Some fat at your midsection may seem to resist any and all dieting and exercise. No matter what you try in your efforts to lose it, it stubbornly clings on. A tummy tuck at Younique Cosmetic Surgery in Los Angeles is one solution.
A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a procedure that eliminates loose skin or excess fat concentrated at your middle. Simply put, the process consists of removing this unwanted skin and fat from the lower and middle areas of your abdomen and tightening the muscles of your abdominal wall.
Many people, both men and women, want a tight, flat stomach, but find that a diet doesn’t provide the desired results.
Long-term changes affect the bodies of people who’ve been pregnant or lost or gained large amounts of weight: People who’ve lost a lot of weight may have excess abdominal skin they’d like removed, whereas those who’ve gained lots of weight may have excess abdominal fat. In addition to aging, the aforementioned cases will also weaken and separate abdominal muscles.
The after-effects of such drastic changes are impossible to get rid of alone, which is why Dr. Mark Youssef recommends that you set up a free consultation to discuss which type of tummy tuck you should consider.
There are several types of abdominoplasty, some of which include lipoabdominoplasty, mini abdominoplasty (partial), extended abdominoplasty, and circumferential abdominoplasty.
A full tummy tuck takes anywhere between two to five hours, and includes excess skin and fat removal and muscle tightening. Dr. Youssef will make two incisions: the first from hipbone to hipbone, the second to free the belly button. He’ll then separate your fat from the abdominal wall, exposing your abdominal muscles. Next, he’ll tighten and stitch your muscles into place, followed by removing any excess skin, fat, and fluids.
A partial tummy tuck takes about an hour or two, and doesn’t require moving your navel. People whose tummies slightly hang over their waists are ideal candidates for the mini (partial) tummy tuck. After your surgery, whether you have a full or partial abdominoplasty, you’ll need stitches and dressing, and are required to wear a compression garment to reduce swelling and discomfort.
The best procedure for you depends on the degree of excess fat you have, the amount of stretched skin you carry, and the degree of your loose, separated abdominal muscles.
After getting a tummy tuck, you should take about two to four weeks off from work, depending on the degree of your surgery. You won’t be able to stand up straight right away because your waist will be bent. Your belly may be bruised or swollen, but any pain or discomfort should subside within a week after your abdominoplasty in Los Angeles. If you do experience uncomfortable pain, you can take medication to help reduce the conditions. You shouldn’t do anything to strain your abdomen—such as pushing, running, lifting, sex, jogging, or housework—for the first two weeks. You are, however, encouraged to start walking as soon as possible.
While it’s rare for patients who undergo a tummy tuck to experience any complications due to the straightforwardness of the procedure, there are some cases where side effects do occur. These side effects can include blood collecting under the skin (hematoma), a collection of fluids under the skin (seroma), an infection, blood clots, asymmetry, and problems with the healing of the incision sites. Dr. Youssef recommends that you wear your compression garments and change the dressing often to decrease the likeliness of these side effects.
What is a tummy tuck? Los Angeles-area cosmetic surgeon Dr. Mark Youssef hears that question a lot from people curious about the procedure, who also ask what the surgery involves, how it relates to liposuction, what the recovery period is like, and more. While there are many people in your life and online who may be ready to give you answers, it's best to get the information you seek from an expert.
Tummy tuck procedures are among the most popular at YOUnique Cosmetic Surgery in Santa Monica, which means that Dr. Youssef performs the surgeries regularly and is well versed in explaining the process to patients. Read on to find out what the people he meets with want to know and what sort of answers they get.
A tummy tuck is the name for a combination of surgical steps that together make up a single procedure with an ultimate goal of providing a flatter and more toned tummy. Also known as an abdominoplasty, it has several components, which may or may not all be necessary for each patient. In general, a tummy tuck involves:
A tummy tuck is typically performed on people who have lost a large amount of weight, had children, and even from weight-loss surgeries, allowing them to shed the pounds, but not necessarily the skin that stretched out to accommodate the bulging fat or child. What's left behind after massive or significant weight loss or children is often a sagging belly with loose muscles and even some remaining stubborn pockets of fat.
Since this is a surgery that involves gaining access to a great deal of tissue, incisions are necessary, and yes, incisions leave scars. Dr. Youssef works to keep any scarring away from where it will be seen. A typical full tummy tuck involves him making a long, horizontal incision low on the belly, roughly from hip to hip. He will also make a circular incision around the navel to free it from the surrounding skin.
After any unwanted fat is removed and muscles are tightened, he pulls the remaining skin tight and sutures it into place, cutting away any excess. He will also cut a hole through which the navel can show, preserving a belly button. Any scarring is obscured by the navel itself.
The longer horizontal scar is typically low enough to be covered by underwear, and possibly even swimwear. Any scarring questions beyond what are answered here should be raised for discussion during the tummy tuck consultation, during which Dr. Youssef can assess individual body features and demonstrate where potential incisions would be made and scarring would appear.
The extent and appearance of the scarring itself depends on your skin's health and your body's overall healing ability.
Since each tummy tuck surgery is tailored to the individual, there’s no way to have a single, set cost for the procedure. This detail can be discussed during the consultation, when the full scope of your own procedure is determined.
The exact amount of time between getting your tummy tuck surgery and seeing its effects depends on the type of surgery you receive (full, partial, etc.), but you can expect to be returning to your normal life activities within two weeks and beginning to see results then as post-operative swelling subsides. Full results should be visible within three to six months.
For every question answered here, there are surely more waiting to be asked. The team at YOUnique Cosmetic Surgery is prepared to address your concerns and curiosity about what a tummy tuck might involve, and can do, for you.