TUMMY TUCK SURGERY (ABDOMINOPLASTY) BY DR. ZUCKERMAN IN NEW YORK CITY

Frontal view of one of Dr. Zuckerman's tummy tuck surgery outcomes. Images were taken before surgery and three months after.

Frontal view of one of Dr. Zuckerman’s tummy tuck surgery outcomes. Images were taken before surgery and three months after.

Introduction to Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty)

If you’ve been having trouble eliminating extra skin folds in the abdominal region, Dr. Zuckerman can help you attain a tighter, athletic-looking stomach with abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery. This procedure is the gold standard procedure for getting rid of stubborn, excess skin in the midsection and is one of the most common that Dr. Zuckerman performs. He can give you a more toned, fit appearance to the stomach and help you get rid of extra fat that doesn’t respond to diet and exercise. It can also be very beneficial for new mothers who are having trouble getting back to their pre-pregnancy figures. Dr. Zuckerman is one of the most skilled and respected in the region and has been trained and educated at some of the most prestigious medical institutions in the world including Brown University and New York University (NYU). He is highly adept with abdominoplasty procedures and offers safe, effective treatment that can provide you with natural-looking results.


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Am I A Candidate For Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty)?



A tummy tuck, medically referred to as abdominoplasty, is designed to remove extra fat and skin from the abdominal region and redrape the area for a firmer midsection. Excess skin folds and fat can appear in this region to a number of factors, including:

• Significant weight loss
• Genetics
• Aging
• Pregnancy

Excess fat and skin in the abdomen can often be extraordinarily difficult to eliminate, even with a strict diet and a rigorous exercise routine. As you can see in some of these Before & After photos above and below, this procedure can do wonders for tightening the abdominal muscles and getting rid of the excess skin. This surgery can also be a good match for those suffering from diastasis recti, separation of the abdominal muscles post-pregnancy.



A synchronized video of a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) performed by Dr. Zuckerman. Footage was taken before surgery and two months afterward. Dr. Zuckerman performed liposuction of the abdomen, flanks, and lower back as well.


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Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty) in Detail



A tummy tuck typically begins with an incision made above the pubic area, stretching from hip to hip. Dr. Zuckerman then makes another incision is made to free the navel from surrounding tissue. The skin is then lifted, and the underlying abdominal muscles tightened and pulled taut. Excess skin is removed, and the remainder is redraped and tightened for a firmer, flatter appearance. The navel is then stitched back into place and the incisions closed.

Some patients with less excess skin and muscle separation, can undergo a “Mini Tummy Tuck” by Dr. Zuckerman, but most prospective patients do better with a fully tummy tuck. Dr. Zuckerman compares the two procedures visually, and he can help you decide which cosmetic surgery procedure is right for you at your surgery consultation in his office.

Tummy tuck surgery can be performed at Dr. Zuckerman’s state-of-the-art, fully equipped operating room located inside in his office in midtown Manhattan. This operatory facility has been certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF), an organization which recognizes operating environments that adhere to the highest standards of care.

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Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty) Recovery



• Day of surgery: tummy tuck is performed, with accompanying liposculpture of the flanks and contouring of the waistline. 2 small drains left in place to eliminate the possibility of post-op fluid collection. Pain control with long-acting local anesthetic. Walking is encouraged. Hips are kept gently flexed for the first week. Gentle compression garment is worn. Showering is allowed with drains in place.
• Post-op days 3-5: swelling reaches is maximum level, but pain remains well controlled. Activity level gradually increases. Pain medication is weaned off.
• 1 week: Drains are removed painlessly. Hips no longer required to be flexed. Swelling begins to subside. Majority of patients return to work. Most patients off all pain medication.
• 2 weeks: Normal daily routine is resumed, including gentle aerobic exercise. Compression garment still worn under clothing to reduce swelling.
• 6 weeks: All exercise allowed to be resumed, including strenuous lifting and abdominal exercise. Swelling continues to reduce, approaching zero during this time.
• 3 months: Final contour is achieved
• 1 year: Final appearance of scars is reached, optimized by scar massage, silicone-based scar gel, and protection from the sun.

As noted above, on the day of surgery, Dr. Zuckerman applies a long-acting local anesthetic called EXPAREL® for all abdominoplasty patients. Whereas most pain traditional pain medicines last up to a maximum of twelve hours, EXPAREL® gradually releases medication to a particular region for up to three days. This approach is a significant departure from previous techniques and minimizes postoperative pain and discomfort.

Patients should expect a recovery process of several weeks before feeling completely back to normal; however, you can typically expect to be back to your normal daily routine after about one to two weeks. Some swelling and bruising is to be expected while the area heals, and any discomfort can be managed with medication. Strenuous exercise and strain to the abdominal region should be avoided for at least six weeks after a tummy tuck procedure. Short walks should be taken soon after surgery to avoid blood clots. There will be some degree of scarring after the procedure; however, scarring will likely diminish to a certain extent over time, and the scar can typically be hidden under clothing, and even swimwear.

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Before & After Images of Dr. Zuckerman’s Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty)



Left oblique view of one of Dr. Zuckerman's tummy tuck surgery outcomes. Images were taken before surgery and three months after.
Right oblique view of one of Dr. Zuckerman's tummy tuck surgery outcomes. Images were taken before surgery and three months after.

Dr. Zuckerman publishes many of his previous tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) results with patient consent. The before and after image gallery has pairs of high resolution images from three to four angles for each patient. Many prospective patients enjoy finding a similar case to their own that Dr. Zuckerman has performed in the past. Take a look through the gallery by clicking on the button below.


BEFORE & AFTER IMAGE GALLERY

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Risks of Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty)



Tummy tuck surgery is overwhelmingly safe when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Zuckerman is extremely skilled and highly experienced with tummy tuck procedures and will make every effort to minimize risks. Risks can be further minimized by patients strictly adhering to Dr. Zuckerman’s instructions both before and after the procedure. All aspects of tummy tuck surgery, including risk of complications, will be discussed in detail at your initial consultation. A few of the possible, but rare, complications include:

• Wound breakdown
• Infection of the incision sites
• Hypertrophic, raised, scarring
• Bleeding or hematoma formation For more information on possible risks of this procedure, you may visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons page or The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery page, in both of which Dr. Zuckerman is an active member.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty)



Below are the answers to some questions Dr. Zuckerman most frequently receives from prospective patients. If you don’t see your question below, feel free to contact Dr. Zuckerman’s office, and a member of his staff will be glad to reach out to you.

Can I undergo a mini-tummy tuck instead of a full tummy tuck?
In your cosmetic surgery consultation with Dr. Zuckerman, he can discuss with you whether you may benefit from a mini-tummy tuck. However, 8 times out of 10 in Dr. Zuckerman’s practice, a patient will need the full tummy tuck.

Can I undergo a liposuction only instead of a full tummy tuck?
If you have skin laxity (excess skin) or muscle separation, then liposuction only will not give you a good result. Liposuction cannot eliminate excess skin; it only removes fat.

Can I undergo tummy tuck surgery if I would like to lose weight in the future?
If you wish to lose only a moderate amount of weight, you could be a candidate for tummy tuck surgery now. However, patients wishing to lose large amounts of weight should do so before undergoing the surgery.

Can I undergo tummy tuck surgery if I wish to become pregnant in the future?
I generally recommend that a woman wait until she is finished having children before undergoing tummy tuck surgery.

Can I undergo tummy tuck and liposuction at the same time?
Yes, my tummy tucks almost all involve liposuction of the abdomen, flanks, and lower back as part of the procedure. The goal is to remove excess fat via liposuction and excess skin via the tummy tuck procedure to reshape your abdominal contour.

Must I have surgical postoperative drains put in during surgery
Yes, I place drains in the abdomen for all abdominoplasty patients. They typically remain in place for one to two weeks and are not painful to remove. They help prevent collections of fluid called seromas and are quite important. You can shower with them in place, and they require minimal maintenance.

Can I undergo tummy tuck surgery at the same time as a C-section?
While this may seem like a good idea, it actually is generally agreed by plastic surgeons not to be. During pregnancy, many of the anatomical structures of the abdomen are stretched out. This means that tummy tuck surgery performed at the end of pregnancy could lead to suboptimal results, because the surgeon would have difficulty stretching abdominal skin and tissue tight enough. In addition, tummy tucks performed at this time are associated with a high complication rate including infections. I generally advise patients to wait six months after childbirth before underoing a tummy tuck.

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Schedule Your Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty) Consultation with Dr. Zuckerman



Are you ready for your tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) consultation with Dr. Zuckerman? He will perform a thorough evaluation of your desired outcome and needs based on your anatomy and medical history. Dr. Zuckerman will also address any questions or concerns you may have about the surgery and discuss with you the details of his approach: incision location(s), procedure length and techniques, likely operative outcome, etc. Contact his office by clicking the button below or by calling 212-231-9897. Dr. Zuckerman also offers consultations via Skype and a process for out-of-town patients to visit New York City to have surgery with him.


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Dr. Zuckerman has been selected as a SuperDoctor and profiled in The New York Times Magazine SuperDoctors issue three years in a row, recognizing him as one of the best plastic surgeons in New York.

Dr. Zuckerman has been selected as a SuperDoctor and profiled in The New York Times Magazine SuperDoctors issue three years in a row.


Dr. Zuckerman was quoted on the use of Kybella to eliminate submental, under the chin, fat. He also opined on how an angular jaw line is essential to societal classical perceptions of facial beauty.

Dr. Zuckerman was quoted on the use of Kybella to eliminate submental, under the chin, fat. He also opined on how an angular jaw line is essential to societal classical perceptions of facial beauty.


Dr. Zuckerman appeared on an episode of The Doctors TV show on CBS for a preoperative evaluation of a severe burn victim who requires a complex plastic surgery reconstruction.

Dr. Zuckerman appeared on an episode of The Doctors TV show on CBS for a preoperative evaluation of a severe burn victim who requires a complex plastic surgery reconstruction.


A mother and daughter pair of Dr. Zuckerman’s patients were interviewed by the New York Post about how much they enjoy their experience at Dr. Zuckerman’s office undergoing cosmetic Botox and Juvederm treatments.

A mother and daughter pair of Dr. Zuckerman’s patients were interviewed by the New York Post about how much they enjoy their experience at Dr. Zuckerman’s office, undergoing cosmetic Botox and Juvederm treatments.


Dr. Zuckerman was interviewed on the trend of “Trophy Husbands” where men undergo plastic surgery for Fox5 News.

Dr. Zuckerman opined on the trend of “Trophy Husbands” where men undergo plastic surgery for Fox5 News.


Dr. Zuckerman was interviewed on nipple piercings, their implications for breastfeeding, and why plastic surgery intervention may be required to remove them.

Dr. Zuckerman was interviewed on nipple piercings, their implications for breastfeeding, and why plastic surgery intervention may be required to remove them.


Dr. Zuckerman was selected as a SuperDoctor for New York state for plastic surgery. This selection is Dr. Zuckerman’s third year in a row and recognizes him as one of the best plastic surgeons in New York.

Dr. Zuckerman was selected as a SuperDoctor for New York state for plastic surgery. This selection is Dr. Zuckerman’s third year in a row and recognizes him as one of the best plastic surgeons in New York.


For ReadersDigest.com, Dr. Zuckerman discussed the fact that liposuction is not a shortcut to weight loss. It is a sculpturing tool best used to shape and contour targeted problem areas with excess, stubborn fat.

Dr. Zuckerman discussed the fact that liposuction is not a shortcut to weight loss. It is a sculpturing tool best used to shape and contour targeted problem areas with excess, stubborn fat.


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