Tummy Tuck Surgery
What is Tummy tuck?
Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure to make the abdomen thin and firm. This is achieved by removing the excess skin, liposuction of the fat and suture tightening of the rectus muscle. Therefore, the aim is to achieve a lasting youthful and shaper midsection. It is commonly performed after pregnancy and weight loss.
If you are looking to improve your midsection after completing your family, and avoiding the use of tummy tuck belt then a tummy tuck surgery is for you. A tummy, however, tuck helps you get rid of excess skin, reshapes the umbilicus, tightens the muscles, and removes excess fat. In addition, Fat grafting to the buttock can be performed at the same surgery; the procedure, therefore, known as brazilian butt lift.
Tummy Tuck recovery
The surgery takes about 2- 4 hours. Most patients will be able to go home after the procedure. An abdominal binder is usually applied.
Dr. Jaibaji Will see you the next day. Sleeping in fetal position is recommended. Some patient feels more comfortable to sleep in a recliner. Pain killers and antibiotics are usually prescribed and should be taken after surgery. The drain is usually removed after 7- 10 days. Dr. Jaibaji will advise you about driving, showing and return to work.
Tummy tuck belt
It is a non surgical way to improve the midsection. It is a garment that compresses the skin and fat to give a sculpted look when dressed. Unfortunately, it is a temporary way to address the excess skin and fat
Are there different types of tummy tuck?
Yes, tummy tuck can be done in different ways depending on the patient and the amount of excess skin; First of all, the standard tummy tuck and it is the most commonly performed procedure. Second, extended tummy tuck and last, the full body lift ( front and back skin removal surgery). Dr. Jaibaji will discuss with you the procedure that fits your body.
Tummy tuck is a also a procedure for men.
What is Mini Tummy tuck?
Mini tummy tuck is commonly requested procedure. It involves removal of the skin in the lower part of the abdomen below the belly button. The tummy tuck scar is usually much shorter. The belly button can be reshaped and repositioned. Any hernia around the belly button can be corrected at the same time.
What are the benefits of tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck has both cosmetic and functional benefits. Many women will find that their back pain and urinary incontinence improve after tummy tuck surgery. This has been shown in a recent study published by The Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. An excellent short video is on their Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery website. The video discusses the cosmetic and functional benefits of a tummy tuck. You can watch that video by clicking the image below.
Am I a candidate for tummy tuck?
You are a candidates for tummy tuck if you fulfill the following:
Physically healthy and at a stable weight
Realistic about the outcome and risks involved
Finished with childbearing
These point are used, however, as a rough guide to the procedure. Dr. Jaibaji will address those criteria during the consultation.
A flat and toned abdomen is something many women strive for through exercise and weight control. These methods help reduce the fat and tone the muscles, but will not get rid of the excess skin.
How can I decide if I need tummy tuck Surgery?
If you have a loose and saggy abdominal skin and weak a rectus muscle ( also know as rectus diastasis) then you will need a tummy tuck. The following conditions will help you decide if you need a tummy tuck surgery:
Significant fluctuations in weight
Tummy tuck surgery, however, is a highly individualized procedure and one that you should do for yourself, rather than to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image. Although the results of an abdominoplasty procedure are technically permanent, the positive outcome can be reduced by significant fluctuations in your weight. For this reason, individuals who are planning significant weight loss or women who may be considering future pregnancies are advised to postpone tummy tuck. Read more…
Should I check tummy tuck before and after photos?
It is advisable to check before and after tummy tuck phots before your surgery. You can discuss the photos with Dr. Jaibaji who will advise you on the right procedure for you. Therefor, checking the tummy tuck before and after from our photo gallery will show you the dramatic difference the procedure can bring to your body.
Where can I check for tummy tuck reviews?
You can read testimonials from our patient in the testimonial section of this website or you can search google for Dr. Jaibaji reviews to learn what our patient feel about the surgery, the surgeon and their results. Hence, this will give more insight on how we do the surgery and the care we provide to our patients.
What should I expect from a Tummy Tuck consultation?
Dr. Jaibaji will ask you questions about your health, desires, and lifestyle. He will also ask you about your expectations, medical conditions, allergies, and prior surgeries. In addition, he will also discuss your options and recovery. He will also discuss the likely outcome and potential complications.
Previous abdominal surgery, however, may limit the potential results of a tummy tuck such as pervious gall bladder removal scar.. In women who have undergone cesarean section, the existing scars may often be incorporated into the new scar.
Instructions you receive before tummy tuck surgery will include:
- What to do on the day of surgery
- The use of anesthesia during your tummy tuck
- Postoperative care and follow-up
- Smoking cessation well in advance of surgery
- Discontinuing aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding.
Tummy tuck recovery?
Following your surgery, dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions, and you may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling and to support your abdomen as it heals.
A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect to minimize swelling after tummy tuck surgery.
You will be given specific instructions to aid your recovery from tummy tuck surgery:
- How to care for the surgical site and drains
- Medications to apply or to take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection
- Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health
- When to follow-up with Dr. Jaibaji
Can you have a baby after a tummy tuck?
The short answer is yes. First of all, you are advised to have tummy tuck after you have completed your family. But if you had a tummy tuck you can still have a normal pregnancy and a normal delivery. Pregnancy can stretch the abdominal skin and you, however, may require a revision.
Will insurance cover a tummy tuck?
The short answer is No. Insurance companies do not regard tummy tuck surgery a medical necessity. However, panneculectomy, which is skin removal from the lower abdomen, can sometimes be covered by insurance.
Diastasis recti tummy tuck correction
Tummy tuck surgery will correct the diastasis recti using strong sutures. Hence, the midline bulge will be significantly improved.
Liposuction and Tummy Tuck
Liposuction is an integral part of tummy tuck. Very few cases of tummy tuck can be performed with good results without liposuction. Patient who need liposuction will have the areas marked before surgery. In general, the upper abdomen, the waist, the back and mones areas are treated with liposuction. Some patients may consider liposuction of the thighs, knees and axilla.
Liposuction is performed before the tummy tuck. The areas that will have the fat removed are infiltrated with a solution called wetting solution or tumescent fluid. Liposuction is then performed using a special small size cannulas. The fat is aspirated and the contour of the midsection is checked. In some patient high definition liposuction, also know as high def lipo, is done. In these cases the exact muscle definition is created and the subcutaneous fat is removed. High def liposuction is not for every patient. Dr. Jaibaji will advise you if you are a candidate for it.
Once liposuction is completed the abdominoplasty is performed and completed as described above.
After liposuction and tummy tuck
When surgery is completed the surgical incision for liposuction are closed with absorbable sutures. An abdominal binder or a special garments is applied. The patient is then transferred tot eh recovery room. A nurse will help the patient recover from the surgery. Pain medicine will be given when needed. The vital signs are also monitored. A relative, friend or significant other can be with the patient in the recovery room. The patient is discharged home after about 2 hours.
Dr. Jaibaji will see the patient the next day and the dressings will be changed. The patient can shower the 1-2 days after surgery.
How can I minimize or improve the scar after tummy tuck?
During you consultation with Dr. Jaibaji, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in San Diego and Coronado, will explain to you the location of the scar and how to manage the scar after surgery.
At the end of the tummy tuck procedure, Dr. Jaibaji will place Steristrips over the scar. The Steristrips will stay for about one week. Once the Steristrips are removed.
You will be advised about different scar treatment products. We, therefore, recommend a silicone-based scar therapy. There are different scar reduction/improvement products, but the one we recommend is BioCorneum scar therapy. BioCorneum is applied twice daily for three months. Read more….
Tummy tuck belly button correction?
Reshaping of the belly button is an integral part of tummy tuck surgery. The belly button shape is restored to its normal shape, location and size. In addition, the belly button is made proportional to the abdomen.
If there is an umbilical hernia or supra umbilical hernia it will be corrected at the time of surgery. Most of the time no mesh. The midline in plicated ( internal corset) with sutures the restore the normal hour glass shape of the waist and correct the ventral bulge.
A stretched belly button is, therefore, corrected by excising the excess skin and suturing it to the abdominal skin in a way to recruits and naturally looking and aesthetically pleasing umbilicus.
Drainless tummy tuck?
tummy tuck can be performed without using drains. However, it is recommended that a drain is used to minimize after surgery swelling and bruising. Furthermore, seroma incidence is much lower when a drain is used.
Will the Pubic skin be lifted during tummy tuck surgery?
The pubic skin ( also called mones pubis) changes with pregnancy, time, weight loss and gravity. In general, there are four types of mones pubis.
2- Full and Ptotic
4- Atrophic and Ptotic
Hence, each shape require different approach during tummy tuck. Dr. Jaibaji, MD will discuss the type of procedure appropriate for you during the consultation.
Tummy tuck procedure?
Your tummy tuck will begin with an incision made from side to side, typically placed just below the bikini line. Dr. Jaibaji will make this incision as discreetly as possible and any residual scarring can be easily hidden under clothing or swimwear.
Dr. Jaibaji will separate the navel from the skin and then tighten the underlying muscles, a step that narrows the waistline and firms up the midsection. Excess fat is removed, the navel is repositioned, and the skin is pulled taut around the stomach. The incision is then closed with sutures. The entire procedure typically takes about 2-4 hours to complete and is usually performed under general anesthesia.
Will I need Liposuction and tummy tuck?
For many patient liposuction is an integral part of tummy tuck. Therefore, liposuction of the waist, back and thighs is performed at the same setting.
What if I have too much skin in my back?
In cases where the back skin needs to be excised and the buttock lifted. Dr. Jaibaji will be able to discuss this with you during your consultation. Read more….
Tummy tuck scars:
Dr. Jaibaji will describe during your consultation the location, shape and length of the scar. The scar is usually located in the mones area and extends to the sides toward the hip area. The scar can be straight, curved or looks like a bucket handle. The length of the scar will depend on the amount of skin to be removed. As a result, the longer the scar the more tailoring can be done.Getting rid of the excess skin will leave a scar in the lower abdomen.
The scar is usually hidden under the bikini line and resolve over time. The length of the scar will depend on the type of tummy tuck. Hence, mini tummy tuck has the shortest scar.
Do I need to stay in hospital after tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck can be performed on an outpatient basis. Therefore, It is essential that you arrange for someone to take you home and stay with you after the procedure.
Schedule a Cosmetic Surgery Consultation with Dr. Moneer Jaibaji
Contact the San Diego or Coronado plastic surgery office of Dr. Moneer Jaibaji for more information about Tummy Tuck surgery here, in San Diego. Our friendly staff is waiting to take your call and help you schedule a personal consultation with the doctor for your Coronado Tummy Tuck. And check the amazing testimonials from our clients.
Tummy tuck cost
Tummy tuck price starts at $9800 and can go up depending of the type of tummy tuck. Extended tummy tuck usually cost $12,000 – 14,000.
Financing, however, is available through Care Credit. This will help spread the cost of surgery over 24- 36 months.
Quick information on Tummy Tucks
Surgery Location: Out patient surgery center. Occasionally in patient.
Duration: on average three hours.
Shower: usually two days after surgery.
Drain removal: 4 days -7 days after surgery and sometime longer.
Driving: Ask Dr. Jaibaji.
Garments: for 6 weeks to eight weeks after surgery.
Exercise: usually six weeks after surgery.
Return to Work: depends on your type of work. Discuss it with Dr. Jaibaji. Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon.
To get more information on tummy tuck; contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jaibaji.
Patient Case Study
Weight: 160 lbs
Months Post Op: 6
Body Contouring Procedure: Tummy Tuck
This patient lost over 100lbs. She underwent circumferencial abdominoplasty, a Mommy Makeover, breast implants, memmory gel implants, liposuction of the waist and flanks, muscle repair, diastasis repair, belly button surgery, and correction of back rolls.