Tummy Tuck

OasisMD Lifestyle Healthcare -  - Orthopedic Sports Medicine Surgeon

OasisMD Lifestyle Healthcare

Orthopedic Sports Medicine Surgeons, Plastic, Microvascular, & Hand Surgeons, and Surgical Oncology located in San Diego, CA, Temecula, CA, & Encinitas, CA

If you’re unhappy with a protruding stomach that doesn’t respond to diet and exercise, you can benefit from a tummy tuck procedure at OasisMD. A tummy tuck can be a transformative procedure producing noticeable changes in your abdominal region. With three convenient locations in Encinitas, San Diego, and Temecula, California, James J. Chao, MD, and the team of plastic surgeons at OasisMD can improve the look of your stomach and boost your self-confidence. To learn more, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to book your appointment today.

Tummy Tuck Q & A

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, removes fat and skin in your abdominal area, and tightens the abdominal muscles to give you a firm, flat stomach. 

The procedure is popular with men and women, particularly women who notice dramatic changes in their bodies after pregnancy. 

A tummy tuck is also beneficial to patients who experience a protruding abdomen because of aging, genetics, prior surgery, or significant weight loss.

What does a tummy tuck help with?

Tummy tucks can help the following problem areas of your abdomen:

  • Excess fat
  • Excess skin
  • Loose muscles
  • Scars from a C-section

Tummy tucks provide a slimmer, more aesthetically pleasing appearance and can improve the way you feel about your body and yourself.

What happens during a tummy tuck?

Before your procedure starts, the practice’s plastic surgeon, Dr. Chao, gives you general anesthesia to relax you during your procedure. 

During the procedure, Dr. Chao makes an incision in the area between your pubic bone and belly button. The team repairs any weakened abdominal muscles and trims any excess skin before using sutures to attach the remaining skin back together. 

Dr. Chao creates a new opening for your belly button and sutures it into the correct position. They close all incisions with skin adhesive, tapes, or sutures. Within two weeks, you see noticeable results with a flatter, more toned tummy.

How long does a tummy tuck surgery take?

The duration of your procedure depends on the extent of your tummy tuck, but at OasisMD most tummy tuck surgeries take between two to three hours.

How much downtime will I require after a tummy tuck surgery?

Most patients can return home a few hours after their surgery. If you’ve had an extensive procedure, your surgeon may order an overnight stay so they can monitor the initial hours of your recovery. You’ll require around 10-14 days of rest and can return to your regular schedule after that.

If you’re a mother and you opt for a tummy tuck surgery, OasisMD recommends full-time childcare for the first few weeks after your procedure. 

Lifting your child or performing strenuous activities can stretch your incision wound and cause additional bleeding and swelling, so it’s important not to over-exert yourself.

To learn more about tummy tucks at OasisMD and how you can benefit, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to book your consultation today.