Tummy Tuck in Los Angeles, CA

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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.

Ideal Candidates

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.

Surgical Technique

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.

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