Achieve a tight, flat belly with a tummy tuck
Pregnancy, weight loss, and the natural aging process can all lead to excess skin and fat on the abdomen. Not only can this excess skin cause discomfort and make finding clothing difficult, but it can also lead to lowered self-esteem. A tummy tuck in Newport Beach is a comprehensive solution to help eliminate excess fat and skin on the belly, as well as correct weakened abdominal muscles for a slimmer, tighter, and flatter abdomen.
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a comprehensive cosmetic surgery that corrects loose abdominal skin, repairs stretched abdominal muscles, and contours the waist with liposuction. It is highly customizable to address a variety of aesthetic and medical needs, and is frequently used as part of a mommy makeover for women who experienced dramatic and disheartening changes to their midsection as a result of pregnancy and childbirth.
For people who are frustrated, embarrassed, or ashamed of their bodies after extreme weight loss or pregnancy, an abdominoplasty can be a life-changing procedure, helping rejuvenate the body contour and repair separated abdominal muscles.
Many changes can occur to the abdomen with pregnancies or significant weight gain and loss. Notably, the skin gets stretched, leading to loose skin, stretch marks, or poor skin elasticity. Other conditions include stretched or even separated muscles from the abdominal wall (called diastasis rectus), which results in a stomach bulge that won’t go away with just diet and exercise.
While maintaining an active lifestyle and a healthy weight is important, usually no amount of exercise or weight loss can improve the quality of your skin or repair your stretched abdominal muscles. Fortunately, a tummy tuck surgery can remove excess skin, repair stretched muscles, and contour the waist and abdomen with liposuction.
The best candidates for this procedure are in good physical health and have clearance from their primary physician in order to have the surgery. In addition, patients should have realistic expectations for what an abdominoplasty can accomplish.
Dr. Florin encourages patients to be within 10-15 pounds of their ideal body weight before undergoing surgery, and can confirm their specific eligibility during a consultation appointment in Newport Beach, CA.
The days of just aiming for a “flat tummy” through cosmetic surgery are over. The better, more realistic approach involves creating natural shadows, dips and valleys, and curves that mimic the natural shape of the human body.
Over the years, Dr. Florin has fine-tuned her techniques to give tummy tuck patients a beautifully contoured and natural belly button, a scar that is easy to hide, and curves and shadows that are feminine and natural, no matter which abdominoplasty procedure is used.
For people with loose skin predominantly below the belly button, a mini tummy tuck may be the best way to trim away excess skin and remove fat with liposuction. This is performed most often on people who are unhappy with a lower-abdomen “pooch,” or collection of extra fat in the lower abdominal area that is resistant to diet and exercise. By removing this excess fat, trimming away any skin redundancy, and in some cases, tightening lower abdominal muscles, Dr. Florin can achieve a firm, flat abdomen without an incision around the belly button.
The mini tummy tuck is not able to fully address muscle separation from the abdominal wall—in this case, a regular or full tummy tuck is better suited to address a larger area of the stomach.
The most commonly performed tummy tuck procedure, a traditional abdominoplasty involves an incision from hip to hip along the bikini line. There will also be an incision around the belly button, which will be reshaped and repositioned if necessary to have a natural appearance upon recovery. This plastic surgery procedure is capable of removing excess skin and fat from the belly and tightening stomach muscles on the front section of the abdomen. Patients with excess skin extending beyond the front of the hips, around toward the back, are usually better served by an extended tummy tuck.
Similar to a traditional abdominoplasty, an extended procedure increases the size of the incision in order to address loose, excess skin around the sides and even back of a patient when needed. This procedure is most often recommended in cases of extreme weight loss. Dr. Florin will tell you if this more invasive procedure is the best option for you during a consultation and examination of your problem areas.
The first step in preparing for a tummy tuck is to set up a consultation appointment with Dr. Florin at our Orange County office location. An appointment with a Newport Beach plastic surgeon like Dr. Florin can confirm that you are in fact an ideal candidate for this surgery and gives her the chance to create an expert surgical plan for your specific concerns.
Once you have scheduled your abdominoplasty surgery date, you should start to prepare your body for the procedure. Dr. Florin may direct you to quit drinking and smoking at least six weeks prior to the operation and avoid these activities after the surgery as well. You should also minimize your caffeine intake prior to the surgery.
You will be told to stop eating and drinking at least 12 hours prior to the surgery in order to avoid complications with the anesthesia.
Certain medications and herbal supplements can thin the bloodstream and pose a risk for significant blood loss during the operation. Medications that should be avoided include ibuprofen and naproxen sodium. Patients should discuss all prescription medications with Dr. Florin during a tummy tuck consultation to ensure there are no harmful side effects during or after surgery.
To ensure your comfort and safety, cosmetic surgeon Dr. Florin performs tummy tucks under general anesthesia. Your surgery can range from four to six hours depending on the complexity of the case and the surgical plan. Dr. Florin may prescribe pain control measures, including a long-lasting local anesthetic into the abdominal muscles, to help with the tightness that patients may feel after surgery.
Once you are sedated, Dr. Florin will carefully and gently contour your body with liposuction. Then, she will make the pre-determined incision and remove excess fat deposits and begin to repair stretched abdominal muscles with two layers of permanent sutures. If there is an umbilical hernia present, she can repair that as well.
During a traditional tummy tuck procedure, Dr. Florin will reshape your belly button and take great care to ensure that it has a natural shape with easily concealable scars. If your pubic region (mons pubis) is low or hanging, she can also lift this area with a procedure called a pubic lift.
At the Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery in Newport Beach, we have a specially formulated non-opioid injection called Exparel® that can provide pain relief for up to four days after your tummy tuck surgery. The beauty of this medication is that it can lead to less need for opioid or narcotic pain medication.
For tummy tuck patients in Newport Beach, Dr. Florin recommends that you plan to take three weeks off work and two weeks off from driving. In addition, you will need someone at home with you full time for at least one week post-op. You can shower the day after the procedure while following Dr. Florin’s instructions.
It is common to feel tightness along the midline of your abdomen where Dr. Florin tightens the muscles. In the liposuction locations, you may feel some burning, stinging, numbness, tingling, or sharp/shooting pains. These sensations can be prominent during the first few weeks but will gradually lessen.
The first few weeks after surgery can be challenging, as patients will likely need help to get up, shower, and get dressed. However, you will be amazed at how good you feel even just two weeks into the healing process.
You can start light cardio (such as walking or using a stationary bike) at around two weeks if you feel up to it. You can resume more strenuous activity at around six weeks.
We will send you home wearing a compression garment that you will wear full-time for at least six weeks. Dr. Florin will let you know when you can transition from the garment to normal clothing. Most patients wear compression full time for about two to three months and on an as-needed basis after that.
The results of your specific tummy tuck procedure can vary from other patients, but all abdominoplasty patients enjoy a smaller waist and firmer abdomen that is naturally proportioned to the rest of your body. At first your results may seem disappointing, as swelling and bruising mask the final results that you’ll see after several weeks, so rest assured that over time your stomach and waistline will look better and better.
Many patients begin to appreciate their surgical results at about 6-8 weeks after surgery as a lot of the surgical swelling has gone down at that point. However, keep in mind that you will have some degree of swelling present for up to 12 months after surgery.
One of the biggest concerns that patients have is the scar. The length of your scar depends on your anatomy and the amount of loose skin that you have. Keep in mind, your tummy tuck incision is designed to be low and is easy to cover up with underwear or a bikini bottom. The incision is closed meticulously so that you end up with a beautiful scar that will fade over time.
Dr. Florin will also guide you on how to take care of your scars so that you can have the best possible outcome. This typically entails starting with scar cream or scar tape around 6 weeks after your surgery continuing for at least a year.
During a consultation about abdominoplasty, Dr. Florin will listen to your concerns and goals and take your medical history, including current medications and previous surgeries. She will also give you a physical examination, taking all this information into account in recommending a specific procedure to address your body contouring concerns.
Dr. Florin recommends patients come prepared with both questions and pictures of previous patients that have achieved similar results to what they are hoping to accomplish. This ensures you and Dr. Florin are on the same page with expectations of any treatment that is scheduled or recommended.
To learn more about this highly effective and life-changing procedure, the next step is to talk to cosmetic surgeon Dr. Whitney Florin. You can schedule your consultation with Dr. Florin by calling us at (949) 304-2562 or filling out our online contact form today.
What are the main reasons for undergoing a tummy tuck?
One of the main reasons that people opt to have cosmetic surgery performed is to improve their appearance as well as boost their self-confidence. The tummy tuck is a popular plastic surgery procedure because of the fact that it eliminates excess fat as well as removes excess skin from the abdominal area.
How long will tummy tuck results last?
Tummy tuck results should be long-lasting, barring future pregnancy or significant weight gain. In order to maintain your results, be sure to follow a healthy lifestyle and try to keep your weight as stable as possible.
What are the side effects of a tummy tuck?
Common side effects associated with a tummy tuck include bruising, swelling, and discomfort. As with any type of surgical procedure, a tummy tuck also has some potential complications, including infection and bleeding, scarring, and allergic reaction.
How much does it cost for a tummy tuck?
The cost of a tummy tuck will vary depending on the amount of skin and fat that needs to be removed, as well as the amount of correction underlying muscles need. Pricing for your individual procedure can be discussed with Dr. Florin during your private consultation appointment.
Are tummy tucks dangerous?
A tummy tuck has risks like any other surgery. The best way to achieve safe and effective results is by consulting a board-certified plastic surgeon.
Can you get pregnant after tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck does not prevent you from getting pregnant or affect the safety of a pregnancy. Pregnancy may, however, negatively impact your surgery results by leading to more loose skin on the abdomen or stretched abdominal muscles which may require a revision surgery.
Can a tummy tuck cause stomach issues?
A tummy tuck does not cause issues with your stomach or digestion. Rather, it gets rid of excess abdominal skin and fat and tightens the underlying abdominal muscles.
Can you lose weight after tummy tuck?
You can still lose weight after a tummy tuck. In fact, its important to maintain a healthy and stable weight to ensure best results. However if you lose a significant amount of weight after a tummy tuck (more than 20 lb), you may see loose skin to the abdomen. That’s why it is ideal to be within 10-15lb of your goal weight prior to having surgery.
Can I walk after tummy tuck?
You should make sure to do light walking during the first 1-2 weeks of your recovery to help prevent blood clots. More intensive walking and exercise should only be resumed after 6-8 weeks.
Do men get tummy tuck?
The tummy tuck is one of the most popular plastic surgery options for men. Men can benefit from getting rid of excess, sagging skin and stubborn fat just as much as any other patient.
Can you get a tummy tuck if youre obese?
No, it’s best to lose weight prior to surgery in order to have safer results. Youre considered a good candidate for a tummy tuck if youre at a healthy and stable body weight. A tummy tuck should not be considered a weight loss procedure and your plastic surgeon may ask you to lose weight before going through with your procedure if youre obese.
Do tummy tucks work?
The tummy tuck is the most long-term solution to excess abdominal skin and stubborn fat.
Do you get a scar from a tummy tuck?
Any surgery causes scarring, but your board-certified plastic surgeon can take care to hide any possible scarring within the natural contours of your body. They can also discuss ways to fade scarring during your recovery.
How can I lose my stomach fat?
Surgical options like the tummy tuck or liposuction are the most effective ways to get rid of stomach fat with long-lasting results.
Dr. Florin specializes in breast, body, and facial cosmetic surgery. She strives to provide you with natural results that compliment your body and your goals. She understands that when you look your best, you feel your best and she is dedicated to help you on that journey. She feels blessed to have patients put their trust in her and she takes this honor very seriously. Patients are put at ease by Dr. Florin’s warmth and honesty. In the operating room, Dr. Florin is meticulous and artful with your surgery. It is through careful planning and outstanding skills, that you will end up with beautiful and natural results.
Dr. Whitney Florin is a top body and breast surgeon in the Newport Beach and Orange County area with experience. A maxillofacial surgeon and Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery, she is particularly known for her incredible, natural-looking results. Dr. Whitney Florin is a bilingual cosmetic surgeon, speaking both English and Spanish. After years of studying under some of the cosmetic surgery worlds’ top minds, she has helped thousands of men and women love the way they look in the mirror. Dr. Whitney Florin specializes in Mommy Makeovers, Breast and Body Augmentation, Liposuction, Tummy Tucks, and Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty. She is a true artist that will help you love what you see in the mirror.
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