A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin, repairs weakened abdominal muscles and flattens the midsection for a more appealing contour. Though childbirth is often to blame for excess abdominal skin and fat, genetics and weight fluctuations can play a role, too. Abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck, is a popular way Long Island residents remedy concerns about excess skin and fat when diet and exercise aren't enough.
If you're curious about enhancing your figure on Long Island with a tummy tuck, request a consultation online, or call our office directly at (631) 424-3600 to make an appointment with Dr. James Romanelli or Dr. David Pincus.
Before & After Photos
At 23 years of age and 1 child, this woman had lost all 65 pounds of weight she had put on during her pregnancy. She was becoming quite fit, but couldn't correct the excess skin of th... View Case
At 5 feet, 3 inches tall and 130 pounds, this 33-year-old mom came to our Long Island office looking for a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). Her obstetrician, who had delivered her 2 chi... View Case
This 35-year-old woman, the mother of 3 children, was referred to my office by her obstetrician for help with her abdomen. She wanted a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) at our Long Island prac... View Case
This professional from Nassau County came to see us about improving her abdomen and breasts after having 2 children. At 32 years of age her abdomen was stretched out, and the C-sections she ha... View Case
Having had 3 children, this 31 year old Huntington resident loss the shape in her abdomen, and came in for a tummy tuck. She hoped an abdominoplasty could undo the damage of pregnancy, and it... View Case
At 35 years of age this busy Long Island mother of 2 came in to reshape her body after the "damage" of 2 pregnancies. She was referred by family members I had treated, and wanted a Mom... View Case
This 41-year-old mother of one child (by C-section) had a laparoscopic band procedure which helped her lose 85 pounds, but left her with excess abdominal skin. Interested in body contouring pr... View Case
This 39-year-old professional came to see us about her abdomen, having had 3 children, including one C-section. She was looking for flattening and removal of the excess skin.Exami... View Case
This 44-year-old woman, the mother of two children, came in for a tummy tuck at our Long Island plastic surgery practice. At 5'... View Case
This 45 year old mother of two is an active woman who owns and operates her own company. She came to our practice to discuss flattening out her stomach. Unfamiliar with cosmetic surgery, she wasn&r... View Case
This 50-year-old, retired mother of 3 came to see Dr. Romanelli about a few different issues. Her first complaint was excess skin on the upper eyelids as well as the skin on her lower face and neck... View Case
This 24-year-old woman came to us to address her stomach. She was very unhappy with the extra skin and fat in her abdominal area. She wanted to see what Dr. Romanelli had to say about her candidacy... View Case
This 35-year-old professional came to us after a significant weight loss left her with excess skin in the abdominal area. The patient had done the very hard work of losing 125 lbs with diet and exe... View Case
During a tummy tuck consultation, you will meet Dr. James Romanelli or Dr. David Pincus to plan and discuss your procedure. Your surgeon will review your medical history and ask questions about your goals and lifestyle. He will also examine your abdomen's muscle tone, skin elasticity, and fat distribution to design a customized approach to your abdominoplasty.
Your consultation is a great opportunity for you to ask questions and voice your concerns in a confidential, unhurried environment. Once Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Pincus has determined your candidacy, he will provide a detailed explanation of your tummy tuck surgery, including where the incision will be, how much skin and fat will be removed, scarring, and potential results.
Because the procedure varies from person to person, there is no hard-and-fast approach to abdominoplasty. In general, full tummy tucks require an incision below the bikini line and across the abdomen, as well as an incision around the navel. The abdominal muscles are tightened using sutures, a process that narrows the waist and creates a stronger abdominal wall. Excess skin is removed, creating a new opening for the navel, and the incisions are closed with stitches.
Dr. Romanelli and Dr. Pincus also sometimes perform mini tummy tucks, which requires no scar at the navel. This less-invasive option addresses excess skin and fat below the belly button only, so it is not appropriate for all patients. Your surgeon will make a recommendation about which option will work best for you.
At Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery, abdominoplasties are performed under general anesthesia, administered by our board-certified anesthesiologist. The surgery usually lasts between 1½ and 2½ hours. Though a mini-abdominoplasty may be performed as an outpatient procedure, our full tummy tuck patients stay overnight in our recovery suite to be monitored by our private duty nurse.
Recovery & Results
If you choose to stay overnight, Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Pincus will examine you the morning after your surgery, and, in most cases, allow you to return home. You will need to allow for plenty of time to rest and heal. Though standing up will be difficult, it's important to get up on your feet at least a couple of times each day. Soreness can be relieved with prescribed pain medication.
Our surgeons rarely use drains for tummy tucks, thanks to new techniques Dr. Romanelli added long ago. Most sutures are dissolvable, though healing can continue for up to 6 weeks. Your surgeon will provide you with a comprehensive guide to caring for yourself after surgery, including recommendations for when you may return to work and other daily activities.
Before & After Tummy Tuck
This 44-year-old mother of 2 came to Dr. Romanelli for a tummy tuck to firm and flatten her tummy.
This patient, age 45, chose a tummy tuck with Dr. Romanelli to renew her abdominal area after having 2 children. For additional photos of tummy tuck patients, visit our photo gallery.
*Your results may vary.
Will I have a scar after my tummy tuck?
Patients who undergo a full tummy tuck will have a scar below the bikini line. The scar will usually appear pink in color once the sutures are removed and then gradually fade to white over the coming months. Tummy tuck scars are not usually visible when you are clothed or wearing a swimsuit.
How long will my results last?
If you maintain a healthy weight, tummy tuck results can be long lasting. It is important to inform your doctor if you plan on becoming pregnant after the surgery. Pregnancy or weight gain can negate the effects of your tummy tuck.
Who can have a tummy tuck?
It's important to remember that abdominoplasty is not a weight-loss procedure. The purpose of a tummy tuck is to enhance and contour the abdomen, not help a patient shed pounds. Good tummy tuck candidates are generally healthy and able to maintain a stable weight. If you smoke, you should quit well in advance of your surgery, as smoking may increase the risk of complications. Patients should also have realistic expectations about the outcome of the surgery.
For answers to other common questions about tummy tuck surgery, visit our Tummy Tuck FAQ page.