- About Tummy Tuck Surgery
- Before & After
- Are you a Candidate?
- About the Operation
- What to Expect after the Surgery
- Your Recovery
- Possible Complications
- FAQs About Tummy Tuck
The Tummy Tuck Surgeon Patients Trust
Dr. Shahin Javaheri has extensive experience with body contouring procedures like liposuction and tummy tuck in San Francisco, CA.
Check out his reviews to find out why he is the tummy tuck surgeon patients trust.*
About Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty)
Tummy tuck surgery, commonly known as abdominoplasty, is a procedure performed by plastic surgeon Dr. Shahin Javaheri that drastically reduces excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen. While at the same time of diminishing excess adipose tissue, the muscles of the abdominal wall are tightened for a toned look and smooth shape. For most tummy tuck patients, the procedure dramatically reduces the appearance of a protruding abdomen and improves your body overall.*
Generally, tummy tuck surgery begins with sedation with general or local anesthesia performed by a certified anesthesiologist. After sedation, your plastic surgeon will make two incisions: one long incision from hipbone to hipbone above the pubic area and a second incision to extract the navel from the surrounding tissue. This tissue will be separated from the abdominal wall to reveal the vertical muscles and adipose tissue in the abdomen. These muscles will be tightened by pulling them closer together and connecting them in the new position that creates a firmer abdominal cavity and narrower waistline.
The tummy tuck patient’s excess skin is then stretched back down and diminished along with the extra adipose tissue for a smoother and flatter abdomen. A new hole will be made for the navel and stitched to the natural position of the stomach. After this is done, the incisions made in the beginning will be stitched together, surgical dressings will be placed over the stitches for protection and temporary drain will be attached to the stomach to drain excess fluids from the surgical area.*
Before and After Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Are You a Candidate for Tummy Tuck in San Francisco, CA?
A tummy tuck is appropriate for men and women who are in good physical health and possess a combination of loose abdominal skin and excess abdominal fat deposits around the abdominal area. This extra layer of tissue is not always responsive to traditional diets or exercise routines. Tummy tuck patients may be considered a candidate if they possess any of the following in the abdomen.*
Good Tummy Tuck Candidates:
- Excess or loose, abdominal skin from dramatic weight loss, pregnancy or previous surgery.*
- A protruding abdomen that is out of proportion with the rest of the body.*
- Abdominal muscles that have been weakened by natural aging, weight fluctuations or pregnancy.*
- Stubborn excess fat concentrated underneath the abdominal skin.*
Women, in particular, may find their abdominal wall stretched unnaturally due to multiple pregnancies and may also find a mommy makeover procedure as one of the best solution for their feminine figure.*
*Individual results will vary in each patient.
What to Expect After Surgery
In the first few days after your tummy tuck surgery in San Francisco, your abdomen will be swollen and you will experience some pain and irritation, which can be controlled with medication. Though, in the hands of an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Javaheri, your downtime will be kept to bare minimum depending on the extent of your tummy tuck surgery in San Francisco.
Your plastic surgeon will supply you with surgical care instructions and extra surgical dressings to cover the site until you are allowed to stop using them. It may be difficult to stand straight up at times, but it is important to walk occasionally for a few minutes to keep blood circulating throughout the body and to prevent blood clots after your tummy tuck surgery.*
Possible Tummy Tuck Complications
Individuals vary greatly in their anatomy, their physical reactions, and their healing abilities, and the outcome is never completely predictable. As with any surgical procedure, the risk of infection during a tummy tuck surgery is always a possibility. This can be minimized by the preventative administration of antibiotics both at the time of your surgery and during recovery. However, on occasion, mild infection can occur and is relatively common, although it usually subsides after two weeks. Early mobilization by moving around following your surgery can reduce the risks of blood clots.*
Your Tummy Tuck Recovery in San Francisco
As long as you strictly follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions for tummy tuck recovery, your downtime will run smoothly and much quicker than other patients who do not handle their surgery with care. As the experts recommend from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, every patient must be taught how to take care of their surgical site and drains and must follow up with their plastic surgeon until the healing process is complete.*
As with any cosmetic procedure, there will be a scar at the site of the incisions and do require time to heal. Scars will fade as the healing process takes place, but they will be strategically placed to be hidden as well as possible underneath undergarments and bathing suits.*
FAQs About Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) in San Francisco Bay Area
How much does a tummy tuck cost in San Francisco, California?
Tummy tuck prices can range anywhere between $5,000 to upwards of $30,000, but most tummy tucks fall into the $12,000- $20,000 range. The variability in cost is due to the unique individual needs of each patient and the type of tummy tuck procedure desired to achieve specific and individual goals. Schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Shahin Javaheri to discuss your goals, desires, and expectations.
How tummy tuck is done?
Common tummy tuck procedures are: Full tummy tucks, Limited tummy tucks, Extended tummy tucks, and the Mini tummy tuck. A typical tummy tuck removes most of the excess skin and fat between the belly button and the pubic hair via incisions. Dr. Shahin Javaheri will then use permanent sutures to tighten the connective tissue that sits on the abdominal muscles to help make everything tight and toned before closing the incisions.
How long does a tummy tuck recovery take?
Be prepared for four to eight weeks of recovery time. Individual recovery time varies from patient to patient, and the more extensive the tummy tuck, the more recovery time is needed. Please follow post operation care instructions provided by Dr. Shahin Javaheri for optimal recovery and results.
Does Tummy Tuck really work?
The vast majority of patients are pleased with their results. These results are long-lasting when the weight is maintained through regular exercise and healthy eating.
Which is better tummy tuck or liposuction?
Liposuction and tummy tucks both aim to improve the appearance of the midsection. A tummy tuck is a more invasive operation whereas liposuction carries less risk and recovery downtime. Schedule a consultation with double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Shahin Javaheri, to determine which procedure is right for you.
When to get tummy tuck in San Francisco, CA?
A tummy tuck targets lose sagging skin and excess abdominal fat. A good candidate for a tummy tuck is a non-smoker, at their ideal weight, with no plans for a future pregnancy, and looking to rid their abdomen of loose skin and excess fat!
Schedule Your Consultation with Tummy Tuck Surgeon in San Francisco
Make the call and find out if a tummy tuck from our plastic and reconstructive surgery office is right for you. If you are in good health, but are frustrated by your loose abdominal skin and excess abdominal fat then now may be the time to consider reaching out to a board certified plastic surgeon. Get the tummy tuck San Francisco patients love from the plastic surgeon patients select most by calling (415) 923-3800 or contact our tummy tuck specialist’s office.
*Results for each patient will vary. Please remember that the information provided will not guarantee your eligibility for a tummy tuck. Consultation and medical examination must be completed before approval.