Tummy TuckYorba Linda, CA
A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical operation to flatten the abdomen by removing surplus fat and skin. The procedure tightens the abdominal muscles and improves its overall appearance. Dr. Bivens is a certified plastic surgeron who has specialized in this procedure for over years.
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Who needs a tummy tuck?
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Abdominoplasty is suitable for slightly overweight people whose skin has lost elasticity and for women whose skin and muscles were stretched by pregnancy. Most patients undergo a tummy tuck after pregnancy or bariatric surgery. In general, patients who have the following issues and want a flat tummy will benefit from undergoing this procedure:
- Loose skin, caused by skin stretching due to pregnancy or drastic weight loss
- Abdominal crease, which is a fold in the stomach skin caused by excess skin
- Belly overhang, which occurs when the abdomen skin hangs down
- Frowning belly button, when the belly button becomes circular or oval due to loose or excess skin
- Wrinkled skin, because stretched skin that has not returned to its previous form may appear wrinkled
The most suitable patients for a tummy tuck are non-smokers in good health and with stable weight. They will also have fat pockets or loose skin that are unaffected by proper diet and exercise.
Partial abdominoplasty or a mini tummy tuck is a minimally invasive procedure with smaller incisions. It is suitable for patients who have a fat concentration in the lower part of the abdomen. The procedure results in fewer scars and faster recovery time.
The tummy tuck procedure
The surgeon will place the patient under general anesthesia for the abdominoplasty procedure. Two incisions will be created, one extending from the hip bone on a side to the one on the other side, near the pubic area, and another incision close to the navel. The doctor will separate the skin from the abdominal muscles, then pull the abdominal muscles together and stitch them for a narrower waist and firmer tummy.
The surgeon will stretch the separated skin flap over the freshly tightened muscles and cut away the excess skin. The navel will be reattached to a more natural position. The doctor will seal the incisions and place a sterile dressing over the area. The tummy tuck procedure can last between two to five hours.
The doctor may insert a temporary tube under the skin to remove excess fluid from the operation site. The patient will need to wear a compression garment through the recovery period, which could last between two weeks and two months. During this period, the patient must avoid stressful activities and lifting heavy objects. At the doctor’s cue, the patient may be able to resume work after a week or two.
The tummy tuck procedure must be handled by an experienced and professional cosmetic surgeon to prevent complications. Patients who have undergone previous abdominal surgery may discover that their scars are more apparent. The surgeon may perform a scar revision to reduce this outcome.
Patients will immediately notice a flatter and better-toned abdomen after the procedure. The results of the procedure are permanent as long as the patient maintains a healthy weight with exercise and a balanced diet.
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Yorba Linda, CA
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