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Tummy Tuck

Among the most requested plastic surgery procedures in the nation, tummy tucks are also considered to be one of the most life-changing.

While it is possible to lose excess fat with diet and exercise or even to artificially enhance the breasts with special bras, the only way to remove unwanted skin from the abdomen is with plastic surgery. This makes abdominoplasty (tummy tuck surgery) an invaluable cosmetic procedure.

Through tummy tuck surgery, patients can achieve a firmer, tauter, sleeker abdomen — with little fat and no excess skin.

A study by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons found that 98 percent of the 360 patients surveyed would undergo their tummy tucks again. The vast majority of patients reported improved quality of life and increased self-esteem.

Best Tummy Tuck Surgeon Beverly Hills

Tummy tucks  are extremely popular and frequently performed. They are often included in “mommy makeover” surgeries, alongside other in-demand procedures such as breast augmentation.

If you have been considering this procedure for yourself, it’s important to choose the best Beverly Hills tummy tuck surgeon available.

This surgery requires extensive training, an artistic eye, and a keen attention to detail. You want someone with many years of experience, who has a strong reputation, and a great rapport with their patients.

What Is a Tummy Tuck?

Tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) is a cosmetic procedure that improves the appearance of the abdomen by removing loose skin, tightening the abdominal muscles, and usually, removing fat via liposuction. Beverly Hills tummy tucks are often performed on mothers after they’ve had children and those with loose skin after significant weight loss.

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Am I a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

If you are someone who struggles with a lack of definition in your abdomen and loose, excess skin that’s become cumbersome and uncomfortable, you are most likely a good candidate for a tummy tuck. The surgery can be performed on both men and women.

Dr. Lahar wants to ensure that his tummy tuck patients are in good physical health before surgery. Compromising health issues and certain ongoing medical treatments may hinder a patient’s ability to endure surgery well or heal properly.

Generally speaking, Dr. Lahar’s Beverly Hills tummy tuck patients:

  • Desire a firmer, tauter, sleeker abdomen
  • Have excess fat, tissue, and skin on the abdomen they would like to get rid of
  • Have abdominal muscles that are separated or loose
  • Have stretch marks
  • Want their belly button to be repositioned and enhanced
  • Desire a more natural looking abdomen with more curves and definition
  • Are in good physical health and have reasonable expectations about cosmetic surgery

Tummy Tuck Benefits

Patients who opt for tummy tuck surgery can look forward to many benefits.

Comfort and ease of movement

Tummy tuck surgery removes the excess skin that causes discomfort when exercising, wearing tight clothing, and going about your daily activities.

Improved skin quality

Excess skin and skin folds can cause painful chafing and rashes. With the excess skin gone, skin will heal and repair itself for overall improved comfort.

Natural curves

While removing excess skin is the main goal of a Beverly Hills tummy tuck, there is also an art to creating natural contours and curves around the trunk. Dr. Lahar will ensure your abdomen and back look natural and flattering instead of fake or unnaturally flat.

A more attractive navel

Tummy tuck surgery can also help patients achieve a more attractive and natural-looking belly button that sits in the ideal location on the abdomen.

Less fat

The majority of tummy tuck patients opt for liposuction as well. This simple procedure will remove hard-to-lose fat from around the trunk and flanks.

Discreet scarring

Dr. Lahar will ensure that your tummy tuck scars are unobtrusive and practically invisible. Navel scars will be hidden within the belly button recess, and lower lateral scars will be situated beneath the underwear line — virtually invisible even in briefs or bikini bottoms.

Self-confidence

Most of all, Beverly Hills tummy tuck patients can feel more confident about themselves after surgery. This procedure has an extremely high satisfaction rate. Patients report more confidence and a better overall quality of life after their tummy tucks.

Tummy Tuck Incisions

Nearly all tummy tuck patients need at least one significant incision, which runs from hip to hip within the pubic hairline. This incision, when healed, will be invisible as it sits so low. Certain tummy tucks, such as the fleur de lis tummy tuck, also require a vertical incision.

Types of Tummy Tucks

All patients have a unique anatomy and medical history. In addition, each patient has a different body type, level of skin elasticity, and aesthetic goal. It’s rare for one person’s tummy tuck to look exactly like the next person’s. For this reason, plastic surgeons offer several different types of tummy tuck surgeries.

Full Tummy Tuck

Also known as a standard tummy tuck, a full tummy tuck requires the belly button to be separated from the abdominal skin and a lower abdominal incision to be made below the bikini line. From here, Dr. Lahar tightens the abdominal muscles, then gently pulls the abdominal skin down, removes the excess skin, and repositions the belly button before closing the incisions.

Mini Tummy Tuck

In order to get a mini tummy tuck, you must only have excess skin below your belly button (and none above the belly button). This is rare, which means mini tummy tucks are not regularly performed. Most patients would benefit from at least some tightening of the upper abdomen.

Fleur de Lis Tummy Tuck

The fleur de lis tummy tuck can assist patients who have achieved significant weight loss and would like to remove a large amount of skin and fat. The slight drawback is the requirement of an additional vertical incision (from the belly button down to the lower abdominal incision).

However, most patients are so uncomfortable with the large amount of loose skin on their abdomens that they are willing to trade a thin abdominal scar for a cinched waist with a clearly improved appearance.

Extended Tummy Tuck

Extended tummy tucks can address excess skin on the front and sides of the abdomen. The procedure contours both the front of the tummy and the sides or flanks, but requires an extended (longer) lower abdominal incision.

Plus Size Tummy Tuck

Beverly Hills plus size tummy tucks are sometimes available to patients who qualify. This procedure addresses excess skin and tissue on the abdomen as well as a more significant amount of fat.

About Nicholas Lahar, M.D. – Plastic Surgeon Serving Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, CA.

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Lahar Plastic Surgery

Nicholas Lahar, MD

Plastic Surgeon located in Beverly Hills, CA

A firm, toned abdominal profile is a goal shared between both men and women of all ages. At Lahar Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, California, Nicholas Lahar, MD, performs outstanding tummy tuck Los Angeles procedures that can help you feel more confident about your body. This is a complex procedure, but when you’re ready to explore a tummy tuck in more detail you can simply book a consultation online or over the phone.

Tummy Tuck Recovery

Directly after surgery, patients will experience soreness and mild bruising and swelling. Pain medications can be provided to mitigate pain and improve overall comfort, as needed. The use of these should only be necessary for a short time as the initial pain should resolve after the first few days and change to light soreness.

Most tummy tuck patients in Beverly Hills are able to go back to work after one to two weeks. It is crucial to follow your postoperative care instructions at home during this time and for several months afterward. Strenuous exercise, lifting heavy objects, sun exposure to incision sites, and submersion in water must be avoided until Dr. Lahar clears these activities.

Tummy Tuck Scars

Scarring will occur after tummy tuck surgery. For those with only a lower abdominal incision, the good news is that this scar will be virtually invisible beneath most any clothing, including most lingerie, bathing suit bottoms, low-cut jeans, and other garments. Belly button scars will be hidden within the navel area.

Vertical scars (necessary with fleur de lis tummy tucks) will be noticeable as the healed scar will run from the belly button down to the lower abdominal scar in the center of the stomach. However, with time, this scar should lay flat and will turn from a bright pink or red to a fairer shade that blends in with your skin tone.

Potential Risks and Complications

Like any other invasive surgery, there are risks that come with tummy tuck surgery. Among these risks are the potential for excessive bleeding, problematic reactions to anesthesia, infection, and more.

When performed by an experienced Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, risks are minimal. Still, it’s important to understand the potential complications before moving ahead with surgery.

Rare, but potential risks and complications associated with tummy tuck surgery include:

  • Anesthesia risks
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Fat necrosis
  • DVT (deep vein thrombosis)
  • Numbness
  • Skin sensation changes
  • Skin discoloration
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Damage to tissue
  • Problems with wounds healing
  • Scarring issues

Beverly Hills Tummy Tuck Cost

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) estimates a standard tummy tuck to cost around $6,154. However, this does not include important fees for the use of operating room facilities, anesthesia, and other essential costs. Furthermore, the average tummy tuck cost Beverly Hills patients may pay will vary greatly depending on the circumstances.

Below is a cost breakdown to help you better understand how your Beverly Hills tummy tuck cost will be calculated.

  • Surgeon’s Fee: Every surgeon charges their own fees. Costs usually depend on the surgeon’s particular areas of expertise, their experience, and how many years they’ve been performing surgery. The geographical location of the surgeon’s office will also have some bearing on their fees (higher cost-of-living areas tend to mean higher surgery costs).
  • Medical Tests and Screenings: Some patients may require preoperative tests, such as EKGs, lab tests, and more. These will usually be billed to the patient separately from the surgery costs.
  • Anesthesiologist Fees: The professional who administers your anesthesia will charge for their services, equipment, and materials.
  • Surgical Facility Costs: Wherever your surgery is located will bill you for the use of their equipment, operating room, materials, etc.
  • Medications and Medical Garments: After surgery, you’ll need to obtain prescriptions and specific compression garments for your recovery. These will also usually be billed to you directly.

FAQs: Tummy Tuck in Beverly Hills

Yes, tummy tucks are almost always performed alongside liposuction. Dr. Lahar performs liposuction with nearly all of his tummy tuck surgeries.

Dr. Lahar’s patients will be asleep and kept comfortable for the entire tummy tuck procedure. After surgery, patients usually experience soreness and pain, especially over the first few recovery days. With time (and help from pain medication when needed), this pain should turn to a light soreness and quickly disappear.

Most patients can maintain their tummy tuck results for at least ten or twenty years, or longer. The surgery itself is designed to be permanently effective. Still, aging and weight fluctuations may cause changes. If possible, it is important to maintain roughly the same body weight if you want to ensure long lasting results.

Tummy tuck patients in recovery must refrain from lifting heavy objects, exerting themselves with physical activity (running, playing sports, etc.), exposing their incision sites to sunlight, and submerging their incisions in water (taking a bath or getting in a hot tub, for example).

Yes, women may have more kids after a tummy tuck. However, many patients plan their tummy tucks after they are done having children to ensure longer-lasting results. Pregnancy after a tummy tuck can sometimes compromise the tautness of the skin and abdominal muscles.

Yes, the vast majority of tummy tuck patients in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles are extremely happy with their results and overwhelmingly glad to have undergone the procedure.

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Understanding what abdominoplasty involves is the first step to achieving your aesthetic goals. We hope this overview of the procedure has helped orient you regarding the qualifications for surgery, procedure steps, and overarching benefits.

If you’re still interested, your next step would be to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Nicholas Lahar in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, CA. Because there are multiple considerations to be made prior to scheduling your surgery, this consultation appointment will afford you the opportunity to speak one-on-one with Dr. Lahar and assess your options.

Ready to move forward? Contact us at Lahar Plastic Surgery today to book your consultation appointment.

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