Tummy Tuck

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 addresses excess skin and muscle laxity simultaneously to revamp your figure and produce comprehensive results. This procedure is entirely customizable, so tummy tuck surgery is tailored to the unique goals and desires of each patient. Patients who choose to undergo tummy tuck surgery at Coastal Plastic Surgery enjoy a smoother, more pleasing midsection and heightened self-confidence.

What Can Tummy Tuck Surgery Achieve?

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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.

Tighter Core Muscles

Another common side effect of pregnancy and significant weight fluctuations is a condition called diastasis recti. Diastasis recti is characterized by a protruding belly caused by weakened or separated abdominal muscles. These muscles can be tightened and repaired during tummy tuck surgery, producing a permanent, corseted effect.

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Not only does tummy tuck surgery remove folds of excess skin and strengthen the core, 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 in conjunction with liposuction.

Your 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, and the second encircles the belly button.

  • Weakened rectus muscles are repaired
  • Compromised skin from the navel to the bikini line is removed
  • A new belly button is created

Mini Tummy Tuck

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

  • Weakened rectus muscles are repaired
  • Excess skin below the navel is removed
  • The belly button is not altered

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.

  • Weakened rectus muscles are repaired
  • Circumferential excess skin is removed
  • Lifts the skin around the hips and thighs
  • The belly button is not usually altered

Easing Your Concerns

The customized nature of tummy tuck surgery requires a recovery plan that is unique to each patient. Your surgeon will create a custom recovery plan for you depending on the surgical techniques used during your procedure. 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. 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.
Should you experience any discomfort during recovery, pain medication will be provided. These symptoms will dissipate after a couple of weeks.
As with any major surgery, scars may form along the incision sites. The degree of scarring can vary greatly depending on individual 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. Any scars that result from tummy tuck surgery tend to fade over time.
The cost of tummy tuck surgery 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 personal consultation.

Tummy Tuck Results

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Liposuction is often performed in conjunction with tummy tuck surgery to achieve optimal body contouring results. Patients who wish to address breast concerns as well as abdominal imperfections may opt for the Mommy Makeover. This is a procedure package that can include any of the following techniques:
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.
Patients are placed under general anesthesia for their tummy tuck surgery. Dr. Batra will create one of the three previously determined incisions and separate the skin from the abdominal wall. The rectus muscles are tightened, the skin is redraped, excess tissue is excised, and the incision is carefully sutured closed.
Every patient should be completely confident in his or her tummy tuck surgeon based on the surgeon’s experience and proven results. It is essential to select a plastic surgeon with ample knowledge and expertise to ensure the best possible results. Dr. Batra at Coastal Plastic Surgeons in San Diego has extensive experience performing tummy tuck surgeries and is highly qualified to help you reach your body contouring goals.