CANDIDATES FOR A TUMMY TUCK
In general, a strong candidate for a tummy tuck is a healthy individual who is troubled by the appearance of their abdomen due to diastasis recti. Further, they should be a non-smoker, at a stable weight, in relatively good shape and realistic in their expectations for surgery.
With that said, our experts determine candidacy for all procedures, including tummy tucks, on an individual basis. As such, the only way to confirm your candidacy is to schedule a consultation with our experts.
AN OVERVIEW OF THE PROCEDURE
To begin the tummy tuck procedure, our experts will administer general anesthesia to ensure the patient’s comfort and safety. We will then make an incision in the abdomen to gain access to the underlying muscles. If a hernia is also present due to the weakened abdominal wall, we will address that condition first, by isolating and removing the hernia sac and repairing the weak area. We will then repair the separation of the muscles and remove any excess skin to achieve a flat and narrow midsection, before closing the incisions with very fine sutures to minimize scarring.
Immediately following surgery, the patient can expect to be wrapped in an elastic bandage or compression garment to minimize swelling and support the abdomen as it heals. In addition, small, thin tubes called drains may be temporarily placed under the skin to collect any excess blood or fluid. Patients can typically return home the very same day to begin the healing process. While at home, they will be advised to wear their compression garment and care for their drains as directed by their surgeon.
The initial recovery period should last approximately two weeks, during which time patients should stay home from work, avoid strenuous activity, get plenty of rest and take their prescribed pain medication as directed to manage any discomfort. Although some redness, bruising and swelling is to be expected, it should subside within three weeks. To reduce swelling in the meantime, patients are advised to drink plenty of water, adopt a low-sodium diet and return to their normal activities gradually. At two weeks, most patients can resume light activity and exercise, with the full results of the tummy tuck being apparent at twelve weeks.
If you have rectus diastasis and would like to repair the condition to restore a smooth and contoured abdomen, your first step will be to schedule a consultation with our plastic surgery experts.
During your initial appointment, our team of surgeons will perform a full physical examination to evaluate the appearance of the abdomen and severity of the separation of the underlying muscles. From there, we will compose a custom surgical plan designed to correct the condition and achieve an optimal cosmetic outcome. With years of experience and countless successful procedures, our surgeons have developed a reputation for delivering among the best tummy tuck Los Angeles has to offer.