A traditional tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a great operation for the right person. It removes excess skin of the lower abdomen, tightens abdominal muscles that become stretched with pregnancies, and relocates the belly button to a more youthful location. The end result can be a flat and tight abdomen.
While the results can be excellent, there is considerable recovery that is needed after a tummy tuck. There is typically significant pain for 7-14 days, and physical activity will be limited for up to 8 weeks as the internal stitches in the muscle heal. This can be too long of a recovery for many.
I see countless young mothers in my practice that are trying to get back the belly of their youth. Unfortunately, the recovery of a tummy tuck is just too hard and too long. Imagine not being able to drive your child to school and activities for up to 2 weeks, or not being able to lift your 2 year old for 6 weeks. These concerns are one of the reasons why I created a new tummy tuck alternative, the Smooth Tuck®.
Smooth Tuck® is an alternative to the traditional tummy tuck, featuring a more rapid recovery and faster return to work, family, and physical activities. Because there is no muscle tightening, my patients have ½ as much pain and require ½ as much healing time. The majority of my patients are back to work in 7-10 days and unrestricted exercise in 3 weeks!
You might wonder what the cosmetic result of the procedure is, compared to a tummy tuck, if there is no muscle repair. Instead of the muscle repair, I do aggressive liposuction using a variety of methods (including Laser Liposuction). This gives improved contour to the entire abdomen, flanks, and bra rolls. In most cases the cosmetic results are equal to a tummy tuck, and in many other cases, the results are even better using my Smooth Tuck® technique.
Who is a candidate for this procedure? There are several main candidates:
- Women who would do great with a tummy tuck but want a faster recovery with a more rapid return to work, family, and physical activity.
- Men who have some excess skin of the abdomen from weight loss or aging
- Women or Men who are overweight and considered to be “no ideal” candidates for a traditional tummy tuck.
This procedure has been such a breakthrough, that is has been featured on CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, WPIX, Dr. Steve Show, The Doctors, and multiple magazines and internet articles.
Smooth Tuck® is my own personal procedure, created from my long experience with body contouring. Unfortunately, I have not yet taught other doctors how to do it. This is because this is such a great procedure that I am still weary about putting its reputation into other doctors’ hands. But you don’t have to live in New York to have the procedure. My office is experienced with out-of-town patients. In fact, over 35% of my Smooth Tuck® procedures are performed on men and women from outside New York State. I have performed this procedure on people from 4 continents, 15 countries, and 21 states! A 10 day stay in New York City is required after the surgery and my office will assist you in hotel accommodations, nursing care, and travel arrangements.