Pregnancy, weight loss, and genetics lead to the development of loose abdominal skin and stretch marks for many patients in Beverly Hills. Tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, can address these concerns and provide a more sculpted, attractive body contour.
In a tummy tuck, Beverly Hills surgeon Dr. Bruno eliminates excess skin and fatty deposits from the abdomen. He also repositions the muscles of the abdomen to create a flatter, tighter abdominal area. This approach can be especially effective in cases where the vertical abdominal muscles have weakened, which can often happen after childbirth or significant weight loss.
How a Tummy Tuck Works
Tummy tuck surgery can take from two to three hours. Dr. Bruno begins by making an incision just above the pubic bone area. This incision travels horizontally over the lower abdomen, from one hip to another. Next, Dr. Bruno removes the excess skin from the abdomen, and then he addresses the abdominal muscles. He tightens the area using a series of specialized sutures, which give extra strength and support to the muscles. The result is a firmer, flatter waistline.
Following a pregnancy, most women have a weakened abdominal wall (called rectus diastasis). This means that the abdominal muscles are displaced toward each side which causes the lower abdominal bulge commonly seen in women. Permanent sutures are required to realign the muscles to provide a flat appearing abdomen. If the muscles are not tightened in this way, it is not possible to achieve a truly flat abdominal contour.
The procedure typically includes a few additional steps:
- Dr. Bruno will reposition the belly button to give it a natural appearance on the new abdomen.
- Beverly Hills tummy tuck patients may also receive liposuction in their love handles to get the narrow waistline they want.
- At the conclusion of surgery, Dr. Bruno places plastic drains under the skin to prevent fluid collection (these are typically removed within a week following surgery.)
Factors to Consider for a Tummy Tuck
If you have excess skin and stretch marks, then you likely are a candidate for a tummy tuck. However, if your skin tone is good, then liposuction may be a better option. During your pre-surgical consultations with Dr. Bruno, he will conduct a medical examination so that he can recommend the best approach.
Beverly Hills tummy tuck patients often want to know about where their scar will be and how it will appear. Surgery typically leaves a horizontal scar along the lower pubic bone area. This location means that the scar is usually not visible.
A tummy tuck scar usually takes from six months to one year to fade and lighten in color to its final state. Each patient’s final scar quality depends in part upon his / her skin quality, skin color, and ethnicity. Dr. Bruno recommends silicone gel and silicone tape to patients to improve the appearance of the scar.
Results and Recovery for Dr. Bruno’s Tummy Tuck Patients
Following surgery, you can expect to wear an abdominal binder or girdle for about four weeks; this helps define the contour of your abdomen and support the surgical site. The stitches Dr. Bruno uses will dissolve on their own; during one of several follow-up medical appointments, Dr. Bruno will remove the plastic drains.
*Individual results may vary
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After surgery, most Beverly Hills patients take one or two weeks off from work. If you are employed in an office, you may be able to return after one week depending on how you feel. Most tummy tuck patients will take oral pain medication for about one week as well.
You should be able to see the results of your surgery immediately. As swelling goes down over the months that follow your tummy tuck, you will be able to enjoy a more sculpted, slender physique.
Contact William Bruno Plastic Surgery for a free consultation about tummy tuck procedures in Beverly Hills. Call (310) 461-3855.