Tummy Tuck


An abdominoplasty, commonly known as a tummy tuck, is a procedure designed to firm and flatten the abdomen by removing excess skin, and tightening the underlying muscles.

Is a Tummy Tuck Right For Me?

Following a large weight loss or pregnancy, many women are left with excess fat and loose sagging skin. An abdominoplasty may be a good choice for those women desiring a return to a firmer, flatter tummy.

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The Procedure

For a full tummy tuck, an incision is made around the navel and just above the pubic hairline, extending to the hips. The shape and length of this incision will be determined by the amount of excess skin needing to be removed. The more excess skin there is, the longer the horizontal incision will be.

During the procedure, the abdominal skin and fat is lifted off of the muscles. Using permanent sutures, the abdominal muscles are stitched together. The lifted skin and fat is then stretched back down over the abdominal muscles; any access skin is removed. Sutures used to close the incision are mostly dissolvable, however a few temporary sutures will be applied and removed one week after surgery.


With this procedure, you will be kept overnight for recovery. You will have two drainage tubes which will remain for at least 10 days. During this time you will not be able to drive. There will be discomfort, so in addition to medication you will also have a pain pump inserted for the first three days following your procedure. Steristrips are applied to incisions while they heal, and topifoam is placed over the abdominal skin. You will be encouraged to walk immediately after surgery. However, bending, lifting and vigorous activity is limited for the first month. You will be required to wear an abdominal binder for at least one month. Initially, you will see immediate improvement, however the final result will not be seen for months.

To find out if an abdominoplasty is right for you, call our office at (949) 722-6644 to schedule a consultation with Double-Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Katharine C. Nitta today

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen while tightening the muscles in the abdominal wall for a flatter, more toned appearance.

Who is an ideal candidate for a tummy tuck in Newport Beach?

Ideal candidates are individuals in good overall health but have excess skin, fat, or loose muscles in the abdominal area that don’t respond to diet and exercise. The procedure is also popular among women post-pregnancy and those who have undergone significant weight loss.

How long is the recovery period for a tummy tuck?

The recovery period can vary but generally falls within 2-6 weeks. It’s essential to follow Dr. Nitta’s post-operative care instructions for optimal results.

How Do I Schedule an Appointment for a Tummy Tuck?

To schedule a consultation for a tummy tuck, you can call Dr. Katharine Nitta, a renowned plastic surgeon in Orange County, by calling (949)722-6644 or by filling out the “Request A Consultation” form on the website.

Is it available in my country?

Dr. Katharine Nitta offers tummy tuck procedures in Orange County. Her expertise ensures that you’ll receive the best possible care and results.

Is Dr. Katharine Nitta's clinic easily accessible from Newport Beach?

Yes, Dr. Nitta’s clinic is conveniently located in Orange County, making it easily accessible for residents of Newport Beach and the surrounding areas.

Does insurance cover tummy tuck procedures?

Most insurance plans do not cover tummy tucks as they are generally considered cosmetic procedures. However, some exceptions may apply if the surgery is deemed medically necessary.

What are the payment options for a tummy tuck?

Various payment options are available, including credit cards and financing plans, to make the procedure more affordable.

What can I expect after undergoing a tummy tuck?

You may experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort post-surgery. Dr. Nitta will provide specific post-operative care instructions, including pain management and wound care.

When can I resume exercise after a tummy tuck?

Generally, it’s recommended to wait at least 6 weeks before resuming strenuous physical activities. Dr. Nitta will provide personalized advice based on your recovery progress.

Can a tummy tuck be combined with other procedures?

Yes, a tummy tuck can often be combined with other procedures like liposuction or a mommy makeover for more comprehensive body contouring results.

How long do the results of a tummy tuck last?

The results are generally long-lasting, especially if you maintain a stable weight and healthy lifestyle.