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Tummy Tucks: Alexander Cosmetic Surgery San Diego, California (CA)
OVERVIEW BREAST AUGMENTATION BREAST LIFT ENLARGEMENT/LIFT BREAST REDUCTION TUMMY TUCK VASER LIPOSELECT ARM LIFT THIGH LIFT COOLSCULPTING
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THE PROCEDURE

Anesthesia

Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. An anesthesiologist will administer general anesthesia, which is recommended for this procedure. Smaller tucks or revisions can be done with IV sedation.

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HOW WE DO IT: TUTORIAL

The procedure typically takes 2-3 hours depending on the individual and certain surgical variables.

There are seven basic steps to a tummy tuck:

Step 1 – Marking

The abdomen is carefully marked by Dr. Alexander with the patient in a standing position.

Step 2 – The incision

A full tummy tuck requires a horizontally-oriented incision just below the pubic hairline. The shape and length of the incision will be determined by the degree of correction necessary. The incision can be essentially straight or curved depending on patient preference.

Step 3 – Loosening skin

The skin and fat above the incision are loosened from the abdominal wall all the way up to the rib cage. This requires releasing the bellybutton with a heart-shaped incision around the belly button. The belly button stays in its normal position underneath the loosened skin.

Step 4 – Muscle repair and tightening

The vertical bands of the abdominal muscles are often separated because of pregnancy. These muscles are re-approximated and tightened with suture, running from the upper abdomen all the way down to the pubic bone, creating a tight and reinforced abdominal wall. This step creates more postoperative pain, but is easily justified by the final result. When there is no muscle wall looseness, this step is not required.

Step 5 - Removing excess skin

The loosened skin is pulled down, like a window shade, and all the excess is removed. Often, a drain is left in place for several days. This is because the loosened skin produces a large quantity of serum that if left under the skin will collect and prevent proper healing.

Step 6 - Re-attachment of the belly button

A mark is made on the new skin overlying the belly button, and a chevron-shaped incision is made, through which the belly button is brought up and sutured into place. We have developed specialized techniques to make the belly button as natural appearing as possible, with a superior hood that has no scar and creates a natural fold and shadow on the upper belly button.

Step 7 - Closing the incisions

The skin incisions are closed with dissolvable and removable sutures. A compressive dressing is placed followed by an elastic binder, or girdle.

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