Tummy Tuck Newport Beach
Tummy tuck surgery (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.
For more information on tummy tuck surgery, please read the paragraphs below. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Sundine, please contact his office at 949 706 3100.
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.
Recovering from Tummy Tuck Surgery
Because 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.
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. He is also visited by Orange County blepharoplasty and rhinoplasty patients.