If you’ve recently lost a lot of weight, you’re probably thrilled on the one hand, but on the other, you may have loose skin hanging from your abdomen. There is an answer -- a tummy tuck. Arezou Yaghoubian, MD, with AESTHETICA LA in Tarzana and West Hills, California, performs tummy tucks that help flatten stomach bulges and increase your confidence when you put on your bathing suit. Call the office or book an appointment online for your body transformation.
A tummy tuck is a surgery to remove excess skin and fat in your abdomen that has not responded to diet or exercise and to tighten or repair the abdominal muscles.
You must be in good health to have a tummy tuck. With any surgery, there are risks of complications, so your health can’t already be compromised.
Wait until your childbearing days are behind you before having a tummy tuck. The surgery tightens your abdominal muscles, and a pregnancy after the surgery can loosen them again.
On the other hand, once you’ve had your children, you may want to get rid of excess skin that hangs around your abdomen. A tummy tuck is a great option at this stage in life.
If you’re overweight and want to lose weight, Dr. Yaghoubian advises you to try diet and exercise first, as this surgery isn’t a weight loss strategy. But if you’ve succeeded in losing a significant amount of weight, a tummy tuck is a good strategy to rid yourself of unsightly leftover skin.
Dr. Yaghoubian talks with you about your goals and the two of you agree on a plan. She performs the procedure one of two ways:
Tummy tucks take several hours, depending on the amount of work. If you have a complete abdominoplasty, you may stay overnight in the hospital.
You’ll have a large bandage on the abdominal area after the surgery, and you may wear a compression garment to keep the swelling down. One or more surgical drains may be needed briefly after the surgery. Dr. Yaghoubian provides written post-op instructions on caring for your incision and drains, what medications to use, and how to move more comfortably as you sit and lie down.
Plan to take a month off from work to recover from a tummy tuck. Put any major activity or exercise on hold for at least six weeks.