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All About the Tummy Tuck

Also called an abdominoplasty, the tummy tuck is typically performed to achieve a flatter, trimmer abdomen by removing excess abdominal skin and fat and tightening underlying musculature. The result is a tighter, firmer stomach with an improved contour. 

Key Benefits of a Tummy Tuck

  • Removes loose, sagging skin on the abdomen
  • Tightens the remaining skin on the abdomen
  • Restores weakened or separated muscles 
  • Can improve a C-section scar bulge 
  • Improves the appearance of a stretched or deformed “belly button”
  • Improves variety of medical issues
  • Helps exercise become more efficient
  • Enhances self-image and confidence
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Why Choose an Abdominoplasty?

Stretched skin and muscles due to pregnancy, weight loss, or aging may benefit from a tummy tuck procedure, and the results are typically quite noticeable and pleasing. By achieving a re-shaped and tighter waistline, a tummy tuck can substantially improve your appearance and increase your self-confidence. Many patients are amazed at how far-reaching this positive aesthetic change translates to their self-image and enthusiasm for life. 

The Tummy Tuck Procedure

Before your surgery, you will meet with Dr. G for a consultation. As with any procedure, you need all the facts in order to make a decision. This is why, during this first meeting, Dr. G will talk with you about the size and location of incisions, the specific surgical technique to be used, what risks are involved, and what to expect during recovery. Once you both feel confident that a tummy tuck is the best option for your aesthetic needs, your procedure will be scheduled. 

The full or “standard” abdominoplasty procedure is performed under general anesthesia, so you will need a ride home from your procedure and assistance once you arrive home, usually for about one week. The surgery both repairs the muscles and the skin. Dr. G will create an incision at the bikini line, from which he will remove excess skin and fat. He will also tighten and repair the supportive stomach muscles. He will then trim and re-drape the skin, and close the incision. The umbilicus (belly button) will be reformed. These incisions will leave scars, but they will fade over time.

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Best Tummy Tuck Recovery Practices

There is no actual standard answer for how long your recovery from a tummy tuck will take, as it will depend on the specific type of abdominoplasty you have, your age, and your general health.

On average, patients can resume work at two weeks and are fully healed at six weeks—but Dr. G will give you a more accurate answer during your consultation.

During recovery, you can expect to wear a compression garment, and you will need assistance for approximately one week after surgery. Avoid exercise until Dr. G advises you that it’s okay to continue. This includes lifting anything over ten pounds.

The best decision of my adult life. Dr. G is beyond talented. He is an artist of his work. Take the leap and do it. Not only does he do amazing work, he gives you the ultimate doctor-patient care. I felt comfortable and not scared. He explained everything. He has a ton of knowledge and experience, and I felt like I could trust him with this huge change to my body. I have never had plastic surgery and was very nervous. He didn’t put any pressure on moving forward with the surgery—it was whatever I felt comfortable with. It was a wonderful experience. Eva is so, so, so sweet. I would 100% recommend. I’m so happy with the results. Thank you, Dr. G and Eva. 

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What is the Mini Tummy Tuck?

A mini tummy tuck is usually the best abdominoplasty for those who have a less amount of loose skin, usually just below the navel. This procedure is less invasive than a full tummy tuck—removing excess skin with less dissection—and therefore goes more quickly. In a mini tummy tuck, the incision is usually smaller and the main goal is to only excise the loose skin. 

What is the Extended Tummy Tuck?

An extended abdominoplasty is usually the best tummy tuck procedure for those who also want to remove fat on their lower back and love handles. This surgery removes even more skin and restores the muscles even further. The incision is made low in the pubic area, reaches the entire width of the stomach area, and extends to the back of each hip.

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Best Tummy Tuck Candidates

If you’re in the San Diego and La Jolla area and you’re interested in a tummy tuck, it may be the perfect procedure for your goals. Those who make the best patients for this procedure are individuals who:

  • Dislike the loose, sagging, or overstretched skin on their stomach 
  • Are not having any more pregnancies
  • Are at or near their goal weight 
  • Are non-smokers in good overall health
  • Fully understand the procedure, risks, and recovery process
  • Have realistic expectations for what a tummy tuck can do
  • Are aware that a tummy tuck is a contouring procedure (not a weight loss procedure)

Why Choose Dr. G for a Tummy Tuck?

Our passion is making our patients happy. Body procedures are one of our main services, and it shows. We provide you with a list of everything you’ll need for a procedure (for preparation and recovery), as well as an Amazon store where you can access these items. Dr. G is very hands-on, doing his own pre-op, post-op, consults, and follow-ups. You can contact us 24/7 with any concern related to your procedure, and practice manager/patient advocate Eva Tutic provides emotional support for the excitement, anxiety, doubts, and worries that often come along with undergoing cosmetic procedures. If you’re in the San Diego and La Jolla area and you’re looking for the best abdominoplasty patient care available, please book your consultation with us today.

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