Tummy Tuck

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At our practice in Newport Beach, tummy tuck is an extremely popular procedure for men and women interested in removing fat and skin from the abdomen. The surgery is one of Dr. Sundine’s specialties and the results can be life-changing. Please review the comprehensive information about the surgery below. We look forward to meeting you and beginning this journey with you!

What is a Tummy Tuck?

Tummy tuck surgery—also referred to as abdominoplasty—is an intricate aesthetic plastic surgery procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen while tightening the abdominal muscles. Abdominoplasty can dramatically improve the appearance of a protruding abdomen with redundant skin. Dr. Sundine is a gifted Newport Beach tummy tuck surgeon who has helped many patients just like you achieve the tight, firm abdomens they desire.

Who Is a Candidate for Tummy Tuck Surgery?

The most suitable candidates for tummy tuck surgery are men and women who are in good general health and relatively fit. The procedure is also an excellent treatment option for older patients whose abdominal skin is droopy due to age-related loss of skin elasticity.

If you are planning on having children or losing large amounts of weight, it is best to postpone tummy tuck surgery because the abdominal muscles may stretch again after these significant physical changes. For patients who have had one or more pregnancies or have lost weight, tummy tuck surgery can often be combined with liposuction and lower body lift for optimal results.

The Tummy Tuck Surgery Procedure in Newport Beach

Tummy tuck surgery is a major surgical procedure that is performed at an accredited outpatient surgical center under general anesthesia. After creating the surgical incisions, Dr. Sundine separates the skin from the underlying fat and muscles and removes any localized fat deposits. He also tightens the abdominal muscles (rectus muscles), which are often stretched after childbearing or weight loss. The muscles are stitched into a new, tighter position and excess skin is removed. The remaining skin is draped over the abdomen and sutured in place. Depending on the extent of the procedure and whether it is being combined with other body sculpting treatments such as thigh lift or liposuction in Newport Beach the surgery may last up to three hours or longer.

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons-Fellow
  • American Academy of Pediatrics-Fellow
  • International Society of Craniofacial Surgeons
  • American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
  • American Association of Pediatric Plastic Surgeons
  • California Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Orange County Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Association of Plastic Surgery

Tummy Tuck Before and After Results in Newport Beach by Dr. Sundine
Tummy Tuck Before and After Results in Newport Beach by Dr. Sundine

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Recovering from Tummy Tuck Surgery

Because a tummy tuck is a complex procedure, you may be asked to stay overnight at the surgical facility. For the first few days after surgery, you will experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the treatment area, which is relieved with pain medication. Tummy tuck surgery requires up to six weeks of recovery; however, you may return to work and resume light activities within seven to 10 days. A support garment is worn around the abdomen to reduce swelling. Surgical drains are also placed to assist in fluid drainage. Dr. Sundine will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for the incisions and drains until they are removed, which usually happens just a few days after surgery. Heavy lifting and strenuous physical activities should be avoided for several weeks.

How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost in Newport Beach?

A Newport Beach tummy tuck is a highly personalized procedure. Because every patient’s needs are different, and the surgery is tailored to each patient, the cost can vary. During your consultation, Dr. Sundine will give you his expert recommendations, provide you with all associated costs and answer any questions. Financing options are available to our patients.

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Over the years many plastic surgery patients have visited Dr. Michael J. Sundine for all of their aesthetic needs. In addition to being a talented body contouring surgeon, he performs a number of breast and facial plastic surgeries. He is a well-known Newport Beach breast augmentation and breast reduction surgeon. If you’re interested in scheduling a consultation for a tummy tuck, please contact us today. We look forward to beginning this journey with you!

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) After Care Instructions

  • Preoperative Instructions

    Please shower with Dial® Soap and wash your abdomen, chest, and groin areas daily for the first 3 days prior to surgery.

    On the day prior to surgery take only thin clear liquids for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This may include water, coffee, tea, Crystal Lite, Gatorade or sports drinks, carbonated and noncarbonated soft drinks, plain Jell-O (without added fruit or toppings), clear broth, or bouillon, apple juice, orange juice, or lemonade (without pulp), and ice popsicles.

    You do not need a prescription for Magnesium citrate. Drink one 10 ounce bottle of Magnesium citrate at 4:00 PM. The purpose of this bowel preparation is to reduce any pressure on your pelvic veins and reduce the risk for the development of blood clots in your veins.

  • Postoperative Instructions


    After surgery, it is important for you to have someone available to stay with you for the first 24-48 hours, as you will be weak and drowsy. You may require help the first few times you get out of bed.

    It is important to walk slightly-“stooped over”-bent at the hips for 3-5 days to release the tension on the suture line. Sleep with your hips in a flexed position. These instructions aid in the quality of your scar.

    Take your pain pills and antibiotics as directed.

    Keep your head elevated about 30 degrees (two pillows) with the knees slightly flexed.

    Stay on a soft diet for 2-3 days and avoid spicy food, which can cause nausea and gas.

    Keep your drainage bulbs collapsed and record time and amounts of drainage over a 24-hour period. All patients heal differently according to many factors. Dr. Sundine will make the decisions regarding drain removal of office visits. (Generally, the drains will be removed when the drainage is 30 ccs or less in a 24-hour period, which usually occurs in 10-14 days). You may shower when the drains have been removed. Sponge bathe until the drains are removed.

    Wear an abdominal binder continuously for 7-10 days. You may take it off to sponge bathe.

    Do not use a heating pad under any circumstances. You may have some numbness in the treated areas and the use of a heating pad may cause skin burns.

    Do not submerge yourself in a bath, swimming pool, whirlpool, or ocean for 2 weeks after surgery.

    Begin massage of the incision scars two weeks after the surgery. They can be massaged with vitamin E, aloe vera, or moisturizing cream. You may also purchase a cream to help minimize scarring, please ask our nurse if you are interested.

    Please call Dr. Sundine immediately at any sign of infection, which would be signaled by fever, increased pain, new redness, or swelling in the abdominal area.

    You may resume sexual activity in 3 weeks. For the first 10 days following surgery, raising your blood pressure (heart rate) will cause bleeding. Abdominal stress on your muscles will stretch/break the stitches if you exercise before 4 weeks. At four weeks you should consider a passive or less vigorous sexual activity that will not cause abdominal movement.
    Please do not drive for 7-10 days.

    Do not lift anything heavier than 10 lbs. for 4 weeks

    It is good to walk for 15-20 minutes 2-3 times per day.

    Do not take aspirin, ibuprofen, Naprosyn, or any products that contain aspirin, ibuprofen, or Naprosyn for 3 weeks after surgery.

    Do not run, lift weights, play tennis, or golf for 6 weeks after surgery. (Keep your heart rate under 100 for 4 weeks)

    What To Expect After Surgery

    Moderate swelling of your abdomen is to be expected. You may find that your clothes may not fit as easily as before. Be patient. The swelling will gradually subside and you will be back to normal in 3 to 6 months.

    Sensations like numbness, sharpness, and burning are common in the healing process. These sensations may last several weeks and will gradually disappear.

    Because of the removal of tissue from your abdomen, there is a certain amount of tightness that is to be expected. This will slowly relax within 6 months.

    Female patients-if you notice some vaginal burning and itching (vaginitis) as a result of the antibiotic used during and after surgery, our office or your family physician can prescribe Diflucan.

    Infrequently after surgery, you may have fluid in the abdomen after the drains are removed. If this happens, you will notice a fullness or sloshy feeling in your abdomen. Please contact our office so we can aspirate it easily.

    It is important to be seen by Dr. Sundine at 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year postoperatively.

    Call our office if you have any questions, if any problems should arise, or if you have been having any signs or symptoms of infection (redness, fever, drainage).



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  • - Written on October 20, 2018


    • My experience with Dr. Sundine was AWESOME! He did such an amazing job on my nose. My nose had basically collapsed and Dr. Sundine made it look normal again. He helped me restore my self confidence. I am so happy with the results. Dr. Sundine explained everything in detail prior to surgery along with my follow up visits. I highly recommend him. He is very professional, knowledgeable and kind.

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  • - Written on January 27, 2018

    “Thank you so much for your time and generosity!”

    Dr. Sundine,

    Thank you so much for your time and generosity! I just love my results and feel fortunate to have had you as my surgeon

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  • - Written on February 1, 2018


    Excellent. I found Dr. Sundine to be a very competent surgeon and a really good person. His personal manner made a sometimes difficult, time-consuming process (tissue expansion) much easier. I’m glad we pursued the expansion option and I was fortunate to have had him as my surgeon. I recommend Dr. Sundine to anyone who is in need of Plastic / Reconstructive Surgery.

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  • - Written on February 1, 2018


    Dr. Sundine is an outstanding doctor. His technique, his expertise and the care with which he approached my surgery were exceptional. I wasn’t surprised. I chose him because I knew that his training and skills are terrific. Dr. Sundine and his staff still exceeded my expectations, however, and the complete experience – consultation, surgery and follow-up– have been wonderful. As I did, I encourage everyone to do your due diligence and research alternatives, but at the end of the day there is no better choice than Dr. Sundine. Amazing results…

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  • - Written on February 1, 2018

    “I RECOMMEND HIM 100%”

    Dr. Sundine is a gifted, highly trained plastic surgeon who achieves amazing, natural looking, aesthetic results in facial and body plastic surgery. My facelift is 4 years old. Even people who don’t know me comment I look wonderful. Others often ask me about Dr. Sundine… …and of course I recommend him 100%. In addition to being highly skilled and knowledgeable Dr. Sundine is caring, compassionate, communicative and professional. Finally, his office staff is friendly and efficient. I have never waited more than 5 minutes..

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  • - Written on February 1, 2018

    “Dr. Sundin did a terrific job”

    Dear Dr. Sundine & staff, Just wanted to drop you a line to say how much I loved your caring & professional work. Dr. Sundin did a terrific job on a very hard surgery below my right eye due to a skin cancer removal. I will recommend him to all I come in contact with. Thanks again and I owe you all a big hug & sincere thanks to all you did for me. L.A.

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  • - Written on February 12, 2018

    “He truly deserved the highest reviews on every level”

    I gave Dr. Sundine the highest possible review in each category because he truly deserved the highest reviews on every level. I am a very well recognized lawyer on the West Coast. My firm has spent millions of dollars on television advertising in which I appear. I could not afford to have a bad face lift or even for people to notice I had a face lift at all. I interviewed many physicians including some of the “celebrity” physicians. Ultimately, I chose Dr. Sundine because he performs highly complex complete facial reconstruction procedures on children.

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  • - Written on February 4, 2018

    “Special thank you to Dr. Sundine! So happy!!”

    My keloid surgery was an absolute success. I am so pleased with the results and grateful to the staff pre & post surgery. I was so nervous and scared to precede w/ the procedure. For I never had a surgery or general anesthesia before.:(

    Dr. Sundine with his exceeding professionalism gave me gentle kind assurance that all will be fine. In addition, educated me to his full knowledge and experience in detail what to expect. I felt safe and secure in his hands. Very kind soul. Post surgery I had radiation at another location, and it was a success. I am still in the healing process and my ear aesthetically looks next to perfect. I’m free of the disfigurement and I have a renewed confidence keloid Free!! :-)

    It was like 1 2 3!!

    Thank you Dr. Sundine, the friendly staff/ nurses You ALL Rock!! & I couldn’t ask for any better.:)

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  • - Written on September 19, 2017


    Dr. Sundine and his staff were absolutley wonderful ! Very personable, caring and professional. His nurse Toni was so kind and answered all my questions and addressed all my concerns. The procedure went very well, with very little bruising or down time. Dr. Sundine is truly an exceptional plastic surgeon and I will definitely be using his services in the future. Thank you very much Dr Sundine and your magnificent team !

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  • - Written on September 19, 2017


    I chose Dr. Sundine because he is an expert in a highly regarded surgical technique that delivers a completely natural result. It takes longer on the operating table and it requires specialized training which many doctors just don’t want to invest in. The results, however, are nothing short of spectacular.

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