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Tummy Tuck FAQ

If you're considering abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck, in Brooklyn or Staten Island, it's normal to have a lot of questions. Dr. Louis Cutolo, Jr., wants his patients to be informed about their procedures, from what to expect during the consultation to when their results might be visible. He's compiled a list of the questions he hears most commonly from his abdominoplasty patients.

If you don't see your question answered here, or if you'd like to meet with Dr. Cutolo, request a consultation online, or call our office at (718) 720-9400.

Tummy Tuck Before & After

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This 58-year-old patient was unable to tone her stomach despite losing weight and putting in long hours at the gym. She got great results with surgery. View more cases in our tummy tuck gallery.

What will happen at my consultation?

During your initial consultation for tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Cutolo will ask you lots of questions regarding your medical history, lifestyle, and your motivations for the surgery. It's important to be honest when you answer these questions because false answers could affect his surgical plan and not provide you with an optimal outcome!

Dr. Cutolo will also perform a brief physical examination of your abdomen in order to evaluate your skin elasticity, muscle tone, and other factors. The consultation is a good time to ask the doctor questions about the procedure. Dr. Cutolo will work with you to develop a surgical plan that provides the best results for your body and lifestyle.

Meet Dr. Louis C. Cutolo Jr.

A board-certified plastic surgeon in Staten Island, Dr. Louis Cutolo, Jr. is an active member of both the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and a Fellow of the American College... Read On

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Dr. Louis C. Cutolo Jr.

A board-certified plastic surgeon in Staten Island, Dr. Louis Cutolo, Jr. is an active member of both the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and a Fellow of the... read on

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Who is a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery?

It's important to note that tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, is not a weight-loss procedure. Most tummy tuck patients have either had children or lost significant amounts of weight and have been left with an excess of sagging skin around their abdomens. Minor, residual fat deposits can also be addressed during a tummy tuck.

As with all cosmetic procedures, prospective patients in the Staten Island and Brooklyn area interested in tummy tuck surgery should be nonsmokers who are in good physical and mental health.

How is a tummy tuck performed?

Dr. Cutolo performs tummy tuck surgery at Staten Island-area hospitals. Abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia to ensure patient comfort and safety. Most patients are able to return home the same day.

Dr. Cutolo starts the procedure by making a horizontal incision just above the pubic area. He then removes excess skin and fat before strengthening weakened abdominal muscles with internal sutures. A small incision is made around the navel to maintain its location and appearance. Your skin will be smoothed and your incisions sutured before you're moved to a comfortable recovery area.

How long will the recovery process take?

Because each tummy tuck procedure is different, Dr. Cutolo provides every patient with a detailed set of recovery guidelines that's been customized for her or him.

In general, Dr. Cutolo recommends resuming light activity, such as walking, as soon as patients feel ready. This facilitates the healing process and reduces the likelihood of blood clots. Some swelling and soreness are normal and can be managed with prescribed pain medication.

Most patients are able to return to work and other daily activities within 2 weeks, although more physically demanding jobs or exercise cannot normally be resumed until the 6-week mark.

How long will my results last?

The results of your tummy tuck can be enjoyed for many years, provided you maintain your weight and live an active, healthy lifestyle. However, tummy tuck surgery cannot halt the aging process. As you age, some loss of skin elasticity is normal. Your scar will fade and should be well hidden by undergarments or swimwear.

It's important to tell Dr. Cutolo if you plan to become pregnant in the future. He may recommend postponing your tummy tuck until your family is complete.

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