Tummy Tuck

Diamond Surgical Institute

Cosmetic Surgeon located in Encino, CA

If you were recently pregnant or lost a lot of weight, you may have excess skin or fat that droops over your belt and makes you look larger than you are. Even if neither of these applies to you, a tummy tuck from Dr. Roya Dardashti and the team at Diamond Surgical Institute in Encino, California, can reduce your belly’s size and make your body look tighter and more proportionate. Schedule your consultation for tummy tuck surgery by phone or with the online booking tool today.

Tummy Tuck Q & A

How does a tummy tuck surgery work?

The highly sought-after tummy tuck, also called an abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery that reduces the size of your abdomen and tightens the skin around it. The team at Diamond Surgical Institute uses two main methods of tummy tuck surgery to slim down your core:

Partial abdominoplasty

During a partial abdominoplasty or mini-abdominoplasty, your surgeon only removes fat below your belly button and makes small, inconspicuous incisions to do so. The entire procedure takes about two hours.

Complete abdominoplasty

A complete abdominoplasty is a bit more complex. Your surgeon makes a large incision between your hips low on your abdomen and tightens your skin and muscles. They also cut around your belly button to loosen it from your tissues. You can expect your belly button to move locations in the process.

Your surgeon may encourage you to combine your tummy tuck surgery with liposuction to remove fat in the area.  

What will I look like after a tummy tuck?

Following your tummy tuck, you have a flatter belly that looks tight and more in proportion to the rest of your body. You might even see fewer stretch marks as your surgeon can remove the skin displaying them during the surgery.

You won’t see the results right away. During a period of healing and recovery, you see some swelling in your abdomen. Your surgeon at Diamond Surgical Institute carefully places the incision during the surgery so that the scar is easy to hide. If you’ve had a C-section in the past, they do their best to incorporate the two scars together, so it looks like you only have one. 

Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

Before you undergo a tummy tuck, you must consult with your surgeon to decide if you’re a safe surgical candidate. You might be a good candidate for a tummy tuck if you:

  • Used to be obese
  • Were pregnant in the past
  • Don’t plan on a future pregnancy
  • Are at a stable weight
  • Don’t smoke
  • Are generally healthy

If losing substantial weight is your main goal, the team may encourage you to lose weight with exercise and a healthy diet before seeking surgery. A tummy tuck isn’t for weight loss; it helps tighten your skin and reduces only mild or moderate areas of fat.

Your doctor might recommend a tummy tuck if you’ve recently had a hernia. A tummy tuck by the skilled Diamond Surgical Institute team can help repair it, prevent future hernias, and is covered by insurance.

Call Diamond Surgical Institute or request a consultation online to discuss your tummy tuck with a surgeon today.