Tummy tuck surgery, also known as “abdominoplasty,” improves the contours of the abdomen by removing excess skin and fat and tightening the abdominal muscles. The midsection is one of the most difficult areas to target with diet and exercise alone, and this procedure gives patients the confidence and comfort that comes with a flatter and more attractive abdominal appearance.
Tummy tuck surgery removes excess, stubborn fat to produce a slender and flatter midsection. Patients no longer have to worry about their “muffin top” or “belly bulge” making an appearance without their consent.
The abdominal muscles stretch to make room in the belly, such as for accommodating a baby during pregnancy or fat from weight gained. When the weight is lost or the baby is delivered, the abdominal muscles do not always return together. With an abdominoplasty, Dr. Chiu tightens the abdominal muscles using a suturing technique that produces firmer, more toned abdominals.
No amount of dieting and exercise can tighten significantly stretched skin. Many patients who have experienced extreme weight loss or gone through pregnancy have permanently stretched skin that gets in the way of their daily activities. In addition, those with loose, hanging skin have the potential to develop rashes and sores. As a result, excess skin may deter these people from engaging in exercise or sports, social gatherings, and even family events.
Stretch marks are an annoyance that the majority of women, and even some men, know all too well. Stretch marks on the lower abdomen can be removed if they are located on the excess skin that is trimmed away, giving you beautiful, healthy-looking skin about which you can feel confident.
As with all surgical procedures, there is a recovery process after tummy tuck surgery to ensure you heal properly and can safely and fully enjoy your new and improved body contours.
The treated area will be bandaged and wrapped with a compression garment. Pain medication and muscle relaxers will be prescribed to ease any swelling and discomfort. Our Recovery Protocol, which includes supplements, vitamins, and anti-bruising medications, will begin.
Patients are usually able to return to work and perform light activities. Patients should avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting. Swelling and bruising will begin to resolve.
Continued resolution of swelling and bruising. Light physical activities and massages will be recommended by Dr. Chiu. Patients should continue to avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting.
Results will be more apparent. Patients may return to their normal activities, including strenuous exercise and lifting, once cleared by Dr. Chiu.
All residual swelling will have resolved, and final results will be apparent.
At Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Inc., Dr. Chiu can recommend the procedures that will help you achieve the results you want, based on your individual needs.
After giving birth to 4 children and having a 54″ waist with twins, I never thought I’d be able to have a cute figure again. Dr. Chiu made my dream a reality. Dr. Chiu’s a surgeon who truly cares for his patents. He listens, evaluates and informs to assist one with making the best decision. He is upfront and forthright with information…a true professional. My husband was thrilled with the outcome of Dr. Chiu’s magic! Having had a weight problem my entire life I never thought I would be able to have the body I wanted. Dr. Chiu provided the confidence, knowledge and support I wanted in a surgeon. He allowed me to obtain my life-long dream of a beautiful body. My new body gave me a new life. My confidence increased, my family is proud of the way I look, my sexual desire increased and the attention received by men is amazing. It truly changed my life! Having lost 50 lbs and Dr. Chiu adding the final touches to give me the body I wanted, my daughters have a new role model in me. They now watch what they eat, want to look their best and want to enjoy a happy, healthy lifestyle now.
My experience with Dr. Chiu was a great one! From the pre-op meetings to the tummy tuck procedure, Dr. Chiu showed great expertise and made me feel comfortable and confident and now he has made me feel great!!!! I truly recommend Dr. Chiu. From a truly grateful patient.
Dr. Chiu performs tummy tuck surgery with the patient under general anesthesia and supervised by a board-certified anesthesiologist to ensure the highest degree of patient safety.
Dr. Chiu has significant skill and experience performing tummy tuck surgery, and he offers a completely customized procedure to meet your individual needs. With an eye for current fashion trends, Dr. Chiu aims to give you natural-looking results, like an almond-shaped belly button with natural hooding and shorter, bikini-level incisions without “dog ears.”
Liposuction is generally used to remove fat during tummy tuck surgery, and patients often choose to have liposuction performed on other areas of the body as well, such as the back, hips, and thighs. Tummy tuck surgery is also commonly combined with breast augmentation or breast lift surgery in a procedure known as the Mommy Makeover to rejuvenate a woman’s body after pregnancy and breastfeeding.
As long as the patient maintains a healthy lifestyle and does not gain a large amount of weight, the new contours of the abdomen will be long lasting. Patients should be aware that no procedure can stop the aging process, and the midsection will continue to age naturally over time.