Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck Surgery or Abdominoplasty Surgery is designed to tighten and remove loose skin and repair abdominal wall looseness or muscle separation that can occur as a result of weight fluctuations or pregnancy.

Tummy Tuck
Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck Surgery or Abdominoplasty Surgery is designed to tighten and remove loose skin and repair abdominal wall looseness or muscle separation that can occur as a result of weight fluctuations or pregnancy.

About Procedure

Tummy Tuck Surgery or Abdominoplasty Surgery is designed to tighten and remove loose skin and repair abdominal wall looseness or muscle separation that can occur as a result of weight fluctuations or pregnancy. Weight gain or pregnancy stretches the skin and causes the skin to lose its elasticity and many times creates stretch marks. It can also pull apart the muscles and loosen the abdominal wall creating a pooch or bulging. Diet and exercise, although important, often cannot repair or treat the skin and underlying muscles that have been stretched. Even some of the thinnest patients have excessive skin that they just can’t remove that a tummy tuck can help with. If there is excess fat in addition to excess skin, patients may also need to have liposuction as an additional procedure. If the mons pubis is also hanging, patients may also need to have a pubic lift.

Body Procedure

Good To Know Before Procedure

Patients on a weight-loss plan should be close to their goal weight before having tummy tuck surgery. For best long term results it is advisable that weight is stable after surgery (without a lot of yo-yoing up and down). Patients can get pregnant after surgery, however, the tissues will likely get stretched out again and they may need to do a revision or re-do after pregnancy. A tummy tuck is not a treatment for obesity. It does not remove the pinch of fat under the skin, or the internal fat (visceral fat). Because internal (visceral fat) creates a lot of pressure, there is a limit to how much tightening can safely be performed in a tummy tuck. As I’ve mentioned before, plastic surgery is not an exact science. Every person has a unique anatomy and their own idea of what their body goals should be. This is why consultations are vital so we can work together to create the best possible plan, customized for your personal needs and goals.

I will do a detailed consultation, take a complete medical history and conduct a careful examination and develop a customized plan based on your anatomy as well as your aesthetic goals. I consider age, overall health, emotional well being, as well as expectations for surgery when evaluating a candidate for this procedure. Patients who are obese (BMI 30 or greater) or who smoke have a significantly higher risk of wound healing problems. I require patients to have stopped smoking for anywhere from 2 months to a year depending on their smoking history before having surgery. To minimize the possibility of excess bleeding, you will need to avoid taking drugs containing aspirin, anti-inflammatories, alcohol, or herbal medications two weeks before surgery. You will receive a complete list of medications to avoid and detailed instructions before surgery. I consider the preparation before surgery and your understanding of how to take care of yourself critical to having the best possible results so myself and my staff will walk you through each part of the process every step of the way.

What Happens During The Procedure

In the pre-operative area I will mark you with a surgical pen so together we can determine exactly where you want your incision to be placed. For your comfort and safety, tummy tuck surgery will be performed under general anesthesia. I believe that every part of the surgical team is essential to having a perfect and smooth surgery so every part of my extended team is focused during surgery, and pays attention to every detail. We will all ensure that as you enter the operating room and are gently placed under anesthesia you will feel relaxed and calm and excited. During the operation we will all be focused on keeping you warm, comfortable, and cared for. During the surgery, I am gentle and and respectful and ensure a positive and calm environment around you. I will also place a numbing solution in your abdomen so you will not feel pain even though you are under anesthesia.

The surgery may take 4-7 hours depending on complexity and how much skin you need removed or if any additional procedures are done at the same time. I will make a low curved incision that is marked together with you prior to surgery. I encourage my patients to bring an underwear or bikini bottom they like to wear so I can try to hide the incision under it. The skin and fat is then lifted off the abdominal wall up to the edges of your ribs. When I get to the belly button, I cut a small circle around our belly button (it stays in place) and lift the skin around it. This exposes loose tissue covering the abdominal muscles. Loose, stretched out muscles are tightened with sutures, and excess skin and fat are removed. The skin is lowered over the abdomen and the new belly button is reconstructed. I consider the belly button to be one of the most important parts of the tummy tuck and have developed a special technique that creates my “signature, natural looking innie belly button.” I take extra time to make a beautiful oval shaped with a little dimple – my goal is for it to look like you never had surgery. I also have several other technical details that I perform to create a natural looking contoured abdomen and a thin, nearly invisible low scar. I believe it is important to create the best possible result and incision without any bunching, irregularities or step offs. I take extreme pride in my attention to detail with every single step of this surgery.

Results & Recovery: What To Expect

I have developed a gentle tummy tuck technique that has minimal pain and a quick recovery. You will spend the first night at a plastic surgery after care facility with nursing. They will pick you up from the surgery center and bring you to my office for your first post op visit. After surgery, your abdomen will feel tight but should not be painful. If you do have discomfort, tylenol is usually all that’s needed. I will give you a prescription for a few pain pills to have in case you need them but they are usually not necessary. I encourage patients to stick to Tylenol instead of the prescription pain medication since those pills often create constipation and bloating. You will need to walk bent over for the first 1-2 weeks. There is usually some swelling of the tissues for a few weeks after surgery. You will wear an abdominal binder or compression garment to support your abdomen for 6-8 weeks after surgery. This is something we will measure and provide for you. You will have a few drains places that are removed about 1-2 weeks after surgery. Most of my patients feel almost back to normal at around 1 week after their tummy tuck surgery.

The speed of recovery depends on your physical condition prior to surgery; those with stronger abdominal muscles usually recover faster. Allow at least 2 weeks to recuperate before returning to work. If you are a patient from out of town, you will need to stay in town for at least 2 weeks after surgery. Wait at least 4 weeks to start any strenuous exercise and 6 weeks to do abdominal exercises. Prior to your tummy tuck, please make plans to have someone help you ambulate after surgery.

Scars take about 12 months to fade. You will start scar treatments at around 2 weeks after surgery. I will discuss scar care in detail with you and also provide you with scar medications and products.

Tummy Tuck Surgery is one of the most life changing surgeries that I do! My patients feel that they can finally fit into clothes that they like without the extra hanging skin getting in the way. They feel much more confident in a bathing suit or bikini. Also many patients are able to exercise better – in addition to cosmetic benefits, abdominoplasty strengthens the core, helps with back pain, and also helps support the pelvic floor. It gives me so much joy to hear many of my patients tell me they finally can walk and exercise without back pain, or that they are able to do certain activities that they couldn’t.

Before Procedure

Good To Know Before Procedure

Patients on a weight-loss plan should be close to their goal weight before having tummy tuck surgery. For best long term results it is advisable that weight is stable after surgery (without a lot of yo-yoing up and down). Patients can get pregnant after surgery, however, the tissues will likely get stretched out again and they may need to do a revision or re-do after pregnancy. A tummy tuck is not a treatment for obesity. It does not remove the pinch of fat under the skin, or the internal fat (visceral fat). Because internal (visceral fat) creates a lot of pressure, there is a limit to how much tightening can safely be performed in a tummy tuck. As I’ve mentioned before, plastic surgery is not an exact science. Every person has a unique anatomy and their own idea of what their body goals should be. This is why consultations are vital so we can work together to create the best possible plan, customized for your personal needs and goals.

I will do a detailed consultation, take a complete medical history and conduct a careful examination and develop a customized plan based on your anatomy as well as your aesthetic goals. I consider age, overall health, emotional well being, as well as expectations for surgery when evaluating a candidate for this procedure. Patients who are obese (BMI 30 or greater) or who smoke have a significantly higher risk of wound healing problems. I require patients to have stopped smoking for anywhere from 2 months to a year depending on their smoking history before having surgery. To minimize the possibility of excess bleeding, you will need to avoid taking drugs containing aspirin, anti-inflammatories, alcohol, or herbal medications two weeks before surgery. You will receive a complete list of medications to avoid and detailed instructions before surgery. I consider the preparation before surgery and your understanding of how to take care of yourself critical to having the best possible results so myself and my staff will walk you through each part of the process every step of the way.

During Procedure

What Happens During The Procedure

In the pre-operative area I will mark you with a surgical pen so together we can determine exactly where you want your incision to be placed. For your comfort and safety, tummy tuck surgery will be performed under general anesthesia. I believe that every part of the surgical team is essential to having a perfect and smooth surgery so every part of my extended team is focused during surgery, and pays attention to every detail. We will all ensure that as you enter the operating room and are gently placed under anesthesia you will feel relaxed and calm and excited. During the operation we will all be focused on keeping you warm, comfortable, and cared for. During the surgery, I am gentle and and respectful and ensure a positive and calm environment around you. I will also place a numbing solution in your abdomen so you will not feel pain even though you are under anesthesia.

The surgery may take 4-7 hours depending on complexity and how much skin you need removed or if any additional procedures are done at the same time. I will make a low curved incision that is marked together with you prior to surgery. I encourage my patients to bring an underwear or bikini bottom they like to wear so I can try to hide the incision under it. The skin and fat is then lifted off the abdominal wall up to the edges of your ribs. When I get to the belly button, I cut a small circle around our belly button (it stays in place) and lift the skin around it. This exposes loose tissue covering the abdominal muscles. Loose, stretched out muscles are tightened with sutures, and excess skin and fat are removed. The skin is lowered over the abdomen and the new belly button is reconstructed. I consider the belly button to be one of the most important parts of the tummy tuck and have developed a special technique that creates my “signature, natural looking innie belly button.” I take extra time to make a beautiful oval shaped with a little dimple – my goal is for it to look like you never had surgery. I also have several other technical details that I perform to create a natural looking contoured abdomen and a thin, nearly invisible low scar. I believe it is important to create the best possible result and incision without any bunching, irregularities or step offs. I take extreme pride in my attention to detail with every single step of this surgery.

Results & Recovery

Results & Recovery: What To Expect

I have developed a gentle tummy tuck technique that has minimal pain and a quick recovery. You will spend the first night at a plastic surgery after care facility with nursing. They will pick you up from the surgery center and bring you to my office for your first post op visit. After surgery, your abdomen will feel tight but should not be painful. If you do have discomfort, tylenol is usually all that’s needed. I will give you a prescription for a few pain pills to have in case you need them but they are usually not necessary. I encourage patients to stick to Tylenol instead of the prescription pain medication since those pills often create constipation and bloating. You will need to walk bent over for the first 1-2 weeks. There is usually some swelling of the tissues for a few weeks after surgery. You will wear an abdominal binder or compression garment to support your abdomen for 6-8 weeks after surgery. This is something we will measure and provide for you. You will have a few drains places that are removed about 1-2 weeks after surgery. Most of my patients feel almost back to normal at around 1 week after their tummy tuck surgery.

The speed of recovery depends on your physical condition prior to surgery; those with stronger abdominal muscles usually recover faster. Allow at least 2 weeks to recuperate before returning to work. If you are a patient from out of town, you will need to stay in town for at least 2 weeks after surgery. Wait at least 4 weeks to start any strenuous exercise and 6 weeks to do abdominal exercises. Prior to your tummy tuck, please make plans to have someone help you ambulate after surgery.

Scars take about 12 months to fade. You will start scar treatments at around 2 weeks after surgery. I will discuss scar care in detail with you and also provide you with scar medications and products.

Tummy Tuck Surgery is one of the most life changing surgeries that I do! My patients feel that they can finally fit into clothes that they like without the extra hanging skin getting in the way. They feel much more confident in a bathing suit or bikini. Also many patients are able to exercise better – in addition to cosmetic benefits, abdominoplasty strengthens the core, helps with back pain, and also helps support the pelvic floor. It gives me so much joy to hear many of my patients tell me they finally can walk and exercise without back pain, or that they are able to do certain activities that they couldn’t.

Where To Start

I understand that getting a plastic surgery procedure is one of your biggest life decisions. It takes time, planning, and resources. I want you to know that myself and my team are here to help you every step of the way. Your plastic surgery journey starts in 4 easy steps:

Free Phone Consultation

Schedule a free phone consultation with one of our knowledgeable surgical consultants who are trained by Dr. Cat. They will answer many of your questions and you can decide if you are ready for your consultation with Dr. Cat.

Meet Dr. Cat for your initial consultation in-person or video consultation. The consultation cost is $500 and it’s applied towards your plastic surgery procedure.

Consultation with Dr. Cat

Preparations & Surgery Day

After you reserve your surgery date, Dr. Cat and her team will make sure you are well informed and prepared for your big day. Preparation is a very important part of your plastic surgery journey.

The post-op phase is an important time of healing and recovering so you can enjoy your amazing results and your improved quality of life that you have envisioned.

Enjoy Results

Free Phone Consultation

Schedule a free phone consultation with one of our knowledgeable surgical consultants who are trained by Dr. Cat. They will answer many of your questions and you can decide if you are ready for your consultation with Dr. Cat.

Consultation with Dr. Cat

Meet Dr. Cat for your initial consultation in-person or video consultation. The consultation cost is $500 and it’s applied towards your plastic surgery procedure.

Preparations & Surgery Day

After you reserve your surgery date, Dr. Cat and her team will make sure you are well informed and prepared for your big day. Preparation is a very important part of your plastic surgery journey.

Enjoy Results

The post-op phase is an important time of healing and recovering so you can enjoy your amazing results and your improved quality of life that you have envisioned.

Start your Plastic Surgery Journey Now by scheduling your free phone
consultation with one of our Plastic Surgery Experts.

Before & After Cases

Case TTK-0572

Abdominoplasty w/ hernia repair

Case TTK-0548

This young woman underwent a tummy tuck with a hernia repair.

Case TTK-0449

This young woman underwent a tummy tuck with a hernia repair.

Case TTK-5438

Actual before and after tummy tuck photos of Dr. Cat Begovic’s Beverly Hills patient.