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Sagging abdominal skin and bulky belly fat are conditions that frequently occur after pregnancy or aging and can be difficult to combat through dieting and exercise alone. Abdominoplasty offers patients relief through surgical rejuvenation of the lower body. After a tummy tuck, clients typically experience improved stamina and energy and can enjoy a wider range of wardrobe options. 

Cosmetic surgery with Dr. Anthony can help you get the body you’ve been dreaming of. We invite you to call our office for more information or to schedule a consultation for a tummy tuck at our San Francisco location.

What is tummy tuck surgery?

A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a strategic body sculpting procedure to help remove drooping skin, refine the lower body contours, and tighten and tone the midsection muscles. It can be performed on its own or in combination with liposuction to help eradicate stubborn fat. Abdominoplasty is often one of the main components in a mommy makeover procedure performed to rejuvenate the figure after pregnancy.

How is a tummy tuck performed?

A tummy tuck in San Francisco is performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Anthony works to customize every operation according to the individual's current condition and aesthetic desires, choosing the best approach from among his world-class techniques.

For a full tummy tuck, the incision is typically made stretching from hip to hip with the scar well-hidden within the bikini line. With a mini tuck, the scar is shorter. Dr. Anthony may employ the use of liposuction to help trim stubborn fat and comprehensively sculpt the physique.

What are the different types of tummy tucks available?

Full Tummy Tuck

With this approach, Dr. Anthony will remove excess skin, tighten separated six-pack muscles, trim unwanted fat, reposition the belly button, and then redrape the belly skin for a flatter, more youthful midsection.

Mini Tummy Tuck

This procedure is an alternative for clients who only wish to contour the area below the navel. The client must have good skin elasticity overall and only mild to moderate stomach fat and muscle flaccidity. The belly button remains intact.

Extended Tummy Tuck

During this version of abdominoplasty, the hips, flanks, and lateral thighs are contoured in addition to the stomach. This is an excellent procedure to help restore normalcy to the figure after the patient has experienced massive weight loss.

What are the benefits of a tummy tuck?

  • Improves self-image and confidence
  • Removes excess skin and fat from the stomach
  • Produces a slimmer and more toned appearance
  • Strengthens the abdominal wall and your core abdominal muscles
  • Reduces back pain and expands your range and tolerance of exercises
  • May relieve the stress of urinary incontinence
  • Can potentially prevent hernias and reduce the odds of contracting certain medical conditions 
  • Enhances wardrobe choices
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Am I an ideal candidate for a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck in San Fransisco is ideal for anyone with loose or wrinkled abdominal skin in addition to pesky pockets of fat. It can help restore a toned, sculpted physique after pregnancy, massive weight loss, or aging.

The ideal candidate for a tummy tuck:

  • Is at a healthy, stable weight for their frame
  • Deals with irritating loose skin in the abdomen
  • Feels unsatisfied with persistent pockets of fat on and around the stomach
  • Has good skin laxity 
  • Has not found relief through dieting and exercise 
  • Is physically and mentally healthy
  • Is a non-smoker
  • Has realistic expectations for their results

    Note that tummy tuck surgery is not a substitute for weight loss. Instead, it focuses on loose skin. If you’re a woman interested in abdominoplasty, you should be finished having children to make sure your results are not compromised.

    Where will my surgery take place?

    Your procedure is performed at the state-of-the-art Vista Surgery Center, a fully AAAHC-accredited facility adjacent to Dr. Anthony’s office. From its cutting-edge technology and world-class equipment to its comfortable, chic aesthetic design, the Vista Surgery Center stands as a peaceful yet modern sanctuary where you can experience seamless, stress-free treatment. Overnight accommodations with concierge service, a dedicated caretaker, and convenient transportation can be arranged if needed.

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    What can I expect after my tummy tuck?

    After your abdominoplasty, you’ll be carefully examined and sent home wearing a compression garment to help minimize swelling. Standing upright and walking will be difficult for some time, so you’ll want to rest and take it easy for several days. Walking will become less painful as your abdominal muscles adjust and the incision heals.

    You can generally resume a normal routine within two weeks. Workouts can resume around six to eight weeks or earlier if you’re given permission by Dr. Anthony. You’ll feel some discomfort and tightness in your stomach, but this will dissipate as the healing process completes, leaving you feeling healthy, toned, and energized.

    I had my tummy tuck scar revision a month ago and have been very pleased with the outcome. The facilities and office staff were also very professional. I even had a follow-up phone call from the anesthesiologist to check on my progress which is a very nice touch. Highly recommended surgeon.

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    How much does a tummy tuck cost?

    Pricing for an abdominoplasty in San Fransisco will vary from client to client, based on the extent of the changes performed and on whether any other treatments are undergone in tandem. Costs usually include the surgeon’s fees, facility fees, anesthesia fees, and postoperative garment fees, among others.

    During your consultation, Dr. Anthony will develop a treatment plan based on your specific needs and goals, at which point he’ll be able to estimate your costs. Our office accepts many payment methods and can help you find low-interest medical financing.

    Why choose Dr. Anthony?

    With over two decades of expertise, Dr. Anthony delivers an outstanding patient experience along with nuanced, elegant cosmetic results. His skill, artistry, and compassion combine to make him among the most sought-after plastic surgeons in San Francisco and the Bay Area regions. Dr. Anthony has received multiple awards and honors and was recently named among the “Best Doctors in the San Francisco Bay Area” by San Francisco Magazine.

    Dr. Anthony obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree from Stony Brook University before completing a demanding residency in General Surgery at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. He then continued to enhance his skillset with an elite residency in Plastic Surgery at the prestigious University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

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    Tummy Tuck FAQ

    Can a tummy tuck be combined with other procedures?

    Yes! Many patients combine their tummy tuck with another cosmetic surgery such as liposuction, a thigh lift, or as a part of a mommy makeover for more dramatic improvements. During your consultation with Dr. Anthony, he’ll ask you about all of your concerns so he can draft a comprehensive treatment plan that properly matches your goals.

    What type of tummy tuck should I get?

    There are three main types of tummy tucks: full, mini, and extended. In your consultation, Dr. Anthony will ask about your needs and goals before examining your stomach, at which point he’ll advise you as to which type of tummy tuck will give you the best results. A full tummy tuck best addresses issues in the upper and lower abdomen, while a mini tummy tuck is preferable if you only have problems below your belly button. An extended tummy tuck is designed to improve the abdomen as well as the hips and upper thighs.

    What will my scars look like?

    The incisions needed for your tummy tuck will depend on which type you are getting. For all tummy tucks, Dr. Anthony makes the smallest, thinnest incision possible in order to limit scarring while also making incisions in less visible areas (in the pubic region or belly button) so they can be easily concealed by clothing. After your surgery, it’s important to follow your scar care instructions so your incisions heal properly and blend evenly into your natural skin tone.

    Can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?

    While you can still get pregnant after a tummy tuck, it will alter your results. Dr. Anthony recommends that patients don’t intend on future pregnancies and childbirth before considering a tummy tuck. If you do get pregnant after a tummy tuck, a second surgery can be performed to refresh your results.

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