Get The Tightened and Toned Figure You’ve Always Wanted

Tri Valley Plastic Surgery offers a cosmetic surgical procedure known as abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck. Serving patients in and around Danville tummy tucks remove fat and excess skin from the abdominal area while also tightening the underlying muscles to create a more toned and flatter appearance. Abdominoplasty is typically recommended for individuals who have struggled to achieve their desired abdominal contour through diet and exercise alone, as factors such as pregnancy and significant weight loss can result in changes that cannot be corrected through these methods alone.

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It can be difficult to achieve a toned and firm body in certain stubborn areas through exercise and diet alone due to conditions such as health-related weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and aging, which can affect metabolism, skin elasticity, and fat storage. The skin, tissue, and muscles in the upper and lower abdomen are commonly difficult to target and may require a surgical solution. Pregnancy can exacerbate these issues by causing muscle separation and reduced skin elasticity.

At Tri Valley Plastic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Steven Williams leads a team of highly skilled medical professionals and offer Danville patients effective solutions to address excess skin, fat storage, and muscle laxity around the belly area. They have a strong reputation and have provided numerous patients with satisfactory surgical outcomes. Patients can receive personalized body sculpting plans and expert guidance to determine their suitability for the tummy tuck procedure and ensure they get the best patient care available with optimized results.

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What is the Tummy Tuck procedure?

Also known as an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a surgical procedure aimed at removing excess fat and skin and correcting muscle weakness in the abdominal area, revealing a flatter and tighter abdomen.

Tummy Tuck Procedures

Mini Tummy Tuck

A more limited variant of a full tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck involves a smaller incision and does not typically include any muscle adjustment.

Full Tummy Tuck

The full tummy tuck involves a horizontal incision from hip to hip, detachment of the belly button, and tightening of the abdominal muscles to remove excess skin, tissue, and fat.

Extended Tummy Tuck

Extended tummy tucks utilize a longer incision than the other procedures and may also involve suturing the abdominal area if needed.

Pairing a Tummy Tuck with Liposuction

Liposuction is another popular plastic surgery procedure that involves the removal of unwanted fat deposits through a suction instrument. It is often used in conjunction with body contouring procedures like tummy tucks to treat stubborn fat that does not respond to exercise or healthy eating.

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Tummy Tuck Benefits

Tummy tuck procedures are popular and effective and have been in high demand due to their ability to produce long-lasting results. Danville patients who undergo abdominoplasty often report an increase in their confidence level and improved appearance in clothing and swimwear. The procedure is designed to remove excess fat and skin as well as provide a smoother, flatter, and more toned and youthful overall body shape and contour.

Tummy Tuck Candidates

Ideal candidates for the procedure are those who are in generally good physical condition but have stubborn sections of subcutaneous fat or excess skin. Patients who typically seek out this procedure are most often: postpartum women, post-weight-loss patients, and mature patients.

Postpartum Tummy Tuck

After giving birth, many women experience skin laxity and diastasis recti—separation of the abdominal muscles that can cause the stomach to bulge. These issues can make it challenging to get a toned, flat abdomen using exercise and diet only.

Tummy Tuck After Weight Loss

Individuals who have undergone substantial weight loss through methods such as exercise, diet modification, or some form of bariatric surgery may experience sagging skin in the abdominal area. A tummy tuck can be a suitable procedure to address this concern.

Mature Patients

As patients age, skin firmness and elasticity in the midsection can decrease. Given overall good health and no medical concerns, a tummy tuck is a viable option for patients at any age.

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Who isn’t a good candidate for the Tummy Tuck procedure?

To determine whether you are a suitable candidate for an abdominoplasty, there are some factors to consider. The following circumstances may suggest that a tummy tuck is not the best course of action:

  • The individual has a body mass index (BMI) that is classified as obese.
  • The individual is presently breastfeeding.
  • The individual has history of heart problems or blood clots
  • The individual smokes and is unable or unwilling to quit.
  • The individual is pregnant or has plans to become pregnant.
  • The individual is unwilling to accept a visible scar on their abdomen.
  • The individual has uncontrolled diabetes, diagnosed respiratory disease, weakened immunity, or other conditions.

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Your Tummy Tuck Consultation

If you are interested in learning more about tummy tucks, Danville patients are invited to schedule your one-on-one consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Steven Williams. During this private consultation, the doctor and our team will assess your eligibility for the procedure and provide you with detailed information about your comprehensive treatment plan, potential risks and benefits, incision and anesthetic options, recovery, abdominoplasty cost, and financing options.

Tummy Tuck Complications and Risks

At your consultation, our Danville tummy tuck surgeons will thoroughly discuss the potential risks involved with a tummy tuck procedure for patients. While this procedure is generally safe for the vast majority of candidates, the healing process for each patient will vary depending on their anatomy and medical history, which can lead to unpredictable outcomes. In order to ensure that you are fully informed of the risks involved, you will be required to sign an informed consent document prior to surgery.

Some typical side effects of tummy tuck surgery may include nausea, vomiting, or dizziness from anesthesia, swelling (which typically subsides after 3 to 4 months), significant bruising (generally lasting as long as 3 to 4 weeks), and permanent scarring (which usually fades over about 9 to 12 months).

Extremely rare but serious complications of the procedure could include necrosis (also known as tissue death), a challenging recovery period, poor wound healing, unexpected final scar appearance, uneven contours or asymmetry, seroma (collection of subcutaneous fluid), infection (which may need antibiotic treatment or follow up surgical care), unsatisfactory results that require revision surgery, numbness (which may be temporary or permanent), internal organ damage (which could require emergency surgery or be fatal), pulmonary embolism (life-threatening blood clot affecting the lungs), and hematoma (blood pooled outside one of the body’s blood vessels, potentially requiring secondary surgery for drainage).

Tummy Tuck Surgery Preparation

To ensure the safest tummy tuck surgery possible, it is essential to observe all pre- and post-operative instructions provided by your Danville tummy tuck plastic surgeon. Depending on your medical history, the surgeon may recommend discontinuing certain medications or supplements. If you smoke, you will be asked to quit a few weeks before the surgery to ensure proper healing. The anesthesiologist will most likely require that you not eat or drink anything starting the night before your procedure. You can drink very small amounts of water until about two hours prior to surgery in order to take necessary medications.

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Tummy Tuck Pre-Op Checklist

  • Plan ahead for your surgery day by arranging transportation to the center and back home after recovery.
  • Make arrangements for the care of toddlers, young children, or pets.
  • Avoid taking medications that may increase bleeding, such as anti-inflammatory drugs, aspirin, and certain herbal supplements.
  • Quit smoking several weeks in advance to reduce risk of complications with anesthesia, which can slow recovery.
  • If you take contraceptive pills, switch to an alternative form of contraception six weeks before your surgery to lessen risk of thrombosis (blood clotting), a serious complication.
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    The Tri Valley Tummy Tuck Technique

    Our plastic surgeons are renowned for their meticulous attention to detail during abdominoplasty procedures, ensuring that the navel appears natural and scars are located in more favorable areas. It’s the minor details that make a big difference in achieving exceptional tummy tuck results. Take a look at before and after pictures of previous tummy tuck patients to view our exceptional work.

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    Tummy Tuck Procedure

    If you're considering a tummy tuck as part of your Mommy Makeover, here's what you can expect. The surgery’s normal length varies depending on the type of abdominoplasty, ranging from one to five hours for a complete procedure and one to two hours for a mini tummy tuck. The surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis, and the type of anesthesia used may be general or local anesthesia with sedation, depending on the individual patient's needs. The results of a tummy tuck are intended to be long-lasting, although factors such as weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and aging may cause some reduction in surgical outcomes as time goes on.

    Intake Appointment

    During your intake appointment at the surgical center, the medical staff will record your vitals, and your surgeon will address any final concerns or questions. Finally, your doctor will plot out the exact location of your incisions.

    Step 1: Applying Anesthesia

    The procedure begins with anesthesia, which is usually general anesthesia. If you are receiving a mini tummy tuck or need less extensive work, your surgeon and anesthesiologist may opt for only sedation with local anesthesia. This will be discussed prior to surgery day.

    Step 2: Surgery

    The doctor will start with an incision at the lower abdominal area, across the hip, and possibly around the navel for a full tummy tuck. Then, your surgeon will lift the skin and tissue and tighten the underlying muscles with sutures if this is part of your surgical plan. Any excess tissue will be trimmed off, and a new navel opening will be created and sutured in the proper place. In the case of mini abdominoplasty, the repositioning of the belly button is not required.

    Step 3: Incision Closing

    The surgeon will then carefully pull the skin towards the incision and close the incision with sutures, leaving a taut abdomen. Dressings and a compression garment will be used to reduce swelling and cushion the incision.

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    Tummy Tuck Recovery

    The duration of the recovery period following this procedure depends on the surgical methods employed and the scope of the surgery. Patients who undergo a full abdominoplasty typically require three to six months to recover fully.

    Immediately After Surgery

    After their tummy tuck Danville patients will come out of anesthesia in a dedicated recovery room with a nurse in attendance. To alleviate anesthesia-related nausea, you may have juice or water. To ensure you can stay hydrated, you may receive intravenous fluids. For the surgery, a urine catheter will likely be used. This catheter is usually removed before you regain consciousness. After its removal, you may experience the urgent need for urination or a sensation of not being able to fully empty the bladder. While these sensations may be uncomfortable, they are normal and should resolve within about a day or less. Drain tubes and pouches may also be placed on your abdomen for about 2 to 3 days to let fluid drain from the treated area. Depending on the amount of fluid output, these drains may be removed during your first follow-up visit.

    Leaving the Surgical Center

    Most patients go home on the day of their surgery after a few hours in recovery, while others may need to stay a night or two in a hospital. You will need someone to take you home after you are discharged as you will not be able to drive. After arriving home, someone should be with you and available to assist for about the first one to two days, until the anesthesia wears off fully and you are able to move around more.

    Managing Bruising, Swelling, and Numbness

    After the surgery, you will experience swelling, bruising, and possibly some continuing drainage. Numbness in the surgical area is normal and typically subsides completely after six months to a year. It’s important to consistently wear the specialized compression garments to reduce swelling and lessen bruising. They should be worn for at least 4 to 6 weeks or as directed by your doctor. Avoid straining or stretching the healing wound to avoid slowing down the recovery process.

    Pain Management

    It is typical to be uncomfortable and in some pain during the initial few days following the procedure. Exparel, a prolonged-acting local anesthetic, is administered to minimize discomfort and accelerate recovery time. This effect may last for up to 2 to 3 days after the surgery. Additionally, we may recommend pain medication, which could include common pain relievers like Tylenol.

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    Resuming Work and Other Activities

    Patients who undergo tummy tuck surgery typically need to take approximately two weeks off from work. This period may be longer for those who undergo a full abdominoplasty while mini abdominoplasty recovery is usually manageable in 14 days. Be sure to avoid lifting more than 5 to 10 pounds and any strenuous physical exertion for 6 to 8 weeks.

    Tips for Tummy Tuck Recovery

    It’s important to follow these tips during your tummy tuck recovery:

    • Quit smoking.
    • Stay hydrated.
    • Wear loose-fitting clothing.
    • Keep wearing the compression garment according to your surgeon’s instructions.
    • Keep to your check-up appointments.
    • Consider preparing or arranging meals for the first 14 days of recovery.
    • Keep essential items, such as bottled water, medications, facial tissue, phone chargers, reading materials, and remote controls, within easy reach. To avoid stretching, bending, or straining, they should be in a convenient location.

    Incision Care and Scar Prevention

    It typically takes 1 year to 18 months for a surgical scar to fully mature. To assist with the healing process, your doctor may suggest the use of prescription creams, gels, or silicone scar sheets. It is also recommended to avoid tanning, as exposure to the sun can aggravate scarring.

    Your Tummy Tuck Results

    The outcome of an abdominoplasty procedure is a smoother, more toned abdomen that is better aligned to your body shape and size. You will likely notice a gradual improvement in your abdominal contour in the first several weeks following the surgery, although it may take 6 to 8 months for any residual swelling to subside. It generally takes up to a year for most patients to see the full results of their tummy tuck.

    Tummy Tuck vs. Mini Tummy Tuck

    If you have limited excess fat, skin, and tissue, a mini tummy tuck could be a viable alternative to a full tummy tuck. This version involves a smaller incision and is best suited for those in their 30s, often women who are postpartum. Liposuction can also be used during a mini tummy tuck to achieve optimal results. In some cases, liposuction alone may be sufficient for patients not experiencing skin laxity issues and with minimal excess skin. A mini tummy tuck typically results in shorter scars and a faster recovery time.

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    Schedule Your Abdominoplasty Consultation at Tri Valley Plastic Surgery Today

    To learn more about the tummy tuck Danville patients are encouraged to reach out to Dr. Williams at Tri Valley Plastic Surgery who are available for consultations. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and discuss your options in detail.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is the Tummy Tuck a common procedure?

    Can a Tummy Tuck be combined with other cosmetic procedures?

    Are there any risks for a Tummy Tuck?

    Is the Tummy Tuck procedure permanent?

    Will I have to change the way I sleep during Tummy Tuck recovery?

    How long is it recommended to hold off on physical activity and exercise after a Tummy Tuck?

    What if I become pregnant after a Tummy Tuck?

    What is the cost of a Tummy Tuck?

    Is there considerable scarring from a Tummy Tuck?

    How do I best maintain the results of my Tummy Tuck?

    Is a Tummy Tuck a substitute for weight loss surgery?

    How do I decide between a Tummy Tuck and Liposuction?

    How long does the Tummy Tuck surgery take?

    Is the Tummy Tuck a common procedure?

    Yes, abdominoplasty surgery has been among the top 10 most popular cosmetic surgeries for over a decade. Patients typically undergo the surgery to address cosmetic concerns after pregnancy or significant weight loss.

    Can a Tummy Tuck be combined with other cosmetic procedures?

    Tummy tucks can be combined with other procedures, such as liposuction, breast augmentation, breast lift surgery, thigh lift, arm lift, and more.

    Are there any risks for a Tummy Tuck?

    Rare but serious complications could include infection, long-term numbness, and even (in extremely rare cases) death. To reduce these risks, patients should closely follow the instructions given by their surgeon for the safest possible surgery and recovery.

    Is the Tummy Tuck procedure permanent?

    A tummy tuck produces semi-permanent results, but the natural changes caused by aging will continue. Patients should avoid extreme shifts in weight to maintain their results. Also, talk to your surgeon if you plan to become pregnant in the future, as this will affect your results.

    Will I have to change the way I sleep during Tummy Tuck recovery?

    Patients should sleep on their backs with their head and legs slightly elevated for comfort during recovery.

    How long is it recommended to hold off on physical activity and exercise after a Tummy Tuck?

    A majority of patients can go back to routine exercise and other physical activity after about six weeks, depending on which method was used. You can resume walking on the same day as the surgery. Generally speaking, most patients can return to their regular exercise routines and other physical activities after about six weeks of recovery. Fortunately, walking is an activity that can usually be resumed right after surgery, after resting for an hour or so in a recovery room.

    What if I become pregnant after a Tummy Tuck?

    The tummy tuck procedure shouldn’t negatively impact your ability to become pregnant. However, it's generally recommended that you postpone the surgery if you are planning to have children in the future to optimize the longevity of your surgical results. Following a tummy tuck, allowing your abdomen to heal properly is crucial, and it's typically recommended to avoid becoming pregnant for at least a year after the surgery.

    What is the cost of a Tummy Tuck?

    The cost of a tummy tuck can vary based on the exact procedures needed and other factors. Patients should discuss costs with the surgeon during their consultation.

    Is there considerable scarring from a Tummy Tuck?

    For the tummy tuck procedure, scarring is most commonly located around the lower abdomen and belly button. That being said, your surgeon will make every effort to place the incision marks in discreet locations, minimizing their visibility and helping you to feel more confident in your appearance.

    How do I best maintain the results of my Tummy Tuck?

    Maintaining long-term results is best achieved by following healthy dieting, exercising, and staying close to your ideal weight.

    Is a Tummy Tuck a substitute for weight loss surgery?

    While a tummy tuck can be a great way to achieve a toned, contoured abdomen, it's important to remember that the procedure is not a substitute for losing weight through a balanced diet and regular physical activity. If you are significantly overweight, our providers, Dr. Williams, may recommend slimming down to a reasonably healthy BMI and maintaining a stable weight before undergoing a tummy tuck. That said, a tummy tuck can be an excellent way to enhance the results of bariatric surgery or massive weight loss, helping you to achieve the body you've always wanted.

    How do I decide between a Tummy Tuck and Liposuction?

    For patients who are looking to address isolated areas of unwanted fat or have good skin elasticity, liposuction alone may be a suitable solution. However, for patients struggling with more significant fat and skin, a tummy tuck may be the best option.

    How long does the Tummy Tuck surgery take?

    The length of the procedure varies based on which method is used. A mini abdominoplasty typically only takes about 1 to 2 hours, while a full abdominoplasty could take upwards of 4 to 5 hours. If other procedures will be included, such as breast augmentation or a full mommy makeover, extra time will be needed for surgery.

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