the most stringent and comprehensive patient safety and health protocols.

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