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Douglas A. Taranow, DO, FACOS

New York, NY


Posted December 13, 2018 in Tummy Tuck

Many patients are unsure whether they should undergo a full tummy tuck (“abdominoplasty”) or a mini tummy tuck to correct their protruding abdomen or excess abdominal skin. Both procedures will provide a more streamlined body contour, and the approaches to both surgeries are similar.

However, the full, or “traditional,” tummy tuck is more invasive and requires a slightly longer recovery period than a mini tummy tuck. This procedure is usually recommended for patients who desire improvement to the entire abdomen.

Full Tummy Tuck

The full tummy tuck utilizes two incisions: one horizontal crescent-shaped incision located beneath the navel, which spans the pelvis from hip to hip, and another incision in the navel. The navel incision allows Dr. Taranow to modify the upper portion of the abdomen and redrape the skin so that the navel stays in its appropriate position. He is able to tighten stretched abdominal muscles using sutures through the larger horizontal incision. Sometimes stretch marks from pregnancy or weight gain are removed (if they fall in line with the skin that is to be excised). Any excess fat is removed, and the skin is sutured together to create a firmer, more youthful abdominal contour. The entire procedure takes between two and five hours to complete.

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Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck addresses only the lower third of the stomach. This procedure utilizes only one horizontal crescent-shaped incision across the pelvis. Depending on the amount of correction necessary, this incision will often be smaller than the crescent-shaped incision of the full tummy tuck, and it may or may not involve muscle tightening. The procedure can take one to two hours.

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Both the full and mini tummy tuck are performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis and require up to two weeks of recovery. It is recommended that patients do not plan to get pregnant after this procedure as this will compromise the results of the procedure. Additionally, it is always recommended to be in good health before surgery so that the best results are achieved.

During your consultation, Dr. Taranow can help determine whether a full or mini tummy tuck is best for you. If you are interested in either of these procedures in Manhattan and the TriState area, please contact us today by calling (212) 772 2100 or filling out our online contact form.