Tummy Tuck in San Diego, CA
A tummy tuck procedure rejuvenates the abdominal region by extracting excess fat, tightening the abdominal muscles, and removing excess sagging skin. At Pollack Plastic Surgery, conveniently located in the Hillcrest area of San Diego, the tummy tuck, and other cosmetic procedures are available for residents of La Jolla, Alpine, and nearby communities in California.
How can a Tummy Tuck improve my appearance?
The tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that tightens the abdominal muscles to prevent protrusion of the belly. It helps sculpt the waistline, eliminates excess skin, and produces a toned and smooth abdominal region. As a secondary benefit, the procedure may also eliminate stretch marks, scars, moles, and other imperfections of the skin in the areas where excess skin is removed.
Who is the ideal candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
Many adults experience a loss of skin laxity and a weakening of the abdominal muscles following dramatic weight loss, pregnancy, or simply as a result of the aging process. The tummy tuck is ideal for patients with weakened abdominal wall muscles, and for patients with excessive sagging skin in the abdominal region. For patients with smaller, localized fatty deposits and healthy skin tone, liposuction may be a more suitable, less-invasive option. The tummy tuck procedure is regularly performed successfully on adult men and women, producing dramatic, long-term results. Candidates for a tummy tuck procedure should be in good health and maintain a stable weight close to their ideal weight.
What happens during a Tummy Tuck procedure?
The tummy tuck is a surgical procedure performed under general anesthesia and requires an incision across the bikini line, and another smaller incision in the area of the belly button. Through these incisions, the muscles of the abdominal wall are lifted and pulled tight to contain and support the abdominal organs. Excess fat is removed, and skin from above the navel is pulled down to the pubic area to create a taut, flat abdominal contour. Excess loose skin is trimmed away, and the belly button may be repositioned. Liposuction may also be used to more precisely contour and define the area.
Can a Tummy Tuck be combined with other procedures?
The tummy tuck may be performed as a stand-alone procedure, or in combination with other procedures as part of a mommy makeover. Many patients choose to combine the tummy tuck with breast enhancement surgeries such as a breast lift or breast augmentation. Combining several procedures in a single treatment session is an effective way to reduce recovery time as well as costs.
What can I expect during recovery from a Tummy Tuck?
You should prepare in advance to have someone drive you home from the procedure and provide basic care for the first several days. Most patients require about 10-14 days to recover from a tummy tuck, and light activities may be resumed after this period. You may gradually return to regular physical activity and exercise after a period of about six to eight weeks. Non-strenuous sexual activities may be resumed three weeks after the procedure. In order to allow full healing of internal tissues, it is important that you refrain from strenuous abdominal exercises for two to three months following a tummy tuck, gradually resuming your normal exercise regimen.
Is it safe to become pregnant after a Tummy Tuck?
Although a tummy tuck procedure does not affect your ability to safely carry a healthy pregnancy to term, we recommend postponing your tummy tuck until after pregnancy, because pregnancy may alter the results of your surgery, requiring follow-up treatment.
How much does a Tummy Tuck cost in San Diego?
The cost of a tummy tuck varies for each patient depending on the extent of the procedure and other procedures performed in tandem. Health insurance providers typically do not cover the tummy tuck, as with most other cosmetic procedures. Pollack Plastic Surgery keeps costs manageable for all of our patients by offering easy financing plans through CareCredit® and accepting flexible payment options.
Pollack Plastic Surgery, conveniently located in the Hillcrest area of San Diego, provides residents of La Jolla, Alpine, and surrounding communities in California with an array of plastic surgery procedures, including the popular tummy tuck, to help achieve a more youthful and toned physical appearance. Contact our office to set a consultation.