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Tummy Tuck FAQ

If you're considering a tummy tuck, it's important to develop realistic expectations about your surgery, results, and recovery period. Women and men visit us for tummy tuck surgery from Syracuse, Albany, Schenectady, and other upstate NY communities because they have confidence in our group of experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons. Based on their expertise, our surgeons have provided answers to some of the most common questions they are asked about tummy tuck surgery.

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Case 1167, Liposuction, Mommy Makeover, Tummy Tuck

Surgeon: Steven Lynch, MD

* This shapely 39 year old mom presented with a post pregnancy  potty abdomen and a less than ideal appearance of her belly button.    The patient wanted to get a more youthful appearance in the abdomen and belly button but did not want muscle tightening nor liposuction.  To me a tummy tuck without muscle tightening and no liposuction contouring is like a day without sunshine !!!   I tried my best to tell the patient how I could add these details to  get the best result.  She said that she worked out and felt that she was going to be okay without the muscle tightening and liposuction.  She is seen at 5 months ...

*Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Case 952, Tummy Tuck

Surgeon: Susan Gannon, MD

* 43 year old female unhappy with her abdomen and breasts following pregnancy and 60 lb weight loss.  Patient after abdominoplasty and liposuction of her waist and hips. She also had a mastopexy with augmentation to improve the look of her breast.

*Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Case 1205, Tummy Tuck

Surgeon: Jeffrey Rockmore, MD

* This 53-year-old woman visited our Capital Region New York office to improve her abdomen.  She had a previous surgery which left her with an indented scar of her lower stomach.  She also had overhang which never seemed to go away with diet and exercise.  She wanted her belly to look better and came to discuss the options.  Her preoperative photographs show a combination of loose skin with overhang and fat.  Tummy tucks are excellent for tightening up the skin as well as the muscles but do not remove fat.  Liposuction is excellent for removing fat and contouring the body.  Frequently these are combined to give us the best results.  A combination of...

*Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Case 1007, Liposuction, Tummy Tuck

Surgeon: Douglas Hargrave, MD

* This 41-year-old mother of two hasn't been happy with the appearance of her abdomen since pregnancy. Procedure: She underwent combination of suction lipectomy and abdominoplasty. Now she fits into her pre-pregnancy wardrobe, and is very happy with her outcome!

*Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Can I exercise instead of having a tummy tuck?

Unfortunately, exercise and diet may not be enough to give you a firm, flat torso. When the skin and abdominal muscles become severely stretched due to weight gain and loss, pregnancy, or aging, plastic surgery is often the only method of correction. A tummy tuck tightens excess lax skin that diet and exercise cannot influence. Additionally, tummy tuck surgery can repair separated muscles, which situps or other abdominal exercises cannot do.

How much does a tummy tuck cost?

The cost of a tummy tuck varies depending on whether you are having a mini or complete tummy tuck, the complexity of the procedure, and whether it is being combined with other procedures, among other factors. The range for a tummy tuck is typically between $7,000 and $8,000. We offer patient financing to help most patients afford to pursue their desired improvements. For the best possible surgical outcome, it's important to consider your surgeon's credentials above cost. Visit our Meet the Surgeons page to learn more about choosing a plastic surgeon.

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Utica, and Albany area of New York.

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Meet Our Surgeons

Meet the expertly trained Albany plastic surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Group, serving the Schenectady, Saratoga Springs, Utica, and Albany area of New York.

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Do I have to be a certain weight for tummy tuck surgery?

There is no specific weight requirement for tummy tuck surgery. However, a tummy tuck is not appropriate for obese or very overweight patients. The best candidates are those who are at a healthy, stable weight. If you are overweight, your surgeon may recommend diet and exercise prior to undergoing surgery.

Will I have a scar?

Scars are a tradeoff for nearly all plastic surgery procedures. The size of your scar will depend on the extent of the procedure and the amount of excess skin present prior to surgery. The more skin laxity and overhang, the longer the scar.

Usually, abdominoplasty results in a horizontal scar across the lower abdomen, well below the belly button. The scar can be easily hidden under a bikini, underwear, or other clothing. The appearance of scars can be minimized with medical spa procedures such as laser treatments. We can also recommend topical treatments for you to use at home to help your scar fade rapidly.

Can a tummy tuck be combined with another procedure?

While tummy tuck surgery is excellent for tightening the skin and underlying muscles of the abdomen, it does not address unwanted fat. This is best treated with liposuction, which is often combined with a tummy tuck for optimal results.

Many of our patients combine procedures such as breast augmentation with a tummy tuck to gain multiple improvements with a single surgery and recovery period known as a mommy makeover. Tummy tuck surgery is also commonly performed with other skin tightening procedures after massive weight loss.

Before & After Mommy Makeover

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This patient had a mommy makeover at The Plastic Surgery Group that combined a tummy tuck and breast augmentation. She is pictured before and 5 weeks after her surgery. See more mommy makeover patient photos.

*Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Will having children after a tummy tuck affect my results?

Yes, having children after tummy tuck may cause you to lose some of the benefits of your surgery; however, having children after a tummy tuck will not affect your pregnancy in any way. Our surgeons usually recommend that you finish having children before undergoing abdominoplasty in order to preserve your results.

What are the risks?

Our surgeons have performed hundreds and hundreds of successful tummy tucks on men and women seeking a better body contour. As with all surgeries, there are some risks associated with tummy tuck surgery, but with careful attention to your plastic surgeon's directions both before and after your surgery, these potential complications can be minimized and treated effectively. These very rare risks include infection and blood clot, which can be minimized by following simple instructions such as beginning movement as soon as you can and not smoking.

How long will my results last?

Abdominoplasty is usually a one-time procedure with very long-lasting results. Weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and aging can all contribute to changes in your surgical outcome. Maintaining a healthy weight and fitness program will help your improved shape last as long as possible.

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