Tummy Tuck

Your abdomen and tummy area can go through significant changes throughout your life. In many cases, these changes can leave you dissatisfied with the shape and appearance of your abdominal area. Even more frustrating is that diet and exercise alone might not be enough to restore your abdomen to a tighter appearance. If this sounds like you, a tummy tuck may be the perfect option for you. Dr. Gabbay’s procedures remove the surplus fat and tighten the muscles along the abdominal wall. The results provide the appearance of a flatter, smoother stomach.

The abdomen is an area of the body where fat easily accumulates in both women and men. Skin laxity in the abdominal region can come about from several factors, including:
  • Natural aging process
  • Sun exposure
  • Environmental factors
  • Gravity
  • Repetitive motions (squinting or raising your eyebrows)

All these factors contribute to the appearance of a flabby stomach. In many cases, no amount of exercise or dieting will resolve this problem. But an abdominoplasty can help you get back a tighter abdomen with a single surgery.

Before & Afters

Patient 03 3/4th Right Side View Tummy Tuck Before and After Gabbay Plastic Surgery
Patient 04 Front View Tummy Tuck Before and After Gabbay Plastic Surgery

What Can a Tummy Tuck Do?

Some of the specific results patients see after a tummy tuck include:
  • Removal of excess skin
  • Tightened muscles
  • Removal of stubborn pockets of abdominal fat
  • Reshaped abdomen
  • Defined waist
  • Flattened belly

We offer the latest in advanced technology to remove excess fat or skin from the abdomen. In some cases, you may achieve optimal results when combining a tuck with liposuction for total abdominal rejuvenation. Dr. Gabbay’s skillful precision and years of experience ensure that his patients will find a boost in self-confidence and excitement about their appearance.

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Different Types of Abdominoplasty

We provide many options and choices for you when considering an abdominoplasty. During your consultation, Dr. Gabbay will help you find the one that best suits your goals.

Full Tummy Tuck

A full tummy tuck procedure can deliver the most significant results. It involves a horizontal incision in the area between the pubic hairline and the navel. Dr. Gabby then repairs any weakened muscles while removing excess fat and tissue.
This procedure is best for patients with lax muscles or significant excess skin. Patients who have been pregnant or experienced substantial weight loss may benefit from this procedure the most.

A complete tuck can take 2 to 5 hours, depending on the extent of work required. Patients typically are fully anesthetized for this procedure to ensure comfort throughout.

Mini Tummy Tuck

The mini tummy tuck is for patients with a smaller amount of excess skin or fatty deposits. Although the recovery period is shorter, the mini-abdominoplasty procedure only treats the lower abdomen. It does not address or correct issues of the upper abdomen.

During a partial abdominoplasty, the technique Dr. Gabbay uses is similar to a full abdominoplasty but on a reduced scale. The abdominal skin is separated only between the incision line and the navel. This skin flap is stretched down, the excess is removed, and the flap is stitched back into place.

Standard Tuck Vs. Mini Tummy Tuck

A standard tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat from the abdominal regions below the belly button. A partial (mini) abdominoplasty tightens only the skin in the lower abdominal area (below the belly button).

The doctor typically performs abdominoplasty under general anesthesia. However, patients receiving an abbreviated abdominoplasty may elect to have only local anesthetic and (IV) sedation.

Endoscopic Abdominoplasty

An endoscopic abdominoplasty does not address the issue of loose abdominal. It is best suited for patients:

  • Relatively tight abdominal skin
  • Weakened muscles of the lower abdomen
  • Excess abdominal fat

An endoscopic abdominoplasty is performed with the help of a small camera attached to surgical instruments. Dr. Gabbay inserts these through a small incision. The abdominal muscles are tightened and sutured through the incision. He may also remove fat with liposuction at this point in the procedure.

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Recovery and Downtime

Following your surgery, your incisions are stitched closed and bandaged with a firm, elastic band to promote proper healing. Generally, a abdominoplasty is an outpatient procedure. So after 2-3 hours of rest in our recovery room, you will be free to return home. However, you will need someone to drive you home.

During your initial recovery, you will need someone to assist you for a few days. On your end, it will be vital to avoid any physical strain and instead focus on healing.
You will receive complete instructions on how to make sure your recovery goes smoothly. These include tips on how to best position yourself while sitting or lying down. You will also be given pain medication to help ease any discomfort. You may experience a degree of numbness in the abdominal area.
After surgery, you will have to limit strenuous physical activity for at least six weeks. The exact recovery period length will depend upon your body’s unique capacity to heal. Typically, most patients take up to one month off from work to ensure proper recovery.
Once you fully heal, you should see excellent results that will be with you for years! To ensure long-lasting results, it will be important to have a balanced diet and regular exercise.

Is an Abdominoplasty Right For You?

The best candidates for an abdominoplasty are patients who are in good overall health but are unhappy with stubborn fat. We do not recommend abdominoplasty for:

  • People who intend to lose a significant amount of weight
  • Men or women with unrealistic goals or expectations
  • Women who plan to become pregnant in the future
  • Individuals with scarring from previous abdominal surgery
The first step is to come in for your complimentary consultation. Dr. Gabbay will listen to your goals and help you decide on what procedures will best achieve them. He will provide complete information on our available procedures and answer any of your questions.

If Dr. Gabbay believes you are a good candidate, he will discuss your surgery in more detail. As with any surgical procedure, abdominoplasty does carry with it some degree of risk. Be open and honest when informing us about any past surgical procedures and current medications you are taking to increase the safety of the surgery.

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At Gabbay Plastic Surgery, our highly skilled Beverly Hills plastic surgery has everything you need to get the trim, toned contours you are looking for. To find out whether you would be a good candidate for a tummy tuck, call us today at (310) 205-9500!
Gabbay Plastic Surgery
465 N. Roxbury DriveSuite 1001
Beverly Hills, CA 90210