Excess fat around the midsection can be troublesome when it is diet and exercise-resistant. After losing a significant amount of weight, you may also have lax, hanging skin around your belly, which cannot be resolved through a healthy, active lifestyle. Tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) is designed to address these concerns by removing excess fat and sagging skin from the torso to reveal a tighter, slimmer midsection. By improving the contours of the abdomen, patients can feel confident and comfortable with their flatter, more attractive abdominal appearance.
Abdominal muscles stretch when weight is gained or to make room for a baby during pregnancy. When excess weight is lost or the baby is delivered, the abdominal muscles sometimes remain detached. During tummy tuck surgery, your surgeon pulls your abdominal muscles together to form a tighter stomach region using a suturing technique. Results from a tummy tuck include a toned, firm abdomen.
Significantly stretched skin cannot be corrected through diet and exercise and can cause uncomfortable chafing, rashes, and self-consciousness. Tummy tuck surgery removes sagging skin by neatly trimming it away to produce a smoother, flatter belly.
After this procedure, the abdomen appears trim and taut without loose, hanging skin. Dr. Chiu uses liposuction to remove residual tummy fat and produce a flatter, slimmer midsection.
Most patients are bothered by their stretch marks. Stretch marks on the lower abdomen can be removed if they are located on the excess skin being trimmed away.
The abdominal area will be bandaged and wrapped with a compression garment to promote healing and support your new contours. Pain medication and muscle relaxers may be prescribed to ease swelling and discomfort. Our Recovery Protocol process will begin, which includes a series of supplements, vitamins, and anti-bruising medications.
Patients can usually return to work and perform light activities after one week. You should avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting. Swelling and bruising will begin to resolve.
Swelling and bruising should continue to resolve. Dr. Chiu recommends light physical activity and massages during this time. Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should continue to be avoided.
Your results should become more apparent by this point. Patients may return to their normal activities, including strenuous exercise and heavy lifting, once cleared by Dr. Chiu.
Dr. Chiu is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive skills and knowledge about tummy tuck surgery and other plastic surgery procedures. With an inherent ability to sculpt the body and medical experience to help patients achieve their desired results, Dr. Chiu is a qualified surgeon and offers Mommy Makeover, breast augmentation, male cosmetic surgery, and many other plastic surgery options in Beverly Hills. Patient safety, satisfaction, and comfort are the top priority of Dr. Chiu and his professional staff.
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 Mommy Makeover to rejuvenate a woman’s body after pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Dr. Chiu has significant skills 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.”
Dr. Chiu performs tummy tuck surgery with the patient under general anesthesia. During surgery, the patient is supervised by a board-certified anesthesiologist to ensure the highest degree of patient safety.
As long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid gaining a large amount of weight, the new contours of the abdomen will be long lasting. Patients should be aware that this procedure cannot stop the aging process, and the midsection will continue to age naturally over time.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the average cost for tummy tuck surgery is around $6,253. Your procedure price may vary based on anesthesia, operating room facilities, surgeon fees, medications, which techniques are utilized, and other associated expenses.
Health insurance typically does not provide coverage for cosmetic surgery, but we do offer financing options. Please discuss these details during your consultation.
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