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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Katharine Nitta offers tummy tuck procedures in Orange County. Her expertise ensures that you’ll receive the best possible care and results.
Yes, Dr. Nitta’s clinic is conveniently located in Orange County, making it easily accessible for residents of Newport Beach and the surrounding areas.
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.
Various payment options are available, including credit cards and financing plans, to make the procedure more affordable.
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.
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.
Yes, a tummy tuck can often be combined with other procedures like liposuction or a mommy makeover for more comprehensive body contouring results.
The results are generally long-lasting, especially if you maintain a stable weight and healthy lifestyle.