Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck Surgery) Overview
Tummy tuck surgery, clinically called abdominoplasty, is a procedure performed by a cosmetic surgeon to reduce loose skin and excess fats in the abdominal area to restore a firmer and flatter tummy. In some cases, the procedure may also involve tightening of underlying weak abdominal muscles. The surgeon will typically recommend the procedure in cases where the abdominal fat does not respond to diet or exercise, and skin elasticity in the area is also weak.
During the initial consultation process, the surgeon will evaluate the patient’s overall anatomy, general health condition, and assess their personal aesthetic goals. In accordance with this evaluation, a surgical plan will be formulated for abdominoplasty. Dr. Eugene Kim is an experienced plastic surgeon providing tummy tuck and various other surgical and non-surgical procedures to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and surrounding areas.
A fantastic candidate would ideally have moderate and stable body weight, but excess fat deposits in the abdomen. A reasonable amount of skin elasticity in the abdominal area would produce more effective results. The candidate should not be suffering from a health condition that could pose obstruction during surgery or recovery. Candidates should be non-smokers or willing to quit smoking several weeks prior to the procedure.
The patient may be required to undergo a few medical tests, based on the cosmetic surgeon’s evaluation. The surgical plan will be made in close consultation with the patient. In some cases, a partial tummy tuck may suffice, while in some others a full tummy tuck may be required along with an additional procedure such as liposuction. Patient’s current medication plan may have to be altered in consultation with the physician prior to the surgery.
Tummy tuck surgery may be performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation and local anesthesia in some cases. As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Kim will assess whether the patient is required to stay overnight following the procedure, but in most cases the surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis. Patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and nearby locations have an opportunity to receive this surgery from Dr. Kim.
The surgeon will begin the procedure by placing an incision horizontally between the pubic hairline and the navel. The length and shape of the incision can differ according to the amount of fat and skin to be removed. If the abdominal muscles are loose or separated, the surgeon will repair and tighten them through the incision. Excess skin and fat will be removed, and the surgeon will suture the muscles to produce a firmer abdominal contour.
A second incision around the belly button may be necessary if it is important to reduce excess fat deposits from the upper abdominal area. Once the excision is completed, the surgeon will close the incisions with sutures or skin tape.
It will usually take about two weeks for the patient to return to work or resume their normal activities at home. Heavy lifting of weights and vigorous exercises should be avoided for about four to six weeks to allow the healing to take place properly.
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