If you’re like most people, you carry a little extra weight around your abdomen. Whether you have loose skin, excess body fat, or both, a tummy tuck can fix these issues. 

Tummy tuck surgery firms and tightens your abdomen to give you a slimmer, more contoured appearance. You can find expertly performed tummy tuck surgery at Image Center in Huntington Beach, CA. We proudly serve patients who want to experience the body contouring effects of this surgery. 

What Is Tummy Tuck Surgery?

During a tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, we tighten loose skin and remove extra fat from your midsection. We also tighten your abdominal muscles that may have lost tone. This is a popular procedure among women who have sagging skin from pregnancy, major weight loss, and aging. 

During the surgery, we make an incision around the top of your pubic area, where it will not be visible — even if you are wearing a swimsuit. We want you to experience the amazing body contouring results of tummy tuck surgery without noticeable incision marks. 

Some patients opt for liposuction during their tummy tuck procedures. This removes excess fat from your abdomen to give you a more contoured, slimmer appearance. During your initial consultation, we will discuss your aesthetic goals to see if tummy tuck surgery with liposuction is right for you. 

Preparing for Your Tummy Tuck Procedure

Being a nonsmoker has many health benefits in general, particularly when it comes to cosmetic surgery. All patients should avoid smoking for at least a few weeks prior to surgery. This keeps you safe during your procedure and helps you recover more quickly. 

You should also avoid anti-inflammatory medications. We recommend not taking aspirin and other over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications starting a few weeks before your surgery. Always consult with your physician before adjusting your medication regimen. 

During your consultation and when booking your tummy tuck surgery, we will provide you with more detailed instructions. It is important to follow these pre-surgery and post-surgery rules so you can have a comfortable, timely recovery. 

Tummy Tuck Recovery 

Tummy tuck surgery requires general anesthesia, so plan to have a ride to and from the surgery center. You will not be cleared to drive after coming off of general anesthesia. Additionally, it is best to arrange for help with childcare and household tasks for a few days after your surgery. 

After your tummy tuck surgery is complete, we will place a postoperative drain in your lower abdomen. This will get rid of extra fluids that move around after surgery. After two to three days, the drain can be removed. 

You should plan to take at least a week or two off from work after your tummy tuck surgery. Your body will need time to rest and recover. If you follow our postoperative instructions carefully, your recovery will go more smoothly and more quickly. 

While you can go back to work one to two weeks after a tummy tuck, you will have to wear compression garments for about six weeks. These garments help you maintain your body contouring results and keep everything in the right place. They can also help increase your comfort after surgery. 

Benefits of Getting a Tummy Tuck

An abdominoplasty can offer many benefits for patients who are seeking a smaller, more shapely midsection. 

A tummy tuck can help you achieve a slimmer abdomen and get rid of loose skin. However, these are not the only reasons you should take advantage of this body contouring procedure. 

Looser Clothing

When you get rid of excess abdominal fat and sagging skin, your clothes will likely fit better. This means you can feel more comfortable in your clothes and in your own skin. If you are tired of shirts, dresses, and jackets feeling too tight around your waist and stomach, consider tummy tuck surgery for slimming purposes. 

Fewer Stretch Marks

Topical stretch mark products can only do so much, but we can remove stretch marks during your procedure. During tummy tuck surgery, we remove areas of skin with stretch marks wherever possible. Any remaining stretch marks might be few and far between. You can look forward to smoother-looking skin after you recover from your procedure.

Slimmer Appearance

Your figure will look smaller overall after tummy tuck surgery. If extra fat, loose skin, and a belly bulge are in the way of the slim figure you want, this procedure will help. You will also look more contoured if you get liposuction as well because of the waist-shrinking effects of this surgery. 

For those seeking a more contoured and fit-looking body shape, tummy tuck surgery is the way to go. 

Reverses Some Effects of Pregnancy

After you have a baby, your body likely feels strange and out of shape. Your growing baby stretches out your abdominal skin and may cause you to gain fat in new areas. 

Traditional weight loss measures cannot remove extra skin, stretch marks, and stubborn pockets of fat, but a tummy tuck can. With a tummy tuck, you get extra help returning to the pre-baby body you desire. 

Get a Tummy Tuck in Huntington Beach, CA

If you are near Huntington Beach, CA, or Irvine, CA, come to Image Center for your tummy tuck consultation. We perform aesthetic enhancement procedures for patients seeking body contouring, slimming, and anti-aging results. 

With a tummy tuck, you can show off your slim midsection and feel more comfortable in your clothing. Don’t wait to enjoy these results. You can call our office or book an appointment online. Book your consultation with us today!