Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Associates
Vincent D. Lepore, MD
2581 Samaritan Drive #102
San Jose, CA 95124
(408) 356-4241

Tummy Tuck

Many people have excess 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 lost tissue elasticity through the aging process. With a tummy tuck, people from San Jose, Palo Alto, and Los Gatos, CA, have the firm, flat midsections they desire. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Vincent Lepore removes unwanted fat and drooping skin and tightens abdominal wall muscles that have been stretched due to pregnancy or weight fluctuation.

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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
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    Case #201

    This patient, in her 30s, has had 3 children. Because of the changes in her body, she would like to restore some contour to her abdomen and hips.As this patient discussed her concerns with Dr. Lepo... View Case 

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    San Jose Bariatric Surgery.This case is an example of Body Lift in San Jose. This patient is a 35-year Bay Area woman who had worked hard at losing approximately 160 pounds. She wanted a... View Case 

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    Case #16

    Like many women investigating tummy tuck at our San Jose practice, this 44-year-old mother wanted to regain some of her pre-pregnancy contours. Specifically, she wanted a tighter tummy an... View Case 

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    Case #84

    Abdominoplasty-San JoseThis young woman presents another example of the beautiful results that can be achieved through Tummy Tuck and Liposuction surgery.  This San Jose Tummy Tuck was perform... View Case 

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. Through pregnancy, aging, weight fluctuation, heredity, or other factors can cause you to:

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

With an abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, women can improve these conditions.

Can I Have Liposuction Instead of a Tummy Tuck?

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:

  • Tighten drooping or sagging skin
  • Repair stretched abdominal muscles that cause a belly bulge
  • Reshape an enlarged belly button
    • Dr. Lepore regularly performs both tummy tucks and liposuction for his Los Gatos and Palo Alto patients. He can help you determine which would work better for you or combine the procedures for more significant body contouring.

      Dr. Vincent Lepore

      Board-certified and Stanford-trained, Dr. Vincent Lepore is trusted by countless San Jose-area men and women to create the results they want using today's most reliable techniques. Get to know this remarkable surgeon.

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      Your Tummy Tuck Surgery

      Dr. Lepore creates a surgical plan based on the physical exam he performs during your consultation, your medical history, and your 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 procedure, Dr. Lepore makes a horizontal incision stretching between the hip bones just above the pubic area. For women who have had children, Dr. Lepore repairs abdominal muscles stretched and weakened by pregnancy and childbirth. Tummy tucks may also be combined with liposuction to remove excess fat from the abdominal area and to create smooth contours. Dr. Lepore then pulls the skin taut and removes the excess before suturing the incision.

      A tummy tuck procedure may also involve Dr. Lepore making a second incision around the belly button to address the upper abdomen. Dr. Lepore then repositions the belly button for a cosmetically pleasing look. Some patients may be candidates for a mini tummy tuck, which is limited to the area below the navel. That is something you can discuss with Dr. Lepore during the consultation.

      Tummy Tuck Recovery

      When you return home, you may have drainage tubes that help prevent the buildup of fluids at the incision locations. Dr. Lepore typically removes these tubes within a week of the operation. He asks patients to wear a specialized, tight-fitting garment to help in the recovery and healing process.

      Combining Treatments With a Tummy Tuck

      Women who choose abdominoplasty to address physical changes caused by pregnancy often 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. Combining different procedures is safe in healthy patients, and effective, especially following significant weight loss or pregnancy.

      Dr. Lepore thoroughly discusses all of these options during your consultation and carefully plans the surgery to incorporate the various procedures. Combining procedures doesn't necessarily result in a longer recovery period.

      You can find common questions about abdominoplasty surgery on our Tummy Tuck FAQ page.

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      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.

      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 board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lepore, who has been in practice since 1987. You can request a free cosmetic consultation online or call his office at (408) 356-4241 to discuss surgical options.

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