Tummy tuck surgery, clinically known as abdominoplasty, is a procedure designed to remove excess skin and fat around the midsection. This provides an opportunity to reshape the abdominal area for men and women, helping rebuild confidence and a positive self-image.
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- 1 What is a Tummy Tuck?
- 2 Why Get a Tummy Tuck?
- 3 Before & After Photos
- 4 Who is a Good Candidate?
- 5 Consultation Overview
- 6 Tummy Tuck Preparation
- 7 Procedure Techniques
- 8 Ancillary Procedures
- 9 Recovery Expectations
- 10 Pricing
What is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure designed to remove loose, unwanted skin and fat from the abdomen. The procedure also restores weakened and stretched abdominal muscles, helping you gain a flatter and more defined shape. There are several tummy tuck techniques, but Dr. Michelle Eagan favors the No-Drain Tummy Tuck. As the name implies, this technique does not require postoperative drains, while still providing the same aesthetically pleasing, sculpted figure. Dr. Eagan’s tummy tucks are often performed with liposuction when stubborn fat deposits are also a concern. This allows her to provide the best contouring results possible.
Why Get a Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tucks can help weight loss patients who are looking to remove loose excess skin and tighten abdominal muscles that exercise and diet are not addressing.
Women who have given birth are also great candidates for this procedure because diastasis recti can be repaired in addition to the removal of loose skin. Additionally, a slimmer, more contoured figure can drastically improve the way clothes fit and how you feel in them. Olive Plastics tummy tuck patients report improved self-esteem and heightened body-image.
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Before & After Photos
Who is a Good Candidate?
The ideal candidate for a tummy tuck is a person who has extra skin and/or stretched abdominal muscles that have been caused by:
- Significant weight loss or fluctuation in weight
Men and women looking to get a tummy tuck procedure must be in good health, have a stable body weight and be non-smokers. These patients should lead healthy, active lifestyles but cannot gain their desired body despite their hard efforts. Patients should also have realistic expectations of the procedure. It is important to note that tummy tucks are not a weight loss alternative, but rather for people who need further assistance after diet and exercise have proven to be inadequate. Tummy tucks are not designed for those who are obese. To see if you qualify as a candidate, contact our San Francisco location today!
At the consultation, you will meet with Dr. Michelle Eagan directly. There you will discuss your midsection concerns, expectations, and ultimate goals, as well as express any questions and concerns about the procedure itself. Dr. Eagan will then discuss the procedure process, inquire about medical background, allergies to any medication, and previous surgeries in order to determine eligibility.
Along with obtaining this information from the patient, the doctor will perform a physical examination, evaluate your particular situation, and discuss technique options. Because no two patients are the same, each technique is tailored towards the individual’s specific needs. Lastly, we will go over the possible risks and outcomes of the tummy tuck surgery in order to ensure that you have all of the information you will need when deciding to take the next step with this life-changing procedure.
Tummy Tuck Preparation
Prior to the procedure, you will need to follow a set of preparatory instructions to ensure optimal results. While some instructions will be customized to the individual, below are general instructions for all patients:
- Take any new medication and/or adjust current medication(s) as directed by Dr. Eagan or your primary care physician.
- Stop smoking 4-6 weeks before surgery and for an allotted time during recovery.
- There will be a list provided with the medications that must be avoided prior to the procedure, such as aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs.
Although tummy tucks are becoming more and more popular, it is important to remember that it is still a major operation and needs considerable thought. Dr. Eagan and the knowledgeable staff of Olive Plastics are available to answer all questions and concerns. Our goal is to make patients feel comfortable and confident in their decision to undergo plastic surgery.
Full Tummy Tuck
Also called a Standard Tummy Tuck, the Full Tummy Tuck involves an incision across the lower abdomen near the pubic line, as well as one around the navel. After the incisions are made, abdominal muscles are tightened, excess skin is removed, and if necessary, liposuction is performed to remove localized fat deposits. This procedure is recommended for women who have gone through pregnancy or anyone who has gone through a dramatic fluctuation in weight.
Dr. Eagan almost always incorporates liposuction with her tummy tuck procedures in order to get the best results. Liposuction allows her to further sculpt the abdomen and other problem areas along with the removal of excess skin for maximum contouring.
Extended Tummy Tuck
The Extended Tummy Tuck is essentially an Extended Full Tummy Tuck, providing more coverage than the standard operation. The horizontal incision is longer, extending past the hips and covering the sides of the lower back in most cases. This technique is reserved solely for patients who have lost a significant amount of weight and therefore have a large amount of resulting lax skin. This technique gives patients the midsection definition they’ve worked so hard for.
Mini Tummy Tuck
The Mini Tummy Tuck is a smaller scale version of the Full Tummy Tuck, removing only a small section of lax skin from an incision near the pubic area. The muscles are then tightened as necessary. Liposuction is often used during this technique to better contour the abdomen since the lower abdomen is the patient’s area of concern, which is often home to the dreaded lower belly “pooch.”
No-Drain Tummy Tuck
Dr. Eagan most commonly performs the No-Drain Tummy Tuck as she thinks it provides the best results for her Bay Area patients. Drains are used after surgical procedures to catch any surgical fluid or blood that can collect during recovery. They can be uncomfortable and can leave scars. The No-Drain Tummy Tuck procedure consists of closing the gap between the abdominal wall and the skin which minimizing the fluid build-up that often occurs. This is done with progressive tension sutures which are beneficial because they also alleviate some tension from the surgical closure. This technique allows for faster recovery time and a smoother healing process. While she prefers this technique, Dr. Eagan does occasionally still use drains for tummy tucks, such as when performed on massive weight loss patients when absolutely necessary.
At Olive Plastics, we offer a variety of procedures that are often paired with a tummy tuck.
3-D Mommy Makeover
The 3-D Mommy Makeover is a procedure designed by Dr. Eagan to transform a woman’s body that has been through the natural stages of childbirth. She includes contouring of the abdomen, buttocks, breasts, and vagina – the parts of the body most affected by childbirth. Dr. Eagan has developed this full body transformation procedure in such a way that it can be specially tailored to each patient, guaranteeing the best results for each and every mother. Women that undergo this transformational surgery see drastic improvements to self-esteem and personal image.
Liposuction is almost always performed as a part of the tummy tuck procedure at Olive Plastics. Liposuction is a surgical procedure that helps sculpt specific areas of the body by suctioning localized fat deposits. Liposuction is not a substitute for diet and exercise and is not ideal for getting rid of cellulite and/or loose droopy skin. This is why it is often paired with a tummy tuck because a tummy tuck itself does not get rid of fat deposits.
As the body ages, women tend to undergo changes that are due to pregnancy and/or childbirth. The region of the body that is most commonly affected by these factors is near the pubic region, more specifically, between the belly button and the genital area. This part of the body can become large and begin to sag, leaving the body negatively altered. To correct this, liposuction is used to minimize the fat deposits that have collected throughout the region and then lift and tighten the sagging skin. This will leave a flat, more youthful appearance that the other moms will envy!
Umbilical Hernia Repair
An umbilical hernia is caused when the opening of the abdominal muscles, that allow the umbilical cord to pass through during pregnancy, do not fully close back to their original state. This type of hernia can occasionally occur with pregnancy, as well as excessive weight gain.
The procedure is done by first, repairing the bulge caused by the intestine tissue, then the abdominal wall muscles and the rectus muscles are tightened. For women who are looking into an abdominoplasty, the umbilical hernia repair surgery can be done at the same time!
Tummy tucks are performed on an outpatient basis, meaning you can leave the surgical center after you’ve been released from the recovery room. From there you will go to a comfortable hotel room with a certified caretaker who will assist with walking, eating, doctor’s visits, and pain management. Dr. Eagan uses Exparel during surgery to help with patient comfort. EXPAREL is a local analgesic that provides long-lasting pain relief for up to 3 days after the procedure.
The night of surgery, the doctor will follow-up with you to make sure you are comfortable and answer any questions. Dr. Eagan advises her patients to try and walk the same night as surgery in order to promote good blood flow and help reduce surgical risks. Expected recovery time is normally 2 weeks but it is recommended to refrain from any strenuous activities for about 4-6 weeks. Compression garments are worn after surgery, usually for 4 weeks during the post-op process.
The cost of a tummy tuck procedure depends on the specific technique and the addition of any ancillary procedures. After the consultation examination and discussion, Dr. Eagan will be able to provide you with a custom quote. Contact our office today to schedule your one-on-one consultation.