When abdominal muscles and skin have been stretched by pregnancy, weight fluctuation, or aging, it is nearly impossible to regain a taut midsection. An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, at our Palm Desert location is an ideal solution for men and women who have poor muscle tone or excess skin in the abdominal area. Cosmetic Surgery Institute takes a 2-step approach to tummy tuck surgery that combines liposuction for fat removal with the surgical techniques for tightening the muscles and eliminating excess skin. This method results in firmer body contours and a flatter torso.
We frequently have patients visit our practice for tummy tuck surgery from Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, and beyond. Request a complimentary consultation online or call (760) 837-0364 to discuss your options.
Are You a Candidate?
Tummy tuck surgery is a specialized procedure. Although it can be modified to fit each patient's needs, generally tummy tuck patients visit Cosmetic Surgery Institute with similar concerns. A traditional tummy tuck treats the following 3 issues:
- Loose, hanging skin left over from pregnancy or dramatic weight loss
- Separated, damaged, or weak abdominal muscles
- Unwanted fat
Therefore, most tummy tuck patients are either women who have had children or people who have lost a significant amount of weight, leaving behind empty skin that simply can't be reduced with exercise. During your consultation, you and your surgeon will discuss topics such as your medical history, lifestyle, and the cost of a tummy tuck to determine your eligibility for the procedure.
We perform both tummy tuck surgery and hernia repair, and we can combine the procedures in most cases. Because hernia repair is typically considered a medically necessary procedure, we can bill if your insurance policy is a preferred provider organization that allows treatment by physicians outside your network. The tummy tuck is rarely covered by medical insurance and therefore likely not covered. We can help you work with your insurance carrier to determine your specific coverage.
Cosmetic Surgery Institute understands the importance of addressing the body in an artistic manner. That's why our surgeons take great care to tailor every tummy tuck procedure to the patient's body type and use incision patterns that correlate with natural anatomical lines. With a combination of technical skill, strategic planning, and artistic vision, our surgeons can achieve highly individualized results for every body shape.
There are 3 basic types of tummy tucks: mini, traditional, and extended.
- The mini tummy tuck procedure requires only short incisions and is best for individuals who are physically fit but may have a small amount of excess skin or fatty deposits in their lower abdomen.
- A traditional tummy tuck, the most common approach, involves an incision that runs between the pelvic bones and removes a larger amount of skin or fat from the midsection, in addition to repairing the abdominal muscles. There may also be an incision around the belly button. This procedure is typically beneficial for people who have lost weight or women who have had children.
- An extended tummy tuck corrects sagging skin in the abdomen as well as on the hips, sides (flanks), and lower back. This approach is generally recommended for people who have excess fat and skin in these areas, often after a major weight loss.
Because our doctors typically perform liposuction in addition to tummy tuck surgery, our patients enjoy an average weight loss of 10 to 20 pounds after their procedures. Removing the extra fat in addition to tightening the abdominal walls and removing excess skin enables our surgeons to sculpt a leaner, more attractive waistline and create dramatic results. Additionally, many of our patients have found that tightening the abdomen leaves the stomach less room to expand, so they feel fuller faster and lose more weight after their surgery.
About Our Doctors
Plastic surgeons Dr. Mo Zakhireh and Dr. Clark Taylor balance art and science using innovative procedures with skillful execution. Under their experienced direction, you can become the best version of yourself.
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.