Tummy Tuck FAQ

If you’re considering abdominoplasty (often called a tummy tuck) and live in Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens, or another borough, it’s normal to have a lot of questions. Dr. Louis Cutolo, Jr., wants you to be informed about your procedure, from what to expect during the consultation to when your results might be visible. He’s compiled a list of the questions he hears most commonly from the people who visit him for tummy tuck surgery.

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.

What will happen at my tummy tuck 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.

Dr. Louis C. Cutolo Jr.

Dr. Louis C. Cutolo, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S Dr. Louis C. Cutolo, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S

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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 a tummy tuck is not a treatment for obesity. Most candidates have either had children or undergone significant weight reduction, and have been left with sagging skin around their abdomens and bulging abdominal muscles. Minor, residual fat deposits can also be addressed with liposuction during a tummy tuck.

As with all cosmetic procedures, prospective tummy tuck patients 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. General anesthesia is used 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 tummy tuck 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 tummy tuck 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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