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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Specialist

Hollywood Star Plastic Surgery

Zareh H. Vartivarian, MD

Plastic Surgeon located in San Fernando Valley, West Hills, CA

Tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin that can make a belly look flabby and puffy. As a leading physician at Hollywood Star Plastic Surgery in the West Hills Surgicenter, Dr. Vartivarian has extensive experience performing abdominoplasty in patients from West Hills, CA, and the San Fernando Valley region.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Q & A

What is a tummy tuck?

Also called an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess fat and other tissue and to tighten the abdominal muscles, so the belly area appears firmer, flatter and more toned. Tummy tucks are often used following a considerable weight loss or after pregnancy when skin appears loose and saggy. They can also be used to address a “paunch” that does not respond to diet and exercise.

What causes “belly flab”?

The abdominal muscles are part of the body's core muscles, used to support the body during most activities – even sitting and standing. These muscles can become weak and sometimes separated after years of supporting excess weight and fat tissue or following multiple pregnancies. Some people develop a flabby belly simply as a result of the natural changes that occur in the aging process or as a result of leading a very sedentary life. Previous surgery in the belly area can also weaken muscles and cause the abdomen to sag and become loose and flabby. Even genetics can play a role.

What happens during the abdominoplasty procedure?

Two approaches are available, depending on the amount of fat and tissue to be removed and where the excess tissue is located in the abdomen:

  • A complete tummy tuck uses an incision that goes across the lower belly so the tissue in the entire abdominal area can be treated. The belly button will also usually need to be repositioned.
  • A partial or “mini” tummy tuck is less invasive and addresses only the tissue below the navel. Usually, the belly button does not have to be repositioned.

Depending on the approach used, the surgery can take from one to five hours.

Does an abdominoplasty permanently prevent belly “flab”?

No. If excess weight is regained or additional pregnancies occur, the skin and tissues can become lax again. Ideally, women should wait until after they're done having children to have a tummy tuck.

Before and After Gallery - Abdominoplasty/Panniculectomy