Tummy Tuck Procedure in Beverly Hills
Get that Flat Belly You’ve Been Working For!
It is common for men to have excess stomach fat and skin, especially with age. Most women, especially after pregnancy, have dealt with loose abdominal wall skin and musculature, leading to a protruding stomach. With a tummy tuck, Dr. David N. Sayah addresses the excess fat and skin, as well as the weakness and spreading apart of the rectus abdominals muscles. If you have any questions regarding tummy tuck surgery, please request a consultation online. The friendly staff at The Sayah Institute is ready to help you get on your way to a shapelier, slimmer new you.
Call the Beverly Hills abdominoplasty surgeon at the office at (310) 385-0000.
Are You a Candidate?
Your first step to a new look is to schedule a visit to our office for a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Sayah. During your consult, you will discuss your surgical options and Dr. Sayah will assess your candidacy for the procedure. If you do decide to schedule an abdominoplasty or a Mommy Makeover in Beverly Hills, you will be provided with a list of preoperative steps to follow.*
Preparing for Your Procedure
Be certain to drink plenty of fluids to remain well hydrated before your procedure. Dr. Sayah asks that the day before your surgery you only consume a clear, liquid diet to keep your intestines clear of any residue. You can otherwise perform your regular activities and work until the day of surgery.
On your last appointment before the day of surgery, wear your favorite bikini bottom. This will be used by Dr. Sayah to mark the surgical incisions to assure your final abdominal scar will be well hidden by the bikini.*
Dr. Sayah prefers light general anesthesia for his procedures. With this anesthetic technique, you will breathe on your own, completely unaware of the surgery. While you sleep, a local anesthetic is injected into the surgical site to minimize post-surgical pain.
Performing the Tummy Tuck
Liposuction is performed to remove any excess fat that remains on the sides. The skin is then re-draped over your abdomen, and the excess skin and fat are excised . Multiple layers are used to close the skin to minimize scarring and to ensure that the final scar will remain within the "bikini region."*
- Using markings made before the procedure, incisions are made at the bikini line and around the belly button.
- The abdominal skin and underlying fat are then raised surgically.
- The loose abdominal muscles that have spread apart with time are sutured together in a special manner to bring them back to their anatomically correct positions. This technique will also tighten the abdominal wall and give you an improved figure.
Before the completion of the surgery, a long-acting anesthetic is injected into the surgical sites to minimize post-operative pain. Silastic drains are then placed to collect any oozing that may occur over the next few days and are typically removed during the first week. We will also apply an abdominal binder at the completion of the procedure, which you will need to take off every 4 hours until your first visit. You will be provided with a detailed set of postoperative instructions to maximize your comfort and results as you recover.
After the Procedure
Following your abdominoplasty, you will be asked to walk with your back flexed forward at the hips to minimize tension on the abdominal. When getting into and out of bed, roll onto your side and get up sideways to reduce any straining of the wound. Do not attempt to sit-up in bed. Lie down in bed only with your back elevated with a few pillows. You should not lie flat for the first two weeks after surgery. Dr. Sayah also does not recommend sitting perfectly upright for longer than one hour per day during the first week.
On the day of surgery you should drink fluids; but if you experience discomfort, please advance your diet slowly. Take your medications as prescribed including your antibiotics and pain medicine, and make sure to get plenty of rest.
- On the first day after surgery, Dr. Sayah encourages you to walk around as much as possible and not to lie in bed for prolonged periods.
- When in bed, move your calves regularly to keep blood circulating in your legs.
- Take plenty of deep breaths to keep your lungs well aerated and to avoid a collapse of certain portions of your lungs.
- You can also hold a pillow against your abdomen to minimize abdominal motion when taking deep breaths.
- Remember to remove your compression garment (girdle) every four hours while you are awake.
- Empty the drains and record the time and amount whenever the “bulb” appears to be about half full. The bulb must be fully collapsed to function properly.
For more information, refer to the instruction sheets provided to you after the surgery.
Contact The Sayah Institute for More Information
During the following week, you are encouraged to walk as much as comfortably possible. The office staff will contact you regularly to ensure your comfort and to answer any questions. For the swelling to subside more rapidly and to improve your final results, it is important that you wear your compression garment (girdle) for six to eight weeks.
Call (310) 385-0000 now if you are considering a tummy tuck in Beverly Hills.