Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck bay area | Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center What is a Tummy Tuck?

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty or stomach lift) 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.

The most common causes for abdominoplasty:

  • Aging
  • Heredity
  • Pregnancy
  • Prior surgery
  • Significant fluctuations in weight

Types of Abdominoplasty procedures

  • Mini-Tummy Tuck: Improves the Lower Belly with Less Extensive Surgery
  • Classic or “Full” Tummy Tuck: Improves the Upper & Lower Abdomen
  • Extended Tummy Tuck: Improves the Upper & Lower Abdomen and Flanks

 

The ideal 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

The Tummy Tuck Procedure

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 most 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 from the abdomen. The results are a firmer, more toned abdomen and a trim waistline.

The procedures are being performed at Bay Area Laser Surgery Center, an Accredited and certified ambulatory surgery center.

Tummy Tuck Recovery

During your recovery, dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions, and you may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling and support your abdomen as it heals following surgery.

Small, thin tubes may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.

Your doctor will give you Post-op instructions to follow, including:

  • How to care for the surgical site and drains
  • Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection
  • Specific concerns to look for

Will I have a permanent Scar?

The tummy tuck scar may take several months to a year to fade as much as it will.

Tummy Tuck expectations

A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program. Adominoplasty procedure cannot correct stretch marks. However, these may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be excised.

If you are planning substantial weight loss or women who may be considering future pregnancies would be advised to postpone a tummy tuck.

Abdominoplasty Risk and Side Effects

Tummy tuck risks include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fluid accumulation (seroma)
  • Poor wound healing
  • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
  • Skin discoloration and/or prolonged swelling
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Recurrent looseness of skin
  • Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)
  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications

Schedule a consultation

For more information, please call us at our Pinole Office (510) 724-8282 or our Larkspur Office (415) 461-5755 today. Dr Armen Serebrakian serves San Francisco, Larkspur, Pinole CA and surrounding areas.

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