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Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, can give you the toned and firm abdominal contour you desire. Individuals of all backgrounds may struggle to combat the effects of genetics, weight changes, and pregnancy that lead to excess fat, sagging skin, and poor muscle tone in the abdomen. Dr. Ip can perform tummy tuck surgery to provide you with a dramatically more attractive and defined waistline.

Is Tummy Tuck Surgery Right for You?

Tummy tuck surgery can help men and women who have reached and maintained their goal weight achieve a more defined and toned abdominal contour. Some candidates for abdominoplasty have substantial skin laxity after major weight loss or pregnancy, including folds of skin that are unsightly, uncomfortable, and unhygienic. Others have noticeable skin laxity due to aging. Individuals who go through pregnancy and/or weight loss may have weakened abdominal muscles that require surgical correction to eliminate a perpetual tummy pooch. Many simply have stubborn lower belly fat that resists dieting and exercise. If any of these things sound familiar, tummy tuck surgery can treat sagging skin, excess fat, and loose stomach muscles to give you a slim, toned, firm, and youthful abdominal contour.

Tummy Tuck Options

Mini Tummy Tuck

  • Focuses on the lower abdomen only
  • A limited incision is placed low on the bikini line
  • Deep sutures are used to tighten the abdominal muscles
  • Excess lower abdominal tissue is trimmed away
  • The remaining tissues are tightened and draped to improve stomach contour
  • Best for patients who need mainly muscle tightening with limited skin removal

Traditional Tummy Tuck

  • Focuses on the abdomen as a whole
  • A horizontal incision is placed low on the bikini line and extends between the hip bones
  • An additional incision is placed around the navel
  • Deep sutures are used to tighten the abdominal muscles
  • Excess tissue is trimmed away
  • The abdomen is reshaped to improve its contour and appearance
  • Best for patients who need both skin and muscle tightening

Extended Tummy Tuck

  • Focuses on the abdomen, hips, and back
  • A long incision is placed low in the pubic area that extends around the hips to the lower back
  • Deep sutures are used to tighten the abdominal muscles
  • Excess tissue is removed from around the abdomen, hips, and back
  • Best for patients who have undergone major weight loss and who have unwanted folds of skin around the abdomen, hips, and back


After tummy tuck surgery, patients will experience bruising and swelling in the treated areas. Patients should rest at home for several days and take all antibiotics, muscle relaxants, and pain medications according to instructions and recommendations to prevent infection and discomfort during recovery. A compression garment will be provided to minimize any excess swelling and improve the results. To minimize side effects due to the use of general anesthesia, it may be best to eat only soft foods for a short period after the procedure. After that, patients should carefully observe a diet of proteins, healthy fats, fruits, and vegetables to provide the body with essential vitamins and nutrients for healthy healing. Most patients can return to work within two weeks, though exercise should be postponed for four to six weeks. Smoking should be avoided for at least six weeks. Patients can experience the safest recovery and best results by carefully following all postoperative instructions provided by Dr. Ip.


Tummy tuck surgery will leave you with a firmer, slimmer, and more defined abdominal profile. The striking results of the procedure become more pronounced as swelling subsides and can last for many years. You can preserve the quality of your results long term by maintaining a stable weight and continuing a healthy lifestyle.

Tummy tuck surgery can significantly improve your body contour. For more information, schedule your personal consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. T. Y. Steven Ip. Call (310) 839-0776 or fill out our online contact form to request your consultation with Dr. Ip today.

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