If you have significant excess skin, loose abdominal muscles, and excess fat, you may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty surgery. Tummy tuck is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures available, as it can dramatically improve your body contour and flatten a belly that has been resistant to diet and exercise.
Schedule your consultation with Dr. Omidi today by calling 310-281-0155 and find out if a tummy tuck is the right procedure for you. New mothers and people who have lost a large amount of weight often benefit from an abdominoplasty, but anyone who is dissatisfied with their excess skin and fat in the abdominal area can be a candidate.
"I absolutely love my tummy tuck results! I had researched and interviewed doctors and when I met Dr. Omidi, I knew he was the professional to go with. He made me feel very comfortable before and after my surgery. He was very pleasant, professional and I loved that he is a philanthropist. I bonded with the staff and nurses and they were so awesome! I am looking forward to getting my breast augmentation with Dr. Omidi as well. Thank you so much!"
Learn more about tummy tuck surgery by reading the sections below:
- What is a tummy tuck?
- What is the difference between tummy tuck and liposuction?
- Is a tummy tuck right for you?
- Mini tummy tuck vs. full tummy tuck
- Types of tummy tucks performed by Dr. Omidi
- African American tummy tuck
- Male tummy tuck
- Can you combine a tummy tuck with other procedures?
- What to expect the day of your tummy tuck surgery
- Recovery from a tummy tuck
- Schedule your consultation
A tummy tuck, clinically known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove fatty tissue resistant to diet and exercise as well as eliminate excess skin in the abdominal area. A tummy tuck can also help to tighten abdominal muscles that have been separated or weakened by pregnancy or lack of physical activity. In addition, a tummy tuck can help to remove stretch marks below the navel.
Tummy tucks are very popular for men and women who have both excess fat and skin that they would like to reduce for a trimmer, more toned shape. A tummy tuck is an invasive procedure that will leave a long scar along your bikini line, but the majority of patients find the results to be well worth it. Dr. Omidi is highly experienced in performing tummy tucks with incisions that heal well and are easily hidden.
"Do I need a tummy tuck or liposuction?" is one of the most common questions that Dr. Omidi receives from his patients. There are significant differences between abdominoplasty and liposuction:
- Liposuction: Liposuction is less invasive and leaves less scarring. In addition, liposuction can be used to contour many different areas of the body, not just the abdomen. However, liposuction does not eliminate excess skin.
- Tummy Tuck: A tummy tuck is more invasive and leaves a long scar. It can accomplish more than liposuction, though. A tummy tuck can reduce larger amounts of excess fat, and it can reduce hanging, excess skin. A tummy tuck can also tighten loose abdominal muscles, while liposuction cannot accomplish this.
If you are in need of a tummy tuck but also want to contour other parts of your body, it is possible to combine the two procedures for more comprehensive results. Often, patients get the best results when a tummy tuck is performed and liposuction is also done to help create a better overall body shape.
In general, ideal candidates for a tummy tuck:
- Are at or near a healthy, stable weight
- Are non-smokers, or are able to quit smoking for a period of time before and after the procedure
- Understand the potential risks
- Have realistic expectations
- Can commit to a healthy lifestyle to maintain results
- Have a BMI under 30
Dr. Omidi is known for being honest with his patients, and he will always caution that a tummy tuck should not be treated as a substitute for weight loss through diet and exercise. If you have a BMI of over 30, you have a higher risk of complications and there is a higher chance that your results will not be ideal.
That being said, Dr. Omidi does have extensive experience assisting patients with elevated BMI, and he will accommodate your needs as best he can as long as weight can be lost through a diet and exercise regimen.
During your consultation, Dr. Omidi will answer your questions, examine you thoroughly, listen to your goals, and help decide if you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck or whether you would benefit more from a different treatment plan.
If you have laxity and excess skin that is concentrated below your navel, you may be a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck. A mini tummy tuck is not as extensive as a full tummy tuck, but it requires a smaller incision at your bikini area and does not require an incision around the navel, meaning that you'll have less scarring and an easier recovery time.
Mini tummy tucks can also be combined with liposuction of the upper abdomen and flanks for better results. In addition, it can be done under local anesthesia instead of general, and takes only around one hour to perform. A full tummy tuck takes around four hours.
The drawbacks of a mini tummy tuck are that it does not address the entire abdominal wall, and cannot provide the same amount of tightening and fat reduction that a full tummy tuck can. Talk to Dr. Omidi during your consultation to see if you may benefit from a mini tummy tuck.
Dr. Omidi has been performing various kinds of abdominoplasty procedures for years. He is known as a highly meticulous and exact surgeon who will do everything needed to get you the best results possible.
Some of the different types of tummy tucks that Dr. Omidi performs include:
- High Lateral Tension Tummy Tuck: A high lateral tension tummy tuck is an advanced body contouring procedure that will tone not only your abdomen but also your thighs, sides, and buttocks. It removes a greater amount of excess skin than other types, and can reduce love handles and muffin tops. A high lateral tension tummy tuck helps to create a beautiful hourglass figure. This procedure is appropriate for patients who want more extensive results than a traditional tummy tuck can provide, and who are okay with a wider incision and slightly longer healing period.
- Panniculectomy: A panniculectomy is ideal for patients who have lost large amounts of weight that left behind significant excess, drooping skin and resistant pockets of fat in the lower abdomen. This procedure removes the pannus, or "apron," that hangs below the belt line. It does not tighten abdominal muscles.
- Drainless Tummy Tuck: A drainless tummy tuck provides a more comfortable recovery experience, since you will not need to use drain tubes for excess fluid after surgery. A drainless tummy tuck is performed by closing a space between the abdominal wall and overlying tissues, and using a medical tissue glue instead of typical sutures to close incisions. The main risks of a drainless tummy tuck are the potential for seromas (fluid collections under the skin) to form, and the possibility of contour irregularities due to the use of tissue glue.
- Fleur-de-Lis Abdominoplasty: In a Fleur-de-Lis abdominoplasty, a large amount of excess skin and tissue in the upper middle portion of the abdomen is removed. Dr. Omidi will tighten the skin on your abdomen top to bottom while also removing excess fat and addressing muscle separation. This procedure is often the best choice for patients who have lost massive amounts of weight leading to significant overhanging skin.
Throughout his extensive experience as a plastic surgeon, Dr. Omidi has observed that the patient's expectations are often determined by their ethnic heritage. Because there is no single universal standard of beauty, desired plastic surgery goals will vary from one individual to another depending on the patient's cultural background. Thus, African-American women often have distinct expectations when it comes to choosing a tummy tuck.
Dr. Omidi has found over the course of his long career that most African-American women, while still wanting to get rid of excess fat and skin as well as tighten the abdominal muscles, also want to preserve their curves. To that end, he has developed a unique tummy tuck technique that flattens the stomach while at the same time treating the hips and back to emphasize curves and create a full-figured silhouette.
Aside from cultural beauty expectations, African-American patients are more prone to developing raised keloid scars after surgery. Dr. Omidi addresses this issue through relying on internal sutures and surgical glue rather than traditional sutures when operating on African-American patients. This helps to prevent issues with unfavorable scarring.
More and more men are realizing that they, too, can achieve a more toned and flatter abdomen through plastic surgery. The popularity of tummy tucks for men has risen dramatically in the past few years, and has necessitated specialized techniques in order to achieve masculine results.
Some of the differences between a male abdominoplasty and a female one include:
- Different pattern of skin removal: While eliminating excess skin, Dr. Omidi focuses on enhancing the contours of the male abdomen and overall male physique.
- Different patterns of fat distribution: A man's fat distribution is different from that of a woman. The areas most different are around the umbilicus, the flanks, and the thighs. Dr. Omidi takes this into consideration and tailors the tummy tuck and liposuction to accentuate male musculature.
- Differing amounts of intra-abdominal fat: Males tend to accumulate more fatty tissue inside the abdomen compared to women. Dr. Omidi considers this prior to surgery and creates a plan that accentuates the six pack.
- Appearance of the belly button: Men often complain of a large and excessively round belly button shape. Dr. Omidi can reduce the size of the belly button and create an attractive and natural oval shape.
If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol, you should consult your doctor beforehand to make sure these conditions are well under control before having tummy tuck surgery. You should also be able to stop smoking for some time both before and after your procedure.
Tummy tucks can be combined with other plastic surgery procedures if you want to address more than one area at once. A particularly popular combination is a tummy tuck plus a breast augmentation or breast lift, commonly called a "mommy makeover."
New mothers often find that their breasts have deflated and sagged after breastfeeding, and their stomach area doesn't respond to healthy lifestyle choices. A "mommy makeover" can address the breasts and the stomach at the same time in order to restore your pre-childbirth body.
A tummy tuck typically requires only one surgical procedure. A mini tummy tuck lasts for around an hour, while a full tummy tuck lasts for 3 to 4 hours. If additional procedures are performed together with the tummy tuck, surgery may last longer.
The day before surgery, do not eat or drink anything after midnight. In the morning, take your prescribed anti-nausea medication with water, and do not wear makeup or perfume.
Before operating, anesthesia will be administered. You should be sure to have someone who can drive you home afterwards, as you will not be able to operate a vehicle. If you cannot secure a ride home, let us know, and we will make arrangements for you to stay in an aftercare facility overnight.
Unless you do not have anyone to drive you home, you can return home the same day as your tummy tuck. We advise making sure you have someone around who can perform your daily household chores and look after any children, as you will not be able to for the first 48 hours.
You will experience some swelling and bruising after your procedure. This is a normal part of the healing process. Dr. Omidi and his staff are committed to treating all patients with the utmost consideration and care, and will follow up with you regularly to make sure you are healing properly and to address any concerns you may have.
Each patient heals differently, but here is a general timeline for tummy tuck recovery:
- Immediately after procedure: At least one hour in a recovery room.
- The next day: Dressings are taken off. Fluids are checked every six hours. Drains are used to eliminate excess fluid from incisions, unless you had a drainless tummy tuck.
- Week 1: Abdominal compression garment is used to promote healing. Maintain a diet low in sodium to reduce swelling. Drains are taken out by the end of the week.
- Week 2: Some sutures can be removed from the lower abdominal area. You may return to work by the end of the week if your job does not require strenuous labor. Refrain from physical activity aside from walking.
- Week 3: Sutures are removed from along the umbilicus. You may return to your normal diet.
- Week 4: You may begin light physical exercise, but continue to refrain from strenuous activity such as heavy lifting.
- Week 6: Compression garment can be removed.
- Week 8: You may begin to resume more strenuous physical activity.
If you are ready to take the first step toward a flatter abdomen, call Dr. Omidi today at 310-281-0155 to schedule your initial consultation. We serve patients in Beverly Hills, Encino, Pomona, Apple Valley, and other nearby areas of Los Angeles and the Inland Empire.