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Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Tummy Tuck and Abdominoplasty

Tummy TuckAn abdominoplasty (often called a tummy tuck) is the procedure used to improve the shape and contour of the abdomen by not only reducing the excess skin and fatty tissue, but additionally tightening the muscles of the abdomen to create a stronger, slimmer, and more aesthetic midsection. Multiple techniques can be used to achieve the best abdominal contour, and many different types of women and men can benefit from the abdominoplasty procedure.

Tummy tucks can be combined with other procedures such as liposuction and breast surgery. Combinations of procedures such as these are often referred to as a Mommy Makeover and are frequently performed by Dr. Lowenstein resulting in dramatic transformations and outstanding results.

Candidates for tummy tuck

After Pregnancy with Extra Skin
After Pregnancy without Extra Skin
Weight Loss Patients
The Mini-Abdominoplasty

After Pregnancy with Extra Skin

After Pregnancy with Extra Skin

Abdominoplasty is frequently performed for women who have had their skin and muscle stretched during pregnancy. This can be done in conjunction with or without a “Mommy Makeover” procedure which adds breast rejuvenation.

While every situation is different, many women are left with both extra skin in the abdomen as well as a stretched out muscle layer of the abdominal wall, called the diastasis rectii. An abdominoplasty, performed through an incision in the lower abdomen, involves fully lifting the skin and fatty tissue of your abdomen off of the underlying muscles, up to the lower level of the rib cage. This is followed by tightening of the abdominal wall muscles using sutures. In order to keep your belly button (umbilicus) in the right place, it is temporarily released from the surrounding skin of the abdomen as the outer skin and fat is re-positioned in a manner that removes both excess bulk and excess loose skin. This tissue excess is removed, and the belly button is be replaced in the proper position.

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After Pregnancy without Extra Skin

After pregnancy, some women are left with a bulge in their abdomen even though the skin has reacted very well and has contracted nicely without become wrinkly and excessive. Patients such as this may still have some residual pockets of fat that can be treated with liposuction or CoolSculpting, and that may be enough for their personal goals. Others will still want a very flat stomach, and that will require an abdominoplasty.

In these cases, skin may not even need to be resected, but the stretched out muscles of the abdominal wall (diastasis) will still need to be corrected. The abdominoplasty operation here is similar to the one when there is extra skin, but there is less (or no) skin removed, and the purpose of this operation is solely to flatten the abdominal contour.

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After Pregnancy without Extra Skin

Weight Loss Patients

Weight Loss Patients

Many patients have changed their diet and lifestyle, or even had surgery which has allowed them to loose significant amounts of weight. In patients who have lost a lot of weight, the volume under the skin may have been addressed but the stretched skin overlying the abdomen (and other areas) may remain.

These patients are often outstanding candidates for abdominoplasty which allows removal of the residual bulk or apron of skin that can can cause discomfort as well as infections at the underlying skin fold. The procedure is performed in much the same way as described in mothers above, but usually involves removal of much more tissue. Dr. Lowenstein’s abdominoplasty can help these patients in aspects of appearance, comfort, and general health as removal of the tissue excess results in an increased ease of physical activity and exercise leading to a healthier you. In these weight loss patients, abdominoplasty is often combined with other procedures to similarly remove tissue excess in the arms, the legs, and the back associated with a lifting the buttock area.

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The Mini Abdominoplasty

In some thin women, the only signs of previous pregnancy are some excess skin found in the area below the belly button. These patients may be candidates for a modified or mini abdominoplasty in Santa Barbara which simply involves removal of this extra extra skin in your abdomen.

In the mini abdominoplasty, an external incision around the belly button can be avoided and the lower incision can be considerably shortened.

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The Mini Abdominoplasty

See the Results

Tummy Tuck
This actual patient of Dr. Lowenstein lost weight and then had Dr. Lowenstein help reshape her body with an abdominoplasty and breast surgery. Did we mention that she is 21 years old in the photo on the left, and TWICE that age in the photo on the right?! We are so proud of her!

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Conveniently located in Santa Barbara, Dr. Lowenstein commonly cares for many tummy tuck and abdominoplasty surgery patients from Santa Maria, Bakersfield, Ventura, and Thousand Oaks.

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