Diet and exercise can help you lose weight but won’t address loose skin or repair stretched or separated abdominal muscles. A tummy tuck, traditionally known as abdominoplasty, is a popular option for men and women in the Sacramento area to help them tighten and slim their waistlines after weight loss or pregnancy.
Our plastic surgeons are leaders in body contouring surgery including tummy tuck surgery in the Sacramento area. They have performed over 1,500 tummy tuck procedures with beautiful results. All of our surgeons have experience with the “drainless” tummy tuck technique for improved comfort and convenience after surgery.
We invite you to see for yourself why so many men and women like you have chosen The Natural Result / Center for Aesthetic Artistry for body contouring.
Why Choose Us
- Our plastic surgeons not only perform a large number of tummy tucks every year, but The Natural Result / Center for Aesthetic Artistry is well-known as a trusted cosmetic surgery practice with an established reputation in the Sacramento community.
- Long-term relationships are important to us. Not only are we proud to have patients who continue coming back to us for their cosmetic procedures over the years, but the majority of our office staff has been with us for many years as well.
- The Natural Result / Center for Aesthetic Artistry understands that moving forward with cosmetic surgery is far from a casual decision, and we work closely with each and every patient to ensure that you’ll feel happy with your results.
Best Candidates for a Tummy Tuck
If you are troubled by fat deposits or loose abdominal skin but are in relatively good shape, you may be a candidate for tummy tuck surgery. This procedure is often recommended as part of a mommy makeover for women whose abdominal muscles and skin have been stretched through one or multiple pregnancies.
Men and women who have succeeded in losing a significant amount of weight are often eager to reshape their abdomen. While a tummy tuck is a good choice for some, others may be candidates for a different type of mid-body surgery after weight loss. Your surgeon will talk with you more about which option could be best for you.
Ideal candidates should be at or close to your ideal weight and size before having tummy tuck surgery. Losing weight after your surgery may affect your final results and result in more loose skin.
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Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
- Removes loose, sagging skin that hangs over the waistline
- Tightens stretched or separated abdominal muscles (diastasis recti)
- Sculpts a flatter, more toned stomach
- Improves posture
During your tummy tuck consultation, your surgeon will explain what you can expect from the procedure. If excess fat and skin are concentrated in your lower abdomen, he may suggest a partial abdominoplasty (mini tummy tuck) instead, or discuss other alternatives. You’ll also be given instructions to follow before and after your tummy tuck.
Preparing for Your Tummy Tuck
Loose or separated abdominal muscles are tightened during a tummy tuck to create a firmer framework for your skin, which is redraped for a slimmer profile. While a full tummy tuck takes 2 to 4 hours to complete, partial abdominoplasty takes about half that time. In many cases, your surgeon may recommend liposuction in addition to a tummy tuck.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I’m a good candidate for a tummy tuck?If you’ve had children, have loose skin, or have had major weight loss, you are more than likely a good candidate for a tummy tuck.
Will a tummy tuck make my waist smaller?A tummy tuck will bring in your waist and accentuate your figure.
What happens to my belly button during a tummy tuck?A new opening is made in your skin for your belly button, however your belly button will stay the same following a tummy tuck.
Where will the incision be for a tummy tuck?The tummy tuck incision is low, from hip to hip. After time, it can easily be covered in a bikini.
Will I walk hunched over after the procedure?Yes, for the first week after a tummy tuck you will walk hunched over.
How long is recovery from a tummy tuck?Following a tummy tuck, you should expect to take 2 weeks off from a desk job, and 4-6 weeks off from a physical job. You will be back to aerobics after 4 weeks, and back to core workouts at 8 weeks.
How long are garments worn after a tummy tuck?You will be required to wear garments for 6 weeks following a tummy tuck.
Recovery & Results
Although your individual experience may vary, most patients feel comfortable enough to return to work after 10 to 14 days and gradually return to more strenuous activity over the following 4 to 6 weeks. After your procedure you will need to wear a compression garment to help reduce swelling and discomfort and aid in healing. Because our surgeons perform drainless tummy tucks, the recovery period is significantly smoother than with older abdominoplasty methods.
Your results should be revealed over the next several months as you continue to heal and the residual swelling subsides. Many of our patients are pleased with their slimmer, more defined mid-section and experience a renewed sense of confidence with their body. Continue to follow a healthy diet and exercise routine to help maintain your results as weight gain could affect your results.