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Who Can Benefit From a Tummy Tuck?

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Stretched Abdominal Skin


Skin laxity in the abdomen can result from aging, weight fluctuations, and pregnancy. Tummy tuck surgery tightens the skin of the abdomen and removes excess skin so that the abdominal contour is smoother and flatter.

Benefits
  • Removes sagging skin
  • Tightens loose skin
  • Can eliminate many stretch marks
  • Smooths the abdomen
  • Flattens the abdomen
  • Restores confidence
  • Improves self-image
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Excess Tummy Fat


Excess abdominal fat that resists diet and exercise is common in many adults and may accumulate due to weight changes, pregnancy, aging, and heredity. During tummy tuck surgery, some areas of excess fat on the abdomen and hips can be treated with liposuction to eliminate fat bulges and flatten the abdomen.

Benefits
  • Eliminates stubborn abdominal fat
  • Flattens the abdomen
  • Smooths the abdomen
  • Restores confidence
  • Improves self-image
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Weakened or Separated Abdominal Muscles


Weakened or separated abdominal muscles (diastasis recti) after major weight loss or pregnancy may cause the stomach to look perpetually pregnant. Tummy tuck surgery tightens the abdominal wall to improve core muscle engagement for better abdominal tone.

Benefits
  • Corrects diastasis recti
  • Tightens weakened abdominal muscles
  • Flattens the abdomen
  • Tones the abdomen
  • Restores confidence
  • Improves self-image

Tummy Tuck Procedure Options

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

  • Restores the definition and tone of the upper and lower abdomen
  • Incision runs horizontally between the hips near the pubic hairline
  • An additional incision encircles the navel
  • The skin and underlying fat are lifted, and the abdominal muscles are repaired
  • Excess fat in the lower abdomen and flanks may be suctioned away
  • Excess skin and fat are trimmed away
  • The skin is pulled tight and sutured together
  • The belly button is re-sutured onto the abdominal skin
  • Best for patients who need complete abdominal correction

Mini Tummy Tuck (Partial Abdominoplasty)

  • Restores the definition and tone of the lower abdomen only
  • Incision runs horizontally between the hips near the pubic hairline and is generally shorter than with a full tummy tuck
  • The skin is lifted, and the lower abdominal muscles are tightened
  • Excess fat is suctioned away
  • Excess skin and fat are trimmed away
  • The skin is pulled tight and sutured together
  • Best for patients whose condition is not severe enough for a full tummy tuck but who need more correction than liposuction alone can provide

Concerns

After surgery, it is common to experience swelling during the first few days of recovery. Other side effects may include bruising, numbness, and possibly a sore back from the tightening and healing of the abdominal muscles. Prescription medicines are provided to alleviate discomfort and prevent infection. Drains may be inserted after surgery and left in place for several days to collect excess fluid. To minimize swelling and provide support, a compression garment will need to be worn for up to several weeks. A return to work and light activities may be expected around two to four weeks after tummy tuck surgery. This timeline will be slightly shorter (one to three weeks) for patients who receive a mini tummy tuck. Swelling and bruising may last a few weeks. Strenuous activity should be avoided for at least one month. For the smoothest possible recovery, you should follow all postoperative instructions provided by Dr. Stevens.
Scars are a natural byproduct of surgical incisions and should be expected after abdominoplasty. However, the incisions are placed low near the pubic line (approximately in the same location as a C-section incision) so that they can be hidden by most clothing. Scarring varies from patient to patient due to individual differences in the ability to heal. To help minimize your scars, avoid trauma to the incisions during recovery, use silicone scar sheets, and limit sun exposure. Scars typically fade over time.
Anesthesia protects you from feeling pain during the surgery. Any discomfort you may feel during recovery can be controlled with medication prescribed by Dr. Stevens. A thin catheter will be inserted under your skin and attached on the outside to a special non-narcotic pain pump. Any pain is temporary and will subside as the body heals.
The cost of a tummy tuck will vary depending on surgical technique, physician’s fees, surgical fees, anesthesia fees, and facility fees. You will be given a price quote at your consultation that will be based on your needs. We do offer financing options for those who desire assistance.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Stevens may recommend tummy tuck surgery for men or women who are physically healthy, non-smokers, and at a stable body weight. Candidates should wish to improve their waistlines and be dissatisfied with the weakened muscles, excess fat, and loose skin and stretch marks present on their abdomen. Finally, candidates should not be planning any future pregnancies, as pregnancy is likely to undo the benefits of tummy tuck surgery. It is important to know that if one does become pregnant after the procedure, it will not interfere with the pregnancy.
Patients with stretched abdominal skin, weakened or separated abdominal muscles, and excess abdominal fat can benefit from either partial or traditional abdominoplasty. Those whose problem areas are limited to the lower abdomen can consider a mini tummy tuck. Those who desire correction of both the upper and lower abdomen should consider traditional abdominoplasty.
A tummy tuck may be combined with liposuction, breast surgery, or other body contouring procedures as desired. This surgery is frequently included as part of the Mommy Makeover because its benefits are particularly advantageous for women who have gone through pregnancy.
The results of your tummy tuck may be obscured for several weeks or longer by swelling. As swelling subsides, the results will become increasingly noticeable. You will be able to enjoy your results more and more as your body heals and you are able to feel and observe the improvements in your abdominal contour, clothing fit, and self-confidence.

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201 S. Lasky Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Phone: 310.556.1003

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