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What Is A Tummy Tuck And Should I Get One?

What Is A Tummy Tuck And Should I Get One?

“I exercise and eat healthy. Why do I still have loose skin around my tummy?” This is a question I hear from many of my patients. They try really hard to work out and live a healthy lifestyle, but they still have stubborn areas of fat deposits and loose, flabby skin around their midsection.

For these patients, I often recommend a tummy tuck. In addition to tummy tucks, I also offer a wide range of other body sculpting procedures to help you achieve a more shapely body, which you can learn about here.

To learn more about tummy tuck surgery, watch this short video

To learn more about tummy tuck surgery, watch my short video by clicking on the image below.

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What happens during a tummy tuck?

One of the more common plastic surgery procedures I do, particularly in body contouring, is the tummy tuck. What happens during this procedure is that I make an incision that is low, just below the bikini line in the front of the midsection, that goes hip to hip. I also make a little incision around the belly button, too.

Next, I lift up the skin and the fat, all the way up to the bottom of the breast, and then I repair the muscles that have been separated from pregnancy. If there’s a little hernia there, I’ll repair that as well. Then I bring those muscles back together with stitches. Once that’s repaired, I remove the extra skin and liposuction the fat to give the tummy a nice contour.

The end result of a tummy tuck is to bring the waist in, flatten out the belly, and get rid of that little bulge that exists in the lower and upper abdomen from pregnancy or other causes.

How long does it take?

Tummy tuck surgery takes around an hour and a half to 2 hours, depending upon the patient. Recovery in the recovery room takes about an hour as well.

What about recovery time?

Patients should know that when they go home, the recovery time can be fairly significant. It’s not to the same extent as a C-section but it’s in the same family. You’ll be sore for a few days, there will be a drain or two coming out of the abdomen (usually but not always), and there will be an abdominal binder on to give you a little extra support. It will be around a week to 2 weeks before you’re driving again.

Will I have noticeable scars?

The stitches are all dissolvable and the scars will fade with time, but it can easily take 6 months to a year, sometimes even longer, until the scars are fully faded. The good news is that those scars are hidden well under bathing suits and clothing so you don’t really notice them in everyday life.

Is it safe?

A common question patients ask me about a tummy tuck is: is it safe? Like any procedure, there are some risks involved, but with the proper patient selection—meaning that you’re healthy, without other medical problems, you’re a non-smoker, you’re in good shape, and you’re having the procedure done in the right location with the right surgeon—the procedure can be done very safely.

Add liposuction for even better results

If you decide to have liposuction at the same time as a tummy tuck, I can remove unwanted fat from around your waist, hips, thighs and buttocks as well as your tummy, giving you even more dramatic results. Sometimes I can re-use this unwanted fat and transfer it to your buttocks to enhance their size and shape, which is known as a Brazilian butt lift.

Common causes of a flabby tummy

Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop a protruding, loose, saggy abdomen. Why? The most common reasons:

  • Aging
  • Heredity
  • Pregnancy
  • Prior surgery
  • Significant fluctuations in weight

For more details, come see me

To learn more about what happens during a tummy tuck, come in and see me. I’m happy to sit down with you for a consultation and we can go through things in a lot more detail.

I perform my procedures at the Surgical Specialty Center of Westchester

For almost every plastic surgery procedure I perform, I use the Surgical Specialty Center of Westchester. As the standard of excellence in the region, this technologically advanced, leading-edge facility was specifically designed by our group of surgeons (Cosmetic Surgery Associates) to provide our patients with the highest level of care, personal privacy and optimal surgical results.

The Surgical Specialty Center is Medicare approved, state licensed and meets all current requirements at the top level of New York State. To learn more about the Surgical Specialty Center of Westchester, watch this short video by clicking on the image below.

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Insurance coverage

Insurance companies consider a tummy tuck to be elective cosmetic surgery and usually do not cover it, which means the procedure would be self-pay.

Considering a tummy tuck?

I understand that choosing to have a tummy tuck is an important decision for a person, male or female. I also know how much it means to each and every patient to achieve the results they want. If you are thinking about getting a tummy tuck and would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact me and I will send you additional information prior to your appointment. To make sure you are fully informed about your surgery options and understand exactly what results to expect, I will take all the time you need to make sure your questions are answered.

For more information about tummy tucks, I recommend these 3 blogs

So that you can be fully informed before you decide to have a tummy tuck, I’ve written several blogs explaining this procedure and its many benefits:

To learn more about the many body contouring procedures I offer:

There are several body procedures available to you in my plastic surgery practice. To learn more, please visit these pages on my website:

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Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), Samuel J. Beran, MD is a highly accomplished plastic surgeon with offices in Manhattan, Harrison and Mount Kisco, NY. With more than 20 years’ experience and a thorough command of the most advanced techniques and technologies, Dr. Beran consistently provides his patients with the highest level of plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast, face, skin and body. Recently, Dr. Beran was named a “Top Doctor” by RealSelf for his dedication to responding to consumer questions and patient feedback. The “Top Doctor” designation is awarded to less than 10% of the RealSelf physician community.

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"Dr. Beran is a board certified plastic surgeon, specializing in cosmetic surgery procedures such as breast augmentation. He is amazing and I definitely recommend him."