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“A conservative aesthetic guides all my work and benefits my patients: the less-is-more approach makes for safe, sensible surgery and beautiful results.”
Portrait of Joseph Wolf, M.D.

Joseph A. Wolf, M.D.

Joseph A. Wolf, M.D., is a leading aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon with a private practice on New York City’s Upper East Side. Board-certified in plastic surgery, Dr. Wolf pairs state-of-the-art technique with a disciplined aesthetic inspired by his profound respect for the body’s own design and function. His thoughtfully conservative approach ensures impeccable results that are tailored to each patient’s body type, lifestyle, personality and tastes. While Dr. Wolf specializes in breast and facial surgery, he is fully trained, skilled and experienced in procedures of all areas of the body. (For more on specific surgeries, see Procedures.)

A native of Long Island, New York, Dr. Wolf graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed extensive residency and fellowship training at the Albany Medical Center, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is affiliated with Lenox Hill, Beth Israel and Mt. Sinai Hospitals in Manhattan. Dr. Wolf also performs select procedures in the office of the Center for Specialty Care on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

In addition to his private practice and his commitment to the emergency room, Dr. Wolf is dedicated to bettering lives of adults and children near and abroad as a medical board advisor for Little Baby Face Foundation in New York; he performs corrective surgery for children from around the world born with facial deformities. He is also Chief Medical Director for the Dror for the Wounded Foundation, providing reconstruction-surgery services to severely wounded Israeli Defense Force (IDF) soldiers. He has traveled with Smile Train to repair cleft lips and palates in children and adults worldwide.

“When you feel great about your appearance, it impacts every other aspect of your health and life. I love injecting because of the immediate results and instant gratification for my patients.”
Nicole DeVincentis

Nicole DeVincentis

Nicole DeVincentis is a board certified Physician Assistant who specializes in Aesthetic Dermatology. She graduated from St. Johns University with a BS in Physician Assistant studies in 1997, and completed her Masters in Health Care Administration at Long Island University in 2002.

Through her practice as a dermatological PA, Ms. DeVincentis found her passion to be in facial aesthetics. She has significant advanced training, and specializes in non-surgical cosmetic procedures such as dermal fillers, neurotoxins, and chemical peels. Nicole is renowned for natural results and her signature techniques that are virtually painless and require minimal down time. She finds her work extremely rewarding not only by helping patients look their best but also by the amount of time she spends educating them. During her consultations, she is actually studying all the dynamic movements and expression without patients even being aware of it.

As an expert injector, Nicole has vast experience with all the various dermal fillers and neuromodulators on the market. She is recognized regionally in the industry; by the hundreds of doctors, PA’s and nurses she has trained in the tri-state area while being a trainer for a leading aesthetic pharmaceutical company. Nicole DeVincentis is certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners, is licensed in both New York and New Jersey and is a Fellow of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants.

“I start from a respect for the body and its tissues—the skin and muscles. It is through this consideration for context that natural-looking and long-lasting results are possible.”

Why is Dr. Wolf committed to a conservative approach?

Dr. Wolf focuses on—and helps his patients embrace—their particular beauty, their most distinctive and expressive features; he then applies his conservative aesthetic and a less-is-more approach to recommending a surgical plan based on what’s most sensible for each patient and will produce natural, believable results. Dr. Wolf rejects the idea of extreme makeovers and the entrenched industry tactic that preys on a woman’s insecurities about her appearance and aging. From initial consult through follow-up care, he helps each patient see and stay focused on the sensible enhancements that accentuate her best attributes.

What does Dr. Wolf mean by the “whole-person perspective”?

Whether breast augmentation, facelift or rhinoplasty is the intended procedure, Dr. Wolf is firmly committed to an approach that takes the whole body, the whole person and her whole life into account. “All of these factors help us determine your best surgical options, and these guide my hand during surgery,” Dr. Wolf says. Physical characteristics such as body type and skin type certainly are major influences, but they are not the only ones. And when it comes to form and function, both are equally important to the dialogue between doctor and patient. How will this surgery fit into your life and/or change it? Have you had children yet, or do you plan to? Are you post-menopausal? Are you just starting out in a career? What is your occupation? Are you an everyday athlete? (“If a woman plays a sport or works out regularly, she is not going to be happy with outsized implants,” Dr. Wolf points out.) All of these questions and their answers are relevant in the process of conceiving a surgical plan.

Why is context important?

“When I talk about having respect for tissues—the skin, muscles, ligaments, etc.—I mean that these are the all-important, non-negotiable context for your surgical change,” Dr. Wolf explains. "Especially if you want a natural, believable look. And all aspects of a surgery must be aligned with this physiological context.” For example: over-stretching the skin can result in problems, as can ignoring the natural movement of a muscle that might cause a breast implant to “jump” when a woman moves in a certain way. A respect for both the dynamism and the limits of the tissues is key. Context has another, more “macro” connotation as well. A very slender patient considering implants once asked Dr. Wolf, “How small can I go?” He appreciates this way of thinking that rejects social convention, saying, “Be bold; dare to go small! Dare to choose what’s just right for you.”

Why is long-term thinking essential?

A surgeon’s work and commitment to his patient continues beyond surgery through post-operative care and follow-up appointments, and well into the future, according to Dr. Wolf. “I try to convey to my patients that the surgery they choose has to work for them not just now, in this moment, but down the road,” he says. While the field of cosmetic surgery offers some wonderful procedures that do offer instant results and immediate gratification, it’s a mistake to set sights only on those. “I often compare a surgical procedure to getting a tattoo, because everyone knows about tattoos,” says Dr. Wolf. “Think about whether you’re really going to want that twenty years from now.” A balanced perspective can provide a patient with both immediate gratification and long-term reward. Safety and a realistic point of view will dictate a sound surgical plan that truly serves the patient’s best interests over time.

What can a patient expect in terms of follow-up care?

Personal attention is one of Dr. Wolf’s top priorities. He has a small, highly trained, and compassionate staff, but greets each patient for the initial consult and stays involved throughout. “My patients know that I stand behind my work and will follow through for them,” he says. “I will come to their home or hotel room after surgery to do follow-up care. I give them my mobile number. I use the latest, most modern surgical techniques, but I prefer a bedside manner that’s rather old-fashioned in the sense that it involves a kind of personal care that today is a luxury but used to be taken for granted.” Out-of-town patients who wish to can arrange private-duty nursing at a nearby Upper East Side luxury hotel, where Dr. Wolf will make daily post-op visits. For all patients, his office will make all necessary arrangements for pre- and post-surgery.

What are the guiding principles behind successful surgery?

When Dr. Wolf meets a prospective patient, he conveys these points because he finds that they engender a clear dialogue that evolves into a successful collaboration:

1. Do research before the initial consultation. Everyone starts with Google—and that’s at least a start. Word of mouth, books, responsible journalism, and scholarly articles can all help. It’s good for a patient to come in knowing, for example, the differences between saline and silicone implants, and something about size.

2. Recognize and accept your body type and skin type. It’s fine to bring in a photo of a celebrity, but be prepared to concentrate on working with who you really are.

3. Think long-term. Be mindful not just of where you are today in your life, but where you are going—if you can anticipate that.

4. Use only a board-certified plastic surgeon. You can look any doctor up on the Web site of the American Board of Medical Specialties.

5. Safety is, in fact, the first, most important principle. “Please don’t travel to a foreign country with the idea of saving money on surgery,” Dr. Wolf says. “The risks are too great. I can’t tell you how many surgeries I’ve corrected for this reason.”

“Surgery tends to go best when it starts with an informed, educated patient who has done a fair amount of research before the initial consultation and comes in with ideas and questions.”

In the ideal scenario, working with an informed, confident patient, Dr. Wolf can properly assess her desires and goals, and explain what surgery realistically can achieve, as well as which techniques will accomplish the goals. Below, click on a heading to learn more about individual procedures Dr. Wolf performs.

Breast Procedures Back to Procedures ▲
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Cancer Reconstruction
  • Breast Reduction
  • Autologous Fat Transfer
  • Breast Lift
  • Male Breast Reduction
Breast Augmentation

What is a Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation increases the breasts’ size or shape with implants. Silastic (silicone polymer) is used for outer shell of all implants, but there are various fillers, including saline and silicone. Silicone gel is used predominantly these days to create the most natural feel. During the consultation, Dr. Wolf will suggest which procedure he thinks best suits the candidate.

What should I know?

Although some breast implants will last a lifetime, most implants need to be replaced after about ten years. There are two locations where the implant may be placed: submuscular and subglandular. Submuscular indicates between the chest muscle wall and rib cage, and is often used in small-breasted women. It provides extra padding, creating a natural look while decreasing potential scarring. Subglandular indicates in front of the pectoralis muscle and under the breast tissue. It is popular due to the natural appearance it produces. Why is this more natural than submuscular? Because you’re just enhancing the breast tissue (while when implants are placed under the muscle, when it contracts, the implants tend to “dance” slightly). The subglandular procedure is typically recommended for larger-breasted women, as the outline of the implant may show through skin of smaller breasts, especially in thin-skinned women.

What does surgery involve?

There are three types of incision used for inserting breast implants: the Peri-areola, Inframammary and Axillary incisions. Each has its own perks.

• The Peri-areola Incision is made around the edge of the areola (dark skin around edge of nipple), allowing the scar to heal virtually invisibly. In most cases the incision does not cause loss of sensation to the nipples, as the nerves are inside the breast.

• The Inframammary Incision is about 3cm long and made under the breast, at the fold or crease line, which naturally hides the scar. The area offers immediate access to the breast for precise placement.

• The Axillary Incision is made in the crease lines of the armpit; it is favored by some patients due to its inconspicuous scarring.

How long is recovery and when can I resume my normal routine?

Most patients can walk delicately and do light daily activities the day after surgery. It’s advised to take it easy and avoid stretching and heavy lifting during the first seven to ten days. Driving is possible after one week, while upper body workouts, swimming and sexual activity can resume after three weeks. Plan on being cautious for the first two months.
Breast Cancer Reconstruction

What is a Breast Reconstruction?

Breast reconstruction recreates breasts after reconstruction cancer surgery (mastectomy) has removed one or both breasts. Patients who have had reconstruction in the past and determine that they would like to improve on their reconstruction results can do so with implants, fat grafting, scar revision, and/or nipple reconstruction. These are small fine-tuning procedures that can bring great satisfaction with minimal down time.

What should I know?

Every patient is welcomed by Dr. Wolf’s experienced, friendly staff members who understand the delicate nature of the visit. During your pre-op consultation, Dr. Wolf will address your questions and concerns at an unhurried pace, while discussing potential risks and the benefits of procedure-planning. He encourages bringing a friend or family member(s) for support. Since Dr. Wolf recognizes that much of what is discussed during the initial meeting may not be fully absorbed due to stress and unfamiliarity with the situation, he encourages a second and even third visit within a week to review additional questions and ensure understanding of the procedure.

What does surgery involve?

Reconstruction takes place in stages. In some cases, an expander is used to stretch the skin so that it will accommodate implants; in other cases, a muscle or a portion of the patient’s abdominal wall may be used to reconstruct the breast. The consultation will consider the patient’s overall needs and make choices clear for the patient.

How long is recovery and when can I resume my normal routine?

No single answer applies to all patients recovering from cancer surgery and implant surgery. This is something we’ll cover during our consultations.
Breast Reduction

What is Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction decreases the breasts’ size in women for whom overlarge breasts are an impediment to lifestyle, health and/or self-image.

What should I know?

Many health insurers will cover this procedure, which offers a tremendous quality of life enhancement. Post-surgery, lifestyle changes and increased activity tend to transform the entire body, resulting in a far greater degree of fitness.

What does surgery involve?

Excess breast tissue, fat and skin are meticulously removed according to the surgical plan. The nipple and remaining underlying tissue are then moved to a higher location and sutures are placed around the areola, extending down under breast crease to minimize scarring. The area is bandaged, and most patients stay in the recovery room for two to four hours before being released home. Breast reductions are typically performed under general anesthesia and usually take about three hours.

How long is recovery and when can I resume my normal routine?

Bruising and swelling may last two to three weeks and some subtle swelling may last for up to three months. Heavy lifting and exertion should be restricted for the first six months following surgery. Most patients return to work within five to seven days of surgery. Expect to begin light cardio within seven days and moderate to intense physical activity (including strength training) in three weeks following surgery.
Autologous Fat Transfer

What is Autologous Fat Transfer?

This is a method of breast enhancement using a woman’s own fat from another site in the body.

What should I know?

Only modest enhancement is possible with this technique, so it is not for the woman who wants to see more than a cup’s size difference in her breasts. Candidates for fat transfer need to have sufficient fat somewhere else, such as in the abdomen, thighs or buttocks.

What does surgery involve?

First, the fat cells are harvested via liposuction; then these are processed for transplantation, after which the fat is carefully injected via numerous injections within the chest muscle and under the skin. Because every patient is different and not all the fat injected lives and “takes,” sometimes more than one session is necessary to achieve the desired result.

How long is recovery and when can I resume my normal routine?

You will be able to return to work after a long weekend. After one week, expect the soreness to ease; return to light cardio in seven to ten days and to more strenuous activity after two weeks.
Breast Lift

What is a Breast Lift?

A breast lift reshapes and raises the sagging breast without altering the overall volume of the breast.

What should I know?

It can be used to reduce the size of the areola (the darker skin surrounding the nipple).

What does surgery involve?

An incision is made around the areola (it may have to be extended down), and excess breast skin is stretched and meticulously removed. The breast skin is then sutured to the areola in its new, elevated position. The area is bandaged, and most patients stay in the recovery room for two to four hours before being released home. Breast lifts are typically performed under general anesthetic and usually take about two to three hours.

How long is recovery and when can I resume my normal routine?

Bruising and swelling can last two to three weeks and in some cases subtle swelling lasts up to three months. Heavy lifting and exertion is prohibited for the first three weeks following surgery. Most patients return to work within a week of surgery. Expect to begin light cardio within seven days and moderate to intense physical activity (including strength training) three weeks after surgery.
Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)

What is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is overdeveloped breasts in a man (resembling women’s breasts). The condition affects 40-60% of men to some degree and is often a source of embarrassment or self-consciousness that can be corrected by reducing the size and shape of the enlarged breast tissue.

What should I know?

Work-up for hormonal causes is performed by a breast surgeon with whom we work closely to rule out any medical concerns that may be linked to the enlarged breasts.

What does surgery involve?

Small incisions are made around the areola (the dark area of nipple) edge, and liposuction is used to minimize scarring and recovery time. The procedure typically takes two hours.

How long is recovery and when can I resume my normal routine?

Most patients return to work within three to five days of surgery. Expect to begin light cardio within the week of surgery and moderate to intense physical activity (including strength training) three weeks after surgery.
Face Procedures Back to Procedures ▲
  • Brow Lift
  • Cheek Augmentation
  • Chin Augmentation
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Face Lifts
  • Injectable Fillers
  • Nose Surgery
  • Botox
Brow Lift

What is an Endoscopic Brow Lift?

Also called a forehead lift, an endoscopic brow lift targets excess skin and sagging muscles to correct drooping brows and horizontal forehead lines. It can also lift upper eyelids.

What should I know?

Brow lifts are often done in conjunction with eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) to rejuvenate the upper face region, or with a facelift to provide a smoother look overall.

What does surgery involve?

The endoscopic lift uses a tiny microscope and surgical instruments inserted via short incisions made in the scalp. Skin and underlying tissues are lifted and held in place with dissolvable sutures. The procedure generally takes one hour.

How long is recovery and when can I resume my normal routine?

This surgery has a three to five day recovery.
Cheek Augmentation

What is a Cheek Augmentation?

It is a simple procedure that can be done at the office using injectables (see Injectable Fillers). More severe cases require surgically adding implants under general anesthesia in a hospital setting.

What should I know?

Fillers last three to six months; implants last indefinitely.

What does surgery involve?

Implants made of silicone or other material are inserted via incisions inside the mouth.

How long is recovery and when can I resume my normal routine?

This surgery has a three to five day recovery.
Chin Augmentation

What is a Chin Augmentation?

Chin augmentation is a surgical procedure to fill out a “weak” chin and create a beautifully balanced face.

What should I know?

The one-hour procedure can be performed under local anesthesia.

What does surgery involve?

A fine incision is made in the mouth or under the chin and a silicone implant is inserted.

How long is recovery and when can I resume my normal routine?

You’ll be able to return to work after a long weekend, and feel fully recovered after one week.
Eyelid Surgery

What is Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery can correct drooping upper lids and puffy bags below the eyes to restore a refreshed, youthful appearance.

What should I know?

Local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia may be used, depending on the extent of surgery. Most procedures take between 45 and 90 minutes.

What does surgery involve?

Upper eyelid surgery requires a tiny incision through the natural crease lines above eyelashes to trim excess skin and fat. Ultra-fine sutures close the area. Lower eyelid surgery often requires a tiny incision underneath the eyelashes to lift loose skin before it’s trimmed and sutured.

How long is recovery and when can I resume my normal routine?

Expect to apply cool compresses to the eye region for the first one to two hours following surgery, and check for bleeding. Sutures are typically removed after three days, and swelling usually lessens after ten days, but bruising may last up to one month. Following surgery, keep the head elevated and avoid hanging it down for prolong periods of time. It may take two to three days to feel comfortable reading, working on the computer and watching television. Avoid contact lenses for one to two weeks. Most patients go back to work within four to seven days, but sunglasses are recommended to shield from the temporary sunlight sensitivity often associated with this type of surgery.
Face Lifts

What is a Face Lift?

A face lift reduces visible signs of aging by eliminating excess fat, sagging skin and tightening muscles beneath the skin of the face and neck. It is often done in conjunction with eyelid and forehead lifts.

What should I know?

Most clients are over forty, with moderate sagging of the face and neck skin. Candidates with some skin elasticity have the best results, so no need to wait until you notice an excessively worn and lax appearance. The longevity of a lift will depend on skin quality, texture and lifestyle. Two weeks before surgery, patients should avoid aspirin and other anti-inflammatory medicines that can increase bleeding, and smokers will be asked to refrain from smoking before surgery, as it can constrict blood vessels and lead to diminished blood flow and slow healing. A general or local anesthesia and intravenous sedation are administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist.

What does surgery involve?

In most cases, an incision is made in the temple area (hidden by the hair) and meticulously continued in front of the ear, around the earlobe, and behind the ear, finishing behind the hairline of the neck. Occasionally, patients require an incision under the chin. The skin (and, typically, underlying tissue) is redressed after sagging musculature and connective tissue (SMAS) is tightened. Once the deep layer is tightened, the skin re-drapes without tension and without a pulled appearance. The procedure typically takes three hours.

How long is recovery and when can I resume my normal routine?

Bandages are removed the day after surgery, and it’s recommended to keep sutured area clean and dry for the next few days after that. Facial swelling and bruising may last up to three weeks; isolated bruised and hardened areas may take up to two months to fully heal. Many patients experience numbness and tension in the neck, cheek and ears resulting from the separation of the skin’s small sensory nerve fibers during surgery. Feeling typically returns within nine months of the procedure. Most patients return to work within ten to fourteen days of surgery. Expect to begin light cardio within seven to ten days, moderate physical activity (including strength training) in three to four weeks and strenuous activities six weeks following surgery.
Injectable Fillers

What are Injectable Fillers?

Synthetic substances injected into or under the skin to fill depressions and to minimize wrinkles and scarring. They’re not typically used for severe wrinkles and depressions. Fillers are also used to create fuller lips and cheeks and to plump sunken facial areas. They can be used alone or in combination with other procedures such as Botox, laser treatment, surgery or transfer of your own body fat.

What is Botox?

A synthetic substance that is injected into your brow area during a simple ten-minute, non-surgical procedure to reduce frown lines. It takes effect within days and can last up to four months, with zero recovery time.

What is Juvederm?

A smooth gel made from hyaluronic acid—a naturally occurring substance in skin that adds volume and hydration—that is injected under the skin in a simple fifteen-minute session. It's known to instantly restore the skin's volume and to smooth facial wrinkles, smile lines and other folds. It is the first FDA-approved hyaluronic acid dermal filler that is proven to be safe and effective for people of color.
Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)

What is Nose Surgery?

In addition to cosmetic enhancements, nose surgery can correct breathing patterns and nasal obstructions. Dr. Wolf will work with you to create an ideal nose with a  shape and size that are proportional to your face and features.

What should I know?

General anesthesia is typically used, but minor work like narrowing nostrils may require only a local anesthetic. The procedure takes about two hours.

What does surgery involve?

An incision is made inside the nostrils to remove bumps on the bridge. The nasal bone may be broken and precisely realigned, and the septum (the area separating the nasal compartments) may be altered to improve breathing, while sculpting and sizing will be done according to the surgical plan. Small dissolvable sutures close the incision inside the nostrils, small pads are inserted to block bleeding, and a plastic cast is placed on the nose bridge, which is removed in about a week. Surgery typically takes two to three hours.

How long is recovery, and when can I resume my normal routine?

Post-op icing is important to reduce swelling and bruising. Most patients can go home three to four hours following surgery. Patients should keep head elevated, expect difficulty breathing through the nose for a few days ,and avoid nose blowing, hanging the head down, and vigorous activities for three weeks. When nasal bones are broken and reset, black eyes and swelling may linger for up to two weeks. Swelling will gradually reduce within a month. It may take up to one year to see the final results, but most people see 90% results within three months. Most patients return to work within a week of surgery. Expect to begin light cardio within four to five days and moderate-intense physical activity (including strength training) in two to three weeks following surgery.

What is Botox?

A synthetic substance that gets injected into your brow area during a simple ten-minute, non-surgical procedure to reduce frown lines. Its effects take within days and can last up to four months, with zero recovery time.

What is Juvederm?

A smooth gel made from hyaluronic acid—a naturally occurring substance in skin that adds volume and hydration—that is injected under the skin in a simple fifteen-minute session. It's known to instantly restore the skin's volume and to smooth facial wrinkles, smile lines and other folds. It is the first FDA-approved hyaluronic acid dermal filler that is proven to be safe and effective for people of color.
Body Procedures Back to Procedures ▲
  • Arm Lift
  • Liposuction
  • Tummy Tuck
  • Post-Gastric Bypass Surgery
Arm Lift

What is an Arm Lift?

This surgery removes excess skin and fat of the upper arm, and is done primarily in people who have experienced dramatic weight loss or who have a genetic predisposition to skin laxity and excess fat in this area.

What should I know?

An incision is made from shoulder to elbow in order for excess skin to be trimmed and fat to be removed. In some cases, liposuction is used as well. The procedure takes about two hours. A more minimalist version of the arm lift involves taking some skin in the upper arm area close to the armpit; this can produce modest results and a shorter scar. Some tightening of arm skin can also be achieved using the SmartLipo machine, which works like a laser to promote tissue tightening.

How long is recovery, and when can I resume my normal routine?

You can expect to be back at work in one week, and you can resume doing light cardio around the same time. No weightlifting for another two weeks. You can resume regular strenuous exercise in six weeks.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is the removal of targeted lumpy, bulgy fat using slender metal tubes (cannulae) and a medical vacuum. It’s most frequently used to shrink the abdomen, hips, thighs, knees and chin. Another, less invasive procedure relies on the SmartLipo machine, which is used on small areas of bothersome fat to liquefy it and tighten the skin at the same time using laser technology. SmartLipo is an in-office procedure, without sedation, unlike classic liposuction.

What should I know?

Ideal candidates for liposuction are healthy, active and within 12-15% of their ideal weight with relatively good skin tone and elasticity. For safety, three liters of fat is the maximum that can be removed during a single session, so some candidates choose to have a follow-up procedure, which must take place at least three months after the first.

What does surgery involve?

A tiny incision is made in the designated areas and a solution is injected; this diffuses through the targeted fat within ten minutes. The solution numbs the area and reduces bleeding. The cannula is inserted and a medical vacuum pump sucks out fat; skin retracts onto the underlying tissues. Depending on the extent of removal, local or general anesthesia will be used. The procedure takes thirty minutes to two hours. Patients receive intravenous fluids to prevent dehydration, and most go home a few hours after the surgery.

How long is recovery, and when can I resume my normal routine?

Expect to wear a compression garment around treated area for three weeks following surgery. Swelling and bruising may last for up to a month, and short-term water retention is possible. The treated area may feel hard (and in some cases have an orange hue) for two to three weeks following surgery due to scar tissue, which is part of the healing process and will settle over time. Final results should be apparent within three months. Most patients return to work one to five days after surgery. Expect to begin light cardio within seven days, moderate physical activity (including light strength training) in three weeks and strenuous activity six weeks following surgery.
Tummy Tuck

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck tightens and shrinks abdominal wall muscles and removes excess skin folds and fatty tissues from the middle and lower abdominal region. It’s often used post-pregnancy and in people who have lost excessive weight and have hanging belly skin. It is not a procedure for obesity.

What is a Mini Tummy Tuck?

A mini-tuck is a less extensive surgery to tighten abdominal wall muscles and skin, resulting in a smaller scar in the bikini line.

What should I know?

Be prepared to have some tummy tuck scarring along the incision line, above the pubic region, from hip to hip. Initially, it will be red, raised and bumpy and may take up to eighteen months to fully settle. Mini-tummy tucks result in minimal scarring.

What does surgery involve?

During a full tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), a long incision is made from hip to hip along the bikini line, just above pubic region. The skin and fat is separated from the abdominal wall up to the bellybutton, and then an additional incision is made around the bellybutton to loosen surrounding tissue so that the skin and fat can be entirely lifted away from the abs. The stomach muscles are stitched together, crafting a tighter, firmer abdominal wall and smaller waist. Skin and fat are stretched down toward the bikini line, and extra tissue is trimmed. A new bellybutton hole is created, and two drainage tubes are temporarily installed under the skin to release excess fluids during the first forty-eight hours. Surgery typically takes three to five hours.

How long is recovery and when can I resume my normal routine?

The surgical procedure uses general anesthesia, so the patient is fully asleep. Expect to wear a compression garment around the waist and abdomen to reduce the post-op swelling and bleeding, and to walk tilted forward for the first two days so as not to pop the stomach sutures. Gradually, you will be allowed to walk at full posture. Drainage tubes are removed after two days. Most patients return to work within ten to fourteen days of surgery. Expect to begin light cardio within seven days, moderate physical activity (including light strength training) in three weeks and strenuous activity six weeks following surgery.
Post-Gastric Bypass Surgery

What is Post-Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Gastric bypass surgery removes and tightens excess hanging skin and fatty deposits of the abdomen, breasts, thighs and arms following bariatric surgery, which is performed on patients needing drastic weight loss.

What should I know?

Each patient has unique circumstances, hopes, concerns and goals.

What does surgery involve?

Surgery may involve a variety of procedures to remove and tighten excess skin while sculpting tissue contours, which lead to a smoother, more youthful, and more natural appearance. Some procedures include a combination of other treatments, such as upper body lift, tummy lift, and lower body lift.

How long is recovery and when can I resume my normal routine?

Most patients return to work within ten to twenty-one days of surgery. Expect to begin very light cardio within ten days, moderate physical activity (including light strength training) in three weeks, and strenuous activity six weeks following surgery.