San Diego Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
You may be a candidate for a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) in San Diego if you have loose or sagging abdominal wall skin that is frequently associated with abnormal relaxation of the anterior abdominal wall muscles (often secondary to multiple pregnancies or prior surgery). You may also desire a tummy tuck if you are unable to tighten your abdominal wall skin with exercise. An abdominoplasty is intended to give the patient a smoother, flatter abdomen.
Abdominoplasty is usually performed under general anesthesia either within the hospital or in an outpatient setting. (Mini-abdominoplasties can be performed under sedation and local anesthesia.)
- Your body mass index (BMI) is an important factor in evaluating whether tummy tuck is a good solution for you. Calculate your BMI here.
A tummy tuck procedure can range in price from $6,500–$14,000 depending on whether you will need a mini, standard, or extended tummy tuck.
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
- Mini-abdominoplasty tightens the lower abdominal wall skin only (shortest scar).
- Standard abdominoplasty tightens all of the abdominal wall skin (standard scar).
- Extended abdominoplasty tightens the abdomen and the flanks or sides (longest scar extending around the flanks onto lower back.)
Our article, “Considering a Tummy Tuck?” can help you understand more about the types of tummy tuck and if it might be the right procedure for you.
Recovery from Abdominoplasty
Abdominoplasty is one of the more uncomfortable plastic surgery procedures. For a full or extended tummy tuck, one to three days of hospitalization or skilled nursing care may be necessary. Medication is provided to help keep you comfortable in the initial recovery period. Depending on the extent of the tummy tuck you have, you should be able to return to resume light activity in 2-4 weeks. Be sure to read our article, “Considering a Tummy Tuck?” for more info on the procedure and recovery.
Options for Reshaping The Tummy
Today there are more options than ever to help you get a flatter tummy. But which is best for you? This largely depends on your personal needs and wishes, as each option is suited toward a certain goal. If any of these sound like they’ll help you make the changes you want, we’ll be happy to help you learn more at a free consult.
This non-surgical way to reduce fat in an area noticeably shrinks fatty bulges; results appear gradually over 2-months. Best for patients who are generally happy with their proportions, have good skin tone, and a modest amount of fat to address.
Liposuction permanently removes excess fat and sculpts an area with very little scarring. Best for patients with good skin and muscle tone who want to remove excess abdominal fat and get a better shape to the torso.
The most extensive procedure of the three with the most dramatic results: tightens protruding muscles and removes excess, sagging skin, plus removes some excess fat. Best for patients who have stretched, sagging tissues or need more significant reshaping of the abdominal wall. Visit our blog to read about one patient’s experience.
Please call La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre at (858) 452-1981 for more information on our cosmetic surgery procedures, including tummy tuck plastic surgery.