With that said, not everyone is a candidate for a tummy tuck. The procedure is not intended for those looking to lose weight, as only small amounts of fat are removed to help contour the waistline. If you are not at or close to your ideal weight goal, Dr. Kaweski will most likely recommend another procedure instead, such as liposuction. To know for sure if you are a candidate for a tummy tuck, please call our San Diego office and schedule an initial consultation.
Our Tummy Tuck Process
The first step to attaining beautiful, natural-looking results from your tummy tuck surgery is
having an in-depth consultation with Dr. Kaweski. At your consultation, she will ask you
comprehensive questions and assess your body to better understand your goals and determine
how she can help you achieve them with a tummy tuck.
Your consultation is also the perfect opportunity to ask questions and alleviate your concerns
regarding surgery. Dr. Kaweski is here to ensure you feel comfortable and confident in her
surgical skills before moving forward with treatment.
After your consultation, it is time to set a date and prepare for your tummy tuck surgery. Dr.
Kaweski will provide a list of pre-operative preparation steps you should implement in the days
and weeks leading up to your surgery.
On the date of your tummy tuck with Dr. Kaweski, surgery will take place at her state-of-the-art
outpatient surgical center, which is conveniently located next to the main Aesthetic Arts
Institute of Plastic Surgery office in La Mesa.
After surgery, you will be treated with the utmost care by our highly trained and knowledgeable
post-op team. To ensure your recovery is as smooth as possible, we will provide post-op
recommendations and an easy-to-follow recovery plan.
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
Before your tummy tuck procedure, you will be put under general anesthesia. During surgery,
Dr. Kaweski will first make an incision from hip to hip between your pubic hairline and belly. On
women, this incision is made along your bikini line. The length and shape of the incision depend
on the extent of the treatment area and the amount of excess skin being removed. Additionally,
she may make another incision around your belly button if you are having excess skin removed
from the upper abdomen.
Next, Dr. Kaweski will carefully remove unwanted skin, fat, and tissue from the stomach area
and tighten and repair your abdominal muscles with sutures. Then, she will pull down the upper
abdominal skin, trim the excess tissue, and reposition the skin on your stomach for a slimmer,
more toned and contoured abdomen. Once the skin is placed in an optimal aesthetic position,
Dr. Kaweski will close the incisions.
What Is the Recovery Like From a Tummy Tuck?
Recovering from a tummy tuck requires patients to take it easy for several weeks. You’ll need someone to drive you home from the surgery center and help with your initial care. Additionally, it’s important to keep the upper body elevated with the knees flexed to lessen the pressure on the abdomen.
You will experience pain, swelling, and bruising, but over-the-counter medications can help alleviate this. While you can drive in a few weeks, you won’t be able to exercise for four to six weeks.
Excellence in Tummy Tucks in the San Diego Area
There is a reason San Diego and La Mesa women choose Dr. Kaweski for their tummy tucks and other plastic surgery needs. With more than 30 years of local and international plastic surgery experience, you can trust Dr. Kaweski to deliver beautiful, natural-looking results that will ensure you love your body! Schedule your consultation today at (619) 464-9876.
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?
The price of a tummy tuck varies by patient. To get an estimate of what a tummy tuck would cost from Dr. Kaweski, please click here. The prices given are estimates only and exact pricing will be determined when you come in for an initial consultation. We are also happy to offer financing options to our patients.