Tummy Tuck

Mitts Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery located in Bakersfield, CA

A tummy tuck is a comprehensive body contouring procedure that removes fat from the abdomen and tightens underlying muscles, giving you the flat belly of your dreams. Gordon Mitts, MD, of Mitts Plastic Surgery in Bakersfield California, has considerable expertise in performing tummy tucks and mini tummy tucks, so call the surgery today to make an appointment or book online.

Tummy Tuck Q & A

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure otherwise known as abdominoplasty that removes excess fat and skin from the abdominal region. A tummy tuck also restores any weak or damaged muscles in the abdomen to help create a stronger, firmer belly.

Why might I need a tummy tuck?

Leading a healthy lifestyle, eating a nutritious diet with controlled portion sizes, and taking regular exercise are key to maintaining health and physical fitness, but for some people, the belly is an area that resists these efforts.

You may be well-proportioned elsewhere on your body, yet still have a stubborn excess of fat in your abdominal region or a belly that is loose and sagging. Common causes for this problem include:

  • The effects of aging
  • Genetic disposition
  • The after-effects of pregnancy
  • Previous surgeries
  • Experiencing significant weight fluctuations

A tummy tuck can get rid of these stubborn areas of fat and skin to give you a flat stomach, improving your self-esteem and boosting your confidence.

How do I know if a tummy tuck is right for me?

When you attend your consultation with Dr. Mitts, he reviews your medical history including any previous surgeries you’ve had and evaluates your present health and well-being to determine whether you’re suitable for a tummy tuck operation. You have the opportunity to discuss all the benefits of having a tummy tuck and what you hope to achieve, as well as the possible risks associated with surgery.

Dr. Mitts takes you through the procedure and all your options before you agree on a treatment plan, and he’s passionate about ensuring his patients understand the procedure and feel happy at every step. Dr. Mitts also offers a mini tummy tuck that involves a smaller incision and is preferable for some patients.

What happens during a tummy tuck operation?

Dr. Mitts recommends the most effective combination of sedative and anesthetic to ensure you’re comfortable throughout the procedure. Once the medications take effect, he makes a horizontal incision in the lower area of your abdomen above the pubic hairline.

Dr. Mitts removes excess fat and repairs any weakened muscles in the abdomen, before pulling the skin back into place. He then trims away any surplus skin, repositioning your belly button and suturing the skin into its new position.

After recovery from the anesthetic, you go home with detailed instructions regarding wound care and how to optimize healing, and an appointment for a follow-up consultation.

To find out more about tummy tuck surgery and make an appointment to see Dr. Mitts, call Mitts Plastic Surgery today, or book using the online facility.