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Arm Lift Surgery Options

I do a lot of body contouring. In my earlier years I was very possibly the most experienced plastic surgeon in New York City when it comes to post bariatric body contouring for loose skin. Times have changed, but I’m still glad that I have these skills, and I still do a fair number of arm lift cases…just not quite as many as I used to. Yesterday, I had yet another patient come in asking about her loose arm skin. She is a young woman and is still in the process of losing weight, so I suggested that she complete … Continue reading  

Honest Plastic Surgery Photography

Medical photography online seems not to adhere to any set of standards. This is for the most part because doctors are trained in medicine and surgery, not photography. On the other hand, I have noticed a few websites that post pictures that I simply don’t believe are honest. They are not typically altered outright, but there is so much more to the story than photoshop alone. Continue reading  

Belly Button Plastic Surgery

Every once in a while, a patient will come into my NYC office asking for cosmetic surgery of the belly button. (The media tries to make this out to be a fad, but I don’t really see it that way.) Plastic surgeons who perform a lot of tummy tuck procedures are all fairly well trained to handle these kinds of problems, so I thought patients should know that we may be able to help them out. I’m going to present a few belly button photos below to help the reader understand what can be done and why. Sometimes these umbilical … Continue reading  

How Long Is Tummy Tuck Recovery? Is It Painful?

A lot of people are interested in tummy tuck surgery but they think they don’t have the time or they fear tummy tuck recovery. They hesitate and may never improve parts of their body that the gym simply can’t work out for them, and that’s a shame. As the tummy tuck patients at my NYC practice have learned, in the long run, the procedure’s benefits usually far outweigh its recovery discomfort and time. What is the average recovery time for a tummy tuck? That’s a little difficult for me to offer a generic answer to this concern because I don’t … Continue reading  

Loose Skin After Weight Loss Surgery

Bariatric surgery helps many patients to lose a tremendous amount of weight and keep it off long term. Unfortunately, patients who have these operations are sometimes surprised at the way their bodies look after they have accomplished their comendable weight loss goals. Many of them start looking for plastic surgery to help tame the excess skin laxity that develops. And the rest take up weight loss programs to lose the excessive flabs of fat left hanging around. I started my career working with a bariatric surgery group of surgeons that was performing over 1,000 gastric bypass operations each year. Frankly, … Continue reading  

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Dr. Thomas P. Sterry

Thomas Sterry, MD, is a board-certified New York City plastic surgeon with over a decade of experience. At his inviting, boutique-style practice in Manhattan, he focuses on each patient's unique needs and aesthetic goals so that he can provide the most attractive and natural-looking outcomes possible.