Tummy Tuck in New York City

The way to remove extra skin and stretch marks, and tighten separated muscles is through a Tummy Tuck, or abdominoplasty. This procedure can address the issues that diet and exercise fail to correct. Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in New York City, Dr. Matthew Schulman, uses the latest and most effective technologies when performing this surgery in order to maximize results and minimize recovery.

It is normal for bodies to change are we age, have children and fluctuate in weight. Changes commonly occur in the midsection area. Skin becomes looser and begins to hang, abdominal muscles separate allowing bulging, stretch marks appear, scars appear, and there can be scars from previous surgeries such as c-sections. These changes may make you feel self-conscious and unconfident. The frustration can get even worse when you don’t see any improvements with diet and exercise.

Your surgical Tummy Tuck procedures, combined with a healthy lifestyle afterwards, will allow you to keep your streamlined body or decades. It’s time to learn more today.

What Is a Tummy Tuck in New York City?

Abdominoplasty can help restore flatter, tighter abdominal contours. While the exact specifics of a tummy tuck can vary depending on each person’s needs, it involves removing loose skin, tightening muscles, and removing excess fat in a single operation.

During surgery, Dr. Schulman will make a low bikini-line incision to access the underlying abdominal muscles. These muscles are often separated during pregnancy, the aging process, and fluctuations in weight. Several layers of internal sutures are used to tighten these muscles along the midline, all the way form the breast bone to the pubic bone. The excess skin is removed, eliminating all the overhanging skin. Your original belly button is then brought through a new opening in the newly tight abdominal skin, creating a much more youthful appearing belly button. Dr. Schulman takes great care to place the incision in a low position, where it can be concealed beneath a bathing suit and underwear.

One of the most common body contouring procedures performed by Dr. Matthew Schulman,  surgery can successfully:

  • Restore muscles for a tightened abdominal wall
  • Remove excess skin
  • Create a more youthful looking belly button
  • Remove stretch marks
  • Remove unsightly scars from previous surgery, such as C-sections
  • Contour the abdomen and flanks with additional liposuction

Abdominoplasty are an excellent way to remove loose and excess skin, minimize scars and stretch marks, and return your abdomen to a younger, firmer state. It is not, however, a lifelong replacement for diet and exercise. Rather, think of it as a way to correct the issues that are impossible to correct with diet and exercise. Like with all cosmetic procedures like Breast Augmentation or Brazilian Butt LIft, you can maximize your results by continuing to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Before and After Images

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Tummy Tuck: Patient 1

This young mom did not seem to have much loose skin, but her issue was more about her abdominal muscle. Her two pregnancies caused her abdominal muscles to become separated, giving her the appearance of being “bloated” despite exercising five days a week. She had a tummy tuck in which her muscles were repaired and extra skin removed. She also had some liposuction and then fat transfer to her hips at the same time to really help take her shape to a totally new level!
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Tummy Tuck: Patient 2

Here is a woman with significant abdominal muscle separation after multiple pregnancies. Her tummy tuck helped to flatten her abdomen, while at the same time define her abdominal muscles. Liposuction is often a part of a tummy tuck, and in her case, the extra fat was removed from the flanks and lower back, and instead of throwing it out, we used it to fill her hip dips.
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Tummy Tuck: Patient 3

This is a common appearance after aging and weight fluctuations.  She had a lot of excess skin on her belly as you can see from the folds and rolls. Her tummy tuck removed the excess skin, repaired the underlying muscles, and removed the extra fat on the sides of the abdomen with liposuction.  This was truly life-changing for her.
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Tummy Tuck: Patient 4

This mom of three was tired of people thinking she was pregnant.  Her previous pregnancies really caused damage to her abdominal muscles by stretching them and separating them.  Constant diet and exercise did nothing to help.  This is not surprising since this was one of the most impressive muscle separations we have seen. She had a tummy tuck to remove the extra skin and tighten the abdominal muscles. She also had an umbilical hernia that was repaired at the same time.  No one is going to ask “when are you due” again.
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Tummy Tuck: Patient 1

This young mom did not seem to have much loose skin, but her issue was more about her abdominal muscle. Her two pregnancies caused her abdominal muscles to become separated, giving her the appearance of being “bloated” despite exercising five days a week. She had a tummy tuck in which her muscles were repaired and extra skin removed. She also had some liposuction and then fat transfer to her hips at the same time to really help take her shape to a totally new level!
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Tummy Tuck: Patient 2

Here is a woman with significant abdominal muscle separation after multiple pregnancies. Her tummy tuck helped to flatten her abdomen, while at the same time define her abdominal muscles. Liposuction is often a part of a tummy tuck, and in her case, the extra fat was removed from the flanks and lower back, and instead of throwing it out, we used it to fill her hip dips.
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Tummy Tuck: Patient 3

This is a common appearance after aging and weight fluctuations.  She had a lot of excess skin on her belly as you can see from the folds and rolls. Her tummy tuck removed the excess skin, repaired the underlying muscles, and removed the extra fat on the sides of the abdomen with liposuction.  This was truly life-changing for her.
Tummy-Tuck-patient-4

Tummy Tuck: Patient 4

This mom of three was tired of people thinking she was pregnant.  Her previous pregnancies really caused damage to her abdominal muscles by stretching them and separating them.  Constant diet and exercise did nothing to help.  This is not surprising since this was one of the most impressive muscle separations we have seen. She had a tummy tuck to remove the extra skin and tighten the abdominal muscles. She also had an umbilical hernia that was repaired at the same time.  No one is going to ask “when are you due” again.

Types of Tummy Tuck New York City

If you’re considering surgery, you’ve likely encountered some information about them already. You have probably already figured out there there are several different types. To limit confusion and help you choose the right solution for your needs, here is a quick breakdown of the different types:

  • Full tummy tuck: This is the standard, involving an incision at the bikini line, often from hip-to-hip, internal tightening of the underlying abdominal muscles, and limited removal of fat with liposuction.
  • Mini tummy tuck: This is concentrates more on the skin below the belly button. It is best for people with a small amount of loose skin at the bottom of the abdomen, but with good shape and contour of the upper abdomen. A mini tummy tuck will allow removal of the lower skin through an incision shorter than is required during a standard tummy tuck. This usually does not involve tightening of the underlying muscles and may not require relocation of the belly button. The recovery from this is faster because it is less invasive. However, it may not be right for everyone, especially if the abdomen skin and muscles have been stretched out through multiple pregnancies.
  • Extended tummy tuck: This operation is for people who have a significant amount of loose skin, usually from a large weight loss. Because more skin needs to be removed, the incisions will be longer, usually extending past the hips. In some some, the incision may even go up and down the middle of the abdomen (called a “fleur-de-lis” tummy tuck), and even all the way around the lower back (a “lower body lift”). These incisions may seem excessive, but if you are someone who successfully lost a large amount of weight, it may be necessary.
  • Smooth Tuck™: A Smooth Tuck™ is a procedure that was created by Dr. Schulman and is exclusive to his office. It is a modification of a traditional tummy tuck that offers higher volume liposuction and no muscle repair. This may be an option for people who require a more rapid return to normal activities or who may be considered too overweight for the traditional. You can learn more about Smooth Tuck™ on our website.

Reverse tummy tuck: This is a less common type in which the abdominal skin is pulled up, as opposed to down. This may be the best option for men and women who have excess skin above their belly buttons, but minimal skin below. The incision is made in the breast folds and the skin is removed in the upward direction.

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Meet Dr. Schulman – Tummy Tuck New York City

“The ‘old’ way of doing a tummy tuck was simply to make an incision, pull the skin as tight as you can, then remove the excess. The results were usually super tight bellies without any contours. The bellies looked ‘surgical’ and everybody can easily see that you had surgery. A natural tummy has contours, with high points and low points.

When doing a them today, I work very hard to give a result that looks beautiful, but not ‘surgical’. I combine careful liposuction, as well as internal suturing to create valleys in the right places. Another part of my modern technique is to reduce the risk of complications and reduce your recovery using modern techniques and non-narcotic pain medicines. I accomplish this with a variety of surgical techniques and modern technologies. So, if you are looking for the same old tummy tuck your mother had, then I am not your guy. But, if you want a modern tummy tuck, with improved cosmetic results, less pain, and faster recovery, then you are in the right place.”

 
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The Tummy Tuck Consultation in New York City

The goal of the consultation is to find out what you need, what your goals are, and how you envision looking afterward. Any procedure is a partnership between you and the doctor, not a one-stop-shop for everyone. Dr. Schulman will evaluate you and discuss with you the best options for your specific needs. He may recommend one of the types of tummy tucks described above, or he may even recommend a combination of several types.

Many patients are nervous about procedures such as this, so Dr. Schulman will take the time you need to explain the surgery fully and let you know what to expect following the surgery. You will leave the first consultation understanding the entire process, the team’s role in it, and what you need to do on your own to get the best results possible. You will also know what to expect after the procedure, during your recovery time, so you can plan accordingly.

Dr. Schulman performs tummy tucks in a fully accredited and certified operating facility located within his New York City office. When you get your procedure done here, you can feel confident you’ll have absolute safety, comfort and privacy. During the procedure, the doctor uses only the most advanced techniques and technologies to sculpt your body. You are able to go home, or to a recovery facility, the same day as your surgery.

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Recovering After a Tummy Tuck In New York City

Tummy Tuck NYCFollowing surgery, Dr. Schulman’s highly experienced staff will provide privacy, safety, and high quality care throughout the entire recovery period. You will return home the same day as surgery. Full recovery may require 10-20 days off of work, depending on the specific type of surgery you have done. We will provide you with aids to ease your tummy tuck recovery time. There may be post-operative restrictions that limit exercise and lifting for up to six weeks. Rest assured, the benefits will be well worth the investment of time.

After abdominoplasty, Dr. Schulman’s patients have a better-defined waistline and tighter abdomen. Men and women usually feel more comfortable in clothing and when participating in social and physical activities. The results often last a lifetime but may change with weight gain or future pregnancies.

Real Patient Testimonial

Real Patient Testimonial

I always had loose skin and after having two kids it only got worse. Dr. Schulman reshaped and sculpted me. I put my complete trust in him and he certainly proved himself. Everything is top notch, from Dr. Schulman’s amazing bedside manner, to the impeccable cleanliness of the office, to his entire kind staff and of course his magical wand of hands. I can’t say enough good things.

Planning for the Procedure

Before you come in for your treatment, it’s important you put good plans in place. This means you should make preparations regarding:

Payment for Surgery: Tummy tucks are considered elective by insurance companies, and you should not expect even partial coverage. Elective surgeries must be paid in full before the procedure. However, there are third-party financing options to consider, offering affordable monthly payments for those who qualify. If you need help finding the right companies to help you, our office staff are happy to provide the companies we participate with. Be sure to check out the financing section of our website.

Get Time Off Work or School: The tummy tuck requires considerable healing time. You may need to take several weeks off work to recover fully, so you will need to make appropriate arrangements. Depending on the type of tummy tuck and your exact situation, the exact amount of time will vary. Dr. Schulman will be able to advise you about your required recovery time so you can make pre-arrangements with work or school.

Enlist the Help of a Partner or Loved One: In addition to help getting home on the day of surgery, you will also need someone to help you out around the house during recovery. This is especially critical if you have children at home. Too much activity too soon after surgery, can damage the internal sutures and cause significant complications and affect your cosmetic results. Dr. Schulman and his staff will guide you during the recovery period and let you know when you can begin increasing activities.

Fill Any Prescriptions: You will be given prescriptions for pain medication and antibiotics. Take the time to fill them ahead of the surgery so that you don’t have to worry about it afterward. That way, you can go right home from the procedure (the same day) and rest.

Dr. Schulman will review these instructions with you during both the consultation and pre-operative appointment. If you have any questions, it’s a good idea to write them down so you can ask them during your pre-op appointment.

Questions and answers about Tummy Tuck Surgery

If you’re a conscientious consumer and concerned about your safety, you likely have some remaining questions. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions. Read through, then schedule a consultation to ensure you get the best information and make the most informed decision today.

Anyone who has excess abdominal skin and muscle weakness is a candidate for a tummy tuck. This may be the result of aging, weight changes, or pregnancy.

Of course! While tummy tucks are more common in women, because of pregnancies, men can also benefit from a tummy tuck particularly if they have had weight changes. Oftentimes, men do not have separated muscles, so muscle repair is usually not required in a male tummy tuck.

Typically a tummy tuck takes between 2 and 3 hours. For larger stomachs, and for people who require liposuction and contouring of hips and thighs at the same time, the procedure can take up to 3-4 hours. Each person’s situation will be different, and Dr. Schulman can offer a more accurate estimate during the consultation.

Yes. Tummy tucks are performed in our accredited operating facility and after a few hours in the recovery room, you are able to leave. Obviously, you will need someone to take you home and assist you in the recovery.

It is very common to combine a tummy tuck with other procedures such as breast augmentation, breast lift, liposuction, and Brazilian Butt Lift. When multiple procedures are combined into a single operation, it is often called a “Mommy Makeover”. Dr. Schulman will be able to tell you if you are candidate for multiple procedures.

You will need to stop smoking before any elective cosmetic procedure. Smoking constricts blood vessels, in turn reducing the amount of blood, nutrients and oxygen to the site of the operation. This can lead to major complications, such as tissue death (necrosis), infection, delayed healing, and poor scar formation. Smoking can also increase your risk of having a serious complication from anesthesia. You are required to stop all nicotine-containing products, for a minimum of 4 weeks before surgery and 8 weeks after surgery.

Getting pregnant after a tummy tuck is not dangerous to your or the baby. However, it will certainly affect your results because the skin will stretch again and the muscle will separate again. You may require a revision surgery to get the results of your original tummy tuck back. For this reason, Dr. Schulman recommends that you wait until you are done having children before going through with a tummy tuck.

To get the best results from any cosmetic surgery, your weight should be at your ideal weight. A tummy tuck is no exception. It is a body shaping procedure, not a weight loss procedure. If you are overweight, you will get the best results if you lose weight before surgery.

The cost of full tummy tucks in NYC ranges from $9,500 on average.

Schedule a Consultation

Do you still have questions? Are you interested in finding out more about tummy tuck options at our New York City cosmetic surgery practice? We invite you to click here to schedule a consultation with Dr. Schulman today. Our friendly staff will guide you through the process, from the first appointment to the last check-in. It’s time to stop wishing and start acting, so don’t wait to get in touch today.

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