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One of the most difficult areas of the body to tone and trim is the midsection. Pregnancy, weight loss, or even genetics can create troublesome fatty tissue and loose skin at the midsection that leaves you feeling self-conscious. A tummy tuck in Orange County (abdominoplasty surgery) can dramatically improve your appearance by reducing the tummy bulge and creating the flat, firm, midsection that exercise and diet have failed to achieve.

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is performed to remove the excess skin and fatty tissue below the belly button and tighten the underlying abdominal wall muscles. This procedure reduces the waist circumference and results in a flat, sculpted tummy.

What is tummy tuck surgery?

Our board-certified plastic surgeons make meticulous incisions at a depth that minimizes trauma, lowers the chance of complications, and significantly improves your comfort during recovery. The incision is made along the lowest point of the abdomen and can easily be concealed by underwear or bikini bottoms.

Liposuction is often used to further improve the contour of your abdomen and waist. Many patients also elect to have liposuction on the back and flanks (love handles) for an optimal aesthetic result.

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Should I get a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is among the most popular plastic surgery options for women, and is also fast becoming a favorite for men who want to present a more attractive, sculpted physique. If you struggle with any of the following conditions, you may be a good candidate for a custom, drainless tummy tuck in Ladera Ranch at South Coast Plastic Surgery:

  • Sagging skin and fat on your abdomen
  • A bulging tummy 
  • Abdominal muscles appear split (diastasis recti)
  • Stretch marks

Many women choose to have a tummy tuck as part of a custom mommy makeover. Women who have recently delivered a baby can be shocked to see the havoc wreaked on their tummies after nine months of pregnancy. The muscles that line the abdominal wall are stretched to their limits during pregnancy, and after the baby is delivered, it can be extremely uncomfortable not to have strength and support in the midsection. A tummy tuck can help restore a firm, lean stomach.

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What is a drainless tummy tuck?

Most tummy tuck surgeries performed require placing surgical drains to allow the body to release excess fluid during recovery. Drains may be necessary for some procedures, but they are troublesome and uncomfortable to deal with. A drainless tummy tuck performed at South Coast Plastic Surgery has taken tummy tuck surgery to the next level. 

The procedure involves a combination of liposuction with an advanced layering of internal sutures, which makes the need to place drains a thing of the past. This next-generation surgery not only produces a smoother, more attractive result, but can significantly reduce the discomfort during the recovery process with less swelling, faster healing, and no worries about the need to clean surgical drains. 

Results you will love: Tummy tuck surgery in Irvine and Ladera Ranch

A tummy tuck is an extremely popular procedure for both women and men, as it delivers the most dramatic results. According to realself.com, tummy tucks have a 96% “Worth It” rating from their community members.

What is the drainless tummy tuck process?

This advanced tummy tuck begins with liposuction to remove excess fat lingering on the abdomen. An incision is then placed across your lower abdomen, just above the pubic bone. The underlying muscle structure is tightened, and the excess skin and tissue are removed. The technique involves placing layers of absorbable sutures to repair the area, without the need to install surgical drains. A traditional tummy tuck does not remove excess fat to the same degree as this advanced procedure. A drainless tummy tuck is not performed by all plastic surgeons, but at South Coast Plastic Surgery, we have this technique down to a fine art. We believe you deserve to gain the benefits of this advanced technique.

A drainless tummy tuck after weight loss

Individuals who have recently lost a significant amount of weight and need reshaping of the abdominal region can also benefit greatly from a tummy tuck. Rapid weight loss of 50 pounds or more will almost always loosen the skin. Our Irvine abdominoplasty is ideal for removing this excess skin and sculpting the abdomen.

Keep in mind that a tummy tuck does reduce the circumference of the waist, but does not reduce the size of the hips, flanks, or thighs. Adding liposuction to remove excess fat in these areas can produce the most natural and flattering look for your figure.  

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Is a drainless tummy tuck right for me?

The decision of whether or not to get a tummy tuck is ultimately up to you and your plastic surgeon. We encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Song where he will analyze your body, discuss your goals, and create an individualized plan to produce a firm, sculpted abdomen with a drainless tummy tuck in Orange County.

What is a mini tummy tuck?

If only the region below the navel needs correction, a mini tummy tuck can be performed. This involves a smaller incision and may require less recovery and downtime. It should be noted that very few patients are candidates for this procedure. The beauty of a drainless full tummy tuck is that the recovery time is reduced, and healing proceeds far more rapidly.

Drainless tummy tuck for men

Men often struggle with excess skin and fat around their midsection, regardless of how much they diet or exercise. Male abdominoplasty can help create a flatter and firmer abdomen by removing the extra tissue in the lower abdomen and by tightening the abdominal wall muscles. The incision is made horizontally, and is kept below the underwear line so that it is easily concealed. The drainless technique involves liposuction, which produces a superior result and has a shorter recovery time.

Meet your tummy tuck surgeon, Dr. Kyle Song

If you are ready to consider a tummy tuck, choosing the right surgeon matters. Dr. Kyle Song has achieved recognition for his outstanding surgical work in this procedure, and is here to help you live a happier, more confident life. He obtained his medical degree at UC David, where he graduated in the 99th percentile on his board exams. 

He then went on to advance his career at the highly-competitive plastic surgery program at UC Davis, where he trained under Dr. Michael Wong, a world-renowned body contouring expert. Dr. Song’s accomplishments led to the honor of being the recipient of the Francis W. Noel Award. He then completed a plastic surgery fellowship focusing exclusively on cosmetic enhancements. His skills, knowledge, and experience make him the ideal surgeon to perform a drainless tummy tuck – an advanced technique in body contouring that is more comfortable, heals faster and produces stunning outcomes.

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Recovery after a drainless tummy tuck

Though it is an outpatient procedure, a drainless tummy tuck is still a major surgery. It is important to take adequate time to rest and recuperate following the procedure. The recovery period after a drainless tummy tuck can take anywhere from two to four weeks. After this period, most patients can resume their usual activities, with limited lifting and exertion. More strenuous physical activities must be avoided for four to six weeks. We monitor the progress of our patients throughout recovery to ensure all is proceeding as it should, and we are always available to answer any questions or concerns. 

Interested in learning more about a drainless tummy tuck in Irvine? To schedule a consultation, please fill out the form on this page or call. South Coast Plastic Surgery serves Irvine, CA, Ladera Ranch, CA, and the greater Orange County area.

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