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Sometimes, despite your best efforts to eat healthy and exercise, you may not see the toned, flat abdomen you’ve worked so hard for. Women who have given birth face a unique set of challenges when it comes to obtaining a firm tummy. Patients from all walks of life can suffer from excess skin or weakened abdominal muscles. This may be caused by aging, your natural body type, dramatic weight loss, or pregnancy. For many, the comprehensive results of a tummy tuck can offer life-changing improvements to their body and self-confidence.


What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that addresses excess skin and fat in the abdominal area. The goal is to tighten and contour the appearance of your abdomen. Tummy tucks are performed alone or in combination with other procedures like liposuction for optimal results. They can also be part of a larger transformation journey after weight loss, a body lift, or pregnancy in a mommy makeover.

During your consultation, your surgeon will listen carefully to your goals and perform an examination so they can help you develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs. They will answer any questions you have and explain what to expect before, during, and after your procedure.

At Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, our tummy tuck procedure has helped thousands of patients achieve their desired results and improve their confidence. As board-certified plastic surgeons with decades of combined experience, we aim to deliver the best care, from consultation to post-op. We also want your treatment to be accessible and affordable. That’s why we offer various financing options, which we are happy to discuss with you during your consultation. 

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Your surgeon will likely perform your tummy tuck under general anesthesia to maximize your comfort. Typically, tummy tuck surgery takes between two and five hours.

During your tummy tuck, one of our world-class plastic surgeons will carefully make an incision along your lower abdomen, which will be located beneath your bikini line to minimize visible scarring. Next, they will remove excess skin and fat to flatten the appearance of your abdominal area.

Your surgeon may also tighten your underlying abdominal muscles. Depending on your cosmetic needs and desired results, they may also use multiple liposuction techniques during your tummy tuck. There are several different tummy tuck techniques available, and our expert surgeons at Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery can recommend the procedure that is right for you during your consultation. The types of tummy tuck procedures include: 

Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck targets the central area between your belly button and pubic area, where excess skin and fat tend to gather in a “pooch.” This procedure is less extensive than a traditional abdominoplasty, so your recovery may be quicker. The incision is made just above your pubic area. 

Standard Tummy Tuck

A traditional or full tummy tuck procedure treats a larger area than the mini. Your surgeon will remove excess tissue and tighten skin and damaged muscles for a slimmer appearance throughout the abdomen. A standard tummy tuck usually requires a longer incision made from hip to hip below the bikini line and sometimes also involves a second incision around the belly button.

Extended Tummy Tuck

For patients that also want to address excess fat around the flanks and “love handles,” an extended tummy tuck may be needed. In this procedure, the incision is similar to that of a standard tummy tuck but extends to the sides of the hips as well.

After your abdominoplasty, our surgical team will monitor you in a recovery room until the anesthesia wears off. In most cases, you can go home on the day of the surgery with the help of a spouse, friend, or family member. We also recommend they stay with you for at least your first night and possibly longer to help with childcare or routine chores while you heal.

Your recovery time will depend on the extent of your procedure and the techniques used. Most patients need one to two weeks of rest before returning to work and regular activities. However, with today’s work-from-home culture, you may not need to take as much time off of work. You may experience some swelling, bruising, and general discomfort during your healing process. If needed, your surgeon can prescribe pain medication.

You may need to wear a support garment for several weeks after your tummy tuck surgery. This can aid in the healing process and help in forming your new shape. During recovery, you should avoid body positions that strain your incision. It’s important to closely follow the aftercare instructions from your surgeon to ensure the best results.

You should start seeing improvements as your swelling fades, which may take a few weeks to several months. After your swelling disappears, you can enjoy a flatter, more toned abdomen free of sagging skin. After the procedure, our tummy tuck patients often report feeling more confident when wearing tight clothing, bathing suits, or going shirtless.

Although tummy tuck surgery does not guarantee lifetime results, the effects are long-lasting as long as you maintain a stable weight. You should practice a healthy diet and exercise routine to prolong your results. 

Both men and women can benefit from a tummy tuck to address excess skin and sagging tissue on the abdomen. The best candidates are within their ideal weight range and have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or less. Tummy tuck patients should also have realistic expectations about the procedure. Remember that an abdominoplasty is not a substitute for proper diet and exercise.

The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck is to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified surgeons. Our experts will be honest about the pros and cons of this treatment option to help you decide if it’s right for you.

The cost of a tummy tuck varies depending on your geographic location and your provider’s experience. On average, abdominoplasty procedures in the United States cost $6,154not including all associated expenses like anesthesia and facility fees.

This is only a rough estimate, however, and your actual cost will be based on your unique procedure and its complexity. Whether your tummy tuck involves liposuction or is combined with other procedures will also affect the price. For a more accurate cost estimate, we encourage you to consult with one of our Newport Beach surgeons.

Take the Next Step

As soon as you step into our Newport Beach office, our welcoming staff will carefully listen to your concerns and guide you through your treatment journey. The board-certified plastic surgeons at Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery will be happy to discuss your cosmetic goals, review the pros and cons of the treatment you are considering, and create a personalized treatment plan that will deliver the best outcome for you. 

To learn more about tummy tucks and the innovative treatments offered at Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA, contact our office by calling (949) 617-1168 or by filling out the consultation request form below.

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