Life changes such as weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and aging can result in frustrating fat deposits, sagging skin, and lax tummy muscles. Even the most diligent diet and focused fitness plan are not always enough to correct those problems. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Louis Cutolo performs tummy tuck surgery, also called abdominoplasty, to help people from Staten Island, Brooklyn, and throughout New York City attain the smooth, firm abdomen they desire.
Tummy Tuck Before & After
Who is a Good Candidate?
Typically, tummy tuck patients are women who have had children or individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight. A tummy tuck may help if:
- Dieting and exercise have not succeeded in reducing fat deposits or correct concerns such as sagging, excess skin
- You succeeded in losing a substantial amount of weight, but have loose skin and areas of remaining fat as a result
- Your stomach muscles have become loose or lax from pregnancy
- You are in good physical condition, and your weight is stable
- You are a non-smoker
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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Consultation View Before &
At Dr. Cutolo's practice in Staten Island, a tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia to assure the highest level of safety and comfort. In most cases, patients go home the same day! An overnight stay can be arranged should you so desire.
After performing a low horizontal incision just above the pubic area, Dr. Cutolo removes excess fat and skin. In addition, he repairs weakened abdominal muscles. A small incision around the belly button will also be performed in order to maintain its central location and keep its appearance both natural and youthful.
Get the Most From Your Recovery
- Avoid activities that require you to lift heavy items, bend, or stoop.
- Enlist a friend or family member to help you with housework, childcare, and errands.
- Keep nutritious, low-sodium snacks on hand.
- Ask Dr. Cutolo about topical scar care products that might work for you.
Dr. Cutolo will provide you with detailed guidelines on what to anticipate during your recovery process. Immediately after your operation, light activity will be encouraged in order to help prevent the formation of blood clots. You may experience some swelling and pain, which can be managed with prescription medication from Dr. Cutolo. He will also prescribe antibiotics to avoid infection.
In approximately 2 weeks, most patients are back to work and their daily routine. More rigorous activities and exercise can typically be resumed after about 6 weeks. Dr. Cutolo will discuss all of the post-operative care instructions with you at your pre-op appointment.
Results and Benefits
Your tummy tuck will result in a smooth, firm, stomach and more shapely profile. Your scars from your tummy tuck will be hidden by underwear or a bathing suit. By following a healthy diet and sensible exercise program, you can enjoy the results of your tummy tuck indefinitely.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I have children after a tummy tuck?
It's perfectly safe to become pregnant after tummy tuck surgery. However, Dr. Cutolo typically advises against it because pregnancy can affect your cosmetic outcome. More specifically, pregnancy can loosen the abdominal muscles that were surgically tightened and can cause the skin to expand, potentially necessitating revision surgery if you wish to maintain your original results. If you're considering a tummy tuck but are planning to become pregnant in the future, share your concerns with Dr. Cutolo during your consultation. He may recommend alternative procedures to give you the results you want while you continue to grow your family.
What will my scars look like?
Scarring is a major concern among most tummy tuck patients. A typical tummy tuck requires a horizontal incision that extends from hip to hip, plus a small incision around the navel to reshape it. Dr. Cutolo makes the primary incision as low as possible, which results in a scar just above the pubic area. Over time, and with proper postsurgical care, this incision flattens and fades, and its position makes it easy to hide beneath clothing and most swimwear. Once healed, the small navel scar is not typically visible, since it's hidden within the belly button. To see the scars of some of Dr. Cutolo's previous tummy tuck patients, visit our before-and-after photo gallery.
Can a tummy tuck remove stretch marks?
Sometimes. During a tummy tuck, Dr. Cutolo removes sagging skin, especially from the lower abdomen – an area where many patients see significant laxity and stretch marks. Therefore, you may have considerably fewer stretch marks after your surgery. Some topical creams and ointments can reduce the appearance of stretch marks, but surgical excision is the only way to completely remove them.
For more answers to your questions about tummy tuck surgery, visit our Tummy Tuck FAQ page.