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Tummy Tuck
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Tummy Tuck is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat of the central and lower abdomen for optimal contouring.  It also involves tightening of the abdominal muscles for a flatter contour and liposuction of the love handles (flanks) for a thinner, hourglass waistline.

Today’s society places strong emphasis on a slender, youthful appearance of the abdomen. This is especially true in the warm and sunny climate of Southern California, where fashion trends often focus on the midriff area. This poses a particular problem for women who, after childbirth or significant weight loss, have a flabby, stretched-out abdomen and highly visible stretch marks. The effects of pregnancy and extreme weight loss on a woman’s body can be devastating.  It can cause excess overhanging skin and fat, extensive stretch marks, looseness of the abdominal muscles, and stretching or protrusion of the belly button.  Because the abdominal skin has lost its elasticity, it cannot return to its original state. No matter how often these women exercise, how carefully they follow weight loss programs, or how routinely they apply commercial creams and lotions, the redundant skin never goes away.
Dr. Luu Doan is a great surgeon. He is very straight forward, and explains everything to the T. He did my breast augmentation about 5 yrs ago. I loved the results.  I went back yesterday for my tummy tuck. Everyone was very courteous and helpful. They made me feel calm and relaxed when the nerves started kicking in. I totally recommend him. I have sent 5 friends of mine to him and I'm so happy to say that they where all very satisfied.
Ada C.
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The Tummy Tuck Surgery
The Tummy Tuck surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia in our medicare-accredited, state-of-the-art Newport Coast Surgical Center.  The operation takes approximately 1 ½  to 2 hours and the patient is monitored by an anesthesiologist throughout the procedure.
The Tummy Tuck surgery is performed as an outpatient The Tummy Tuck procedure involves an incision that goes across the lower abdomen from hip bone to hip bone in most cases (A).  The incision is taken below any existing c-section or hysterectomy scar.  The length of the incision is determined by the amount of excess, overhanging skin that needs to be removed. The upper abdominal skin is elevated and the underlying abdominal muscles tightened with sutures (B).  The skin is pulled downwards and the excess skin is removed (C).  The remaining skin is sutured across the lower abdomen (D).  A new umbilicus is reconstructed using the existing umbilicus.  Liposuction is then performed in the flanks to better contour the waistline.    Drainage tubes are placed through the lateral incision to drain excess blood and fluid for 7 to 10 days before being removed in the office.

Only a thorough and candid discussion between you and Dr. Doan can determine the best options for you.  Doctor Doan will discuss with you in detail every step of the procedure and he will review with you the possible complications of the operation. under general anesthesia in our medicare-accredited, state-of-the-art Newport Coast Surgical Center.
Recovery From Tummy Tuck Surgery
You will likely feel achy pain in your abdomen for several days after the surgery.  You should be up and about the next day to prevent blood clots from developing in the veins of the legs.  You will likely be walking a little hunched over for about a week due to the tightening of the abdominal muscles.  You will be prescribed medication to control the pain, nausea, and possible abdominal muscle spasms.  You will also be prescribed antibiotic pills to prevent infection.  You will need to wear an abdominal girdle for six weeks after the surgery.  The sutures are absorbable and do not need to be removed.  The drainage tubes will be removed at 7 to 10 days after surgery.  Most women will be able to return to work in two weeks and will be able to return to their normal exercise routine by six weeks. Complete healing with resolution of the swelling takes 3 to 4 months.  The scar requires 12 to 18 months to fade, flatten, and soften.  Doctor Doan and his staff will guide you through the entire recovery period to make sure that it is as smooth as possible.
Complications of Tummy Tuck Surgery
If you are a healthy candidate with no pre-existing disorders or diseases which may inhibit healing, the general risks of Tummy Tuck surgery are very low.  However, since it is indeed surgery, there are inherent risks you must consider before choosing to undergo a procedure such as this.  Potential complications associated with Tummy Tuck surgery may include the following:

Infections, although rare can happen when bacteria such as Staph, which naturally lives on your skin, can enter inside the incision by tracking along the drainage tubes. Washing your entire torso with an anti-bacterial soap like Dial for several days leading up to your surgery can reduce the amount of Staph on your skin. Infections can also develop during surgery from unsterile equipment used by the surgeon. Infections can also result from the introduction of bacteria post-operatively through improper dressing changes, bathing, or swimming in water which contains bacteria before the incision is sufficiently closed.

Hematoma (internal bleeding) shows up as excessive swelling on one side of the abdomen which is hard, the skin is tense, and very tender to touch.  Severe cases require a reoperation to drain the blood.

Seroma (fluid build up which may require aspiration) is possible, especially when the drainage tubes are removed too early in larger patients.  Seromas can also develop when patients are too active shortly after surgery.

Tissue Necrosis:  Necrosis can happen when the tissue loses its blood supply. Your chances of necrosis increase if you smoke which decreases circulation to the skin.  Necrosis can also result from excessive skin removal and overstretching of the abdominal skin during the skin closure. It may also result from applying the binder too tightly right after surgery.

Wound Opening:  This can occur due to tension on the incision, exaggerated movement or trauma early after surgery, infection, or from excessive skin removal and overstretching of the abdominal skin during the skin closure.

Loss of Skin Sensation:  Lack of sensation can be problematic, although usually temporary.  You will get back most sensation from the waist up.  Unfortunately this can be a permanent problem in some cases, especially along the scar. It is a complication the patient must be aware of before undergoing a tummy tuck.

Keloid and Hypertrophic Scars:  This is usually hereditary and is based on your genetic potential for healing. This is when the scar tissue forms outside the edges of the incision. It can result in thick, elevated, and wide scars. A scar revision may be attempted to improve the appearance of the scar.

Asymmetry of the scar, one side may appear higher, or wider than the other. The scar edges may appear jagged or may seem darker than you had expected. This should fade with time, but may require a scar revision to improve the scar.
Before and After
Patient #1 (Petite Size): This is a 30 y.o. Afro-American female with two children who complained of loose skin in her abdomen, loose abdominal muscles and excess fat in the love handles.  Diet and exercise has not helped much to tighten her waistline.  She underwent tummy tuck with tightening of the abdominal muscles and liposuction of the love handles.  She dropped several dress sizes and fits more comfortably in her jeans.
Patient #2 (Petite Size): This is a 32 y.o. Hispanic female with 3 children who complained of flabby, wrinkly skin and stretch marks on her abdomen.  She enquired about liposuction but realized that it would not tighten her skin or remove some of her stretch marks.  She chose to undergo tummy tuck with tightening of the abdominal muscles and liposuction of the love handles.  She is now very pleased with her flatter tummy, tighter skin, and less noticeable stretch marks.
Patient #3 (Petite Size): This is a 25 y.o. Hispanic female who had one child at an early age and complained of excess fat in the abdomen with loose skin.  She tried diet and a personal trainer but had very little success after 9 months.  She chose to undergo tummy tuck with tightening of the abdominal muscles and liposuction of the love handles.  She is now very pleased with her flatter tummy and tighter skin.
Patient #4 (Petite Size): This is a 34 y.o. Hispanic female with 3 children who complained of excess, flabby skin of the abdomen.  She is embarrassed to wear a swimsuit on vacation.  She underwent tummy tuck with tightening of the loose muscles.  She is now pleased that she can show off her flat tummy in a bathing suit.
Patient #5 (Petite Size): This is a 28 y.o. Asian mother of 2 children who complained of loose skin and loose abdominal muscles causing an embarrassing pooch.  She looked good in clothing with a girdle but couldn’t stand looking at her tummy in the mirror when she stepped out of the shower.  She underwent tummy tuck with tightening of the loose muscles.  She is now pleased with the firmness of her tummy.
Patient #1 (Medium Size): This is a 34 y.o. Caucasian female who has had 4 children and complains of excess, loose skin of the abdomen and excess fat.  She wanted a slimmer waistline without having to wear compression garments.  She underwent tummy tuck with tightening of the loose muscles and liposuction of the love handles.  She is now pleased with her new flatter tummy.
Patient #2 (Medium Size): This is a 35 y.o. Hispanic female who had twins which left her with extreme overhanging skin and stretch marks.  She had to wear very loose clothing to hide her tummy.  She underwent tummy tuck with tightening of the loose muscles and liposuction of the love handles.  She is now pleased with the tightness of her tummy which has allowed her to wear tighter clothing.
Patient #3 (Medium Size): This is a 36 y.o. Caucasian female with loose skin, stretch marks, and very loose abdominal muscles.  She thought she might be able to get away with just liposuction but realized that she would be left with loose skin and loose muscles.  She underwent tummy tuck with tightening of the loose muscles and liposuction of the love handles.  She is now pleased with the tightness of her tummy.
Patient #4 (Medium Size): This is a 31 y.o. Caucasian female with three children and is very unhappy with her stretch marks.  She has been taking gym classes 4 days a week but cannot tighten her tummy muscles or loose skin.  She also cannot get rid of the love handles which give her a boxy shape in the hips.  She underwent tummy tuck with tightening of the loose muscles and liposuction of the love handles.  She is now ecstatic about her slimmer waistline and much less noticeable stretch marks.
Patient #5 (Medium Size): This is a 36 y.o. Afro-American female with two children who complains that she has loose skin in her lower tummy and no curves in her waistline.  She underwent tummy tuck with tightening of the loose muscles and liposuction of the love handles.  She is now thrilled about her tighter tummy and her curvy waistline.
Patient #1 (Large Size): This is a 45 y.o. Afro-American female with two children who complained of uncomfortable skin rolls in her tummy when she would sit or bend over.  She underwent tummy tuck with tightening of the loose muscles and liposuction of the love handles.  She is now thrilled about her tighter tummy and the disappearance of the skin rolls.
Patient #2 (Large Size): This is a 47 y.o. Caucasian female with multiple children who had put on extra pounds after each pregnancy and was unable to lose any of it with dieting, exercise, or weight loss pills.  She made the bold step to get a tummy tuck to remove excess skin and fat and to tighten loose muscles.  She couldn’t believe her results and said she would do it all over again.
Patient #3 (Large Size): This is a 32 y.o. Afro-American female with three children who complained of overhanging lower tummy skin and fat.  She was very dissatisfied with her appearance and found herself being less sociable to hide her embarrassment.  She underwent a tummy tuck with tightening of the loose abdominal muscles and liposuction of the love handles.  She now goes out more than she ever has and her friends think her flat tummy is from diet and exercise.
Patient #4 (Large Size): This is a 28 y.o. Hispanic female with the typical apple-shape abdomen.  She has always carried her weight in her tummy and couldn’t exercise because of the abdominal rolls which get in the way. She underwent a tummy tuck with tightening of the loose abdominal muscles and liposuction of the love handles.  Her tighter and thinner waistline has now motivated her to get a personal trainer and to go to the gym five days a week to maintain her new body.
Patient #5 (Large Size): This is 35 y.o. Hispanic female who complained that she had tried everything but still could not get rid of the “flab” in her tummy.  Her husband no longer found her attractive which had made her feel more depressed.  She underwent a tummy tuck with tightening of the loose muscles and liposuction of the love handles.  She now feels like a new woman which has rekindled her marriage.
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