About Tummy Tuck Surgery
For both men and women, loose skin and pockets of fat within the abdominal region can be frustrating despite efforts to get rid of it. Significant weight loss, childbirth, and aging are the primary reasons why an individual may not be able to reclaim a slim and tight stomach. Tummy tuck surgery removes loose skin and excess fat and tightens the muscles in the abdominal wall. Los Alamitos, CA plastic surgeon William P. Aiello performs tummy tuck surgery based on the individual's cosmetic goals. This procedure at Ocean Plastic Surgery Center allows men and women the opportunity to have a redefined physique, better body contour, and more confidence. Read more about how an abdominoplasty can eliminate excess fat and skin, as well as tighten the stomach muscles, and then contact us to schedule your consultation.
Tummy Tuck Reviews
"I went into Ocean Plastic surgery center today for my consult. Easy parking and clean stylish facility. Wait time was 5 mins. I was brought back by Megan shown in the picture, she was so friendly easy to talk to and very understanding to my wants and needs.Dr A was great and is the most experienced plastic surgeon I’ve ever seen. He’s been doing this for 39 years and I had work done 16 years ago with him and had the most amazing results. I did a tummy tuck and it’s still amazing and he does the best incisions ever! Surgery is very serious and he has been consistent in same location since I’ve last seen him 16 yrs ago and I love that Stability. Also he has a surgery center in his building. I know about 6 woman who have had their breast done by Dr.A as well and are happy with results. I’ll post my new stuff I have done next month"- R.S. / Yelp / Jun 02, 2020
"Who doesn’t love Dr. Aiello??? Plus he only hires the best to work with him. I went to Dr. Aiello originally for my breast augmentation which I’ve had zero problems with and have absolutely love the results for the last 23 years. Flash forward to 6 months ago and I was back in his office for my tummy tuck consultation. It took all of a minute and a half to decide to have it done, even though it’s not an easy surgery I knew I would be in great hands with Dr. Aiello and everyone that works with him. They helped me every step of the way with questions, information, education, pre-surgery requirements and of course post op. I am extremely please with how it turned out and once again they did exactly what they said they would. Still healing but I know my scar will be nothing but a very thin line, the extra skin is gone and my muscles are back to where they were years ago. Everyone is friendly and wants to make sure you understand they are they for you with any questions or concerns and they are. Dr. Aiello, Tracy, Kasei and I’m sure I’m missing names are professional, yet put you at ease on top of providing amazing results. I would recommend Ocean Plastic Surgery Center in a heart beat and I know where I’m going for my next procedure."- S.E. / Yelp / Jun 05, 2020
"I’ve been a patient of Dr Aiello for over 20 years. I’ve had a breast augmentation, a modified lift and a tummy tuck. He’s a wonderful Dr that I completely trust. His staff is also amazing. I contemplated my tummy tuck for years because of the recovery and ugly scar. His hands are like magic. My recovery was great and I have the tummy I always dreamed of with a very thin, faded scar. I’ve recommend all of my friends and family to him. If you’re looking for a Dr that’s trustworthy and experienced with a proven track record. Dr. Aiello is your guy."- Y.C. / Yelp / Nov 03, 2020
"I give them 5 stars for so many reasons! They truly make you feel so comfortable throughout the whole experience. 3 years ago I went for a breast augmentation, amazing results then and now! Now I am back for a tummy tuck with lipo ( after two kids ) and after my first experience it was a no brainer that I would be back to Dr. Aiello for my second surgery! I strongly recommend them to all my friends and family!"- M.O. / Yelp / Sep 15, 2022
"Dr. Aiello and his staff are amazing. Dr. Aiello did a great aug for me in 2014 and I went back to him in 2022 for a tummy tuck because I knew I’d be in great hands. Highly recommend Dr. Aiello, he’s the best around!"- S.R. / Yelp / Nov 17, 2022
Ideal Candidates for a Tummy Tuck
Tummy tuck surgery can be offered to both men and women. If you battle loose or wrinkly skin in addition to pesky pockets of fat in the abdominal region, this body contouring procedure can help restore a slimmer and more toned physique.
Dr. Aiello advises that you be at a normal weight before undergoing this treatment. Tummy tuck surgery is not a substitute for weight loss — it addresses loose skin and the abdominal wall. Also, if there is too much existing intra-abdominal fat, it can make the surgery riskier and make it more difficult for Dr. Aiello to tighten the abdominal wall.
Women interested in abdominoplasty should be past childbearing to make sure the results are not compromised.
Surgical Technique for a Tummy Tuck
During your initial consultation, Dr. Aiello will examine your abdominal muscles. Loose, flaccid abs are common among mothers and weight loss patients, and a weakened core can cause poor posture and make you look more overweight. Dr. Aiello gauges your muscle strength beforehand to have a baseline for tightening at surgery.
Abdominoplasty is performed with the patient under general anesthesia. It involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the abdomen and tightening of the muscle and fascia of the abdominal wall. There are numerous surgical options that come into consideration when Dr. Aiello performs this surgery, and each one is tailored for the individual's current condition.
To start, the incision length is determined based upon the quantity of excess skin. Some individuals with an abundance of sagging skin might benefit best from an extended tummy tuck. This abdominoplasty technique makes the incision along the lower abdomen from hip to hip, just on top of the pubic zone.
Some individuals who have minimal skin wrinkling or very small "pooches" may be better candidates for a less invasive technique. Men and women who receive this treatment still benefit from an abdominoplasty but will simply have a less expansive scar. Regardless of the method, all abdominoplasty procedures at Ocean Plastic Surgery Center involve the excision of hanging skin and tightening of the abdominal muscles.
What to Expect from a Tummy Tuck
When your abdominoplasty surgery is completed, you will be carefully examined and sent home wearing a compression device to help control swelling. Standing upright and walking will be difficult for a while so you should take it easy for several days. Standing becomes less painful once the abdominal muscles adjust and the incision heals. You can generally resume a normal routine in about two weeks. Workouts can begin after about two months, though Dr. Aiello may give you permission sooner. Your abdomen will feel some discomfort and tightness, but you will feel healthy and normal again once healed.
Frequently Asked Questions for Tummy Tucks
How much does a tummy tuck cost?
At the time of your consultation, Dr. Aiello will be able to estimate your costs as the type of abdominoplasty is decided, which technique will be used, which anesthesia you will need, and other factors. To ensure you get beautiful results from an experienced plastic surgeon, Ocean Plastic Surgery Center makes it easier to afford your tummy tuck by taking several payment methods and giving you information on low-interest financing.
Why was I told I also need liposuction?
A form of liposuction is generally incorporated during the procedure to remove remaining stubborn fat. A tummy tuck can eliminate excess belly fat and skin from the front of your abdomen, but most patients will also need liposuction to remove excess fat from an adjacent area. The hips are what truly define the waistline and enhance the overall outcome of the tummy tuck procedure. If no liposuction is done with a tummy tuck, patients often complain that they do not have the overall results they envisioned. Other common areas liposuctioned during a tummy tuck are the upper abs and pubis.
Can I get a "mini" tummy tuck?
“Mini” or modified abdominoplasties are actually rare. They are for patients who are very fit, have great muscle tone, and have a very small area of excess skin or stubborn fat in the lower abdomen. The majority of patients we see require a standard abdominoplasty (mommy makeover patients) or an extended abdominoplasty (dramatic weight loss patients). It’s important to be realistic about your body and your surgery outcome expectations. Unfortunately, short incision techniques for any procedure (“mini” anything) are not effective at producing maximum outcomes.
What will my scars look like?
Incisions for your abdominoplasty will vary based on which technique is used. During all tummy tucks, Dr. Aiello uses the thinnest incisions needed to minimize scarring. However, all tummy tucks produce scarring, which, depending on the extent of the surgery, can extend from hip to hip. You will be advised at your consultation what you can expect in your specific case. Just be prepared! Following your tummy tuck, it is important to adhere to your scar management instructions so your sutures heal properly and eventually blend into your natural skin.
Will a tummy tuck eliminate my stretch marks?
It can! Many people have stretch marks on their lower bellies, especially after pregnancy and weight loss. Tummy tuck surgery is an effective solution as it completely eliminates excess skin on the lower abdomen, where much of the stretched-out skin is. Although it may not remove all of your stretch marks, you should see a dramatic improvement in this area.
Will I have drains after my tummy tuck?
Many plastic surgeons, including Dr. Aiello, have moved away from using drains for most tummy tuck patients. However, the surgical technique for a drainless tummy tuck, called "quilting" or "progressive tension sutures" is more complex and takes about 20 – 30 minutes longer in the operating room. That is easily recouped when you consider there is no maintenance by medical staff or patient and family members in dealing with the drains! You may need to have some aspiration if there is a seroma accumulation but not any more frequently than if you had drains.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 10 – 14 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 3 Hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
Tight tummy, smooth outline
A variety of factors can result in a sagging abdomen with loose and wrinkled skin. We understand it can be a daily struggle, and tummy tuck surgery is usually the key to overcome this. If you are bothered by the stretched-out skin in your abdominal region, tummy tuck surgery by Dr. Aiello in Los Alamitos, CA can help you get the body you dream of. We invite you to call Ocean Plastic Surgery Center for more information.