Tummy Tuck Beverly Hills
Are you unsatisfied with the appearance of your stomach? Do you have excess skin or fat that you’d feel more comfortable if it were removed? Top Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon Dr. A.J. Khalil can help you achieve this through tummy tuck surgery. Contact our office today to learn more!
Achieve a Flatter, Firmer Stomach with Abdominoplasty
The midsection is a focus of concern for many people, especially women whose abdomens have changed after multiple pregnancies or individuals that have lost a significant amount of weight but still struggle with loose skin and tissue. Tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is intended to improve the contour of the stomach by removing loose skin and fat, repairing the muscles of the abdominal wall and tightening the skin. Tummy tuck is one of the body contouring procedures offered by board certified plastic surgeon A.J. Khalil, serving Beverly Hills and the surrounding areas.
Tummy Tuck Candidates
Tummy tuck is designed for individuals that dislike the look of their abdomens and cannot achieve their desired abdominal contour through diet or exercise. Many tummy tuck candidates have developed protruding, loose or sagging lower abdomens due to pregnancy, prior abdominal surgery, weight fluctuation, aging or hereditary factors. They struggle with loose skin and tissue, damaged muscles and unwanted fat.
While tummy tuck does improve the shape of the abdomen and remove small amounts of fat, it is not intended as a substitute for weight loss. For this reason, suitable candidates should be at, or close to, their target weight. They should be in good health, not smoke and exercise regularly, Women considering tummy tuck surgery should not plan to become pregnant after the operation, as future pregnancies can counteract the results.
All of these criteria are discussed during consultation with Dr. Khalil at his Beverly Hills practice. Another topic of conversation is the patient’s specific goals of treatment and expectations.
Tummy tuck surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. The first step is to administer anesthesia medications to the patient.
Dr. Khalil begins surgery by creating a horizontal incision low on the abdomen (usually right above the pubic hairline). Through the incision, he repairs the abdominal muscles and tightens loose tissue. Liposuction may be performed to remove fat deposits. He may decide to make an additional incision around the navel to relocate it higher on the abdomen if needed. The skin from the upper abdomen is gently pulled down and any excess skin is removed. Finally, the remaining skin is sutured together and dressings or bandages are placed.
Recovering from Tummy Tuck Surgery
After surgery is complete, patients are monitored for a short time and then released to go home. Dr. Khalil provides comprehensive instructions that include how to care for the surgical site, medications to take, signs of a potential problem and a reminder for the follow-up appointments.
Bruising, swelling and soreness are common during the first two weeks of tummy tuck recovery. Patients are encouraged to rest and refrain from bending, lifting or straining. Most patients return to work two weeks after surgery and gradually add exercise into their daily routine. Dr. Khalil monitors the recovery process and advises when it is safe to go back to work, driving, exercising, socializing and other normal activities.
Frequently Asked Questions about Tummy Tuck
Can I lose weight with tummy tuck?
No, tummy tuck is not considered an effective way to lose weight. You should not have tummy tuck if your goal is to lose weight. Tummy tuck may remove a few pounds of excess skin and fat but the amount is negligible.
Keeping that in mind, some tummy tuck patients do lose weight after surgery because they are inspired and motivated by their results to eat right and exercise regularly.
Does tummy tuck leave scarring?
The tummy tuck scar is usually located on the lower abdomen right above the pubic hairline. Dr. Khalil can position the incision so that scarring can be easily concealed beneath a bathing suit or panty. Most patients feel it is worth it to trade the scar for a flatter, firmer abdominal contour.
Is liposuction performed during abdominoplasty surgery?
Yes, liposuction techniques are usually included in the abdominoplasty procedure to reduce selective pockets of fat around the sides of the abdomen and flanks. This can help give the waistline a narrower profile and enhance the overall results of tummy tuck.
Sometimes other areas of the body can be liposuctioned in combination with abdominoplasty for a full mommy makeover. If you are interested, discuss this option with Dr. Khalil during consultation.
Are the results of tummy tuck permanent?
The results of tummy tuck can last decades, provided the patient does not gain a significant amount of weight or become pregnant in the future. Pregnancy or substantial weight gain after tummy tuck can stretch out the abdominal muscles and skin, reversing many of the improvements achieved by surgery.
Dr. Khalil urges all of his tummy tuck patients to maintain their weight as best possible through healthy diet and exercise habits. He also advises candidates to postpone surgery until they are finished having biological children.
What are the risks and complications of tummy tuck?
When performed by an experienced board certified plastic surgeon, tummy tuck is usually a safe procedure. However, like any surgery there are risks.
Tummy tuck risks include the following:
- poor scarring
- accumulation of fluid
- numbness or tenderness in the treated area
- nerve damage
- pain or discomfort
Dr. Khalil is happy to discuss the measures he takes to mitigate these risks during a one-on-one tummy tuck consultation.
Do I need tummy tuck or liposuction?
The best way to determine whether tummy tuck or liposuction is more appropriate for your personal needs is to meet with a board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Khalil. The surgeon can examine you and ask about your specific goals of treatment.
Generally, tummy tuck is a good option for individuals that have excess fat and skin and damaged abdominal muscles. This might include women that have had multiple pregnancies or individuals that have gained and lost a significant amount of weight. During the operation, excess skin is trimmed, the remaining skin is tightened and the abdominal muscles are repaired.
Individuals whose ab muscles are intact and have firm, elastic skin with localized fat deposits are typically better suited to liposuction.
Contact Our Beverly Hills Tummy Tuck Surgeon
For more information about tummy tuck surgery, please contact Dr. Khalil and request a consultation. Call or email our practice to make your appointment today.
Results by Dr. Khalil
Recovering from Tummy Tuck
Post-surgery bandages will be added around your incision site. Small tubes may be added to drain excess fluid.
Dr. Khalil will give you specific instructions on how to care for the surgical site while recovering. This includes how long you will wear your garment and when to follow-up.