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Tummy Tuck Surgery – Orange County
What is Tummy Tuck Surgery?
A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. But when the abdominal muscles have been stretched, many times they lose the capacity to return to normal. At this point, abdominal tissue doesn’t respond to exercise and diet programs. In such cases, abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, may provide a highly effective, immediate solution in the treatment of stubborn abdominal areas.
The combined effects of aging, gravity, fluctuations in weight, pregnancy, gastric bypass surgery, and loss of skin elasticity can all contribute to lax abdominal muscles and soft tissue. Pregnancy and weight gain stretch and separate the two main abdominal muscles that are responsible for keeping the abdomen firm. These muscles form two vertical bands down the abdomen that are joined at the midline by connective tissue. The abdominal skin may be stretched beyond its capability and result in breakage of the deeper dermal layer of skin. After childbirth or significant weight loss, the stretched skin is now unable to spring back and contract. The degree of deeper skin damage, visible as stretch marks, determines the ability of the skin to retract to its initial elastic form. Excess skin and fatty tissue as well as laxity of the abdominal wall muscles are commonly the result. There is often extra skin and underlying fat in both the upper and lower abdomen. The most significant changes after pregnancy or weight gain are visible around and below the belly button, where excess skin and fat can hang over the groin area. Development of excess skin and fat around the flanks (love handles) is also a common problem.
Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure to remove excess abdominal skin and fat from the abdomen and to tighten the underlying muscles of the abdominal wall. As an added benefit of the tummy tuck, not only will the abdominal region be firmer and flatter, but the waist will be smaller. The degree of improvement varies significantly depending on the extent of the abdominoplasty surgery. Other factors contribute to the surgical outcome, such as the patient’s skin tone, body build, and the individual healing process. The Newport Beach tummy tuck operation is done on men and women alike. Following tummy tuck surgery, many patients experience an immediate improvement in self-esteem and discover greater self-confidence. In addition, many people enjoy shopping for new form-fitting clothes and are less self-conscious at the gym, around the pool, or at the beach.
Abdominoplasty is a very popular procedure when it comes to plastic surgery in Orange County and can produce satisfactory results for many people. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery’s 2004 Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank, the number of abdominoplasty procedures performed has increased 344% in the last seven years.
Abdominoplasty is frequently combined with liposuction in the form of the new technique of lipoabdominoplasty. It may also be performed after another surgery, such as a hysterectomy or other gynecologic surgery. A pre-existing C-section scar on the lower abdomen can often be removed during an abdominoplasty performed by Dr. Agha, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Orange County, California, specifically Newport Beach.
Although the results of an abdominoplasty are considered permanent, weight fluctuations after surgery can cause the abdomen to protrude again. Patients who intend to lose a lot of weight should postpone the surgery until they have reached their ideal weight goals. Also, women who plan future pregnancies should wait until they are finished having children so the results of an abdominoplasty are not undone.
Because smoking can increase the risk of complications and delay healing, smokers should quit at least three weeks before surgery and remain smoke-free for three weeks after surgery.
Various Tummy Tuck Options in Orange County
There are many types of abdominoplasty that Orange County cosmetic surgeon Dr. Agha performs routinely. In addition to these, Dr. Agha has developed his own signature abdominoplasty that he calls the Abdominoplasty™ since it refines the three-dimensional “hourglass” body contour.
Mini Tummy Tuck or Mini-Abdominoplasty
This procedure is performed through a smaller incision and is therefore useful if you only have a small amount of excess skin and fat above the pubic area.
Full Tummy Tuck or Full Abdominoplasty
With this technique, an incision is made from one hip bone to another. Unlike many surgeons, Orange County plastic surgeon Dr. Agha places his incision very low, so that it is well hidden by underwear or a bikini. Southern California cosmetic surgeon Dr. Agha is able to remove most of the excess abdominal skin and fat from the pubic hairline all the way to the belly button in most patients. He then tightens the loose abdominal muscles as needed.
High-Definition Tummy Tuck™
This body shaping procedure was developed by Orange County cosmetic surgeon Dr. Agha and is his signature High-Definition Tummy Tuck. Dr. Agha will recreate an hour-glass contour of your abdomen, applying many of the aesthetic features of the ideal abdomen, as seen in the before and after photos below. The High-Definition Tummy Tuck™ procedure also uses liposuction to sculpt the upper abdomen and flanks.
This abdominoplasty surgery technique is reserved for patients with excess fat and skin in the hip areas. In addition to the steps performed in a full abdominoplasty, Dr. Agha extends the abdominoplasty incisions around the hip area on each side and removes skin and fat from these regions. This procedure results in a more concave hour-glass contour of the hips and also lifts the outer aspect of the thigh on each side.
Also known as “belt abdominoplasty,” this tummy tuck procedure is reserved for patients who present with lower body laxity. This typically occurs after significant weight loss or aging. The typical belt abdominoplasty patient is unhappy with the looseness of her/his abdomen, thighs, and buttocks. The circumferential abdominoplasty creates incisions that go all the way across the patient’s lower back. Through these incisions, the excess abdominal, hip, and lower back tissue are removed. The buttocks and outer thighs are elevated followed by completion of the abdominoplasty procedure. This procedure is often performed as part of a lower body lift.
Inverted-T or Fleur-de-Lis Abdominoplasty
This tummy tuck surgery procedure performed in Orange County is best suited for those rare patients who have lost significant weight and need a substantial quantity of skin and tissue removed. The patients often present with both vertical and circumferential abdominal tissue laxity and lose their hour-glass look due to fullness of their sides. Fleur-de-lis abdominoplasty combines the use of a horizontal incision over the lower abdomen with a vertical incision on the abdomen, forming an “inverted-T” pattern.
A reverse abdominoplasty removes excess skin and fat in the area above the navel. It is a relatively uncommon procedure that can be used in conjunction with a breast reduction or mastopexy (breast lift) or an upper body lift. In this tummy tuck procedure, the incision is made along the crease underneath the breasts, and the skin is pulled upward.
This is a newer technique that was described by Brazilian plastic surgeon, Dr. Saldengo, several years ago. Lipoabdominoplasty employs liposuction in conjunction with abdominoplasty called tummy tuck liposuction. This body contouring procedure involves the use of liposuction to sculpt the upper abdomen and flanks. Liposuction is followed by tightening of the abdominal muscles and removing the loose lower abdominal skin and tissue. The lipoabdominoplasty procedure should be performed only by plastic surgeons who have experience in this technique. Lipoabdominoplasty and contoured abdominoplasty are the two main types of tummy tucks performed by Newport Beach, Orange County plastic surgeon Dr. Agha.
Plastic Surgery Body Contouring Center is conveniently located in Newport Beach, Orange County, California and services patients throughout the Southern California area. Dr. Agha has treated patients throughout Orange County, including Irvine, Costa Mesa and Yorba Linda, as well as Los Angeles, San Diego and Riverside counties.
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