Tummy Tuck

Abdominal Contouring in NYC

Manhattan woman shows before and after tummy tuck results
Diet and exercise can help you shed pounds after excessive weight gain or pregnancy, but there’s very little you can do to rid yourself of loose, sagging skin in the abdomen. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, can get rid of that excess skin and repositions stretched out abdominal muscles to give you a smooth body contour. While some laser treatments may help tighten the skin in certain areas, the tummy tuck is the best way to address your cosmetic concerns and give you a slimmer, natural-looking midsection.

If you’re interested in a tummy tuck, please contact New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts today at (855) 329-1482 to schedule your consultation at our Manhattan, New York office. Our cosmetic surgeon is triple board-certified and specializes in this body contouring procedure.

You have multiple options for tummy tucks at our New York boutique cosmetic surgery practice, and Dr. Victoria Karlinsky-Bellini can answer all of your questions during your initial consultation. Some of the tummy tuck details you should know include:

What is a Tummy Tuck?

The abdominoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that addresses loose, sagging skin and excess fat in the abdomen. This often occurs after pregnancy and weight gain. When you lose that weight, your skin may lack the elasticity to shrink with your figure, so despite reaching your goal weight, your body shape may not reflect all of your hard work with diet and exercise. Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini corrects weakened abdominal muscles and sagging skin and may remove unwanted fat from the belly region with liposuction as well.

There are multiple benefits of a tummy tuck such as:

  • Slim and tone the abdomen
  • Excise excess, loose skin
  • Eliminate fat from the stomach
  • Address an overhanging stomach
  • Reduce a protruding belly

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What is a Mini Tummy Tuck?

A mini-abdominoplasty can give you a flatter, smoother stomach—the same slimming results as a traditional tummy tuck—with half the downtime, price, and scarring. The mini tummy tuck focuses on the lower abdomen beneath the belly button, where many women struggle with stretch marks and loose skin after childbirth.

This procedure requires only local anesthetic, which reduces the risks and complications associated with going under general anesthesia and involves a smaller incision and faster recovery than its counterpart. The mini tummy tuck is an excellent option for busy moms who want a faster, easier, and a more affordable way to eliminate frustrating, sagging abdominal skin after pregnancy.

You may also consider incorporating liposuction or Lunchtime Lipo for additional fat removal and contouring, which can be combined with your mini-abdominoplasty.

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Tummy Tuck Candidates

Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini recommends the abdominoplasty procedure for patients who have midsections that have become resistant to diet and exercise. The mini tummy tuck is recommended for those with excess skin that is only below the belly button. It’s important you be in good overall health and prepared to have a surgical procedure. If you’re a smoker, you’ll need to quit before your tummy tuck through the recovery process.

Some patients who come into New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts in Manhattan looking for a tummy tuck may benefit more from another procedure or cosmetic treatment such as the mini-abdominoplasty or liposuction for those with very minimal loose skin. Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini won’t recommend a cosmetic surgery unless she believes it’s the right fit for you, your body, and your safety.

Our patients love their new, flat abdomens. Read stories from real patients.

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Preparing for a Tummy Tuck

There are several ways you can prepare yourself and your home for your tummy tuck recovery such as making and freezing nutritious meals ahead of time and arranging for help around the house and with children so you can focus on healing. You will need a ride home after the procedure and should plan to dress in comfortable clothing. The mini tummy tuck doesn’t require general anesthesia, but you will still need someone available to drive you home and wear loose clothing.

Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini will provide a full overview of surgery and anesthesia preparation, including the elimination of smoking, blood-thinning medications, and NSAIDs such as Advil or ibuprofen, Aleve, or aspirin two weeks before and after surgery.

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The Abdominoplasty Procedure

The full tummy tuck requires you go under general anesthesia. Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini will make an incision that stretches from hip to hip, paying close attention to placement to ensure future scarring will be concealed below your bathing suit line. The procedure requires another incision around your belly button to aid in muscle repositioning.

Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini’s technique focuses on trimming loose skin, removing excess fat, and tightening separated abdominal muscles. She may also treat fat in the stomach and sides, or “love handles” with liposuction to deliver a beautiful body contour.

This cosmetic surgery doesn’t require an overnight stay — just a few short hours in our relaxing recovery room. Complications are rare after a tummy tuck, but can include visible scarring, bleeding, infection, or wound separation. Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini gives out her personal phone number to patients to stay in touch during recovery so that patients can contact our cosmetic surgeon immediately concerning healing or unusual symptoms.

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The Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure

With the mini tummy tuck, you get the same slimming benefits of the traditional tummy tuck with a less invasive procedure that requires less downtime. During your mini tummy tuck, Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini will use only local anesthesia to numb your abdomen and make a much smaller incision (similar to the scar from a C-section) than is needed for the traditional abdominoplasty. She will remove the loose, excess skin from your lower stomach and leave your belly button intact for natural-looking results. Liposuction may be needed for fat removal and further contouring.

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Tummy Tuck Recovery & Results

The full tummy tuck requires you to take one week off from work to focus on the recovery process and avoid putting unnecessary strain on your body. Muscle tightness and discomfort will continue for several weeks. Some patients experience a reduced appetite due to the new abdominal tightness, which can further your tummy tuck results by aiding weight loss. It’s not uncommon for our abdominoplasty patients to experience additional weight loss of 10-35 pounds in the months following the procedure.  

You’ll notice a flatter stomach right after the traditional tummy tuck surgery and an immediate change in the way your clothes fit. Part of your recovery could involve shopping for a new wardrobe to fit your slimmer figure. Take care of your investment by maintaining a healthy weight to enjoy your beautiful new figure indefinitely.

The recovery after a mini tummy tuck is shorter. Most of our Manhattan patients can return to work and their regular schedule in less than a week. You will feel some discomfort and tightness in your abdomen, and it’s essential to rest at home for a few days. As the mini-abdominoplasty only uses local anesthesia, you’ll be back on your feet quickly. Mini tummy tuck results can be seen immediately—Clothing will fit better, and you’ll be thrilled to see your smoother, tighter midsection.

View our Before and After Gallery for Tummy Tuck Results.

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Cost and Financing for Your Tummy Tuck

At New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts, the full tummy tuck procedure starts as low as $8,500. You’ll be given a detailed quote after your consultation when we’ve discussed your body goals. This expense includes the cosmetic surgeon’s fee, anesthesia, facility, and operating room fees, recovery garments, and all follow-up appointments. We offer financing information on how to pay for your tummy tuck in Manhattan.

The mini tummy tuck at our cosmetic surgery practice starts as low as $5,000, which is a reasonably competitive price in the New York area.

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Schedule Your Tummy Tuck Consultation in Manhattan

Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini is a triple board-certified cosmetic surgeon whose education, training, and passion for the field has led her to offer an accredited New York Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship program. She’s been featured in the media countless times including The New York Times and Beauty World News. Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini and our Rhinoplasty Specialist, Dr. Nease, take pride in offering the latest techniques and treatments to our Manhattan patients.

If you’re interested in a tummy tuck, please contact New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts in Manhattan today at (855) 329-1482 to schedule your consultation. We provide cosmetic surgery and medical spa treatments to patients in surrounding NYC areas.

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At New Look New Life, helping you achieve beautiful results with minimal time away from your busy life is our goal. Dr. Victoria Karlinsky-Bellini is a New York cosmetic surgeon whose eye for detail and careful attention to her patients showcases itself in the gorgeous and natural-looking results they are able to provide. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Karlinksy-Bellini give our office a call today at one of our two New York locations (Manhattan and Westchester) and get ready for a new, more confident you.

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Meet Our Physician Team

Victoria Karlinsky Carey J. Nease, MD Rita Shats, M.D. Cosmetic Gynecology in Manhattan

Victoria Karlinsky-Bellini, M.D. , Carey J. Nease, MD and Rita Shats, M.D.

Our cosmetic surgeons are highly-skilled and trained as body scultpting, facial and vaginal rejuvenation specialists with extensive experience in all aspects of cosmetic surgery and treatments.

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