Tummy Tuck

Santa Barbara Body Sculpting

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon & Awake Liposuction Specialist located in Santa Barbara, CA

Ever wish for a flat, well-toned abdomen? If you have, a tummy tuck to remove excess skin and fat from your abdomen might be right for you. Dr. Michael Giuffrida at Santa Barbara Body Sculpting in Santa Barbara, CA has decades of experience with the procedure and is ready to discuss it with you. Call or click online today to make an appointment.

Tummy Tuck Q & A

Santa Barbara Body Sculpting

What is a tummy tuck?

Tummy tuck surgery is also known as abdominoplasty. With a tummy tuck, Dr. Giuffrida can remove excess skin and fat. The procedure will give you a firmer and smoother abdomen and make you excited to put on a bathing suit again!

Even if you follow a healthy diet and maintain an exercise regimen, aging, genetics, and other factors can make it nearly impossible to lose fat in your abdomen. A tummy tuck may be the right aesthetic procedure for you.  

How is the tummy tuck procedure done?

Dr. Giuffrida does a tummy tuck by making a horizontal incision between your belly button and pubic hairline. The size of the incision depends on how much excess skin you have. If you have too much skin in the upper abdomen, Dr. Giuffrida may have to make another incision around your belly button to remove that skin.

What does a recovery involve following a tummy tuck?

It can take a week or more to heal from the surgery, so you may find it hard to stand up straight during that time. You also won’t be able to lift anything heavier than 10 pounds for four to six weeks after the procedure.

It can also take a few weeks for the swelling in your abdomen to go down after a tummy tuck. So expect it to take just a little while longer to see the full, beautiful results of Dr. Giuffrida’s work.  

Tummy tuck surgery can result in a scar, which begins to fade almost immediately after the procedure and should be fully gone within a year.

What makes someone a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

People considering a tummy tuck should be in good health. Other factors that make you a good candidate for a tummy tuck include not smoking and being able to stay off medicine before surgery.

To see if a tummy tuck is right for you, call or click online today to book a consultation appointment with Dr. Giuffrida.