Major weight loss, pregnancy and natural aging can cause your midsection to appear lax and out-of-shape. If you’ve unable to get the tight, toned abdomen you desire through traditional diet and exercise, you may want to consider a tummy tuck.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sherif Khattab specializes in a variety of body contouring procedures at Beyond Beautiful. Through advanced training and surgical techniques, he has been helping patients transform their minds and bodies since 1976.
Extreme weight loss and multiple pregnancies are two of the most predominant reasons for seeking out a tummy tuck surgery in Torrance, CA. A tummy tuck is designed to remove excess sagging skin (usually from the lower abdomen), to tighten the abdominal muscles and to eliminate unwanted fat.
If you’re at a healthy, stable weight, but still harbor excess skin or fat from your former self, you may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck. As a general rule, the best candidates are non-smoking, possess realistic expectations and have a thorough understanding of the risks associated with tummy tuck surgery.
When it comes to tummy tuck surgery, you have options. A tummy tuck surgery is a versatile procedure that can be tailored to meet your cosmetic goals. A traditional tummy tuck procedure involves a horizontal incision made along the lower abdomen, as well as another incision around the navel.
A traditional tummy tuck procedure can be modified for individuals with minimal amounts of excess fat and skin. Often referred to as a mini tummy tuck, this procedure only requires a minimal incision just above the pubic hairline to target the lower abdomen.
Additionally, a traditional tummy tuck can be modified to target a larger amount of excess skin and fat around the flanks, hips and lower back region. This procedure is referred to as an extended tummy tuck. Incisions span the entire length of the abdomen and extend to the back of the hips.
The consultation: In order to determine if you are good candidate for tummy tuck surgery, you will need to be honest and upfront about every aspect of your health. Your consultation will include a physical examination, as well as a discussion of your medical history and cosmetic goals. This information will help plastic surgeon Dr. Khattab determine if tummy tuck surgery is the right choice for you.
Surgery: Tummy tuck surgery takes 2-4 hours to complete and typically requires general anesthesia. Once you are comfortable, Dr. Khattab will make the proper incisions. Through these incisions he will remove excess tissue and tighten the underlying abdomen muscles to produce a firmer, flatter abdomen. Sometimes liposuction is employed to remove excess fat. Your skin will then be tightly re-draped to your newly contoured abdominal wall. Incisions will be secured with sutures.
Recovery: Ensuring that you have a safe and comfortable recovery is one of Dr. Khattab’s primary goals. Your midsection will feel tender and sore for the first several days. Bruising and swelling will be present for several weeks. Dr. Khattab will provide you will pain medication, as well as a compression garment to manage discomfort. Most patients require 1-2 weeks of rest. More strenuous activities should be avoided for at least a month
Results: Your final results may not be apparent for several weeks. Your abdomen will need time to heal and adjust from surgery. Following a full recovery, you can anticipate a firmer, flatter tummy. The final results will be more or less permanent, as long as you maintain a stable weight. It is important to note that there will be permanent scarring. The length of your incisions will depend on the extent of your tummy tuck.
If you are prepared to learn more about tummy tuck surgery in Torrance, we encourage you to call 310-325-2100 or email us to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Khattab. Beyond Beautiful is located at 23365 Hawthorne Blvd, Suite 102, in Torrance, CA. Since 1988, we have been providing excellent care to patients from nearby Torrance, Long Beach, Redondo Beach, and beyond.