No Cut Tummy Tuck?

Too good to be true?

Doctor Answers 27

No-Cut Tummy Tuck = Marketing Speak

Remember when mother said "If it sounds too good to be true..."?

The "Tuck" part of a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) is where we get the tightening of the supporting tissues below the skin. I call this tissue that attaches our skin to our bodies inside our "body suit," and there is no procedure that will give significant rejuvenation of this tissue without a lift or tuck.

Sure, many times we avoid a Tummy Tuck when both the skin and the deeper tissues are of good or excellent quality. But there is no "No Cut" procedure that can make tissues of inferior quality (for example: loose tissue, thin and stretched skin) magically tighten.

Hopefully this is not an American Board of Plastic Surgery surgeon marketing this technique, at least not without a big disclaimer about how only some patients will be candidates. I'd suggest looking elsewhere for a consultation.

Hope this helps,

Nick Slenkovich, MD FACS

Denver Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 101 reviews

No Cut Tummy Tuck?Too good to be true?

In short, yes.  Tummy tuck removes loose skin and repairs streched muscles.  This cannot be accomplished without an incision!

Amy T. Bandy, DO, FACS
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 106 reviews

What is no cut tummy tuck?

"No cut tummy tuck" is being used to marked "laser liposuction" procedures.  A tummy tuck is designed to tighten the abdominal fascia ("muscle repair") and remove excess skin, usually the result of pregnancy or significant weight loss.  Liposuction does not address the underlying fascia, and there is a lot of skepticism regarding how much skin tightening can be achieved without surgically excising the extra skin.

My response to your question/post does not represent formal medical advice or constitute a doctor patient relationship. You need to consult with i.e. personally see a board-certified plastic surgeon in order to receive a formal evaluation and develop a doctor patient relationship.

Craig S. Rock, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Tummy tuck without an incision

Marketing today will make some miraculous claims, and some are too good to be true. A tummy tuck without an incision to remove skin excess is simply not a tummy tuck. I would stay away from that one.

Best of luck,


Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

"No cut tummy tuck" is not a tummy tuck

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is done for the things you can't accomplish on your own, including removal of excess skin and tightening of a muscle separation called diastasis. It may also include removal of localized fat that is resistant to change with diet and exercise. It would truly be wonderful if skin could be tightened enough without surgery to replace tummy tucks, and advocates of laser lipo would have you believe that it can be done. But the additional skin tightening with laser lipo and other similar technologies doesn't come anywhere close to what is done with abdominoplasty, a lesson many patients have learned at great expense.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 52 reviews

No cut TT not only too good to be true, but untrue, too

A tuck is by definition the excision of excess skin to smooth and tighten the surface.  Without an excision there is no tuck (we can't just fold skin in like taking a dart or tuck in a dress that's too big).  You can tighten abdominal muscles endoscopically which is rather rare and liposuction can lead to some skin contraction, but these are not tucks.

Lori H. Saltz, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

No Cut Tummy Tuck Bit of an Oxymoron

A no cut tummy tuck or a tummy tuck not involving removal of excess skin is simply not feasible.  Although some liposuction device manufacturers claim that they can achieve these results, most plastic surgeons are wary and feel that the physician holding the liposuction device is much more important than ther device itself.

John Whitt, MD (retired)
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

No cut tummy tuck = No such thing

The only possible thing you could be referring to would be an endoscopic tummy tuck and the true candidated for that would be about 1:1000 or fewer.  That is because the reason for doing a tummy tuck is to tighten muscles and remove extra skin.  Neither of these can be done without surgery.

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 67 reviews

Abdominal Contouring

There are many options available to contour the abdomen, surgical and non surgical.  A tummy tuck is a big operation with a big scar, but great results.  Liposuction removes fat, but does not tighten the skin and has a quick recovery.  Coolsculpting or fat freezing reduces about 20% of the abdominal fat with no down time or surgery.  And there are other options as well.  Talk with a board certified plastic surgeon about the options available to best meet your expectations.  Beware of slick marketing gimmicks to get you into the door.

David Finkle, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 75 reviews

Possible as long as your expectations are realistic

As has been mentioned before in the other physicians' posts, typically an abdominoplasty removes skin, and hence creates some degree of scarring.  Occasionally, if a patient only has abdominal wall/fascia laxity and approach can be made through the bellybutton that tightens the abdominal wall fascia, but doesn't leave a lower abdominal scar.  It does not remove any skin, but can make a nice difference in your abdominal appearance, provided you're the appropriate candidate!  Hope this helps.


David L. Kaufman, MD
Folsom Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 60 reviews

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