When Tummy Tuck Is The Answer

It’s the “pooch” that won’t budge. Sometimes, countless crunches, low-fat, no-carb diets, lasering, stretching, lotions and creams- just can’t get rid of that area around your abdomen that’s sticking out or drooping. Shapewear can certainly help the outer appearance, but it only hides the reality.

Despite all the recent advances in cosmetic treatments- abdominoplasty surgery remains the tried and true method for getting rid of the bothersome bulge.  In the years since starting my practice in San Jose and Palo Alto-Tummy Tuck surgery has produced some of the most dramatic patient results and patient satisfaction.

Tummy Tuck, or Abdominoplasty, ranked 3rd in 2012, on the list of most frequent cosmetic surgical procedures for women, and 2nd for men. According to the survey by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, more than 150,000 Americans chose this option.

Why opt for surgery? And, who might be a good candidate? Here’s some help in answering those questions:

·          Post-Pregnancy:  Women who have gone through pregnancy often are left with muscles and connective tissue that have stretched, and sometimes even separated from the abdominal wall. The over-stressed muscles and tissue will not “snap back” into place, leaving a sagging “pouch” of muscle and skin.

·         Weight Loss:  Losing a lot of weight is a great achievement, but significant loss of fat will also leave loose skin.  If you’re on a weight loss regimen, you should wait until you’ve reached your goal before having an abdominoplasty, to insure your best result. You’ll also minimize some of the surgical risk, by being at a healthier weight.

·         Contour Improvement:  Sometimes, patients simply want smaller changes or        tightening, after being unable to reduce or flatten the abdomen.


As we mentioned earlier, both men and women benefit from tummy tucks.  That said, there are different types of tummy tucks to address different problems: the surgeries can be described as;

  • ·          Mini
  • ·         Standard
  • ·         Extended
  • ·         Circumfrential  (a “body lift” type of procedure)

Can I combine my Tummy Tuck with Liposuction?

Liposuction can, and is frequently performed in conjunction with a Tummy Tuck, in the same surgical session. There are limits, of course, to how much fat can safely be removed.  People often have these procedures, on an outpatient basis, in accredited surgical facilities.

What about recovery and healing?

You will need to plan for your recuperation after this surgery. It will take several weeks for your initial healing period. During this time, it’s very important to follow your doctor’s orders, including the directives for getting up and walking, even though you may be sore.  Generally, it will be 4 to 6 weeks before you can resume strenuous types of exercise. As always, we recommend that you do some homework before scheduling a Tummy Tuck. Your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon will be happy to answer all of your questions.  Results vary with the individual, but are usually long-lasting. 

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