Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) in Newport Beach, Orange County
You are so careful to maintain a healthy lifestyle. You go to the gym for regular exercise. You watch what you eat and drink. And yet, you may be finding out what more than 80,000 Americans every year have already learned: some areas of your body, like the abdomen, are stubbornly resistant to lifestyle changes.
If your belly protrudes, if you have loose, hanging skin around your belly button and lower abdomen, or if you have weakened abdominal muscles, you may be the perfect candidate for an abdominoplasty, also known as a standard or full tummy tuck. Those surplus fatty deposits around your middle and the loose, flabby abdominal skin can be caused by a number of factors. Many of these are beyond your control or resulting from lifestyle changes, such as significant weight loss or weight gain, pregnancy, childbirth, the natural aging process, hormonal imbalances, stress, and even genetics.
An abdominoplasty can correct these challenging aesthetic issues and help you to create a flat, tightly contoured stomach region. Serving Orange County, California, Dr. Hisham Seify of Newport Plastic Surgery can improve your abdomen’s image with exceptional skill and care. If you’re interested in discussing a tummy tuck further and would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us at 949-251-1502 or visit our contact page.
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgery that removes excess skin and fat and tightens the abdominal muscles to create a slimmer stomach profile. The procedure is highly customizable and designed to accommodate each patient’s specific needs. There are several types of tummy tucks, including a mini tummy tuck and a full tummy tuck, both offered at Newport Plastic Surgery.
In a full tummy tuck procedure, a horizontal incision is made above the pubic hairline, stretching between the hip bones. A second, circular incision is made around the navel. The skin is then lifted away to provide access to the underlying muscles and fat. The muscles may be stitched together to tighten the abdominal wall and shape the waist, and liposuction may be used to clear away stubborn fat deposits. High definition liposuction, otherwise known as VASER-assisted liposuction, uses powerful ultrasound high-frequency vibrations to break fat cells apart before removing them from the body.
After the muscles and fat are addressed, excess skin is removed and the remaining skin is redraped over the abdomen, then sutured in place. A tummy tuck is a transformative procedure that can help you achieve many of the aesthetic goals you have not been able to accomplish with diet and exercise. Improving your abdomen with a tummy tuck can restore your youthful and fit appearance, complement your lifestyle and improve your confidence.
What Can Tummy Tuck Surgery Do for Me?
Abdominoplasty involves removing excess fat from the lower and middle abdomen, excising extra skin, and tightening the abdominal muscles. Specifically, an abdominoplasty can correct:
- Stubborn fatty deposits in the abdominal region
- A saggy, flabby belly
- Stretched, hanging skin on the abdomen
- A distended or protruding stomach
- Diastasis recti, known as separated abdominal muscles
- Weakened abdominal musculature lacking contour and tone
- An unshapely waistline that lacks definition and contour
Often, these issues are the result of pregnancy or significant weight loss. This is incredibly frustrating because both of these situations should be times of celebration. A new child or improving your weight a great deal are significant milestones, but the drawbacks of excess skin and weakened abdominal muscles can be disheartening.
For mothers, diastasis recti is a common issue that arises due to the expansion of the uterus to accommodate a growing baby, which stretches the “six-pack” abdominal muscles that meet at the midline of the stomach. If the muscles partially or completely separate, there is no way to restore them without surgery. Mothers often choose to combine abdominoplasty with other cosmetic surgical procedures to correct a variety of unwanted physical changes brought about by pregnancy and childbirth. This combined procedure is known as a mommy makeover.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Abdominoplasty?
Candidates for a tummy tuck should be in good health and committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and exercise routine. Women should not be planning additional pregnancies, as the changes to your body required by pregnancy and childbirth will undo the results of the surgery and require additional procedures in the future.
Anyone considering abdominoplasty must have the right expectations for the surgery. A tummy tuck cannot help you lose a significant amount of weight — it can’t safely address a large volume of body fat or fat that isn’t located in the abdomen. It’s best for individuals who have already gotten close to their goal weight through diet and exercise, but have found that healthy lifestyle changes have no effect on the last few fat deposits, weakened muscles or extra skin.
Dr. Hisham Seify and his staff at Newport Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Newport Beach, California, are committed to helping you attain the beautiful, contoured body that you cannot obtain through diet and exercise alone. Dr. Seify is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has the skill and experience necessary to ensure that your tummy tuck is a success. As an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCLA School of Medicine and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of California at Irvine, Dr. Seify has unique access to the latest cutting-edge techniques needed to make every tummy tuck procedure safe, successful, and naturally-beautiful.
Preparing for Your Tummy Tuck
Before your tummy tuck procedure, you’ll schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Seify, during which he will review your medical history and currently prescribed medications. He will also assess your abdomen and discuss your treatment goals. Once Dr. Seify determines you’re a suitable candidate for a tummy tuck, he’ll recommend the appropriate technique and lay out instructions that will prepare you for your procedure. Preparation guidelines can include:
- Having a complete physical performed
- Losing weight, if necessary, to maximize the safety and results of the procedure
- Quitting smoking for six weeks before your surgery day
- Discontinuing aspirin use because it can increase bleeding
- Being well hydrated
- Mentally preparing yourself for surgery
Tummy Tuck Procedure
Abdominoplasty surgery is an outpatient procedure performed in the surgeon’s office under IV sedation or general anesthesia. The process involves a horizontal incision between the pubic hairline and the navel. After making the incision, the surgeon will first repair and suture weakened abdominal muscles. The naval (umbilicus) is then disconnected from the abdominal wall to remove excess fatty deposits, tissue and skin. In some cases, an additional incision is neccesary around the navel to reposition the belly button in the correct place. A thorough surgeon will also pull up and tighten the thighs and buttocks, if necessary, to ensure that the final shape of the entire midsection is proportional and pleasing.
After the procedure, the treated area will be dressed and you will be moved to a recovery room until you have awakened from your anesthesia and are cleared to return home. You will need a trusted friend or family member to receive any final recovery instructions from your surgical team and drive you home.
Tummy Tuck Recovery and Results
Our midsection is a critical part of our body, and the abdominal muscles are always working, whether we realize it or not. Therefore, although the procedure results will be visible immediately, full recovery from abdominoplasty can take four to six weeks. Immediately after the procedure, you will have drains in each side of your abdomen to remove excess fluid that accumulates after surgery. Most patients will experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the abdominal area. Although every patient’s recovery will be different, depending on their individual health and ability to heal, most people should plan on taking up to a month off work to guarantee a successful recovery and should abstain from all vigorous activity for at least six weeks.
You can take many steps to manage the discomfort of recovery. Some strategies keep you healthy and comfortable are:
- Take pain medications according to Dr. Seify’s instructions
- Use cold compresses
- Change dressings or bandages as directed
- Stay hydrated and avoid salty foods to minimize swelling
- Wear your compression garment to stabilize your midsection and further reduce swelling
- Take short walks between rest periods to promote blood flow
- Avoid activities that may cause strain or injury to your incisions or abdomen
You are encouraged to have support from a loved one during your period of recovery. For the first week, you may need assistance for simple things such as sitting or standing. Although it may feel difficult at first, it’s essential that you set aside time each day to move around to increase circulation and prevent blood clots from forming.
While the recovery process can be emotionally draining, keep in mind that it’s part of your journey. Take things slowly and build up your energy gradually. The best thing you can do as you heal and return to your normal level of activity is to listen to your surgeon and your body.
Tummy tuck results are long-lasting. As long as you maintain a healthy diet and regular exercise, your abdomen can be slim and beautiful for many years to come. However, no part of the body is exempt from the natural aging process, so you may see changes in your abdomen as time passes.
Contact Newport Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Associates
The midsection is an incredibly common problem area. The abdomen is prone to holding onto stubborn fat, and skin in the area easily becomes stretched with pregnancy or weight fluctuations. What’s more, it can be a difficult part of your body to conceal. If you’re self-conscious about your stomach, you’ll probably avoid wearing fitted dresses, short tops, low-cut bottoms and swimsuits — in fact, you may be left feeling like baggy, shapeless clothes are your only options. If you’re tired of feeling this way and ready to restore confidence in your body, it may be time to consider a tummy tuck.
Dr. Hisham Seify, along with his staff at Newport Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Associates, is dedicated to providing a warm, welcoming atmosphere where you will feel comfortable sharing your goals and discussing whether abdominoplasty is right for you. Dr. Seify will listen carefully to your expectations and concerns and work with you to design a customized surgical plan to ensure that you are 100% satisfied with the final results.
As with any surgical procedure, a tummy tuck does entail certain risks. Dr. Seify is a board-certified plastic surgeon who prides himself on using state-of-the-art technology and techniques to minimize risk, complications and discomfort as much as possible during and after the procedure. If you have questions about abdominoplasty surgery or would like additional information about having your tummy tuck performed by Dr. Seify, please contact our office at 949-251-1502.
We look forward to speaking with you and to scheduling your initial consultation with Dr. Seify.
*The information about Tummy Tuck was reviewed by Dr. Hisham M. Seify. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us using our contact form below.