Tummy Tuck & Abdominoplasty

Abdominoplasty encompasses the following procedures.

  • Full Tummy Tuck
  • Mini Tummy Tuck

Laxity of the abdominal wall and overlying skin is common after pregnancy and weight loss in both men and women. The underlying muscle tone becomes obscured by loose skin and in some cases excess fat, which prevents patients from attaining an aesthetically pleasing body contour. During pregnancy and weight gain, the abdominal wall muscles are stretched and often remain so following delivery or weight loss. During the abdominoplasty procedure, excess skin and fat are removed and the muscles are tightened like a corset to achieve a flat, toned profile and waistline. Abdominoplasty is often combined with liposuction of the flanks in order to synergistically narrow the waistline and re-establish natural aesthetic curves.

In some cases, the muscle laxity is confined to the lower abdomen and the skin excess is minimal. In these cases, you may be a candidate for a mini abdominoplasty whereby the lower abdomen is tightened, and the excess skin removed. The incision is typically much shorter, and the recovery period is condensed.

Read below for more information on the tummy tuck procedure or schedule a consultation now.

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About The Tummy Tuck Procedure

All procedures are done in a balanced fashion to create a natural esthetic.

What Should I Expect?

During the consultation we will focus on creating a treatment plan that addresses your goals and fulfills your expectations. We will discuss your pregnancy history and future plans, current exercise regimen, diet and history of weight fluctuation. In this way, I can properly counsel you on the expected long-term results. For instance, if you have recently lost weight on a crash diet, then the abdominoplasty result we achieve will be short-lived as you return to your regular diet and exercise habits.

A tummy tuck, is not an efficient weight-loss tool and when used as such will yield disappointing results. We will discuss the need for muscle plication or tightening and how this will contribute to your result. Incision location will be demonstrated so that you will leave the consultation with a clear idea of the expected result.

A tummy tuck is a truly transformative procedure that consistently yields dramatic, lifechanging results. Time to be excited about the new you.

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Donald Mowlds, MD

Abdominoplasty is performed at an accredited surgery center in Newport Beach, California, USA. Under the care of a Board Certified Anesthesiologist, general anesthesia (fully asleep) is used to ensure maximal comfort and safety.

The procedure typically lasts 3-4 hours depending on the degree of shaping required. Special nerve blocks are used during surgery to ensure maximal post-operative comfort.

The incision for a tummy tuck is placed low in the bikini line and hidden in the natural underwear and bathing suit lines. I take extra care and pride to make sure there is acceptable distance between the belly button and the scar line. This allows patients to comfortably wear low cut underwear and bathing suits with confidence. Additionally, it gives the abdomen an elongated appearance, which is both slimming and aesthetically pleasing.

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Patients are monitored overnight in the surgery center to ensure absolute comfort and are discharged home the following morning. Patients are encouraged to ambulate often following their procedure, however, maintain a hunched position for one week due to the tightness of the skin. Patients are typically out of a work environment for 1-2 weeks and can resume all activities 6 weeks following surgery. I encourage my patients to wear a compression garment for several weeks to help control swelling and to mold the final contour.

The results are intended to be long lasting provided a healthy and active lifestyle is maintained.

Donald Mowlds, MD

Donald S. Mowlds, MD, MBA

Yes, this procedure is painful. Your abdominal muscles are significantly tightened during the surgery to give you a flat stomach and defined waist contour. Understandably, your stomach muscles are tense and painful, occasionally causing patients to feel like they are unable to take a deep breath. This sensation dissipates during the first post-operative week. Typically, the incision does not cause pain, only slight discomfort.

After a tummy tuck you will have two drains, which are secured at the end of the incision on each hip. Please monitor and record the drain output daily as this will determine when your drains can be safely removed. If they are removed too early, fluid accumulates beneath the skin causing a seroma, which is managed with frequent needle aspirations.

Depending on the location of the stretch marks and the amount of excess skin to be removed, your stretch marks may be included in the excised portion. However, if your stretch marks are in the middle of the abdomen or above the belly button they may still be visible after surgery. During your consultation, I will be able to tell you whether it is possible to remove all or your stretch marks.

Most importantly, the pregnancy is unaffected by the tummy tuck procedure. The natural growth of the fetus will, however, stretch the abdominal wall as it would if no tummy tuck had been performed. As such, the contour achieved following surgery may be partially compromised. For this reason, I encourage any tummy tuck patients to reserve body contouring procedures for a time when childbearing is complete.

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Other Body Procedures

Liposculpture uses various liposuction techniques to sequentially address these regions in order to restore an aesthetically appealing contour.

The Newport Beach Mommy Makeover utilizes a combination of procedures to restore the pre-pregnancy physique. Common procedures include a breast augmentation, breast lift and a lift with breast implant placement, abdominoplasty and liposculpture.

Buttock augmentation with fat transfer adds volume to shape the buttocks region, improving projection and contour in patients with flat, sagging and small buttocks. The fat is removed from areas of excess throughout the body using advanced liposuction techniques.

The arm lift procedure removes excess skin and fat, restoring an aesthetically pleasing contour to the upper arm.

The thigh lift procedure removes excess skin and fat, restoring an aesthetically pleasing contour to the upper leg. Liposuction is often used to fine-tune the final result.

Correction to hernia formation (“outie”), unwanted piercing holes and creases that form when seated, among others. I use a customizable technique that restores a natural aesthetic to the central abdomen.

Surgically enhance the aesthetics of the labia minora (inner lips). The goal is to reshape the labia using specially designed surgical techniques intended to achieve a natural appearance without sacrificing sensation or function.

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Popular patient requests include restoring volume loss from the face and aging around the eyes which through a midface lift, will reposition your existing facial soft tissue onto the cheekbones to restore vitality. A lower face and neck lift will impart youthfulness through careful repositioning of your skin and natural facial volume. Vertical bands, loose skin and fullness beneath the chin will also be addressed during a neck lift to reveal and highlight your underlying structure.

Breast surgery is a core component of my practice and one of my true passions. I have spent years researching breast cancer, reconstruction and aesthetics in order to offer my patients the most innovative products and surgical techniques.

Areas of excess fat that persist despite diet and exercise can be frustrating. The intrinsic blueprint for fat deposition and retention varies widely between individuals. Body contouring is more art than science that requires blending several procedures and techniques in order to achieve a dramatic and resilient result. Lax skin and excess fat are addressed and muscles are tightened, restoring a youthful and natural appearance to the body.

Skin health is a science that treats the skin components at a cellular level to achieve flawless complexion and texture. A customized skin-care regimen can aggressively treat pigmentation and textural abnormalities as well as optimize the skin to tolerate more aggressive procedures such as lasers and peels. This combined approach leads to an unprecedented lasting renewal of the skin.

Facial rejuvenation and enhancement can also be addressed non-surgically in the office setting using a wide variety of injectable products and non-invasive devices such as Botox®, fillers, laser, Renuva® and more.

Male aesthetics has become increasingly popular as men recognize the availability of procedures that can transform areas of the body left unchanged by diet and exercise. From subtle facial rejuvenation to body sculpting procedures, many surgical and non-surgical procedures can be tailored to the male physique.