Tummy Tuck Beverly Hills

The definition of a perfect body is very personal — and our beauty ideals and body goals are uniquely shaped by various influences. 

One thing we can probably all agree on, is that a flat stomach and trim waistline are a big part of what makes a perfect figure for both men and women!

What is a Tummy Tuck in Beverly Hills?

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure on the abdomen designed to sculpt the area, tighten the separation between the abdominal muscles, enhance the area’s contours, and tighten any loose skin. Tummy tucks can remove stretch marks and excess skin, and involve the creation of a new home for the belly button through the newly taut skin.

What makes Dr. Patel the Best Tummy Tuck Surgeon?

Dr. Patel’s tummy tucks are desirable and popular for many reasons, from the location and contour of the incisions, the natural quality of the belly button, and how the procedure is tailored to each patient’s unique shape and body goals, plus their overall figure. 

When Dr. Anita Patel performs tummy tucks, she designs the incision to follow that natural curve of the lower abdomen. This makes the scar easy to conceal (even in a string bikini!) and ensures there are no sharp lines or angles, only natural curves.

The natural curves of your abdomen need to not only look great on their own, but they also need to suit the body they belong to — this means no harsh, unnatural six-pack abs carved out of a body with soft curves everywhere else! There are so many different figures that are gorgeous in their own right, whether your goal is the curves of a belly dancer or a bodybuilder.

Every detail matters. Dr. Patel’s patients cite how naturally great her belly buttons look, and say that was a big part of why they choose her practice over the competition. With her passion for precision, Dr. Patel puts care and attention into designing an aesthetically pleasing belly button. 

The belly button incision is carefully placed to fall into or along the natural shadows of the belly button, rather than as a visible round ring outside of the belly button. She also makes sure the belly button is oval in a vertical sense, rather than round, or horizontal, which can make the area look “sad” or aged. 

When patients have a belly button that is slightly off center, or naturally sits higher or lower than they prefer, this is something she likes to discuss and take into account in her planning. Ultimately Dr. Patel designs it to seamlessly align with the newly tightened abdominal contour, and stay consistent with our “beauty ideals” for the navel. 

Everyone’s body is different, which is why Dr. Patel customizes your procedure to fit your body and your goals. To do so, she takes your entire figure into consideration and designs the best looking abdomen she can that’s tailored to your shape and your goals, and shares this with you at the consultation. 

While Dr. Patel generally aims to accentuate an hourglass waist in women and highlight more of a V-shaped torso for men, there are many factors to consider. And that is why the consultation is so vital to the process.

Tummy Tuck Benefits

There are many benefits to getting a tummy tuck. There’s the obvious bonus of looking better and having more wardrobe options; in addition, there are unexpected perks, like standing taller and being more active. Finally, there’s the most important effect of all — feeling better in your own skin and getting that amazing confidence boost. 

Who is a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

The ideal candidate for a tummy tuck has a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or less, although a tummy tuck on a patient with a BMI of up to 35 is possible if a patient is otherwise healthy, doesn’t plan on changing their weight, and most importantly, is medically cleared. 

  • Length of Surgery: 4 hours.
  • Anesthesia: General.
  • Post-Op Activity: Walking is essential, and must begin the same day of surgery to prevent blood clots in the legs. No full exercise until 6 weeks post-op.
  • Return to Work: 1-2 weeks.

Types of Tummy Tuck: Surgical Details

There are several different types of tummy tuck surgery. The best procedure for you depends on various factors, including your aesthetic goals, the extent of correction needed, the amount of excess skin and fat, and other factors best assessed by a board-certified plastic surgeon. 

There are several types of tummy tucks, including mini tummy tucks, full tummy tucks, and short scar tummy tucks, to name a few. The type that is best suited for you depends on a few elements. 

For example, patients with minimal excess skin that’s mostly located below the belly button are often well served by a mini tummy tuck. In these cases, a short scar can be used to address and tighten only the lower abdominal area. 

However, if you have excess skin in the upper abdominal area as well, this makes you a less than ideal candidate for a mini tummy tuck, since that part of your abdomen could end up looking or feeling looser than your lower abdomen. However you may still be able to have a short scar, while getting the full tummy tuck underneath, or you may be better off with a full tummy tuck for the most complete treatment. 

With a full tummy tuck, a hip-to-hip incision is often involved. This incision is carefully placed to be hidden by swimwear or underwear, along your natural curves; the length of the incision based on individual physique and the degree, amount, and location of loose excess skin. A full tummy tuck with or without muscle repair typically includes belly button repositioning as well. 

Often, patients will come to Dr. Patel for a tummy tuck because they have maintained a healthy weight but feel they look like they are (still) pregnant. This is when a short scar tummy tuck may be the ideal solution, since these patients may have minimal loose skin, but underneath there’s a separation of the abdominal muscles or stretched fascia. With this type of tummy tuck, a patient gets the benefits of a short scar with a more complete tightening of the underlying areas. 

Full Tummy Tuck with Muscle Repair

A full tummy tuck with muscle repair, or a traditional abdominoplasty with muscle plication, is a comprehensive surgical procedure designed to address excess abdominal skin, fat, and muscle laxity. This tends to be the most commonly done tummy tuck.

This type of tummy tuck surgery  typically involves several steps. First, a  horizontal incision  is made across the lower abdomen, extending long enough to remove the excess skin without bunching or pleating at the ends, or “dog ears” from forming at the ends of the incision. Often this can mean the incision extends from hip to hip, curved in a gentle smiley face type of way. 

The length of the incision is directly related to the degree of skin laxity and the extent of correction needed. Dr. Patel does not make the incision longer than it needs to be, rather just long enough to correct the underlying issues to leave the most aesthetic result.

After making the incision, the surgeon lifts the skin and fat away from the underlying muscles. The excess skin and fat are then removed from the lower abdomen to create a smoother, flatter abdominal contour.

A key component of a full tummy tuck is the repair of abdominal muscles. Pregnancy or significant weight fluctuations can cause the abdominal muscles to stretch and separate, resulting in a bulging or weakened abdominal wall, or “pooch”. 

During the surgery, Dr. Patel  tightens these muscles by suturing them together in the midline, a process known as muscle plication. This helps restore core strength and creates a firmer abdominal profile.

In some cases, your surgeon may need to reposition the belly button or navel to achieve a natural-looking result. This involves creating a new opening for the belly button in the skin and reattaching it to the tightened skin. Dr. Patel is known for designing exceptionally realistic belly buttons, opting for an oval shape versus a too-perfectly round navel.

Once the necessary corrections have been made, your surgeon carefully closes the incisions with sutures. Depending on the technique used, drains may be placed to prevent fluid buildup in the surgical site during the initial stages of healing.

After the surgery, patients typically wear a compression garment to support the abdomen and minimize swelling. Recovery time can vary, but patients are usually advised to avoid strenuous activities for several weeks and follow the postoperative instructions closely to ensure proper healing.

A full tummy tuck with surgical repair is a major surgical procedure that can produce dramatic improvements in the appearance of the abdomen, particularly for individuals with significant skin laxity and muscle separation. However, like any surgery, it carries risks and requires careful consideration and discussion with your surgeon.

Full Tummy Tuck without Muscle Repair

For patients who have good muscle tone and minimal separation between the paired ab muscles, a full tummy tuck without muscle repair or muscle plication may still offer an excellent outcome. 

This is also an option for patients who are unsure if they plan to have children in the future, yet do not want to postpone the benefits of skin tightening until some unknown date in the future. This way, the abdomen is sculpted to the degree possible by addressing the skin alone, but the muscles have the same freedom to stretch along with a pregnancy should one occur. 

While it’s generally preferable to do a tummy tuck after one is done having children, this is not a practical or realistic choice for the many young patients who have lost a large amount of weight and suffer embarrassment from the loose draping skin left behind.

While the overall surgery is similar to the full tummy tuck described above, the key difference is that no adjustments are made to the abdominal muscles or fascia during this procedure, and the surgeon focuses on removing excess skin and fat from the abdomen, or skin tightening, alone instead. 

During a fully tummy tuck with muscle repair, your belly button may be repositioned or otherwise addressed if necessary to achieve a natural appearance.  

Short Scar Full Tummy Tuck with Muscle Repair

This is a surgical procedure designed to improve the appearance of the abdomen by addressing excess skin, fat, and muscle fascia laxity, but through a shorter scar. 

Unlike traditional tummy tucks that involve a longer horizontal incision extending from hip to hip, the short scar technique uses a shorter incision, typically within the bikini line where it can easily be hidden by clothing. This results in a less obvious scar post-surgery. 

During the procedure, the abdominal muscles are also tightened to enhance abdominal contour and provide a firmer appearance. 

The short scar technique with muscle repair is particularly beneficial for individuals with mild to moderate skin laxity and muscle separation or stretching of the abdominal fascia, offering significant improvement with less extensive scarring.

Short Scar Full Tummy Tuck without Muscle Repair

A short scar tummy tuck without muscle repair focuses on improving the appearance of the abdomen by addressing excess skin and fat, through a shorter scar, and minus the muscle plication. 

Unlike traditional tummy tucks, which involve tightening the abdominal muscles, this technique primarily targets the removal of excess skin and fat through a shorter horizontal incision, typically within the bikini line. This is a great option for those who have excess skin only, with no rectus diastasis or muscle separation.

By avoiding muscle repair, the procedure may offer a quicker recovery time and far less discomfort after the surgery. It is often an option for patients who have good muscle tone but still have excess skin and fat in the abdominal area, typically resulting from weight loss, pregnancy, or aging.

Mini Tummy Tuck

Also known as a partial abdominoplasty, this type of tummy tuck is best if you have minimal excess skin that’s all located below the navel so only the lower abdomen needs to be addressed and tightened. With a mini tummy tuck, Dr. Patel can use a shorter incision, typically not too much bigger than a classic C section incision. 

Individuals with relatively good muscle tone in the upper abdomen who want to address issues like a “pooch” or excess or fat below the belly button tend to be good candidates for mini tummy tuck surgeries, provided there is no excess skin along the upper abdomen.

A mini tummy tuck is less extensive than a full abdominoplasty, since it focuses primarily on the lower abdomen, and it may or may not involve muscle tightening below the belly button only. It requires a shorter, smaller incision that’s made just above the pubic area, so it is easy to conceal — even when you’re wearing more revealing clothing like a string bikini. 

Recovery time is typically shorter than a full tummy tuck and patients will be able to return to their normal activities more readily, though the post-op activity restrictions will still apply.

Some patients may not be good candidates for a mini tummy tuck, since the procedure doesn’t address the upper abdomen. If a patient has loose skin on the upper abdomen, this poses a risk of the resulting upper abdomen area looking and feeling looser than the lower abdomen.

Results can be more subtle when compared to a full tummy tuck, but mini tummy tucks are an excellent option in the right candidate. 

Considering a mini tummy tuck? Consult with Dr. Patel, a board-certified plastic surgeon to clarify your specific goals and expectations and determine if you are a suitable candidate for a mini tummy tuck or another kind of procedure. 

Extended Tummy Tuck

An extended tummy tuck is a more extensive version of the traditional abdominoplasty procedure. It’s designed to address excess skin and fat not only in the abdomen but also in the flanks or hips, so the scope of the surgery extends around the patient’s sides and sometimes to the lower back or hips. 

Extended tummy tucks require a longer incision; it typically extends hip to hip across the lower abdomen (similar to a traditional tummy tuck incision) and may continue around to the sides (or flanks), or even the lower back as needed, but stops short of going all the way around the waist as in a belt lipectomy or lower body lift. 

Patients who are ideal candidates for an extended tummy tuck often have significant excess skin and fat in the abdominal area that extends to the flanks and lower back. Usually this happens after a major weight loss that leaves excess loose skin behind. 

With standard tummy tuck patients, the skin fold along the lower abdomen and ends between the hips is addressed. However, with patients undergoing an extended tummy tuck, that skin fold often ends further out to the sides or wraps around the back, necessitating the longer incision.

Muscle repair may be performed during this procedure, including addressing issues such as diastasis recti (a separation of the abdominal muscles). 

In addition, sometimes liposuction is combined with an extended tummy tuck to further sculpt the waistline, remove excess fat deposits, and create a smoother, more streamlined silhouette. 

Extended tummy tuck patients may experience a slightly longer recovery time as compared to a traditional tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck due to the extent of the surgery; they may experience discomfort like swelling and bruising around the lower back and sides where the incisions are located.

The potential results of an extended tummy tuck include significant improvements in the contour and appearance of the abdomen, flanks, and lower back as well as a toned, tightened, and contoured midsection.

As with any surgical procedure, it’s essential for individuals considering an extended tummy tuck to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Anita Patel  to determine if they are suitable candidates and to discuss their specific goals and expectations.

Fleur de Lis Tummy Tuck

A fleur-de-lis tummy tuck, also known as a vertical or extended tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure used to address excess skin and fat across both the horizontal and vertical dimensions of the abdomen.The resulting scar typically resembles the shape of a fleur-de-lis, hence the name. 

 Unlike traditional tummy tucks, which primarily target excess skin and fat in the horizontal dimension, the fleur-de-lis tummy tuck technique involves an additional vertical incision from the lower sternum to the pubic bone.

This allows for removal of excess skin both horizontally and vertically, making it particularly effective for patients who have lost a large amount of weight or otherwise have significant abdominal laxity. 

While this approach provides more comprehensive contouring, it does leave a longer scar and may require a longer time period for recovery compared to a traditional tummy tuck.  

Revision Tummy Tuck

A revision tummy tuck, also known as a secondary or corrective abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure performed to address issues or complications that may have arisen following a previous tummy tuck surgery that didn’t meet expectations. 

Dr. Patel can work with you to correct unsatisfactory results and address any complications or aesthetic concerns that may have occurred after a previous abdominoplasty or correct and refine the results of another prior procedure. 

Some reasons that you may seek out a revision tummy tuck include unsatisfactory aesthetic outcomes such as asymmetry, irregular contours, or excessive scarring. 

A secondary procedure can also address the recurrence of laxity in the abdominal muscles or skin due to factors like weight fluctuations, aging, or pregnancy (although it is important to note that it is preferred that generally, tummy tuck candidates wait until they are done having children to have the procedure). Other changes in body shape or dissatisfaction with the initial results over time can also be taken into account.

Before performing a revision tummy tuck, Dr. Patel will conduct a thorough evaluation of your concerns, medical history, and the outcomes of the previous surgery. If you are able to get a copy of your operative note from any prior procedure, Dr. Patel will review this and go over specifics should they change your proposed procedure. She will cover specific issues or complications and develop a customized plan to address them effectively. 

The particular surgical techniques used in a revision tummy tuck will depend on the nature of the issues being addressed. It may involve a combination of procedures such as removing excess skin, repositioning or tightening abdominal muscles, liposuction to refine contours, revising an unsightly belly button, and scar revision.

Recovery from a revision tummy tuck can vary depending on the extent of the procedure and individual factors, and results will take several weeks to months to fully reveal themselves. 

Patients should expect a recovery period similar to that of an initial tummy tuck surgery, with swelling, bruising, and discomfort gradually subsiding over time. Final outcomes depend on factors such as tissue quality, healing ability, and adherence to post-operative instructions. 

Overall, a revision tummy tuck can be an effective solution for addressing issues or complications following a previous abdominoplasty, and helping you achieve your desired aesthetic goals.

Reverse Tummy Tuck

A reverse tummy tuck, also known as an upper tummy tuck or upper abdominal lift, is a surgical procedure designed to address excess skin and fat in the upper abdomen. 

Unlike a traditional tummy tuck, which focuses on the lower abdomen, a reverse tummy tuck targets the upper abdomen or the area above the belly button. 

During the procedure, excess skin and tissue are removed from the upper abdomen, resulting in a smoother and firmer appearance. 

This surgery may be a good option for patients who have lost a significant amount of weight or experienced changes in their upper abdominal area due to pregnancy or aging.

BMI and Health Requirements for a Tummy Tuck

As previously noted, the  ideal candidate for a tummy tuck has a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or less, although Dr. Patel may perform a tummy tuck on a patient with a BMI of up to 35 if other factors align. 

For instance, if the patient is generally healthy, doesn’t plan on gaining or losing significant weight, and is medically cleared for surgery, a tummy tuck may be possible for candidates with a higher BMI. This often comes into play for patients who are overall healthy and medically stable,  whose weight naturally resides at weight higher than the “ideal body weight” for their height.

Tummy Tuck Incision

As Dr. Patel’s patient, you’ll be fully educated about your tummy tuck procedure, its potential risks, and post-operative care that helps to optimize healing and minimize complications. This includes preventing scarring by taking proper care of your incision. 

During the surgery itself, Dr. Patel will carefully design the incisions, including placement and contours, to achieve optimal aesthetic results. She will note any natural asymmetries that need to be factored in (more loose skin on one side versus the other, for example, or more skin tension on one side than the other). 

She will take into consideration measures to preserve vascular integrity during surgery, and to avoid excessive tension on the tissues, both of which can compromise blood flow and increase the risk of wound healing problems.

Post-operative management is essential to ensure your tummy tuck incision heals properly. Not only does Dr. Patel make sure to see you personally after surgery at very specific intervals, but she will also have recommendations specific to you and your skin for optimizing the scar healing process. Close monitoring is essential to identify and address any complications promptly, and also to guide you through the healing. 

On the patient’s end, there will be specific activity restrictions and guidelines that Dr. Patel will walk you through after surgery, to avoid unnecessary risks and prevent complications as much as possible.

Dr. Patel and her team understand having surgery is a journey, and the journey can be emotional at times. The whole team will be available for ongoing support and guidance to patients throughout the recovery process, helping to alleviate anxiety and ensuring compliance with post-operative instructions during the recovery period.

With her meticulous surgical techniques, emphasis on patient education, and post-operative care, Dr. Patel wants your experience to be second to none, and as smooth as can be. This level of attention and care helps minimize the risk of negative outcomes associated with tummy tuck incisions and optimize the overall surgical experience and outcomes for her patients.

Tummy Tuck Scar

Dr. Patel takes pride in performing tummy tucks and other procedures as gently and precisely as possible, while minimizing scarring to the extent possible— carefully hiding their placement along your body’s natural curves and located in places where they are easy to cover even when wearing revealing clothing. 

She starts with determining the most appropriate incision placement for your individual anatomy and aesthetic goals. Placement within natural skin creases or below the bikini line can help conceal scars. Styles of undergarments change over the years, while natural anatomic contours do not, so Dr. Patel feels the best incision planning is typically matched to natural anatomy rather than trendy underwear styles (high cut V shape, to flat low rise shape, etc).

During your surgery, she employs techniques such as layered closure, meticulous tissue handling, and precise suture placement to reapproximate the layers of tissues in a way that sits beautifully once healed, minimize tension on the incision, and promote optimal wound healing.

While your incision is healing, it is essential to practice proper wound care, keep it protected from the sun and appropriately covered, and to stay hydrated and eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. Remember that scar maturation is a gradual process that can take up to 12-18 months. 

It is normal for scars to go through an initial red/purple phase, and fade and soften over time. If the incision has areas that become more angry red, raised, or uneven, while this too gets better with time, Dr. Patel may recommend steps to prevent it from worsening and/or healing to progress in a more controlled fashion. It’s essential to be patient and consistent with scar management techniques.

In some cases, surgical scar revision or other cosmetic procedures may be considered to further improve the appearance of tummy tuck scars. However, it’s essential to allow the scar to mature before pursuing additional interventions. 

By following these strategies and working closely with Dr. Patel and her team, you can help minimize tummy tuck scars and achieve the best possible aesthetic outcome for your procedure.

Minimizing tummy tuck scars requires a combination of proper pre-operative planning, intraoperative techniques, and postoperative care. Dr. Patel has extensive experience in tummy tuck procedures and uses techniques that can significantly impact your scar appearance and otherwise lead to positive outcomes. 

Proper Placement and Shape of the Belly Button after a Tummy Tuck

Dr. Patel is a true artist and a perfectionist — especially when it comes to creating natural looking belly buttons that seamlessly fit into her patient’s figures. She considers the shape and contour of the navel itself, as well as its overall placement/level on the abdomen, ensuring that the belly button is placed in an ideal position that sits beautifully on the body.

Her results and patient testimonials speak for themselves, and tummy tucks are her absolute favorite procedure to perform.

Combining a Tummy Tuck with other Procedures

Combining a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) with other surgeries is a common practice in plastic surgery for multiple reasons. 

Performing more than one procedure during one surgery can reduce the overall surgery time (by reducing the time spent under anesthesia, going to sleep, waking up) and total recovery period, because instead of undergoing multiple surgeries and then dealing with their respective recovery periods, patients can streamline the process and reduce the total time spent healing and recuperating. 

While the recovery time from combined procedures can still be significant, patients only have to go through it once rather than multiple times if surgeries were done separately. This can be particularly appealing for individuals with busy lifestyles or limited time off work.

What’s more, some patients may have multiple areas of concern that can be addressed simultaneously in order to achieve more comprehensive results. For instance, combining a tummy tuck with procedures like liposuction, breast augmentation or lifts, or a thigh lift can result in a more balanced and harmonious aesthetic outcome. 

There are certain procedures that tend to complement each other well, and can enhance the overall result when performed together. For example, combining liposuction of the flanks with a tummy tuck can cinch the waist, remove excess fat, and tighten abdominal muscles, resulting in a smoother and more shapely midsection with more attractive contours.

Some patients may simply prefer to undergo multiple procedures at once to achieve their desired results more quickly and efficiently, provided they are deemed suitable candidates by their surgeon. 

Combining surgeries can also be more cost-effective for patients. They can save on facility fees, anesthesia costs, and other expenses associated with surgery by having them done at once rather than separately.

However, it’s important to note that getting multiple surgeries at the same time also carries increased risks compared to having them done individually. 

These risks include prolonged anesthesia time for a combined procedure, higher chances of complications such as blood clots or infections associated with certain procedures, and potentially a more difficult recovery since one would be sore in multiple locations. 

Therefore, the decision to combine surgeries should be carefully considered, and made in consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon, who can assess the patient’s individual physical needs, medical history, as well as support system.

Tummy Tuck with Pubic Lift (Monsplasty)

A tummy tuck with a pubic lift (a.k.a monsplasty), is a surgical procedure that’s designed to improve the appearance of the lower abdomen and pubic area.

The tummy tuck or abdominoplasty component  involves removing excess skin and fat from the abdomen while tightening the abdominal muscles and is often performed on patients with loose or sagging skin due to factors like pregnancy, significant weight loss or weight fluctuations, or aging. The pubic lift component focuses on addressing sagging or drooping of the pubic area by removing excess skin and tissue and tightening the remaining tissue. 

Combining these procedures allows for comprehensive enhancement of the lower abdominal region, addressing both excess skin and tissue laxity in the abdomen and the pubic area. It can result in a flatter, more toned abdomen, a lifted, rejuvenated pubic area, and an overall more youthful and aesthetically pleasing appearance. 

If both procedures are needed, it is best to do them together, as otherwise a tummy tuck alone may leave one feeling even more insecure about a loose or overly full upper pubic area. 

Conversely, if only the monsplasty or pubic lift is attempted (without the abdominoplasty), and the abdominal skin below it remains loose, the pubic lift may not be as successful since it’s secured atop a loose structure rather than being attached to equally tightened skin.

Tummy Tuck with Liposuction

Combining a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty with liposuction is a common practice in plastic surgery, and there are several reasons why this combination may be beneficial for certain patients.

The first reason that combining liposuction with a tummy tuck may be ideal is that while a tummy tuck addresses excess skin and loose abdominal muscles, that procedure may not fully target localized pockets of fat. Liposuction, on the other hand, can address those areas of stubborn fat, resulting in a more comprehensive result and a smoother, more sculpted appearance. 

Combining a tummy tuck with liposuction also allows for increased customization, allowing Dr. Patel to tailor the treatment to your individual goals and needs.  By assessing factors such as skin laxity, muscle tone, and fat distribution, Dr. Patel can create a customized surgical plan for optimal results. 

Performing both procedures during the same surgery can also be more efficient for both surgical time and recovery. Instead of undergoing separate surgeries with separate recovery periods, you can achieve their desired results with a single operation and a combined recovery period. It also may ultimately be more cost-effective than two surgeries, even though the upfront fees may be higher.

It’s important to note that combining a tummy tuck with liposuction may not be appropriate or necessary for every patient. 

The decision to combine procedures should be made in consultation with Dr. Patel, a board-certified plastic surgeon, who can evaluate your individual anatomy, goals, and medical history to determine the most suitable treatment plan for you.

Mommy Makeover

A mommy makeover is a combination of cosmetic procedures designed to address the physical changes that occur in a woman’s body as a result of pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. 

These procedures typically focus on rejuvenating the breasts and abdomen, which are often most affected by these life events. While the specific procedures included in a mommy makeover can vary depending on your specific needs and goals, they commonly include tummy tucks, liposuction, and a breast lift and/or a breast augmentation. 

Pregnancy can stretch the abdominal muscles and skin, leading to excess skin, stretch marks, and a protruding abdomen resulting in a shape where you still look pregnant even months or years postpartum. A tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen, tightens the abdominal muscles, and smooths and flattens the abdominal contour.

Stubborn pockets of fat can accumulate in various areas of the body during pregnancy and may persist despite diet and exercise. Liposuction can be used to target and remove excess fat from areas such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, and buttocks, helping to improve body contours and proportions. In addition to liposuction, other body contouring procedures or lifts may be included in a mommy makeover to address sagging skin and improve overall body shape and symmetry.

After all, pregnancy and breastfeeding can lead to changes in breast size, shape, and firmness. Breast augmentation, which involves placing implants to increase breast volume, or a breast lift, which removes excess skin and lifts the breasts to a higher position on the chest, can help restore a more youthful and lifted appearance to the breasts.

Depending on your needs and preferences, additional procedures such as vaginal rejuvenation or facial rejuvenation may be included in a mommy makeover to further enhance one’s overall appearance.

It’s important to note that a mommy makeover is not a one-size-fits-all procedure, and the specific combination of procedures included will vary based on your  unique concerns and goals. 

Before you undergo a mommy makeover, Dr. Patel will assess your individual anatomy, discuss your goals, and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan for you

Abdominoplasty Complications and Risks

While complications from abdominoplasty or a tummy tuck is relatively rare, it is still a surgical procedure and poses certain risks.

Like any surgical procedure, abdominoplasty carries a risk of infection. It is no longer standard to prescribe routine antibiotics after tummy tuck surgery. Unnecessary use of antibiotics can lead to infection with more antibiotic resistant bugs, if you did find yourself with an infection. 

It also leads many patients to developing other issues like yeast infections since it affects your normal flora. Thankfully with proper hygiene and postop care, the risk of infection is quite low, but if an infection occurs, it may require treatment with antibiotics or, in more severe cases, drainage of the infected area.

Excessive bleeding during or after surgery is another potential complication. Your surgeon will take precautions to minimize bleeding during the procedure, but in some cases, post-operative bleeding may occur, requiring medical attention. 

The best thing for you to do is follow the surgeons postoperative activity guidelines regarding exercise, so you do not have sharp elevations in blood pressure and heart rate that can lead to bleeding in the early postoperative period.

Some patients may experience delayed wound healing, which can cause issues like seromas (fluid collections that can develop under the skin after surgery) and  hematomas (collections of blood under the skin). Both seromas and hematomas may require drainage to prevent complications such as infection or delayed wound healing.

Abdominoplasty involves incisions, which will result in scarring. While surgeons make efforts to minimize scarring and place incisions in relatively hidden locations, the extent of scarring can vary from person to person. In some cases, scar revision surgery may be performed to improve the appearance of scars.

Numbness or changes in sensation around the incision sites is entirely normal after abdominoplasty, and typically improves over time. The outer abdomen typically recovers sensation first, and the lower central abdomen takes longer for it to return. However, some patients may experience long-term issues in this regard.

Surgery, especially when combined with immobility during recovery, can increase the risk of blood clots (deep vein thrombosis). Blood clots, or DVTs, are the most serious risk associated with tummy tuck surgery, since these clots can potentially travel to the lungs (pulmonary embolism), which can be life-threatening. Measures such as compression stockings and walking the same day of surgery, as well as sequential or follow-up compression devices, are often employed to minimize this risk.

Anesthesia carries its own set of risks, including allergic reactions, respiratory problems, and adverse reactions to medications. However, these risks are generally minimal and are closely monitored by the anesthesia team during surgery.

If you are considering an abdominoplasty, it is important to discuss the potential risks and complications with your surgeon and to carefully follow pre-operative and post-operative instructions to minimize the risk and optimize the outcome of your procedure(s).

Your Tummy Tuck Consultation with Dr. Patel

At your tummy tuck consultation, you’ll first meet with Dr. Patel’s Patient Care Coordinator, who serves as your concierge so to speak, providing you with important information and support during your surgical journey. When you arrive for the consultation, the PCC will walk you through what to expect over the hour-long consultation appointment.

Next, you’ll meet with Dr. Patel one-on-one, and go over your goals for the procedure and any concerns you might have. She will review your medical history and perform a focused physical exam to determine if you are a good surgical candidate, and if so, what type of tummy tuck or related procedure will offer the best results.

Dr. Patel thinks it is very important that patients have the opportunity to connect with her directly, rather than meeting only a “consultant” on her behalf. This way you have the chance to personally connect and see if it is a mutually good fit, as choosing your surgeon is a very important first step on your journey.

Once the clinical part of the appointment has concluded, typically after preoperative photographs are taken in the photo room, you’ll meet with the Patient Care Coordinator once again to review the consult, get pricing for your customized procedure, and discuss scheduling. If you have surgery dates in mind, or there is someone whose opinion is important in your decision making process, it is great to bring them to this consultation. 

Tummy Tuck Recovery Timeline

Your tummy tuck journey starts with the aforementioned consultation with Dr. Patel and her team. Once you are ready to proceed with surgery, you’ll book a date for surgery, and schedule a Preop Visit with Dr. Patel to review the surgery in detail once again, including the risks, postop course, and activity guidelines during recovery.

The evening before your surgery, Dr. Patel often will call you to check in and see if you have any last minute questions, before seeing you in person at the surgery center.

On the day of your tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Patel will visit you in the pre-op holding area, and. review the plan for your surgery and go over any questions you might have. Then she will mark the skin for surgery, and you’ll be taken back to the operating room with the operating room team.

Immediately After Surgery

Following your surgery, Dr. Patel will accompany you to the recovery and discuss how the procedure went. It is recommended that you go to an aftercare facility following your tummy tuck; the primary reason for this is to ensure you are walking the day of the surgery in order to prevent any blood clots from forming. 

At the aftercare facility, nurses can provide pain medication and assist you as needed, and also bring you to your follow-up appointment the next day.

One Day After Surgery

The day after your surgery, you’ll have a follow-up appointment with Dr. Patel to ensure you are  on the path towards healing. Typically at this appointment she will check the surgery sites, change any dressings that need to be changed, and review your instructions for the upcoming week. 

This is when you can check in and ask any questions about the surgery and/or recovery process. The first few days after your tummy tuck are generally the most challenging in regard to pain and discomfort, but within a week or two you should be feeling a lot better.

One Week After Surgery

You’ll return to Dr. Patel’s office for a follow-up visit one week after your surgery to remove any surgical drains that may have been placed. At this point, you should still be wearing your surgical garment around the clock, but if all is well at your one-week follow-up appointment and any drains you have are removed, you should be cleared to shower the following day. For the first two weeks after surgery, the garments should stay on at all times other than when you’re showering.

Note that while you should feel less pain and discomfort at this point, your midsection will still feel sore temporarily. That’s due to the muscle tightening which primarily affects your abs, and we use our abs for a lot of things you don’t necessarily think about, such as sitting down and getting up, rolling over in bed, and similar everyday movements. 

Two Weeks After Surgery

Two weeks after your tummy tuck, you can likely return to work and light activity will be more comfortable, but you should continue to avoid any strenuous activity or exercise. Dr. Patel will  also advise you on which scar therapy to start at this point, to improve and minimize the look of your tummy tuck scar.

Six Weeks After Surgery

One month or 30 days after your tummy tuck procedure, you should be feeling significantly better. 

Typically, patients can resume working out or exercising around six weeks after their tummy tuck procedure, but recommendations may vary based on your health and recovery process. Always listen to your surgeon and ensure you are properly cleared for physical activity post-surgery. 

Three Months After Surgery

You will be seen for a routine follow-up visit three months after your tummy tuck surgery. At this time, you will typically have been able to resume regular activities and exercise for the prior six weeks, so you and Dr. Patel should have a good sense of how things are settling into place.

Three months after your tummy tuck, the swelling should be fairly minimal and you will have already begun scar therapy to minimize the visibility of your scars. Postoperative photos are taken at this visit, and you can compare them to before surgery to get a sense of the progress thus far.

Six Months After Surgery

At the six month point, you will have even less swelling and your surgical scars will be further along in the recovery process. Usually, tummy tuck scars are fading well and you should be enjoying your new silhouette! 

Postoperative photos are taken at this visit, and you can see where your body has stabilized thus far, and the improvement compared to the 3 month photos or your preoperative photos.

One Year After Surgery

One year after tummy tuck surgery, you should be fully healed and loving your new figure! 

While there is a risk of scarring with any surgery, proper scar therapy should minimize the appearance of your tummy tuck scar as well. 

Postoperative photos are taken at this visit, and you can see how far you’ve come!

What’s The Cost of a Tummy Tuck in Beverly Hills?

The cost of a tummy tuck in Beverly Hills and the greater Los Angeles area can vary greatly depending on the surgeon and their experience, skill level, expertise, artistry, safety, and availability. Your costs also may vary depending on the city, state, and surgery center credentials involved.

Typically, tummy tucks with Dr. Patel involve surgeon fees of $12,000 to $15,000 and up, depending on the aforementioned factors. Costs also increase if you are combining procedures or getting multiple surgeries at the same time. The total costs will include the surgeons fees, anesthesia fees, facility fees, and any specialty items that may be involved in your care. These estimates or price quotes are given at the time of your consultation.

A Note from Dr. Patel on Finding the Best Tummy Tuck Surgeon

The key to finding the best Beverly Hills plastic surgeon for your tummy tuck — or any procedure — is finding the board-certified plastic surgeon that is the best fit for you

This means a surgeon who listens to your concerns, has the level of expertise to achieve the results that you are seeking, understands your aesthetic goals and can show you before and after images so you can not only see their work, but ensure that your surgeon’s vision of what’s ideal and attractive aligns with yours. 

Most importantly, your surgeon should be someone you can freely communicate with and feel comfortable voicing your concerns to, and that you believe truly has your best interests at heart. Dr. Patel and her staff are just as attentive and available to you after surgery as they are before.

Beverly Hills Tummy Tuck Before and After Photos

See examples of Dr. Patel’s work and before and after photos of real patients. The following sets of images depict her tummy tucks and associated surgeries. 

Tummy Tuck FAQ

Discover answers to frequently asked questions about getting tummy tucks and other surgical procedures performed in Beverly Hills by Dr. Patel.

Does Dr. Patel do mini tummy tucks?

Dr. Patel performs mini tummy tucks on patients who fit the criteria for being good candidates for the mini. Ultimately she wants you to be happy and achieve the results you are after, so if a mini tummy tuck is sufficient in scope to get you there, she will let you know you’re a good candidate. 

This is because mini tummy tucks deliver the best results for patients with a smaller amount of excess skin and fat that’s localized in the lower abdomen only. 

A quick recap of what a mini tummy tuck or a partial abdominoplasty entails — this is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to improve the appearance of the lower abdomen. It’s a less extensive version of a full tummy tuck, and does not affect or alter the appearance of the upper abdomen.

During a mini tummy tuck, excess fat and skin are removed from the lower abdomen, and the abdominal muscles may be tightened if necessary. However, unlike a full tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck typically involves a smaller incision and focuses only on the area below the belly button.

Should I lose all the weight first or is it possible to work on losing weight after the surgery?

It’s generally recommended to achieve, and be stable at, your desired weight before undergoing a tummy tuck, whether it’s a mini or full tummy tuck. Losing weight before the surgery can help you achieve the best possible results, while losing weight after the surgery may affect the results achieved through the tummy tuck. Significant weight fluctuations can stretch the skin and compromise the aesthetic outcome of the procedure. 

In addition, being at a stable and healthy weight reduces the risks associated with surgery and anesthesia. It’s important to be in good overall health before undergoing any surgical procedure to minimize potential complications. Excess weight can affect the outcome of the surgery and may lead to suboptimal results or the need for additional procedures later on.

However, if you’re already in the process of losing weight and have reached a stable weight but still have excess skin and fat in the lower abdomen, you can discuss your options with Dr. Patel. 

Can you get pregnant after a tummy tuck?

If you are otherwise a good candidate for a tummy tuck but not entirely sure you are done bearing children, it is possible to perform the skin tightening portion but not tighten the underlying muscles, allowing room for a baby to grow comfortably. 

Is it better to get a tummy tuck before kids or wait until I’m done having kids?

Ideally, you’d wait until after you are done having children before getting a tummy tuck. Since the goal of a tummy tuck is to tighten the muscles and skin of the abdomen — and pregnancy will do the exact opposite — tummy tucks performed prior to a pregnancy will likely require a revision at a future date. 

You should wait at least 6 months after pregnancy for a tummy tuck, and at least 6 months after breastfeeding if you are doing a combined procedure involving the breasts at the same time.

Do you do lipo with the tummy tuck?

Combining a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty with liposuction is a common practice in plastic surgery, and the combination may be beneficial for certain patients who have stubborn, localized pockets of fat that are difficult to address with just a tummy tuck.

Do you have to be at a certain BMI before you’ll do a tummy tuck?

Ideally, you’d have a BMI of 30 or less prior to getting a tummy tuck. That said, a tummy tuck on a patient with a BMI of up to 35 is possible if a patient is otherwise healthy, doesn’t plan on changing their weight, and most importantly, is medically cleared for surgery. 

If I have diabetes can I get a tummy tuck?

Yes, it is possible to undergo a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) if you have well-controlled diabetes, but there are some important considerations to take into account, such as stable and good control of blood sugar levels, and medical clearance from your primary care physician or endocrinologist. 

Your surgeon and medical team will discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure with you and ensure that you have realistic expectations about the outcome of the tummy tuck surgery and the risks involved.

Following your surgery, you may require special postoperative care and monitoring, particularly regarding wound healing and infection prevention. Your surgeon and her team will provide specific instructions tailored to your needs to help facilitate a smooth recovery.

What if I am prone to keloids, what will my scar look like?

If you are prone to keloid formation and you undergo a tummy tuck procedure, or any surgery, there is a risk that the resulting scar may become keloid. Dr. Patel will assess your risk and view the other scars you have, and tailor or adjust her surgical plans accordingly. 

She will also recommend proactive measures to help prevent or minimize the risk of keloid formation, and also scar management therapies after surgery to make sure we are doing what we can to give you the best scar possible. The appearance of a keloid scar following a tummy tuck can vary depending on factors such as your skin type, genetics, and the extent of the keloid formation. 

It’s important to note that not everyone who undergoes a tummy tuck will develop keloid scars, even if they are prone to keloid formation. However, if you have a history of keloids or are at increased risk of developing them, it’s essential to discuss this with Dr. Patel before undergoing your tummy tuck procedure.

Ready to learn more about a tummy tuck? Book an appointment with Dr. Anita Patel, considered one of the best plastic surgeons in Beverly Hills.

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