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Tummy Tucks: Alexander Cosmetic Surgery San Diego, California (CA)
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PREPARING FOR SURGERY

Who Is a Candidate?

Abdominoplasty is a good option for you if:

  • You are physically healthy and at a stable weight
  • You have realistic expectations
  • You are a non-smoker
  • You are bothered because your tummy is too large or the skin is excessive and loose

For more information about our tummy tuck procedure, please contact us online or call us at We look forward to helping you look your best.

PREPARING FOR SURGERY

Prior to surgery, we will have you:

  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding
  • Stop smoking well in advance of surgery

During a preoperative appointment, usually 1-2 weeks before surgery, we will:

  • Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
  • Tell you what to do on the night before and morning of surgery
  • Discuss the use of anesthesia during your procedure
  • Explain post-operative care and follow-up, and what help you will need after the procedure

INFORMED CONSENT

Important facts about the safety and risks of tummy tuck surgery

The decision to have a tummy tuck is extremely personal and you’ll have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable. In general, the overall risks are small with this procedure.

Pain from a tummy tuck varies. When no muscle repair is required, main is moderate. If muscle repair is done, pain can be significant for 24-48 hours. Patients are given pain pills to alleviate the discomfort, but usually only need them for several days.

Possible risks of abdominoplasty include:

  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Bleeding (hematoma)
  • Infection
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Poor wound healing
  • Skin Loss
  • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
  • Skin discoloration and/or prolonged swelling
  • Fatty tissue under the skin might die (fat necrosis)
  • Asymmetry
  • Recurrent looseness of skin
  • Pain, which may persist
  • Blood clots, cardiac and pulmonary complications
  • Persistent swelling in the legs
  • Nerve damage
  • Possibility of revisional surgery
  • Suboptimal aesthetic result
  • Anesthesia risks

COST

Cost is always a consideration in elective surgery. When choosing a plastic surgeon for a tummy tuck, remember that the surgeon’s experience and your comfort are just as important as the final cost of the surgery.

Costs may include:

  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Operating room and supplies
  • Anesthesia fees
  • Prescriptions for medication
  • Medical tests

A quote will be provided to you after your consult with Dr. Alexander. Cost is always a consideration in elective surgery. We offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask.

IMPORTANT TERMS TO KNOW

Abdominoplasty: A surgical procedure to correct the apron of excess skin hanging over your abdomen.

Anesthesia—General: The patient is asleep, requiring that the airway be protected, either by a standard breathing tube, or by a laryngeal mask (LMA), an inflatable mask that goes in the back of the throat but doesn’t go down the trachea. Through the airway, an anesthesiologist gives gases to put the patient asleep. Drugs may also be given through the iv.

Anesthesia—Local: The surgical area is numbed up with an injection, but the patient is awake. Sometimes a patient will be given an oral medication, like Valium, to help with relaxation.

Anesthesia— Sedation (Twilight): The patient is made sleepy with medications given through an iv. The level of sedation can be adjusted, from barely sleepy to very sleepy. Sometimes sedation is given by the surgeon, but most of the time it is administered by an M.D. Anesthesiologist.

Diastasis: Condition in which abdominal muscles are separated

Excision: To remove the skin

Hematoma: Blood pooling beneath the skin

Hypertrophic Scar: a hyperactive, usually temporary scarring process that makes a scar raised and red, sometimes called a “baby keloid.” This problem is more common in patients with pigmented complexion and more common on the chest, trunk, and shoulders.

Liposuction: Also called lipoplasty or suction lipectomy, a procedure that vacuums out fat from beneath the skin's surface to reduce fullness.

Sutures: Stitches used by surgeons to hold skin and tissue together

Tummy Tuck: A surgical procedure to correct the apron of excess skin hanging over your abdomen.

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