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Overview of Tummy Tuck


The abdomen is a “problem area” for many people, who struggle to tighten and tone with regular exercise and a strict diet but fail to see their desired results. Because these challenges are so common, tummy tuck is one of the most frequently performed plastic surgery procedures. Clinically referred to as abdominoplasty, tummy tuck produces a flatter, firmer abdominal profile. If you’re looking for a tummy tuck surgeon, you can trust the team at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York. Our surgeons are highly-qualified, experienced, and known for creating beautifully sculpted bodies using leading-edge techniques and technology.

The Goal of Tummy Tuck Surgery

Tummy tuck surgery accomplishes several things:

  • Removes excess fat from the upper and lower abdomen
  • Removes excess abdominal skin
  • Tightens the remaining abdominal skin
  • Repairs abdominal muscles that have separated (usually due to pregnancy)

Types of Tummy Tuck Surgery

Our practice offers several types of tummy tuck surgery, including traditional tummy tuck, mini tummy tuck and the “lipo tummy tuck” with laser liposuction. Learn more about the types of tummy tuck surgery.

Am I a Candidate for Tummy Tuck?

Our plastic and cosmetic surgeons will personally meet with you to determine whether tummy tuck is suitable for your personal goals and lifestyle. It’s likely that you are a strong candidate for tummy tuck if you:

  • Are within 30 pounds of your ideal weight
  • Are in good general physical and psychological health
  • Have loose or sagging abdominal skin
  • Have not been able to successfully lose weight in your midsection through diet and exercise
  • Have reasonable expectations of the surgery’s outcome

Benefits of Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck can completely rejuvenate a saggy, flabby stomach, giving you more confidence and a more positive feeling about your appearance. The surgery is especially beneficial for mothers who want to reverse the physical effects of pregnancy on their abdomens (e.g., loose skin, a pregnancy “pooch,” separated muscles).

The Tummy Tuck Procedure

The specific techniques that our surgeons use depends on the type of tummy tuck they perform and the degree of necessary correction. In general, our surgeons make a horizontal elliptical incision across the lower abdomen, surgically repair the abdominal musculature, remove excess fat and skin and pull the remaining skin taut across the abdomen. They may re-locate the navel in some cases. The incisions are then closed with self-dissolving sutures.

Is Tummy Tuck Surgery Safe?

Today’s advances in techniques and technology make the procedure safer than ever. Having your surgery performed by a highly-qualified and experienced surgeon also significantly reduces surgical risks. Certain tummy tuck variations involve small incisions, which are safer than large incisions. See our office for a complete list of possible risks & complications from this surgery.

Recovering from Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck recovery time varies by patient, as everyone’s body heals differently. In general, most patients spend one to two weeks at home recovering before returning to work and their normal routine. Learn more about recovering from tummy tuck.

Tummy Tuck FAQs

It is normal, as a tummy tuck candidate, to have a lot of questions about the surgery and what to expect. Read through our FAQs.

How Much Does Tummy Tuck Surgery Cost?

The cost of tummy tuck surgery depends on several factors, including the individual treatment plan. However, we offer plastic surgery financing options to make the procedure more budget-friendly. Learn more about tummy tuck cost.

Schedule a Consultation

If you would like to learn more about the rewards of tummy tuck surgery, we encourage you to call our New York City location at 212-206-0023 or our Long Island location at 631-499-1831 to set up a personal consultation.