Consistently a top 10 cosmetic surgery, doctors perform about 120,000 tummy tucks every year, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Abdominoplasty, as the tummy tuck is known medically, has the power to transform your midsection’s appearance, erasing signs of past pregnancies or weight loss, while giving you control over your contours in this often troublesome location.
Selecting the right plastic surgeon is perhaps the most critical decision to ensure the success of your tummy tuck. In Encino, California, your obvious choice is Dr. Roya Dardashti, owner of Diamond Surgical Institute. Committed to the finest and most up-to-date care for her patients, Dr. Dardashti and her team seek to put you at ease with their friendly approach based on transparency and education.
The primary goal of a tummy tuck is to target excess fat and skin from the abdomen, but you may have secondary targets, depending on your needs. People who choose abdominoplasty typically share a few common conditions, alone or in combination, which the procedure is well-suited to treat. These include:
- Natural body types they wish to improve
- Effects of aging on the skin as well as stores of fat
- The effects of pregnancy
- Revision of previous abdominal surgery
- Signs of significant weight changes
As well as removing skin and fat, tummy tucks can reconnect weak fascia tissue or separated muscles to restore and shape your abdomen into a more toned appearance. Tummy tucks are often combined with other procedures, such as abdominal liposuction or breast augmentation and lifts.
Complete and partial tummy tucks
The right surgery for you depends both on your body and your goals for the procedure.
A complete abdominoplasty uses a lateral incision from hip bone to hip bone, usually located below your bikini line. If you’ve previously had a Cesarean delivery, that incision line might be incorporated into your tummy tuck. There’s some flexibility to both scar location and length, so discuss these points with Dr. Dardashti.
Typically, enough tissue is moved during a complete abdominoplasty that it’s necessary to relocate your belly button to maintain a normal appearance. Recovery usually requires the placement of drainage tubes to aid healing.
Partial abdominoplasty, sometimes called a “mini” tummy tuck, may be your choice if target fat deposits are located below the belly button, which likely won’t need repositioning. This approach is less invasive, which often makes for faster recovery.
Tummy tuck recovery
Surgery lasts between one and five hours, depending on the extent of your procedure. Abdominoplasty is major open surgery that requires months for full recovery. Pain and swelling are normal in the days following surgery, and pain management is part of your consultation.
Care of your incision and a slow return to activity are necessary to avoid complications in healing. Patients are often off work for one month. Those with more strenuous jobs may need longer.
Contact Diamond Surgical Institute to start the tummy tuck consultation process. Dr. Dardashti and her team will answer your questions and help you manage your expectations. You can schedule your initial appointment online or call the office directly at 818-528-2559. Book now, and your new shape will be ready to show off this summer.