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What can I expect with a tummy tuck procedure?

Dr. Savalia performs two types of abdominoplasty procedures—a mini tummy tuck and a full tummy tuck. The right procedure for you will depend on the level of correction needed to achieve your goal.

For either procedure, Dr. Savalia uses plenty of numbing injections during surgery, to minimize your post-op discomfort. Also, he routinely uses a Pain Pump device that will deliver a continuous flow of pain medicine directly to the stomach, so you are very comfortable after surgery, with minimal need for narcotic pain medications.

Mini tummy tuck

A mini tummy tuck, sometimes called a partial abdominoplasty, is a less invasive surgery that leaves your belly button intact and uses a smaller incision. Typically performed on an outpatient basis, the mini tummy tuck can only help with lax skin and muscles from the navel down and is ideal for patients who need less surgical correction.

Full (or traditional) tummy tuck

A full (or traditional) tummy tuck is a more complete surgery that is designed to improve the appearance of the entire upper and lower abdomen, as well as the belly button. Dr. Savalia uses this technique to repair the abdominal muscles and remove a greater amount of skin and tissue compared to a mini tummy tuck. A full tummy tuck also delivers more comprehensive results.

Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

Here are some of the common reasons we hear about why a person is considering a tummy tuck in Newport Beach:

  • I have excess skin, and my belly looks flabby after pregnancy
  • I’ve lost a lot of weight and have loose skin on my stomach.
  • I have stretch marks on my lower belly and can pinch the loose skin
  • I’m tired of my muffin top!

Why choose us for a tummy tuck in Newport Beach?

  • Dr. Savalia performs both the full and “mini” abdominoplasty techniques and will discuss your best option during your consultation. His goal is to help you achieve a firmer, flatter abdomen
  • He focuses on achieving a natural result, so you look visibly rejuvenated rather than surgically enhanced
  • Dr. Savalia is a Newport Beach board-certified plastic surgeon who is known for his surgical skills, compassion, and dedication to patient-centered care

I perform both the full and ‘mini’ abdominoplasty techniques. We can discuss your best option during your consultation. My goal is to help you achieve a firmer, flatter abdomen.

What are the benefits of a tummy tuck?

  • Slims, tones and tightens the belly
  • Helps rejuvenate the lower torso after pregnancy
  • Removes excess stubborn fat that is resistant to diet and exercise
  • Improves wardrobe options
  • Enhances self-image
  • Natural-looking results
  • Well paired with liposuction or a mommy makeover

How much does a tummy tuck cost?

Tummy tuck fees range from around $6,000 to $10,000 depending on the extent of the surgery and on whether liposuction is used in tandem to enhance your results. The total price will include the surgeon’s fees, facility fees, anesthesia fees, and postoperative garment fees, among others. We can offer you a personalized quote for services when you come in for your private consultation for a tummy tuck in Orange County.

Should I choose a full or mini tummy tuck?

To decide which approach to abdominal contouring will work best for you, it is a good idea to understand the primary differences between the two types of tummy tucks:

  • A full tummy tuck improves both the upper and lower abdomen; although this is a more complex surgery, a traditional abdominoplasty also delivers more comprehensive results
  • A mini tummy tuck uses a shorter incision, does not require relocation of the belly button, and can have a faster recovery period, however, a mini tummy tuck can only help with lax skin and muscles from the navel down, offering a more limited correction

At your initial consultation, Dr. Savalia will discuss your goals and preferences with you in addition to conducting a physical exam to determine if there’s one option that may work better for you.

Recovery Timeline For Abdominoplasty

Right after surgery

You will need to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home and assist you for the first 24 hours. You will be fitted with small drains to help escort excess fluids out of the body. A compression garment will be provided to you that can help minimize your swelling and keep your new improved abdominal shape intact. The doctor will provide you with pain medications to help ease any discomfort.

A few days after surgery

For the first several days, you will struggle with bending, lifting or standing for long periods, so you will need help to complete household tasks and childcare. You will take antibiotics that will help ward off infection. Try to eat lightly and avoid salty foods. Avoid smoking, drinking alcohol and processed foods, which may increase constipation. Excessive exposure to the sun should be averted for at least 90 days post-op.

The first 1-3 weeks

By now, you will have noticed a significant improvement in your body shape. Your bandages will be removed at this point, but you will need to keep wearing the compression garment. You may be able to return to work, provided your job is not physically demanding in any way. You will need to wait at least 21 days before resuming exercise and at least 6 weeks before restarting heavy weight lifting.

The first 1-3 months

While there may still be some swelling at this point, your incision should be completely healed. The scar you see may appear raised and red, but it will slowly fade over time. You will be able to resume your normal exercise routine.

Can I combine my tummy tuck with other procedures?

Abdominoplasty, performed to tighten and firm the stomach, is a significant component of a mommy makeover procedure to help rejuvenate the physique after pregnancy. During childbirth, the six-pack muscles in the belly become separated, and barring a surgical intervention, there is little that dieting and exercise can do to remedy the situation. Abdominoplasty is often coupled with liposuction, which can work to trim excess fat in the midsection, boosting your results and creating a flatter, slimmer lower body appearance overall.

What is the difference between abdominoplasty and liposuction?

Abdominoplasty removes the loose skin and tissue that remains behind following pregnancy or rapid weight loss. The procedure also can repair lax or separated abdominal muscles. Liposuction only removes excess fat.

Abdominoplasty is about far more than just flattening out your belly. Dr. Savalia is looking to create a more toned appearance, not a pulled, abnormally taut stomach. His conservative approach to abdominal sculpting allows him to create a flattering look for a wide range of patients.

Abdominoplasty FAQs

Having a few questions before your tummy tuck is only natural. After all, choosing any cosmetic procedure can feel like a big commitment. That’s why Dr. Savalia makes sure to give you all the information you need to make the decision that’s best for you and to help ensure that he is meeting your cosmetic goals.

Below, he has answered some of the tummy tuck questions he hears most often from men and women who are considering body contouring surgery.

What is the difference between a tummy tuck and liposuction?

Like a tummy tuck, liposuction can also be used to slim down the waistline, which is one reason why so many patients are confused about the differences between the two procedures. Although both lipo and a tummy tuck are body contouring surgeries, liposuction can only remove fat and cannot help with loose skin or repair separated muscles. A tummy tuck does include the removal of extra skin along with fatty tissue, on top of tightening both skin and muscle. A tummy tuck is a much more involved surgery compared to liposuction, although either procedure can deliver positive results in the right candidate.

Will a tummy tuck get rid of my stretch marks?

In many cases, stretch marks that are visible on the front of the tummy and below the belly button may be removed during a tummy tuck. However, the question of whether this will occur depends primarily on the location of your stretch marks before surgery. Stretch marks present on skin that is excised during your abdominoplasty are removed, while those that are visible on the sides of your abdomen or above your belly button will likely remain, although they may be shifted in position somewhat. The improvement of stretch marks can vary greatly among different individuals. Dr. Savalia can discuss the issue in more detail with you during your consultation.

What should I expect during my consultation?

Your initial consultation at Newport Beach Center for Plastic Surgery in Orange County will mostly consist of you and Dr. Savalia getting to know each other so he can better understand your goals for an abdominoplasty and what you hope to see in your results. He will also examine your abdomen to determine the amount of skin laxity present and whether your abdominal muscles have separated. Finally, you will talk about the benefits and risks associated with a tummy tuck, and he will give you more information about what to expect during your surgery and recovery.

When will I see results?

You should notice a difference immediately after surgery, although you’ll also see some initial swelling. You will most likely feel some discomfort at first, particularly along your incision, although this can be improved with some oral medication. Dr. Savalia may ask you to wear a special compression garment to help your body conform to its new contours, to control swelling, and to help keep you more comfortable. He takes care to place your incision low enough that it is covered by normal clothing, underwear, and swimsuits. You should have a good idea of your new shape after several weeks, and final results should be visible by six months after surgery.

Is this procedure right for me?

A tummy tuck, technically referred to as an abdominoplasty, is ideal for those men and women who notice loose skin and extra tissue around their belly that does not go away with diet or exercise. Tummy tucks can also repair separated abdominal muscles (diastasis recti) that can occur following pregnancy or as a result of weight gain. The best candidates for a tummy tuck should be at or near a healthy target weight, as a tummy tuck is not a weight-loss procedure. It is also important to be in good health, mentally and physically, and to have realistic expectations about your results.

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Why choose us?

Dr. Savalia possesses the artistry, skill, and expertise to deliver a naturally sculpted and streamlined abdomen that complements your physique and enhances your self-image. As the recipient of the Orange County Medical Association 2018 Physician of Excellence Award, Dr. Savalia is known for his stunning outcomes as well as his compassionate approach to client care during your tummy tuck in Newport Beach. He was named an Orange Coast Top Doctor for 2019, a Castle Connolly Top Doctor for 2019, and a Realself Top Doctor. 

Dr. Savalia received his Medical Doctorate from the Jefferson Medical College, going on to further his education with rigorous post-doctoral training in General Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Additionally, Dr. Savalia pursued an elite Fellowship in advanced, cutting-edge cosmetic surgery techniques. He is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

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