Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Surgery – Newport Beach | Orange County
Dr. Hisham Seify is a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. With nearly 13 years of post-graduate training behind him, Dr. Seify is in a position to provide state of the art treatments for cosmetic surgery procedures such as breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and mommy makeover. Patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA and surrounding communities who are looking for a suitable cosmetic surgeon may consult with Dr. Seify for the latest treatment options.
What is Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Abdominoplasty, which is popularly known as tummy tuck plastic surgery, is designed to achieve a smooth and firm abdominal profile. The surgery involves removal of excess skin and fat and tightening of weakened or separated muscles in the abdominal area. This allows for a flatter and firmer tummy that makes a person appear more attractive and youthful. The surgery may be suitable for people who have stubborn fat deposits and loose skin the abdominal area, and are unable to reduce it with diet or exercise.
Abdominal fat may not necessarily occur due to overweight or obesity. Sometimes even a person with normal or close to normal body weight and proportion may develop a protruding abdomen with loose and sagging skin. This condition may occur following a pregnancy, aging factors, major weight fluctuation, heredity factors, or as a fallout of a previous surgery. Dr. Seify provides effective tummy tuck cosmetic surgery to patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA and other areas to regain a flatter and firmer tummy.
Each procedure such as tummy tuck, breast implants, mommy makeover, and liposuction has a specific role to play. Therefore, it is important to know not only what tummy tuck can do, but also what it cannot do. Tummy tuck is not a weight loss surgery, and it is certainly not designed to be a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise program. Some women may develop stretch marks following a pregnancy or following major weight loss. Tummy tuck may slightly improve the appearance of stretch marks, but it is not specifically designed to address this condition.
People who are in fine or majestic physical health and have a stable weight, but are unhappy with the excess fat deposits and loose skin around the abdominal area may be wonderful candidates for tummy tuck surgery. An ideal candidate will ideally be a non-smoker or be committed to quit smoking several weeks prior to surgery. He or she will have realistic expectations from the procedure in order to achieve satisfactory results.
The plastic surgeon will conduct a medical evaluation of the candidate and may also ask for some medical tests to be conducted prior to tummy tuck surgery. The surgeon will advise the patient to quit smoking several weeks before the surgery, refrain from taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications and herbal supplements, if any, and also adjust any prescription drugs in consultation with the physician who may have prescribed them.
A detailed treatment plan will be devised in accordance with the patient’s unique needs and aesthetic goals. The patient should clarify any doubts or confusions at this stage with the cosmetic surgeon and be as much aware of the pros and cons of the procedure as possible. The surgeon will also provide instructions regarding the day of surgery, anesthesia usage, and post-op care and follow up.
Tummy tuck procedure begins with anesthesia. The surgeon will make a choice between general anesthesia and IV sedation, depending on the circumstances of the case. Medications will be administered to keep the patient comfortable during the surgery. A full tummy tuck surgery will involve as horizontally placed incision in the area between the navel and the pubic hairline. The extent of surgery to be performed will determine the length and shape of the incision.
The surgeon will repair and suture the weakened and separated abdominal muscles through the incision, and remove excess fat, tissue, and skin. Excess skin in the upper abdomen may have to be removed through a second incision around the navel. After the procedure is completed, the surgeon will close the incisions with sutures or skin adhesives.
The incisions will be covered with dressings or bandages following the tummy tuck surgery. A compression garment may be wrapped around the affected area to expedite healing and reduce swelling. A tiny drain tube may be placed under the skin for a few days to drain any excess fluid or blood. The patient will have to avoid strenuous exercises and heavy weight lifting for a few weeks after the surgery. Regular physical activities can be resumed within 10 to 14 days in most cases.