Weight gain, pregnancy, and normal aging can result in a flabby tummy, drooping excess skin, and separated or spread out abdominal muscles, which create an abdominal bulge. Even if you are thin and fit, you may notice that you can still look a bit pregnant, even many months to years after childbirth—especially toward the end of the day. All of these problems can be addressed with a tummy tuck in Los Angeles at Cassileth Plastic Surgery.
The procedure, also known as an "abdominoplasty," involves removing overhanging skin and fat around the waist to create a thinner waist and removing excess fat and skin. Spread-out abdominal muscles can be repaired at the same time. Plastic surgeons Dr. Lisa Cassileth and Dr. Kelly Killeen frequently combine the procedures and add liposuction in order to create a smaller, younger, fitter waistline. A tummy tuck can also be part of a customized mommy makeover. Women and men alike regularly choose this body contouring procedure at our Beverly Hills-based practice.
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Tummy tucks come in different varieties to address different needs. Dr. Lisa Cassileth explains that whether you have a little extra skin or are tired people asking "how many months along" you are, a tummy tuck can shape a flatter and more toned abdomen.
The procedure is tailored to each patient. Some people have more fat to remove, while others need the skin tightened or muscles repaired. Every person's degree of skin laxity is different, so some patients are candidates for full tummy tucks. Others would be better served by short-scar surgery, no-scar procedures, or minimally invasive techniques. Cassileth Plastic Surgery offers a range of options to correct these problems with minimal trauma and risk. Each of our highly trained plastic surgeons is experienced in assessing individual patients' needs and possesses both the skill and artistry needed to provide natural-looking results.
If you have loose skin and/or weakened abdominal muscles from pregnancy, a stubborn bulge around your waistline that persists despite exercise and a healthy diet, or excess abdominal skin after weight loss, abdominoplasty may be an ideal procedure for you.
Most of us would love to get a flat tummy through exercise alone, but the nature of some body types, as well as damage caused by pregnancy or weight loss, can mean that no amount of exercise will give you the results you want.
We offer several types of tummy tuck techniques to help you achieve your goals.
A tummy tuck removes excess abdominal fat and loose skin from the lower abdomen for a more slender midsection. The word "tuck" refers to extra skin removal along the lower abdomen, through an incision hidden below the bikini line.
Abdominoplasty works well for patients who have lost considerable weight or have stretched-out skin from pregnancy. All overhanging skin and all stretch marks between the belly button and the pubic area are removed. The scar is kept as short as possible and varies depending on the volume of overhanging skin.
A rectus diastasis repair is an ideal procedure for anyone looking to tighten abdominal muscles that have stretched apart due to pregnancy or weight gain. Surgery knits the abdominal muscles back together and flattens the muscular wall, which is a crucial support structure for anyone who wants a firmer, flatter midsection. Once this wall is damaged (a condition known as diastasis recti), even sit-ups may not help—and could actually make the problem worse. The rectus diastasis repair can be done alone, be combined with skin and fat removal in the tummy tuck, or be part of a Mommy Makeover.
When patients have tried rigorous dieting and exercise and still face unwanted flab, a tummy tuck can help them achieve a flatter, smoother midsection while addressing any muffin top or bulge. Fat removal is often performed not only for superficial abdominal fat, but along the sides and even the lower back. This creates a waistline that shows the natural cinch point where the ribs end and the waist tapers in to show your curves.
Our team of skilled plastic surgeons will evaluate each patient's body and determine the best type of tummy tuck for his or her unique goals and desired results.
Your surgeon will meet with you to personally discuss your goals and expectations. This consultation appointment is your opportunity to learn more about your options and ask any questions you have about tummy tuck surgery. She will assess the muscles around your abdomen when sitting, lying down and standing, your skin laxity, and the amount of fat on the tissue. When you decide to proceed with a tummy tuck, you'll be provided with detailed instructions on how to prepare for the procedure and how to get the best outcome.
After tummy tuck surgery, you may be under medical supervision for one night at an aftercare facility or discharged to go home the same day, depending on your treatment plan and your needs.
One week after surgery, you will return for a follow up visit. Most patients can choose to work after 7-14 days, but you will need to refrain from exercise and tasks that require lifting or other stress on the abdomen for about 6 weeks. Walking is a good idea because it increases blood flow, reduces swelling, and helps speed your recovery. Additional follow-up appointments will be scheduled at 30 days and 6 months.
A mini tummy tuck is the best technique for an abdomen with a small amount of excess skin. Using a short incision, your plastic surgeon will remove the redundant issue and may perform liposuction at the same time. The underlying muscles are tightened when needed. The result is a flat, smooth tummy with a minimal incision.
The full tummy tuck is for an abdomen with more excess skin. This procedure requires a longer, low incision, which is hidden below the bikini line. Your plastic surgeon will remove excess skin and fat, as well as skillfully re-expose the buried belly button. As a result, you’ll enjoy a much flatter tummy and a slimmer waistline.
Patients who have modest laxity but are not ready for a surgical solution can get results with BodyTite, a radiofrequency-powered treatment that encourages tissue contraction and collagen growth to tighten skin. For isolated pockets of fat, CoolSculpting® provides gradual reduction without the need for incisions or sutures.
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