Tummy Tuck

Darren M. Smith, MD -  - Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Darren M. Smith, MD

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

A tummy tuck (“abdominoplasty”) is the most powerful procedure available to flatten and tone your abdomen. As a premier board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City, Darren M. Smith, MD, can help you achieve the midsection of your dreams. To learn more about modern tummy tuck procedures, book a consultation. Either click on the online scheduling feature to book or call the clinic.

Tummy Tuck

What happens during tummy tuck surgery?

A tummy tuck, medically known as an abdominoplasty, involves toning and sculpting your midsection. The procedure is entirely tailored to your needs and desired outcome. Tummy tuck surgery, performed under general anesthesia, can include:

  • Removing excess fat (liposuction)
  • Correcting separated muscles
  • Removing excess or loose skin

Tummy tucks most frequently involve a combination of the above.

Tummy tucks are ideal for smoothing out that dreaded muffin top, strengthening your abdominal wall, and flattening your stomach. The end result is a more toned, defined midsection, and of course, a dramatic boost in confidence.

Am I a candidate for a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is beneficial for women and men who want to enhance the appearance of their abdomen, especially if they have stubborn bulges from separated abdominal muscles (common after pregnancy, called “diastasis recti” or “rectus diastasis”) or fat deposits that don’t resolve with diet and exercise. Tummy tuck surgery might be right for you if you:

  • Are in good overall health
  • Are close to your goal weight
  • Are finished having children
  • Have excess fat or skin buildup
  • Have a separation between your abdominal muscles (rectus diastasis)

During your consultation, Dr. Smith and his specialized team will work with you to explore your desired outcomes. Dr. Smith will also evaluate your health to ensure a tummy tuck is a safe and appropriate procedure for you.

Will I have visible scars after a tummy tuck?

Yes, you’re going to have scars after a tummy tuck (any surgical incision leaves a scar!). But Dr. Smith is an expert at making incisions and placing sutures in areas that aren’t in plain sight. In most cases, he can create your incision in the lowest part of your abdomen, so your abdominoplasty scar hides discreetly below your swimsuit or underwear line. Depending on the kind of abdominoplasty the Dr. Smith recommends for you, you may also have a small scar going around your belly button.

Fortunately, Dr. Smith is known for his extra care and focus in creating clean incisions, meaning the incision heals quickly and leaves fine scars behind that fade and become more difficult to see over time. He’ll also teach you how to care for your incision after a tummy tuck and coach you about postoperative strategies to maximize your results.

To get started on a path to a more slender you, schedule a tummy tuck evaluation at the practice of Darren M. Smith, MD. Book online or over the phone.

What is recovery like after a tummy tuck?

Patients with office jobs can generally expect to return to work in two weeks after a tummy tuck. While you will be walking immediately after the procedure, you will be doing so while bent at the waist so as not to stress your incision. For the first week, other than easy short walks, your activity should be very light. During the second week, you will begin to walk more upright, and your activity level will return to a relaxed normal (unhurried walks, light chores, meals out are fine). Between 4 and 6 weeks, depending on the patient and the procedure performed, full activity at the gym is again permitted.