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Tummy Tuck


Over time, many people find that weight fluctuations and the effects of age cause the abdominal skin and muscles to stretch, creating a protruding abdomen that is difficult or impossible to correct with diet and exercise. Fortunately, Dr. Martin O’Toole offers a variety of tummy tuck options to patients who want tighter, smoother stomachs. Your tummy tuck can be customized to satisfy your unique aesthetic goals.

Candidates for a Tummy Tuck

The best candidates for a tummy tuck are healthy men and women close to their ideal body weight who are bothered by stubborn fat deposits or loose skin in the abdominal region. A tummy tuck is particularly popular among women after pregnancy, because childbearing tends to stretch the abdominal skin and muscles permanently. It is a good idea, however, for mothers to wait until they are finished having children before undergoing a tummy tuck since future pregnancies could undo the benefits of your procedure.

Patients who are planning to lose significant weight should also wait before undergoing a tummy tuck since the procedure is most effective after weight loss. Those who have already lost large amounts of weight may be better candidates for extended abdominoplasty, which is a more thorough treatment. If you only need to tighten muscles below the belly button, then you might be a candidate for a mini tummy tuck.

Tummy tucks are also popular as a companion to other body lift procedures performed during post-bariatric plastic surgery.

The Tummy Tuck Procedure and Recovery

Patients who visit Pasadena Cosmetic Surgery for their tummy tuck enjoy access to state-of-the-art facilities and the latest techniques available. The entire process is designed with your comfort and convenience in mind. Because surgery includes a tightening of the abdominal muscles, most patients prefer general anesthesia.

Once the anesthesia has taken effect, Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Martin O’Toole makes incisions in locations that will be best concealed by your clothes while allowing the most effective treatment possible. These incisions give Dr. O’Toole access to the abdominal muscles, which he tightens with sutures as necessary. Next, he separates the navel from the abdominal skin, trims away excess skin folds, and stretches the remaining skin down across the abdomen.

Liposuction may also be appropriate to help remove excess fat. After creating a new hole for the navel, Dr. O’Toole stitches the abdominal skin back into place along the incision sites, leaving room for a surgical drain that will speed the healing process and reduce the likelihood of complications. Dr. O’Toole will also place a pain pump for three to five days after your surgery to help lessen your pain.

Recovering from a tummy tuck takes several weeks. Most patients are able to go home the first night after surgery. Swelling and discomfort are common in the first days after surgery, but they can be controlled with medication. It is a good idea to rest in bed for a few days. As soon as possible, though, you should begin gentle exercise, such as light walking, to help speed the healing process and avoid complications like blood clots, which may form in the legs.

Within about two weeks, you should be ready to return to work and other normal daily activities. Dr. O’Toole generally recommends that you wear a special compression garment, even after returning to work, in order to promote healing and control swelling. It is important to avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for at least six weeks after surgery, at which point healing should be complete.

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Tummy Tuck Benefits

Abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a tummy tuck, can offer a number of physical and emotional benefits. First and foremost, the removal of loose and sagging skin combined with the elimination of fatty deposits in the abdomen can improve clothing options, increase feelings of confidence, and enhance self-esteem. These benefits are some of the most common following tummy tuck surgery, though certainly not the only ones that make this body contouring procedure well worth it.

If you are considering tummy tuck surgery in the Los Angeles area, please contact Pasadena Cosmetic Surgery online or by calling our office at (626) 671-1756 to schedule your free body contouring consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Martin O’Toole.

Physical Benefits

Excess fat and loose skin in the midsection can interfere with physical abilities. Once removed, it is not uncommon for energy levels to increase along with enhanced comfort, making it easier to begin leading a more active lifestyle.

In addition to removing unsightly skin and stubborn fat deposits during your tummy tuck procedure, Dr. O’Toole will tighten your abdominal muscles to draw in the waist and restore proper tension throughout the core. This process can act as a springboard for further sculpting and toning, allowing you to strengthen your abdominals and create a defined and ideally contoured midsection. While this benefit does not automatically follow tummy tuck surgery, it is within reach of most abdominoplasty patients and is something that can be pursued as soon as recovery is complete.

To be a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery, you must be willing to take steps to maintain your body contouring results. This means adopting a healthier lifestyle complete with a well-balanced diet and plenty of exercise. During your free abdominoplasty consultation with Dr. O’Toole, techniques that can help improve your health will be discussed in more detail.

Emotional Benefits

As with most body contouring procedures, the results produced by tummy tuck surgery can have a profoundly positive impact on how your view your body. This, in turn, can help improve confidence and feelings of self-worth. Studies have found that positive attitude in combination with improved physical activity can combine to enhance a person’s overall quality of life. While it is impossible to guarantee this particular result, dedicating yourself to a healthier lifestyle following your tummy tuck surgery can certainly help pave the way for these life-enhancing benefits. To learn more, please call our board-certified Los Angeles body contouring surgeon at (626) 671-1756 and schedule your free tummy tuck consultation today.

Mini Tummy Tuck

At Pasadena Cosmetic Surgery, we will only recommend a procedure if it is the right choice to address your desired cosmetic goals. There are many instances where a full tummy tuck may be more than is necessary to deliver the results you are looking for. In these cases, Dr. O’Toole may recommend a mini tummy tuck instead.

A mini tummy tuck is an ideal option for patients whose needs are more limited, but who would still benefit from undergoing surgery to remove excess fat and skin from the abdomen. The procedure only tightens muscles from the navel down. As a result, the best mini tummy tuck candidates are people who experience a bit of a “pooch” stomach below the belly button. If you have some excess fat and skin in this region but do not require the extensive tightening achieved by a full tummy tuck, then a mini tummy tuck may be the right procedure for you.

Your Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure

In this less invasive variation of a conventional tummy tuck, Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Martin O’Toole does not relocate the navel. The incisions required are shorter because treatment is limited to the area below the belly button.

A mini tummy tuck typically takes about 90 minutes to perform. Dr. O’Toole will make the incision below the bikini line to ensure that your scar will not be visible when wearing clothes. Excess skin and fat below the navel are removed, and the muscles in the region are tightened. Your skin is then stretched downward to provide a more pleasing contour.

In most instances, Dr. O’Toole will combine a mini tummy tuck with liposuction for enhanced results.

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Mini Tummy Tuck Recovery

You may experience some minor discomfort after the procedure, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. There is no need for a pain pump, which is generally used with a full tummy tuck.

Dr. O’Toole will place you in a compression garment to facilitate the healing process. You should be able to stand up straight right after your mini tummy tuck. This is much different than the recovery process after a full tummy tuck, where you will be bent at the waist and unable to stand up straight for about a week.

Patients usually return to work within a few days, and full recovery takes about a month. Make sure to avoid strenuous activity or heavy lifting while you recover.

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Please contact Pasadena Cosmetic Surgery today to schedule your complimentary mini-tummy tuck consultation. Dr. Martin O’Toole serves patients in Los Angeles, Arcadia, Covina, and Hollywood, California.

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