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Even if you eat a healthy diet and have a regular exercise routine, you may be unable to achieve the smooth, flat, well-toned abdomen that signals health and youth. Particularly after working hard to shed any excess pounds, it can be depressing to find that your abdomen still bulges, or that the skin on the abdomen has lost its elasticity and is loose and sagging. This can be due to several factors, including:

  • Aging
  • Substantial changes in weight
  • Heredity
  • Pregnancy
  • Previous surgery that has affected abdominal tissue

These issues can be addressed with Dr. Sadrian's tummy tuck surgery, performed in his La Jolla office.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure in which excess fat and skin is removed and, frequently, weak or separated muscles are tightened and restored. This combination results in a smoother, firmer and more attractive figure, with the bulging fat, skin and tissue gone.

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Tummy Tuck Cost – FAQs

What is the cost of a tummy tuck?

The surgical technique used will vary, based upon the extent of the corrections needed, with the cost in the range of $7,000 to $15,000.

Are there financing options for my tummy tuck?

You have several financing options at Sadrian Plastic Surgery in La Jolla, including CareCredit, Alphaeon Credit, and credit cards.

Will insurance cover my tummy tuck?

Elective cosmetic procedures are not covered by health insurance. Some insurers cover a panniculectomy, or the removal of an apron of hanging skin.

Is There More Than One Type of Tummy Tuck?

While the basic concept of removing excess fat and tightening abdominal tissue is the same, there are actually several types of tummy tucks available in our La Jolla clinic to address the abdomen itself, as well as different problem areas that can be addressed and resolved with the procedure. These are:

  • Traditional Tummy Tuck: This procedure addresses the whole abdominal area. The incision goes from hip to hip.
  • Mini Tummy Tuck: This surgery corrects the area below the navel.
  • Extended Tummy Tuck: This procedure “extends” around the abdominal area to the sides and addresses “love handles.”
  • Circumferential Tummy Tuck: Circumferential means surrounding. It is the most extensive of all the tummy tuck procedures and can include the thighs, buttocks and hips. It is typically appropriate for La Jolla patients who have had gastric bypass surgery and have had extensive weight loss and loss of skin elasticity who are left with an excess of sagging skin and tissue in the area.

During your consultation with Dr. Sadrian, he will be able to recommend the type of abdominoplasty that will best work to help you have a flat, firm abdomen.

Types of Tummy Tuck Incisions

Every tummy tuck performed by Dr. Sadrian is a custom procedure, and the incisions will vary based upon the need of the patient. There are four basic types of incisions:

  • Mini-tummy tuck: The incision is just above the pubic bone.
  • Full tummy tuck: The incision is above the pubic bone, extending from hip to hip.
  • Extended tummy tuck: The incision is above the pubic bone and extending to the flanks.
  • Lower body lift: An incision is placed around the entire body like a belt, which may be necessary to resolve excess skin, fat, and tissue for those who have lost 80 lbs. or more.

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Am I a candidate for a tummy tuck?

If you are living with a tummy bulge, sagging skin, stretch marks, or your abdomen has lost its firm, youthful and fit appearance, you are likely a good candidate for a tummy tuck - whether you are a man or a woman. To undergo this surgery, you should be in good general health, a non-smoker, and not have a medical condition or illness that could put you at risk.

Tummy Tuck Candidacy – FAQs

What is the oldest age at which you could get a tummy tuck?

The most critical point is not your age, but your health. If you are healthy, you are likely a good candidate for a tummy tuck.

What is the youngest age to get a tummy tuck?

You should be at least 18 years old to undergo this procedure.

Can I have children after a tummy tuck?

It is fine to have children after a tummy tuck, but pregnancy will stretch the skin and muscles, so you may require a revision if your results were affected.

Are there non-surgical alternatives?

There are several non-surgical alternatives, such as CoolSculpting, but a tummy tuck does more than remove fat, and is the most comprehensive treatment for a loose, flabby tummy.

Can a tummy tuck help me lose weight?

A tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure, but the fat lingering on your abdomen will be removed, creating a firmer, more sculpted abdomen.

What is Recovery from a Tummy Tuck Like?

Dr. Sadrian will provide detailed instructions for your at-home, post-operative care, but here are some general guidelines:

  • On average, you will need to refrain from returning to work for at least two weeks, during which you should sleep with your head elevated. Full recovery can take up to six weeks, depending on the procedure.
  • It is important to get adequate rest and to eat healthy, nutritious foods during that time, so the body can heal.
  • Drink plenty of water daily to avoid dehydration and constipation, which will put strain on the abdominal muscles.
  • If you have a heightened sensitivity to pain or discomfort, Dr. Sadrian will recommend a prescription or OTC pain medication.
  • To reduce visible scarring, do not expose incision sites to direct sunlight. You can also protect them with special silicone products that Dr. Sadrian can recommend.

Recovery – FAQs

When can I go back to work?

Plan on two weeks off work to recover. Some patients may feel well enough sooner, but the most important point is to avoid putting stress on the incisions.

When can I lift my child after a tummy tuck?

You will be restricted from lifting anything heavy – including your child – for six weeks following surgery.

When can I resume full workouts?

In most cases, six weeks is required before returning to vigorous exercise of any type. Even then, if you feel discomfort, stop the exercise you are performing.

When can I have sex after tummy tuck surgery?

As a general rule, you should wait for three to four weeks before having sex. You should check with your surgeon to ensure it is safe.

When can I show my tummy tuck in public?

You should be pool or beach ready by about the four-week mark. One warning: You must not expose the incisions to excessive sun as it can affect your scars.

When will I see my final results?

You will see fast results, as you have had excess skin, fat, and tissue removed, but your scars will take up to a year to fully mature.

Risks and complications

All surgeries have some risk. It is important that your tummy tuck is performed under the most stringent safety protocols, and by a highly skilled and experienced plastic surgeon. Dr. Sadrian is regarded as being one of the most talented body sculpting surgeons practicing in the Southland, is double board-certified, and has established a state-of-the-art clinic, equipped with the most advanced technology and patient safety features.

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What will my scarring be like?

As the months pass, the residual swelling at your incisions disappears, and only a fine white line remains, which will be hidden beneath even low-cut bikini bottoms.

How can I make my tummy tuck as safe as possible?

Choose a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Sadrian is five-star rated on RealSelf, is double-board certified, known for his outstanding surgical results in tummy tucks and other cosmetic surgeries.

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Why Choose Dr. Sadrian for a Tummy Tuck?

Dr. Sadrian is a board-certified plastic surgeon who in almost 20 years in practice has performed many successful tummy tucks with beautiful results. He combines his expertise with personalized care to create the best possible outcome and a positive patient experience, from start to finish.

How Should I Prepare for Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Since your activities will be restricted for at least two weeks, to get the best results, be sure to:

  • Arrange in advance for transportation home, as well as assistance for the first night or two.
  • Pick up any medication or other post-op supplies, such as bandages, before the surgery.
  • Ensure you have plenty of fluids and easy-to-prepare food or meals at home.
  • Arrange your home and bed so you can be comfortable resting, reading, or sleeping. As with any surgery, you will need extra sleep so your body can use its energy healing.
  • Mild exercise (walking) can be helpful for healing.
  • Always follow the aftercare instructions provided to you and reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.
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