A tummy tuck in Orange County with Dr. Esmailian can beautifully reshape the stomach, delivering a flatter, tighter look that will jumpstart your self-confidence and expand your wardrobe options. As a double board-certified authority in body sculpting, Dr. Esmailian provides superior results tailored to your wishes.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

The abdomen contains an inner wall of connective tissue and muscle called the abdominal fascia. This abdominal fascia is responsible for holding all abdominal organs in place, as well as maintaining the appearance and tone of the stomach. While the abdominal fascia is robust, it can be stretched during pregnancy and weight fluctuations. In some cases, the abdominal fascia is resilient enough to return to its original shape. In other cases, it becomes permanently distorted, contributing to a bloated appearance.

A tummy tuck not only removes excess skin following weight loss, aging, or pregnancy but it also gets underneath the skin to tighten the abdominal fascia. This ensures that every abdominal layer is addressed in order to achieve a properly toned and fit appearance. Tummy tuck surgery is sometimes combined with liposuction to help remove excess fat, further sculpting the lower body. Overall, abdominoplasty has a high rate of patient satisfaction and can help to increase your wardrobe options and boost your self-confidence.

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How can a Tummy Tuck Help Contour the Body After Weight Loss?

Weight loss can be a proud accomplishment. Unfortunately, depending upon the amount of weight lost, it can also create skin that is now loose since it has less mass to cover. In this case, there is no amount of exercise or fitness that can correct it since the skin itself has lost elasticity. This condition can present a significant burden, both physically and cosmetically. A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and re-contour the body, restoring a toned, youthful appearance. Dr. Esmailian’s patients regard him as providing among the best tummy tuck results Orange County has available.

How can a Tummy Tuck Help Restore Confidence After Pregnancy?

Following pregnancy, many women are left with excess, loose skin that is unsightly and bothersome. Compounding this, many women find it nearly impossible to reshape their bodies on their own through dieting and exercise. Abdominoplasty in Orange County with Dr. Esmailian can help create the flat, well-toned abdomen that has up to this point remained elusive.

How is a Tummy Tuck Performed?

During a tummy tuck, the primary goal is to remove excess skin and give the stomach a flat, toned appearance. Additionally, the surgery aims to tighten the abdominal fascia so that every layer of tissue is draped aesthetically over the contours of the stomach.

The incision is created several inches above the pubis area, ensuring it is easily hidden following the procedure. Once the excess skin is removed, Dr. Esmailian will address the abdominal fascia by tightening it with permanent sutures. The remaining skin is then repositioned over the newly tightened structure. A tummy tuck generally takes about two to three hours to complete.

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What are the Benefits of a Tummy Tuck?

  • Firms, tones, and rejuvenates the lower body
  • Removes excess skin and fat
  • Tightens the underlying stomach muscles
  • Increases stamina and mobility
  • Restores a positive self-image
  • Enhances self-confidence
  • Enriches wardrobe choices
  • Long-lasting results

What can I Expect from my Results?

Initially, your tummy tuck results may be difficult to see. Once the swelling dissipates and internal healing is complete, you will enjoy a firmer, flatter abdominal contour. Your stomach will be more proportionate with your weight and body type. Although you will see your new, slimmer profile within a week or two, your true results may take several weeks or months to become apparent.

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Who is a Good Candidate for Abdominoplasty?

Individuals who lose a substantial amount of weight, as well as nearly every woman who has been pregnant, have some degree of muscle laxity. Aging can also lead to unwanted changes in the abdomen. If you have a combination of excess or loose skin on your abdomen, stubborn abdominal fat, and separated six-pack muscles, you are an ideal candidate for a tummy tuck procedure in Orange County. Abdominoplasty is designed to address any or all three of these conditions.

You may benefit from a tummy tuck if:

  • You are at a stable weight 
  • You are mentally and physically healthy
  • You are free from any major medical conditions
  • You are a non-smoker, or you are willing to quit before and after surgery
  • You are unhappy with the appearance of your abdomen
  • You have found no success contouring the body through diet and exercise
  • You have realistic expectations as to what a tummy tuck can accomplish
  • You are willing to follow Dr. Esmailian’s instructions
  • You are undergoing a tummy tuck to please yourself and not others

What will my Recovery Entail?

After your tummy tuck procedure is complete, Dr. Esmailian will stitch and bandage the incision site. He may choose to give you a specially designed garment or bandage to minimize swelling and support the abdomen as it heals.

Because abdominoplasty is an outpatient procedure, you will receive information about how to care for your incision site. Additionally, you will be advised as to which positions offer you the greatest comfort while you recover from your tummy tuck procedure in Orange County.

After your tummy tuck, you will need to limit all strenuous activities for at least four weeks. You may need to take a leave from work for up to a month to ensure the best tummy tuck results possible. Dr. Esmailian will inform you about your limitations and recovery time based on your particular situation.

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Why choose Dr. Esmailian in Orange County?

Dr. Esmailian’s care extends beyond the surgical techniques he delivers, and he wants to ensure that every aspect of your treatment is proper. He will not simply perform a procedure because a patient has come in requesting it. He will use his artistry and technical expertise to fully assess the situation, reaching a conclusion only once the patient is completely satisfied with the options presented. It is this level of care that helps Dr. Esmailian deliver among the best tummy tuck results Orange County has available. 

Dr. Esmailian obtained his medical degree at the George Washington University School of Medicine, subsequently completing a General Surgery Residency Program at the elite University of Southern California. During his training, he was honored as an Outstanding Resident of the Year, Outstanding Resident Teacher of the Year, and Administrative Chief Resident. Dr. Esmailian continued to pursue his medical education at the Indiana University Hospital in Indianapolis with a prestigious Plastic Surgery Residency, solidifying his grasp of complex aesthetic procedures. 

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What can I Expect from my Consultation?

During your consultation, Dr. Esmailian will evaluate your candidacy for a tummy tuck and perform the necessary diagnostic tests.

This is the time for total honesty between doctor and patient. The more thorough, detailed, and transparent your consultation, the higher your chance of a successful, satisfying outcome. 

Dr. Esmailian will discuss the following topics with you in depth:

  • Your aesthetic goals and expectations
  • Your overall mental and physical health
  • Your medical and surgical background
  • Your current medications and supplements
  • Your allergies
  • The risks and benefits of abdominoplasty
  • What you can expect from recovery
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FAQ's

What can I do to get rid of swelling after tummy tuck surgery?

How long is the recovery period for a full tummy tuck?

Can I wear a bikini after a tummy tuck?

Can you have a baby after a tummy tuck?

How much weight can I lose from tummy tuck surgery?

Can I tighten my loose abdominal skin without surgery?

How long should I wait to resume my workouts?

How soon after surgery can I start scar treatment?

Will a tummy tuck cause stretch marks?

What is the most comfortable and safe sleeping position after a tummy tuck?

Is a tummy tuck covered by insurance?

What is the average time for drains to stay in after a tummy tuck?

How long after a tummy tuck does pain and soreness usually last?

How will weight gain after a tummy tuck affect my results?

What can I do to get rid of swelling after tummy tuck surgery?

Swelling is a normal part of any surgery. Not only does the area that has been operated on undergo swelling, but the entire body does. It is common to have the hands and feet swollen after the procedure. The compression garment will aid in reducing the swelling in the abdominal area. The rest of the body will slowly return to normal. We generally ask patients to wear some sort of compression for the first 6 weeks.

How long is the recovery period for a full tummy tuck?

If the patient has a desk job, then they can return to work after 2 weeks. Patients that are more active at their jobs may need to take an additional week off. At 6 weeks, patients can return to full activity, including going to the gym. All restrictions are lifted at that point.

Can I wear a bikini after a tummy tuck?

Absolutely. The key things for a tummy tuck to be hidden are the height of the incision and the opening for the belly button creation. If these two aspects of the procedure are performed meticulously, then when wearing a bikini, it will be very difficult to discern if the patient has had any surgery performed.

Can you have a baby after a tummy tuck?

Although not ideal cosmetically, we have had patients get pregnant after a tummy tuck procedure and successfully carry their baby to term. Having a tummy tuck does not affect the pregnancy.

How much weight can I lose from tummy tuck surgery?

A tummy tuck procedure is not a weight-loss procedure. The skin and fat really do not weigh much. In general, Dr. Esmailian has removed anywhere from less than a pound and up to 20 lbs in certain cases.

Can I tighten my loose abdominal skin without surgery?

There is no other way to really tighten loose abdominal skin without surgery. Skin that has been stretched from pregnancy or weight gain and then weight loss will have lost its capacity to snap back. The only way to tighten the contours is to remove the extra skin and stretch the rest of the skin down. Liposuction, whether it is laser (smart lipo), Vaser (ultrasonic lipo), or power-assisted (PAL), will not tighten the skin significantly enough to give an appreciable and consistent result. Some of the newer modalities, such as Body Tite that rely on radiofrequency, have shown a bit more contraction of the skin over Vaser lipo and other similar techniques. But again, this is still not very significant when compared to a tummy tuck.

How long should I wait to resume my workouts?

Dr. Esmailian suggests a downtime of 6 weeks before patients can resume full activity. This means the patient can go back to the gym and restart their workouts. Obviously, you should start slow and listen to your body. Everyone has a different rate of healing. You will not harm any part of the procedure after resuming full activity at 6 weeks, but your body may not quite be ready.

How soon after surgery can I start scar treatment?

Our patients have a special tape placed on their incisions at the time of surgery. This tape will provide compression, staying on for about 2 weeks. Once the tape is removed, we ask our patients to start our scar treatment regime. This usually begins with a silicone gel cream that we have our patients use for 3 months’ time, applying it 2x per day. After this period, we provide our patients with an order form to purchase and start applying silicone gel strips to their incisions. To have the best outcome from the surgical scars, we ask our patients to use the tape up to 1 year post-op. Remember, scar outcome depends on three factors: The surgeon, the patient, and how well a scar treatment program is undertaken.

Will a tummy tuck cause stretch marks?

Tummy tuck surgery will not cause stretch marks. Any stretch marks that are seen at or below the belly button before surgery will be removed. Any stretch marks above the belly button generally will remain but will be moved down with the pulling and repositioning of the skin.

What is the most comfortable and safe sleeping position after a tummy tuck?

We ask our patients to sleep with their backs elevated as well as their thighs. We want to be in a beach chair position. This takes the tension off the incision and skin and allows better perfusion to the area.

Is a tummy tuck covered by insurance?

No. Insurance may cover what is termed as a panniculectomy. This is the simple removal of the lower part of the pannus (hanging skin) and closure. It does not involve any cutting around the umbilicus; hence it does not address the muscles or any skin above the belly button. It is for severe cases of excess skin and fat.

What is the average time for drains to stay in after a tummy tuck?

5-14 days.

How long after a tummy tuck does pain and soreness usually last?

Everyone is different, but the first 48 hours are the most difficult time of recovery. After the first two days, most of our patients don’t require any more pain medication in the form of narcotics. Most will resort to Tylenol after that.

How will weight gain after a tummy tuck affect my results?

If a patient gains weight after any kind of procedure, including a tummy tuck, it follows the same patterns as it did beforehand. Having liposuction/tummy tuck surgery does not change things if weight gain happens afterward. Weight gain can affect the results, which is why we always operate at a time when the patient is stable at their current weight.

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