Tummy Tuck New York City

A slim, toned abdomen is a cosmetic goal that many men and women in share. But due to factors like weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and general aging, you may begin to notice that your abdomen doesn’t have the same appearance it once had, despite a healthy diet and regular exercise. In the case of women who’ve given birth, the abdominal muscles may have even separated to the point where they can’t return to normal. Additional cosmetic changes to the abdomen include sagging skin, abdominal bulging, and excess fatty deposits.

If you are dissatisfied with these or similar unwanted changes, then it may be time to consider the benefits that a tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) can provide. This surgical procedure restores an ideal shape by removing excess fat deposits and loose skin, as well as tightening the abdominal wall. If you’re considering a tummy tuck in NYC, Dr. David Cangello can help you achieve a flatter, sculpted stomach with this transformative procedure.

If you’d like to explore the benefits of this cosmetic procedure, contact plastic surgeon Dr. David Cangello today at (212) 644-4416 to schedule your consultation.

Discover Whether You’re a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck

You may want to consider abdominoplasty in NYC if you exhibit any of the following:



  • Loose or excess abdominal skin and bulging, despite exercise and a healthy diet
  • Stretched abdominal skin and muscles after giving birth
  • Excess abdominal skin due to significant weight loss
  • Significant striae or stretch marks of the lower abdominal skin

Ideal candidates for this cosmetic procedure include men and women who are in good health and within 10-15 pounds of their ideal weight, but who are unhappy with the above-mentioned cosmetic concerns. Also, women planning additional pregnancies in the future should consider postponing their tummy tuck surgery until they’re finished having children, as pregnancy can essentially reverse some of the effects treatment.

Patients should also be motivated to follow Dr. Cangello’s pre-operative and post-operative instructions. This includes wearing an abdominal binder following surgery and refraining from exercise or any sort of lifting/straining for a few weeks. It’s also important for patients to have realistic expectations about their outcome. Abdominoplasty is not a method of weight loss, but the results can certainly complement a healthy lifestyle. To see what kind of results you can achieve, take a look at our photo gallery for before-and-after photos from prior patients.

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Your NYC Tummy Tuck With Dr. Cangello

The Most Natural-Looking Results

Being trusted with your plastic surgery care isn’t a responsibility that Dr. Cangello takes lightly. He will take great care during the procedure to help you reach your aesthetic goals while producing the most natural-looking results possible. The goal is to produce results that match the subtle shape of a naturally flat abdomen, rather than making it look unnaturally flat or out of proportion with the rest of your body.

As a surgeon with a finely tuned artistic sense, NYC-based Dr. Cangello relies on the principles of artistry when approaching surgery, allowing him to create superior results. Whether you have excess skin from weight loss or you simply want to restore your body following childbirth, Dr. Cangello will sculpt your abdomen in a way that complements your natural anatomy.

Board-Certified Expert

For optimal results, your abdominoplasty in NYC should be performed by a surgeon who is board-certified in plastic surgery. Surgeons who are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery have undergone extensive training in the field of both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. In addition, they must pass rigorous oral and written examinations to verify their proficiency in the field.

Unlike surgeons who undergo cosmetic training alone, plastic surgeons have comprehensive experience with reconstruction of the entire body. As a result, they are the most qualified to deal with any unexpected events during tummy tuck surgery. Dr. Cangello has demonstrated his mastery of plastic surgery in accordance with these standards, helping to ensure your surgical experience will be a positive one.

Your Comfort and Safety Are Top Priorities

For optimal comfort and safety, your surgery will be performed at Dr. Cangello’s state-of-the-art operating facility in NYC. This on-site surgical facility is fully accredited to meet strict standards of the AAAASF (American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities). And for maximum safety, Dr. Cangello only works with board-certified anesthesiologists.

If you’re considering a tummy tuck you are more than welcome to take a tour of Dr. Cangello’s operating facility during your consultation. And for patients who feel more comfortable having their procedure performed in a hospital setting, Dr. Cangello also has operating privileges at Lenox Hill and Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital in NYC.

Understanding Your Tummy Tuck Surgery in Detail

On the day of your surgery, Dr. Cangello will mark your body with a pen to identify the key areas that the surgery will aim to correct. Dr. Cangello asks that on the day of your surgery you wear an undergarment to the office that is representative of the type that you wear most frequently. This way he can place his skin markings so that the resultant surgical scars are concealed in positions behind where the undergarments contact the body. This will be done while you are standing to make sure that the most natural-looking results are achieved following your abdominoplasty.

Once your anesthesia has been administered, Dr. Cangello will make an incision along the marking drawn below your undergarment line. The incision length will depend on how much skin needs to be removed, and it can range from a few inches to a span from one hip to the other. Essentially, if there is more skin that needs to be excised, then the incision will be longer.

Next, Dr. Cangello will carefully separate the loose skin and fat from your abdominal muscles so that he can repair and tighten these muscles. An incision is also made around the umbilicus (belly button) so that all of the excess skin and fat above it can be mobilized downward and removed. Once the muscles are repaired, excess skin and fat are removed from your abdominal area.

The remaining skin is carefully stretched toward the bikini-line incision and closed with absorbable sutures (so that none need to be removed). At this point, Dr. Cangello will also insert drains to keep fluid from building up in the area. Patients who have just a small amount of excess skin in the lower portion of the abdomen only (below the belly button) may not need an incision around the navel.


Take the First Step: Your Consultation for Abdominoplasty in NYC

The first step toward acheiveing your goals is a consultation with Dr. Cangello. This friendly, informative meeting will give you a chance to fully explain why you’re seeking a tummy tuck and what kind of results you’d like to achieve. With this in mind, Dr. Cangello will conduct a physical examination to assess your areas of concern. Using this information, he will then create a custom treatment plan to ideally enhance your anatomy and help you achieve your cosmetic goals.

Dr. Cangello is happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about the procedure, and he will provide you with detailed pre-operative and post-operative guidelines. These guidelines are designed to make sure you are fully prepared, and they will also include information to help you have a safe and successful recovery. Overall, Dr. Cangello is dedicated to serving patients with the highest standard of care – every step of the way.

If you’d like to explore the benefits of this cosmetic body contouring procedure, contact plastic surgeon Dr. David Cangello today at (212) 644-4416 to schedule your consultation for a tummy tuck in NYC.



  • What Can I Expect from Recovery After Abdominoplasty?

    The procedure will affect a large, core area of your body, and because of this, the recommended at-home recovery period is one-to-two weeks, with three additional weeks of limited activity. Most people start to feel better within ten days and are ready to return to work after two weeks. Some may need three weeks before returning to work, provided the job doesn’t require heavy lifting or strenuous activity. Regardless of when you return to work, you will be asked to keep to minimal activity for a total of four to six weeks.

    As for post-surgery expectations, you will wake up with a surgical dressing over your incisions, and there will be two drainage tubes placed in the lower abdomen. You will also be wearing a compression garment around your midsection. Wearing the compression garment for the required amount of time is essential for controlling swelling and minimizing the potential for seroma formation, which will ultimately help you achieve your desired results. Your abdomen may feel bruised, swollen or sore, and Dr. Cangello will prescribe pain medication to alleviate any discomfort as needed. You may also experience a temporary loss of sensation in the lower abdomen, but this numbness will resolve over time.

    You will be required to keep to minimal activity during the first few days following surgery. Although, you will be asked to walk around carefully and slowly to help prevent blood clots from forming in your legs. When you do walk, you should remain in a slightly hunched position to avoid putting stress on your sutures. At about day five post-op, you will meet with Dr. Cangello for a follow-up appointment. At this time, he will assess your healing progress. Sutures and drains are sometimes removed at this appointment, or if they need to remain a bit longer, they will most likely be removed by week two or week three.

    During the initial six-week recovery period, you should avoid lifting anything greater than about two pounds, and you should also avoid any strenuous physical activity. Because of this, it is critical that you arrange to have help around the house if you care for small children or pets.

  • What Kind of Anesthesia Is Used?

    Abdominoplasty is usually performed under general anesthesia.  Less extensive procedures, such as a “mini tummy tuck,” where skin from only the lower abdomen is removed, may be done with just local anesthesia.

  • What Is the Difference Between Abdominoplasty and Liposuction?

    With liposuction, only fat is removed. No skin is removed at all. The skin does contract to some degree after liposuction; however, the best candidates for liposuction have minimal excess skin and good skin elasticity.

    This cosmetic body shaping procedure is best suited for patients who have excess skin with poor elasticity, with or without an expanded, protruding abdomen. A protruding tummy is often a result of the abdominal wall muscles stretching and separating from the midline. This most commonly occurs after pregnancy or excessive weight gain. During the procedure, excess skin is excised and the muscles that have separated are pulled together.

  • Can I Have Abdominoplasty and Liposuction Performed at the Same Time?

    When you have a traditional tummy tuck you can have liposuction, but only to the sides of the trunk (also known as the flanks or love handles). You cannot have liposuction to the front of the abdomen, as it could jeopardize blood flow to the skin of the abdomen and result in serious complications.

    If you’d like to make your abdomen flatter after treatment, you can choose to have liposuction performed as a supplementary procedure several months after treatment. Alternatively, there is a procedure that Dr. Cangello performs called a lipoabdominoplasty.  During this method, the entire trunk (including the front of the abdomen) is comprehensively suctioned. This procedure results in the most dramatic and beautifully contoured results; however, candidates must be carefully assessed as this procedure is not for everyone.

  • What Is a Mini Tummy Tuck?

    This is an option for patients who have small amounts of excess skin of the lower abdomen that can be excised without going through a full abdominoplasty procedure. However, patients with skin and fat excess of the upper abdomen in addition to the lower abdomen should understand that they cannot have the results of traditional treatment with a minimal scar. Some patients are under the impression that a mini tummy tuck can achieve the results of a full procedure with a smaller scar (like a C-section type scar). Unfortunately, this is not the case.

  • Will Pregnancy Affect My Results?

    In many cases, yes. Dr. Cangello recommends that you finish having children before undergoing a cosmetic surgery. Pregnancy can cause the skin and muscles of the abdominal wall to be stretched again, which may necessitate a subsequent procedure.

  • Will Treatment Get Rid of Stretchmarks?

    Abdominoplasty can often get rid of stretch marks that appear on the lower abdomen. Essentially, stretch marks from the lower abdomen all the way up to the umbilicus (navel/belly button) will be removed.

    Patients who have significant stretch marks of the upper abdomen will likely retain some of them after their procedure; however, they will be shifted to the lower part of the abdomen.

  • Are the Results of Abdominoplasty Permanent?

    The results are permanent, assuming you do not get pregnant again or have significant weight gain.

  • Can I Combine a Tummy Tuck with Breast Surgery?

    Yes. Many women opt to have their surgery performed in conjunction with a breast augmentation or breast lift for a fully rejuvenated appearance. This particular combination is a popular option for women undergoing a Mommy Makeover.


If you’d like to explore the benefits of abdominoplasty, contact plastic surgeon Dr. David Cangello today at (212) 644-4416 to schedule your consultation for a tummy tuck in NYC.

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