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What is Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Loose skin and pockets of fat along the abdominal region can be incredibly frustrating, sometimes sticking around despite your efforts to get rid of it. Significant weight loss, childbirth, and aging are the most common causes for the disappearance of that slim and shapely stomach, and Dr. James Anthony is here to help.

A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), which involves a tightening of the abdominal skin, is a body contouring treatment that re-defines the abdominal region, helping patients look slimmer, feel better, and regain their sense of self-confidence. 

Dr. James Anthony offers excellent San Francisco abdominoplasty procedures. He is an expert in this surgery, adjusting every operation to fit each unique patient's individual needs. A tummy tuck treatment can give you the opportunity to enjoy a new, youthful figure, restoring your confidence.

Read more about how a tummy tuck can eliminate excess fat and skin while also tightening the stomach muscles and contact us to schedule your consultation.

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 better than ever.

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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.

M.O.

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Dr. Anthony’s Surgical Technique

Our San Francisco tummy tuck surgery is performed under general anesthesia. A variety of surgical options can come into consideration when this procedure is performed. Dr. Anthony works to customize every operation according to each specific individual's current condition and aesthetic desires.

Incision type will be determined ahead of time, based on the quantity of excess skin. Some individuals with an abundance of loose skin might even benefit best from an extended tummy tuck, which involves an incision made along the lower abdomen from hip to hip, just above the pubic zone.

Individuals concerned with minimal skin wrinkling may be better candidates for a less invasive technique, which results in a less extensive scar. Regardless of the technique used, all of our abdominoplasty procedures involve the excision of hanging skin and liposuction for the removal of excess fat. For some patients, a drain to remove swelling fluid may be used for about a week.

Am I an Ideal Candidate For Tummy Tuck?

Our Bay Area tummy tuck surgery is ideal for anyone with loose or wrinkly skin in addition to pesky pockets of fat in the abdomen and can help you regain the toned figure you’ve been seeking. If you’re interested in a tummy tuck from Dr. Anthony, you may be a great candidate.

The ideal candidate for a tummy tuck:

  • Is at a healthy, stable weight before treatment
  • Deals with irritating loose skin in the abdomen
  • Feels unsatisfied with persistent pockets of fat on and around the stomach
  • Has good skin laxity in the abdominal area
  • Can’t seem to get diet and exercise to take care of those problematic areas

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 completed with childbearing to make sure your results are not compromised.

Treat Yourself to a Tighter Tummy

A variety of factors can result in a sagging stomach that leaves behind loose and wrinkled skin, which can be frustrating and disheartening and can keep you from looking the way you want. 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 to receive arguably the best tummy tuck San Francisco

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FAQ

How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?

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 based on the type of tummy tuck, the technique that will be used, the type anesthesia needed, and more. Dr. Anthony’s high level of skill and focus on natural results all but ensures that you will enjoy optimal results, and our practice helps to make your tummy tuck easier to afford by accepting many payment methods and helping you find low-interest medical financing.

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, like a "pooch". 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.

Can I Get a Tummy Tuck with Another Surgery?

Many patients combine their tummy tuck with another cosmetic surgery 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 and addresses all your concerns. You may combine a tummy tuck with a thigh lift for a lower body lift or several body lifts for a custom body contouring surgery. If your goal is to improve your whole body after pregnancy or following a significant weight loss, you may be a candidate for a or after-weight loss surgery.

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