Tummy Tuck2020-09-17T17:50:26-07:00

Tummy Tuck Featured Patient

54 year old female 4 months following full tummy tuck with muscle plication.

Tummy Tuck and Mini-Tummy Tuck surgery is a popular cosmetic procedure that many Newport Beach patients undergo to correct a variety of undesirable changes that occur following pregnancy and/or weight gain. Our Orange County and Newport Beach tummy tuck clients may have observed any one of the following changes:

  • Excess abdominal fat
  • Redundant abdominal skin
  • Protruding abdomen due to stretched out muscles
  • Unattractive skin texture and appearance especially surrounding the belly button (stretch marks)
  • Loss of feminine silhouette

The goal of tummy tuck surgery in Orange County is to restore and correct the separated and weakened abdominal muscles resulting in an abdominal profile that is firmer and smoother. You are not alone in desiring a taut and well-defined abdomen. Most people strive for this result through exercise and weight control. Unfortunately, diet and exercise won’t tighten loose belly skin nor correct a stretched abdominal wall. Interestingly, most of Dr. Mowlavi’s tummy tuck surgery patients are at their near ideal weight when considering this surgery. Surgical details are described by the figures below.

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How much does a tummy tuck cost?

The average cost of a tummy tuck starts at $8,000 and pricing can vary depending on a plastic surgeon’s experience. There are many cosmetic surgeons in Orange County offering tummy tuck surgery at a discounted rate, but this is often due to their lack of experience. It is important to choose a board certified plastic surgeon that has multiple before and after photos of the procedure you are undergoing. If you talk to a patient that has undergone a tummy tuck revision because of a botched previous tummy tuck surgery, they will tell you overwhelmingly that the experience of the surgeon is well worth the higher price of the procedure.

Dr. Mowlavi’s tummy tuck surgery cost is all inclusive and includes:

  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Anesthesia fee
  • Medical tests
  • Post-surgery garments
  • Prescriptions

This price is an estimation only. To confirm if you are a good candidate for this procedure and receive an exact quote, please schedule a complimentary consultation with Orange County’s top tummy tuck surgeon, Dr. Arian Mowlavi.

Results

47 year old female 6 months following full tummy tuck with muscle plication to correct abdominal contour changes following weight gain and loss.
35 year old female 3 months following a customized mommy make-over which included breast augmentation using an infra-mammy crease approach with high profile smooth 300cc silicone gel implants placed in subpectoral pockets to give her C Cup bra size as well as complex ventral hernia repair using component separation, biologic mesh onlay, and tummy tuck surgery. Patient had developed large abdominal hernia following multiple pregnancies that required more complex abdominal reconstruction.

Tummy Tuck Patient Results

58 year old female status post abdominoplasty.
36 year old female 3 months following full abdominoplasty with muscle tightening using biologic graft and component separation as well as breast augmentation has achieved her dream of returning to her youthful figure prior to having babies.
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FAQ Tummy Tuck

What happens when you have a bulge and swelling above your scar?2020-05-31T09:08:00-07:00

A bulge over the tummy tuck incision is excess fat and some skin redundancy. This can be corrected immediately. Poorly performed muscle plication or residual fat can cause this bulge. Some cases demonstrate a common side effect of tummy tucks referred to as dog ears, also known as flank prominence. Both areas, the flanks and above the tummy tuck incision line, are ideal for VASER liposuction. Correction for poor muscle plication is a reverse tummy tuck with replication; the correction for residual fat is VASER liposuction, which will not only remove that fat, but etch out your abdomen so that it becomes spectacular in contour. VASER liposuction and Renuvion skin tightening can smoothen out these areas best, not only correcting the prominence you do not like, but also optimizing your back contour, all of which will routinely help with aches and pains. This is the definitive treatment for your problem which will result in an etched abdomen that is to die for.

As for your swelling, your tummy tuck swelling is secondary to muscle looseness; how tight did the surgeon make you; sometimes there is a recoil effect of the muscles at about the second week.

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Do I need a revision?2020-05-31T09:07:21-07:00

Patients that are unhappy with their tummy tuck results typically seek a a tummy tuck revision.

Recurrent laxity results when a tummy tuck is done conservatively. Unfortunately, you will need a tummy tuck revision with contouring of your sides to get the results you are looking for.

In some cases, horizontal skin redundancy in addition to vertical skin redundancy can cause an abdominal crease. A combination of reverse tummy tuck and possible fat transfer is needed to correct the above crease deformity. It is recommended you wait at least one month prior to making any decisions.

If you have horizontal redundancy that has resulted in a vertical crease you should seek a revision. My favorite technique to fix this is a combination of creating horizontal tightness with a reverse tummy tuck and lower body extension of the tummy tuck incision line. These two maneuvers will avoid a vertical incision which was the traditional technique to fix this problem.

If you have any of these issues, we encourage you to contact us a the Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Institute!

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Can my stretch marks be removed if they are all over my stomach?2020-05-31T09:06:27-07:00

A tummy tuck can remove your stretch marks. What sets Dr. Mowlavi’s tummy tucks apart is that the incision will be especially low and get rid of as many stretch marks as possible. The machines in medspas that claim to get rid of stretch marks do not work, the only way is to cut them out. A tummy tuck also tightens your skin to provide you with a rejuvenated belly.

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I am in my mid 20’s and have had a baby. What is your recommendation for what I should have done?2020-05-31T09:05:41-07:00

Great Question for all the new, young moms! I would recommend a Tummy Tuck and BBL in the same procedure. The tummy tuck would remove the stretch marks and tighten you up completely, while the BBL would take all your extra fat and put it in your butt. I recommend doing a BBL with HD Lipo and VASER so that all of your skin texture is smooth and contoured.

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How much time is required between high definition body contouring procedures?2020-05-31T09:05:05-07:00

When performing high definition body contouring, patients are graded on the high definition body liposuction body scale. Based on your body scale, a customized surgical plan will be designed to achieve stunning results. If you score below a 5 on the HDL Body Scale, your high definition mommy makeover will be performed in a staged fashion. The first stage will require and aggressive tucking procedure,such as a tummy tuck, to eliminate skin redundancy.  This procedure however, does not allow for simultaneous abdominal etching with liposuction. The second stage of abdominal etching can be safely performed after blood flow has been re-established  three months following the initial surgery.

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How long will the tightening effects of a tummy tuck last?2020-05-31T09:04:13-07:00

Abdominal wall tightening can be done with absorbable or permanent sutures. Regardless once the abdominal wall heals, the muscle is fused almost like a weld joint and will not come apart. If you were to gain weight, and stretch out your abdominal muscles to the point that it stretches your muscles out again, it will stretch out not along the seam line repair, but at another region along your muscles. Several factors should be achieved for an amazing tummy tuck result which includes: a narrowed waist line, a low incision line, an innie belly button, and liposculpture to give your abdomen highlights.

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Should I be worried about my belly button if I have a tummy tuck?2020-05-31T09:03:12-07:00

If properly performed, a tummy tuck specialist can correctly tighten the muscle without redoing the umbilicus. It is possible to tighten the muscle without undoing the belly button. However, the abdomen cannot be too long and your muscles cannot be stretched out.

A mini tummy tuck is the optimal procedure in this case. However, it is not possible to get all the way up if your torso is too long. Tightening the abdominal muscle causes the skin to pull towards the middle of the abdomen. If the skin is not re-draped, skin contour irregularities can result.

Your belly button is not disconnected from your insides when undergoing a tummy tuck. A hi-def tummy tuck will provide you a waistline, an innie belly button, a low incision line, and overall aesthetic contour lines. In order to tighten your lower abdominal skin and to find the optimal position for the belly button, a toned belly should have a vertically oriented rather than horizontally oriented belly button shape.

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A Botched Tummy Tuck- how to recover2020-05-31T09:02:27-07:00

Fortunately, we specialize in correcting botched tummy tuck results. One of the advantages of having a tummy tuck is that you can now undergo high definition liposuction to bring out the highlights of your abdominal muscles, since the abdominal muscles have already been tightened. Although your current contour may be undesirable, you actually have completed the skin tightening portion of our makeover. All you need now is to have a high definition liposuction contouring of your abdomen to give you killer abs.

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Do I need another tummy tuck?2020-05-31T09:01:50-07:00

You have undergone a tummy tuck, and you still have excess fat on your abdomen and/or flanks? How do you go about  perfecting your body? Do you require a touchup to contour, or do you require a revision? There can be some fat in the mid and upper abdominal region that is not possible to remove during your tummy tuck. Fortunately, as early as three months following surgery, you can undergo high definition VASER liposuction. This technique can target annoying areas of fat to produce the best contour, along with a pleasing, natural aesthetic.

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What is the difference between lipoabdominoplasty and a standard tummy tuck?2020-05-31T09:01:03-07:00

Your treatment depends on your stomach and the changes it has gone through. However, both procedures use high definition VASER liposuction for the most natural look. In both cases the best results include: a narrowed waistline, an innie belly button, a low incision line, and the ultimate contouring possible. We encourage you to come into the Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Institute for your free consultation today!

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Should I have a tummy tuck at the same time as my c-section?2020-05-31T09:00:17-07:00

Two issues complicate a tummy tuck at the time of a C-section:

1) a more contaminated environment

2)swelling

Dr. Mowlavi can successfully combine this procedures. However, it is safer to wait until all of your pregnancy weight has been lost for best results.

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What is the average cost associated with a tummy tuck?2020-05-31T08:59:31-07:00

A high end tummy tuck requires:

1)a low incision line

2)an innie belly button

3)enhancing your waist line

4)avoiding dog ears

5)differential muscle contouring

6)back and flank contouring

The cost for your surgery can range between 7 to 12K.

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When can I return to work after a tummy tuck?2020-05-31T08:58:50-07:00

Typically, you can return to work 3 to 4 weeks after the procedure. I highly recommend that you consider high definition liposuction with your tummy tuck. Using this procedure, your recovery time will be significantly improved.

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Pannus vs. Tummy Tuck2020-05-31T08:57:50-07:00

A tummy tuck is a much more invasive surgery than a pannus. It involves removing over twice as much skin as well as resetting your belly button. On the other hand, a pannus is only a wedge excision performed of the lower abdomen. Insurance will pay for panniculectomy but not a tummy tuck. As a result, you have to pay for an elective surgery like a tummy tuck.

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How do I pick the right doctor for my tummy tuck?2020-05-31T08:56:59-07:00

You need to choose a tummy tuck specialist who can provide you:

1)a low incision line in your bikini line

2)well proportioned pubic to belly ratio

3)an innie belly button

4)a narrowed waist line

5)avoidance of dog ears

6)avoidance of muffin top

7) contouring of your flanks

Dr. Mowlavi takes all these factors into consideration to make sure you love your results.

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How is the amount of skin removed in a tummy tuck determined?2020-05-31T08:55:57-07:00

The amount of skin removed must take into consideration:

1)laxity of skin

2)amount of redundancy

3)ensuring a lower incision line

4)Removing the belly button hole in order to make a new one

5)considering amount of redundancy in the private parts

Dr. Mowlavi takes all these factors into consideration when gauging the maximum amount of skin that can be removed.

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I have developed a bulge years after my tummy tuck, is this a hernia?2020-05-31T08:55:02-07:00

If the bulge appeared after a long delay, it is likely re-stretching of your abdominal muscles; as a result of your abdominal muscles thinning out. Abdominal muscle repair using component separation and overlay xenograft mesh would be required to fix this problem. However, if the bulge was noticed right away, it was likely due to suboptimal muscle tightening.

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Can the permanent sutures used in diastasis recti repair (during a full tummy tuck) fail after two years?2020-05-31T08:54:16-07:00

Suture failure is not your problem; only two months following your muscle repair, the fascia fuses and is fail proof. Some plastic surgeons use Vicyl for this repair, which only lasts one to two months.  One possible explanation is a hernia may have developed (an actual tear in the muscle). This is an important distinction and will require you not to have a revision of your suture line, but you need to consider the TRI Modality muscle repair which requires direct repair + bilateral component separation + Xenograft onlay repair.

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What would be the most appropriate tummy procedure for me?2020-05-31T08:53:29-07:00

Do you need a full tummy tuck or a mini tummy tuck? A virtual consultation with us will help you make that decision. The ultimate option for you is based on:

1)muscle looseness

2)skin redundancy

3)fat excess

If you have too much redundant skin, it will compromise getting an amazing result without a full TT. This is also based on the quality of your skin as well as the texture and extent of stretch marks. You can achieve the best TT with a narrower waistline, an innie belly button, appropriate muscle plication differential, and a low incision line. In addition, high definition VASER liposuction and renuvion skin tightening can be combined with a TT. As a result, you get the most incredible, natural results.

Taking these factors into consideration will require a high definition body contouring specialist who can transform your body, understanding the anatomy as well as the aesthetics.

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Will a tummy tuck bring my muscles together, tighten it up and give me a waist again?2020-05-31T08:52:33-07:00

If you are looking for the ultimate tummy tuck, you should consider a high definition tummy tuck. This procedure will not only tighten your abdominal muscles, but also maximize skin removal and create highlights. A high definition tummy tuck will provide you a waistline, an innie belly button, a low incision line, and overall aesthetic contour lines. All this comes together to create a pleasing, natural result.

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Can my stomach still be flattened if I avoid getting a Tummy Tuck? 2020-05-31T08:51:52-07:00

You have redundant skin, which would need to be removed. Unfortunately, any liposuction of the fat on your tummy leaves you with undesirable hanging skin. We encourage you to consider a high definition body contouring procedure which provides superior results to traditional techniques. Fortunately, you can achieve the look you want with a tummy tuck and high definition liposuction.

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