Dr. Gabriel H. Patino offers tummy tucks in Oakland, Berkeley, and surrounding areas of California.
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What Is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is a procedure in which excess fat and skin is removed from the abdominal area. The fascia or lining covering the abdominal muscles is tightened, and the skin is re-positioned over this new firmer fascia. The bellybutton is usually moved to a more cosmetically appealing location.
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost in Oakland?
The cost for a tummy tuck can be discussed at your initial meeting. The price may vary depending on your cosmetic goals. Our staff will discuss and explain all pricing and financing options that are available to you. More information can be viewed on our patient financing page.
The ideal candidates for a tummy tuck are individuals who have a protruding abdomen with loose or sagging skin. This loose, sagging skin may have been caused by the following:
- dramatic weight changes
- hereditary weight problems
- prior surgery in the abdominal area
Individuals who are currently at their healthy weight and who are physically healthy but struggle with extra skin and fat in the abdomen are candidates for this procedure.
How Is a Tummy Tuck Performed?
A tummy tuck takes approximately two to three hours. Your surgeon will make an incision across the lower abdomen just below the bikini line. A second incision will be made around the navel so that it will be correctly positioned after the excess abdominal tissue has been removed. Through the lower abdominal incision, skin and fat are separated from the abdominal wall, and excess skin and fatty tissue are removed. The abdominal muscles are tightened if needed.
The tummy tuck procedure may involve any of the following:
- Removal of excess skin and fat in the abdominal area
- Reshaping of the abdominal area and/or a lateral thigh lift
What Can I Expect After a Tummy Tuck?
During your recovery, you will need to wait two to four weeks before getting back to your regular routine. This time is necessary for your body to properly heal and is a relatively short time frame compared to the healthy lifelong benefits you will receive from the procedure. Dr. Patino will instruct you on how to avoid bruising, infection, and swelling.
After a tummy tuck, you will have:
- An improved, more healthy appearance
- A better defined, more improved waistline with tighter muscle appearance
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Tummy Tuck FAQs
How many dress sizes you lose after a tummy tuck will vary depending on how much loose skin is removed from your midsection during surgery. It’s important to remember that a tummy tuck is not a weight loss solution and should not be viewed as such. Dr. Patino and his team recommend leading a healthy and active lifestyle to maintain the results of your tummy tuck following surgery.
The amount of weight you lose after a tummy tuck will vary depending on how much loose skin is removed from your midsection during surgery. It’s important to remember that a tummy tuck is not a weight loss solution and should not be viewed as such. Dr. Patino and his team recommend leading a healthy and active lifestyle to maintain the results of your tummy tuck following surgery.
The tummy tuck itself is not very painful as Dr. Patino will use anesthesia throughout the procedure to ensure you remain as comfortable as possible throughout your surgery. Following your tummy tuck procedure, you will likely experience swelling, bruising, and tenderness around your treated areas. Most patients are able to return to their normal daily activities including work and mild exercise within two weeks of surgery.
The results of your tummy tuck have the potential to last a lifetime. That being said, it’s important to note that extreme weight fluctuations may disrupt the results of your tummy tuck procedure. Dr. Patino and his team typically recommend leading a healthy and active lifestyle to better maintain your desired results for years to come.
While you may still qualify for a tummy tuck while overweight, Dr. Patino and his team may recommend you wait until you are within 25lbs of your ideal weight to undergo the procedure. This is because large fluctuations in your weight may disrupt your desired results.
At The Cosmetic Surgical Center of El Cerrito, we specialize in surgical and non-surgical cosmetic surgery, skin rejuvenation, and hair restoration to achieve youthful and natural results for the residents of Oakland, Berkeley, and surrounding areas of California. Contact us today for a FREE initial consultation.