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Tummy Tuck in New York

Over time, the body can change due to weight fluctuations, pregnancy, heredity, prior surgery, and/or the natural aging process. Among the most stubborn areas that can become bothersome for both men and women is the abdomen. Many people have bulging fatty tissue or sagging skin in the abdominal region that is impossible to get rid of with traditional weight-loss methods. Often, no amount of diet and exercise can remove excess fat and skin or tighten the abdominal muscles. Tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, is a common procedure performed to create a more attractive abdominal profile.

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What to Expect From the Procedure

Dr. Taranow will evaluate your natural body type to discuss the best options to help you achieve your tummy tuck goals.


  • Tummy tuck surgery is performed under general anesthesia or intravenous (IV) sedation as an outpatient procedure.
  • A full tummy tuck may take between two and four hours depending on the extent of correction.
  • A horizontal incision is made across the lower abdomen just above the pubic area, and the skin and fat are separated from the abdominal muscles.
  • The muscles are tightened to flatten the abdomen and narrow the waistline.
  • Excess fat and skin are removed, and the remaining skin (flap) is pulled down and tightened as it is redraped over the newly shaped contours.
  • The umbilicus (belly button) is brought out at the same position through a new, smaller vertical opening made by Dr. Taranow to provide a more youthful appearance.
  • Liposuction may be performed on the sides and back (flanks) or other areas if desired.
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Tummy Tuck FAQs

A: A compression garment will need to be worn to reduce swelling and to support the abdomen as it heals. Patients should reduce any physical activity that strains the abdomen for at least two to three days. Most patients can return to work within two weeks; however, they should avoid strenuous exercise for one month. The total recovery process averages six weeks; this is when most patients notice that residual swelling has subsided and results become apparent. Dr. Taranow will provide postoperative instructions that patients should follow to ensure a safe and effective healing process.
A: Some patients may only need minimal correction to achieve their goals. A mini tummy tuck is an ideal procedure for patients with small amounts of fat and skin to be removed. The horizontal incision used is smaller than that of a traditional tummy tuck, and the skin is only lifted to the middle of the stomach rather than the entire abdomen. Excess fat and skin are removed, and weakened abdominal muscles are repaired. A mini tummy tuck typically takes about one to two hours and is performed using general anesthesia or IV sedation.
A: There may be some pain due to swelling and bruising. Prescription pain medication can be taken to alleviate any discomfort.
A: There will be some scarring following tummy tuck surgery. Dr. Taranow will make the incision as inconspicuous as possible. The incision will extend across the pubic line (bikini line) and can be easily hidden underneath pants, a bathing suit, or underwear. Depending on the patient’s level of healing, scarring will fade and become less noticeable.
A: As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications associated with tummy tuck surgery, such as:
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Changes in skin sensation
  • Skin loss
  • Blood clots
A: The cost of tummy tuck surgery will depend on the technique employed and whether or not liposuction is used during surgery. After you meet with Dr. Taranow, he can provide you with a customized quote for your procedure.

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