Tummy tucks rank in the top five most popular cosmetic procedures, which isn’t too surprising when you consider the dramatic change that occurs when you go from having a flabby, fat tummy, to a sleek, well-toned profile. Husam Elias, MD, DMD, FACS, at Southern California Center for Surgical Arts has helped many patients achieve a strong abdomen with a tummy tuck. To learn whether it’s the best procedure for you, call the office in Sherman Oaks, California, or book an appointment online.
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is surgery to tighten loose muscles and improve the contours of your abdomen. During a tummy tuck, Dr. Elias removes excess skin and fat, and repairs weak or separated abdominal muscles. As the final step, your bellybutton is resized and repositioned if needed so it fits your new, well-toned abdomen.
Getting a tummy tuck is a very personal decision made for numerous reasons. As a general guideline, anyone who is healthy and maintains a stable weight is a good candidate. However, if you still have more weight to lose, or you’re on the weight loss roller coaster, it’s best to wait until your weight has stabilized.
A tummy tuck may be a good choice if you have excess skin due to weight loss, loose skin and fat following a pregnancy, or persistent tummy fat that doesn’t go away despite diet and exercise. Many people also decide to get a tummy tuck when their abdomen loses tone or they have loose skin due to aging.
There are several types of tummy tuck procedures. After assessing your medical history and overall health, Dr. Elias recommends the surgery that achieves your desired results.
You may receive one of the follow tummy tucks:
A mini tummy tuck only removes fat from below your navel. Since it doesn’t eliminate extra skin or reposition the navel, many patients don’t settle for a mini tummy tuck.
During a full tummy tuck, Dr. Elias improves the contour of your entire abdominal area. After he repairs your muscles and removes extra skin and fat, the remaining skin is repositioned over your abdomen.
This type of tummy tuck removes more skin from a larger area than the full procedure. Dr. Elias often performs an extended tummy tuck on patients who have lost a significant amount of weight.
Your tummy tuck is an outpatient procedure, but you’ll need to plan on 2-4 weeks to heal and recover before you get back to your normal daily activities.
If you’re interested in improving the appearance of your abdomen with a tummy tuck, call Southern California Center for Surgical Arts or book a consultation online.