Tummy Tuck

Introduction To Tummy Tuck

Discover a path to renewed confidence and a beautifully contoured midsection at the Aesthetic Arts Institute of Plastic Surgery. For patients in San Diego who are dissatisfied with the appearance of their abdomen, Dr. Kaweski offers a transformative solution: the Tummy Tuck. This procedure, clinically referred to as abdominoplasty, is meticulously designed to remove excess tissue and skin from the midsection, yielding a belly that is both flat and precisely defined. At our state-of-the-art facility, we understand the importance of aligning physical appearance with personal self-image. Dr. Kaweski, with her expert team, employs the latest techniques to ensure that each patient achieves their aesthetic goals, providing support and guidance throughout the journey to a rejuvenated self.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A Tummy Tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that Dr. Kaweski performs at the La Mesa Surgery Center to address concerns patients in San Diego may have about the appearance of their abdomen. This procedure specifically removes excess tissue and skin from the midsection, effectively producing a belly that is flat, well-defined, and more in harmony with the overall body contour. Ideal for individuals looking to refine their silhouette after significant weight loss, pregnancy, or aging, a Tummy Tuck by Dr. Kaweski not only enhances physical appearance but also boosts self-confidence by crafting a more aesthetically pleasing abdominal profile.

How does a Tummy Tuck work?

A Tummy Tuck, offered by Dr. Kaweski in the San Diego area, is a comprehensive procedure that reshapes and revitalizes the midsection, providing many benefits for both men and women seeking to enhance their body contour. This transformative process involves meticulously removing excess skin, fat, and tissue to achieve a leaner, flatter abdomen—a result often unattainable through diet and exercise alone. Particularly beneficial for patients who have undergone significant weight loss or women post-pregnancy, the procedure also includes tightening abdominal muscles, further refining the body’s silhouette. Beyond aesthetic improvements, a Tummy Tuck can offer functional benefits such as reducing urinary incontinence post-vaginal birth, improving posture, and alleviating back pain due to enhanced muscle tone and support. During the initial consultation, Dr. Kaweski will provide a personalized overview of what individuals can expect, acknowledging that results may vary based on each patient’s unique circumstances.

Benefits of a Tummy Tuck

Elimination of Excess Skin, Fat, and Tissue

A Tummy Tuck meticulously removes unwanted skin, fat, and tissue from the abdomen, offering a more toned and smooth appearance. This particularly benefits individuals who refine their midsection for a more sculpted look.

Achievement of Results Beyond Diet and Exercise

For many, a Tummy Tuck provides the aesthetic results that diet and exercise alone cannot achieve, especially when tightening loose skin or removing stubborn fat deposits.

Leaner, Flatter Body Contour

This procedure is ideal for those who have experienced significant weight loss and are left with excess skin. It helps achieve a leaner, more contoured physique, enhancing the overall body shape.

Muscle Tightening

Particularly beneficial for women post-pregnancy, the Tummy Tuck includes tightening abdominal muscles. This not only improves the look of the abdomen but can also restore muscle function and strength.

Functional Benefits

Beyond cosmetic improvements, a Tummy Tuck can also offer functional benefits such as reducing urinary incontinence post-vaginal birth and improving posture and back pain due to strengthened abdominal muscles.

Tummy Tuck Timeline and Process


Your journey starts with a thorough consultation where Dr. Kaweski evaluates your physique and discusses your aesthetic ambitions for a Tummy Tuck. This step allows you to voice any questions, ensuring you're comfortable and confident in the procedure plan.

Preoperative Prep

Once your surgery is scheduled, Dr. Kaweski advises on pre-surgery preparations, including lifestyle adjustments and medical guidelines, to ensure your body is in optimal condition for the procedure.

Surgery Day

Performed at Dr. Kaweski's advanced outpatient surgical center, the Tummy Tuck involves removing excess skin and fat, tightening abdominal muscles, and repositioning the skin for a contoured abdomen, with incisions made discreetly along the bikini line and around the navel-based on your specific needs.

Postoperative Care

Post-surgery, you'll receive detailed care instructions from our expert post-op team to manage discomfort and support healing, emphasizing the importance of following these guidelines for a smooth recovery.

Recovery and Follow-Up Appointments

Recovery duration varies. However, Dr. Kaweski will closely monitor your progress through follow-up visits, ensuring your healing is on track and addressing any concerns to achieve the best possible outcome.

Why choose us for a Tummy Tuck?

  • The Expertise of Dr. Kaweski: At Aesthetic Arts Institute of Plastic Surgery, you’ll be under the care of Dr. Kaweski, a highly skilled and experienced plastic surgeon. Her depth of knowledge and precision in performing Tummy Tucks ensures patients receive personalized treatment plans designed to meet their specific aesthetic goals, resulting in natural-looking and beautiful outcomes.
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities: La Mesa Surgical Center boasts a modern, state-of-the-art outpatient surgical center with the latest technology and safety protocols. This ensures that every Tummy Tuck procedure is performed in an environment that prioritizes patient comfort, safety, and the highest standards of care.
  • Comprehensive Consultation Process: Dr. Kaweski’s approach includes an in-depth consultation process, where she fully engages with each patient to fully understand their desires and concerns. This patient-centered approach ensures that all treatments are tailored to the individual, fostering trust and ensuring satisfaction with the results.
  • Exceptional Postoperative Care: Patients of Aesthetic Arts Institute of Plastic Surgery benefit from unparalleled postoperative support. The knowledgeable post-op team provides detailed recovery plans and ensures a smooth, comfortable recovery process, offering peace of mind and promoting optimal healing.
  • Proven Track Record of Success: The institute’s reputation for excellence is backed by a history of satisfied patients who have achieved their desired outcomes. Testimonials and before-and-after galleries showcase the transformative results Dr. Kaweski has achieved through Tummy Tuck surgeries, highlighting her commitment to excellence in cosmetic surgery.


What’s the difference between a Tummy Tuck and a Mini Tummy Tuck?

A regular Tummy Tuck involves a full incision from hip to hip, addressing the lower and upper abdomen. In comparison, a mini Tummy Tuck features a smaller incision and focuses solely on the lower abdomen. This distinction allows for targeted correction based on the patient’s specific needs.

Will I have a drain after a Tummy Tuck?

Yes, it is standard practice for patients to have drains in place for about 7 to 10 days following surgery. These drains are crucial for removing fluid, reducing swelling, and ensuring proper healing during the initial recovery phase.

How do I know if I need a Tummy Tuck or Liposuction?

A Tummy Tuck is ideal for individuals with excess skin in the abdominal area, offering skin tightening benefits, whereas liposuction is suited for removing stubborn fat deposits. The choice between the two depends on whether the primary concern is excess skin or fat.

Can I combine a Tummy Tuck with other procedures?

Absolutely, combining a Tummy Tuck with other procedures, such as a breast lift, augmentation, or liposuction in areas other than the abdomen, is quite common. This approach, often called a mommy makeover, can enhance overall body contour and reduce total recovery time compared to undergoing procedures separately.

How long after a Tummy Tuck until I can have sex?

It is recommended to wait at least 4 to 6 weeks post-surgery before engaging in sexual activity to ensure proper healing and avoid complications. This precaution helps protect the integrity of the incisions and the surgery results.