Tummy Tuck


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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 the belly button and lower abdomen, and/or weakened abdominal muscles, you may be the perfect candidate for an abdominoplasty, 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 out of 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.

A tummy tuck involves removing excess fat from the lower and middle abdominen, 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
  • Weakened abdominal musculature lacking contour and tone
  • An unshapely waistline that lacks definition and contour
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.

Dr. Hisham Seify and his staff at Newport Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Newport Beach, California are committed to helping you achieve 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.


Abdominoplasty surgery is an outpatient procedure, performed in the surgeon’s office under IV sedation or general anesthesia.  The procedure 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 so that excess fatty deposits, tissue, and skin can be removed.  In some cases, a second incision around the naval may be necessary 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 mid-section is proportional and pleasing.

Our mid-section is a critical part of our body, and the abdominal muscles are always working whether we realize it or not.  Therefore, although the results of the procedure will be visible immediately, full recovery from an abdominoplasty can take four to six weeks.  Immediately after the procedure, patients will have drains in each side of the 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.


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 goals 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, but 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 both 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 today.  We look forward to speaking with you, and to scheduling your initial consultation with Dr. Seify.

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