Tummy Tuck FAQ

As a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in body contouring procedures, Dr. Louis Cutolo, Jr., is one of the leading authorities on tummy tuck surgery serving Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and other boroughs. With more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Cutolo has answered questions about tummy tucks from thousands of patients. This page provides the answers to the most common questions he’s heard throughout his career.

If you have additional questions, write them down to discuss during your consultation. You can request your complimentary consultation using the online form or call us at (718) 720-9400 to schedule an appointment.

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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Case #73

This 42 year old female desired to improve her tummy.  She had 3 pregnancies and wanted to return her abodment to her "pre pregnancy" state.  She considered a tummy tuck in order to fulfill her desires.After a thorough consultation discussing all of her options she opted to proceed.  The excess skin was removed and... Read More
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Case #3

This is a 46-year-old female in excellent health who gained and lost weight with each of her pregnancies. She had become unhappy with the stretched skin and the noticeable stretch marks. She thought that the excess skin made her appear older. Her goal was to reduce the excess skin of her abdomen, obtain a better contour and reduce the number of stretch... Read More
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Case #26

This 31 year old female disliked the shape of her abdomen that resulted from pregancies.  She wanted to obtain a flat stomach and reduce the excess skin that was present.  She desired a tummy tuck and after consulting with other physicians decided to proceed. She underwent the procedure with ease - her recover was so smooth that she was... Read More
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Case #28

This 57 year old female desired to turn back the clock and get back the tummy that she had prior to pregnancies.  She did not like the excess skin as well and the shape of her abdomen. She desired a tummy tuck in Staten Island.She underwent a tummy tuck which included removing the excess skin below her belly button as well as tightening... Read More
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Case #51

This is a 58 year old female who wanted to improve the shape of her abdomen. She hated the long scar in the middle that was from previous surgery and wanted to eliminate it.  She also wanted to obtain a flat "tummy".  We discussed her options (liposuction, coolsculpting) and the best one that would allow her to attain... Read More
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Case #44

This is a 48 year old female who disliked the shape and skin texture of her abdomen.  She also wanted to try to remove a scar that was present for many years while flattening her stomach and improving the skin texture.  After considering all of her goals,  it was decided that a tummy tuck would be the optimal choice.  It would... Read More
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Case #32

This is a 33 year old female who desired to obtain a flatter stomach.  Multiple pregnancies stretched her skin and abdominal muscles and she wanted to get back to her "pre pregnancy" state.  She desired an abdominoplasty in Staten Island.  She underwent the procedure without any difficulties and is seen here approximately... Read More
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Case #1

This is a 35-year-old female who had multiple pregnancies and disliked the contour of her abdomen. She had been exercising and noted no improvement. She desired to obtain a flatter and more youthful appearance. She underwent an abdominoplasty with tightening of her abdominal muscles. Excess skin below the belly button (umbilicus) was removed yielding... Read More
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Case #25

This is a 28 year old female who disliked the shape of her abdomen.  After weight loss and pregnancies, she noted that her abdomen was no longer flat and that she had excess skin.  Working out at the gym did not improve her problem so she desired an abdominoplasty in Staten Island.  She underwent a tummy tuck without any problems... Read More
Tummy Tuck Before & After Photo | Staten Island, NY | Louis C. Cotolo, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S.
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Case #2

This is a 58-year-old female in excellent health who had pregnancies and weight gain and loss. She had become unhappy with her inability to obtain a flatter stomach with exercise and diet. She disliked the hanging flap of skin on her abdomen. Her abdominal muscles, the rectus abdominus, had stretched apart and separated and regardless of the number... Read More
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Case #157

This is a 43 year old female who disliked the shape of her abdomen.  After multiple pregnancies she disliked the fullness that was present...especially below her belly button.  She also disliked the excess skin that was present. She especially disliked the fact that her tummy protruded when she wore conforming clothing.  She wanted... Read More
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Case #80

This is a 43 year old female who did not like the shape of her abdomen and excess skin that was present...it had developed after multiple pregnancies.  She searched for other options that were not surgical but none would provide her with the flat stomach that she wanted.After a thorough consultation, it was decided that a "tummy tuck"... Read More
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Case #103

This is a 44 year old female who disliked her abdomen.  Over the years, pregnancies and the associated weight gain and weight loss had stretched her abdominal muscles and skin so that she no longer liked wearing snugly fitted clothing. All of the gym activities and continued efforts at weight loss could not give her the shape that she wanted. ... Read More
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Case #111

This is a 59 year old woman who disliked the shape of her abdomen.  After multiple pregnancies along with the associated weight gain and weight loss, she was unable to return her abdomen to the pre pregnancy state.  She disliked the shape and excess skin that was present.  She came to the office to discuss her options for improvement... Read More
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Case #104

This is a 53 year old female who disliked the shape of her abdomen. She said that she was unable to change the shape of her abdomen with diet and exercise and sought the advice of Dr. Cutolo.  Pregnancies along with weight gain and weight loss have stretched her abominal muscles and skin to the point that they would not return to their original... Read More
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Case #198

This is a 55 year old female who wanted to improve the shape of her stomach.  She said that the excess skin on the lower portion of her abdomen was protruding when wearing form fitting clothes.  Her goal was to obtain the flattest abdomen that was possible.  During her consultation CoolSculpting, Liposuction, Bodytite and a Tummy Tuck... Read More
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Case #91

This is a 29-year-old female who disliked the way her abdomen looked.  After multiple pregnancies, she developed stretch marks and excess skin in her lower abdomen.  She also noted that her abdomen was not as "tight" as it had been prior to the pregnancies.  She desired a "tummy tuck" in order to improve these problems.The "tummy... Read More
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Case #177

This is a 55 year old female who wanted to improve the shape of abdomen.  She had three pregancies which had stretched her abdominal skin and muscles.  It was worse in the lower portion of her abdomen and prevented her from wearing certain clothes.  She came to the office to discuss her options and her goal was obtain the flattest... Read More
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Case #193

This is a 42 year old female who wanted to improve her abdomen. Multiple pregnancies left her skin and abdominal muscles stretched and diet and physical activity would not give her any improvement.  She came to the office to discuss her options.  It was decided that a tummy tuck would be able to remove the excess skin below her belly button... Read More
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Case #86

This is a 38 year old female who lost a significant amount of weight. The combination of weight loss and pregnancies left her with a lot of redundant skin that would not retract.  She wanted to get rid of the excess skin and to tighten her abdominal muscles in order to get back to her "pre pregnancy and pre weight loss" state. ... Read More
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Case #121

This is a 47 year old female who disliked the excess skin and stretch marks that were present after multiple pregnancies.  She went to the gym regularly but could not reduce the excess that was present in her abdomen.  She finally decided to come to the office to discuss her options.  During the consultation, all options were considered... Read More
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Case #165

This is a 54 year old female who disliked the shape of her abdomen.  Pregnancies and weight gain and loss over the years left her with a tummy that was not as flat as she desired.  She wanted to remove excess skin and tighten her abdominal muscles so that she could obtain a much more youthful contour.  During the consultation, CoolSculpting,... Read More
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Case #117

This is a 38 year old female who wanted to improve her abdomen.  As a result of multiple pregnancies, she developed stretch marks on the lower region of her abdomen and it was no as flat as she would have desired.  Exercise alone was not able to flatten her abdomen and the stretch marks could not be reduced.  After a thorough discussion... Read More
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Case #99

This is a 43 year old female who previously underwent a life saving abdominal operation that left her with a large hernia.  The hernia required repair and she wanted to not only improve her abdomen by fixing the hernia but she wanted to be as flat as possible as well.  Pregnancy had also stretched the muscles in her abdominal wall and this... Read More
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Case #207

This is a 48 year old female who, after multiple pregnancies, found herself with excess skin on her abdomen.  She also disliked that her "sit up" muscles had separated and no longer had a flat abdomen that was present before the pregnancies.  She came to the office to discuss her options.  Liposuction and Bodytite were discussed... Read More
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Case #221

This is a 63 year old female who wanted to improve the shape of her abdomen.  Pregnancies and years of weight gain and loss resulted in excess skin and an abdomen that no longer had the youthful shape that she had remembered.  She wanted to undergo a procedure to get rid of the excess skin and provide as flat an abdomen as possible.  During... Read More
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Case #143

This is a 45 year old woman who wanted her belly to look closer to what it was like prior to the pregnancies that she had years ago.  She disliked the fullness that was present and wanted to obtain a flat abdomen and to remove the excess skin that was present as well. After a thorough discussion, we decided that she was an excellent... Read More
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Case #205

This is a 46 year old female who disliked the changes that happened to her abdomen after multiple pregnancies.  She noted that exercise and gym activities were not able to reduce the excess skin that was present and she could not obtain a flat belly.  She came to the office to discuss her options.During the consultation, less invasive... Read More
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Case #96

This is a 55-year-old female who decided that she wanted to improve the shape of her abdomen.  She was in great shape but could not obtain a flat tummy even though she worked out in the gym regularly.  After a thorough consultation and examination, it was decided that a tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty) would give her the look that she wanted... Read More
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Case #115

This is a 52 year old female who disliked the shape of her abdomen.  Over years of weight gain and loss, she noted that her abdomen was not as flat as it was in the past and that there was excess skin that would not shrink.  She wanted to obtain as flat an abdomen as possible.  After discussing other options such as coolsculpting and... Read More
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Case #110

This is a 41 year old female who disliked the excess skin in her abdomen.  Since her pregnancies, she noted that her abdomen was no longer flat and she desired to return it to the pre pregnancy state.  After a lengthy discussion we decided that an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) would help her reach her goals quickly and safely.  The procedure... Read More
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Case #189

This is a 50 year old female who disliked the changes that occured over years to her abdomen after multiple pregnancies.  She wanted to remove the excess skin that was present and to tighten the abdominal muscles that had spread with the pregnancies.  Gym activity was not able to correct both of these issues so she came to the office for... Read More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

What happens during a tummy tuck consultation?

At an initial consultation, Dr. Cutolo reviews a patient’s medical history and asks about the patient’s lifestyle and their reasons for getting a tummy tuck. He uses the answers*mdash;along with a physical examination—to create a surgical plan designed specifically for each patient. He takes the time needed to answer patients’ questions during the consultation.

Can I have children after a tummy tuck?

It’s possible and safe to become pregnant after having a tummy tuck. Dr. Cutolo, however, recommends that patients postpone scheduling the surgery until after you’re finished having children. Pregnancy stretches abdominal muscles that are usually tightened during an abdominoplasty, and you may again have excess skin that will have to be removed in a revision tummy tuck procedure.

How visible are tummy tuck scars?

Scarring is one of the most common concerns Dr. Cutolo hears from patients considering tummy tuck surgery. During a full tummy tuck, Dr. Cutolo makes an incision that stretches from hip to hip as low as possible—usually just above the pubic area. This means the scar can be concealed even when wearing bikinis. Another incision is made around the belly button to reposition and shape the navel. Dr. Cutolo can recommend products designed to fade scars, and he also advises patients to stay out of the sun while the incision is healing.

How much does a tummy tuck cost?

The cost of a tummy tuck depends on several factors. Those factors include the extent of the surgery (which includes how long the operation takes), the plastic surgeon’s training and expertise, and the practice’s geographic location. Other costs associated with the final tummy tuck price include the anesthesiologist’s fee, the operating room fee, and the cost of medications.

Can a tummy tuck remove stretch marks?

It’s possible in some tummy tuck procedures to remove stretch marks caused by pregnancy. Sagging skin on the lower abdomen removed during the surgery often includes stretch marks. You can minimize the appearance of remaining stretch marks with topical creams and ointments, but those treatments can’t completely erase them.

Dr. Louis C. Cutolo Jr.

Meet Dr. Louis C. Cutolo Jr.

A board-certified plastic surgeon in Staten Island, Dr. Cutolo has the experience, skills, and aesthetic sensibilities needed to transform your dreams into reality. Known for providing warm and personal care, Dr. Cutolo can achieve beautiful, natural-looking results tailored just for you.

Patients from Staten Island and Brooklyn come to Dr. Cutolo to rejuvenate and enhance their natural beauty. Dr. Cutolo is most known for making patients feel beautiful through breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and facelift procedures. Request a consultation with us to look and feel your very best. Meet Dr. Cutolo

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How do you know if you’re ready for a tummy tuck?

Knowing when you’re physically ready for tummy tuck surgery involves a few factors. One of the most important considerations is that your weight is stable. Gaining weight after a tummy tuck can stretch the tightened muscles and remaining skin. Having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or lower minimizes the chances of complications. It’s also important that you’re not a smoker.

Who is a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery?

Women and men who have sagging excess skin after weight loss, are in good overall health, and at a stable weight can benefit most from tummy tuck surgery. Many women who are finished having children often decide to get a tummy tuck along with liposuction and cosmetic breast surgery, such as a breast lift, as part of a Mommy Makeover. A tummy tuck isn’t weight loss surgery, but liposuction can remove pockets of fat to create attractive contours.

How long does it take to recover after a tummy tuck?

Recovery times vary from patient to patient based on the extent of the surgery and a person’s natural healing process. Dr. Cutolo provides detailed post-op instructions to help accelerate the recovery process and make it as comfortable as possible. We recommend taking 2 weeks off from work if your job doesn’t involve strenuous physical activity; you’ll need more time off if it does require lifting or other physically demanding work.

It’s important to begin taking short walks on the day after surgery to minimize the chance of blood clots and improve circulation. If you have small children, you’ll have to avoid lifting them for at least 2 weeks. Strenuous exercise can usually be resumed 6 weeks after the surgery.

How long will the results of my tummy tuck last?

Patients typically enjoy their tummy tuck results for several years if they maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. Plastic surgery doesn’t stop or slow down the aging process, though, so you can expect to see some age-related changes occur over the years, including the loss of skin elasticity.

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