Have you experienced difficulty trying to tighten and tone your abdomen, especially after pregnancy or significant weight loss? You are not the only one. In 2011, almost 150,000 people turned to tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) to recontour their midsections. We offer tummy tuck atTayani Institute, serving Mission Viejo and the surrounding Orange County areas. We have successfully sculpted and slimmed the tummies of many satisfied patients. Will you be one of them?
Tummy Tuck Candidates
You may be a suitable candidate for tummy tuck if you have a protruding abdomen, sagging abdominal skin, separated or weakened abdominal muscles or excess fatty tissue. If you are considering tummy tuck surgery, you should not plan to have any children in the future, as pregnancy (or any excessive weight gain) can reverse the effects of your plastic surgery.
Our team will determine whether you are a suitable candidate for the procedure during a consultation. We will perform a medical examination and ask you about the goals you have for your surgery, as well as your expectations. We will also inquire about your medical history, as any previous abdominal surgeries may affect your tummy tuck candidacy.
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
Tummy tuck is an outpatient procedure that takes several hours. Anesthesia is used so you will not feel anything during surgery. Our plastic surgeon makes the surgical incision low on your abdomen, just above the pubic area. Through the incision your abdominal muscles are tightened and excess fat deposits are removed (often using liposuction techniques). An additional incision may be made around the navel, and the belly button may be moved higher on your abdomen. Then, our plastic surgeon re-drapes the skin across your abdomen and removes any excess. Finally, the incisions are closed with sutures, and a binding garment is placed to help the tissues settle into their new contours.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home from surgery. You will be swollen and bruised after surgery, but this is completely normal and will disappear over the course of several weeks. If you experience any pain in the early days of your recovery, our plastic surgeon can prescribe oral pain medication to give you some relief.
In the initial healing stage, it’s important to get as much rest as possible and avoid any straining, bending or lifting. You should plan to visit our practice several times so we can check your healing progress and advise when it is safe for you to return to work, exercise and your normal routine.