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Cosmetic surgery continues to rise in popularity, with more people turning to surgery to achieve their dream shape and look. Tummy tucks, also known as abdominoplasty, consistently rank among the top procedures completed in the U.S. each year, and for good reason.
With advances in medical technology, pain management, and scar treatment, men and women are seeking abdominoplasty in Beverly Hills in pursuit of a slimmer contour.
Completed with skill and precision, a tummy tuck can be a life-altering surgery – reviving the confidence, happiness, and health that often leaves us when we are not comfortable in our own skin. This can be due to changes in the body after pregnancy, such as excess abdominal skin, diastasis (abdominal muscle separation), and stretched-out abdominal muscles, or the retention of excess skin after losing weight.
Los Angeles plastic surgeons Dr. Steve Svehlak and Dr. Dan Yamini perform tummy tucks at their practice in Beverly Hills. As double board-certified plastic surgeons, they have the training, artistry, and experience to create outstanding and natural-looking results for their patients.
At Sunset Cosmetic Surgery, we often use one of the newest technologies when we perform tummy tucks, to help us get the best results, namely tissue adhesives. When we pull the skin down, over the abdominal muscle, the skin adheres nice and tight to the abdominal muscles, giving you a great look. The advantage of this is that the healing process is quicker and the risk of abnormal swelling is minimized. This technology also helps the skin to sit much tighter on top of the muscle so you can see the outlines and contours of the body much better.
An abdominoplasty – tummy tuck – can include a number of techniques surgeons use to bring in or flatten the tummy. An incision is made across the lower abdomen to access the underlying tissues and cut away excess skin. Strong internal stitches are used to tighten the abdominal muscle layer to create an internal ‘corset’. In most cases, an incision is used to create a new opening for the belly button – itself staying in its natural position on the abdominal wall.
Once the underlying muscles and tissues have been stitched and repositioned, the remaining skin is draped over the new contours, trimmed, and sutured in place. Surgeons often aim for incisions to be made below the bikini line, however, patients with large amounts of excess skin often require extended incisions.
If you have minimal excess skin, or your only concern is in the lower abdominal region, a mini tummy tuck could be appropriate for you. This involves a smaller, single incision, and is a less-involved surgery.
A common misconception of tummy tucks is that they can remove a lot of unwanted weight. However, this is not true. While some fat can be removed from the abdomen during the procedure, this surgery is ideal for people who have reached or are near their goal weight but remain unhappy with the way their tummy looks, or have excess skin from weight loss or childbirth.
An ideal candidate is:
It is also recommended that patients do not smoke, or can refrain from smoking for up to two weeks before and after surgery.
At your consultation, your surgeon will undertake a thorough assessment of your abdomen and skin. You’ll be able to discuss your concerns, goals, and expectations, as well as ask any questions you may have. You can expect a comfortable and informative experience during your consultation – the team at Sunset Cosmetic Surgery is committed to helping you every step of the way.
On the day of your surgery, your surgeon and team will ensure you are calm and comfortable throughout the procedure, and afterward. You will be placed under anesthesia for the surgery.
Your surgeon will spend some time carefully and precisely marking your skin for the best possible result.
After a tummy tuck, it is advised you rest for 1-2 weeks – and it is highly recommended to have a family member or friend with you for a few days following surgery, to assist you as you recover. Before surgery, your surgeon will discuss aftercare with you, and advise on how best to help your body heal.
You will experience some discomfort, as well as swelling and bruising – all of which can be managed with the recommendations, medicines, abdominal binders (to reduce swelling), or fluid drains provided by your surgeon.
We are committed to patient safety and patient comfort, and this is one of our main priorities. We ensure that patients are healing properly and that there are no complications. We often have a patient stay in our recovery center so that we can make sure their recovery is smooth.
One of our unique offers is the option to see both Dr. Svehlak and Dr. Yamini in your consultation and receive their combined expertise when considering if a tummy tuck is suitable for you. As leading cosmetic surgeons in West Hollywood, they strive to provide the best possible experience throughout your personal journey.
A tummy tuck can be a life-changing surgery – helping to restore confidence, strength, and vitality. If you’re considering a tummy tuck or would like to explore your options, contact Dr. Svehlak and Dr. Yamini to book a consultation.
In many cases, yes. Every tummy tuck is different, and your final result will depend on your starting appearance, overall health, and ability to maintain or lose weight. However, the majority of patients see a drastic improvement and an excellent platform on which to build further muscle, strength, and tone.
Due to the personalized nature of each surgery, pricing varies between patients. We offer several payment options, as well as the ability to finance your treatment with a full range of extended payment plans through CareCredit®.
There is a simple test to do, to see if you have too much visceral fat in the abdominal area to do the procedure. If you have too much visceral fat, you may need to diet and exercise to bring this down, before we can safely perform the procedure. If you have excess visceral fat in the abdominal area and we need to sow the muscles tight on someone who has too much visceral fat, abnormal bulges will form on the sides and you won’t achieve a nice flat look for your tummy area.
A mini tummy tuck is simply the removal of a small amount of excess skin from the bottom part of the abdomen. We rarely use this technique because the incision and scar is essentially the same as a tummy tuck but you don’t get the same results. Often you can’t tighten up all the abdominal muscles with a mini tummy tuck, so we often select a full abdominoplasty.
At your consultation, your surgeon may recommend alternative or supplementary procedures to help you achieve your ideal look – including:
After a cesarean section, some women find they are unable to shift weight in their tummy area or have excess skin in the form of a ‘pouch’. A tummy tuck is certainly attainable after a c-section, however, we recommend you wait for at least six months following birth, as well as consult with your doctor and surgeon before proceeding.