Tummy Tuck Surgery (Full, Mini, or Extended Abdominoplasty) – Novato, CA

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About Tummy Tuck Surgery

For adults, sagging skin and unwanted fat throughout the abdomen can be frustrating and challenging despite attempts to reduce it. Pregnancy, weight loss, and aging are the most popular reasons why someone may not be able to regain a tighter and slimmer tummy. An abdominoplasty is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure that reshapes the stomach area, producing great results for patients. Board-certified plastic surgeons Drs. Francisco Canales and Heather Furnas perform abdominoplasty that is tailored to the results desired. This popular surgery at Plastic Surgery Associates Novato in Novato, CA allows individuals the chance to have a gorgeous new figure and restored confidence. Learn more about how a tummy tuck can remove excess skin and fat while also tightening the ab muscles before contacting us for your consultation.

Ideal Candidates

Abdominoplasty can be successful for both women and men. If you find yourself upset over sagging skin, as well as unwanted fat in the tummy section, this cosmetic surgery can help produce a tighter and slimmer appearance. Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas suggest you be at a stable weight prior to surgery. Abdominoplasty is not a procedure to help you lose weight — it treats loose skin. Liposuction is usually implemented during surgery to remove fat. If your stomach area has healthy skin tautness, but you are still unhappy with the appearance of your midsection even though you have worked to lose weight, another option can be liposuction. Women considering this treatment should be past pregnancy to ensure the surgical outcomes are not affected.

Surgical Technique

Body contouring of the abdomen is performed with general anesthesia. There are various techniques to consider when the surgery is performed by a seasoned plastic surgeon, like Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas, which is geared to the patient's specific goals. For starters, the incision shape is chosen based on the amount of excess skin. Some patients with extensive sagging and loose skin may require a full tummy tuck. A full or extended tummy tuck places the incision from hip bone to hip bone just above the pubic region. Other patients with minimal skin looseness may be better suited for a mini tummy tuck. These individuals still benefit from skin tightening but will simply receive a smaller scar. Regardless of the nature of the surgery, all tummy tuck procedures at Plastic Surgery Associates Novato involve the removal of sagging skin and fat.

What to Expect

Following this procedure, you will be monitored and released wearing a compression garment to minimize swelling. Walking upright will be slow-going at first so you should rest for a few days. Standing and moving will become easier once the tightness subsides and the incision begins to heal. Most patients can resume everyday functions near two weeks. Exercise can resume later, closer to the two-month mark or when you are cleared by Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas. The tummy area will feel tight and uncomfortable, but you will look and feel normal again after recovering.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a tummy tuck cost?
During your initial consultation, we will develop your unique surgical plan based on your specific needs and goals before discussing costs. We will be better able to estimate your costs when the type of tummy tuck has been selected, what technique will be used, what anesthesia is needed, and more. To make sure you get great results from a skilled plastic surgeon, Plastic Surgery Associates Novato helps to make your tummy tuck easier to afford by accepting many payment methods and helping you find low-interest financing.

What type of tummy tuck should I get?
There are three main types of tummy tucks: full, mini, and extended. In your consultation, we will ask about your needs and goals before examining your stomach. Then we can better decide which tummy tuck will give you the best results. A full tummy tuck is good if you want to correct issues in the upper and lower abdomen while a mini tummy tuck is good if you only have issues below your belly button, like a "pooch." An extended tummy tuck is designed to improve the abdomen, as well as the hips and upper thighs.

What will my scars look like?
Surgical incisions for your tummy tuck will depend on which type you are getting. For all tummy tucks, our plastic surgeons make the smallest incisions possible to limit scars. They also make incisions in less visible areas (in the pubic region or belly button) so they can be concealed by a swimsuit or underwear. After your surgery, it's important to follow your scar care instructions so your stitches heal flat and blend into your natural skin.

Can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?
While you can get pregnant after a tummy tuck, it will alter your results. We recommend that you be done with planned pregnancies and childbirth before you consider a tummy tuck. If you do get pregnant after a tummy tuck, a second surgery can be performed to refresh your results.

Can I get a tummy tuck with another surgery?
A lot of patients add another cosmetic surgery with a tummy tuck to give them more dramatic improvements. During your consultation, talk to us about your concerns so a unique treatment plan can be developed that matches your goals. You may combine a tummy tuck with a thigh lift for a lower body lift or several areas for a custom body contouring. If you are trying to improve your body after pregnancy or losing a significant amount of weight, you may be a good candidate for a mommy makeover or after weight loss surgery.

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Many factors can lead to a stretched-out lower abdomen that creates hanging folds of skin. We know it can be frustrating and challenging — abdominoplasty is generally the primary way to overcome this. If you are embarrassed by the hanging skin in your abdomen, no matter how minimal or severe, surgical body contouring by Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas in Novato, CA can allow you to get the look you desire. Please contact Plastic Surgery Associates Novato to learn more.

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