Who is a good abdominoplasty candidate?
Both men and women with excess abdominal fat and skin can benefit from abdominoplasty or "tummy tuck." Those desiring a narrower waist and tighter abdomen are good candidates providing they are not smokers or have poor circulation. Belly overhang is the result of pregnancy, weight fluctuation or genetic predisposition. Abdominoplasty is intended for people of relatively normal weight. It is not the answer for a huge overhang of skin. Those who intend to lose significant weight should postpone having a tummy tuck until their weight is within a satisfactory range.
How is a tummy tuck done?
A tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat from the mid and lower abdomen. An incision is made near the pubic hairline from hip to hip. It is placed low enough to be undetectable in bikini attire. If necessary, sagging or separated vertical muscles in the abdomen are tightened with permanent internal sutures. Abdominal fat may be treated with surgical excision at the time of surgery. Skin and tissue are pulled down over the existing navel and excess skin is removed. Abominoplasty is considered a major aesthetic surgery and takes up to 5 hours.
The patient can expect to stay overnight in the recovery center. A support garment will be worn and drainage tubes will be placed to aid in swelling, bruising and healing. Recovery usually takes 7 to 10 days and work is typically resumed within 2 weeks. Stitches will be removed in 7 to 14 days. Scar maturation can take up to twelve months.
Other Tummy Tuck Options
- Other body lift procedures may be performed in conjunction with abdominoplasty including
buttock lift, or thigh lift.
A word about financing…
Abdominoplasty can be made very affordable through our partners at CareCredit. Visit them at www.carecredit.com. We would be happy to answer any of your questions or assist you with the necessary paperwork.
Abdominoplasty is considered a purely aesthetic procedure and as such is not covered by insurance.
Ask Dr. Beck
Q: Can I have an abdominoplasty if I intend to have children?
A:You can have Liposuction and/or a tummy tuck prior to having children, but if you get pregnant you will likely lose the benefits you have gained.
Q:If I exercise after having a baby, won’t that get me back to a pre-pregnancy shape?
A: It depends on your body. Some women are fortunate to resume near pre-pregnancy shape while the majority of women complain that they cannot return to their “previous” body proportions. While exercise will help strengthen the muscles stretched open during pregnancy, it cannot replace the effectiveness of surgery for damaged or loose skin.
Q:I have heard of a non surgical tummy tuck. What is that?
A:A new form of light based energy uses laser heat to tighten excess skin. This does not address even minor fat pockets but can improve very mild sagging.
Q:My stomach hangs over my pubic region ever since I lost weight. Can a tummy tuck pull this up and tighten it?
A:What you are describing may necessitate a procedure called panniculectomy to reduce significant skin and fat hanging below the abs. This degree of skin sag is often experienced by those who were or are morbidly obese. Gastric bypass patients often need this type of body contouring for overall hygiene as well as aesthetic considerations
As a leading tummy tuck San Francisco surgeon, Dr. Beck takes pride in helping his patients achieve their desired body contour. He also has extensive experience helping facelift, liposuction, breast augmentation and rhinoplasty for patients from San Francisco, San Jose and San Mateo.