If you're tired of your muffin top, beer belly, belly pouch, or fat apron, consider tummy tuck surgery to remove stubborn, unhealthy visceral fat. San Diego, CA men and women choose abdominoplasty (one of the top 5 plastic surgery procedures in the country) to reduce the appearance of a protruding tummy. By tightening the vertical muscles and removing loose, sagging skin, you'll see a smaller waist and a firmer stomach. Also known as abdominoplasty, tummy tucks allow San Diego patients, especially those with a noticeable "bell shape," to reduce the appearance of a protuberant abdomen by tightening stomach muscles and removing excess fat and skin. If you're tired of sucking in your stomach with Spanx® or keeping your shirt on at South Mission Beach, consider the tummy tuck body contouring plastic surgery with triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Chaffoo of La Jolla Plastic Surgery.
Tummy Tuck Reviews
"Dr. Chaffoo was the most honest and professional Dr. I have met. I had seen other Dr's who made tummy tuck evaluations based upon my age and birthing of children not even examning my body. Dr Chaffoo took the time to evaluate me and gave?"- K. / Citysearch / Aug 06, 2010
"This is a very personal review. I have had three children, all grown now, but my body had seen its day with all those pregnancies. My skin was so loose and all the extra "pudge" in my abdomen had myself so self-conceince that is was embarrassing to even undress completely in-front of my husband. I had heard about tummy tucks and liposuction through the years but always feared "surgery." After one large "zero" birthday, I decided to research the fearful "surgery" a bit more. During my extensive research, I learned the key questions to ask your surgeon and what qualifications really mean. I was referred to Dr. Chaffoo by a well beloved physician and trusted their opinion, but also needed reassurance for myself. After taking the initiative and scheduling my consult, I was awaiting my visit with many questions in hand. Dr. Chaffoo and his coordinator, were very informative and answered all my many questions and concerns. They had both made me feel very comfortable with the physicians experience and credentials. I learned, so much more at the consult that was true information, it had changed my views on "surgery", or at least "tummy tuck surgery." After a few weeks of debating if I was ready, I was. I was ready to take the step and enhance my problem area. The procedure went very well Dr. Chaffoo was very comforting and attentive before and after the procedure. During my follow up appointments the nurses and doctor were empathic and reassured me along the entire healing process. After about a month or so, I was feeling as if I had MY body back! and even better than I remembered!!!! I am just so grateful to Dr. Chaffoo and his staff and grateful for the amazing referral. I am new to Yelp but wanted to make sure those who made a real difference in my life got a review. My advice to anyone questioning options of cosmetic surgery, just go see Dr. Chaffoo and you will get an honest recommendation and real information. Thank you Dr. Chaffoo."- C.N. / Office Visit / Jul 12, 2012
"<a href="http://www.citysearch.com/profile/602689442/san_diego_ca/richard_chaffoo_md_facs_fics_richard_a_chaffoo_md.html" target="cs_place">Plastic Surgery</a> - Dr. Chaffoo was the most honest and professional Dr. I have met. I had seen other Dr's who made tummy tuck evaluations based upon my age and birthing of children not even examning my body. Dr Chaffoo took the time to evaluate me and gave me option I thought I never had. I'm so pleased with the outcome and recovery process. The staff was just outstanding Nancy, Jennifer, Leanne and the rest of the team. They are all carring and real. \r\n\r\nI had lipo suction in my chin, back, and stomach and have had nothing but compliments. Dr. Chaffoo is simply the best not opting for the more agressive tummy tuck. I feel 20 years younger."- K. / Insiderpages / Aug 06, 2010
"Plastic Surgery - Dr. Chaffoo was the most honest and professional Dr. I have met. I had seen other Dr's who made tummy tuck evaluations based upon my age and birthing of children not even examning my body. Dr Chaffoo took the time to evaluate me and gave me option I thought I never had. I'm so pleased with the outcome and recovery process. The staff was just outstanding Nancy, Jennifer, Leanne and the rest of the team. They are all carring and real. I had lipo suction in my chin, back, and stomach and have had nothing but compliments. Dr. Chaffoo is simply the best not opting for the more agressive tummy tuck. I feel 20 years younger."- K. / Judy's Book / Aug 06, 2010
Dr. Richard Chaffoo has the experience and the expertise to help you realize a narrower waist and a firmer stomach. At your complimentary consultation, he will share with you the options for producing a more flattering midsection. He will also discuss in detail what to expect with your San Diego abdominoplasty including:
- Whether you would benefit from a mini-tummy tuck or a full abdominoplasty
- The surgical technique specific to your anatomy
- Both the size and the location of incisions
- Recovery and the risks associated with tummy tucks
A tummy tuck is a safe and effective surgical procedure, taking just 1 – 2 hours for the mini-tummy tuck and 3 – 5 hours for the complete version. During your procedure, Dr. Chaffoo will tighten the vertical muscles of your stomach by pulling them closer together. Additionally, he will remove sagging skin. Liposuction is also an option to remove excess fat. Finally, he will place pain pump catheters to minimize any discomfort and shorten your recovery time.
All stitches dissolve, so there's no removal later. While scarring is to be expected, most can be hidden behind your bikini line. You will want to inform Dr. Chaffoo in your complimentary consultation if you plan any additional pregnancies. Most patients are cleared to return to work 2 – 4 weeks following their tummy tuck. You may consider getting a series of lymphatic massages to reduce swelling after surgery. Please talk to Dr. Chaffoo to find a good post-surgical massage therapist.
Some results of your tummy tuck can be seen immediately after surgery, including no loose skin, a flatter stomach, and a smaller waist. In 2 – 3 months after your tummy tuck, the swelling and inflammation will have subsided so you can see your final results. With proper scar care, the tummy tuck incisions should become flat and faded about one year after your surgery, so it can be easily concealed.
A tummy tuck may cost between $8,950 - $12,500. A mini tummy tuck will be on the lower end of the cost range, while a full tummy tuck will cost more. After assessing your goals and body at the initial consultation, Dr. Chaffoo will be able to give you a more accurate price range. To help make all our procedures affordable, La Jolla Plastic Surgery can help you research and understand medical financing.
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- Average Cost
- $8,950 - $12,500
- Recovery Time
- 2 - 4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 - 5 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- Procedure Recovery Location
Tummy Tuck FAQs
Natural aging, genetics, pregnancy, childbirth, abdominal surgery, or significant weight loss are just some of the causes that may leave you with loose skin, pockets of fat, and uneven stomach contours. A tummy tuck can help you if you have:
- Excess skin that is loose, sagging, or creating an apron
- Stubborn pockets of fat that resist normal weight loss efforts (diet and exercise)
- Weakened abdominal muscles
A tummy tuck can be included with several other plastic surgeries to create your best results. A body lift or after weight loss surgery typically includes a tummy tuck. A Mommy Makeover also includes a tummy tuck and breast surgery to restore the body after pregnancy and childbirth. The removal of small amounts of fat is included in a tummy tuck, but larger amounts of fat require a tummy tuck plus liposuction.
Tummy tucks are relatively low risk, especially when performed by an experienced surgeon like Dr. Chaffoo, but there are still standard surgical risks. The most common complications are a reaction to the anesthesia, infection, bleeding, loss of sensation, and allergic reactions. To minimize your risk, please inform Dr. Chaffoo of your full medical history, including past surgeries as well as current medications, supplements, and vitamins so he can tailor your procedure to your needs for lower risk and better results.
A tummy tuck may seem like more than you need to achieve your physical and aesthetic goals. If that's the case, you may want to consider the noninvasive, nonsurgical fat reduction treatment called CoolSculpting®. However, CoolSculpting does not remove excess skin or tighten the abdominal muscles like tummy tuck surgery.