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Stomach and Abdomen Liposuction in NYC


Stomach and Abdomen Liposuction

The abdominal region is especially prone to pesky, excess fat deposits. If you’re struggling with stomach fat that’s resistant to diet and exercise, stomach liposuction can help you achieve a smooth, toned tummy.

Abdominal liposuction, also called tummy or stomach liposuction, is a common cosmetic procedure that removes unwanted fat in the abdominal area. Stomach lipo is a minimally invasive way to remove midsection fat, including a “muffin top,” “love handles,” (when combined with waist liposuction) a “beer belly,” or a large gut.

Tummy Liposuction in NYC

Abdominal liposuction is usually an outpatient procedure. You will return home following your procedure to begin recovery, which will only take a few days. Dr. Smith can perform smaller cases with just local anesthesia. For larger cases, he works with a board certified anesthesiologist to ensure your safety and comfort with either IV sedation or general anesthesia.

Tumescent liposuction is a safe, minimally-invasive way to achieve long-lasting results. Tummy liposuction usually lasts between one and three hours. You will be pain-free and comfortable for the duration of your procedure. Lipo is performed by making small incisions of 2 to 3 mm in natural creases of the body, like under the fold of the groin, the pubis, or the navel, to help conceal scars. Next, a tumescent fluid is injected into the incisions to numb the area and shrink the blood vessels. Dr. Smith will introduce a small cannula through the skin incisions to break up and suction out the fat cells using a back-and-forth motion. In some cases, VASER ultrasound energy or BodyTite radiofrequency skin tightening may be performed as well to further enhance your results.

Once Dr. Smith is happy with your new contour, he will apply a bandage to the treated areas. Immediately following surgery, you will wear a compression garment. This tight-fitting garment helps reduce swelling and support your tissue as you heal. You will need to wear a compression garment for between 48 hours and 1 month after your procedure depending on the specifics of your case.

The Benefits of Abdominal Liposuction

Many men and women struggle with excess fat in the waistline, flanks, and upper and lower abdomen. Midsection fat can be challenging to lose, and many patients at their ideal weight may still have stubborn belly fat. Stomach liposuction is a safe, effective way to remove undesirable body fat and help achieve a tighter, more toned, and contoured midsection.

What About Recovery?

Tummy lipo is a relatively easy surgery with minimal downtime. Most patients feel soreness in the midsection for a few days after surgery. Painkillers can be prescribed to relieve discomfort. Most patients can get back to a desk job in just 48 hours, a light workout in 4-5 days, and a full workout in 2 weeks.

What to Expect During Your Consultation

A consultation is essential to determine if stomach lipo is the right procedure to meet your needs. During your initial consultation at our NYC office, Dr. Smith will evaluate your general health, medical history, and surgery goals. This is a great opportunity to discuss any concerns or questions about liposuction.

Dr. Smith will explain the process and answer all the questions you may have. You’ll also receive a detailed estimate of the cost of stomach liposuction.

Who is a Candidate for Stomach Liposuction?

Liposuction is an effective procedure for women and men who want to eliminate fat deposits resistant to diet and exercise. Check below to learn more about the best candidates for liposuction. 

  • You’re within 5-10 pounds of your goal  weight.
  • You have firm, elastic skin, and good muscle tone – if not, other procedures may be more appropriate.
  • You are a generally healthy individual without a life-threatening illness or medical condition.
  • You don’t smoke.
  • You have realistic expectations.

Patients with significant excess skin or marked muscle relaxation may need to have alternative surgery like abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). Excess abdominal skin is an especially common issue after pregnancy or weight loss. A tummy tuck removes sagging skin, stretch marks, and excess fat from the abdomen.

When Will I See the Results?

Liposuction gets rid of belly fat for good assuming you maintain your current regimen of diet and exercise. You will appear a bit larger than you started for the first week or so following abdominal liposuction. After about one week, you will return to your baseline appearance. A real change in your contour comes in at three to four weeks. It can take 3 to 6 months for the swelling to subside completely and for your full results to become visible.

Lipo should yield long-lasting results, but it’s crucial to maintain a healthy lifestyle to maintain your results. While liposuction permanently removes the vast majority of fat cells from the treatment area, remaining fat cells in the area can increase in size with significant weight gain.

What are the Risks of Stomach Lipo?

As with any surgery, there are several risks you should know about. Liposuction is considered to be a safe, minimally invasive procedure. You can help reduce the risks of tummy lipo by trusting an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon to perform your procedure and following all aftercare instructions. Some uncommon but possible risks include fluid collection, uneven contour, or infection.

How Much is Tummy Liposuction in NYC?

Liposuction surgery costs depend on several factors, like the complexity of your case, how much fat is removed, facility fees, etc. Therefore, every surgery is unique, so cost can vary significantly.

To learn more about the costs of abdominal liposuction, please visit our office for a no-obligation visit. We’ll work with you to find the best solution for your abdominal liposuction.

 We look forward to hearing from you!

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Can I Combine Tummy Lipo with Other Surgeries?

Yes. Stomach liposuction can be done alongside other plastic surgeries and body contouring procedures like breast reduction or augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck, liposuction in other areas, and more.

Be sure to chat with Dr. Smith about your overall body goals during your initial consultation for the best results.

Procedure Summary

  • Purpose Abdominal liposuction, also called tummy or stomach liposuction, is a common cosmetic procedure that removes unwanted fat in the abdominal area
  • Recovery Time Most patients can get back to a desk job in just 48 hours, a light workout in 4-5 days, and a full workout in 2 weeks.



Dr. Smith and his staff are absolutely incredible. They made me feel welcome, comfortable, and listened to from the moment I first arrived for a consultation, all the way to my surgery and afterwards. The care I received from Dr. Smith, Annalise, and Julia was exemplary. I am thrilled with the results of my procedure, and sincerely can't recommend them highly enough.


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