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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.


  • Individuals with excess abdominal skin 
  • Individuals with weakened abdominal muscles:
  • Individuals with stubborn fat deposits
  • Individuals with realistic expectations
  • Individuals in good overall health
  • Non-smokers
  • Individuals who have completed their family planning


  • Removal of excess skin
  • Tightening of abdominal muscles
  • Improved body contour
  • Correction of stretch marks
  • Enhanced self-confidence
  • Improved posture and abdominal function

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 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.

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.

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You Deserve the Ultimate RNR®

After a tummy tuck, we make every effort to ensure you’re up and moving around almost immediately after your surgery. At the Silicon Valley Institute for Aesthetics in Sacramento, we’ve pioneered an approach that eliminates narcotics pain medications thanks to our signature RNR® Procedures. When paired with our Drainless Tummy Tuck method, you get the RNR® you deserve, and recovery will be a breeze.

A drainless tummy tuck uses a specific layered suturing technique to eliminate the need for post-surgical drains. You won’t need to measure fluid output or empty a drain, reducing the time spent recovering before returning to your regular activities.

We’ll use traditional anesthesia with an epidural injection and sedation during an RNR® Tummy Tuck procedure. You’ll be breathing independently but won’t feel any pain due to a long-acting local injection that keeps you comfortable.

Additionally, as we prepare for your operation, we’ll use a specially formulated cocktail of medications to optimize pain control and avoid severe nausea once your tummy tuck is complete.

If you’d like to learn more about the various RNR® Procedures we offer, simply reach out and set up your consultation with a member of our Sacramento team today.

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