Tummy Tuck in Newport Beach, CA

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What is a Tummy Tuck?

Board-certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi understands that the body is affected by many factors and stressors that influence its internal and external functions and appearance. This means that the body is constantly experiencing emotional and hormonal changes, diet, lifestyle, and weight fluctuations. Especially in middle age, the body can struggle to adjust and recover, specifically in areas like the abdomen. Therefore, at SSK Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA and proudly serving the Orange County area, Dr. Kelishadi offers tummy tuck surgery to bring a dramatic improvement to the abdomen. 

Am I A Candidate for a tummy Tuck?

Pregnancy, major weight loss, or other causes, such as prior major abdominal surgery, may have weakened your abdominal muscles and left too much fat and/or loose skin. This problem can make your tummy protrude and your clothes difficult to fit. Excessively stretched muscles and skin can be stubborn and don’t return to their original positions, despite a healthy diet and exercise regimen. Frustration and despair can set in for women and men alike. What are your options to reduce and tone your midsection and maybe other areas, too?

Tummy Tuck Technique

Your tummy tuck procedure in Orange County can be outpatient or inpatient overnight under general anesthesia. As your Orange County Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Kelishadi will use several strategies to minimize your pain and maximize your comfort. These include using a pain pump that delivers a controlled dose of a local anesthetic to the surgical area. There are also new liposomal formulations that release local anesthetic to the area where they are injected in a controlled fashion over several days so that a pump does not have to be used.

In conjunction with over-the-counter and prescription pain medications (if needed), we have many tools in our office to provide you with a comfortable experience. Your activity level will progress based on your motivation, amount of soreness, and involvement of the surgical procedure or procedures you had done. After the first few weeks, you may be ready to do light activities. For full healing, you would be wise to avoid activities that involve strain (such as pushing and pulling, which includes housekeeping), sudden movements, and heavy lifting (over 10 pounds) for 6-8 weeks in order to keep your repairs intact.

Following a Tummy Tuck

  • You should arrange to be off work for 1-2 weeks and to have someone help you with self-care and household needs for at least that time. Most patients take 2-3 weeks of basic recovery and about 6-8 weeks for full healing.
  • The treatment range may involve your needing a mini-tummy tuck in Orange County (only the lower abdomen) or could span the area from beneath the lower ribcage to the pubic bone. Much of this is often part of what we call a bikini makeover, which also includes a lift or augmentation to the breasts.
  • In addition, a full-body lift is available to correct widespread areas of fat and loose, sagging skin that have accumulated.
  • Whenever possible, incisions are placed in unseen areas, such as in your bikini line. A small incision may also be made around your belly button.
  • In conjunction with abdominoplasty, where loose muscles are tightened and excess skin is excised, liposuction is a useful adjunct for many to help in maximizing the effects of surgery to give a better contour. After lax muscles are repaired and tightened, excessively stretched and loose skin is cut away, sutured, and smoothed.
  • After your recovery, you can look and feel trimmer, toned, and sexy. You should fit better in your clothes, maybe in a smaller size, and see fewer stretch marks. The sky’s the limit on your confidence! We encourage a healthy diet and an exercise program to maintain your investment in yourself and the attractive results you’ve just achieved.
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Tummy Tuck Recovery

Your body, goals, and treatment choices are unique and important to your confidence. So, you are considering or have scheduled with SSK to undergo a tummy tuck either alone, with liposuction, or to accompany one or more other procedures. A mini-tummy tuck involves only the lower abdomen; a full tummy tuck could span the area from beneath the lower ribcage to the pubic bone. Maybe you want a Mommy Makeover (a tummy tuck, a breast augmentation, and another procedure to achieve overall proportion). We are honored to serve your cosmetic surgery needs with the finest attention, technique, and aftercare. Please refer to the following information. 

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Frequently Asked Questions About Tummy Tucks

Can a tummy tuck remove "love handles?"

As a tummy tuck can only remove excess skin and strengthen damaged muscles, it alone cannot resolve the issue of love handles. However, the procedure can be combined with other services, such as liposuction, in order to eliminate the pockets of fat tissue that cause love handles to occur. In this way, patients can achieve a tight and toned abdomen with no unwanted pockets of fat or loose skin.

How many sizes will I lose after a tummy tuck?

While a tummy tuck is not a weight loss method, most individuals that undergo the procedure do tend to lose a few sizes due to the more defined appearance of the stomach. In fact, most women will drop two or three clothing sizes by the time their body has completely healed from the operation. While you won't technically be losing a significant amount of weight, this drop in clothing sizes often leads to the same confidence boost among patients that is usually associated with weight loss.

What should I wear after a tummy tuck?

It is common to experience bruising and swelling during the initial few weeks after a tummy tuck. This can make the entire area very sensitive to the touch. For this reason, we usually recommend that patients wear loose-fitting clothing or even pajamas while the body heals from the procedure. Many patients find it most comfortable to wear dresses in order to avoid putting any pressure along the waist.

To Learn More

What will your personal recovery entail? Please call our office at (949) 515-SURG to consult with Dr. Kelishadi for tailored information about a tummy tuck in Orange County. We’ll discuss your needs and your health history. We’ll answer all of your questions and set realistic expectations for your experience with me as your Orange County Plastic Surgeon. Fall in love with your tummy tuck before and after when you book with us today. 

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