A tummy tuck is the surgical removal of excess skin or fatty deposits from the abdomen. Weight gain and body shape concerns arise from several different issues. There can be simple water retention in some cases, which requires no surgery. External fat just under the skin can be treated with liposuction.
A tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) may be desired when the abdomen has lost its desired shape from weight gain, and then weight loss has subsequently left it sagging. A tummy tuck in Beverly Hills might also be helpful in restoring a tight, youthful abdomen after pregnancy. A FREE consultation with Dr. J will help a patient understand if a tummy tuck is the most helpful procedure for their individual needs.
How the Procedure Works
When Dr. Jarrah-Nejad performs a tummy tuck in Beverly hills, it generally takes from 1-5 hours. A horizontal incision is made just above the pubic area, sometimes extending to the back. The skin is pulled away from the stomach muscles, making room for Dr. J to remove the excess tissue. The stomach muscles are then enhanced for tightness in the stomach and waistline, and the incision is closed with a stitch. In some cases, best results are achieved by adding a second stitch around the navel. Next, drainage is added by putting tubes in place that reduce swelling, and let excess liquid out.
Recovery from a tummy tuck can take anywhere from 1-4 weeks, depending on the extent of the treatment, and the variety of different results that might be desired. It’s usually best to take some of this time off work and avoid heavy lifting and rigorous exercise for a while. There will probably be some pain, bruising and discomfort associated with recovery, and some patients wear a supportive abdominal garment to minimize swelling and help the tissues heal. Avoiding nicotine in all its forms is recommended for a month or more after surgery. After 3-6 months, the patient will be fully healed, and scars will fade in the months that follow. It may take a full year to adapt to the new configuration of the abdomen, and with a good diet and exercise in the years that follow, the results of your tummy tuck in Beverly Hills will be noticeably positive for a long, long time.