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Tummy Tuck

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Best Candidates

The best candidates for tummy tucks are:

  • Patients with loose tummy skin due to pregnancy
  • Patients with loose abdominal skin due to weight loss
  • Patients who want to tighten bulging stomach muscles
  • Patients who want to eliminate stretch marks of the tummy
  • Patients with rolls, ugly scars, or deformities of the tummy
  • Patients who want a flat stomach
  • Patients who want their clothes to fit better



A Mini Tummy Tuck tightens the skin and muscles below the umbilicus (belly button) only, with no tightening of the upper abdomen. The umbilicus is not disturbed, preserving its natural appearance. This procedure can be excellent for patients with a bulge or loose skin in the lower tummy, but fairly tight and smooth skin in the upper tummy.


A full tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) tightens the skin and muscles above AND below the belly button. A greater degree of tightening and flattening is obtained compared with a mini tummy tuck. The pubic area is also tightened.


A circumferential abdominoplasty (or belt lipectomy) removes and tightens excess or saggy skin in the back as well as the tummy. This procedure can be helpful following major weight loss. It is also possible to perform the tummy tuck at one surgery, with the back and buttock lift at a separate surgery.


A panniculectomy involves removing large amounts of excess skin and fat that hang down over the genitals and thighs, frequently following major weight loss. It does not tighten the abdominal muscles, but can alleviate back pain and skin rashes or ulcers.

Advantages and Disadvantages


  • Scarring: Minimal
  • Recovery time: 5 – 7 days
  • Removal of excess skin and tightening muscles: n/a
  • Weight loss substitute: n/a
  • Natural results: Yes
  • Performed by board certified plastic surgeon: Yes
  • Removal of stretch marks: n/a


  • Scarring: Moderate, under clothing
  • Recovery time: 2 – 3 Weeks
  • Removal of excess skin and tightening muscles: Yes
  • Weight loss substitute: n/a
  • Natural results: Yes
  • Performed by board certified plastic surgeon: Yes
  • Removal of stretch marks: Yes

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Patient Reviews


“I had a Breast Augmentation and a Tummy Tuck by Dr. Taleisnik in August 2012 and I have to say it has been the best thing. I researched doctors in the area and out of the area, I even had a couple of consultations, but never felt comfortable with any doctor until I met Dr. Taleisnik. I really liked the fact that he was not pushy and try to get me to do extra procedures I did NOT need he keep it real and natural. He answered every question I had and both him and his assistant returned my many questions and emails. I never felt dumb for asking any questions because he always had an answer for me, & was always very professional. After the surgery he was very attentive and called to check up on me. He always had my pain under control and was very considerate. I am very happy with my surgery and I wouldn’t change a thing. Dr. Taleisnik was the best choice for me, and took care of me like I was his family. It’s been 5 months since my surgery and I feel and look better then ever.”

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Additional Information


$6,000 – $11,000

We accept payments by all major Credit Cards, Cash or Cashier’s Check or financing through CareCredit®


Combining a tummy tuck with breast augmentation/lift/reduction can lower the total tummy tuck fee by $1,000 or more. Liposuction can easily be added to a tummy tuck: for example, adding liposuction of the posterior hips and flanks to a tummy tuck may raise the total fee by only $1,600-$2,500.

Military Discounts Available

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General Anesthesia

General anesthesia makes you unable to feel pain during medical procedures. All surgeries are performed in outpatient surgery centers accredited at the highest levels. All anesthesia is provided by board-certified anesthesiologists.

Recovery Time

Patients must walk and sleep flexed at the waist for 4 days/nights, and will have drains in place most commonly for 5-10 days. Most patients require 7-14 days off work. Sit-ups and strenuous abdominal muscle use (very heavy lifting) are prohibited for 6-7 weeks.

10-14 Days

Off Work

2-3 Days

First follow up

2-7 Days

Bandage Removal

6-7 Days

Umbilical Sutures Removed

2-3 Wks

Compression Garment

7 Wks

Best Results