The Sunset Difference: Tummy Tuck
Many women, and an increasing number of men, seek an abdominoplasty in their pursuit of slimmer body contours. In performing what is commonly known as a “tummy tuck,” Los Angeles plastic surgeons Dr. Steve Svehlak and Dr. Dan Yamini use the surgery to help patients who have undergone massive weight loss or experienced pregnancy to tighten loose skin and remove excess fat in the waistline.
When performed correctly, a tummy tuck can drastically improve the appearance of a patient’s midsection. The most natural-looking results are often created by well-experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons. It is vital to find a reputable and highly experienced surgeon to perform the procedure.
Our highly skilled surgeons are experienced in the latest and most sophisticated abdominoplasty techniques. They take great pride in helping Los Angeles tummy tuck patients achieve a body with a smaller midsection and a more youthful appearance. During the procedure, our surgeons take special care to ensure the belly button area will appear very natural.
Tummy Tuck Explained
An abdominoplasty may involve one or more elements designed to flatten the belly. Typically, your surgeon will make an incision across the lower abdomen, using the opening to access tissues underlying the skin. A small amount of unwanted fat can be removed, and lax abdominal muscles can be tightened with sutures.
The procedure also involves carefully placing strong internal stitches at the level of the muscle to firm, tighten, and flatten the muscle layer, creating an internal corset using your own tissues.
After the necessary tissues are removed or repositioned, your surgeon will re-drape the skin over the new contours, removing any excess to ensure it sits flat and smooth. Often, a hole will be made to allow the navel to show in the proper place.
A mini-tummy tuck involves treating the loose tissue and muscle below the navel only, avoiding the incision around the navel. This surgery is less involved and is effective in correcting lower abdominal problems, usually with a shorter resulting scar.
Patients considering a tummy tuck can see before and after photos. Beverly Hills and Hollywood-area men and women coming to Sunset Cosmetic Surgery should explain the look they are seeking during their consultation and get an idea of what an abdominoplasty can do by seeing images of real patients.
What Makes a Good Tummy Tuck Candidate?
Dr. Svehlak and Dr. Yamini emphasize safety, patient satisfaction, and comfort. Unique to Sunset Cosmetic Surgery is the option to see both board-certified plastic surgeons in consultation to benefit from their combined expertise and skills in performing your procedures. You can expect a comfortable and informative experience during your consultation with them as they discuss both the procedure and the recovery process with you.
Here are some traits of an ideal tummy tuck patient:
- Not too overweight (10 to 50 lbs)
- No diabetes
- Smoking is not recommended
- Blood test necessary