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Tummy Tuck

I perform tummy tuck in Santa Monica for women and men from Los Angeles County and beyond who want to correct laxity and sagging in the midsection for a slimmer, flatter abdomen and waist. Tummy tuck surgery, also called abdominoplasty, can be transformative for women who have had children, or for individuals who have lost a great deal of weight and are left with protruding abdomens and excess skin.

Whether you're ready to schedule your tummy tuck or you're just curious, I am happy to answer all of your questions. Request a consultation or call my office at (310) 576-3635 to schedule your appointment.

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Tummy Tuck Case 445

This patient is a 34-year-old female who presented to my office with complaints of breasts which were asymmetrical, drooping and larger than desired. She also had severe elastosis of the abdomen due to pregnancy as well as excess fullness of the flanks. I felt that a breast reduction with abdomin...

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Tummy Tuck Case 411

The patient is a 41-year-old female who presented to my office with complaints of breasts which were larger than desired. She also had significant back, neck and shoulder pain due to extremely large breasts. I felt a breast reduction would give the patient significant improvement in her back and...

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Tummy Tuck Case 404

This patient is a 39 year old female who was seen for breast augmentation, a breast lift and abdominoplasty. I recommended fat grafting to the breasts instead of implants as she had a fair amount of breast tissue already, and fat grafting to the upper breasts would be a low maintenance way t...

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Tummy Tuck Case 400

After multiple pregnancies and previous breast surgery by another surgeon, this 37-year-old woman came to my office for corrective surgery. I recommended a Mommy Makeover procedure that included complex breast revision surgery and a tummy tuck with power-assisted liposuction of the flan...

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Tummy Tuck Case 308

This woman, age 37, came to my practice because she was unhappy with her large, heavy breasts and loose abdominal skin. I performed a Mommy Makeover that included breast reduction using an inverted-T incision and a complete tummy tuck that included abdominal muscle repair. I also performed l...

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A Personalized Tummy Tuck

As a board-certified plastic surgeon, I have extensive training in a variety of surgical techniques for tummy tuck surgery. Since each patient's physical characteristics are unique, I customize his or her treatment for optimal results.

For women who have had one or more pregnancies, both the skin and the muscles of the abdominal wall will have undergone a great deal of stretching. With too much stretching – particularly in the case of large or multiple pregnancies - these tissues may not return to their original state. That is why so many moms experience lax skin and a protruding belly that do not respond to diet and exercise. These women require a full tummy tuck with muscle repair, which they sometimes choose to do as a part of a more comprehensive Mommy Makeover.

In the case of massive weight loss patients, sometimes it is just the skin that has been overstretched, and the abdominal muscles are intact. In other cases, the abdominal muscles are separated and will require repair. In either case, a tummy tuck is the appropriate procedure to correct abdominal laxity and excess skin. For individuals who have lost a great deal of weight, I often need to do a more significant degree of skin resection.

If a person only has a moderate degree of sagging skin and it is limited to the area beneath the navel, I can sometimes perform a mini-abdominoplasty. This procedure creates a smoother, flatter lower abdomen by removing this excess skin, and requires a relatively shorter incision. Mini tummy tucks do not address the upper abdominal muscle laxity, and are only a good option for a relatively small percentage of abdominoplasty patients who fit the criteria for this technique.

I often incorporate liposuction into tummy tuck procedures to eliminate any excess fat and to improve the contours of the waist and flanks. Individuals sometimes choose to have liposuction of other areas as well during their tummy tuck procedure.

Tummy Tuck Basics

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Surgical Details

Tummy tuck surgery is performed with the patient under general anesthesia. The incision for a full abdominoplasty runs horizontally at the lower abdomen like a long c-section scar. I take great care to ensure that the scar will not show in a bathing suit or low-rise jeans. There is typically another incision around the bellybutton, which should be fairly discreet once healed. A mini tummy tuck requires a shorter horizontal incision in the pubic area and no bellybutton incision. In some cases, a more extensive abdominoplasty will require an incision that extends beyond the hip bones.

If the muscles need repair, I bring them back together to their anatomical position with permanent internal sutures. This corrects the abdominal bulge and narrows the waist. I often further sculpt the waist and flanks using liposuction, then I remove the expanse of excess skin and close the incisions with internal dissolving sutures. I generally recommend using Exparel, which is a local anesthetic that lasts for three days. I inject this along the incisions and the areas of muscle tightening and have found that this dramatically reduces patient's postoperative pain.

Tummy tuck surgery requires approximately 10 to 14 days of light activity afterwards, and up to 6 weeks of limited exercise. I provide very specific aftercare instructions at your pre-op appointment, and my staff and I are always available to answer questions about recovery.

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Dr. Robert Cohen

Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery

Dr. Cohen is a leader in the field of aesthetic plastic surgery whose expertise is highly regarded by both patients interested in improving their appearance, and plastic surgeons seeking to improve their techniques by attending his lectures. Dr. Cohen's goal is to understand your specific concerns, evaluate your anatomy in detail, and create a customized plan to help you achieve the best results possible based on the most modern techniques and materials available. Let him put his experience and aesthetic insight to work for you.

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