Your Tummy Tuck Procedure
Your procedure will take place in the safety of our fully accredited, state-of-the-art facility. General anesthesia is usually recommended for this procedure, but local anesthesia with sedation may be appropriate for smaller surgeries.
The surgeon first places the incisions in the appropriate location based on your surgical plan. Skin and muscle are then separated and liposuction is performed using a very fine cannula. Our surgeons take their time in order to remove as much excess fatty tissue as possible. The muscle walls are tightened and extra skin is removed to create a flattering contour. Finally, the belly button is repositioned to a natural location.
We recommend patients wear special compression garments after surgery to minimize swelling and support the abdomen as it heals. In addition to prescribed painkillers, your surgeon may recommend natural anti-inflammatories such as arnica, bromelain, and turmeric to help alleviate bruising and swelling.
Staying mobile after tummy tuck surgery is important to decrease the risk of blood clots, but be careful not to overdo it. Any activity that increases your heart rate has the potential to worsen swelling and cause complications. Take short, easy walks as soon as you feel ready, but avoid exercise until your surgeon says it's OK. Most tummy tuck patients are able to return to work within 1 to 2 weeks.
Enhancing Your Look
Tummy tuck surgery is often a great complement to procedures such as a breast lift or breast augmentation. Many of our patients also benefit from laser treatments to reduce the appearance of scars. During your consultation, you and your surgeon can discuss the potential benefit of adding another procedure to your tummy tuck.
Ready to get started? Request a consultation at Cosmetic Surgery Institute online, or call us at (760) 837-0364 to schedule your appointmen