A tummy tuck is a powerful procedure designed to smooth and flatten the abdomen by comprehensively treating the abdominal skin, fat, and musculature. Over time, it’s not uncommon for individuals to develop a drooping or hanging abdomen due to increased tissue laxity. This loss in firmness and elasticity may result from any combination of genetic predisposition, massive weight loss, pregnancy, and the natural effects of aging. Dr. Tom Liu and Dr. Jerome Liu utilize advanced techniques during the tummy tuck procedure to reshape the abdomen and restore a more youthful abdominal contour.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck, or “abdominoplasty,” is a body contouring surgery that can help patients attain a flatter and tighter look in the abdomen. This is achieved by removing and redraping excess skin, extracting excess fat, and repairing stretched abdominal muscles if necessary. Depending on your needs, Dr. Tom Liu and Dr. Jerome Liu can often perform a less invasive version of abdominoplasty—referred to as a “mini tummy tuck”—for patients whose aesthetic concerns are less extensive. Ultimately, our plastic surgeon can help you formulate the most optimal treatment plan to achieve your desired physique.
What Can a Tummy Tuck Accomplish?
Unlike non-surgical treatment methods, a tummy tuck has the ability to correct redundant skin on the abdomen as well as the underlying abdominal musculature. This can get rid of a belly “pooch,” repair the abdomen after pregnancy, and significantly improve the overall abdominal contour. The basic goals of an abdominoplasty are to:
- Remove loose or overhanging skin
- Tighten stretched abdominal muscles
- Smooth excess abdominal fat
A tummy tuck can also be incorporated into a larger Mommy Makeover or post-weight loss body lift if your aesthetic goals extend beyond the scope of abdominal improvement. Since the procedure addresses stretched abdominal skin, tummy tuck surgery is often a popular treatment choice among individuals who have just had children or who have undergone bariatric surgery.
How is the Tummy Tuck Procedure Performed?
Abdominoplasty is usually an outpatient procedure that takes two to three hours depending on the details of your treatment plan. General anesthesia is administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist, allowing patients to feel confident that they’re receiving the highest standard of care with every aspect of surgery. Dr. Tom Liu or Dr. Jerome Liu will place an incision very low on the pubis to help ensure any scarring is easily concealed underneath clothing and swimsuits. After incisions are made, separated abdominal muscles are brought back together and repaired. Excess skin is trimmed while the remainder is redraped and tightened, restoring a smoother and flatter look. Liposuction is also often performed with tummy tuck surgery to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat. The incisions are then closed with multiple layers of internal sutures.
What is Recovery From a Tummy Tuck Like?
After a tummy tuck, bruising and swelling will be prevalent but should resolve naturally as your body continues to heal. Dr. Tom Liu and Dr. Jerome Liu encourage light ambulation and walking around as soon as you feel up to it to prevent the formation of blood clots. Most patients require one to two weeks of downtime before they can fully resume their normal routine. Heavy lifting and strenuous activities should be avoided for at least three to four weeks, or until cleared by your plastic surgeon. Close adherence to the aftercare instructions provided by Dr. Tom Liu and Dr. Jerome Liu can help facilitate the fastest, smoothest, and most optimal recovery possible.
Our skilled plastic surgeons and medical team can personalize your tummy tuck to address the aesthetic concerns that dieting and exercise cannot. Please don’t hesitate to contact SVIA at our practices in Sacramento, Los Gatos, or San Mateo to speak to a friendly member of our team, or if you’re ready to schedule a consultation.