Tummy Tuck Los Angeles, CA
If you have a flabby, loose stomach visit Hughes Plastic Surgery in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills for a tummy tuck.
What is a tummy tuck?
Answer: The tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a procedure to address loose skin and fat in the abdomen that has developed most commonly as a result of pregnancy or major weight loss. The abdominal wall can be tightened in this procedure as well through a process called plication. Though the incision in some may need to be longer to address more significant skin issues, Dr. Hughes specializes in short scar tummy tucks. These short scar tummy tucks offer all of the advantages of a tummy tuck with a shorter scar. In most cases, the short scar tummy tuck has the same length incision as a minitummy tuck but removes about twice as much ski9n and fat as the minitummy tuck.
Dr. Hughes tightens the muscles, removes skin and fat, and gives you a new belly button all through a smaller incision. The incision that is made is very low, below C-section scars, which can be removed at the time of the tummy tuck. The incision is so low that bikinis may be worn afterwards. (see photo galleries of tummy tucks) In addition, Dr. Hughes creates a scar which is flat all the way across and is not a smiley face. This way the ends of the scar never rise above low cut clothing. (see photo galleries of tummy tucks) In addition, though healing is never entirely predictable, many patients have commented that the scar is not only low but the limbs are perfectly symmetric and straight.
Dr. Hughes has performed hundreds of tummy tucks, and he can perform these procedures in 1 to 2 hours, which means less time under general anesthesia, fewer complications, and a faster, better recovery. Dr. Hughes will remove the loose skin and fat, tighten your abdominal muscles, and give you a new, more attractive belly button and have you back to work, in many cases, in just one week. Some patients may need 2 weeks off from a sedentary job. Patients can usually return to exercise in 4 to 6 weeks.
Dr. Hughes can perform tummy tucks in combination with many other procedures such as liposuction or liposculpture or breast augmentation. When tummy tuck is combined with breast augmentation, this is referred to as mommy makeover. These are only a few of the procedures that can be performed in addition to tummy tuck or in conjunction with tummy tuck at Hughes Plastic Surgery in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. Breast augmentation, breast lift, liposuction, Brazilian buttlift, rhinoplasty, and other facial surgeries can all be performed at the same time as the tummy tuck with the expert skill set and knowledge base of Dr. Kenneth B. Hughes.
Browse Beverly Hills and Los Angeles Tummy Tuck Articles at Hughes Plastic Surgery:
Article 2: Abdominal Wall Anatomy and Physical Exam in the Tummy Tuck Patient
Article 3: Physical Exam in the Tummy Tuck Patient
Article 4: Risks, Limitations, Good and Bad Candidates for Tummy Tuck
Article 5: Subgroups of Tummy Tuck Patients
Article 6: Operative Details and Safety in the Tummy Tuck
Article 7: Mini Tummy Tuck, Short Scar, and Standard Tummy Tucks
Article 8: Postoperative Management and Complications in Tummy Tuck
Common Questions about the Tummy Tuck Procedure:
2) Where Will the Incision Be?
Low. Dr. Hughes will place the scar as low as possible. This will be below the level of a C-section scar and almost to the level of the leg crease. With the low scar, the scar can be concealed by virtually any piece of clothing.
Yes. In most cases, Dr. Hughes performs tummy tucks after previous surgeries including gastric bypass, lap band, C-section, hysterectomy, appendectomy, gall bladder removal, etc.
4) I Have a Hernia. Can I Still Have a Tummy Tuck?
Yes. In most instances, Dr. Hughes can repair your hernia at the time of the tummy tuck.
5) Who is a Good Candidate?
If you have reached a safe, stable weight and are otherwise healthy, you can be considered for tummy tuck surgery.
PREPARING FOR SURGERY
- STOP SMOKING: Smoking reduces circulation to the skin and impedes healing. It is best to avoid smoking, second hand smoke and cigarette replacements, such as nicotine patches or gum, in the perioperati ve period. While you should ideally stop smoking for 2 weeks before and after your surgical procedure, YOU MUST NOT SMOKE FOR A MINIMUM OF 24 HOURS BEFORE AND 24 HOURS AFTER SURGERY.
- TAKE MULTIVITAMINS: Start taking multivitamins twice daily to improve your general health once you have scheduled your surgery.
- TAKE VITAMIN C: Start taking 500 mg of Vitamin C twice dai ly to promote healing.
- START TAKING AN IRON SUPPLEMENT: A good iron supplement, such as Feosol Spansules, is required starting one week before surgery and four weeks following surgery. Bowel movements may appear darker than usual as a result. Feosol is available without prescription.
- DO NOT TAKE ASPIRIN OR IBUPROFEN: Stop taking medications containing aspirin or ibuprofen. Review the list of drugs containing aspirin and ibuprofen carefully. Such drugs can cause bleeding problems during and after surgery. Instead, use medications containing acetaminophen (such as Tylenol).
- LIMIT VITAMIN E: Limit your intake of Vitamin E to less than 400 mg per day.
- FILL YOUR PRESCRIPTIONS: You will be given prescri ptions for medications. Please have them filled BEFORE the day of surgery and bring them with you.
- CONFIRM SURGERY TIME: We wi ll call you to confinn the time of your surgery. If you are not going to be at home or at your office, please call us to confirm at (310) 275-4170.
- PRESCRIPTIONS: Make sure that you have filled the prescriptions you were given and set the medications out to bring with you tomorrow. Make sure to have the number for your pharmacy ready so that if Dr. Hughes and associates need to call in any special medications for you on your day of surgery they wi ll have that infonnation readily available.
- CLEANSING: The night before surgery, shower and wash the surgical areas with an antibacterial soap such as Dial, Safeguard, pHisoHex, or Phase II I.
- EATING AND DRINKING: Do not eat or drink anything after 12:00 midnight except for a small amount of water to rinse your mouth while brushing your teeth.
- SPECIAL INFORMATION: Do not eat or drink anything! Ifyou take a daily medication, you may take it with a sip of water in the early morning.
- ORAL HYGIENE: You may brush your teeth but do not swallow the water.
- CLEANS ING: Shower and wash the surg ical areas again with an antibacterial soap such as Dial, Safeguard, pHisoHex, or Phase Ill.
- MAKE-UP: Please do not wear moisturizers, creams, lotions, or makeup.
- CLOTHING: Wear only comfortable, loose-fining clothing that does not go over your head. NO TIGHT PANTS. Remove hairpins, wigs, and jewelry. Please do not bring valuables with you.
- CHECK IN/PREPARATION: Surgery Time:
- You should plan to arrive 45 minutes earlier than your scheduled surgery time. Patients less than 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. When you arrive at our office on the day of your surgery, give the receptionist the phone number of the pharmacy you would like us to call for any spec ial medications Dr. Hughes and associates might prescribe.
- CARETAKER: Someone must spend the first night after surgery with you.
ABDOMINOPLASTY POST-OP INSTRUCTIONS
- The first week you will need to rest frequently. You need to walk around the house as tolerated. Avoid stairs if possible.
- You may not be able to stand up straight for the first week. It may be normal to walk at a 45 degree angle bent at the hips. Your back may become sore in this position. You can try to stand up straight after the first week as tolerated.
- For the first week post-op sleep on your back with your head elevated and knees bent with a pillow underneath them. This will keep the tension off your abdomen. Do not sleep on your side.
- Every 2-3 hours take deep breaths to expand your lungs. Hold your incision while coughing.
- Avoid picking anything up greater than 1-2 lbs for the first 6 weeks.
- No exercise or strenuous activity for 6 weeks.
- You may not drive the first week or while you are taking pain medication. After that it will depend on your ability to handle a car without causing any discomfort. You should wear your seatbelt at all times.
- Do not engage in sexual activity at least 4-6 weeks after your surgery.
- No smoking. This will interfere with your healing and can potentially cause tissue necrosis and loss of skin and tissue.
- Eat light the first 24 hours, clear liquids advancing to a regular diet as tolerated.
- If you have persistent nausea stick to a bland diet until it subsides.
- Avoid foods that can cause a lot of gas. This can cause abdominal distention and undue discomfort. Small frequent meals are best.
- The pain medicine may cause constipation. Drink plenty of fluids. You may take any over the counter laxatives or stool softeners as needed.
- You will have abdominal binder over your abdominal dressings. You may change the dressings if they become saturated. You should wear the binder most of the time for 4 weeks and while the drains are present.
- It is normal to have numbness over the surgical sites for several weeks or months.
- Do not use a heating pad or ice around the surgical sites. It could cause a burn.
- You may not shower the first week – sponge bathe only, until dressings are removed at your first post-op visit.
- It is normal to see dried bloody drainage on the abdominal binder.
- You will have 1-2 drains in your abdomen, which may stay in for 1-4 weeks. Record the output of each drain for every 24 hour period and bring to followup appointments. Please make sure to strip the drains every 4 hours as instructed by the nurse after surgery.
- Take your antibiotic until it is completed.
- If the pain medication is a narcotic it should be taken as prescribed. Do not take any Tylenol while on pain medication. The medication we prescribe may already have Tylenol in it.
- Do not drink alcohol or drive a car while taking pain medication.
- The pain medication may cause nausea and should be taken with food at each dose.
- You may resume your regular medication after your surgery except for Vitamin E, Fish oil and Ibuprofen (wait at least 5 days post-op).
- If you take aspirin or coumadin check with the doctor to see when you may resume them.
CALL THE OFFICE IF YOU HAVE:
- A temperature greater than 101.5 degrees.
- Excessive bleeding from the incision.
- A sudden increase in drainage, pain, or swelling around the incision site or the surrounding area.
- If you have persistent vomiting.