Tummy Tuck Los Angeles
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Plastic Surgery SoCal
Dev Wali, M.D.
250 West First Street
Claremont, CA 91711
Dr. Wali’s Technique
Dr. Dev Wali performs the tummy tuck procedure with a keen eye on creating a sculpted form. He takes what is there and creates curves and contours by selectively removing tissue by surgical sculpting and liposculpting. Also he has mastered a unique method to create a beautiful belly button which is the cosmetic center of the abdomen. He prides himself on his meticulous technique and dedication to patient safety and satisfaction. He is known in the community and by fellow plastic surgeons as a compassionate artistic surgeon who goes above and beyond to care for his patients.
Abdominoplasty surgery lasts anywhere from one to five hours, depending on the desired look and the patient’s unique physiology. To begin the procedure, an incision is made just above the pubic bone area. This incision goes horizontally across the lower abdomen and sometimes around to the back. The skin is then stretched away from the muscle tissue, and excess skin is removed. The abdomen muscle tissue is tightened to provide a firmly contoured stomach and well-defined waistline. Finally, the incision is closed; and the skin is stitched back into place. Sometimes the procedure requires an additional incision around the navel in order to provide the best results.
Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time. As the body recuperates, the patient can expect some swelling, pain, and discomfort. Medication can be prescribed to relieve any pain caused by the procedure. The stitches will be removed shortly after the surgery depending on the procedure(s) involved. Normal activities can generally be resumed within two weeks. It may take up to a year for the body to completely adapt to the new abdominal configuration. With proper diet and exercise the striking results of the surgery will be long lasting.
Tummy Tuck Q & A
What is the most important part of the tummy tuck procedure?
Although every part of the abdomen has a aesthetic purpose I believe that the shape size and depth of the belly button are very important to creating a natural and pretty look. I work very hard and concentrate on the belly button to make it look good enough to “show off” in a bikini or low cut jeans etc.
When do the stitches have to be removed after a tummy tuck?
Most of the time the sutures which are used in a tummy tuck are placed within the skin and are absorbable. This means that no sutures have to be removed and that the scarring will be minimized.
How long are the drains left in for after a tummy tuck?
There are usually two drains and they are left in for 10 – 12 days total. The first drain is usually pulled out within the first week of surgery and the second drain is pulled out within 2 weeks from the day of surgery.
Is there some type of garment which is needed to be worn after the surgery?
Yes, an abdominal binder is required to be worn after and tummy tuck procedure for usually 6 weeks. This is important to maintain, protect and enhance the shape during the healing process.
Will I be able to wear a bikini after the tummy tuck surgery?
Dr. Wali places the scar from the tummy tuck procedure low in the bikini line so it is easily covered. Also, the way Dr. Wali recreates the belly button looks very natural, leaving no reason why you should not wear a bikini after your tummy tuck.
how long after tummy tuck surgery will I be fully recovered?
In general after tummy tuck surgery, it takes about 2 weeks to start feeling back to normal. After about 5 weeks most people are back to their regular activities. It varies from person to person some recover quicker some take a little longer.
How much weight will I lose from the tummy tuck procedure?
The tummy tuck surgery is not for weight loss. It is to improve the shape and contour of the abdomen so it can look beautiful. There is small amount of weight that is lost due to the tissue removed but that is not the main benefit of the procedure.
How much does a tummy tuck operation cost?
In general the cost is about $5500 to $7500 depending on what needs to be done and the amount of surgical time required to a achieve the desired results.
What is liposculpting when it is done with a tummy tuck surgery.
During a tummy tuck procedure Dr. Wali sculpts the tissue to create a prettier contour and enhance the shape. This is more powerful than simple liposuction since the tissue can be directly sculpted and the result is more reliable.
Is there a garment that is required to be worn after tummy tuck surgery?
Yes, an abdominal binder is required to be worn after tummy tuck surgery for about 6 weeks.
Where is the scar placed for the tummy tuck operation?
The scar for the tummy tuck is placed in the bikini line. Dr. Wali takes pride with how he is able to place the scar in a position that is low enough that after surgery his patients are able to wear bikini swimsuits.
How long after tummy tuck surgery can I go swimming?
Usually after 6 weeks the incision is healed enough to go swimming in a new swimsuit!
What is the ideal weight to have a tummy tuck?
There is no ideal weight. The tummy tuck is used to create a better shape. Your shape can be improved even if you are over weight. The specifics of what can be done can only be determined by an examination.
Should I Lose Weight Before Dog Ear Revision?
It is always best to be at your goal weight before any body contouring procedure. That being said just because you lose 10lbs it does not mean you will lose anything in the areas that you are looking to revise. You may lose that weight in your thighs, back etc. Also if you have a dog ear from a previous surgery a portion of the dog ear is excess skin which will not likely go away with weight loss.