Sometimes even a healthy diet and consistent exercise regimen aren’t enough to get rid of that “pooch” and achieve the desired midsection. If your pregnancy, aging, or weight fluctuations have resulted in sagging skin or weak abdominal muscles, a tummy tuck might be right for you. Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, removes excess skin, fat, and tissue from the lower abdomen while restoring separated abdominal muscles, leaving you with a leaner profile and a firmer stomach. Dr. Careaga offers both full and mini tummy tucks at his state-of-the-art facility, Careaga Plastic Surgery. Here, frustrations can be forgotten, and patients can once again feel confident in their slimmer figures and defined waistlines.
Why Choose Careaga Plastic Surgery?
Careaga Plastic Surgery offers an immaculate and serene setting with cutting-edge technology suited for your cosmetic surgery needs. Additionally, the dedicated staff at Careaga Plastic Surgery are highly professional with an abundance of experience in the beautification industry. Dr. Daniel Careaga has acquired years of higher education, which is reflected in his fruitful and extensive career as a plastic surgeon. He is well-known for his inimitable tummy tucks, making the tummy tuck one of his top procedures.
What Is Tummy Tuck Ideal For?
AGING SKIN LAXITY
As skin and muscles age, it is common for them to lose their elasticity and become lax. This event is tough to prevent, and while diet and exercise may keep you slim and keep fat at bay, no amount can reverse the natural aging process. Tummy tucks help restore the firm contour you once had and help you regain a youthful aesthetic.Request More Information
SIGNIFICANT WEIGHT LOSS
Sudden or substantial weight loss can result in a significant amount of excess, stretched skin in the abdominal area that cannot contract after the weight loss. This skin can diminish the appearance of the midsection you worked so hard to achieve throughout your weight loss journey. The sagging skin can cause discomfort as well as affect your self-esteem. Tummy tucks remove the excess skin and provide a smooth stomach to go with your trimmer waistline.Request More Information
Pregnancy causes the skin to expand rapidly and the abdominal muscles to separate. Even after the delivery and weight loss, the muscles are weakened and don’t always come back together on their own, leaving a “pooch” in the lower abdomen. A tummy tuck tightens and reconnects the abdominal muscles, creating a firmer core and allowing you to return to your pre-baby body.Request More Information
Tummy Tuck Options
Depending on the extent of your sagging skin and abdominal muscles, there are several levels of a tummy tuck offered at Careaga Plastic Surgery. It is important to understand these to help you choose the right procedure.
FULL TUMMY TUCK
- Ideal for those wanting a full “flat stomach” effect
- Allows entire abdomen to be reduced and smoothed
- Incision runs from hip bone to hip bone under the bikini line, and a second incision is made around the navel
- Trims loose skin and tightens abdominal muscles
- Removes stretch marks from the lower abdomen
MINI TUMMY TUCK
- Ideal for those who have sagging skin and loose muscles confined to the lower abdomen
- Shorter incision and faster recovery time
- Removes excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen
- Tightens abdominal muscles below the navel
PANNICULECTOMY / FULL BODY LIFT
- Also known as post-bariatric surgery
- Ideal for those who have lost a significant amount of weight and have large folds of excess skin
- Removes hanging fat and skin
- Can be combined with a tummy tuck to tighten the abdominal muscles
Patients may experience swelling and soreness for the first few days and will be advised to wear a compression garment around the surgical area. Drains will be placed to remove any excess fluids. Avoid strenuous work and heavy lifting for four to six weeks. This work includes lifting children and doing household chores. Most patients should expect to take one to two weeks off work depending on the physicality of their job. Swelling should lessen after six weeks, but it may take longer depending on the degree of the surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Careaga will discuss what you can expect during recovery.
Any surgery will result in some scarring. Tummy tuck scars will be placed under the bikini line. Mini tummy tuck scars may be smaller and placed lower depending on the amount of skin removed. Scarring will also depend on how the patient’s body heals—everyone’s skin will react differently. Scars will typically fade over time and can easily be hidden beneath clothing and swimsuits. For women who have cesarean scars, these may be incorporated into the new scar.
The cost of tummy tuck surgery varies depending on the extent of the surgery. Dr. Careaga will provide you with an accurate cost estimate during your tummy tuck consultation.
Patients are under general anesthesia during the procedure to prevent pain. For some, an overnight stay at the surgical facility may be recommended. Soreness, swelling, and bruising are possible in the days following, and Dr. Careaga will prescribe an oral pain medication to help alleviate those symptoms.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck?
The best candidates for a tummy tuck are in good physical health and near their goal weight, are non-smokers, and have realistic expectations. This procedure is designed to remove excess skin and tissue and tighten the abdominal muscles, but it should not be considered an alternative to weight loss.
How long will the results last?
Excluding subsequent pregnancies or weight gain, the results of tummy tuck surgery should be permanent. No surgeries, however, will prevent natural aging. Dr. Careaga recommends that patients maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen to optimize their results.
What are the risks associated with tummy tuck surgery?
As with any surgery, there are certain risks involved. Although rare, these can include infections, blood clots, reactions to anesthesia, and scarring. It is important to follow all of Dr. Careaga’s advice for both pre- and post-op to minimize your risks.
Can I have children after a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck will not affect your ability to become pregnant or carry a baby full-term; however, because pregnancy will reverse the effects of a tummy tuck, it is advised that you postpone this procedure until after you are finished having children.
Will a tummy tuck get rid of my stretch marks?
A tummy tuck will not correct or prevent stretch marks, but it may reduce the appearance and smooth them if they are located in the area where the excess skin was removed.