Tummy Tuck Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Pasadena, Covina, Arcadia, & Hollywood, California

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.

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 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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