Tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) is a procedure that treats excess fat and skin around the abdomen. These problems can be impossible to treat with diet and exercise, especially after weight loss or pregnancy. Here in Southern California, Dr. Krugman performs the tummy tuck for women and men who desire a flatter abdomen.
Who Can Benefit From a Tummy Tuck?
- If you have sagging or loose abdominal tissue, you may be a candidate for abdominoplasty.
- A protruding abdomen is often a result of weight loss and pregnancy, when the skin stretches to accommodate larger body size.
- Separated or weakened abdominal muscles are a separate problem, which is also repaired during a tummy tuck.
Tummy Tuck in Orange County: What to Expect
- Any goals and desires you have for your procedure will be discussed during the consultation. Your abdomen will be examined as you are lying down and standing up. Dr. Krugman will determine the best surgical plan and may make markings to guide him during surgery.
- General anesthetic is typically used for the greatest comfort during the tummy tuck. You may also be given local anesthetic with intravenous sedation.
- A horizontal incision is placed just above the pubic area but typically still below the underwear line. A secondary incision may be made around the navel.
- Loose underlying tissue and abdominal muscle are brought together and secured in place. Liposuction may be used to remove excess fat deposits. Excess abdominal skin is pulled downward and removed. A new, higher position is made for the naval and the naval is attached in place.
- The affected layers of muscle, tissue and skin are secured using internal sutures. Fine external sutures are used to attach the outer layer of skin in place.
What Happens After a Tummy Tuck?
- Drain tubes are often placed to allow the drainage of fluid from the incisions. Gauze or dressings are applied to the incision areas. Elastic bandages may be used to hold the tissue in its new position.
- There may be some initial discomfort, which can be treated with medication. Icing of the areas and regular movement can help limit swelling and promote healing.
- Dressings, drains and gauze may be removed after a few days. Sutures are typically removed in stages over the first few weeks. A support garment may be worn at this time to help keep the tissues in place and promote healing.
- Swelling and bruising may take several weeks to resolve. After the swelling has gone down, the overall appearance of the procedure may become more clear.
- Normal activities may often be resumed in 1-3 weeks. More strenuous activity such as exercise may need to wait for 1-2 months.
Alternatives to a Tummy Tuck
- In less serious situations with good skin elasticity, liposuction may be performed by itself. This will remove excess fat without adjusting the amount of skin or tissue.
- If you have larger body contouring issues in addition to your abdomen, a lower body lift may be performed. In this procedure, the tummy tuck is combined with a thigh lift or buttocks lift to provide a dramatic change in your midsection.
- Mothers recovering from pregnancy may wish to combine the tummy tuck with a mommy makeover. This procedure includes a breast lift or augmentation as needed.
Schedule Your Consultation
Dr. Krugman will go through all potential complications during your initial consultation. He will be happy to address any concerns you may have and show you pictures of past patients. Call 714‐972‐1811 to schedule a consultation. Our office is located in the Tustin/Santa Ana area at 720 N. Tustin Ave., Suite 202, Santa Ana, CA 92705.