Abdominoplasty, also called a tummy tuck, gives you a firmer, flatter abdomen. Plastic surgeon David Hopp, MD, offers this surgical procedure to help tighten loose skin and remove excess fat around your belly. You regain tone, remove stretch marks, and achieve tauter skin. Call the office of Dr. David Hopp in Beverly Hills, California, or book an appointment online to learn how you can benefit from a tummy tuck.
If you’re uncomfortable with the way your belly looks due to sagging skin caused by pregnancy or significant weight loss, a tummy tuck may be the answer. The procedure restores the tightness in abdominal muscles that are stretched out and can’t become firm no matter how much you exercise.
A tummy tuck is also effective in helping remove excess fat that’s resistant to diet and exercise. The surgery addresses the unwanted pooch that affects your self-esteem and how your clothing fits.
You should be in overall good health and be a nonsmoker because smoking interferes with healing from surgery. If you’re a woman, plan an abdominoplasty after you’re sure your family is complete. Pregnancy may undo the positive effects of the surgery.
Men and women planning a tummy tuck should also be at or near their healthy weight. Abdominoplasty is not a comprehensive weight-loss strategy for those with a significant number of pounds to lose.
Abdominoplasty is performed while you’re under general anesthesia. During the procedure, Dr. Hopp makes an incision near your navel and removes the excess tissue and fat. He also repairs your abdominal muscles.
Once all the tissue and fat are removed, he pulls down excess skin so it lies smoothly, and then he closes the incision.
You may have small drainage tubes placed just under your skin to reduce blood and fluid buildup. These stay in place only for a few days. Swelling persists for several weeks and you may even jump up a size in clothing, but this is temporary.
Abdominoplasty is a major surgery, so you’ll need to take a minimum of two weeks off from work. Strenuous physical activity is limited for about six weeks following the procedure so your abdominal muscles can heal. All the instructions for your post-surgery recovery are detailed by the staff at Dr. Hopp’s office.
Immediately following the procedure, dressings are applied to the incision sites and you’re wrapped in a compression garment to minimize swelling and support your ab muscles.
If you’re unhappy with your abdominal pooch and would like to discuss a tummy tuck, call the office or schedule a consultation using the online booking tool.