Los Angeles
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Tummy Tuck in Los Angeles

Dr. Yaghoubian is a leading expert in Tummy Tuck procedures, dedicated to helping clients achieve their desired aesthetic goals. Whether it’s post-pregnancy changes or weight loss, a Tummy Tuck can sculpt and contour your abdomen, restoring confidence and rejuvenating your silhouette. With Dr. Yaghoubian’s personalized approach, each procedure is tailored to your unique needs, ensuring optimal results and a smooth recovery. Embrace a renewed sense of self and take the first step towards a more confident you with Dr. Yaghoubian’s compassionate care and expertise.

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What is a Tummy Tuck?

A Tummy Tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure aimed at improving the appearance of the abdomen by removing excess skin and fat, and tightening the underlying muscles. Dr. Yaghoubian customizes each Tummy Tuck procedure to address the individual concerns of her patients, ensuring a personalized approach that restores confidence and achieves optimal results. With her expertise and compassionate care, Dr. Yaghoubian guides her patients through a transformative journey towards reclaiming their desired silhouette and embracing a renewed sense of self-assurance.

What's Included in a Tummy Tuck?

Dr. Yaghoubian typically includes the following procedures in her Tummy Tuck:

Excess Skin Removal:

During a Tummy Tuck, the surgeon removes excess skin from the abdomen, which may be present due to factors such as weight loss, pregnancy, or aging.

Muscle Tightening:

The underlying abdominal muscles, which can become stretched or separated (diastasis recti) due to pregnancy or weight gain, are tightened and stitched together to create a firmer and more toned abdominal wall.

Fat Removal:

Liposuction is often performed alongside a Tummy Tuck to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat, further enhancing the contour of the abdomen and achieving a more sculpted appearance.

Skin Tightening:

After excess skin and fat are removed, the remaining skin is carefully redraped and tightened to create a smoother, flatter abdominal contour, resulting in a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

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Am I a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck:

Individuals who are generally in good health but struggle with excess abdominal skin, stubborn fat deposits, or weakened abdominal muscles may be suitable candidates for a Tummy Tuck. Common candidates include those who have undergone significant weight loss, experienced changes in abdominal appearance due to pregnancy, or noticed aging-related changes in the abdomen. It’s essential for candidates to have realistic expectations and a commitment to maintaining a stable weight and healthy lifestyle post-surgery. Consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Yaghoubian is crucial to determine candidacy and explore personalized treatment options.

What Are The Risks Of A Tummy Tuck?

Since a tummy tuck is an invasive surgery, there are a few risks to consider before deciding to move forward with the procedure. A possible side effect includes changes in skin sensation, which could result from the repositioning of abdominal muscles affecting nerves in the area. Other possible side effects include unanticipated scarring and difficulty with incision healing.

More severe risks include fatty tissue damage, which could require additional surgery or heal on its own. Fluid buildup beneath the skin is possible but can be removed through drainage tubes or syringes during recovery. As with all invasive surgeries, potential risks also include bleeding, infections, and adverse reactions to general anesthesia.

What Is The Recovery Time?:

After the surgery, you will have a large bandage on the abdominal area, and you may wish to wear a compression garment to keep the swelling down. One or more surgical drains may be necessary for a short while after the surgery. Dr. Yaghoubian will provide written post-op instructions on how to care for your incision and drains, what medications to use, and how to move more comfortably as you sit and lie down. Put any major activity or exercise on hold for at least six weeks.

Tummy Tuck FAQ:

The decision between a Tummy Tuck and liposuction depends on your specific concerns and goals. Liposuction is ideal for removing localized fat deposits, while a Tummy Tuck addresses excess skin, fat, and muscle laxity in the abdominal area. During a consultation, Dr. Yaghoubian will assess your individual anatomy and discuss the most suitable option to achieve your desired outcome.

A Tummy Tuck is not a weight-loss procedure but rather a body contouring surgery aimed at improving the appearance of the abdomen by removing excess skin and fat and tightening the underlying muscles. While some weight may be lost as a result of removing tissue, the primary goal is to achieve a more toned and contoured abdominal appearance rather than significant weight reduction.

Recovery time varies for each individual, but most patients can expect to return to light activities within a week or two after surgery. However, strenuous activities and heavy lifting should be avoided for at least four to six weeks to allow for proper healing. Dr. Yaghoubian will provide specific post-operative instructions tailored to your needs to ensure a safe and smooth recovery process.

While the results of a Tummy Tuck are long-lasting, factors such as aging, weight fluctuations, and pregnancy can affect the outcome over time. Some patients may choose to undergo revision surgery or additional procedures in the future to maintain or enhance their results. However, maintaining a stable weight and a healthy lifestyle can help prolong the results of your Tummy Tuck.

Yes, a Tummy Tuck can often be combined with other cosmetic procedures such as breast augmentation, breast lift, or liposuction to achieve comprehensive body contouring results. This approach, known as a “Mommy Makeover,” addresses multiple areas of concern in a single surgical session, minimizing downtime and recovery periods.

Meet the Surgeon

Dr. Arezou Yaghoubian is a triple board-certified plastic surgeon and hand surgery specialist known for her expertise in providing comprehensive plastic, reconstructive, and hand surgeries. She earned her medical degree from UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine and completed her residencies and fellowships at UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Yaghoubian is recognized for her excellence in surgery and commitment to advancing the field through research. She is fluent in English, Farsi, and Spanish and has a passion for global outreach, volunteering her skills to provide reconstructive surgery in underserved communities. Connect with Dr. Yaghoubian on Facebook to learn more about her practice and the services offered at AESTHETICA LA and the LA Hand Institute.