Dr. James Anthony

450 Sutter Street Suite 2630, San Francisco, CA 94108

Dr. James Anthony Plastic Surgery
Dr. James Anthony

Tummy Tuck Surgery (Full, Mini, or Extended Abdominoplasty) – San Francisco, CA

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About Tummy Tuck Surgery

For both men and women, loose skin and pockets of fat along the abdominal region can be frustrating despite efforts to get rid of it. Significant weight loss, childbirth, and aging are the most common reasons why an individual may not be able to reclaim a slim and tight stomach. Skin tightening of the abdomen is a body contouring treatment that redefines the abdominal region, achieving extraordinary outcomes for patients. San Francisco, CA plastic surgeon Dr. James Anthony performs tummy tuck surgery that is based on the patient's needs. This cosmetic treatment at our practice allows men and women the opportunity to have a new, youthful shape and restored confidence. Read more about how an abdominoplasty can eliminate excess fat and skin, while also tightening the stomach muscles and contact us to schedule your consultation.

Ideal Candidates

Tummy tuck surgery can be offered to both men and women. If you have loose or wrinkly skin in addition to pesky pockets of fat in the abdomen, this body contouring procedure can help you regain a slimming and more toned figure. Dr. Anthony advises you to be at a healthy weight before undergoing this treatment. Tummy tuck surgery is not a substitute for weight loss — it focuses on loose skin. A form of liposuction is generally incorporated during the procedure to target fat. If your abdominal area has good skin laxity, but you still are not satisfied with how your tummy looks and feels even if diet and exercise have failed, you could consider liposuction. Women interested in abdominoplasty should be past childbearing to make sure the results are not compromised.

Surgical Technique

Abdominoplasty is performed with the patient under general anesthesia. There are numerous surgical options that come into consideration when this surgery is performed by Dr. Anthony, which is customized according to the individual's current condition. To start, the incision type is determined based upon the quantity of excess skin. Some individuals with an abundance of loose skin might benefit best from an extended tummy tuck. This abdominoplasty technique makes the incision along the lower abdomen from hip to hip, just on top of the pubic zone. Some individuals who are concerned with minimal skin wrinkling may be better candidates for a less invasive technique. Men and women who receive this treatment still benefit from an abdominoplasty, but will simply have a less expansive scar. Regardless of the technique used, all abdominoplasty procedures involve the excision of hanging skin and liposuction.

What to Expect

When abdominoplasty surgery is completed, you will be carefully examined and sent home wearing a compression device to assist with swelling. Standing upright and walking will be challenging for awhile, so you should take it easy for several days. Walking becomes less painful once the abdominal muscles adjust and the incision heals. You can generally resume a normal routine within two weeks. Workouts can resume around 6 – 8 weeks or earlier if you are given permission by Dr. Anthony. The stomach will feel some discomfort and tightness, but you will feel healthy and normal again once healed.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a tummy tuck cost?
During your consultation, Dr. Anthony will develop your unique treatment plan based on your needs and goals before discussing costs. He will be better able to estimate your costs once the type of tummy tuck has been selected, the technique that will be used is determined, the type anesthesia needed is identified, and more. To make sure you get high-quality results from a skilled surgeon, our practice helps to make your tummy tuck easier to afford by accepting many payment methods and helping you find low-interest medical financing.

What type of tummy tuck should I get?
There are three main types of tummy tucks: full, mini, and extended. In your consultation, Dr. Anthony will ask about your needs and goals before examining your stomach. Then, he can better decide which tummy tuck will give you the best results. A full tummy tuck is best to address issues in the upper and lower abdomen, while a mini tummy tuck is best if you only have problems below your belly button, like a "pooch." An extended tummy tuck is designed to improve the abdomen as well as the hips and upper thighs.

What will my scars look like?
The incisions needed for your tummy tuck will depend on which type you are getting. For all tummy tucks, Dr. Anthony makes the smallest, thinnest incision possible to limit scars. He also makes incisions in less visible areas (in the pubic region or belly button) so they can be easily concealed by a swimsuit or underwear. After your surgery, it's important to follow your scar care instructions so your incisions heal flat and blend into your natural skin eventually.

Can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?
While you can still get pregnant after a tummy tuck, it will alter your results. Dr. Anthony recommends that patients be done with planned pregnancies and childbirth before they consider a tummy tuck. If you do get pregnant after a tummy tuck, a second surgery can be performed to refresh your results.

Can I get a tummy tuck with another surgery?
Many patients combine another cosmetic surgery with a tummy tuck to get more dramatic improvements. During your consultation with Dr. Anthony, tell him about all of your concerns so a comprehensive treatment plan can be developed that matches your goals. You may combine a tummy tuck with a thigh lift for a lower body lift or several body lifts for a custom body contouring surgery. If are trying to improve your whole body after pregnancy or loosing a significant amount of weight, you may be a candidate for a mommy makeover or after weight loss surgery.

Attain a Tighter Tummy

A variety of factors can result in a sagging stomach that leaves behind loose and wrinkled skin. We understand it can be annoying and frustrating — tummy tuck surgery is usually the key to overcome this. If you are bothered by the stretched-out skin in your abdominal region, whether it is significant or not, cosmetic surgery by Dr. Anthony in San Francisco, CA can help you get the body you dream of. We invite you to call our office for more information.

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