Few things feel better than maintaining a healthy diet and taking care to exercise regularly, but it’s not always possible to eliminate those frustrating pockets of stubborn fat or excess skin that just don’t respond to even the most responsible of lifestyle choices. If this sounds like your experience, Garrett Wirth, MD, MS, FACS can help you out with tummy tuck surgery in Newport Beach, a procedure that lets you have that toned, sculpted midsection you’ve been dreaming of.
Can I combine a tummy tuck with liposuction?
Liposuction is often an added procedure in a tummy tuck. Lipo is a very efficient way to remove excess fat on the abdomen and flanks, along with muscle tightening and removing excess skin to create the fit, slim look you envision.
How much does a tummy tuck cost?
A tummy tuck with liposuction included usually costs between $15,000-$18,000.
What kind of anesthesia is used?
You may undergo this surgery under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation with local anesthesia.
When can I return to work?
If you work at a fairly sedentary job, you can expect to return to work in about ten days to two weeks, although some people may require longer. The more surgical corrections that were performed, the longer it may take to completely heal.
When can I go back to my intense exercise program?
You will need to give yourself at least six weeks before returning to vigorous physical exercise, as these actions put stress on the recently tightened and repaired muscles.
How long do I need to wait to go back to yoga after a tummy tuck?
Yoga exercises can put stress on the repaired abdominal muscles. You do not want to cause problems for your newly sculpted abdomen, so you must not return to yoga or any other exercise that puts stress on the lower abdomen until you are given the okay by Garrett Wirth, MD, MS, FACS. Generally, this will be in about six weeks.
Can I drive home after surgery?
You will need to arrange for someone else to drive you home. You will not be able to drive until you are off pain medication and a full range of motion has been restored.
Where will my scar be?
The incisions are placed carefully so they are hidden from view, even in low-cut bikini bottoms. The scar will run from hip to hip and around the belly button. These scars will fade with time and are not generally very noticeable once fully healed.
What will happen to my belly button in a tummy tuck?
If the corrections are extensive with much skin, tissue, and fat removed, it will be necessary to move the belly button structure as part of your surgery. It will be placed appropriately in relation to the entire abdomen.