Tummy Tuck FAQ

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We see a range of patients for tummy tuck surgery in our practice in Westchester County, NY, from women who are finished having children to people with excess skin following significant weight loss. Our patients usually come in with a lot of questions specific to their needs, and many of them overlap for some common themes. Here, our surgeons answer the questions they hear most frequently.

If you are looking for a plastic surgeon near Westchester, White Plains, or Stamford, CT to perform a tummy tuck, request a consultation to meet with one of our board-certified surgeons. Cosmetic Surgery Associates of New York has 4 locations to meet the needs of residents throughout the region.

Before & After Tummy Tuck

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Common Questions

What happens to my belly button during the procedure?

Your surgeon creates an incision around the navel to allow for adequate removal of excess fat and skin, particularly of the upper abdomen. By moving the umbilicus, your surgeon can create a tighter midsection and even improve the appearance of your navel if necessary.

Will there be scars after my procedure?

Unfortunately, scars are a reality of any surgical procedure. However, the surgeons at Cosmetic Surgery Associates of New York create inconspicuous incisions whenever possible that can be concealed by a bikini or underwear. Most women feel that the scar is worth the beautiful results of the procedure. Also keep in mind that the scar should continue to fade over time and become much less noticeable.

Can a tummy tuck be combined with another procedure?

Depending on the amount of fat to be removed, liposuction can be performed with a tummy tuck to enhance results. Also, a popular option for moms who have experienced significant sagging in the abdomen and breasts is a tummy tuck combined with a breast augmentation or breast lift in the New York City area. This combination procedure is known by many as the mommy makeover.

How much does a tummy tuck cost?

As with most plastic surgery procedures, the cost of a tummy tuck at our New York practice varies based on several factors, including fees charged for the operating room and other medical specialists involved with the operation. The cost also depends heavily on the patient's specific needs and whether other procedures, such as liposuction, are being performed during the same operation. Because each procedure is so customized to the patient's precise needs, it's difficult to provide a cost without a consultation. Our practice firmly believes in keeping costs affordable to open access to all our deserving patients. Read more about our financing options, and contact us to get a specific quote.

What is a mini tummy tuck?

Some patients may benefit from a modified tummy tuck called a mini tummy tuck. This technique is appropriate for patients whose loose skin is limited to the lower abdomen below the belly button. We do not reposition the belly button as part of this more limited procedure, we don't adjust skin above the navel, and we don't always tighten the abdominal muscles. This method results in a shorter scar and an easier recovery, but it's not appropriate for everyone.

Will a tummy tuck get rid of stretch marks?

Stretch marks are a common concern for women after pregnancy. Fortunately, a tummy tuck eliminates most stretch marks below the belly button. Even the stretch marks that are above the belly button will be lower after the tummy tuck surgery tightens your abdominal skin. Tummy tuck surgery can also move or eliminate some C-section scars.

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