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What Is A Tummy Tuck And What Will It Do?

What Is A Tummy Tuck And What Will It Do?

Do you have loose, flabby skin around your midsection? Do you have stretch marks, Cesarean section scars, or scars from other abdominal surgeries? Would you like a flatter, toned, younger-looking tummy? Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, is a beautiful solution to all of these. A tummy tuck removes excess fat and skin and restores weakened or separated abdominal muscles. The result? A smoother, firmer, more attractive midsection.

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.

I exercise and eat healthy. Why do I have loose skin around my tummy?

If you’re like many of my patients who are of normal body weight, over time you may have developed a protruding, flabby, sagging abdomen. The most common reasons for this are:

  • Normal aging
  • Heredity
  • Pregnancy
  • Prior surgery
  • Significant fluctuations in weight

What happens during a tummy tuck?

During tummy tuck surgery, a plastic surgeon removes a few pounds of stomach fat and excess skin, then tightens the abdominal muscles by suturing them, creating a smoother abdominal surface. Recovery times vary, but most patients are back to work in 1-2 weeks.

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, known as a Brazilian butt lift.

Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

Optimal candidates for a tummy tuck:

  • are in good health
  • do not smoke
  • are within 20% of their ideal body weight
  • have excess skin, loose muscle and excess fat which they would like to get rid of
  • have had significant weight loss, either from diet, exercise or bariatric surgery
  • The normal aging process can also cause abdominal skin to sag or lose elasticity, making many older individuals suitable tummy tuck candidates

Who should not get a tummy tuck? 

  • If you’re planning to get pregnant, you should postpone a tummy tuck until after you've had children. During surgery, your vertical muscles (“six pack”) are tightened, and future pregnancies can separate those muscles.
  • If you’re planning to lose a lot of weight, you should delay your tummy tuck.

Tummy tuck surgery is surgery

Some people think that a tummy tuck is a simple, quick procedure but in actual fact, it is major surgery, requiring 1-2 hours in the operating room under general anesthesia. Before you decide to have a tummy tuck, we will together discuss the procedure in detail and make sure that you understand all that is involved.

How much does a tummy tuck cost?   

Often, one of the first questions my patients ask me when they’re considering tummy tuck surgery is how much it will cost. My answer is that there is no one standard price. Every person’s body and the results they’re hoping to achieve with a tummy tuck are unique to them. That’s why I determine the exact cost of this body contouring procedure after I have met with the patient, evaluated their body type, amount of excess fat and skin, overall physical condition and their personal goals and expectations. Then together, we will discuss how the procedure will deliver the best possible results. For further pricing details, please contact me.

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."