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Overview

Everyone deserves to feel confident and comfortable in their body. Sometimes, diet and exercise are not enough to reduce the excess fat and skin that persists on your lower belly. For some women whose stomach muscles have become weakened or stretched by pregnancy, no amount of sit-ups can repair the separation of muscles and loss of skin elasticity. Excess fat, tissue, and skin around the lower stomach can also occur with normal aging and weight loss. In these cases, a tummy tuck (i.e., abdominoplasty) is a safe surgical way to remove excess fat and skin, repair the separation of muscles, and improve the appearance of stretch marks.

Summary

Procedure time
1 to 4 hours
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Overnight stay
Not typically
Anesthetic
Anesthetic
General anesthesia
Recovery time
Recovery time
1-3 weeks

Types of Tummy Tuck Treatments

Traditional Tummy Tuck

A traditional, or full tummy tuck procedure requires a horizontally-oriented incision on your lower stomach (between the pubic hairline and navel) and a small circular cut around the belly button. The shape and length of the horizontal incision will be determined by the degree of correction necessary. 

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Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck is often recommended for patients who do not have a lot of excess skin to be removed. This involves a big 4-8 inch incision above the pubic bone, similar to the size and location of a C-section scar. If you've had a C-section previously, the same incision can be used, though a mini tummy tuck incision might be slightly longer. 

Plastic surgery doctor draw lines with marker on patient stomach
Liposuction

Liposuction-only tummy tuck surgery is a fat-removal procedure (through suction) that significantly reduces the "pouch" of a lower belly without the recovery time and surgical scarring associated with traditional tummy tuck surgery. The natural shape of your lower abdomen does not change during this surgery, but it can result in a visibly flatter, firmer appearance. Liposuction can also remove fat tissue from the thighs and hips and is often done as part of traditional tummy tuck surgery. 

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Am I a

Candidate for a Tummy Tuck in New Jersey?

A tummy tuck is not intended as a weight loss procedure but can help return a natural, firmer appearance to your midsection. If you have sagging or excess skin and fatty tissue around your lower stomach, a significantly protruding abdomen, or weakened or separated abdominal muscles, you may be a candidate for tummy tuck surgery. You should also be a non-smoker in general good health, physically and mentally. The ideal candidates for a tummy tuck should be at, or near, their target body weight prior to surgery.

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Consultation

Tummy tuck surgical consultations are available at all Plastic Surgery Center locations. The best approach for you will depend on various personal and health-related factors. With this in mind, our surgeons will review your medical history and discuss your ideal surgical outcomes to make personalized recommendations. We can also provide a simulated image of your desired results with computer-assisted technology. 

Questions
about this procedure?

What is Tummy Tuck Surgery? - Dr. Ahmed Nasser

What to Expect

Depending on your recommended surgical approach and desired outcome, our expert staff and physicians will provide detailed information about what you can expect before, during, and after tummy tuck surgery.

Your surgeon will consider your health history, the amount of skin and fat tissue involved, existing scar tissue, and any previous or complementary procedures you want to have done to determine our best corrective recommendations. 

 

Once the incisions are made, the surgeon will carefully repair separated muscles, reshape the lower abdomen, and remove excess skin. Sometimes, they perform liposuction in the hips or thighs during tummy tucks to create a more balanced final result.

Typically, our surgeons close incisions with buried, dissolvable stitches, reducing visible scars and increasing patient comfort. Small drain tubes may be placed to allow excess fluid that builds up where fat tissue was removed during surgery. 

Recovery &
Results

Our expert physicians often perform a combination of procedures to achieve ideal results during a tummy tuck surgery. Recovery times vary widely based on the extent of the procedure and each person's unique healing process. Most patients undergoing tummy tuck surgery can expect to return to regular activity within 1-3 weeks.

You should ask someone to drive you home and assist with personal care tasks for the first couple of days. Pain and swelling are typically highest for 2-3 days following surgery. Prescription medication may be prescribed. Ice and over-the-counter medication can help manage swelling and pain during the first 24-48 hours.

You may be sent home with surgical drain tubes in place, which can be uncomfortable. Proper care of the drain tubes will be explained before discharge, and they will be removed in the office during one of your post-operative visits. Over the next 1-3 weeks, soreness can usually be managed with over-the-counter medication. 

Best

Tummy Tuck Surgeons in NJ

Our board-certified plastic surgeons are highly trained in the most advanced tummy tuck procedures. We combine extensive, specialized surgical expertise with decades of experience to ensure safety and satisfaction for each patient and pride ourselves in surgical outcomes that will exceed your expectations. 

Michael Rose
PHYSICIAN

Michael Rose

MD, FACS
Matthew  Kaufman
PHYSICIAN

Matthew Kaufman

MD, FACS
Tushar Patel
PHYSICIAN

Tushar Patel

MD, FACS
Russell Ashinoff
PHYSICIAN

Russell Ashinoff

MD, FACS
Adam Saad
PHYSICIAN

Adam Saad

MD, FACS
Eric Wimmers
PHYSICIAN

Eric Wimmers

MD, FACS
Hamid Abdollahi
PHYSICIAN

Hamid Abdollahi

MD, FACS
Zuhaib Ibrahim
PHYSICIAN

Zuhaib Ibrahim

MD, FACS
Eric I.  Chang
PHYSICIAN

Eric I. Chang

MD, FACS
Kari L.  Colen
PHYSICIAN

Kari L. Colen

MD, FACS
Sean Herman
PHYSICIAN

Sean Herman

MD, FACS
Hakan Usal
PHYSICIAN

Hakan Usal

MD
Ritwik Grover
PHYSICIAN

Ritwik Grover

MD
Ahmed Nasser
PHYSICIAN

Ahmed Nasser

MD
Tzvi Small
PHYSICIAN

Tzvi Small

MD, FACS
Robert T. Nevitt III
PHYSICIAN

Robert T. Nevitt III

MD

Financing & Insurance

Because a tummy tuck is considered a cosmetic procedure, most insurance providers will not cover the cost of surgery. Coverage may be available in some cases, such as following bariatric surgery or other corrective procedures. Benefits vary according to the individual policy and the patient's circumstances and may require pre-authorization.

Our Process

01
schedule
Schedule a Consultation

During your consultation, our expert surgeons will listen and work with you to fully understand the look you wish to achieve.

02
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Explore
Your Options

We will review and explain all of your cosmetic options and identify which procedure is right for you.

03
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Start Your Transformation

Our friendly and compassionate staff and physicians will guide you through the entire process, answer all of your questions and alleviate any concerns.

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Map of Locations

Tummy Tuck in NJ

Shrewsbury 535 Sycamore Ave Shrewsbury, NJ 07702
Hackettstown 57 Route 46E, Suite 201 Hackettstown, NJ 07840
Lehigh Valley 1401 Fairmont Street Whitehall, PA 18052
Montclair 1 Bay Avenue, Suite 4 Montclair , NJ 07028
Phoenixville 826 Main Street, Suite 203 Phoenixville, PA 19460
Brick 74 Brick Boulevard, Building 4, Suite 205 Brick, NJ 08723
East Brunswick 192 Summer Hill Rd, Suite 201 East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Florham Park 83 Hanover Road, Suite 260 Florham Park, NJ 07932
Hopewell 2 Capital Way , Suite 390, 3rd Floor Hopewell, NJ 08534
New York City 635 Madison Ave, 14th Floor New York City , NY 10022
Rockland County 257 Lafayette Ave , Suite 200 Suffern, NY 10901
Bridgewater-Greymark 1200 US Route 22 East, Suite 19 Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Edison 102 James Street, Suite 202 Edison, NJ 08820
Freehold 3499 Route 9 North, Building 2, Suite 2C-2 Freehold, NJ 07728
Jackson 27 South Cooks Bridge Rd, Second Floor, Zone A, Suite 2-17 Jackson, NJ 08527
Manahawkin 1100 Route 72 West, 3rd Floor Suite 306A Manahawkin, NJ 08050
Egg Harbor Township 4096 English Creek Ave Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
Hackensack 20 Prospect Ave, Suite 903, 9th Floor Hackensack, NJ 07601
Jersey City 377 Jersey City, Suite 220 Jersey City, NJ 07302
Union 950 West Chestnut St, Suite 102 Union, NJ 07083
Marlton 11 Eves Drive, Suite 170 Marlton, NJ 08053

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