Tummy Tuck

In San Jose, CA

Tummy Tuck Introduction

Our abdomen is one of the toughest areas of the body to keep toned with age, childbirth, stress, and the onslaught of life’s challenges. Despite diet and exercise, the abdomen can sometimes retain sagging and loose skin and the muscle may not recover the same tone or strength over time. Dual Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Eric Li of CA Aesthetics in Los Gatos can help you address these concerns with a Tummy Tuck procedure. To learn more about this procedure and what it can do for you, please continue reading the information below.

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What is a tummy tuck?

A Tummy Tuck or an Abdominoplasty targets the removal of excess fat and skin from the abdominal area, in addition to repairing loose abdominal muscles known as diastasis recti.  Diastasis recti is what happens when abdominal muscles separate due to the pressures on the muscle wall during pregnancy. Through an incision around the navel and the hip area, this procedure sculpts loose skin around the midsection, restoring your abdominal anatomy to a more youthful and athletic state. Thus, a tummy tuck results in an overall tightening of the abdomen and the appearance of a “flatter” tummy.

What is a Mini-Tummy Tuck?

A Mini-Tummy Tuck is a variant of the Tummy Tuck procedure which only involves a lower incision in the pubic area and only targets the lower abdomen compared to a full tummy tuck which addresses both the upper and lower abdomen. As such, only select patients are ideal candidates for this procedure. An incision is not placed in the navel but instead “floated”, meaning it is detached from the muscle wall and later re-attached. Often, muscle repair is still performed to repair any diastasis recti.  

Who are the best candidates for a Tummy Tuck?

At CA Aesthetics, we believe you could be a good candidate for a San Jose and Bay Area Tummy Tuck if you have some of the following characteristics:

  • Sagging or loose abdominal skin
  • Stubborn and excess abdominal fat
  • Abdominal wall laxity and prominence
  • Good health without underlying medical conditions
  • Realistic expectations
  • A stable and healthy weight
  • Non-smoker

What are the benefits of a tummy Tuck?

Our patients who have received a Tummy Tuck in Los Gatos, San Jose, and the greater Bay Area have reported the following benefits:

  • Boost in self-esteem
  • More comfort in formfitting clothes
  • Ability to wear pre-pregnancy clothes and swimwear
  • Ability to return to a more active lifestyle
  • Strengthening of core muscles
  • Improved posture
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Tummy Tuck First Step

What’s the first step?

The first step in getting a Tummy Tuck is to schedule your consultation with Dr. Eric Li at CA Aesthetics in Los Gatos. He will discuss your medical and surgical history, making sure that any past surgery or conditions do not prevent you from getting a Tummy Tuck. He will then examine your abdomen, determining the target areas, incisions needed, techniques to be used as well as any pros and cons that he might want to share with you.

If you are deemed to be an ideal candidate for the procedure, Dr. Li will create your customized surgical plan, which will be shared with the patient coordinator who will schedule your surgery, help you with pricing options, as well as explain any pre-operative instructions.

What to expect on the day of Tummy Tuck surgery

When you come in for your Tummy Tuck, you will be welcomed by Dr. Li and his friendly staff who will make sure you are comfortable in the operating room. They will go over the surgical plan again with you and the target areas. Then, an anesthesiologist will administer anesthesia to make sure you are comfortable and pain-free during the procedure.

A full tummy tuck most commonly utilizes a U-shaped incision kept low in the pubic area and extends from hip to hip.  There is also a separate incision around the belly button. After your abdominal skin is lifted, the underlying abdominal muscles are repaired.  The upper abdominal skin is then pulled down and any excess skin and fat are trimmed. All remaining areas are then sutured together and a new opening for the belly button is created. Dr. Li will restore continuity between the belly button and the abdomen to make it look like a natural belly button.  Drains may sometimes be placed into your surgical area.

Tummy Tuck recovery

Post-surgery, Dr. Li will monitor you in the recovery room until your sedation wears off. It is imperative that you have a family member or friend drive you home to be safe.

 You will have dressings or bandages applied to your incisions and you may also be wrapped in a compression garment to control swelling and for muscle support. You might also have a few drains to remove any fluid build-up post-surgery.

Most patients require at least two to three weeks before they can return to normal tasks so please plan to take time off from work and any strenuous activity for your most optimum recovery.

Tummy Tuck Cost

How much does Tummy Tuck cost in San Jose, CA

The cost of a Tummy Tuck in Los Gatos, San Jose, and the surrounding Bay Area is dependent on several factors, including the complexity of your case, the surgeon’s fees, the facility’s fees, and the anesthesiologist’s fees. We recommend you schedule your consultation with Dr. Li at your earliest convenience so he can provide you with a surgical plan which our Patient Coordinator can then price out for you.


Why Choose Dr. Li?

For your Tummy Tuck in the Bay Area, Double-Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Eric Li of CA Aesthetics in Los Gatos should be one of your top choices. Having worked alongside some of the leading plastic and cosmetic surgery experts in Canada, the United States, and Australia, Dr. Li has developed advanced skills and expertise in face, body, and breast surgery. He created CA Aesthetics from the ground up with the encompassing goal of providing patients with a safe, comfortable, and private space for premiere surgery care in San Jose, Los Gatos, and the greater Bay Area. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), and American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Dr. Li’s tummy tuck procedure also combines elements of modern high-definition liposuction and navel reconstruction techniques which are designed to highlight your abdominal wall muscles and create a natural, deep-seated belly button.  Often, the belly button scar is the only thing that is visible in regular clothes after a tummy tuck is performed so it is extremely important that the navel be reconstructed properly and artistically.  Lastly, you can rest assured that Dr. Li is the only person who performs your entire operation and sutures all your wounds. This ensures that all resultant scars are fine and uniform and handled only by his expert hands.

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If you have excess skin and fat in your abdominal region caused by weight fluctuations or pregnancy or have damaged abdominal muscles, a Tummy Tuck helps improve your abdominal contour. Call our office today or use our website to fill out a consultation request form and we will be in touch with you!

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