Many of us want to have a tight and well-toned abdomen. Sometimes, however, it’s difficult to achieve this goal, even if you eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly.
The midsection can be loose and sagging due to aging, pregnancy, significant weight changes, and previous surgeries. If you want to get rid of excess skin or flab in your abdomen, a tummy tuck is worth considering.
Skin Works Medical Spa in Torrance, CA, offers a variety of body contouring procedures, including tummy tucks. Our team of experienced surgeons can customize this procedure to fit your unique needs and transform your entire physique.
Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, can improve a loose, stretched stomach with weakened muscles. This surgical procedure removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen while muscles are usually tightened with sutures.
A tummy tuck creates a firmer, smoother, and more toned abdominal profile. It can be done with other body contouring cosmetic procedures, like liposuction, to enhance the look of your midsection.
The benefits you’ll get from a tummy tuck surgery include:
Improved skin tone
Reduced stubborn fat (with liposuction)
Naturally repositioned belly button
Elimination or improvement of stretch marks
A tummy tuck and liposuction both aim to improve the appearance of your stomach, making it flatter and tighter. However, both surgical procedures have key differences.
A tummy tuck involves more intensive procedures to remove excess skin and reconstruct the abdominal muscles. It is ideal for people with stubborn fat in their midsection that cannot be fixed with diet and exercise.
Meanwhile, liposuction is a less invasive procedure that removes small fat deposits. It can be done on almost any part of the body with excess fat, including the stomach, thighs, hips, buttocks, legs, back, and arms.
Generally, you may be a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery if you meet the majority of the following criteria.
Your abdominal area has significant skin and muscle laxity
You have excess fat in your midsection despite having a healthy lifestyle
You are concerned by the appearance of your abdomen
You are physically healthy with a stable weight
You have no other medical conditions
You are a nonsmoker
You have realistic expectations about the results of the procedure
During your consultation, the surgeon will evaluate your medical history and aesthetic goals to determine if a tummy tuck is ideal for you. They will provide all the information you need to help you make an informed decision.
The right tummy tuck procedure for you depends on your cosmetic goals, location, amount of excess skin, and underlying anatomy. Our surgeons ensure that every procedure is tailored to the patient’s needs and body type. Below are some of your tummy tuck options.
If there’s a significant amount of loose skin in your abdomen, a full tummy tuck may be a better option for you. It involves removing excess skin and repositioning the belly button.
The surgeon will make incisions extending below the navel and along the pubic bone. Then, the remaining skin will be pulled down over your stomach after tightening the abdominal muscles with internal sutures.
Mini tummy tucks are only suitable for a select few patients with less skin that needs to be removed. This option is ideal if you have a relatively firm upper abdomen and want tighter skin below your belly button.
Unlike a full tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck involves a shorter lower incision and faster recovery time. It requires a four to eight inches scar above the pubic region without repositioning the navel and removing excess skin.
Extended tummy tucks are often performed as part of circumferential body lifts for people who achieved massive weight loss, especially after a gastric bypass procedure.
This technique removes excess skin and tissue from a wider area around the abdomen. An extended tummy tuck also involves a round incision to reposition the belly button higher.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average tummy tuck cost is $6,154, which is only part of the total price. The final price varies widely depending on the clinic, location, surgeon, type of procedure, and other surgical expenses.
During your consultation, we will discuss all the available options to help you decide. Once you and your surgeon have determined the best course of treatment, we will provide you with an estimated final cost.
As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks associated with a tummy tuck. However, it is generally safe and well-tolerated by most patients. The surgeon will discuss and explain all the possible risks before you undergo the surgery.
At Skin Works Medical Spa, we prioritize your health and safety above all. You can rest assured that our highly experienced surgeons will perform the tummy tuck procedure with great care.
We use the most advanced equipment and techniques to achieve great results and minimize potential risks. You will be monitored during and after the surgery to ensure optimal healing and faster recovery.
A tummy tuck surgery can leave a scar along the incision line. Although scars are visible after the procedure, their appearance will continue to improve over time. Our highly skilled surgeons will carefully make the incisions to minimize scarring and speed up healing.
Keep in mind that a person’s genetics, skin tone, and quality, and lifestyle can impact the look of scarring. Some people are more prone to having noticeable scars than others.
However, there are measures you can take to help minimize the appearance of scars. These include following your surgeon’s instructions before and after a tummy tuck and avoiding unhealthy habits, like smoking.
In general, it takes around eight weeks to recover from the surgery. But, the tummy tuck recovery time will vary for each individual, depending on the following factors:
Age of the patient
Patient’s general health
Type of tummy tuck procedure performed
Since a tummy tuck is an outpatient procedure for most patients, you can go home the same day. Here are some general guidelines to guide you during your recovery:
Your midsection will feel sore for the first few days while swelling and bruising can last several weeks. The surgeon will provide prescribed medication to manage the pain.
During the first week, the surgeon will leave a drain on the incision site to prevent excessive fluid build-up. You will also need to wear a compression garment on your abdomen for the first four weeks.
You can do walking and light exercise after the first week, but you need to avoid strenuous activities or heavy lifting for up to six weeks.
If your job isn’t strenuous, you can return to work after two to three weeks.
At Skin Works Medical Spa, we want you to have a safe and comfortable recovery. Our surgeons ensure that you receive continuous care after surgery through a series of follow-up consultations.
Your tummy tuck before and after changes may be obscured by swelling for several weeks. But, as your abdomen heals and adjusts from the surgery, you can expect results to be more or less permanent.
The tummy tuck can give you a firmer, flatter tummy that is more proportionate with your body weight and type. You can sustain these results as long as you maintain a healthy and active lifestyle, stable weight, and nutritious diet.
Ideally, women should get a tummy tuck after pregnancy to trim the excess fat and skin from childbirth. Since it is a cosmetic procedure, however, you can still have children after the surgery.
Tummy tucks do not affect a woman’s ability to get pregnant. But in some cases, pregnancy may affect the results of tummy tuck surgery.
Our team at Skin Works Medical Spa can help you determine the best steps to take if you’re considering this option. We can provide you with the information and resources you need regarding pregnancy after a tummy tuck.
If you’re looking for the “best tummy tuck near me,” contact Skin Works Medical Spa today. Our team is ready to help you with any inquiries and concerns.
We are waving the $200 surgery consultation fee so you can start your tummy tuck journey with zero risk. You can book a complimentary consultation and find out what options you have for a perfect tummy tuck. The consultation comes with zero obligation and is complimentary. No risk for you.