Tummy Tuck

Many people have excess abdominal fat and skin that cannot be corrected through diet and exercise. These concerns are especially common for women who have had multiple pregnancies or people who have experienced significant weight fluctuations. Stretched, lax skin can also occur as part of the aging process. With abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck, people from San Jose, Palo Alto, and Los Gatos, CA, can attain the firm, flat midsections they desire. At Reveal Plastic Surgery, our board-certified plastic surgeons can rejuvenate your abdominal area to renew your comfort and confidence.

Request a free consultation with one of our surgeons at Reveal Plastic Surgery or call (408) 356-4241 to schedule your appointment today.

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Tummy Tuck Candidates

No matter how hard you work to maintain a healthy lifestyle and fit appearance, you may not be able to tighten up your stomach area the way you’d like. Pregnancy, aging, weight fluctuations, heredity, or other factors can cause you to:

  • Lose muscle tone
  • Form stubborn fat deposits
  • Develop loose and sagging skin

Our surgeons personalize abdominoplasty to the unique needs of each patient.

How Do I Know if I Need a Tummy Tuck or Lipo?

Liposuction is another body contouring procedure that many people consider when they want to reduce excess fat. While liposuction is highly effective in removing unwanted fat in common problem areas, it cannot:

  • Remove sagging skin or stretch marks
  • Repair stretched abdominal muscles that cause a belly bulge
  • Reshape an enlarged belly button
  • Improve the appearance of a C-section scar

If you’re concerned about small pockets of fat and your skin retains most of its elasticity, liposuction alone may produce your desired results. Our surgeons often use liposuction during tummy tuck surgery to sculpt a contoured abdominal area and ensure smooth results. They can help you determine whether liposuction, a tummy tuck, or both would best suit your goals.

What Is the Difference Between a Mini Tummy Tuck and a Full Tummy Tuck?

A mini tummy tuck is an abbreviated version of a full tummy tuck that is appropriate for a limited group of patients. Review the table for a comparison.

Full Tummy Tuck vs. Mini Tummy Tuck

ConsiderationFull Tummy TuckMini Tummy Tuck
Treatment AreaBelow the ribs to above the pubic areaBelow the bellybutton to above the pubic area
IncisionHorizontal incision between the hip bones just above the pubic area. A second incision around the bellybutton.Shorter horizontal incision above the pubic area.
Bellybutton ReshapedYesNo
Abdominal Muscles RepairedYesNo
Recovery Period*Return to work: 2 to 4 weeks Resume exercise: 6 weeksReturn to work: 2 weeks Resume exercise: 4 weeks
ConsiderationFull Tummy Tuck
Treatment AreaBelow the ribs to above the pubic area
IncisionHorizontal incision between the hip bones just above the pubic area. A second incision around the bellybutton.
Bellybutton ReshapedYes
Abdominal Muscles RepairedYes
Recovery Period*Return to work: 2 to 4 weeks Resume exercise: 6 weeks
ConsiderationMini Tummy Tuck
Treatment AreaBelow the bellybutton to above the pubic area
IncisionShorter horizontal incision above the pubic area.
Bellybutton ReshapedNo
Abdominal Muscles RepairedNo
Recovery Period*Return to work: 2 weeks Resume exercise: 4 weeks

*Timeframes are approximate; patient experiences vary.

Combining Treatments With a Tummy Tuck

Often, women who choose abdominoplasty to address physical changes caused by pregnancy and breastfeeding combine the tummy tuck with other procedures as part of a mommy makeover. The most common choices include cosmetic breast surgeries such as a breast lift or breast augmentation , along with liposuction. For healthy patients, combining multiple procedures is safe and effective, especially following significant weight loss or pregnancy.

Your surgeon will thoroughly discuss all these options during your consultation and carefully plan the surgery to incorporate the various procedures. Combining procedures doesn’t necessarily result in a longer recovery period.

Your Tummy Tuck Surgery

Your surgeon will create a surgical plan based on your physical exam, medical history, and personal cosmetic goals. Abdominoplasty may be performed using a local anesthetic combined with sedation or using general anesthesia, depending on your specific needs.

At the outset of the full tummy tuck procedure, your surgeon makes a horizontal incision stretching between the hip bones just above the pubic area. He makes a second incision around the bellybutton to address the upper abdomen. If necessary, your surgeon repairs abdominal muscles stretched and weakened by pregnancy and childbirth. He may use liposuction to remove excess fat on the abdomen or flanks and create smooth contours. Your surgeon then pulls the abdominal skin taut, creates an opening to reposition the belly button, and removes the excess before suturing the incision.

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Tummy Tuck Recovery

When you return home, you may have drainage tubes that help prevent the buildup of fluids at the incision locations. Our surgeons typically remove these tubes within a week of the operation. They ask their patients to wear a specialized, tight-fitting garment to help in the recovery and healing process.

Your Tummy Tuck Results

For a week or two after surgery, you will experience some swelling and may need to avoid positions that would put extra strain on your incisions. After the recovery period, you will be able to stand up straight and see your slim, firmer shape. To maintain the results of your abdominoplasty, it is important to continue to eat well and exercise regularly.

Our Plastic Surgeons

Our board-certified plastic surgeons have decades of combined experience performing cosmetic procedures for the face, breasts, and body. Their expertise, superior care, and impressive outcomes draw patients from across the San Francisco Bay Area. Their caring, down-to-earth personalities cultivate lasting doctor-patient relationships.

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Tummy Tuck FAQ

How much does a tummy tuck cost in San Jose, CA?

The cost of a tummy tuck in the Bay Area, as with all cosmetic plastic surgery, depends on a range of factors, including the extent of the procedure itself and whether you want to combine it with other treatments. Our doctors are committed to making cosmetic surgery accessible to as many patients as possible and offer financing plans for qualified individuals.

Can I have more children after a tummy tuck?

It is completely safe to become pregnant and have children after undergoing a tummy tuck, but it may affect your cosmetic results by stretching the abdominal muscles and skin. If you are planning to have a child in the future, you should discuss those plans with your surgeon during your consultation. He will work with you to find a treatment plan that fits your lifestyle.

How much weight can I lose with a tummy tuck?

Although a tummy tuck does contour the body and remove small amounts of fat, it is not a weight-loss surgery. A tummy tuck is effective for patients who have already lost a significant amount of weight, either after pregnancy, through lifestyle changes, or after undergoing bariatric surgery. Good candidates for a tummy tuck are at or near the weight they want to maintain and are in good overall health. Our surgeons are happy to meet with patients who are interested in losing weight and finishing off their transformations with a tummy tuck or other procedure.

How long do the results of a tummy tuck last?

The results of a tummy tuck last indefinitely. Patients who exercise and make healthy lifestyle choices can enjoy a flatter midsection for years.

Your Next Step

Researching procedures online can be helpful in guiding your decisions about plastic surgery. However, the best way to decide what’s right for you is to meet with one of the board-certified plastic surgeons at Reveal Plastic Surgery. To find out if a tummy tuck is right for you, request a free cosmetic consultation using the online form or call our office at (408) 356-4241 to discuss surgical options.

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