Make sure your doctor will tighten the muscles (I do this almost always) Look at the pre/post photos. The abdomen should be flat, the scar hidden below the bikini line, and there should be no dog ears (bulges at the sides). Look for natural-looking belly-buttons.
– Dr. Reagan
San Diego’s warm weather year round makes a beach and sculpted body almost a necessity. But if a flabby abdomen is making you hide your figure under bulky clothes instead of a bathing suit, tummy tuck may be the solution you need to feel confident in your body. Also known as abdominoplasty, tummy tuck is a body contouring procedure designed to eliminate loose skin and fat that are resistant to even the strictest weight loss efforts. True Beauty San Diego Aesthetic Surgery & Medicine has helped hundreds of men and women get the sculpted and toned abdomen they desire. Led by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Reagan, our practice focuses on delivering personalized care and natural-looking results that all patients can enjoy.
Are You a Candidate for Tummy Tuck?
You may be an ideal candidate for tummy tuck if you have one or more of the following:
- Excess, loose skin in the abdomen due to genetics, weight fluctuations, pregnancy or the natural aging process
- Stubborn deposits of fat on the abdomen
- Weakened or separated abdominal muscles
Tummy tuck is a highly individualized procedure. True Beauty will tailor your procedure to meet your specific needs and goals. For instance, for loose skin and fat on the lower abdomen, our team may recommend mini-tummy tuck instead of a full tummy tuck. Or, we may recommend combining tummy tuck with another body contouring procedure such as body lift, to create better contours and an overall flattering figure.
Tummy tuck surgery is an outpatient procedure, performed under general anesthesia. To begin, a horizontal incision is made from hipbone to hipbone. The incision will be located below the navel and low enough so it can be concealed by most underwear and bikini bottoms. Through this incision, our plastic surgeon will remove loose, excess skin and tighten the underlying muscles (if necessary). If there are fatty deposits present, they will be removed with liposuction techniques for a slimmer and firmer contour. An additional incision will be made around the navel so it can be raised to a more natural-looking position on the abdomen.
Mini tummy tuck is a less invasive and complex version of the procedure, and only uses one incision to make modifications on the lower abdomen. The incision is located below the bikini and underwear line, and is typically shorter than the incision used for full tummy tuck. Mini tummy tuck often involves a shorter recovery than full tummy tuck.
Depending on the extent of your procedure and personal healing progress, you will need to take one to two weeks off from work and other normal activities. While your abdomen will appear slimmer soon after tummy tuck, it may take up to a year for the final results to become visible. The effects of tummy tuck can last for many years, so long as you follow a healthy lifestyle (i.e., exercise regularly, eat a balanced diet, not smoke). True Beauty can provide you with more tips on how to prolong your slimmer and toned figure for years to come.
Schedule an Appointment with True Beauty
To learn more about tummy tuck schedule a consultation. Contact True Beauty by calling (858) 454-SKIN (7546) or emailing our La Jolla practice today.