TUMMY TUCK (ABDOMINOPLASTY)
A sculpted, flat abdominal region is one of the most coveted physical characteristics, and is responsible for motivating countless individuals to perform seemingly endless numbers of sit-ups and crunches in the hopes of acquiring the ever elusive “six pack” abs. Additionally, many individuals suffer from the frustrating aesthetic problem of abdominal skin laxity (looseness, hanging skin), which can be caused by a number of factors, such as: the natural aging process, genetics, childbirth, stress, hormonal imbalances, and significant fluctuations in weight.
Regrettably, fat pockets in the abdominal region can be extremely difficult to eliminate, and abdominal skin laxity cannot be ameliorated through proper diet and exercise alone. Fortunately, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) surgery provides an effective solution to these problematic aesthetic issues, and can be performed to improve the appearance of a flabby or protruding stomach, and to excise surplus or hanging abdominal skin. During a tummy tuck surgery, excess fat is removed from the lower and middle abdominal region, abdominal musculature is tightened, and surplus skin is excised, resulting in a leaner, smoother abdomen.
Tummy tuck surgery requires a high level of surgical accuracy and proficiency, and should be performed by a board certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Dr. Katzen is a widely respected expert in the field of cosmetic body surgery, and has helped many patients tighten and sculpt their abdomens with tummy tuck procedures at his private practice in Beverly Hills, California. Dr. Katzen specializes in post-bariatric surgery body contouring procedures, and has a broad scope of knowledge and experience performing tummy tuck surgeries, both separately, and as one component of a total body surgical rejuvenation.
TUMMY TUCK PROCEDURE AND RECOVERY
Abdominoplasty procedures are generally performed on an outpatient basis, under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. During the surgery, Dr. Katzen will make a horizontal incision between the navel and the pubic hairline, and will then repair and suture the weakened abdominal muscles. Utilizing the same incision, he will excise any surplus abdominal fat, tissue, and skin, and (if necessary), will make a second incision around the circumference of the navel to reposition the belly button to a more aesthetically appropriate location. Your abdominoplasty results will be visually apparent immediately following your surgery, and will continue to improve over the next few months, as any residual swelling subsides. Patients will be advised to abstain from all strenuous physical activity for at least six weeks following tummy tuck surgery, and, depending upon an individual’s capacity to heal, may need to take up to a month off of work to ensure a successful recovery.
Dr. Katzen’s practice is built on the foundational principle of surgical customization, meaning that as a patient, you will receive a unique treatment plan, tailored to reflect your specific aesthetic preferences, and designed to bring your surgical goals to fruition. Dr. Katzen and his professional staff have created a warm, welcoming office environment, where you will feel secure and comfortable throughout your abdominoplasty experience.
Dr. Katzen and his professional team understand the importance of well-informed patients, and will take the time to thoroughly explain your abdominoplasty procedural details and options. If you would like additional information about tummy tuck surgery, please contact our office today. We look forward to speaking with you and to scheduling your initial consultation with Dr. Katzen.