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A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, offers a solution for women and men with excess skin and loose muscles in the abdominal area. Through surgical removal of excess skin and retightening of the tissue encasing the abdominal muscles, I can help my patients achieve a firmer, flatter abdomen.
Is This You?
Here are some of the common reasons I hear about why a person is considering a tummy tuck:
Please contact us online or call 949-759-0980 today to schedule a tummy tuck consultation in Orange County (Newport Beach or Fullerton). Newport Beach Center for Cosmetic Surgery is committed to helping you reach your cosmetic goals and I will personally take time during your consultation to give you the best recommendations and to educate you about your tummy tuck options.
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.
– Dr. Savalia
Is a Tummy Tuck Right for Me?
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. I find that there is often some confusion between a tummy tuck and liposuction. Liposuction only removes excess fat, while a tummy tuck is focused on removal of excess skin and, if necessary, surgical repair of the tissue encasing the abdominal muscles.
Abdominoplasty is about far more than just flattening out your belly. I am looking to create a more toned appearance, not a pulled, abnormally taut stomach. My conservative approach to abdominal sculpting allows me to create a flattering look for a wide range of patients.
Types of Tummy Tuck Procedures
I perform two types of abdominoplasty procedures. The procedure that is right for you will depend on the level of correction needed to achieve your goal. To decide which approach to abdominal contouring will work best for you, it’s a good idea to understand the primary differences between the two types of tummy tuck:
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. I use 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.
At our initial consultation, I’ll discuss your goals and preferences with you in addition to conducting a physical exam in order to determine if there’s one option that may work better for you.
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 I make sure to give my patients all the information they need to make the decision that’s best for them, as well as ensure that I’m meeting your cosmetic goals. Below, I’ve answered some of the tummy tuck questions I hear most often from men and women who are considering body contouring surgery.
What’s 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 it 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 that are present on the skin that is excised during your abdominoplasty will be permanently 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, although I can discuss the issue in more detail with you when we have a chance to meet in person.
What Should I Expect During my Consultation?
Your initial consultation at my Newport Beach or Fullerton offices in Orange County will mostly consist of us getting to know each other so I can better understand your goals for abdominoplasty and what kind of hopes you have about your results. I’ll also examine your abdomen to determine the amount of skin laxity present and whether your abdominal muscles have separated. Finally, we’ll talk about the benefits and risks associated with a tummy tuck, and I’ll 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’ll most likely feel some discomfort at first, particularly along your incision, although this can typically be improved with some oral medication. I may ask you to wear a special compression garment to help your body conform to its new contours, as well as control swelling and keep you more comfortable. I take care to place your incision low enough that it can be hidden 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.
Will The Procedure Be Painful?
During either surgery, I make sure to use plenty of numbing injections during surgery, to minimize your post-op discomfort. In addition, I routinely use a Pain Pump device that will deliver a continuous flow of pain medicine directly to the stomach, so that you are very comfortable after surgery, with minimal need to narcotic pain medications.
What Can I Expect Post-Procedure?
Following your plastic surgery in Newport Beach & Orange County, you can expect your abdomen to look swollen and feel sore at first; you may notice these symptoms particularly when standing fully upright. You will receive detailed post-operative care instructions from my office to ensure that your recovery is as comfortable as possible. Although internal stitches will dissolve on their own, I will have you return to the office to remove any external sutures within the first week.
Schedule a Consultation
Once you feel ready, please contact us online or call 949-759-0980 today to schedule your tummy tuck consultation at my Newport Beach or Fullerton offices in Orange County. My staff and I are completely committed to helping you enjoy a positive experience from consultation through recovery as we help you reach your cosmetic goals.