Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) in Los Angeles

What is Tummy Tuck

What is tummy tuck surgery?

Bariatric surgeries often provide amazing weight loss results. Unfortunately, your skin may become stretched before surgery, which may result in sagging or excess skin afterward. If you live in Los Angeles and want a smooth, flat stomach to match your new healthy body, a tummy tuck at Soma Bariatrics can help. The procedure removes excess skin and fat from your abdominal area, which tightens the muscles in your abdominal wall. As a result, your stomach becomes firmer and contouring is improved, leaving you with a leaner abdominal profile.  The tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, typically occurs once you have reached your optimal weight, generally around a year after your bariatric surgery. Tummy tuck surgery is also useful for:
  • Women who want to tighten up their stomachs post-baby
  • Those who have a genetic predisposition to sagging skin
While getting a tummy tuck for these reasons is considered cosmetic and would not be covered by insurance, for post-weight loss surgery patients, tummy tucks are typically covered at least in part by insurance.

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How does tummy tuck surgery work?

The tummy tuck surgery typically takes between two to three hours. Here’s what happens:
  • An incision is made between the hip bones, at about the level of pubic hair
  • Separated muscles are reattached and tightened with stitches
  • Excess fat, tissue and skin are also removed via liposuction
  • Because tissue near the navel area may have been removed, the navel will also be repositioned
The result is a flatter, tighter stomach.

How long is a tummy tuck surgery?

The length of your tummy tuck procedure will depend on how much skin needs to be removed, but the surgery can take anywhere from one to five hours. After the procedure, you may be required to stay at an aftercare facility overnight, where you’ll be safely monitored by the Soma Care Team before being discharged.

Is tummy tuck surgery safe?

As with any other surgery, having a tummy tuck does pose some risks. Complications are associated with certain risk factors, such as having combined procedures (i.e. more than one surgery at the same time), being aged 55 or older, or being overweight – which is why this procedure is typically performed after significant weight loss. Dr. Naim will spend time getting to know your needs, goals and unique health journey, ascertaining the risk and discussing any potential complications with you.

His specialized training and experience performing more than 2,000 bariatric surgeries in the Los Angeles area means that you’ll be in good hands.

After tummy tuck surgery

Expect some pain and swelling after a tummy tuck. The good news is, this discomfort is temporary and treatable with medication. Wearing the compression garment the doctor has given you will help reduce swelling.

Plan to take about one to two weeks off work because of soreness. After the surgery, you’ll need to modify physical activity for up to six weeks to ensure proper healing. As you recover, bruising and swelling will decrease, and your scars will improve.

Be patient with the healing process, and be proud of yourself! You’re improving your life and your body. If you have any questions or think something is “off,” don’t hesitate to call our Soma Bariatrics offices in Los Angeles.

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After Tummy Tuck on scale

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A tummy tuck helps make a bariatric surgery success more complete, since your abdomen will be able to reflect the healthy state the rest of your body is in.

At Soma Bariatrics, we want to make this surgery available to as many of our weight loss surgery patients as possible. Even if your insurance does not cover this surgery, we provide the most affordable cash packages for tummy tuck surgery in Los Angeles.

If you’d like to complete your weight loss transformation and feel more confident, contact one of our Los Angeles offices today for a free consultation.


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