“Tummy Tuck,” also known as Abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to remove loose hanging abdominal skin, as well as to tighten weakened abdominal wall muscles. Because diet and exercise cannot solve these issues, thousands of Los Angeles men and women undergo Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty every year, in order to regain their figure and abdominal strength.
Several styles of Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty are performed by Plastic surgeons and they vary depending on the extent of the abdominal wall tightening and removal of loose skin and stretch marks.
At the California Center for Plastic Surgery, Dr. Sean Younai specializes in “High-Tension Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty.” It is unique in that it not only tightens the abdominal wall but also lifts and tightens the thighs and the buttocks. By repairing the loosened abdominal muscles, this cosmetic surgery procedure also narrows the waistline. It removes most of the stretch marks by removing the loose skin below the “umbilicus,” or navel. Finally, it re-creates the belly button by removing the stretched out skin around it, making it look deeper and tighter.
The first step in abdominoplasty is an incision that extends from hip to hip along lower pubic area. A skilled plastic surgeon makes this incision so that the resulting scar will be hidden under a bikini or undergarments. The abdominal skin fold is lifted off the abdominal wall and the separated loosened “rectus” muscles (those used in doing sit-ups) are tightened with sutures. This works as an internal girdle or binder.
Excessive fat of the hips and flanks are suctioned in order to shape the waist and to form the buttocks and flanks. The umbilicus (“belly button”) is disconnected from the abdominal skin, and after removing the loose skin along with its stretch marks, it is reattached to the abdomen. Drains are inserted to remove excess fluid as it accumulates.
The final outcome is a tummy that is tight and flat, a waist that is narrow and curvy, thighs and buttocks that are firmer, a belly button that is sexy, and an abdomen that is firm and youthful.
A Mini Tummy Tuck or Mini-Abdominoplasty is not as extensive as a Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty, requiring only one hour of surgery as opposed to the three to four hours needed for a Tummy Tuck. Since it does not usually involve tightening of the abdominal muscles, it is reserved only for those who only have limited amount of loose skin or stretch marks in the lower abdomen or above the pubic bone. Also, it does not alter the shape of the belly button.A Mini-Tummy Tuck does not involve an extensive undermining and tightening of the abdominal skin, so it can be safely combined with full Liposuction of the abdomen and flank.
Therefore, the combination of Mini-Tummy Tuck with Liposuction might be a better choice for those with excessive fat, but limited looseness of the abdomen.While the incisions for a “full” Tummy Tuck can extend from hipbone to hipbone, those of a Mini-Tummy Tuck are much shorter, usually extending only the width of the pubic area and similar to a C-section scar.
Dr. Younai is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with formal training in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, as well as General Surgery at some of the most prestigious university residencies in the United States.
As a cosmetic plastic surgeon he has had ample experience in performing tummy tuck, abdominoplasty, Panniculectomy, belt Lipectomy, repair of ventral hernia, body lift, thigh lift, Brachioplasty, upper body lift, and breast lift surgeries on patients who have developed redundant abdominal and trunk skin as a result of pregnancy or massive weight loss/ Bariatric Surgery.
At the California Center for Plastic Surgery Dr. Younai will review your treatment options for body contouring and tummy tuck, including pros and cons of each procedure, potential risks and complications, recovery course, pre and post operative instructions, and esthetic outcomes. There are also many before-and-after pictures and high resolution images of abdominoplasty available in our photo gallery.
Breast lifts and augmentation are also frequently combined with the Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty. The surgeon may also simultaneously perform facial rejuvenation procedures, such as eyelid surgery, or procedures to remove fine wrinkles from the face. Because the total length of combined surgeries can affect the overall surgical risks, you should thoroughly discuss the safety of combined procedures with your cosmetic surgeon.
Dr. Younai performs his surgeries at the Regency Surgery Center which is certified by Medicare, AAAHC, and AAAASF.
Our center also includes the Regency Surgery Center which is a state-of-the-art outpatient surgery facility certified by Medicare and accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc., (AAAASF).
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