If you’re experiencing belly flab, stretch marks, and loose skin on the stomach, an abdominoplasty may be right for you. An abdominoplasty, also called a tummy tuck, is used to reduce fat, trim away sagging skin, and tighten loose abdominal muscles in order to recontour the stomach area. The end result is a trim, smooth, and fit-looking abdomen with well-defined muscles.
A tummy tuck is one of the most popular and safest procedures in the U.S., that helps individuals get rid of excess and loose skin in the abdomen.
When it comes to a tummy tuck Beverly Hills is the place to go to have the appearance of your stomach and muscles tightened up, which can help reduce back pain. Also known as abdominoplasty, tummy tuck specialists like Dr. Ordon and Dr. Chopra can give you a firmer appearance.
A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat and skin and can build up weak muscles to give you a smoother and firmer abdominal profile.
Abdominoplasty is popular with women, especially after pregnancy, dealing with their midsection that has been extended and stretched because of childbirth. The abdominal muscles can be split into two halves with multiple pregnancies and big weight gain pulls them apart.
A tummy tuck rectifies the saggy issue by getting rid of loose and excess skin and fat to tighten the abdominal muscles in the process. By removing the fat cells from the middle and lower parts of the stomach, it narrows the waistline and stitches the underlying muscle and tissue together creating a more fit appearance to the abdomen.
The length of a tummy tuck depends on what is being done. For example, a partial abdominoplasty may take only an hour or two while a complete tummy tuck can take up to five hours.
The incisions are usually made across your lower abdomen to lift the excess skin. The skin from your abdominal wall is separated and lifted to tighten the muscles in your stomach by pulling them close together before being stitched together into their new position. The incisions are then closed with sutures.
A surgical dressing and a compression garment may be applied to the treated areas to minimize swelling. In time, you will end up with a firmer abdominal wall and a narrower waistline.
A Fleur De Lis tummy tuck is a specialized abdominoplasty technique that is used for patients, male and female, who have lost significant weight or following bariatric surgery. The goal is to remove horizontal and vertical skin excess and narrow the waistline for a slimmer appearance.
“Fleur-de-lis” is French for “flower of the lily” that can be seen in some cultures such as in New Orleans (and the logo of NFL's Saints). The reason for the name comes the incision pattern in which two incisions are partially closed to resemble a three-petal iris flower. The two separate scars are made horizontally across the lower abdomen and vertically along the middle of the abdomen, which can resemble a reverse T symbol.
With the Fleur-De-Lis technique, the surgeon removes excess skin and fatty tissue and repairs abdominal muscles. The skin on both sides of the body, as well as up and down, is tightened to drastically improve the appearance of your abdomen.
A standard tummy tuck can be inefficient when it comes to eliminating the circumferential skin laxity in the middle of the abdomen and around the waist creating a wider girth appearance. The Fleur-De-Lis tummy tuck safely eliminates skin excess that can become skin ischemia and necrosis if a traditional tummy tuck technique is used.
That a form of tummy tuck has been around since the 1800s? The first tummy tucks were performed in the late 1800s for cosmetic reasons and to help cover up open wounds. Quick progress allowed doctors to preserve the belly button and shorten the recovery time. Of course today, sterilization and anesthesia techniques make a tummy tuck procedure very effective and safe.
That, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were over 130,000 abdominoplasty surgeries done in 2018? The causes of loose skin include the aging process, heredity, pregnancy, and any major changes in weight loss or gain.
That a woman can still safely have a child even after getting a tummy tuck? In most cases, the procedure can be done safely without any risks to you or your unborn child. Make sure to talk to your doctor about your specific situation. You may need an additional tummy tuck after giving birth since your skin will stretch during pregnancy.
Any men or women in good physical health, non-smoking, and with a stable weight who are looking to lose extra fat or loose abdominal skin are good candidates for a tummy tuck. Women who have had multiple pregnancies or older patients who have lost skin elasticity are also great candidates for an abdominoplasty. You should wait on having a tummy tuck if you plan on having more children or planning to lose weight.
You can expect your abdomen to be swollen and to feel discomfort for a few days. How quickly you recover will depend on your existing health, especially the strength of your abdominal muscles. Your stitches will be removed within a week while deeper sutures are taken out after two or three weeks.
Some people return to work a couple of weeks after their surgery while others need up to four weeks for a full recovery. Light exercises are encouraged to assist with the healing process because it decreases swelling and lowers the chance of blood clots. However, strenuous exercises should wait a few weeks until you feel ready to start using your abdominal muscles again.
Your abdominal scars may appear worst at first. It can take a few months for scars to heal properly and up to a year before they flatten out and lighten in color. Your abdominal scars never completely disappear but they are easily hidden underneath your clothes.
There are always some risks in any surgery and a tummy tuck is no different. Here are some of the complications that could arise: asymmetry, bad reaction to anesthesia, bleeding, deep vein thrombosis, fat necrosis, infection, loss of skin, numbness, poor healing, scarring, seroma, and skin discoloration. Blood clots are possible but rarely happen.
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If you are interested in getting one of the top tummy tuck Beverly Hills has to offer, contact us today to schedule an appointment.
During your consultation, we will discuss the procedure of a tummy tuck and how it can benefit you. We will go over your health and your medical history to determine how much fat to extract from your abdominal area. We can show you before and after photos of past tummy tuck procedures to show the fantastic results we've achieved for our patients. We will make suggestions on how to prepare for your surgery, including what not to eat or drink and what to do with your medications.
Dr. Andrew Ordon and Dr. Ritu Chopra, are two of the best Beverly Hills tummy tuck experts with years of experience performing plastic surgery. Both have been part of the award-winning hit TV show, “The Doctors” and members of the prestigious plastic surgery organizations, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the L.A. Surgical Society.
Dr. Ordon is currently an associate professor of surgery at Keck/USC School of Medicine, and assistant professor of plastic surgery at Dartmouth School of Medicine and The University of Connecticut, while Dr. Chopra serves as one of the directors at USC Keck Aesthetics surgery fellowship where he helps to train new plastic surgeons.
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