The 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.
Your Tummy Tuck Consultation
During your initial tummy tuck consultation with Dr. Kolder, 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 supplementing your tummy tuck with liposuction 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 and 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 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 you remember.
Tummy Tuck Next Steps
For more information about the tummy tuck, please contact us online or call our office at 805-491-9535 to schedule your consultation with one of our Southern California board certified plastic surgeons. All cosmetic consultations are complimentary at the Pacifica Center.
Tummy Tuck FAQs
How much does a tummy tuck cost?
The cost of tummy tuck procedures depends on a variety of different factors. This can include your surgeon’s experience, where you live and if you are having any additional procedures. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons estimates the average cost of a tummy tuck to be $6,253. However, this does not include additional fees such as anesthesia, operating room facilities or other expenses. These additional expenses can include medical tests, prescription medications and post-surgical garments.
How do I find the best plastic surgeon for a tummy tuck near me?
As you choose a plastic surgeon for your tummy tuck, it is a good idea to ask about their previous experience. Do they perform tummy tucks regularly? Can you see before and after photos of other clients so you can see what potential results you can expect? In addition to experience, it is also good to find a surgeon that you feel comfortable with. Someone that will answer your questions and address any concerns you may have.
Are there any possible risks with tummy tuck surgery?
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:
- Wound healing complications
- Complications with anesthesia
- Scar asymmetry
- Numbness or changes in skin sensations
- Blood clots
Am I a candidate for a tummy tuck?
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.
Will a tummy tuck address my stretch marks?
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.
Can I still have children after a tummy tuck?
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.
Will my tummy tuck results last?
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.
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