WHAT IS A TUMMY TUCK?
A tummy tuck, also referred to as an abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure used to remove excess skin and fat from the lower and middle abdomen and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. Dr. Armen Serebrakian performs this procedure in Pinole, CA for men and women who want to feel more confident about their abdominal area.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR A TUMMY TUCK?
A tummy tuck may be right for you if you have:
- Loose or weak stomach muscles due to aging or pregnancy
- Sagging or excess skin in the abdominal area
- Fat in the lower abdomen that is unresponsive to exercise
WHO IS NOT A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A TUMMY TUCK?
Although tummy tuck surgery has gain popularity in the removal of excess fat in the abdominal area, this procedure is not recommended for everyone. This does not target the correction of stretch marks, these may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be excised. We do not suggest the following to receive a tummy tuck:
- Those looking for a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program
- Individuals that are effectively dieting and planning to have substantial weight loss
- Women considering future pregnancies
- Those seeking to correct stretch marks
HOW IS AN ABDOMINOPLASTY PERFORMED?
The tummy tuck procedure consists of a horizontal incision that is made just above the pubic area, which is designed to be hidden within the area normally covered by underwear and swimsuits. The length of the incision will depend on the amount of excess skin to be removed. The loose muscles and connective tissue are then brought together and secured in their new position with stitches. Once the muscles are taut, the excess skin can be removed. The results are a firmer, more toned abdomen and a trim waistline.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF TUMMY TUCKS?
MINI TUMMY TUCK
A mini tummy tuck improves the lower belly with less extensive surgery for the patient. The incision is shorter than a traditional tummy tuck and has a shorter recovery.
CLASSIC OR FULL TUMMY TUCK
A classic or full tummy tuck improves the upper and lower abdomen of the patient. This procedure rejuvenates the entire abdominal area instead of a small lift.
EXTENDED TUMMY TUCK
An extended tummy tuck improves the upper and lower abdomen in addition to the flanks. This is for patients who want improvements to their stomach and nearby areas.
WHAT IS THE RECOVERY FROM A TUMMY TUCK?
Initially, your abdomen will probably be swollen and feel sore. During your recovery, dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions. You may also be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling and support your abdomen as it heals. In spite of your discomfort, your surgeon will instruct you to walk around within the first few days to encourage blood flow and healing.
Your recovery time will depend on the extent of your surgery and the condition you were in before the surgery. Dr. Serebrakian will give you post-op instructions and follow-up steps for a fast and easy recovery.
ARE TUMMY TUCK SCARS PERMANENT?
The tummy tuck scar may take several months to a year to fade as much as it will.
BODY CONTOURING REVIEWS
“Dr. Serebrakian is not only a board certified surgeon, but he is a DOUBLE BOARD CERTIFIED surgeon, something not seen often and difficult to obtain. He is an artist when it comes to facial aesthetics and body contouring (such as liposuction), and has helped me, and many others.” – S. A