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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Tummy Tuck

abdominoplasty

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that is performed to remove loose and excess skin around the abdomen. A tummy tuck is often performed for patients who have lost a large amount of weight, or women who have undergone multiple pregnancies. Dr. Kolder also recommends a tummy tuck for men and women who are unable to achieve a flat, well-toned abdomen due to excess skin and outstretched abdominal muscles.

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Your Tummy Tuck Consultation

During your initial tummy tuck consultation with Dr. Kolder at our Camarillo or Santa Barbara office, you will be able to ask any questions you may have about the surgery. He will observe your physical condition and listen to your goals and expectations to decide whether or not a tummy tuck is the right procedure for you. You will discuss the procedure in detail during your consultation, including the risks, procedure steps, benefits, alternatives, and recovery.

You will also be able to see tummy tuck before and after photos so you know what kind of results you can expect. It is important to realize that the tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure. This surgery works best for men and women who are already at a healthy weight, but who are uncomfortable with a protruding belly caused by loose skin and damaged muscles

The Tummy Tuck Procedure

Your tummy tuck will be performed under general anesthesia at our own Ambulatory Surgery Center. This body contouring surgery consists of a horizontal incision beneath your belly button to tighten excess skin and repair the underlying abdominal muscles. Dr. Kolder may recommend adding liposuction to your tummy tuck to eliminate small amounts of stubborn fat. Women who have undergone multiple pregnancies may choose to have their tummy tucks performed as part of a complete mommy makeover to address the various changes the female body goes through when having children.

Recovering from a Tummy Tuck

Once your tummy tuck is complete, you will need to take some time away from work & some other daily activities. You may feel sore for a few days, but pain medications can be used to help ease any discomfort. You should expect to spend approximately two weeks recovering from your tummy tuck surgery.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Results

At first, your abdomen will appear bruised and swollen, and your scar will appear red and raised. However, over the next few weeks, your body will continue to heal and scarring will gradually flatten and fade. Once you are fully healed, your incision lines can be easily hidden beneath your underwear and most bathing suits. With the excess skin gone and the underlying muscles repaired, you will finally be able to enjoy the tighter, well-contoured silhouette.

Note: It is recommend you get up and carefully move around every hour for at least 5 minutes.

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Next Steps

For more information about a tummy tuck, please contact us online or call our Camarillo or Santa Barbara office to schedule your consultation.

Tummy Tuck FAQs

While a tummy tuck is a relatively safe procedure, all surgeries pose potential risks. Some of the possible risks associated with a tummy tuck include:

Good candidates for tummy tuck surgery are typically in good general health and close to their ideal body weight. If you still have weight to lose, you may be advised to wait until you are closer to your ideal weight. Losing more weight after a tummy tuck may result in additional loose skin. Women are usually advised to wait until they are finished having children before having a tummy tuck as future pregnancies can stretch out the skin and muscles.

This all depends on where your stretch marks are located. Because a tummy tuck removes a lot of the skin in the lower abdomen, any stretch marks in this area will be removed. However, this does not guarantee that you will be stretch-mark free after surgery.

A tummy tuck is strictly a cosmetic procedure and does not affect your ability to become pregnant and carry a pregnancy to full term. However, pregnancy can and likely will change the results your tummy tuck provided. This is why most surgeons recommend a tummy tuck after you have your family and no longer plan on having children.

A tummy tuck procedure can provide long-lasting results. However, this depends entirely on you and your lifestyle. In order to maintain your results over time, you will need to follow a healthy diet and maintain a stable body weight. Gaining weight can again stretch out the skin and muscles of the abdomen, undoing your tummy tuck results.

Dr. Daniel G. Kolder

Board Certified Plastic Sergeon

As a highly trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Kolder’s specialties include:
Tummy Tucks + Liposuction + Breast Augmentation + Breast Lifts + Breast Reduction + Facelifts + Armlifts + Upper & Lower Blepharoplasty, as well as a variety of non-surgical aesthetic procedures. Dr. Kolder is also known to have a warm, easy manner, compassionate care, with surgical results that are beautiful and natural.

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Patient Testimonial

“I was so pleased I chose to go to Dr Kolder! Not only do I love his staff, they are so helpful, efficient and just plain fun to talk to, Dr. Kolder makes you feel at ease with his knowledge and disposition. My surgery results were amazing and my recovery was made easy knowing I could call any time and get immediate attention and information. I highly recommend Dr. Kolder and his entire staff…”