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Introduction to Tummy Tuck

Abdominoplasty, commonly known as the “Tummy Tuck”, is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic procedures. It addresses the abdominal laxity and bulginess that bother both men and women in their 30s to 50s, especially in women after multiple pregnancies.

This procedure will help regain your body’s natural aesthetic and create a more shapely silhouette by removing any excess fat and/or skin around your lower abdomen.

Dr. William Lao is a double board-certified plastic surgeon who has performed numerous tummy tucks throughout his career. At our NYC practice, tummy tuck surgery is a very popular procedure. Dr. Lao can use his surgical prowess to give you the tight and toned abdomen you have always wanted. Your tummy tuck will be performed by Dr. William Lao in our New York office. Dr. Lao strives to offer the best tummy tuck NYC patients can be excited about and places patient safety as his top priority.

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What is a Tummy Tuck?

Laxity of the abdomen is a common concern of ladies in the mid-30s to 50s. Common reasons for the enlarged belly are weight gain or massive weight loss or abdominal laxity after childbirth (especially for ladies who have had multiple pregnancies or given birth to twins or triplets). Characteristics of these common issues with the abdomen often involve stretch marks, lower abdominal fullness, hanging pannus, ptosis, and lengthening of the belly button. Men can also have similar problems but often stem from weight gain with mostly intra-abdominal fat accumulation and not as much abdominal structural laxity as ladies.

A large abdomen not only causes cosmetic distress due to the unsightly appearance but also comes with difficulty in fitting into nice clothing. Depending on the occupation, patients have complained of discomfort wearing belts or equipment that are required for work (ie. police officers, construction workers). When the pannus is large, the skin crease underneath can collect moisture and result in skin irritations with rash or fungal infections.

Who are the Best Candidates for a Tummy Tuck?

Ideal candidates for a tummy tuck should be in good overall health and should have a realistic understanding of what is possible through surgery. During your initial consultation. Dr. Lao will evaluate your current health, go over your pertinent medical history, and ask what your reasons and goals are for the procedure. It is best to wait until you have reached your ideal weight and are prepared to maintain that weight before undergoing a tummy tuck. Gaining weight after your abdominoplasty can reverse the results of your procedure, meaning additional surgeries may be required.

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What are the Benefits of a Tummy Tuck?

In our experience, our NYC tummy tuck patients have seen a multitude of advantages with their procedures such as:

  • A boost in self-esteem, body confidence, and comfort which in turn encourages maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

  • The better ability to wear the clothing they desire.

  • Reduction of their heavier lower abdomen and hips.

  • Improved posture and reduction in lower back pain.

  • Regaining a more youthful appearance following pregnancy and/or weight loss.

What’s the First Step?

The first step to getting a successful tummy tuck in New York with an esteemed plastic surgeon, Dr. William Lao, is to schedule a consultation. By giving us a phone call or filling out an online contact form, we’ll schedule your one-on-one appointment.

During the consultation, you’ll be able to express your surgical desires to Dr. Lao. He’ll provide a thorough assessment of the stomach area and give you his expert recommendations. During your abdominoplasty consultation, you should be as open and honest with Dr. Lao about your goals. Great communication with your surgeon, leads to optimal results.

If you’re happy with the proposed treatment, surgery will be booked and we’ll provide you with pre and postoperative instructions. Dr. Lao will also have specific questions on current medications and medical history.

What to Expect on the Day of a Tummy Tuck

There are many ways to handle a large abdomen. The best result comes from surgery with weight loss. If the patient’s skin quality is good and the primary issue is only excess fat, then liposuction alone will likely be enough to enhance the appearance of the midsection. If there is excess sagging skin or stretched-out abdominal muscles, a tummy tuck is required.

Abdominoplasty is offered to people who not only have excess fat but also excess skin in the abdomen. For stretch marks, abdominoplasty oftentimes is the only effective way to remove them for women after giving birth.

Some people may have abdominal muscles that have become stretched and loose, making it impossible to attain a flat midsection. During the procedure, the loosened abdominal fascia can also be tightened internally to give the patient an hour-glass shaped waistline and enhance the overall appearance of their figure.

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Time: 2-3 hours



Ambulate the night of surgery

Shower 2 days after surgery

7 to 10 days off work


6 weeks from heavy lifting and swimming

Tummy Tuck Recovery

Bruising and swelling can occur following your tummy tuck. Compression garments are provided to help manage to swell and provide additional support. Medication can be prescribed to help manage any pain or discomfort. It usually takes one week before you can resume your normal activities. Strenuous activities will need to be postponed for several weeks.

Why Choose Dr. Lao?

While there are many options for abdominoplasty in New York, by going to Dr. Lao you’re getting the reassurance knowing that your operation is being performed by an expert. Dr. Lao is a double-board certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience and training. Dr. Lao has been awarded a TopDoc by the popular aesthetic magazine NewBeauty and often loans his knowledge to the digital magazine for plastic surgery questions.

How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost in New York City?

The cost of a Tummy Tuck in New York City can vary. As an experienced tummy tuck New York City plastic surgeon, Dr. Lao will meet with you in his Manhattan office to discuss all options and pricing and go over with you his recommendations.


Will a tummy tuck help with obesity?

Unfortunately, a tummy tuck can not help with obesity. It is designed more to help those who are unable to achieve a flat stomach even with a healthy diet and routine exercise.

What’s the difference between a tummy tuck and liposuction?

Although both surgeries can have similar benefits, they are very different.

With a Tummy Tuck, Dr. Lao will trim any excess skin and tighten the abdominal muscles. Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that will increase definition and remove any fatty deposits. The primary difference between these two surgeries is that although liposuction can be performed on the tummy, it will not tighten your abdominal muscles, which the tummy tuck will do.

Both of these surgeries can be combined to provide the most optimal results. Dr. Lao will be able to provide his professional recommendation during your private consultation.

Can I combine a tummy tuck with other procedures?

Certainly! Many of our patients will combine their Tummy Tuck with a Breast Lift or other breast procedures, this is commonly referred to as a Mommy Makeover. To see a full list of combinable surgeries, refer to our Mommy Makeover page. If you have any further questions or concerns, Dr. Lao will be happy to discuss this with you in your private consultation.

Is a tummy tuck painful?

Dr. Lao utilizes anesthesia for this surgery, so the procedure is not painful. You may experience some discomfort for a few days, especially while standing. You will be provided with pain medication to assist you with any discomfort. There may also be some swelling in your abdominal area over the next few months.

How long will my results last?

The results can last forever, as long you stay diligent in maintaining a healthy lifestyle by eating properly and staying active.

What’s the best age for a tummy tuck?

As long as you maintain good health through routine exercise and a proper diet, the typical age range for a Tummy Tuck is 18-65 years old.

Will having a baby impact my results?

Birthing a newborn will, unfortunately, have an impact on your results. It is strongly recommended that you wait until you are finished having children before considering this procedure.

Schedule Your Consultation

Dr. Lao is known by his patients as the best New York City tummy tuck plastic surgeon. He will take the time to listen to your reasons for choosing to undergo surgery so that he can customize your tummy tuck and provide you with the personalized results you are looking for. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation for your abdominoplasty in Manhattan.

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Dr. Lao has provided surgery for patients from almost every continent in the world. With such a wide range, patients frequently ask about travel arrangements for surgery.

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Patient Resources

We’re here to help, with a number of patient resources designed to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Read through the materials below, and don’t hesitate to reach out and set up your consultation to learn more about what we can do for you.

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