This is a old idea re worked by Dr Schulman of NYC (a boarded PS), SMOOTH TUCK: A new procedure developed by surgeon Matthew Schulman M.D., helps those who aren't thin enough for a traditional tummy tuck. Unlike the tummy tuck, this new procedure, called Smooth Tuck, doesn't cut any muscles. This means significantly less pain and a recovery period of one week instead of two. In addition, according to Dr. Shulman's website, the Smooth Tuck repositions the belly button. However, this procedure is done from the inside and no visible scar can be seen. Furthermore, the Smooth Tuck procedure liposuctions the entire abdomen and flanks. The procedure removes two to three liters of fat and then takes off the excessive skin. Patients typically lose up to 10 pounds with this procedure.
To me it appears to be aggressive liposuction of the flanks, mid and upper abdomen (2 to 3 liters of lipo) than an extended skin incision as in a full tummy tuck without muscle repair. The undermining is kept to a small width so not the comprise the vascular supply to the central skin. As for the "no scar umbilical re positioning. He is doing the free floating umbilical lowering technique (again nothing new). Therefore a new name "SMOOTH TUCK" to old operative techniques. I must compliment Dr S for the PR he has gotten or had done. In most cases muscle tightening is a good idea but not always needed. Fees range from $8K. From MIAMI Dr. Darryl j. Blinski