Tummy Tuck Surgery


Before swimsuit season, many women consider plastic surgery procedures to help them get into top shape for their summer wear. However, pregnancy can take a toll on a woman’s body and often results in unwanted changes. After giving birth, many women seek plastic surgery procedures to return to their pre-pregnancy state. During pregnancy, mommies suffer from weight gain, changes in shape and size of the breasts, diastasis of the rectus muscles, and stretch marks on the abdominal area. However, prior to proceeding with any surgery, a board certified plastic surgeon will recommend waiting until you are finished having children. This is an important decision to consider prior to surgery because, unfortunately, plastic surgery does not guarantee permanent results. Factors such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, as well as, weight loss, weight gain, and aging or gravity can all affect the results of plastic surgery.
Many women are motivated to shed post pregnancy pounds as soon as possible through exercise and diet. However, the reality is that no matter how intense and dedicated you are to exercise and a healthy diet, it is frustrating not to see optimal results. Prior to your consultation, it would be in your best interest to reach your ideal weight to allow the surgeon to determine the best and safest possible procedures for your specific case. During the process of weight loss, the body goes through significant changes, which may affect the planned procedure. Weight Loss post surgery may require you to undergo additional surgery to address any major changes of the body. In order to gain the results you would like to achieve, it is crucial that you explain to your surgeon your specific goals. At your examination, the doctor can determine which procedures are necessary to obtain your goals.
In most cases, many women are interested in abdominoplasty. The extent of the type of procedure would be based on the severity and complexity of each case. A tummy tuck involves major repair of the abdominal rectus muscles, which have been stretched from pregnancy. The muscles are tightened with permanent sutures to provide a small waistline. To improve body contours, liposuction is used to remove excess adipose tissue. The loose and stretched skin in the lower abdominal region is removed as much as possible. By removal of the majority of striae below the belly button area, the quality of the skin on the abdomen is greatly improved and the previous belly button is re-positioned.

After a tummy tuck procedure, recovery is a crucial part of the healing process. It is important to follow all post-op care instructions to prevent any complications and ensure the best results possible. You are required to wear an abdominal binder for a full month and stay in a hunched position to reduce any tension on the incision, which helps avoid superficial openings. Drains are placed to help reduce fluid accumulation in the tissues and removed after about two weeks. It is in the patients’ best interest to have a good support system to help them during the recovery period. With the help of a tummy tuck, women can regain their feminine curves and a body they are proud to show off at the beach!


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San Diego Plastic Surgeon