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It’s not uncommon for women and men who have been told that they are good candidates for an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) to wonder about any potential alternatives that either do not involve surgery or are significantly less invasive. While treatment options for some cosmetic issues do have minimally invasive alternatives, there are truly no suitable non-surgical alternatives to an abdominoplasty.

Tummy tuck surgery is indicated when there is excess skin and stretched or torn abdominal musculature that are aesthetically displeasing or problematic. Nothing short of this procedure will provide effective treatment and appropriate rejuvenation of the abdomen.

Certain non-surgical treatments like CoolSculpting® are often advertised as potential alternatives to an abdominoplasty. However, these methods can’t eliminate the redundant skin, obtain desirable skin tightening, or repair muscle separation and laxity.

Only an abdominoplasty can. 

They may, potentially, be used as ancillary procedures to a tummy tuck in order to further refine the results. However, even with this situation, surgical options like liposuction are generally far more effective and precise in fat removal as compared to these non-operative ones like CoolSculpting®.

If you have any additional questions or if you would like more information on tummy tuck surgery and your treatment options, please feel free to contact our practice online or by telephone today to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Steven H. Turkeltaub. He would be happy to assess your unique needs and goals and formulate a personalized treatment plan to achieve the look you desire.

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A Message Regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19

In light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to let you know of some of the major precautions we are taking in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. Our highest priority is always to ensure the safety of every individual who sees us and we are taking extreme infection-control measures to maintain cleanliness and “sterility” of surfaces and the overall environment.

We will be limiting dates and times for office appointments and consultations due to safety and other issues. Consequently, if you have already made an office appointment or consultation prior to March 18, 2020 to occur at a later time, this may need to be changed.

For anyone considering plastic surgery, we are now offering Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through Skype. A great number of aesthetic or insurance-related issues can be evaluated via pictures and online video conferencing, making this an excellent way to find out more about particular procedures, determine candidacy for treatment, receive answers to questions and facilitate being able to move forward with care once the government lifts all restrictions.

In an abundance of caution, we are asking all current patients who are experiencing a fever, cough, chills, fatigue or any type of respiratory illness to please delay any upcoming appointments at our practice. We can talk with you by phone or email to establish a new date and time for the appointment.

We are all in this together. Our team urges everyone to follow the guidelines recommended by local health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which include frequent handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds, social distancing, staying home if you are feeling sick, and contacting your healthcare provider if you feel you are experiencing symptoms.

For more information, please read our blog – Coronavirus and You: Important Information

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If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us by phone or email.