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Tummy Tuck in San Diego, CA

Tummy tuck surgery can enhance the appearance of the midsection and strengthen weak rectus muscles. After pregnancy or dramatic weight fluctuations, the abdominal skin and underlying musculature do not always go back to their original condition. Relentless exercise and strict dieting cannot correct folds of excess skin or damage to the abdominal wall. A tummy tuck simultaneously addresses excess skin and muscle laxity to revamp your figure and produce comprehensive results. This procedure is entirely customizable, so tummy tuck surgery is tailored to each patient’s unique goals and desires. Patients who undergo tummy tuck surgery at Coastal Plastic Surgery enjoy a smoother, more pleasing midsection and heightened self-confidence.

What Is a Tummy Tuck?

Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, is a popular cosmetic procedure designed to improve the appearance of the midsection by removing excess skin and fat and tightening the underlying muscles.

Whether due to pregnancy, significant weight loss, or aging, loose abdominal skin and stubborn fat deposits can be a source of frustration and self-consciousness. Tummy tuck surgery offers a path to a firmer, flatter, and more toned abdomen, helping many regain confidence in their appearance and feel more comfortable in their skin.

The results of a tummy tuck in East County, San Diego, should be a smoother, tighter abdomen with increased self-esteem.

What Are the Benefits of Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Many women struggle with the loss of skin elasticity due to age, weight loss, or the aftereffects of pregnancy. Abdominoplasty offers several benefits, including:

Firmer and Smoother Tummy

Pregnancy, massive weight loss, and the natural aging process can cause a person’s abdominal skin to lose elasticity and firmness. Many strive to correct belly laxity with diet and exercise, but these at-home methods have their limitations. Tummy tuck surgery removes the excess tissue and tightens the remaining skin to create a smoother, more youthful surface. When the skin stretches and the underlying tissues retract, skin that has lost its elasticity begins to sag and wrinkle. Diet and exercise can help reduce the effects, but the only real solution is removing excess skin. A tummy tuck will do that, leaving behind a tighter and smoother abdomen.

Tighter Abdominal Muscles

A common side effect of pregnancy or significant weight loss is diastasis recti, a condition characterized by a protruding belly caused by weakened or separated abdominal muscles. A tummy tuck can repair and tighten the core muscles, producing a permanent corset effect and a flat stomach.

Slimmer Body Contours

Not only does tummy tuck surgery remove folds of excess skin and strengthen the core muscles, but it also produces slimmer body contours. During the skin excision portion of tummy tuck surgery, some unwanted fat can also be removed. To achieve the most striking, sculpted tummy tuck results, Dr. Batra often performs this procedure with liposuction to remove unwanted fat deposits for a more sculpted belly and a slimmer, more youthful appearance.

What Are My Tummy Tuck Options?

Full Tummy Tuck

A full tummy tuck is performed using a traditional approach. This technique involves creating two incisions. The first incision extends from hip to hip along the lower abdomen. The second incision encircles the belly button.

A full tummy tuck:

  • Repairs weakened rectus muscles
  • Removes excess skin from the navel to the bikini line
  • Creates a new belly button

Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck is most appropriate for patients requiring less correction to attain the abdominal aesthetic they desire. This approach involves creating one shorter incision along the bikini line.

A mini tummy tuck:

  • Repairs weakened rectus muscles
  • Removes excess skin below the navel
  • Does not alter the belly button

Extended Tummy Tuck

An extended tummy tuck is recommended for patients who have an abundance of excess skin that may have resulted from significant weight loss or pregnancy. This approach involves creating one circumferential incision around the midsection.

An extended tummy tuck:

  • Repairs weakened rectus muscles
  • Removes excess skin circumferentially
  • Lifts the skin around the hips and thighs
  • Does not usually alter the belly button

How Is a Tummy Tuck Performed?

Tummy tuck surgery is performed under general anesthesia. The procedure typically takes two to five hours, depending on the extent of the correction needed and whether additional surgeries are performed concurrently.

Dr. Batra will create one of the three previously determined incisions and separate the skin from the abdominal wall. He will tighten the rectus muscles, redrape the skin, and remove excess skin and fat to create a smoother, more contoured appearance before closing the incisions with sutures.

Can I Combine a Tummy Tuck With Other Procedures?

Yes, tummy tuck surgery can be combined with other body contouring procedures to achieve comprehensive results. Common surgeries that may be combined with a tummy tuck include:

What Can I Expect During My Tummy Tuck Recovery?

The customized nature of tummy tuck surgery requires a unique recovery plan for each patient. Your surgeon will create a custom recovery plan for you depending on the amount of correction needed and the surgical techniques used during your procedure.

Before you are discharged, our surgeon will provide instructions for recovery, including how to care for your dressings and drains if placed. You will need to be driven home by a friend or family member.

Recovery from tummy tuck surgery varies from patient to patient. It generally involves some swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the treated area, but these symptoms are easily managed with prescription or over-the-counter medication.

Patients are often advised to wear a compression garment to minimize swelling and assist with the healing process. Residual swelling and discomfort should subside after a couple of weeks.

Patients are typically advised to take at least one to two weeks off from work. Most normal activities can be resumed after two to three weeks, but vigorous exercise and heavy lifting must be avoided for at least six to eight weeks.

When Will I See My Tummy Tuck Results?

Your midsection will continue to improve over the months following your procedure. You will be able to enjoy the results of your tummy tuck surgery for many years as long as you maintain a healthy weight and have no pregnancies after the procedure. Weight gain and pregnancy can alter the outcome of your tummy tuck and necessitate revision surgery.

Why Choose Coastal Plastic Surgeons in San Diego, CA, for Your Tummy Tuck?

Every patient should be completely confident in their tummy tuck surgeon based on the surgeon’s experience and proven results. Selecting a board-certified plastic surgeon with ample knowledge and expertise is essential to ensure the best possible results. Dr. Batra at Coastal Plastic Surgeons in San Diego, CA, is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience performing tummy tuck surgeries and is highly qualified to help you reach your body contouring goals.

Coastal Plastic Surgeons is committed to providing a positive tummy tuck experience. Our state-of-the-art facility offers advanced abdominoplasty techniques with compassionate care. Call us at (858) 365-3558 to learn more or schedule your tummy tuck consultation.

Tummy Tuck FAQ

What can I expect during my tummy tuck consultation?

Before surgery is scheduled, you will meet with one of our experienced plastic surgeons for a consultation to evaluate your candidacy and assess your individual needs. During your in-depth tummy tuck consultation, Dr. Batra will listen carefully to understand your aesthetic concerns and goals. He will review your medical history and examine your midsection and any other areas you feel may benefit from treatment to recommend the most effective approach. Dr. Batra will also evaluate other factors, such as your skin elasticity, muscle laxity, and overall health, to determine the most appropriate treatment plan. He will also explain the risks and benefits of the procedure, discuss realistic expectations, and answer any questions you may have.

How much does a tummy tuck cost in San Diego, CA?

The cost of tummy tuck surgery in San Diego, CA, includes many factors, such as the extent of correction needed, surgical fees, physician’s fees, and anesthesia fees. You will be provided with a detailed price quote during your consultation. Coastal Plastic Surgeons also offers financing options through Alphaeon® and CareCredit®.

Is a tummy tuck painful?

Most patients will experience some discomfort during the first two weeks following their tummy tuck procedure, but this will be easily managed with prescription or over-the-counter medication. These symptoms will dissipate after a couple of weeks.

Will I have scars after my tummy tuck surgery?

As with any major surgery, scars will form along the incision sites. The degree of scarring can vary greatly depending on the tummy tuck technique used and the individual patient’s healing capabilities. Patients can reduce the appearance of surgical scarring by using silicone scar sheets and minimizing sun exposure, tension, and tugging on the incision sites. With proper care, any resulting scars from tummy tuck surgery will fade over time.

How long does tummy tuck surgery take?

Tummy tuck surgery typically takes two to five hours, depending on the extent of the procedure and whether additional surgeries are performed concurrently.

How long will the results of tummy tuck surgery last?

The results of tummy tuck surgery can be long lasting. However, factors such as aging, weight fluctuations, and lifestyle habits can affect the longevity of the results.

Do I need to follow a special diet or exercise routine after tummy tuck surgery?

While a special diet or exercise regimen may not be required, maintaining a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and regular exercise can help optimize and maintain the results of your tummy tuck surgery.

Can a tummy tuck help me lose weight?

Tummy tuck surgery is not a weight loss procedure. It is a body-contouring procedure that removes excess skin and fat and tightens the abdominal muscles. A tummy tuck is best suited for individuals at or near their ideal weight with stubborn pockets of fat and loose skin in the abdominal area.

What are the potential risks and complications of tummy tuck surgery?

Like any surgical procedure, tummy tuck surgery carries risks and potential complications, including bleeding, infection, poor wound healing, changes in sensation, and unsatisfactory results. Patients should discuss these risks with their surgeon and carefully follow the preoperative and postoperative instructions to minimize their risk for complications.

How soon after pregnancy can I undergo tummy tuck surgery?

It is generally recommended to wait until after you have finished having children before undergoing tummy tuck surgery, as future pregnancies can affect the results of the procedure.

Will my health insurance cover the cost of tummy tuck surgery?

Tummy tuck surgery is typically considered a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by health insurance. However, insurance coverage may be available if the procedure is deemed medically necessary, such as for patients with significant skin laxity after massive weight loss.

Is tummy tuck surgery safe for smokers?

Smoking can increase the risk of complications during and after surgery, including poor wound healing and infection. It is generally recommended for patients to quit smoking several weeks before and after tummy tuck surgery to minimize these risks.