What is a Tummy Tuck?
Loose skin and pockets of fat surrounding the abdomen can be frustrating and challenging despite efforts to reduce it. Pregnancy, weight loss, and aging are the most common reasons why someone may not be able to regain a tighter and slimmer stomach. An abdominoplasty is a cosmetic surgery that redefines the stomach area, producing attractive outcomes. Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Andre Marshall performs tummy tuck surgery that is tailored to the condition of the abdomen. This cosmetic treatment at Andre P. Marshall Plastic Surgery allows patients the chance to have a new, youthful shape and renewed confidence. Learn more about how a tummy tuck can remove excess fat and skin, and contact us to schedule your consultation at our office in Beverly Hills, CA.
What are the benefits?
A tummy tuck can be a great intensive option for individuals in the Beverly Hills, CA area who hope to remove abdominal fat, achieve a more sculpted shape, and get in better shape. This surgery done at Andre P. Marshall Plastic Surgery comes with a few of the following benefits:
- Removes excess fat and folds from the abdomen
- Tightens the muscles in the abdomen
- Might relieve back pain
- Helps you to be closer to a healthy weight
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"I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Marshall, he literally changed my life!!! I did a lot of research before deciding to have him perform my tummy tuck, and am SO glad I went with him as my doctor! I needed someone who made me feel comfortable (his bedside manner is the best) and confident that the procedure would be worth it, and he did exactly that - my results are waaaaaay better than I could have expected! I have my confidence back after not recognizing myself in the mirror post-pregnancy, and finally feel like myself again! THANK YOU!!!"- K.R. / Google / Dec 04, 2021
Who is a candidate for a tummy tuck?
Ideal candidates for a tummy tuck have small but stubborn areas of fat that have not responded to traditional methods of diet and exercise. Patients should also be in good overall health and have realistic expectations about their outcomes. Those who plan on becoming pregnant or are significantly overweight are advised to wait until they are at or near their goal weight. Please inform our team if you are taking any blood thinners or other medications, as these may need to be discontinued for a short period leading up to tummy tuck surgery.
Tummy Tuck Surgical Technique
Prior to surgery, you should be at a stable weight. Tummy tuck surgery is not a procedure to help you lose weight — it surgically corrects loose skin. A form of liposuction can be implemented during the procedure to reduce fat. Abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia at our facility in Beverly Hills, CA. The incision shape and size are chosen based on the amount of excess skin. Regardless of the nature of the surgery, all tummy tuck procedures involve the excision of hanging skin, as well as fat removal. Following this procedure, you will be monitored and released wearing a compression device to assist with swelling. Walking upright will be challenging at first so you should take it easy for a few days. Walking will become easier once the tightness subsides and the incision heals. Most patients should be able to resume their normal activities after about two weeks.
What should I expect after?
Following this procedure, you will be carefully examined and sent home wearing a compression device to minimize swelling. Standing upright and walking will be hard to accomplish at first, so you should rest for a couple days. Walking becomes less painful once the tightness subsides and the incision heals. You should be able to resume a normal routine somewhere around two weeks. Exercise can resume later, closer to six weeks or earlier if you are given permission by Dr. Marshall. The abdominal area will feel some discomfort and tightness, but you will look and feel normal again once healed.
Tummy tuck FAQs
Can I combine a tummy tuck with other procedures?
Some patients want to plan their tummy tuck with other surgical treatments to create more dramatic results. Dr. Marshall may recommend a full mommy makeover to add fullness to the breasts and remove excess skin and fat around other areas of the body. Tell our team if you are interested in combining these procedures. We can provide you with a silhouette you love!
Will I have scarring after a tummy tuck?
All surgeries come with some scarring, but our team in Beverly Hills, CA, always places incisions along natural creases to ensure very small scars. We can also provide you with a detailed list of ways to take care of the healing skin — so incisions heal quickly and smoothly. Do not expose the incisions to excess sunlight to prevent the risk of hyperpigmentation.
What if I get pregnant after surgery?
It is possible to get pregnant after a tummy tuck, but this may reverse the result of treatment and lead to stretched-out skin and stretch marks. Of course, patients are always welcome to return for a tummy tuck revision surgery if needed. This is best done after you have finished building your family and have reached a consistent weight again.
How long is the recovery after a tummy tuck?
The recovery period after a tummy tuck can vary depending on the individual and the extent of the procedure. Generally, patients can expect a recovery period of about two to four weeks. During this time, it is important to follow postoperative instructions, which may include wearing a compression garment, taking prescribed medications, and avoiding strenuous activities. It is important to give your body adequate time to heal for optimal results.
Will a tummy tuck help me lose weight?
A tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure but rather a body contouring surgery. While it does involve the removal of excess skin and fat, the primary goal is to achieve a flatter and more toned abdomen. If you have significant weight to lose, it is generally recommended to reach your target weight before considering a tummy tuck. However, a tummy tuck can be an excellent option for individuals who have lost weight but are struggling with loose or sagging abdominal skin.
Are there any risks or complications associated with a tummy tuck?
As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications associated with a tummy tuck. These can include infection, bleeding, adverse reactions to anesthesia, poor wound healing, and changes in skin sensation. Dr. Marshall will discuss these risks with you during your consultation and provide detailed information on how to minimize the likelihood of complications.
Tighten Your Abdomen
Many factors can lead to a stretched-out abdomen that leaves behind loose and wrinkled skin. While it can be frustrating and challenging, abdominoplasty is usually the primary way to overcome this. If you are tired of dealing with loose abdominal skin, surgical body contouring by Dr. Andre Marshall in Beverly Hills, CA can help you to get the body you dream of. We invite you to call Andre P. Marshall Plastic Surgery for more information.
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