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Tummy Tuck Specialist

Gary Donath, MD -  - Plastic Surgeon

Central Coast Institute for Plastic Surgery

Gary Donath, MD

Plastic Surgeon located in San Luis Obispo County and North Santa Barbara County, Pismo Beach, CA

A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a surgical procedure that can greatly improve your abdominal contour. One of the many surgical procedures available from Gary Donath, MD, at Central Coast Institute for Plastic Surgery in Pismo Beach, California, a tummy tuck can not only deliver a more appealing abdomen, it can also give you a remarkable boost in confidence. If you’re ready to learn more about this popular surgical procedure, and you live in San Luis Obispo or North Santa Barbara County, schedule a consultation today. You can book online or over the phone.

Tummy Tuck Q & A

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck, also called an abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat in your abdomen. Many tummy tucks also repair separated or weakened abdominal muscles to create a more toned and smooth profile. 

Some of the things that can lead to a protruding or sagging abdomen and the decision to pursue a tummy tuck include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Hereditary factors
  • Prior surgical procedures
  • Significant weight changes
  • Aging

If you’ve noticed changes in the shape or firmness of your abdomen, a tummy tuck may be the solution to the problem.

Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

While a tummy tuck can achieve outstanding results, it isn’t the right approach for everyone. You may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck if you:

  • Are troubled by the appearance of your abdomen
  • Are in good overall health and less than 60 years of age
  • Have achieved and maintained a healthy and stable weight
  • Are a nonsmoker
  • Have realistic expectations about what a tummy tuck can achieve

A personalized consultation at Central Coast Institute for Plastic Surgery can provide the information you need to decide if this procedure is right for you.

What happens during a tummy tuck?

To begin, general anesthesia is administered to ensure you rest comfortably throughout the procedure. Dr. Donath then creates an incision to gain access to your abdominal muscles. He repairs any separation or damage to the muscles to create a more toned and firm feel. 

Next, he removes excess skin before pulling your upper abdominal skin downward to create a smoother and tighter profile. A new opening is made for your belly button, and it’s secured with sutures.

The final step involves closing the incisions with sutures, surgical adhesive, clips, or tape, as needed. You’ll be moved to a recovery area until the anesthesia wears off. Oftentimes tummy tucks are done as outpatient procedures.

What is the recovery process after a tummy tuck?

Your recovery experience depends on your overall health and how well your body adapts after your surgery. Based on Dr. Donath’s instructions, you return to the office for suture removal, and he examines your incisions and assesses how you’re healing.

Typically you need a few weeks to give your body a chance to heal before returning to normal daily activities, but be sure to wait 4-6 weeks to begin more strenuous activities. By eight to twelve weeks, you should be able to engage in most activities without restriction. 

To explore abdominoplasty in greater detail, schedule a consultation at Central Coast Institute for Plastic Surgery. Online scheduling is one option, or you can call to speak with a member of the administrative staff.