Introduction to Tummy Tuck

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!

Tummy Tuck procedure

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.

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Dr. Sundine did an AMAZING, FABULOUS, AWESOME job with my tummy tuck, body sculpting, and lipo!! I’m extremely picky and I work out all the time and had a pouch and loose skin in my tummy that I just couldn’t get rid of, so for the past year I saved my money so that I could get the surgery and invested time researching. Dr. Sundine made me feel very comfortable and was very patient and answered all of my questions and I had faith in him that he could give me the results that I was looking for. Wow wow wow did he hit a home run!! I had my surgery 5 weeks ago and I couldn’t be happier with my results.

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Who Is a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

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.

What to Expect on the day of my Tummy Tuck?

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.

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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!

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).

Professional Memberships:

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

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    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. I figured if he was so skilled that he could perform such incredibly difficult procedures on a child, I was confident he could perform a face lift with which I would be happy. The results were so far beyond my expectations that I could hardly believe. I look literally ten years younger. I am incredibly happy with the results and they seem to get better and better as the healing continues. I never had a problem getting a return call or making an appointment. Dr. Sundine is always pleasant and answers all of my questions. I would recommend him to anyone!!!

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  • "I Am Very Satisfied With The Results"

    What I really like about Dr Sundine is his vast experience and training. I also like the fact he did not try to sell me other procedures. He is also very down to earth and easy to talk to. I am very satisfied with the results and I highly recommend him.

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  • "Thanks, Dr. Sundine!"

    After much research and multiple visits to other surgeons, I knew right away that Dr. Sundine was the perfect choice for me. He is gentle and kind and genuinely listens to you. I felt completely confident in his ability from the first visit to the last. Even the day of the procedure, he spent ample time talking to me, taking measurements, and making marks on my body so as to get the perfect results. I have been singing his praises to all of my friends and will recommend him to anyone searching for a plastic surgeon. Thanks, Dr. Sundine!

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  • "Excellent Plastic Surgeon!"

    Dr. Sundine is an excellent plastic surgeon! I have been using his services for almost 5 years. The office setting is state of the art and his office manager Toni makes sure that everything runs efficiently. They really listen to your needs before and after surgery to make certain that you walk out fully satisfied. If you want to look years younger and fully refreshed I highly recommend that you use his services. This is not your typical Newport Beach plastic surgeon’s office. Patients walk out looking naturally gorgeous, not overdone like some of the women in Orange County! The office offers a full range of injectables, peels, and lasers in addition to major cosmetic surgery procedures. Whether you need a little tweak or surgery this is the physician that you should see!
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    Dr. Sundine is the best plastic surgeon. Dr. Sundine’s excellent skills and knowledge has made my surgery turn out so well. But more importantly, it made me feel better about myself. Again, thank you Dr. Sundine for all you have done for me. You are the best surgeon!
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