Are you ready to rejuvenate your appearance with a tummy tuck? Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. George Sanders is a renowned plastic surgeon that consistently provides his patients with outstanding tummy tuck results. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Sanders at his Encino, CA office today to learn if an abdominoplasty procedure is right for you.
Tummy Tuck Overview
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is designed to help reshape and slim down the abdominal region, thighs and flanks. Dr. Sanders is a peerless Los Angeles plastic surgeon who has helped numerous tummy tuck patients achieve a flatter tummy. By tightening their abdominal wall muscles and removing excess skin, he is able to create beautiful silhouettes and improved patients’ self-image. In the paragraph below, he explains the tummy tuck procedure. Dr. Sanders is also proud to offer his patients the drainless tummy tuck procedure. Please visit the respective page for more information.
Good Candidates for a Tummy Tuck
A good candidate for a tummy tuck procedure is generally someone who:
- Is in overall good health
- Has a BMI less than 33
- Has saggy and/or loose skin on their abdomen
- Has weak, loose or stretched abdominal muscles
Tummy Tuck Procedure
Video: Dr. Sanders on Tummy Tuck Surgery
Dr. George Sanders discusses tummy tucker surgery for patients in Los Angeles. Get answers to common abdominoplasty questions and concerns.
We all desire a flat tummy, but age, child bearing and weight gain or loss can cause a protruding stomach or loose skin. To correct these aesthetic problems, Dr. Sanders performs tummy tuck surgery. This procedure, also known as abdominoplasty, helps remove excess skin and fat, as well as unsightly stretch marks, from the abdominal area. As part of a tummy tuck, he can also tighten the abdominal muscles if necessary by pulling them together and stitching them into position for a more toned appearance.
The entire procedure usually takes about three hours, depending on the amount of fat removed and muscle tightening (if any) being performed. The surgery is performed with the patient under sedation, and the incision is kept as short as possible and positioned so that it can be hidden within clothing lines. Dr. Sanders’ surgical technique results in an extremely natural-looking belly button, which is brought out through the skin at its original position. The procedure is usually done without the use of drain tubes, and pain pumps are usually used during recovery to minimize any discomfort that the patient might experience.
Drainless Tummy Tuck
Dr. Sanders performs most of his Encino and LA tummy tucks without the use of drains in a drainless tummy tuck procedure. During the drainless procedure, the doctor stitches the stomach skin to the underlying layer of muscle, eliminating the gap between skin and muscle that is left in a traditional tummy tuck. This minimizes fluid buildup after surgery and eliminates the need for drainage tubes. These tubes, sometimes used in traditional tummy tuck surgery, are painful, unsightly and inconvenient, as they hang off the body and need to be emptied several times a day for the first week after surgery. The drainless tummy tuck procedure allows for more freedom of movement and less discomfort while healing, as well as a faster recovery time.
Recovering from Tummy Tuck
Recovery generally takes about two weeks before you are driving and getting back to work. By the fourth week, most patients are back to aerobic exercise, and after six weeks, patients are getting back to all forms of activity. During the first two weeks, patients are encouraged to minimize their activities.
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?
The price of tummy tuck surgery varies based on the needs of the patient and the type of tummy tuck surgery performed. During your consultation with Dr. Sanders, he will provide you with a price estimate that is based on your individual needs. At that time, you may also wish to ask Dr. Sanders about the financing options that he offers, which create an affordable monthly payment method with low to zero interest. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Sanders, contact his office at (818) 981-3333.
Tummy Tuck FAQ
Does insurance cover tummy tuck costs?
No. Most tummy tuck procedures are considered elective and are therefore ineligible for insurance coverage. Unless the tummy tuck is going to resolve a medical issue, it’s considered an elective cosmetic procedure.
A small number of cases that involve repairing hernias, or if there is irritation of the skin in the pubic area from overhanging abdominal skin can lead to partial coverage by health insurance.
Does tummy tuck surgery leave a scar?
Yes, tummy tuck surgery typically requires a long, thin horizontal incision at the lower abdomen. Fortunately, the tummy tuck incision is strategically placed low enough on the abdomen that any scarring is concealed by most underwear or bathing suits.
Is tummy tuck surgery painful?
No. The operation itself is not painful (anesthesia is administered prior to starting surgery). Most tummy tuck patients experience some mild and temporary discomfort, tenderness and swelling after surgery. Dr. Sanders prescribes medicine to help soothe discomfort during the recovery process. He also uses a pain pump for the first three days after surgery that minimizes the need for oral pain medication.
Can I have a baby after tummy tuck?
Yes, you can have a baby after tummy tuck surgery, but it will likely undo the improvements from your tummy tuck. Medically speaking it’s safe to become pregnant after tummy tuck, but for aesthetic reasons, it is not advised. Pregnancy stretches out the abdominal skin and muscles, reversing some of the effects of tummy tuck. Pregnancy can also lead to weight gain and the accumulation of stubborn fat pockets on and around the abdomen.
For these reasons, Dr. Sanders advises tummy tuck patients to postpone abdominoplasty until they are finished having biological children.
Does tummy tuck treat stretch marks?
It depends. If the stretch marks are located on the lower abdomen, where excess skin is removed, a tummy tuck can improve their appearance. However, stretch marks on the upper abdomen are usually not removed by tummy tuck (although they may improve in appearance).