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Planning Your Tummy Tuck Surgery

Tummy Tuck—sometimes referred to as an abdominoplasty—is a cosmetic surgical procedure that creates a significantly slimmer, tighter stomach profile. By removing excess skin, fat, and tissue while tightening your abdominal wall muscles, Dr. Sayed can transform your stomach in just a few hours. While patients love this procedure and its impressive results, a tummy tuck requires considerable financial and time commitment.

To see the best results, you’ll need to plan ahead and carefully follow every step of the post-op recovery process. While this might sound daunting, you’re not alone. Dr. Sayed and our entire team are here to help you at every stage of your journey. Dr. Sayed has worked with patients of all ages and genders and has extensive experience performing this nuanced surgery. If you ever have a question, chances are he’s heard it before. There is no detail too small or concern too mundane.

We’ll provide you with all the knowledge and tips to ensure a safe and speedy recovery. Generally, we recommend patients take about six months to plan for their tummy tuck. Below, we’ve broken down each stage of the planning process to give you a full picture of what to expect. That said, every tummy tuck is custom-built to suit your aesthetic goals, lifestyle, and anatomy.

As such, no two surgeries will be identical. In some instances, a patient might need less (or more) than six months to prepare. More information will only help, but please note that the only way to determine what’s best for you is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Sayed.

Four to Six Months Prior to Surgery

During this initial planning period, it’s up to you to get your body and mind ready for surgery—and life afterward. Though a tummy tuck will transform your body, it’s up to you to maintain results. It’s critical to begin making holistic, healthy lifestyle choices.

These include maintaining a nutritionally rich and balanced diet, regular exercise, adequate hydration, and stress management. Focus on incorporating more fresh fruits and vegetables into your daily meals and drinking water throughout the day. These habits will provide your body with the nutrients and vitamins it needs to heal as fast as possible and stay trim post-tummy tuck.

If you’re a tobacco smoker, you should also begin the process of quitting. Dr. Sayed recommends limiting how much alcohol you drink from this point on, as well. As both tobacco and alcohol consumption play a significant part in your body’s ability to heal and fight infections, these are incredibly important considerations to keep in mind.

Now is also the time to begin researching and determining prospective doctors. Many top surgeons book three to four months ahead, so getting an early start on scheduling consultations can only help make the process easier for you and your doctor.

It’s essential to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with work you’ve seen and trust. During your initial consultation, be sure your doctor provides plenty of before and after pictures to give you a clear idea of what to expect and if they’re the right fit for you.

Four Months Pre-Tummy Tuck

By now, your fitness routine should be locked in, and you should ideally be quite close (or at) your ideal weight. As we’ve mentioned, maintaining a healthy body weight post-tummy tuck is the key to upkeeping lifelong results. And by starting ahead of time, you’ll ensure you have the skills and practice to make this possible.

It’s best to conduct your consultations at this stage and decide which doctor suits your needs best. These meetings are the perfect time to ask any questions you have. Once you’ve determined who’s best, you’ll work together with your board-certified cosmetic surgeon to build a unique treatment plan.

At this point, we provide our clients with a full picture of what to expect throughout the pre and post-op periods to ensure you have ample time to prepare.

Three Months Pre-Tummy Tuck

Once you’ve reached the three-month mark, you should have found a surgeon and chosen your surgery dates. It’s then time to begin setting up your recovery plan; schedule time off work, figure out childcare and pet accommodations, and build your post-op home support network.

Dr. Sayed will provide you with an in-depth list of everything you’ll need to take care of. For tobacco product users, you’ll need to quit altogether at the three-month point. It’s time to get excited about your new tighter tummy!

One Month Pre-Tummy Tuck

During these final weeks before your abdominoplasty, it’s vital to go over your plans for the big day and recovery. Purchase any supplies you’ll need (we’ll make sure you have everything), and start to craft your recovery environment. Staying cozy and comfy is a significant part of making your recovery as easy as possible.

We recommend patients purchase:

  • Firm pillows for elevated sleeping
  • Gauze pads
  • Loose, comfortable clothing
  • Underwear that’s easy to remove
  • OTC pain medication and ice packs
  • Prescribed compression garments (if necessary)

Meal prepping at this stage can be a huge help, as well. Taking the stress out of figuring out what to eat during recovery will make everything easier. Plus, by preparing your meals ahead of time, you’ll help to ensure you maintain healthy eating habits as your body heals.
In the last few days before surgery, you should be checking off all your pre-op checklist items. Also be sure to wear comfy clothes on surgery day. Dr. Sayed will meet with you day-of to check-in and make sure all your last-minute questions are answered.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you want to learn more about a tummy tuck with Dr. Sayed, your next step is to schedule a consultation. We are currently offering both in-person and virtual consultations to ensure the safety of our patients. Get in touch with our La Jolla or Newport Beach, CA, offices by giving us a call at 858-247-2933 or contacting us online today.

How Pregnancy Affects a Tummy Tuck

Many of our tummy tuck patients are recent mothers, as pregnancy has a special knack for leaving behind loose skin, excess fat, and sometimes even splayed abdominal muscles. When possible, Dr. Sayed recommends all his patients wait to get their tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) until after they’ve finished building their family.

With that said, tummy tucks don’t change your ability to get pregnant or have a healthy child. Having an abdominoplasty won’t affect your fertility or cause any medical issues during pregnancy or childbirth. But, that doesn’t mean pregnancy won’t have an effect on the aesthetic results of your procedure.

Below, we’ll go into detail about exactly how pregnancy post-tummy tuck looks, figuring out the right time for a pregnancy, and why Dr. Sayed recommends waiting until after you’re done having children to receive this groundbreaking procedure.

The Right Time for a Tummy Tuck

Having a baby changes so much about your life and body. Aside from the emotional growth, life-altering love, and plain magic of creating a life, your body’s natural changes can make even the strictest diets and exercise routines feel futile. Pregnancy’s stretching of the body can also often lead to a condition called diastasis, which is the technical term for the rectus abdominis muscles separating. Abdominoplasty surgery removes loose and excess skin while tightening the abdominal wall and is a perfect solution to get your pre-body baby back in a single operation.

So why wait until after you’ve had all your kids to get a tummy tuck? Any significant amount of weight fluctuation can affect tummy tuck results in unpredictable ways. With pregnancy, not only will you experience rapid weight gain, but the stretching of the skin a second time can also lead to unwanted cosmetic results, especially after you lose your baby weight.

Of course, every body is unique and responds differently to pregnancy after a tummy tuck. If you plan on getting pregnant in the future, be sure to talk with Dr. Sayed to learn about all the options available to provide sculpting and fat removal. That way, we can determine a safe and effective treatment plan to provide ideal results.

The Benefits of Waiting

Aside from avoiding skin stretching and weight fluctuation, postponing your tummy tuck offers some other benefits as well. One of the most convenient is combining your abdominoplasty with a sterilization procedure like tubal ligation. If you combine these procedures, you’ll only need to deal with one operation and a single recovery period. Dr. Sayed can also employ several techniques to specifically target the reduction of stretch marks and C-section scarring caused by pregnancy.

Dr. Sayed understands life is unpredictable, and things change. Sometimes, that includes deciding to become pregnant after a tummy tuck. If you find yourself in this position, be sure to talk with Dr. Sayed to chart the best path forward and answer any of your questions.

Generally, if you become pregnant post-tummy tuck, you may not “show” as early as an average pregnancy. This phenomenon is usually due to the tightened abdominal muscles and skin and should not cause any medical concern. There is no evidence that getting pregnant after a tummy tuck poses any risk to the health of you or your baby.

How Soon Is Too Soon?

Often our patients ask Dr. Sayed if he can perform a tummy tuck at the same time as their C-section. The answer, unfortunately, is no. In the initial period after your pregnancy, the body needs time to heal before you can have a successful tummy tuck. Why? Immediately after delivering a baby, the uterus is still larger than normal, which can prevent Dr. Sayed from optimally tightening your abdominal muscles and removing skin. Further, most women need a few months to return to their ideal body weight to maximize their results.

Finally, tummy tuck patients need to avoid lifting any heavy objects for a few weeks following the procedure, which can be particularly difficult with a newborn in the home. Giving yourself the necessary time to fully heal and recover ensures Dr. Sayed can provide the results you want.

Schedule a Consultation

Deciding to get a tummy tuck after pregnancy is a significant decision. Our entire team is here to help you feel confident in your choice and answer any of your questions and concerns.

If you think a tummy tuck could be right for you, the next step is to schedule an in-person consultation at our San Diego, CA, offices. To get in touch, give us a call at 858-24SAYED or contact us online today.

Can a Tummy Tuck Give You Abs?

Patients interested in a tummy tuck often wish for an ideal midsection, one that is toned, lean, and displays visible muscle. But will a tummy tuck give you these results on its own? For patients who have experienced muscle separation after significant weight loss and pregnancy, a tummy tuck is necessary to get them much closer to their goal. Read our infographic below for more information!

If you are interested in a tummy tuck, contact us to schedule a consultation today.

What is the Recovery Process After Your Tummy Tuck?

For many women, abdominoplasty helps them regain a beautiful, feminine figure. While the treatment itself is critical, recovery makes up an essential part of the overall process. If you don’t recover correctly or safely, you may not enjoy the full potential of your treatment.

When you have an abdominoplasty completed by our San Diego plastic surgeon, this is the process you can expect for recovery:

Immediately After Surgery

Once the procedure is over, you’ll spend a few hours in the postoperative suite as we monitor your vitals. We’ll keep an eye out for blood clotting and other common side effects that may compromise the healing process.

You’ll be discharged in the care of a friend or family member and sent home with a set of post-procedure instructions. In the first 24 hours after surgery, you may get a few phone calls from our staff checking in, and we’ll provide an on-call number for you to reach our team or Dr. Sayed in case of emergency.

Having someone to help you maneuver around your home the first few days following your abdominoplasty is especially important. The pain medication you’ll receive can make you dizzy, which makes basic tasks more difficult than usual. Having an extra pair of helping hands will ensure you can concentrate on rest and recovery.

1 Week after Surgery

The first weeks after surgery are the most challenging. Patients often find that they are slightly stooped and that their skin feels tight. While we don’t recommend strenuous physical activity, Dr. Sayed strongly suggests walking around your home a little bit every day, starting the day you return home. This light activity helps stimulate circulation and eases the soreness that often accompanies this treatment. Beyond walking around your home, we strongly recommend patients take at least two weeks off from work and put their social calendars on hold for the first month after treatment.

As with any surgery, patients may experience physical discomforts, such as abdominal pain, cramping, nausea, and back discomfort. These side effects are completely normal, and our plastic surgeon can provide you and your caregiver with suggestions for alleviating your discomfort without compromising your recovery.

About a week following your appointment, you’ll visit our San Diego or Newport Beach offices for a follow-up appointment. During this visit, we’ll check on the incision site and remove any stitches that have not yet dissolved.  We may take out the surgical drains at this time as well, depending on how the healing progresses.

Post-Abdominoplasty Four Weeks and Beyond

Between weeks four and six in your recovery process, you’ll start to notice post-surgical bruising and swelling begin to subside. To continue healing safely, you’ll keep wearing a compression garment around the treated area. This helps the newly positioned abdominal tissues adapt to their contours while controlling swelling. Although you may still experience some discomfort, sudden pains will become less frequent.

Depending on how you’re healing, Dr. Sayed may give you the go-ahead to resume an exercise plan. However, we recommend taking it slow to protect a healing abdomen and muscles that haven’t been stretched strenuously for several months.  Walks and light cardio are great ways to get back into an exercise routine as your body continues to adjust to its new figure.

Successful Recovery is Unique

Every patient has a unique abdominoplasty experience. While some heal entirely within three to four months, others may take longer. As a result, our San Diego plastic surgeon takes great care to create individualized treatment and recovery plans for every patient. Doing so allows Dr. Sayed not only to provide excellent care but also ensure that our patients enjoy the results of abdominoplasty for years to come. To learn more about this procedure, contact our locations in San Diego or Newport Beach today and schedule a consultation.

 

Consultation to Poolside: A Tummy Tuck Timeline

Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery, is one of the most popular procedures chosen by men and women every year. With its ability to sculpt and contour the abdomen, this transformative surgery is especially popular for those who want to get a tight, toned tummy just in time for summer.

When considering tummy tuck surgery, it’s important to know what to expect so you can plan accordingly. This helpful guide discusses everything you’ll need to know about the entire process – from your initial consultation to flaunting your new shape at the poolside.

Tummy Tuck Timeline: Your Personal Guide

Week 1: Consultation

Scheduling a consultation will be your first step. This meeting will allow you to have any questions or concerns addressed in detail by a plastic surgeon. Your candidacy for the procedure will be evaluated, and the surgeon will let you know which surgical approach would best meet your goals. Patients seeking this procedure typically have the following cosmetic concerns:

  • Sagging abdominal skin
  • Stubborn abdominal fat that does not respond to diet or exercise
  • Over-stretched abdominal muscles, usually caused by pregnancy

If you decide to take the next step, you will be provided with a customized treatment plan. The surgery is typically scheduled out 2-3 weeks from your consultation, but this can vary.

Week 3-4: Prep and Surgery

Before your surgery date, you may be required to undergo routine lab tests or obtain a medical evaluation. You might also have some pre-operative guidelines to follow, including minor dietary adjustments and taking or avoiding certain medications.

On the day of surgery, you can expect the procedure to take around 2-3 hours to complete, but this all depends on the extent of treatment needed. Some patients may only require 90 minutes, while others may need up to 4 hours to complete the procedure.

During the procedure, your surgeon will make an incision along the lower abdomen. The length of the incision will vary depending on your cosmetic goals and the amount of excess tissue present. Excess tissue will then be removed, and the abdominal wall and muscles will be tightened. Sometimes the procedure is also performed with liposuction to produce an ideally sculpted look.

Week 5-6: Beginning of Recovery

In the beginning of the recovery period, it’s common for patients to experience abdominal pain, bruising, and swelling. It’s also common for patients to walk in a slightly bent-over position for the first week or two after surgery. This is because the body needs to adjust to the tightened muscles.

For an optimal outcome, this part of your recovery should be spent resting, and you will be asked to wear a surgical compression garment to reduce swelling. This should be worn for about 3 months for best results. It’s best to take 2-3 weeks off from work, and you should also avoid driving during this time.

If any drains were placed after the procedure, they will be removed by your surgeon about 10-14 days after surgery. Most sutures used in tummy tuck surgery are dissolvable, but you may need to return to your surgeon’s office to have certain sutures removed at around 2-3 weeks after surgery.

Week 7-8: Getting Back to Normal

By this point, you will be past the peak of your recovery and back to some of your regular activities, including work. You can also start incorporating light fitness into your daily routine at around 4 weeks after surgery. Strenuous exercise can usually be resumed about 6 -7 weeks after surgery. You should still be wearing your compression garment as much as possible during this time.

Week 9-10: Enjoy Your Results!

At this point, you will be about 6 weeks post-op. That means you’ll be able to resume your regular exercise routine – and you’ll also be ready to flaunt your new shape! Most of your swelling should resolve by this point, but it’s still recommended that patients wear their compression garment as much as possible until around 3 months after surgery.

Overall, abdominoplasty is an effective way of restoring a fit, youthful appearance for those with excess skin and exercise-resistant fat on the abdomen. Ready to take the next step? Contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tim Sayed to schedule your personal consultation today. Dr. Sayed serves both the Newport Beach and San Diego areas, and he would be happy to discuss your full range of surgical options.

 

 

A Partial Abdominoplasty May be All You Need to Improve the Contours of your Body

Tone of the most popular plastic surgery procedures is the tummy tuck. Also known as an abdominoplasty, the tummy tuck is a great procedure because it helps to correct the excess flab along the mid-region and provides perfectly sculpted contours.

There are a number of different tummy tuck techniques available and your surgeon will assess your body to determine which one suits you the best. While some people my need a more extensive procedure, those with minor excess fat around the mid-region may opt for a mini tummy tuck.

Partial Abdominoplasty

A partial abdominoplasty is a minor version of the traditional abdominoplasty procedure. It involves a smaller incision and a shorter recovery period. The ideal candidates for the procedure are:

• Patients who don’t have too much belly fat or sagging skin in the abdominal region.
• Patients who are in good general health and don’t have any underlying health conditions such as heart issues or infections.
• Patients who are relatively fit, but have problems getting rid of stubborn fat.
• Patients who are within their ideal weight range and are able to maintain a stable weight.

Once your surgeon examines your body, he will determine if you’ll make a suitable candidate and create a customized plan for your needs.

Benefits of Choosing a Partial Abdominoplasty

• A partial abdominoplasty is less intensive than the traditional technique and requires less downtime.
• The incision made during a partial abdominoplasty will be smaller than the one made during a traditional abdominoplasty. Smaller incisions mean smaller risks. It also means less noticeable post-surgical marks.
• During the partial abdominoplasty, the belly button will not be repositioned. The area below the belly button will be corrected without the need for pulling or pushing the belly button.
• This surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure and patients can return home soon after it is completed.
• A few days after the procedure, patients can return to their normal daily routines save for more strenuous treatments.
• Suitable candidates with low abdominal fat notice visible results immediately. They appear natural and the contours of your body will look more toned and flat.

Recovering From A Partial Abdominoplasty – What To Expect After The Surgery

It takes a comparatively shorter amount of time to recover from a partial abdominoplasty than with a traditional abdominoplasty. In most cases, one to two weeks is all it takes to fully recover after the surgery. There might be slight discomfort surrounding the incision area. It will subside in time or be addressed with medication.

When a qualified surgeon is used, if the surgeon has a lot of experience in performing partial abdominoplasty you would be able to obtain visible results that last long. For those who wish to obtain flat abdomen but hesitate to risk with a lengthy intensive surgery, this one comes as a relief.

Contact Our Office

Want to learn more about the partial abdominoplasty? Contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tim Sayed, a double-board certified plastic surgeon, and begin your journey to the body you desire.