Most commonly known as the “tummy tuck”, abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure in which excess fat and skin are removed from the stomach and weakened or torn muscles are tightened and/or repaired. The result is a reduced stomach that is firmer and flatter.
At Shumway Cosmetic Surgery, we perform three different “degrees” of the tummy tuck. At your consultation, Dr. Shumway will explain all three and discuss which procedure is best suited for you.
Whether male or female, the best tummy tuck candidates are those who are in good physical and emotional health and are at a stabilized body weight. If you are planning to lose weight or become pregnant, it’s a good idea to postpone your tummy tuck.
The procedure is most effective for removing excess fat and skin that doesn’t respond to diet or exercise. However, a tummy tuck is not a replacement for weight loss, and as with all cosmetic surgeries, a patient needs to have reasonable expectations.
If this sounds like you, the next step would be to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shumway at our La Jolla office in Southern California.
The San Diego area of Southern California is the home of Shumway Cosmetic Surgery. Located in beautiful La Jolla, we are dedicated to the aesthetic enhancement of our patients.
Dr. Robert A. Shumway, MD, FACS received his training at the nation’s finest medical centers. He has taught cosmetic surgery techniques at Duke, UCLA, and UCSD and is a trustee of the California Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Shumway stresses the importance of close post-operative care; careful instruction is given to all patients to expedite their recoveries.
During your surgery, Dr. Shumway will make a horizontal incision between the pubic bone and navel. Through this opening, he will repair the weakened stomach muscles and remove excess fat and skin.
Following your surgery, bandages may be applied to your incision and a small drainage tube inserted beneath the skin may be used temporarily to rid the body of any excess fluids.
Because a tummy tuck is often performed on an outpatient basis, you can go home the same day. After the surgery is complete you may be asked to wear a compression garment, which will hold everything “in place” and help reduce swelling.
During the first few days after surgery, you will experience swelling. This should settle down after a few days and resolve completely within 2 to 6 months. Within a couple of weeks after your surgery you will be able to start noticing your new sleeker look!
Most people can return to work within 1 to 2 weeks, but you need to remember that this is major surgery, and you will need to take it easy. For example, exercise is generally not permitted for at least 6 weeks.
The results of a tummy tuck will vary greatly depending on the patient. End results and expectations will be discussed at length in your consultation with Dr. Shumway.