Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck Newport Beach

After childbirth, diet and exercise can certainly help to reduce “baby fat”, however this may not completely eliminate stretch mark damage, floppy abdominal skin, hernias or muscle weakness. Diastasis recti is the splaying between the abdominal muscles, which occurs gradually, as the uterus rises out of the pelvis and exerts pressure on the abdominal wall muscles. We encourage all mothers to explore nonsurgical options. Consider whether you have finished having children and be clear on your objectives before choosing surgical body contouring. Liposuction and abdominoplasty can help restore your body to its pre-pregnancy form.

The Procedure:

Objectives of abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) are to remove stretch mark damaged, excess skin, reduce flank and abdominal skin flap skin, diastasis recti (splayed muscle) repair, hernia repair, creation of new umbilical opening. The net effect is a trimmer waistline and improved silhouette; additional benefits include reduction of pubic fat and groin laxity. Ideally, tummy tucks should be offered to women who are NOT contemplating any more pregnancies. While safe, full-term pregnancies are possible after tummy tucks, weight fluctuations may reverse much of your benefits.

The Method:

Tummy Tuck scars follow fashion and can be planned to lie within the usual borders of a patient’s preferred underwear or bikini. Depending on the amount of skin to be removed, the scar can extend from hip to hip, along the lower pubic area and can include old hysterectomy or C-section scars. The abdominal flap is raised, initially to the umbilicus, which is dissected free and subsequently to the rib cage, thereby facilitating repair of splayed muscles, umbilical hernias, re-draping of the shortened abdominal skin flap and fashioning a more attractive belly button. Operative time range is approximately 4 hours. Drains are used to reduce the risk of fluid accumulation (seroma) and assist with the healing. Removal occurs between 1-3 weeks post-op.

Post-Op Considerations:

Compression garments (initially abdominal binder and later Spanx) are worn for 8-12 weeks to enhance skin retraction and to support the surgical area. Pre-op bowel prep is recommended to decrease intra-abdominal pressure which in turn will:

  • Allow more complete muscle repair, intraop;
  • Diminish the possibility of pelvic DVT’s, in the periop period;
  • Accelerate the resumption of normal bowel function, post-op.

Swelling, minor wound care and discomfort are anticipated for the first 4 weeks. Light activities and work can be resumed, as soon as you have weaned off pain meds, approximately 2 weeks after your surgery. Follow up visits are scheduled frequently, so additional needs and questions can be addressed.