Tummy Tuck

Central Coast Institute for Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgeons located in San Luis Obispo, CA

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that can greatly improve your abdominal profile. One of the many surgical procedures available from Gary Donath, MD, and Danielle E. Giacona, DO, at Central Coast Institute for Plastic Surgery in San Luis Obispo, California, a tummy tuck can not only deliver a more appealing abdomen, but 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. Most 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 stomach, a tummy tuck may be the answer to a more streamlined, toned abdomen. 

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
  • 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, anesthesia is administered to ensure you rest comfortably throughout the procedure. Your surgeon then creates an incision to gain access to your abdominal muscles. They repair any separation or damage to the muscles to create a more toned and firm feel. 

Next, they remove 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 your surgeon’s instructions, you return to the office for suture removal, and they examine your incisions and assess 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 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.