Tummy Tuck in Solana Beach


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The abdominal area is notoriously difficult to tighten and tone with diet and exercise alone. Complicating factors like pregnancy, aging and gravity can add to the challenge of maintaining an attractive midsection.

Surgical correction via tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a popular option for many. Solana Beach tummy tuck patients trust Dr. Anshu Gupta to deliver beautiful results safely. Dr. Gupta is as technically skilled as he is artistically gifted; he uses the latest surgical techniques with an eye for balance and proportion for ideal outcomes.

Tummy Tuck Patient
31-year-old female patient with children and history of 50lb weight loss who wished to address the extra skin and stretch marks on the abdomen. Tummy tuck performed. Photos show 6-week post op results.

Am I a Candidate for Tummy Tuck?

Many tummy tuck candidates are mothers that have noticed changes in their abdomen after pregnancy, or individuals that have lost a significant amount of weight but have loose skin and sagging in the abdominal area.

However, you don’t have to fit into either one of these categories to qualify for surgery. You may be a tummy tuck candidate if you:

  • Are physically and psychologically stable
  • Do not have any chronic medical conditions
  • Do not smoke
  • Are at or close to your ideal weight
  • Do not plan to become pregnant after surgery
  • Understand the procedure and the possible risks
  • Have reasonable goals of surgery

If you believe you are a candidate for tummy tuck, schedule a consultation with Dr. Gupta. During your appointment, he will perform a physical examination of your midsection, noting the amount of excess skin/fat and the elasticity of your skin. He will want a complete picture of your health and any details about previous surgeries. When he determines you are a suitable candidate for surgery, he will outline a proposed treatment plan.

After scheduling your surgery date, you will receive valuable information for preparing for surgery and your recovery.

Tummy Tuck Patient
47-year-old female patient with history of gastric bypass, significant weight loss and loose abdominal muscles who wished to address the extra skin, fat and muscle laxity on the abdomen and back. Tummy tuck and liposuction of the flanks was performed. Photos show 5-month post op results.

More about the Procedure

To begin, Dr. Gupta will make the surgical incisions horizontally along the lower abdomen, right above the pubic hairline. The incision will be placed low enough that any scarring can be concealed by underwear or a bathing suit bottom.

Through the incision, Dr. Gupta will remove excess fat (using liposuction techniques), glandular tissue and skin. He will repair abdominal muscles that have separated or weakened, and stitch them into place using internal sutures. He may reposition the navel higher on the abdomen if need be. Dr. Gupta will then re-drape the skin more tightly over the abdomen and close the incisions with sutures. He may place a supportive garment to help the tissues conform to their new contours.

If desired, additional sutures are placed to anchor the skin and fat tissue to the muscular wall, thereby minimizing the need for drain placement. This drainless technique results in significantly easier recovery. Dr. Gupta enhances the results further by sculpting the fat under the skin to provide subtle appearance of a “six-pack” after the procedure, should the patient desire.

Tummy Tuck Patient
33-year-old female patient with children who wished to address the extra skin and stretch marks on the abdomen. Tummy tuck was performed. Photos show 4-month post op results.

Tummy Tuck Recovery

One recovery-related concern common amongst tummy tuck patients is the fear of having drains placed after surgery. With Dr. Gupta, this is not a concern; his approach does not include using drains.

After tummy tuck, the abdominal area will be bruised, sore and swollen. It will be challenging to move around a lot (bending, lifting and straining are prohibited) so it’s best to get plenty of rest and relaxation. Short walks are good for circulation, but other than that, allow your body to heal at its own pace.

Dr. Gupta will meet with you several times during your recovery to check your healing progress, answer your questions and let you know when to return to work, exercise and other normal activities.

Learn More about Tummy Tuck

To learn more about tummy tuck and how it can improve your abdominal area, please contact Verve Plastic Surgery. Call (760) 436-7600 today and book an appointment with Dr. Gupta.