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What is a Tummy Tuck?

A Tummy tuck is an excellent surgery that can dramatically contour the midsection. The stomach is one of those areas where, for some reason, no matter how hard some patients work out or diet, they just can’t lose that extra bulge. This scenario can be especially true for women who have had children because the abdominal muscles have stretched and sometimes separated to accommodate a growing child during pregnancy. If you're interested in learning more about our tummy tuck in New York City or Staten Island's Allure Plastic Surgery, please reach out to us today.

What are the Benefits of a Tummy Tuck?

The primary benefit of an abdominoplasty at Staten Island's Allure Plastic Surgery is the dramatic improvement in the look and feel of your abdominal area. Depending on your needs and personal goals, we’ll do anything from removing excess fat to trimming away extra skin, so you can enjoy a tight and toned appearance.

Our tummy tuck procedure can help you by:

  • Tightening and smoothing skin
  • Removing excess fat
  • Creating a more toned appearance
  • Tightening stretched-out muscles
  • Removing stretch marks
  • Eliminating other imperfections
Extremely Attractive Model with small tummy
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Before & After Tummy Tuck in New York City

Shown here is a patient who had three children, and was left with excess skin in her lower abdomen. Also, observe how the midline appears to be separated beneath the belly button. You can see in the postoperative photo that the extra skin has been removed and the muscle separation repaired, which has resulted in a firm, flat stomach.

Full Tummy Tuck vs. Mini-Tummy Tuck

A full tummy tuck, which most patients require, is used to address cases where sagging skin and loose muscles are present above and below the belly button. During this procedure, an incision is made just above the pubic area (hidden in the bikini line) and the skin is lifted. The muscles are sutured to achieve a tighter, flatter appearance. A new location for the belly button is created so that it remains in its natural position. Typically, liposuction of the love handles is added to this procedure to create more body contouring.

A mini-tummy tuck, meanwhile, is appropriate for patients with minimal sagging skin isolated below the navel. If the sagging is extreme or the muscles are separated, a full abdominoplasty will be needed to provide the best results. A mini-tummy tuck is a less taxing procedure with reduced recovery time, and like a full abdominoplasty, often benefits from the addition of liposuction for additional body contouring.

Other Procedures for Toning the Body

Full Body Lift

This procedure, also known as a circumferential body lift, is ideal for patients who have lost a massive amount of weight through diet or as a result of gastric bypass surgery. A band of skin around the belt area is removed, which provides the benefits of a tummy tuck, buttock lift and outer leg lift, all in one.

Thigh Lift

Or Butt Lift

Excess skin is removed and the muscles are tightened through an incision placed discretely in the inner thigh area or under the buttock, for a smoother and more highly toned appearance.

Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

An incision is placed under the arms through which the muscles are tightened and excess skin is removed. The result are arms that look more contoured and have a more muscular appearance.

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Recovery Expectations After Your Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck Recovery Tips

To ensure that your recovery goes as smoothly as possible after your tummy tuck procedure, there are several measures you should take:

  • Get lots of rest for the first 24 to 48 hours after the surgery
  • After the first couple of days, make sure to get up and take short walks periodically
  • Maintain a healthy diet and drink plenty of water
  • Avoid strenuous activity such as heavy lifting, competitive sports, and vigorous exercise for at least four weeks after the procedure.
  • Keep a positive outlook and maintain realistic expectations for your recovery.
  • Sleep in an inclined position to reduce stress and pressure on your abdomen.
  • Follow your doctor’s advice and recommendations for a healthy recovery process.

Following these tips will minimize the likelihood of complications and ensure that your tummy tuck recovery is as comfortable and quick as possible.

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Dr. Heller and Dr. Haramis provide careful analysis to determine which procedure suits your needs best. The surgery is performed in our AAAHC surgery center, after which patients are free to return home and enjoy a comfortable and private recovery.

Some post-operative discomfort and swelling, as well as some tightness, are normal. Dr. Heller and Dr. Haramis are happy to answer any questions or concerns that arise after surgery. Expected recovery is 10-14 days, and we advise that strenuous activity be avoided for 3-4 weeks. Any additional questions you may have, as well as financing options , can be discussed during your free consultation regarding a tummy tuck in New York City .

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Tummy Tuck FAQ

Will a mini-tummy tuck get rid of the saggy skin under my belly button?

A mini-tummy tuck is an ideal option for improving loose, saggy skin underneath your belly button, as well as stretch marks. The length of the incision ranges from person to person and depends on the amount of skin that needs to be excised, but it is can be expected to be moderate in size. Although the incision is smaller than the one used to perform a full tummy tuck, the most important aspect is its position and the manner in which the procedure is carried out. A full tummy tuck heals great and yields the best results with an incision that is hidden beneath the bikini line. However, the mini-tummy tuck is still a great option if you fit the bill and will not need to reposition your belly button. Schedule a consultation with a body plastic surgeon to determine which procedure is best suited for your situation.

What is best for my post-pregnancy abdominal sagginess: a mini or full tummy tuck?

The mini-tummy tuck is a specially designed procedure for people who have a small amount of excess skin in their lower abdominal area. It also doesn’t require as large of an incision or for the surgeon to reposition the naval like a traditional tummy tuck procedure does. However, following pregnancy, the abdominal muscles tend to be weaker and a full tummy tuck would be required to tighten and flatten your stomach completely. Schedule a consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon for a complete examination that will reveal which option is best for you.

Can a tummy tuck help restore my abdominal appearance after a C-section?

The majority of patients who have experienced childbirth would benefit from an abdominoplasty. Bearing children often stretches the abdominal muscles, leaving behind lax skin that displeases most. If you’ve attempted to lose the weight and cannot do so, abdominoplasty can still be used to produce great improvement, however, these results would be even better if you could get as close to your target weight as possible first. A popular option for most is having liposuction performed initially and then an abdominoplasty 6 weeks later. We suggest scheduling an appointment with your plastic surgeon to discuss your options before making a decision.

Will I need a mini or full tummy tuck after pregnancy?

A consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon is a necessity when it comes to determining if it’s a mini or full tummy tuck that you need. If you only have a small amount of loose skin below the belly button then a mini-tummy tuck may be all that you need to achieve the results you desire. This procedure requires a shorter incision and the belly button doesn’t require repositioning. Meanwhile, a full tummy tuck is designed for situations where a lot of skin needs to be removed and muscles require tightening.

Am I a good candidate for a full tummy tuck?

Ideally, you would not be planning to have additional children so that your results would not be compromised by another pregnancy. We also suggest that you get as close to your target weight as possible and be physically healthy. The amount of excess skin you have can be smoothed nicely with this procedure. We would also recommend liposuction of the hips in addition to the tummy tuck when you are ready to improve your overall contour.


If you've been wondering about how you can enjoy a more toned and shapely abdomen, a tummy tuck might be the perfect procedure for you. Contact us today by calling (646) 844-5683 or completing our online form to schedule a free consultation. We proudly serve patients from Staten Island, Manhattan, Long Island, and New York City, NY.

Before and After Photos of Tummy Tucks at Allure Plastic Surgery

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