Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) in California and Florida (Beverly hills, Newport beach, Orange County, Miami)

About bTummy Tuck

Abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as tummy tuck surgery, can be an excellent procedure to address the excess skin and soft tissue on the abdominal wall, as well as the laxity of the abdominal muscles. For many individuals, trying to get rid of excess skin in the abdominal area is a frustrating process. Even the most rigorous exercise routines and diet regimens often fail to yield positive results. Tummy tuck surgery from our board-certified plastic surgeon can resolve these concerns and give you a flatter, firmer, more fit-looking abdomen. This advanced treatment is a very popular option among both women and men, and is often utilized as part of a comprehensive

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What is a tummy tuck?

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a surgical procedure designed to reduce excess, inelastic abdominal skin, tighten the underlying muscles, and pull the remaining skin taut for a smoother and flatter appearance. Tummy tuck surgery essentially resculpts the abdomen for an improved contour, addressing lax skin and muscles in a way that traditional exercise and diet regimens cannot. This procedure is one of the most popular surgical cosmetic enhancement options available, and can help both women and men achieve their goals with beautiful results.

What are the benefits of tummy tuck surgery?

What are the benefits of tummy tuck surgery?

The accumulation of excess, inelastic skin in the abdomen can be caused by significant weight loss, genetics, the natural aging process, and pregnancy. In fact, pregnancy is one of the most common causes. After childbearing, the abdominal musculature separates in the midline, resulting in a “pooch” and the constant need to “suck it in.” No matter how many sit-ups or abdominal tightening exercises are performed, the gap that is created by pregnancy cannot be closed unless it is done surgically. Further, after expansion and contraction of the abdomen with pregnancy or massive weight loss, the skin does not shrink back to its original state and, invariably, many people are left with loose skin on their abdomen.

Frequently asked questions about Tummy Tuck

Can a Tummy Tuck Get Rid of Stretch Marks?
This is a very common question and the good news is: yes, a full tummy tuck procedure can get rid of stretch marks, depending on the specific area of the abdomen in which they are located. A full tummy tuck surgery typically requires excess skin in the lower abdomen to be removed, which will eliminate stretch marks if they are located in the area of skin excision. It is important to note that stretch marks present in abdominal areas such as the sides or mid- to upper regions of the abdomen cannot be significantly improved with a standard tummy tuck surgery; however, other available treatments may be recommended to address those areas.
What does the tummy tuck procedure involve?
Abdominoplasty procedures begin with a carefully made incision just above the pubic area, going from hip to hip. A second incision will be created to separate the navel from tissues surrounding it. the plastic surgeon will lift the skin and bring back together the midline abdominal muscles responsible for a “six pack.” These muscles will be tightened, followed by the trimming of excess skin in the area. The belly button is then repositioned to a higher, more youthful position. This can ultimately give the abdomen a nice, defined appearance without excess bulges of skin. Tummy tuck surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia.
What can I expect during the abdominoplasty recovery process?
The average recovery time and necessary time off work after a tummy tuck is about two weeks. You can expect some bruising and swelling in the treatment area; however, this should fade as the abdomen heals, and medication can be prescribed to control discomfort. Strenuous exercise and activities, particularly those that may cause strain in the abdomen, should not be undertaken for at least six weeks following abdominoplasty. The plastic surgeon will also talk with you about the need to take brief walks soon after surgery in order to avoid blood clots.
How much discomfort can I expect following tummy tuck surgery?
Since abdominoplasty is a major surgery, you will experience some level of discomfort after the procedure; however, medication can typically keep pain under control. The plastic surgeon advises patients to get plenty of rest during the recovery period and to follow all post-operative instructions in order to ensure safe, proper healing. While abdominoplasty is a major surgical procedure, most patients say the results are well worth it, and emerge from the procedure with a firmer, flatter tummy and a renewed self-esteem!
How noticeable is the tummy tuck scar?
There will be scarring from tummy tuck surgery; however, the plastic surgeon takes great care to make residual scarring as light as possible. Scars from the procedure are also likely to fade a certain degree over time, and they can typically be well-concealed under clothing or swimwear.
How much does a tummy tuck cost?
Tummy tuck surgery is customized for each patient; therefore, the total price of the procedure can vary from one individual to another. A number of components related to each patient’s customized treatment plan will be taken into account for the cost of tummy tuck surgery, including the overall complexity of the surgery, the techniques utilized, the surgeon’s fee, surgical facility and anesthesia fees, any complementary procedures that are added to the treatment program, and other associated expenses. A friendly member of our team will calculate a comprehensive cost estimate of your tummy tuck procedure once the treatment plan is developed during the initial consultation. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the many convenient payment methods we accept, and we can also talk with you about plastic surgery financing options available through our practice.

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