About Tummy Tuck Surgery
Most of us would love to show off a flat tummy and shapely curves after gaining and losing significant amounts of weight or after having a baby. Sometimes our bodies just don’t rebound like they should. No matter how many crunches you do or how healthy a diet you practice, that stubborn pooch won't budge. You may have some of the following complaints:
- Loose skin and/or weakened abdominal muscles from pregnancy?
- A bulge around your waistline that persists despite exercise and a healthy diet?
- Excess abdominal skin after weight loss?
If yes, then you deserve to look good after all you’ve done to get in shape! First off, you should be very proud of yourself for working so hard. It’s not easy to shed those pounds. Plastic surgeon Dr. Karen Leong wants to customize a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) for you. She doesn’t believe in cookie-cutter surgery. Our Upland, CA location offers several different types of tummy tucks that may be combined with other body lift techniques or liposculpture to help you attain a better body. She takes time to share your vision and pays attention to the little details you express during your initial consultation in Upland. A tummy tuck is an extensive procedure and the recovery process will require a commitment to your health. You must be mentally and physically prepared for surgery. Dr. Leong would like to help you with the journey to a leaner, firmer you.
"I can't say enough about Dr. Leong! I have struggled with stubborn unwanted fat around my middle section for years. Regardless of diet and exercise, I always seemed to have a muffin top that left me feeling insecure and uncomfortable. It only took one short meeting with Dr. Leong for me to finally feel confident with having her shape by middle through Liposuction and Thermage. I was previously very reluctant, but after meeting with her, I felt excited and ready. Dr. Leong's honest and straightforward, yet kind and pleasant approach put me right at ease. The proceedure itself went very smooth and Dr. Leong and her staff were helpful and available every step of the way. It has now been six months since my procedure and I am totally blown away with my results. They exceeded every possible expectation and I truly could not be happier!!"- S.K. / Yelp / Sep 19, 2018
"Lower face and neck lift - I’ve done every injectable from Botox to Sculptra and I wanted a more permanent fix to my aging face and neck. I had heard about Dr. Leong through a friend and I decided to make a consultation. When I met Dr. Leong I had my doubts about what this seemingly young doc could do for my 70+ year old face. How could she know what a woman my age needed? As we began to discuss my areas of c..."- E. / RealSelf / Mar 28, 2018
"Highly Recomended!! - My experience with my surgery with Dr Leona and her team was exceptional! Beautiful office, very informative, always caring about me, beautiful job on my eyes with great follow up to make sure healing was progressing. I highly recommend Dr Leong for any procedure that you may want or need! You'll be in wonderful hands with Dr Leong and her team!!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Mar 12, 2018
"Five Star Experience! - I have seen Dr. Leong for both medical and cosmetic visits. Her personality is very down to earth but precise which made me feel very comfortable going to her for multiple issues. I first saw Dr. Leong for a few minor skin tags, moles and cherry angiomas that were all over my body which I didn't like esthetically. She removed them with simplicity, quickness and I felt absolutely no pain. She..."- J. / RealSelf / Mar 11, 2018
"What a difference a great physician makes! - A year ago, I had the pleasure of consulting with Dr. Karen Leong for a minor lip asymmetry correction and augmentation. Always the professional, she listened to my concerns and clearly explained my options to get the results I was looking for. Dr. Leong made me feel completely comfortable and injected my lips to my complete satisfaction. Completely natural looking, and symmetrical. ..."- I. / RealSelf / Feb 24, 2018
Abdominoplasty can be offered to both women and men. If you have loose or wrinkly skin as well as pesky pockets of fat in the abdomen, this body contouring procedure can help you regain a tighter and slimmer figure. Dr. Leong advises you to be at a normal weight prior to surgery. Abdominoplasty is not a substitute for weight loss — it focuses on loose skin. Liposuction is generally implemented during surgery to target fat. If your abdominal area has healthy skin laxity, but you are still unhappy with how your tummy looks and feels even if diet and exercise have failed, you could consider liposuction.
Dr. Leong recommends you wait at least six months after your pregnancy or are within 10 – 15 lbs of your ideal body weight before having a tummy tuck. After six months, most women achieve a more stable body weight and their hormones have returned to their pre-pregnancy levels. Maintaining your body weight before surgery should ensure that your results are in line with surgical goals.
Abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. There are numerous surgical options to consider when the surgery is performed by Dr. Leong. Liposuction will be performed first so that the volume of the skin will be precise when the skin is excised. The incision type is determined based on the amount of excess skin to be removed. Some patients with an abundance of loose skin may require a full tummy tuck with the incision made along the lower abdomen (from hip to hip), just above the pubic region. Other patients concerned with less skin may be better suited for a shorter incision technique. Men and women who receive this treatment still benefit from an abdominoplasty, but will simply receive a smaller scar. The incision will be sutured closed.
What to Expect
When abdominoplasty surgery is completed, you will be monitored in the post-operation recovery area. We will prepare you for release and dress you in a compression garment to assist with swelling. Standing upright and walking will be challenging at first, so you should rest for several days. Walking becomes easier once the abdominal muscles adjust and the incision begins to heal. Most patients can generally resume a normal routine within two weeks. Exercise can resume later, closer to 6 – 8 weeks, or when you are cleared by Dr. Leong. You will feel some discomfort and tightness in your lower body, but you will feel healthy and normal again after recovering.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a tummy tuck cost?
During your consultation, Dr. Leong will customize your unique tummy tuck plan based on your specific your needs and goals before discussing costs. She will be better able to estimate your costs once the type of tummy tuck has been selected, what technique will be used, what anesthesia is needed, and more. To make sure you get high-quality results from a skilled plastic surgeon, Dr. Leong will do her best to make your tummy tuck easier to afford by accepting many payment methods and 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. Leong will ask about your needs and goals before examining your abdomen and skin. Then, she can better decide which tummy tuck will give you the greatest results. A full tummy tuck is beneficial if you need to address issues in the upper and lower abdomen, while a mini tummy tuck is best 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.
Will I have drains?
Many patients are concerned with whether they will wake up from surgery with drains. Traditionally, drains are placed during surgery to prevent fluid from collecting where you had surgery. Fluid collections (seroma or hematoma) can delay wound healing and be uncomfortable for patients. Dr. Leong performs drain-less tummy tuck - she uses a technique called progressive tension sutures to close the space that would otherwise collect fluid. However, there are some cases where she might feel the drains are beneficial. She will go over this with you at your appointment.
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. Leong makes the smallest, thinnest incision possible to limit scars. She also makes incisions in less visible areas (in the pubic region or belly button) so they can be easily concealed by a swimsuit or underwear. After your surgery, it's important to follow your scar care instructions so your incisions heal flat and blend into your natural skin.
Can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?
While you can still get pregnant after a tummy tuck, it will alter your results. Dr. Leong recommends that patients be done with planned pregnancies and childbirth before they consider 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 another cosmetic surgery with a tummy tuck to get more dramatic improvements. During your consultation with Dr. Leong, tell her about all of your concerns so a comprehensive treatment plan can be developed that matches your goals. 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 are trying to improve your whole body after pregnancy or losing a significant amount of weight, you may be a candidate for a mommy makeover or after weight loss surgery.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $8,500
- Recovery Time
- 2 – 4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 – 4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 – 3 Months
- Procedure Recovery Location
Attain a Tighter Tummy
Many factors can lead to a stretched-out stomach that creates hanging and wrinkled skin. We know it can be annoying and frustrating — tummy tuck surgery is generally the key to overcome this. If you are bothered by the stretched-out skin in your abdomen, whether it is significant or not, cosmetic surgery by Dr. Leong in Upland, CA can help you get the look you deserve.