About Tummy Tuck Surgery
Feel like your stomach is starting to sag? If you’ve got excess fat, sagging skin, and stretch marks in your abdominal area, you may be interested in a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). Sagging skin and unwanted fat in the abdominal area can be frustrating despite efforts to reduce it. Significant weight loss, childbirth, and aging are the typical reasons why you may not be able to attain a slim and tight tummy. An abdominoplasty is a body contouring surgery that produces attractive outcomes for patients with loose skin. Los Angeles, CA double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey Keyes performs tummy tucks that are tailored to the amount of loose skin on your abdomen. This cosmetic treatment at Geoffrey R. Keyes, M.D., F.A.C.S. allows you the opportunity to have a toned, smaller abdomen and more self-confidence. Contact us to schedule your consultation.
"I chose Dr. Keyes after looking for the best plastic surgeon in California for my daughter’s rhinoplasty. From the very first appointment, I felt she was in the right hands. He showed us exactly what he was going to do and what we could expect and sure enough, that’s what he delivered. She had very little pain and her nose looks amazing. I’m so glad we selected Dr. Keyes and Kimberley to care for my daughter. I highly recommend Dr. Keyes and staff!"- M.G. / Google / Jun 14, 2019
"Finding Dr. Keyes was fate. After having one of the worst rhinoplasty consultations from a top plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills (that quoted me an obscene amount),I was kind of unmotivated and scared to keep looking. Out of nowhere, Dr. Keyes showed up at my workplace. I remember thinking how kind and welcoming he was in our interaction. When I found out he was a plastic surgeon specializing in rhinoplasty I knew this was meant to be! He answered all my questions right then and there and told me to call his surgical assistant and manager, Kimberley, and let me tell you...Kimberley is AMAZING!!! Not only did Kimberley answer the phone immediately with the most comforting voice but she scheduled a consultation based on what worked best for my schedule. The consultation was so easy. I didn't even have to wait. They brought me in the room, took photos of my nose and next thing I know Dr. Keyes was in the room showing me what my nose could look like. He listened to what I had to say, what I was self conscious about, and really incorporated me into the treatment and what I could get out of it. Dr. Keyes and Kimberley made me feel welcome, comfortable, excited, and confident about my decision on getting my nose done. Scheduling my surgery was crazy because of my schedule at school and work. Kimberley always answered my calls and answered my concerns about rescheduling my surgery which made it very convenient for me. Surgery day was nerve wracking but exciting. The anesthesiology nurse even called me a few days before to make sure I was aware of the process and what would happen, addressed my concerns about surgery, and eased my nerves. Dr. Keyes, Kimberley, and all the nurses made sure I was okay, talked me through the process, and kept me updated on what was happening next. Next thing I know, I was waking up with Dr. Keyes and Kimberley by my side. They called that night to make sure I was okay and scheduled a time for me to come in the next day.From the time I woke up from surgery, I had barely any pain! Besides the swelling and bruising(which is expected), recover was so easy. I was up and about within a few days. The bruising and swelling went down within 5 to 7 days but that's patient specific.When I finally got my cast off, I couldn't believe how amazing my nose looked! I couldn't help but cry my eyes out. It was just what I wanted for sooo long. To this day, I still look at myself in the mirror and get all giddy inside. The best part is how NATURAL it turned out. I still look like ME and I LOVE it. People that knew me before the surgery just look at me and tell me something as changed but they can't pinpoint it. If you are looking for a natural looking nose that compliments your face and who you are as a person then Dr. Keyes is your guy!I have never felt so confident and beautiful in my life. I owe it all to Dr. Keyes and Kimberley!!!"- L.F. / Google / Jun 14, 2019
"Dr. Keyes and Kimberley are amazing! They treated me with respect and provided incredible care before and after surgery. I am 3 weeks post op from rhinoplasty surgery. The swelling has gone down tremendously and will continue to do so. I am thrilled with how it looks so far and I know it’ll only get better!"- A.W. / Google / May 22, 2019
"I have been a patient of Dr Keyes for over 17 years now and I highly recommend Dr Keyes. Over that period of time I have had breast augmentation, brow and lid lifts, nose job, lipo and botox treatments. I have been completely satisfied with the results and have always received professional and caring service from Dr Keyes, Kimberly, and staff. I recommended Dr Keyes to a college friend of mine years ago and she is also very happy with her breast augmentation from Dr Keyes. Unlike some cosmetic surgery offices, Dr Keyes will not comment on a body part unless YOU ask first. Check out his impressive credentials and go visit him for a consultation !"- I.G. / Google / May 22, 2019
"After interviewing three other Doctors for my girlfriends augmentation, we decided to go with Dr.Keyes. From his office, to his staff, Kimberley is amazing, we felt comfortable from the get go. We always felt he cared about us as people and the surgery was a marvelous success, he is a talented sculpture and he had had us following up with visits for months now just to make sure the healing is going along as it should. I would recommend him in a heartbeat!"- D.S. / Yelp / Feb 26, 2019
Tummy tuck surgery can be successful for both men and women. If you cannot lose or reduce sagging skin in addition to unwanted fat in the stomach, this cosmetic surgery can help create a slimming and more toned look. Dr. Keyes suggests you be at a stable weight before undergoing this treatment. Body contouring surgeries like the tummy tuck are not procedures to help you lose weight — they surgically excise loose skin. A form of liposuction is usually incorporated during the procedure to reduce fat. Women interested in abdominoplasty should be past childbearing to ensure the results are not affected. Most of all, you need to be healthy and have realistic expectations as to how your abdomen will look post-op.
Dr. Keyes will perform your tummy tuck with general anesthesia in an outpatient setting. The amount of skin that needs to be removed will dictate the type of tummy tuck you will need. A mini tummy tuck involves a smaller incision at the pubic line. A traditional tummy tuck incision will be made from hipbone to hipbone. An extended tummy tuck involves an incision that goes past the hip bone and on to the flanks to tighten the "love handle" area. Once the incision is made, Dr. Keyes will remove excess fatty tissue with liposuction, excise sagging skin, and tighten the muscles in the abdominal wall. These surgical techniques will create a nicely contoured abdomen. Upon completion, you will be sutured closed and sent to recovery.
What to Expect
Following this procedure, you will be carefully examined and sent home wearing a compression wrap to decrease swelling. Walking upright will be hard to accomplish for a while, so you should take it easy for a few days. Resuming normal movement becomes less painful once the tightness subsides and the incision heals. You can go back to your everyday activities somewhere around two weeks. Workouts can begin around eight weeks or earlier if you are given permission by Dr. Keyes. The midsection will feel tight and uncomfortable, but you will look and feel normal again once healed.
Surgical incisions for your abdominoplasty will vary based on which technique is used. During all tummy tucks, Dr. Keyes uses the smallest incisions needed to minimize scarring. He also places incisions in areas that are less visible (through the belly button or in the pubic region) so they may be hidden by underwear or a swimsuit. Following your tummy tuck, it is important to adhere to your scar management instructions so your stitches heal properly and eventually blend into your natural ski
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a tummy tuck cost?
At the time of your initial consultation, Dr. Keyes will develop your unique procedure plan to address your concerning abdominal area before estimating costs. He will be able to better estimate your costs when the type of abdominoplasty is selected, which technique will be used, which anesthesia you will need, and other factors.
What type of tummy tuck should I get?
There are three common techniques for abdominoplasty: traditional, mini, and extended tummy tucks. During your initial consultation, Dr. Keyes will listen to your concerns and goals before performing a physical exam. Then, he can help you decide the technique that will produce your best results. A full abdominoplasty is better if you would like to correct loose skin in both the lower and upper stomach, whereas a mini abdominoplasty is better for issues under your belly button, such as a "pooch." The extended technique can address issues in the stomach plus your upper thighs and hips.
Can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?
If get pregnant following an abdominoplasty, it will affect your plastic surgery results. Dr. Keyes strongly encourages that you be finished building your family before you get a tummy tuck. If you do become pregnant following your tummy tuck, another surgery may be done to refresh your stomach.
Can I combine a tummy tuck with another surgery?
Many of our plastic surgery patients add a secondary body contouring surgery with a tummy tuck to give them more dramatic results. At your initial consultation with Dr. Keyes, talk to him about your desires so a surgical plan may be created to match your aesthetic goals. You might combine a tummy tuck with a thighplasty for a lower body lift or other areas for all over body contouring. If you want to rejuvenate your body after having children or losing a lot of weight, you might be a good candidate for after weight loss surgery or a mommy makeover.
The Abs you deserve
Find out more about the tummy tuck and the other aesthetic procedures we offer and arrange a consultation today. Our skilled, double-board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Keyes, regularly serves patients in the Greater Los Angeles, CA area and will be happy to help you reach your aesthetic goals. We invite you to call Geoffrey R. Keyes, M.D., F.A.C.S. for more information.