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Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck surgery is performed to correct a protruding abdomen, which often results from aging, pregnancy, and weight loss. The skin can become permanently stretched and sag in the stomach area, and weight gain and pregnancy can cause the abdominal muscles to stretch and tear. These conditions are often irreparable through diet and exercise. Tummy tuck surgery removes excess skin and fat and can tighten the underlying abdominal muscles to provide a flatter, more defined midsection.

The Benefits of a Tummy Tuck

  • A more attractive figure
  • Clothing fits better and more comfortably
  • Increased confidence

Tummy Tuck Options

Tummy tuck surgery can be performed using various techniques, and it is customized to meet the unique needs of each patient. During your consultation, Dr. Jazayeri will help determine the right tummy tuck option for you.

Mini Tummy Tuck

  • Addresses only the central lower abdomen
  • The incision is similar to that of a C-section
  • Removes excess fat and skin
  • Does not address stretched abdominal muscles
  • Does not address loose skin near or above the navel
  • Least invasive technique
  • Can be performed under local anesthesia

Standard Tummy Tuck

  • Addresses the lower and upper abdomen
  • The incision is made across the pelvis from hip to hip
  • Removes excess fat and skin
  • Can correct stretched abdominal muscles
  • Creates a new navel
  • Performed under general anesthesia

Extended Tummy Tuck

  • Addresses the lower and upper abdomen as well as the flanks ("love handles")
  • The incision is made across the pelvis and extends to the patient's side
  • Removes excess fat and skin
  • Can correct stretched abdominal muscles
  • Creates a new navel
  • Performed under general anesthesia

Frequently Asked Tummy Tuck Questions

A: Ideal tummy tuck patients are physically healthy and at or near their desired weight. Candidates should have maintained a stable weight for several months prior to the procedure. They should also be in good health or any medical condition should be well controlled.

A: Tummy tuck surgery will remove stretch marks from the lower abdomen if they are located on the skin that is removed during surgery.

A: The recovery for a mini tummy tuck is faster than the other methods because it is less invasive and does not require general anesthesia. With the standard and extended tummy tuck, drains are placed under the skin to help remove any excess fluid and are removed about 7 to 10 days after surgery. Patients should avoid physical activity and exercise for six weeks, after which point they may gradually resume exercise. However, exercises involving the abdominal muscles are not encouraged until the muscles have fully healed.

The results of tummy tuck surgery are generally permanent and can be maintained by following a healthy diet and exercise regimen. Significant weight gain or subsequent pregnancy will negatively affect the results.

A: The total cost of tummy tuck surgery will depend on a variety of factors, including the technique used, anesthesia fees, facility fees, prescriptions, and the surgeon's fee. According to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the average surgeon fee for tummy tuck surgery was $5,493 in 2014.


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