When it comes to getting to your ideal body shape, the battle of the bulge is often the final, and hardest, hurdle. Whether you’ve recently lost weight only to be left with excess and unsightly tissue near your belly or you’ve been through a pregnancy or two, a tummy tuck is one of the most effective weapons for giving you the shape you’ll be proud of.
At Diamond Surgical Institute, Dr. Roya Dardashti and our team offer a wide range of cosmetic procedures that help our patients realize their body-shape goals. From breast augmentation to a Brazilian butt lift, we can reshape your natural assets to better meet your cosmetic goals. And when it comes to that most frustrating area of your body — your belly — a tummy tuck is just the ticket for a slimmer, tighter abdomen.
Here’s a look at why a tummy tuck is still the best way to achieve that flat belly of your dreams.
Accomplishing several goals at once
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, accomplishes several objectives at once, which is why this technique perennially ranks among the most popular cosmetic procedures. During a tummy tuck, we can:
- Remove excess skin
- Remove excess fat
- Tighten your abdominal muscles
This trifecta is perfect for patients who have recently lost a considerable amount of weight, only to have excess tissue stand in the way of their great efforts.
Or, if you’ve had a child, or several children, pregnancy can wreak havoc on your skin and muscles, stretching them beyond their ability to bounce back. This means that no matter how hard you may try to hold your belly in, you just don’t have the strength to do it thanks to separated muscles.
Many of our patients are simply dealing with stubborn lumps and bulges that develop with age and seem to mock their every effort at removing them.
Whatever the reason, our tummy tuck procedure can address the primary issues — tissue, fat, and loss of tone — in one fell swoop. As a bonus, we can often remove tissue that’s lined with stretch marks during the process.
How a tummy tuck works
During your tummy tuck, we start by making an incision across your lower abdomen to access your muscles and remove excess tissue. If you opt for liposuction, we remove the fat at this time and then bring your abdominal muscles back together, which will help tone in your belly.
With the muscles in place and the fat removed, we pull your abdominal skin back down, making sure it’s taut. We then remove any excess skin and suture the area back together.
If you only want to address your lower abdomen, we can perform a partial abdominoplasty in which we only remove tissue below your belly button.
Whether you opt for a full or partial abdominoplasty, you’re usually free to go home that same day, where you’ll take it easy for a little while to allow time for your body to heal and your tissue to settle itself into place.
Soon enough, however, you’ll be able to show off your flatter, trimmer belly.
If you’d like to learn more about how a tummy tuck can help you finally declare victory in the battle of the bulge, please contact us at (818) 528-2559 or use our online booking tool to schedule a consultation.