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Tummy tuck procedures, by New York City plastic surgeon Dr. Wallach, can vary. Some procedures remove a small amount of excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen while others remove an entire ellipse of skin and fat below the umbilicus, (“belly button”) as well as tighten the muscles (diastasis recti) in the midline to narrow the waist. For massive weight loss patients or for those with severe skin laxity, more extensive skin excision along the hips and buttocks may be required. The goal is to provide the best contour result with the least amount of scarring. Liposuction can be combined with these techniques to improve the contour further. Some New York City patients request liposuction alone to treat their abdominal contour problems, but if the patient has significant skin laxity and/or weakness of the abdominal musculature, then liposuction alone will not be sufficient.  For more information regarding Abdominoplasty, visit our blog.

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Who is a good candidate for tummy tuck

A good candidate for a tummy tuck is someone who is healthy and desires improvement in the abdominal region requesting removal of the lower abdominal pannus and tightening of the muscles.

How much does a tummy tuck cost?

A tummy tuck price can vary from $8K- $20K

What should I expect during a consultation
for tummy tuck surgery?

During the consultation, you will spend a lot of time with the doctor reviewing your surgical goals. An exam will then be performed and a surgical plan will be discussed with you at length.

What questions should I ask my plastic
surgeon about tummy tuck surgery?

You should ask if he is board certified first, and then discuss what options are best suited to treat your concerns.

What are the risks of tummy tuck surgery?

The risks of surgery include poor wound healing, infection, seroma, hematoma, dysesthesia, unfavorable scarring, rebound laxity, and need for further procedures

How should I prepare for a tummy tuck?

I usually tell my patients to eat healthy and exercise regularly and avoid medications and herbal supplements that might cause bleeding.

What are the steps of a tummy tuck

A tummy tuck is commonly performed under general anesthesia.  The abdominal skin is elevated off of the muscle fascia and the excess skin and fat is removed. Sometimes liposuction is performed. The muscle weakness can be treated by suturing the edges of the muscle together.  The lower incision is closed with absorbable sutures.  Drains may be placed as well.

What should I expect during my tummy tuck

Usually a patient has to stay in a flexed position for several days and will likely be placed in a binder of compression garment. Drains might be used as well.  Light activity can usually start within a few days of surgery.

What results should I expect after a tummy

The abdomen should be flatter and tighter after a tummy tuck.

What words should I know about tummy tuck

Words associated with a tummy tuck includes: abdominoplasty, plication, umbilicus, diastasis, and tummy tuck.


Endoscopic Abdominoplasty


This is for a patient that has very little to no skin laxity or subcutaneous fat, and has mainly midline muscular laxity.


Endoscopic equipment is used to gain access through two or three small incisions. This allows visualization with a small camera of the area between the muscle fascia and the overlying subcutaneous tissue so that the midline muscular laxity can be treated. Liposuction can be performed in conjunction with this procedure.


  • Two to three very small limited incisions are used. Liposuction of the entire abdomen can be performed at the same time.


  • This procedure is limited to very few patients. It can not treat skin laxity.

Mini-Abdominoplasty (mini-tummy tuck)


This is for a patient that has redundant skin and some subcutaneous fat in the area between the umbilicus and the pubic region. The midline muscular laxity is mainly confined to the lower abdomen.


A small ellipse of skin and fat is removed from the lower abdomen. The final incision is not much larger than that of a cesarean section. The umbilicus is not usually detached from the surrounding tissues. The musculature from the umbilicus down to the pubic region can be easily tightened. Liposuction can be performed on the entire abdomen and hips.


  • A short incision is used. Liposuction of the entire abdomen can be performed in conjunction with this procedure.


  • The musculature from the upper midline to the umbilicus can be difficult to treat from this exposure. Lax skin around the umbilicus or the upper abdomen is difficult to treat.

Modified Full Abdominoplasty


This is indicated for patients in Manhattan that require a full abdominoplasty but have abdominal incisions from other surgical procedures that may impact the viability of the tissues elevated (i.e. an open gallbladder surgical incision). The patient has a lot of skin laxity and may have a significant amount of abdominal subcutaneous fat. There is midline muscular laxity. There are one or more previous surgical incisions on the abdomen that would impact performing a full abdominoplasty safely.


An ellipse of skin and subcutaneous fat is removed from the lower abdomen. Undermining of the upper abdominal tissues is performed in a limited fashion to maximize the blood supply to the tissues that may have diminished circulation due to the previous surgical incisions. Treatment of the muscular laxity is performed. Liposuction can be done selectively. The umbilicus is detached from surrounding loose skin attachments and is re-inserted after the upper abdominal skin is re-draped and sutured to the lower abdominal incision.


  • The incision may be shorter than a full abdominoplasty. Lax skin can be treated better than a mini-abdominoplasty or endoscopic abdominoplasty. Lax midline muscles can be tightened easily. Laxity around the umbilicus can be treated.


  • A longer incision than used for a mini-abdominoplasty or endoscopic abdominoplasty is performed. There may be residual skin redundancy because of limited undermining. Liposuction has to be performed selectively to avoid compromising the blood supply to the skin and subcutaneous tissue.

Full Abdominoplasty (“full tummy tuck”)


This is indicated for a patient that has a lot of skin redundancy of both the lower and upper abdomen. The patient also has midline muscular weakness and may or may not have significant subcutaneous abdominal fat.


An ellipse of skin and subcutaneous fat is removed from the lower abdomen. The upper abdominal skin and subcutaneous fat is elevated more extensively than during a modified full abdominoplasty. The midline muscular weakness is tightened. The umbilicus is reinserted into the upper abdominal skin flap after the flap has been re-draped and sutured to the lower abdominal incision. Liposuction can be selectively performed.


  • Lax skin from above and below the umbilicus can be treated successfully with this technique. Thus, better than the endoscopic abdominoplasty, the mini-abdominoplasty, and the modified full abdominoplasty can achieve. The lax muscles can be tightened easily. Laxity around the umbilicus can be treated.


  • It requires a long incision along the lower pubic region. Liposuction needs to be performed selectively to maintain the blood supply to the abdominal flap and subcutaneous tissue.

Circumferential Abdominoplasty (Lower Body Lift)


This is a procedure often reserved for patients who have undergone bariatric surgery that have had massive weight loss, and thus have significant skin excess. (see Post-Bariatric surgery treatment)

Most of the abdominoplasty procedures described take between two and three hours to perform with a recuperation time of one to two weeks. The circumferential abdominoplasty (lower body lift) can take four to six hours to perform. Dr. Wallach has presented at national meetings and published journal articles on abdominal contour procedures.

Tummy Tuck Recovery

Before your procedure, Dr. Wallach will discuss your recovery and aftercare instructions with you at length to make you are comfortable. Depending on how invasive of a technique is used for your tummy tuck, you may be released the same day or asked to stay overnight for observation. However, before leaving, a member of Dr. Wallach’s team will review with you how to care for any drains that have been placed, symptoms you may notice during recovery and signs for complications to watch for. Most patients will need at least a week of rest; however, some light movement or getting up to gently walk is encouraged for circulation. Circulation is important during the healing process in order to avoid blood clots from forming. Your specific recovery time frame and instructions will be reviewed with you by Dr. Wallach prior to surgery and again afterwards before being released.

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Tummy Tuck Frequently Asked Questions

Are tummy tucks dangerous?

A tummy tuck is not danger procedure.

Can you get pregnant after tummy tuck?

Ideally you want to have a tummy tuck after all your pregnancies. I have had a few patients that went on to get pregnant successfully after a tummy tuck.

Can a tummy tuck cause stomach issues?

A tummy tuck should not cause stomach issues.

Can you lose weight after tummy tuck?

Yes, you can lose weight after a tummy tuck.

Can I walk after tummy tuck?

Yes, it is encouraged to be up and around after a tummy tuck.

Do men get tummy tuck?

Yes, some men do undergo tummy tucks.

Can you get a tummy tuck if youre obese?

If your BMI is over 30, you are at higher risks for complications.

Do tummy tucks work?

Tummy tucks can improve the appearance of your abdomen.

Do you get a scar from a tummy tuck?

Yes, an incision is usually low on the abdomen just about at the level of the pubic hairline.

How can I lose my stomach fat?

Stomach fat can be decreased by diet and exercise, by liposuction, and by tummy tuck surgery.

Do you have to be skinny to get a tummy tuck?

You do not have to be skinny to have a tummy tuck although having a lower BMi will likely give you a nicer result.

How dangerous is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is not a dangerous procedure.

Does a tummy tuck tighten muscles?

A tummy tuck can include a muscle plication to in effect tighten the muscles.

How do I prepare for a tummy tuck?

I tell patients to eat healthy, exercise regularly and avoid medications or supplements that can cause bleeding.

How are tummy tucks done?

Tummy tucks are often done as an outpatient and patients go home the same day.

How early does your stomach get hard when pregnant?


How long after a tummy tuck can you drink?

I tell patients that they can have a drink about a week or so after surgery provided that they are healing well and are no longer using pain medications.

How long is pain after tummy tuck?

Most of the pain from a tummy tuck will diminish significantly after about 7-10 days.

How long do tummy tucks last?

A tummy tuck will give a long lasting result. Increasing age and weight fluctuation can effect long term results.

How long will a tummy tuck last?

A tummy tuck will give a long lasting result. Increasing age and weight fluctuation can effect long term results.

How long do you wear a binder after surgery?

I usually have patients wear a binder for about 3-6 weeks.

How many pounds can you lose with liposuction?

It is hard to predict how much weight you can lose with liposuction. 1 kilogram of fat is about 2.2 pounds.

How long does it take to lose weight after a tummy tuck?

You will likely see a weight improvement once the swelling subsides.

How many sizes do you lose with a tummy tuck?

It is hard to predict what size you might change to after surgery.

How much does it cost for a tummy tuck?

The fee will vary from $8000-$20000

What are the side effects of a tummy tuck?

Tummy tucks are very safe.

How much weight can you lose having a tummy tuck?

It is hard to predict how much weight you can lose after a tummy tuck. 1 kilogram of fat is about 2.2 pounds.

What do you eat after tummy tuck?

You can have a regular diet after the first night.

How painful is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck pain is similar to a c-section.

What does a tummy tuck usually cost?

The fee will vary from $8000-$20000

Is it easier to lose weight after a tummy tuck?

You will likely see a weight improvement once the swelling subsides.

What is the best girdle to wear after a tummy tuck?

I use a standard abdominal binder after a tummy tuck.

What qualifies you for a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is a procedure to improve the loose skin of the abdomen and to tighten the muscles.

Why would you need a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is a procedure to improve the loose skin of the abdomen and to tighten the muscles.

When can I start working out after tummy tuck?

Usually patients can start light aerobics after about 3 wks and heavy lifting at about 6 weeks.

Will a tummy tuck make my stomach flat?

A tummy tuck can make your stomach flatter by removing the excess skin and by placating the muscles.

When can I wear regular clothes after tummy tuck?

Most patients can go back to regular clothes within a few weeks after surgery.

Who is a good candidate for tummy tuck?

A good candidate is someone who needs to improve the loose skin of the abdomen and to have their muscles tightened.

How big of an incision will I need?

This is individualized based upon the extent of the work needed. Sometimes a “mini- tummy tuck” can be performed. LIPOSUCTION is performed and residual loose skin from the lower abdomen is removed through a small incision in the pubic region (4-6 inches long). If the lower muscles of the abdomen need to be tightened, then it can be performed as well through this small incision. Patients with more laxity of the tissues and greater weakness of the muscles require a longer incision to accomplish the surgery.

Can I have other procedures at the same time?

Yes, in fact it is often easier to do other operations at the same time. Harvesting fat for FAT INJECTION TO THE FACE can be obtained from the discarded tissue during the ABDOMINOPLASTY. Sometimes, BREAST AUGMENTATION can be performed through the abdominoplasty incision to avoid incisions on or near the breast. Liposuction of the outer thighs and flanks can be performed through this area as well.

What is a mini-abdominoplasty?

A mini-abdominoplasty is a procedure that treats abdominal contour issues mainly of the lower abdomen. This is best suited for a patient who does not necessarily need muscle plication above the umbilicus and has a slight protuberance below the umbilicus along with some loose skin of the lower abdomen. Because of the limited undermining of soft tissue, liposuction can be combined with the procedure. Sometimes surgeons will “float” or detach the umbilical stalk to move it lower to remove more skin. The incision is often shorter than what one would have with a full tummy tuck. This is often best for thinner patients. A disadvantage of this procedure is that it does not adequately treat the upper abdomen and skin laxity above the or around the umbilicus.

Can I have liposuction instead of a tummy tuck?

The best candidate for liposuction is someone who is not heavy but has isolated areas of fat that they want to remove to improve the contour. Usually younger patients have better quality skin than older patients. That being said, those patients that do better with abdominal liposuction are those with good skin quality and who are not very heavy. Just like a balloon, if it is stretched out too much, due to air or in this case fat, the tissues may not rebound well. Like a balloon’s skin that shrinks after being maximally extended, the abdominal skin may become loose as well after liposuction or decreasing the volume. In most cases, if a patient has had multiple pregnancies or large fluctuations of weight and has loose skin, and/or has a diastasis with weak abdominal muscles, then more than likely a full tummy tuck would be best. There are some patients that are in between the two extremes and sometimes these individuals may be happy with liposuction.

I have had three children and I am not going to have anymore. What is the best procedure for me to improve the appearance of my abdomen?

In all likelihood, for someone who is unhappy with the appearance of their abdomen after having children they will more than likely do best with having a full abdominoplasty. The loose skin and fat is removed from the region usually between the umbilicus to the pubic region leaving the remaining incision along the lower abdominal region usually in the bikini of bathing suit line. The muscle weakness is corrected by suturing the midline internally. The laxity in the upper abdomen is usually improved as well from the redraping of the abdominal flap. Liposuction of the flanks can be performed at the same time as well when indicated.

I have loose skin around my umbilicus, how can you correct this?

If one has isolated loose skin around the umbilicus, it can be difficult to treat this area in an isolated fashion. I have seen a few isolated excisions of skin around the umbilicus that has caused a very spread out scar around the umbilicus. Sometimes treating the skin can be performed with a mini-tummy tuck, but often it is best treated with a full abdominoplasty.

Should I lose weight before a tummy tuck?

It is always best to get down to your ideal weight prior to having a surgical procedure. The results of a full abdominoplasty is often better and the surgical risks are reduced as well. That being said, if you are close to your ideal weight that is reasonable as well.

What is a reverse abdominoplasty?

A reverse abdominoplasty is exactly what it sounds like. Instead of elevating the tissue from an incision in the lower abdomen by the pubic hairline, the incision is made under the breast creases and the excess skin is brought out through this region. This is a procedure that is performed in patients that have isolated laxity in the upper abdomen. This may occur after a mini-tummy tuck or even after a full tummy tuck. If the patient has had a previous breast procedure leaving an incision under the breast folds then using these same incisions may be possible.

I lost more than a 100 lbs and everything is loose; what procedure should I have done?

When a patient has had massive weight loss (more than 100 lbs) through either diet and exercise or surgery, often times their skin is very loose. In some patients a full abdominoplasty is an option. But if the laxity of the tissues is more severe, an extended abdominoplasty, or even a full body lift procedure may be more prudent to give a better result. An in-office evaluation is always best to perform a proper exam and review a patient’s goals.

What does “floating” an umbilicus mean?

“Floating” an umbilicus refers to the concept of detaching the umbilical stalk from its underlying abdominal wall attachments but keeping it attached to the surrounding skin to preserve its blood supply. This is most commonly performed during a mini-abdominoplasty when there is some loose skin superior to the umbilicus and the surgeon wants to treat this by pulling it down a bit.

Can you perform aggressive liposuction of the abdomen along with a full tummy tuck?

Aggressive liposuction can be performed in some cases when performing a full abdominoplasty. This is most commonly done when full undermining of the abdominal flap is not performed. The undermining of the abdominal flap stops by the lateral row of perforator arteries that feed the overlying abdominal flap. It is undermined just enough to allow for muscle plication in the midline. The abdominal flap is usually separated a bit more around the vessels using a liposuction cannula as well.


Steven Wallach MD

Steven Wallach MD

Dr. Wallach is a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City who specializes in performing cosmetic procedures of the face, breast and body. As one of the cutting edge experts in the field, Dr. Wallach consults on a regular basis with people in the beauty, media, and publishing worlds.

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