During the procedure, double-board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joshua Hyman removes excess fat and skin and tightens the underlying muscles to create a sculpted abdomen. This popular body contouring procedure restores a look of youth and vitality. This procedure is often performed to resolve problems associated with pregnancy (stretch marks, excess fat, separated muscles), weight loss, or the aging process.

Why choose Dr. Joshua Hyman for a tummy tuck?

Dr. Joshua Hyman is arguably among the most experienced, naturally talented cosmetic surgeons practicing in NYC, having performed thousands of successful tummy tuck procedures to date. As a double board-certified aesthetic authority, he is on staff at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical Center. For over two decades, he has provided patients with stunning, personalized outcomes, dedicated follow-up, and consistent availability.

Beyond his skills and artistry, Dr. Hyman is a warm and relatable surgeon – not stuffy or reserved. His personality, talent, and caring bedside manner make the journey to a fit, firm abdomen pleasant, comfortable, and discreet, as all surgeries are performed at his private, state-of-the-art surgical suite rather than in a busy, impersonal outpatient clinic or hospital. The surgical center is fully equipped with next-generation technology and patients receive constant attention from Dr. Hyman’s hand-chosen team of board-certified anesthesiologists and registered nurses. His office boasts a perfect safety record.

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How is a tummy tuck performed?

This procedure is performed in our private, AAAASF-certified onsite surgical suite under anesthesia. The incision scar is lower on the abdomen, and Dr. Hyman prefers an incision much shorter than that placed by most other plastic surgeons. We follow each patient’s healing closely and deliver scar management therapy at no charge for the first year after surgery. 
During this surgery, Dr. Hyman tightens the belly with a special suture called Quill TM, which creates an extremely tight abdominal wall without the problem of suture knots. Suture knots can lead to infections and other complications. He may employ abdominal wall nerve blocks with long-acting anesthetics such as Exparel, which help abbreviate recovery time and minimize reliance on pain medications. Dr. Hyman offers "no narcotic" post-surgery pain relief for all his patients as well if desired.

Your private consultation

Dr. Hyman spends a lot of time with his patients before their surgeries.

He never rushes the process and is prepared to answer questions for as long as necessary, as he does not overschedule his day for that reason. 

To determine candidacy, Dr. Hyman will examine the abdomen and measure the amount of skin to be removed, evaluating the overall skin quality and muscle wall condition. These factors dictate his surgical approach and treatment plan. The length and location of the abdominal scar is always discussed, along with the recovery process and surgical risks.

Patients leave their consultations feeling informed, educated, and empowered. To learn more about tummy tucks, please contact Joshua B. Hyman, M.D., today by completing the form on this page or calling us to schedule a free initial consultation. We proudly serve Manhattan, New York City, and nearby areas of New York.

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Benefits of a tummy tuck

Aging, genetics, pregnancies and weight fluctuations can all lead to looser skin and unwanted areas of fat. These problems can exist even if you maintain a healthy exercise and nutrition routine. 

Fortunately, Dr. Hyman has extensive tummy tuck experience and knows how to address a variety of aesthetic issues that may affect the appearance of your belly and your self-confidence. With abdominoplasty, Dr. Hyman can help to:

  • Provide a trim, toned waistline
  • Remove excess skin around the upper and lower abdomen
  • Tighten muscles of  the abdomen
  • Minimize or eliminate the appearance of stretch marks
  • Boost your self-esteem

Tummy tuck and mommy makeover

A tummy tuck is often a key element of a mommy makeover for patients who want to correct a range of breast and body issues that accompany pregnancy and childbirth. During your initial consultation with Dr. Hyman, he will listen to your goals, assess your condition, and speak with you about the treatment options to resolve stretched muscles, excess skin and fat, and stretch marks on the lower abdomen. Together, you will design a completely customized plan tailored to your unique concerns.

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Am I a good tummy tuck candidate?

Your safety and satisfaction are always a top priority when under the care of Dr. Hyman and his professional, caring, board-certified medical staff. It is imperative to ensure that you are a good candidate for the surgery. While tummy tucks are among the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed in the U.S., the procedure may not be ideal for every patient.

A tummy tuck is not weight loss surgery and should only be performed when you have reached a stable, healthy weight and are in good general health.

You are likely an ideal candidate for a tummy tuck if you:

  • Suffer from stubborn pockets of unwanted fat that can’t be resolved with diet and exercise
  • Have loose, stretched abdominal skin and muscles
  • Are in good general health
  • At or near a stable, healthy weight
  • Do not smoke or are willing to quit
  • Able to stop any medications that thin the blood or inhibit healing for several weeks before your surgery
  • Want to live with a slimmer, tauter, sculpted abdomen

The best way to determine if a tummy tuck is right for you is to book a free initial consultation with Dr. Hyman. He will examine you and thoroughly assess your goals, health status, and medical history, and answer your questions and concerns to your satisfaction without pressure or time constraints. Multiple pre-operative consultations are offered and are sometimes necessary. 

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Your custom tummy tuck surgical plan

To achieve impeccable results, Dr. Hyman plans each procedure meticulously. The planning process for your tummy tuck begins during your initial consultation, where you will meet personally with Dr. Hyman. The consultation will take place in a very private, comfortable, supportive environment.

It is vital that you fully understand everything about the procedure and recovery, and what to expect; Dr. Hyman will explain every aspect of your procedure so you have honest, clear expectations about the changes in your figure you can expect.

Patient education is a crucial element of Dr. Hyman’s approach to patient care. He wants you to be an active participant in planning your procedure, and he will give you all the information you need to make a truly informed decision.

Your customized abdominoplasty

Tummy tucks performed by Dr. Joshua B. Hyman are fully customized. Your abdominoplasty will be designed specifically for you to address your unique needs and goals. During your consultation, you will discuss the location and length of your incision, the degree of correction required, and when your surgery can be scheduled. Depending on your unique condition, Dr. Hyman may recommend:

Full tummy tuck

The full tummy tuck procedure removes excess skin and fat on the entire abdomen, both above and below the navel. The procedure also tightens abdominal muscles. A full tummy tuck involves an incision from hip to hip. However, when under the care of Dr. Hyman, this incision is placed lower than the location used by many other plastic surgeons, which helps to conceal scarring.

Mini tummy tuck

The mini tummy tuck is suited for patients with only a modest amount of extra fat and loose skin below the belly button. Due to the targeted, focused nature of a mini tummy tuck, the incisions are much shorter, but the results remain magnificent.

A tummy tuck often includes custom liposuction to remove excess fat. Dr. Hyman routinely performs liposuction of the flanks and inner thighs in tandem with abdominoplasty. Regardless of the technique used in your procedure, Dr. Hyman is known for creating natural-looking results with discreetly hidden scars. A typical tummy tuck procedure lasts about two hours and is performed in our on-site, AAAASF-accredited surgical center under general anesthesia. Most patients can return home the evening of their procedure under the care of another adult.

Tummy tuck recovery: What to expect

Find a friend or family member to drive you home after the procedure. If you prefer to come alone for your surgery, our friendly staff is happy to arrange for a private nurse to travel to your home or hotel to care for you and keep you comfortable in the early stages of your recovery. 

Following your surgery, you will need to sleep on your back with pillows for about two weeks. You can return to work in seven days but must avoid lifting anything heavy for 2-4 weeks, including pets and children. Gentle walks are encouraged immediately, as this can boost circulation and elevate your mood.

Following surgery, Dr. Hyman will place a wide, soft compression belt, called an abdominal binder, around your midsection to facilitate optimal healing. Most surgical sutures will dissolve naturally, and any drains that may have been placed will be removed one to two weeks after your procedure.

Dr. Hyman is a double board-certified plastic surgeon, certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgeons and the American Board of Surgeons. This signifies that he is committed to maintaining the highest levels of safety and satisfaction, and he has met the rigorous standards of the American Board of Plastic Surgeons.

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Our commitment to excellence

As a double-board-certified plastic surgeon who has performed thousands of successful surgeries, Dr. Hyman is committed to excellence. Your tummy tuck will be performed by a leader in the field who stays ahead of the curve when it comes to the latest surgical techniques. We invite you to visit our before-and-after gallery to review examples of his outstanding results for yourself. Call today to schedule your complimentary cosmetic consultation.

Tummy tuck resources – learn more.

  • Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
  • Am I a Good Tummy Tuck Candidate?
  • The Abdominoplasty Consultation
  • Your Customized Abdominoplasty
  • Tummy Tuck Recovery
  • How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?
  • Why Choose Joshua B. Hyman, M.D.?
  • Schedule Your Free Abdominoplasty Consultation Today
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