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Tummy Tuck

Breast Lift and Tummy tuck

Actual Patient: Patient received a tummy tuck and liposuction. Patient also received a Breast Lift with silicone implant

TUMMY-TUCK/Abdominoplasty / Mini Tummy Tuck – near Los Angeles, CA – Adam Kinal MD

GETTING YOUR BODY BACK

Life experiences such as child birth, weight gain then loss can take a toll on our bodies.

We can lose our confidence in ourselves when we aren’t happy with how we look.  Sometimes just getting clothes that fit you the way they used to is a thing of the past and is frustrating to say the least.

Excess skin and fat can make us feel negative about the way we look.  A Tummy Tuck surgery can be the answer to slipping back into those skinny jeans.  With a combination of liposuction to remove accumulated fat and removing the excess skin, we can snatch that waist back into shape and flatten a once bulging tummy.  After child birth your abdominal wall has been separated  and makes your abdomen push out to make you much thicker than you should be.  This is called Diastasis Recti

and can be repaired during the tummy tuck surgery by means of Rectus Plication.

Diastasis recti

Separated abdominal wall after child birth can be retightened with a Rectus Plication

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Actual Patient: Patient received liposuction, rectus plication and a tummy tuck surgery.

 

Actual Patient: Patient received a tummy tuck, rectus plication and liposuction to the abdomen, flanks, inner and outer thighs.

 

 

 

THE TUMMY-TUCK PROCEDURE

The Tummy Tuck is a great way to get rid of that unwanted, loose skin and those excess pockets of fat. An incision will be made below the bikini line. Next the excess fat will be removed with liposuction and if necessary the abdominal muscles are tightened (known as Rectus plication, which is a surgical procedure which tightens a lax anterior abdominal wall).  All excess skin removed and the remaining skin is repositioned (including the belly button, if and where needed). Dr. Kinal will perform some body sculpting and contouring using Liposuction to give you a new, slender look. The standard incision for the tummy tuck procedure travels across the stomach horizontally from hip to hip, located just beneath the underwear or bathing suit line. In some cases from time to time, it may be best for patients to have a small inverted “T” incision that extends vertically up the center of the stomach.

Common reasons why you may have sagging or loose skin or a protruding abdomen.

  • Aging
  • Pregnancy
  • Significant fluctuations in weight

What a tummy-tuck won’t do.

A tummy-tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program.

Although the results of a tummy-tuck are technically permanent, the positive outcome can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in your weight. For this reason, individuals who are planning substantial weight loss or women who may be considering future pregnancies would be advised to postpone a tummy-tuck.

A tummy tuck cannot correct stretch marks, although these may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be excised.

OUR SURGEON

Dr. Kinal will listen carefully to what you’re trying to acheive, fully examine your anatomy, and discuss with you all possible outcomes and options. A Board Certified Surgeon and a fellowship-trained and Board Certified Cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Kinal will give you the look you so long for and desire. Take back your confidence today.

The difference with Eden Cosmetic Surgery.

Dr. Kinal uses refined techniques to create the significantly smaller scars compared to the traditional Tummy Tuck.  When and where effectively needed, he will perform liposuction along with the Tummy-Tuck in order to more precisely sculpt and contour the waist, lower back, and to flatten the abdomen. Most surgeons do not actually combine abdominal liposuction with a Tummy Tuck, but we recommend it because it results in a more contoured abdomen.

How much does a Tummy-Tuck cost?

Tummy Tucks surgery starts at $4999. Your specific quote will depend on a variety of things so a consultation with Dr. Kinal can help determine the cost of this procedure for your individual case.  The cost giving to you will include anesthesia, surgical costs, Operation Room costs and all routine follow-up visits. There are no hidden fees or hidden costs.

Who is a good candidate?

  • Women and Men
  • Ages 25 to 65
  • Non-smokers
  • Generally in good health
  • Desire a flatter stomach, stronger abdominal muscles & sculpted waistline
  • You have realistic expectations
  • You are bothered by the appearance of your abdomen

Tummy tuck surgery is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.

During your consultation be prepared to discuss:

  • Your surgical goals
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
  • Current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drug use
  • Previous surgeries

Your surgeon will also:

  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Take photographs
  • Discuss your options
  • Recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of the tummy tuck and any risks or potential complication

The success and safety of your tummy tuck procedure depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.

In Preparation for your surgery, you may be asked to:

  • Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding

A tummy tuck may be performed in an accredited office-based surgical facility, licensed ambulatory surgical center, or a hospital.

If your tummy tuck is performed on an outpatient basis, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.

The Incision

A full tummy tuck requires a horizontally-oriented incision in the area between the pubic hairline and belly button.

tummy-tuck-side-before-after

 

Recovery 

After surgery dressings or bandages will be applied, and you may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling and support your abdomen as it heals.

Small, thin tubes may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.

For the first few days, your abdomen will probably be swollen and you’re likely to feel some pain and discomfort which can be controlled by medication. 

You will be given instructions for showering and changing your dressings. And though you may not be able to stand straight at first, you should start walking as soon as possible.

Surface stitches will be removed in five to seven days, and deeper sutures, with ends that protrude through the skin, will come out in two to three weeks.

You will be given specific instructions that may include:

  • How to care for the surgical site and drains
  • Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection
  • Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health
  • When to follow up with your plastic surgeon

Continued recovery and getting back to normal

It may take you weeks or months to totally feel like yourself again depending on how physically strong you are before the surgery. Patients that have strong physical conditions prior to surgery recover much quicker. Following all of the surgeons after care instructions will also aid in faster recovery. Some people get back to work within a few weeks, while some need a little more rest and recovery time.

Moving and getting some form of light exercise will help in reducing swelling and lower the chance of blood clots, as well as tone muscles.

Expect up to several months before your scars flatten out and lighten in color.  Although the scars will not disappear totally they will not show under most clothing or even bathing suits.

The results of abdominoplasty are long lasting if you follow a balanced diet and exercise regularly.