Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Excess, inelastic skin that accumulates in the abdominal area can often be very difficult to eliminate, even if you are in relatively good shape and endure strict diet and exercise routines. The good news is, customized tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) can remove extra skin, sculpt excess fat, and even tighten stretched abdominal muscles to create a firmer, flatter looking midsection. Dr. John Zimmermann can help you achieve a slimmer and more fit appearance with advanced tummy tuck procedures.

For more information about tummy tuck surgery we encourage you to explore the sections provided below or contact our practice:

What Are the Benefits of Abdominoplasty?

Weight loss, recent pregnancy, heredity, and the natural aging process are all factors that can lead to an excess amount of skin in the abdomen. A tummy tuck works to eliminate this loose skin, tighten underlying muscles and give the abdomen a smoother, more toned appearance. This procedure can often be an ideal solution for both women and men when traditional weight loss methods have not helped to achieve desirable results.

A tummy tuck can be combined with liposuction, breast augmentation, and other procedures to give you a more comprehensive body makeover.

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How Is the Abdominoplasty Procedure Performed?

The technique chosen for abdominal rejuvenation obviously depends on many factors: the patient’s desires, the amount of fat or excess skin, and the amount of laxity of the muscles of the abdominal wall.

Liposuction simply contours the amount of excess fat. It does not tighten the skin, nor does it tighten the underlying muscle structures.

“Limited abdominoplasty” or “Mini abdominoplasty” usually consists of removal of a very small amount of skin and tightening of only a portion of the abdominal muscle. It is often combined with liposuction. The scar is smaller than that of a full abdominoplasty. The navel is not transposed as in a classic abdominoplasty, although it may be lowered conservatively. The ideal candidate for this procedure is a person with limited skin excess and minimal muscle laxity.

A “full” or “classic” abdominoplasty typically involves an incision along the pubic hair margin, carried out to the bony anterior prominences of the pelvis. The excess skin extending up to the umbilicus is removed and the abdominal muscles tightened. Depending on the patient, both the vertical muscles in the midline (“rectus”), and the “oblique” muscles laterally can be tightened, improving the waistline. The navel is typically repositioned in a full abdominoplasty procedure, after the upper abdominal flap is transposed.

What is Recovery After Abdominaoplasty Like?

Tummy tuck surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis, which means you can return home after your procedure with the help of a friend or family member. You can expect to feel some soreness following surgery; however, with recent advances in long-acting local anesthetics (which can last for several days) a patient’s post-operative comfort can be markedly improved. Most patients are able to resume their normal daily routines after about one to two weeks, but it is important to be aware that each patient is different and recovery time ultimately depends on the techniques used for the procedure and each individual’s unique healing needs. Dr. Zimmermann may also suggest refraining from heavy lifting or intense exercise for six weeks or more.

Will I Have Abdominoplasty Scars?

Dr. Zimmermann uses his expertise and surgical skill to keep tummy tuck incisions as hidden as possible, and most are easily concealed by underwear or bikini bottoms. You should expect a certain degree of visible scarring once your abdominoplasty incisions have healed; however, the exact appearance and extent of your scars will depend largely on the technique used for your procedure (i.e. mini or full tummy tuck) and how well you care for your incisions during healing. While your scars may appear reddish and raised at first, with time the tissue should flatten and fade considerably. Attending all follow-up appointments, keeping your incisions clean, taking antibiotics as prescribed, and protecting your scars from UV rays are all key for optimal scar healing. If you are concerned about potential scarring or the appearance of your scars, Dr. Zimmermann can discuss scar reduction techniques that may be effective.

How Much Does Abdominoplasty Cost?

At the Aesthetic Surgery Center of Napa Valley, every abdominoplasty procedure is customized based on your unique needs and goals, the overall price for your surgery may be higher or lower than our average. To find out exactly how much Dr. Zimmermann would charge for your tummy tuck surgery, it is necessary to contact our practice and schedule a consultation. Once Dr. Zimmermann develops a customized surgical plan based on your needs and goals, it is then possible to calculate an accurate cost for your tummy tuck.

Pricing for a tummy tuck is determined by several different factors, including:

  • The surgical technique proposed: full vs. mini-tummy tuck
  • Whether liposuction will be included
  • Whether tightening of the abdominal muscles is required
  • The overall complexity of the procedure
  • Any additional procedures performed during the same operation
  • Anesthesiology fees
  • Any necessary post-surgical garments

When your appointment is complete, a knowledgeable member of our office team will show you a detailed price quote for your proposed tummy tuck surgery. You will also learn about payment methods we accept and plastic surgery financing options that can make your procedure more affordable. Financing through third-party lender CareCredit® is available only to qualified applicants and our team can help walk you through the quick, easy application process. We are always available to answer any questions you have!

Contact the Aesthetic Surgery Center of Napa Valley

For more information on tummy tuck surgery, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zimmermann, please contact the Aesthetic Surgery Center of Napa Valley.