Tummy tuck, clinically called abdominoplasty, is a procedure performed by a cosmetic surgeon to enhance abdominal contours and create a tighter, firmer and more youthful midsection. The procedure will involve the removal of excess skin and fat, and may also include tightening of underlying loose muscles in some cases.
Depending on the patient’s unique requirements, the surgeon will recommend the appropriate tummy tuck plastic surgery technique. The surgical plan will be prepared in close consultation with the patient. Dr. Gary Motykie is a board certified plastic surgeon providing tummy tuck and various other surgical and non-surgical procedures to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding locations.
Any man or woman in reasonably sterling health, who is unhappy with the protruding or sagging abdomen and loose skin around the waist area, may be an appropriate candidate for abdominoplasty. The cosmetic surgeon will also like the candidates to have stable and moderate body weight, no pending plans for a pregnancy or major weight loss, and keep realistic expectations from the procedure.
Patients will have a choice between mini and full tummy tuck plastic surgery, depending on their needs and goals.
Mini Tummy Tuck
This involves removal of loose skin from the lower abdomen, and in a few cases, the lower abdominal muscles may be tightened. The incision in this procedure is usually shorter along the lower abdomen, but this will depend on the extent of loose skin to be excised. The navel is not shifted in this procedure because the upper abdominal muscles and skin are not addressed.
Once the procedure is completed, the cosmetic surgeon will place dissolvable sutures below the skin. Dr. Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for tummy tuck and various other cosmetic and reconstructive procedures.
Full Tummy Tuck
This is a comprehensive procedure that addresses all three layers of the abdomen. These include removal of excess skin and stretch marks by direct excision, removal of excess fat through liposuction and tightening of weak abdominal muscles. The underlying abdominal muscles are pulled closer and repaired to a more natural anatomical position.
A second incision is placed around the navel to address excess skin and repair muscles of the upper abdominal area. Once the muscles are repaired, the surgeon will sculpt a natural looking belly button. A skillful surgeon will be able to create a realistic looking navel, which is critical because the belly button is often the only thing that is visible after a tummy tuck, while other incisions are hidden below the bikini line.
After the belly button has been appropriately created, the surgeon will remove any excess abdominal skin and close the incisions with absorbable sutures placed beneath the skin. Dr. Motykie often combines mini and full tummy tuck procedures with liposuction to create a well-contoured abdominal profile.
Patients can usually return home the day after surgery, but Dr. Motykie encourages them to stay overnight in an outpatient recovery retreat to receive immediate post-op care and medications. Most patients can return to their normal routine in about 10 to 14 days after the surgery.
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