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Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck

Men and women seeking abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck, in NYC choose Dr. Thomas P. Sterry, an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in body contouring procedures. Dr. Sterry offers patients from Manhattan and throughout the tri-state area exceptional results using advanced surgical techniques to remove excess skin and create flatter, more youthful-looking abs.

Learn more about Dr. Sterry and whether a tummy tuck is right for you by requesting a consultation using our online form, or call our office at (212) 249-4020 to schedule an appointment.

Is a Tummy Tuck for Me?

Dr. Sterry's tummy tuck patients will notice a dramatic change in the flatness and smoothness of their abdomens. This procedure removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen and will also tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. If you have one or more of the following conditions, you may be good candidate for the surgery:

If you have lost 50, 100 pounds, or more through bariatric surgery or diet and exercise, you may be an ideal candidate for a lower body lift.

Your Tummy Tuck Procedure

Dr. Sterry creates a surgical plan based on your consultation and his physical examination. He begins your customized procedure by making a horizontal incision just within or above the pubic area. The length of the incision, which extends outward toward the hip bones, increases with the amount of skin being removed.

Tummy Tuck
Before & After Photos

Individual results may vary.

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Before After

This 34-year-old woman came in asking for a tummy tuck and hernia repair.  Dr. Sterry performed the operation at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. She was 5 feet 6 inches tall and 125 pounds. She developed a hernia after a previous C-section and needed to have her abdomin...

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Before After

Dr. Sterry is a Manhattan tummy tuck surgeon who transformed this 44 year old woman.  She was frustrated by both her excess skin and the vertical abdominal scar on her belly that was so unattractive. " In this case, I was able to design her tummy tuck so that the entire vertical scar w...

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best tummy tuck in New York City
Before After

This is a 39 year old mother of two who thought it was time to "reset" her body.  She had been on a very aggressive diet and exercise routine, but was unable to regain the slender figure she had before giving birth.  None of her efforts helped to tighten her belly skin no...

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after tummy tuck in New York City
Before After

This is a 40 year old woman who had 4 children and developed a significant diastasis recti (a separation of the abdominal wall muscles).  She also had an umbilical (belly button) hernia.  While she loves her children, she really just wanted to get her body back in shape.  She had a...

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After New York City Tummy Tuck
Before After

This is a 38 year old mother who wanted a tummy tuck for years but says she always felt "guilty" about spending the money and the time on herself instead of her family.  We came up with a plan to make this a very fast recovery and helped her figure out how she could make it hap...

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Next, Dr. Sterry lifts the skin to gain access to the abdominal muscles. He tightens the underlying muscles by pulling them together and stitching them in place. After that, he makes a second incision around the navel to separate the excess skin above the navel from the deeper tissues. Dr. Sterry then pulls the skin downward to tighten it. At this point, the belly button is temporarily covered by the upper abdominal skin.

He then makes a small incision and brings the navel through into its new location on the belly. Dr. Sterry is careful to create a navel that is aesthetically pleasing. He then trims any excess skin from the lower abdomen, removing some or all of the stretch marks that are present.

"I'm very happy that I did this and I'm very happy that I chose Dr. Sterry to perform my tummy tuck. He's meticulous, professional, honest and a superb surgeon."

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*Your results may vary.

Dr. Sterry Answers Common Tummy Tuck Questions

Is a hospital stay required?

In most cases, no. More than 80% of patients go home the same day.

What kind of anesthesia is used for a tummy tuck?

You will be placed under general anesthesia, so you will be asleep through the entire procedure.

What should I expect immediately after tummy tuck surgery?

After your surgery, you'll be taken to a recovery area. You will likely have small drains left under your skin to help prevent fluids from accumulating. Your incision will be covered with a bandage and you will be placed in an elastic support garment to minimize swelling and promote healing.

Although you may not be able to stand perfectly straight at first, you will be encouraged to get out of bed soon after surgery to promote blood circulation. In this early phase of healing, you should avoid straining, bending and lifting. Bruising and swelling will reach a peak within the first week after surgery.

How long does it take to recover after a tummy tuck?

I typically remove any drains 7 to 10 days after surgery. You should be able to go back to work within 10 days, unless you have a physically demanding job. Most patients are ready to stop wearing the compression garment after 6 weeks.

After a few months, numbness and tightness usually dissipates. At this point, your incision line may begin to fade; it's important to avoid sun exposure as it heals.

Will the scar be visible?

The day before your abdominoplasty when I mark you for surgery, I'll ask you to bring in bikini bottoms, panties or low-rise jeans you plan to wear so I'm sure your scar will be concealed by them. Keep in mind that once you've had the operation, the placement of the scar cannot be changed.

I take great pride in the symmetry and exactness of my scar placement. If a patient tells me, ‘I want the scar to go from one centimeter below my hip bone to the same place on the other side,’ I can come pretty close to that. My scars never wander around—they're well-placed and precise.

Tummy Tuck Before & After Photos

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This patient, age 38, wanted her body back after having 3 children. Dr. Sterry performed abdominoplasty as part of a mommy makeover that also included breast augmentation. Visit his photo gallery for additional photos of this patient. Your results may vary.

Are there alternatives to a tummy tuck?

Traditional abdominoplasty isn't necessarily the best choice for everyone. When you come in for your personal consultation, I will advise you if any of these other options will work well for you:

Is a ‘Mommy Makeover’ tummy tuck different from one on a bariatric patient?

Yes. A tummy tuck performed as part of a Mommy Makeover is a lot different than one performed on someone who has lost 100 pounds or more. In some ways, performing it as part of a Mommy Makeover is a lot easier, but in other ways, it's more challenging. You see every little detail of what I do to the muscle.

How does a tummy tuck affect the navel?

Your navel will not move after a tummy tuck—it will just come through a new opening I will make in your abdominal skin after I've removed the excess skin. However, the shape of the scar surrounding the navel may significantly affect the appearance of your belly button—usually for the better.

Can you have a tummy tuck if you already have abdominal scars?

Scars from previous abdominal surgeries may limit what a tummy tuck can do for you. On the other hand, sometimes I can use an existing scar for the new incision.

What results can you expect from abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty is a very satisfying operation because most patients notice the difference in their physique immediately after surgery. As healing progresses and swelling decreases over time, the results only seem to get better.

You should notice that clothes fit you in a much more flattering way. And your newly slender figure will allow you to wear fashions you may not have been able to wear for years.

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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.


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