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Tummy Tuck Surgery (Full, Mini, or Extended Abdominoplasty) – Beverly Hills, CA

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About Tummy Tuck Surgery

For both men and women, loose skin and pockets of fat throughout the abdomen can be frustrating and challenging, especially if you have made every natural attempt to get rid of it. Pregnancy, weight loss, and aging are the most common reasons why someone may not be able to reclaim a tighter and slimmer stomach. Skin tightening of the abdomen is a cosmetic procedure that redefines the stomach area, achieving great results for countless patients. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Timothy Katzen performs abdominoplasty that is based on the results desired. This popular surgery at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills allows men and women the chance to have a gorgeous new figure and more confidence. Learn more about how a tummy tuck can remove excess skin and fat while also tightening the stomach muscles before contacting us for your consultation.

Ideal Candidates

Abdominoplasty can be performed for both women and men. If you find yourself upset over loose or wrinkly skin, as well as pesky pockets of fat in the tummy section, this body contouring procedure can help produce a tighter and slimmer appearance. Dr. Katzen advises clients considering this surgery to be at a normal weight prior to their appointment. Abdominoplasty is not a substitute for weight loss – it treats loose skin. Liposuction is generally implemented during surgery to remove fat, but these are small amounts. If your stomach area has healthy skin laxity, but you are still unhappy with how your tummy looks and feels even if diet and exercise have failed, you could consider liposuction instead. Women considering this treatment should be past pregnancy to make sure the surgical outcomes are not compromised.

Surgical Technique

Abdominoplasty is performed with the patient under general anesthesia. There are numerous surgical options to consider when the surgery is performed by Dr. Katzen, which are determined by the patient's current condition. The type of incision you receive will depend on the amount of excess skin present. Some patients with an abundance of sagging and loose skin may require a full tummy tuck, which places the incision along the lower abdomen from hip to hip, just above the pubic region. Other patients who are concerned with minimal skin wrinkling may be better suited for a less invasive technique, such as a mini tummy tuck. Men and women who receive this treatment still benefit from an abdominoplasty but will simply receive a smaller scar.

What to Expect

When your abdominoplasty surgery has concluded, you will be monitored and released wearing a compression garment to minimize swelling. Standing upright and walking will be slow-going at first so you must be sure to rest for several days. Standing and moving becomes easier once the abdominal muscles adjust and the incision begins to heal. Most patients can generally resume a normal routine after two weeks. Exercise can resume once you are cleared by Dr. Katzen. You will experience some discomfort and tightness in the treated area, but you will also come out of your surgery feeling healthy and slimmer once you have recovered.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of tummy tuck should I get?
There are three main types of tummy tucks: the full, mini, and extended. During your consultation, Dr. Katzen will ask about your needs and goals before examining your stomach. From there, he will be better able to decide which tummy tuck will give you the best results. A full tummy tuck is good if you want to fix issues in the upper and lower abdomen while a mini tummy tuck is good if you only have concerns below your belly button, like a "pooch." An extended tummy tuck is designed to improve the abdomen, as well as the hips and upper thighs.

What will my scars look like?
Incisions for your tummy tuck will depend on which type you are getting. For all tummy tucks, Dr. Katzen makes the thinnest incisions possible to limit scarring. He also makes incisions in less visible areas (in the pubic region or belly button) so they can be concealed by a swimsuit or underwear. After your surgery, it's important to follow your scar care instructions so your sutures heal flat and blend into your natural skin.

Can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?
While you can get pregnant after a tummy tuck, it will alter your results. Dr. Katzen advises patients considering tummy tuck surgery to be finished with planned pregnancies and childbirth. If you do get pregnant after a tummy tuck, a second surgery can be performed to refresh your results.

Can I get a tummy tuck with another surgery?
Many patients can receive another surgery with a tummy tuck to achieve more dramatic outcomes. During your consultation with Dr. Katzen, talk to him about your concerns so a personalized treatment plan can be developed that matches your goals. You may combine a tummy tuck with a thigh lift for a lower body lift or several areas for overall body contouring. If you are trying to improve your body after pregnancy or losing a significant amount of weight, you may be an ideal candidate for a mommy makeover or after weight loss surgery.

Attain a Tighter Tummy

Many factors can contribute to a stretched-out lower abdomen that creates undesired hanging and wrinkled skin. We know that this can be incredibly challenging to deal with. Tummy tuck surgery is generally the key to overcome these frustrations. If you are bothered by the stretched-out skin in your abdomen, whether it's significant or not, surgical body contouring by Dr. Katzen in Beverly Hills, CA can help you achieve the look you want.

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