Abdominoplasty, also referred to as a "tummy tuck", is a popular procedure; thousands of men and women have tummy tucks every year. This procedure often entails the tightening of stomach muscles and the strengthening of the abdominal walls. A tummy tuck can correct a protruding abdomen by removing fat and excess skin and tighten skin that has lost elasticity, due to pregnancy or significant weight loss. A tummy tuck can correct what diet and exercise may not be able to.
Full and Partial Abdominoplasty
There are two types of tummy tucks. The most common type is the Full Abdominoplasty, which is a complete tightening of the abdominal wall and skin. This is often the choice for women who have separated abdominal muscles after pregnancy. The second kind of tummy tuck is a Partial Abdominoplasty, or a Mini-Tummy Tuck. This is typically for people who have the majority of unwanted fat and loose skin in the lower area of their abdomen. During this procedure, the incision will be much shorter in length and the tightening will only take place below the belly button.
What Tummy Tuck Surgery is Like
A full tummy tuck usually takes two to five hours, while a partial tummy tuck usually takes about one to two hours. Depending on how extensive your surgery is, whether you have other operations at the same time, and your overall health, Dr. Golshani will tell you how much time he expect you will stay in the hospital after your tummy operation.
While you can expect to have some discomfort after surgery, you should not have any severe pain. For the first week you will likely not be able to stand up straight. We will remove surface stitching in five to seven days after surgery, and deeper sutures should come out in about a week or two. Some of our Los Angeles tummy tuck patients find they are able to return to work within two weeks, if they have a non-physical job. Others will need to take three to four weeks to heal. You will want to ensure you have help for the first few weeks, especially if you have small children that need to be lifted up. We will ask you to refrain from heavy lifting - including children - while you recover.
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Tummy Tuck: A Life-Changing Procedure
A tummy tuck is an extremely popular plastic surgery procedure and can seriously transform your life. Ask any of Dr. Golshani’s patients, and they will tell you about the night and day difference it made before and after their tummy tuck procedure. One important point to keep in mind, however, is that tummy tucks are never recommended until patients have already tried diet and exercise to slim their tummy area.
Tummy Tuck Benefits
Different patients will give you different answers for their favorite benefits from a tummy tuck. It is one of the most life-changing procedures for many people. Here are some common benefits Dr. Golshani’s patients talk about:
- Improvements in self-confidence and body image
- Substantial slimming of the tummy area
- Better posture
- Ability to wear smaller sized clothing
- Decrease in back pain
- Renewed energy for healthy lifestyle steps like fitness and healthy eating
Real Case Studies of My Own Patients
No words can fully describe the way tummy tuck patients feel after their procedure. But we can give you an idea based on a couple of Dr. Golshani’s previous clients that have allowed him to showcase their results.
This patient is a mother of two who complained of loose skin, stretch marks, and very severe muscle laxity. After receiving a full Tummy Tuck and extensive muscle tightening, she became extremely motivated to maintain her new shape. A year following her procedure, she continues to maintain her slim new figure and says that she has never looked better or felt happier.
This patient came to me complaining of very large and heavy breasts and abdominal laxity with loose skin and muscle, causing her to shy away from physical activity. She hated this feeling, so she took action. I gave her a Mommy Makeover including a Tummy Tuck. She now hits the gym at least 3x a week because of her restored confidence.
Will I be able to move after surgery?
Standing up straight may be difficult at first, but a patient should attempt to start walking as soon as possible, most often by the next morning after surgery. Movement and exercise promotes healing, lowers the chance of blood clots and fever, and may help you feel better. Dr. Golshani will educate you in detail about the pre-operative and post-operative diet, exercise and supplement planning. Our recommendations will be specific to your individual needs.
Does a tummy tuck leave scars?
Yes, tummy tucks do leave permanent scars. Most often, the incisions heal very well and are cause for little concern. Dr. Golshani takes great care to place the incisions low enough that you should be able to cover them with a bathing suit. The length of your incision will be related to how extensive your skin removal is.
How long to wait until another surgery after getting a tummy tuck?
After a tummy tuck waiting 8 to 12 weeks for a breast lift is enough. Sometimes a tummy tuck can cause tightness in the lower breast tissues and this has to be taken in to account for a breast lift. The effect is often positive as fewer incisions may be necessary.
How much lipo can you do during a tummy tuck and does fixing an umbilical hernia hinder this process?
Having liposuction during a tummy tuck gives the surgeon a good view of a hernia and access to repair any hernia at the same time. Plastic surgeons are generally very capable of fixing umbilical hernias, unless there is bowel incarceration which will need a general surgeon involved and should be done separately from a tummy tuck. As for liposuction, Dr. Golshani says that fat be suctioned or directly removed during a tummy tuck very safely if one rule is followed: The skin pulled below the belly button must be protected. The safest area to have liposuctioned during a tummy tuck is the lower flanks, hips and back which does not jeopardize the blood supply to the central skin are.
Why do people have a tummy tuck in Beverly Hills?
Especially after pregnancy, many women don't feel confident because of the way they look, they want to look younger, and feel healthier. It is no secret that if you look better you feel better, and we see this with many of our patients. A tummy tuck from Dr. Golshani can help you achieve the look you want.
So happy with the results
I am a 37 year old female, single, and from the Los Angeles area. I work for an entertainment company also located in Los Angeles. For years I have wanted a tummy tuck and finally went to Dr. Golshani for one.
WOW! Why didn't I do this sooner? I must say I am so, so happy with the results. I feel so confident in everything I do and everywhere I go. NO MORE BAGGY CLOTHES to cover my stomach. I look great in my dresses, skirts, slacks, and jeans. I no longer try to cover my body with big and long shirts. I am literally showing off my body. I have noticed that I receive more looks and compliments from people. I feel much sexier and extremely confident. I am more outgoing and feel more comfortable in a crowd of people.
I am more active, and keep a healthy lifestyle. I am taking up dancing, walking, and trail hiking, which I have never done before. I feel so good and look great. It has been the biggest boost and motivation for me to keep exercising and take care of my health and body at the same time. I just cannot describe how it has affected my entire outlook on life. It is a wonderful feeling!
Thank you to Dr.Golshani for a great job. His staff was and still is the best and very helpful. In addition, I would like to say many thanks to the staff at the surgerical facility. It was great to have them.
You will be amazed
I am very excited to tell you about my experience with Dr. Golshani and his staff! They were all so wonderful! I highly recommend their services to everyone. Both the staff and Dr. Golshani were professional and treated me amazingly well! My experience with the procedure was simply awesome... I still cannot believe how great I look ;).
Not only did I get a TT, but the doctor was kind enough to give me some health tips on how to lose additional weight that I have been struggling with for years. With his plan on how to eat, I have now lost 20 lbs. and I'm still counting! It has been 16 weeks since my procedure, and I have a completely new positive attitude about diet and exercise.
In addition, my old clothes fit so differently now. It has been great fun to wear new clothes that fit just right! Also, I love to look at my new tummy (and so does my husband)! My family and friends cannot believe how great I look. They are even more amazed at how this experience has changed my attitude, confidence, and self esteem. Ironically, my relationship with my husband has improved as well. We are much happier than we were ever before.
In short, I have entrusted Dr. Golshani to my closest friends. so I am highly recommending him to you as well. Trust me, you will be amazed!
I went from a size 13 to a size 9
Hello my name is T. and I'm from Corona, California. I was only seventeen when I had my first born. For the most part my life was dedicated to work and family. As busy as I was trying to raise a family of four I still attempted to achieve a body image that I would be happy with. I tried working out on a regular basis and eating healthy too. To my dissatisfaction I couldn't get rid of my saggy, stretched out stomach. Thinking that I was not doing enough, I started working out more in hope that my extra fat and skin would go away. I almost came to accept the fact that my stomach was always going to be flabby and stretched out. Not until I saw a good friend of mine two months after her "tummy-tuck", did I get the courage to finally go in and consult with Dr. Golshani in Beverly Hills.
I decided to have a tummy-tuck and a well needed breast lift. After my surgery I was swollen for the first week, so I couldn't really see the immediate results. After a month went by, I got the OK by Dr. Golshani to start working out again. In the months that followed, Dr.Golshani introduced a diet plan specifically for the type of surgery I had undergone. I immediately started seeing some results with this new diet plan. Motivated and eager, I also joined a women's fitness boot camp. This resulted in losing an additional 2 inches off my new waistline. I went from a size 13 to a size 9 since the surgery.
To most people's surprise I am also a grandmother of two young beautiful boys. I thank Dr.Golshani and his wonderful staff for the new sexy me.
I have a brand new outlook on life
I have done the work. I had delivered 2 beautiful nine-pound babies via C-section. My stomach skin and muscles were stretched out beyond what 15 years of consistent exercise and diet could repair.
During our initial consultation, Dr. Golshani gave me realistic expectations of what to expect with a tummy tuck. He listened to my concerns and was very respectful and supportive of all questions I had regarding the procedure.
It's been six months since he performed my tummy tuck. I have a new body and a brand new outlook on life. In total, I've lost 20 lbs, and two pants sizes. I have a flat stomach for the first time in my life. My formally stretched out abdominal muscles are tighter than they've ever been in my life. I no longer have lower back pain. Presently, I work out 4 days a week and follow the Weight Watchers maintenance plan. My stamina for cardio workouts is better than it was in high school when I played team sports. I am the strong, thin, powerful woman I've always dreamt of being.
Dr. Golshani is the best. He's given me my body and my self-esteem back. I highly recommend him!