After pregnancy and weight loss, many people find it difficult to rid their bodies of those last few inches of skin and fat.
While they may have reached their ideal weight, there is often excess tissue around the abdomen that prevents them from achieving a slim, toned, and fabulous abdominal contour.
Dr. Kamran Khoobehi performs tummy tuck surgery to restore the body back to it’s beautiful state that may have been affected by pregnancy, weight gain, or the natural aging process. Also known as Abdominoplasty, this surgery removes excess fat ,skin and tightens the abdominal wall tissue for a toned look. When Dr. Khoobehi treatment plans Abdominoplasty surgery he will also suggest Fat transfer to hip dip crease and Fat transfer to Buttock to achieves a contoured result. He also recommends Morpheus 8 and Bodytite to be completed during surgery to help tighten loose skin. Dr. Khoobehi also recommends Endermologies (post surgery massage) to be completed at least 5 times after surgery to aid in the overall aesthetics.
Various Tummy Tucks
Standard Tummy Tuck
When undergoing a standard tummy tuck, the incision is made from hip to hip just over the pubic area. This results in a scar line that is horizontal and can be hidden when wearing undergarments or bikinis. It is commonly performed on women with skin folds after multiple pregnancies. This technique allows Dr. Khoobehi access to a large portion of the abdomen while repositioning the belly button so that its placement appears natural. Liposuction is performed in combination with a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck to remove excess fat and the internal abdominal muscles are secured for a firm, toned appearance.
Mini Tummy Tuck
An alternative to the traditional technique is the mini tummy tuck. The difference is patients that undergo this procedure are already in relatively good shape with a healthy skin tone, but still have loose skin on the lower abdomen. Unlike, the standard tummy tuck, the belly button is unaffected and the incision maybe smaller. Liposuction is used (if needed) to remove excess fat, and the loose skin is removed and pulled tight.
Extended Tummy Tuck
In cases when major skin tightening and body contouring is needed, an extended tummy tuck is recommended. This is a necessary technique for patients who have undergone a significant weight loss. It was developed after some patients noted that even after a full tummy tuck, the parts surrounding the abdomen and waist still showed excessive folds of skin. The incision may extend around the navel, flank and lower back depending where skin tightening is necessary. Similar to a standard tummy tuck, the belly button is repositioned, liposuction is performed to remove excess fat and the internal abdominal muscles are tightened for a firm, toned appearance.
A tummy tuck is done under general anesthesia at Outpatient Surgical Center. It is an outpatient procedure. As with any other surgery, an abdominoplasty comes with risks so it’s best to discuss any health conditions you have prior to surgery. After surgery, pain medications by mouth are provided along with a automatic pain pump that infuses a local anesthetic and a compression garment is worn (other devices maybe needed case specific). It is recommended that patients make a concerted effort to move around to help blood circulation and reduce the risks of blood clot complications. Dr. Khoobehi recommends Endermologies (post surgery massage) to be completed at least 5 times after surgery which helps reduce swelling and induce circulation. Recovery may take 6 weeks.
The cost for a tummy tuck depends on a variety of factors, primarily on the technique recommended that will provide the best result of the patient’s condition. These prices generally range from $14,000 to $16,000. Dr. Khoobehi is known for his expertise and personalized approach in performing Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty). He works closely with each patient to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to their specific needs and goals, ensuring that they achieve the best possible outcome.
Tummy Tuck FAQs
Lipo Or Abdominoplasty?
Tummy tucks are usually recommended for patients who have stretched, loose skin in the lower abdomen as a result of pregnancy or obesity. Liposuction, on the other hand, is for those who want to remove excess fat in the abdomen but still have a healthy skin tone. During the initial consultation, Dr. Khoobehi will provide a thorough assessment and determine what treatment would be best to achieve your desired appearance.
Normally, an abdominoplasty is performed to improve loose skin and excess fat around the abdominal area. However, sometimes other aesthetic procedures, such as Fat Transfer to Hip crease,Fat transfer to Buttock, Breast Augmentation or a Breast Lift are done to further improve the overall look and feel of the body. When this combination type surgery exists, it is known as a “mommy makeover”. It is very popular among women after pregnancy who wish to get their pre-pregnancy body and shape back to normal.
How Bad Are The Scars?
Unfortunately, with a tummy tuck surgery, scars are unavoidable. However, extra measures are taken to make sure that scarring is minimal. The incision line is placed in areas that can be concealed by undergarments and bikinis. Previous, appropriately placed C-section scars will be incised in the same spot for the tummy tuck. During the healing process, we will provide a post-operative protocol that will includes scar treatment to help assist the scars in becoming less visible.
Pregnancy After Tummy Tuck?
It is our recommendation that women who decide to have more children delay a tummy tuck procedure. The stretching of the skin as a result of another pregnancy can reduce the positive outcome of this procedure.
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