Tummy Tuck

Many people, especially moms who have had one or more pregnancies, are unhappy with the way their abdominal area looks. Pregnancy and weight changes often cause the tummy to bulge and the skin to become stretched out and wrinkled. A top board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Wayne Yamahata understands that confidence and satisfaction with life are often influenced by the way you feel about your body. He performs abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck, in Sacramento and Granite Bay, CA, to help your abdominal area look fit and firm once again.

Tummy Tuck
 Before & After Photos

WARNING:

This feature contains nudity. Please click OK to confirm you are at least 18 years of age and are not offended by such material.

OK

Tummy Tuck
 Before & After Photos

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Case: 1 of 9
Previous
Case: 1 of 9
Next
Before & After Tummy Tuck Case 70 View #1 View in Sacramento, CA
Before & After
Case: 1 of 8

Case #70

This 49-year-old woman pursued a tummy tuck at our Sacramento practice with Dr. Yamahata to alleviate the loose skin and excess fat around her abdomen. After surgery, her flatter midsection helps her feel great about herself in her favorite clothes. Read More
Before & After Tummy Tuck Case 69 View #1 View in Sacramento, CA
Before & After
Case: 2 of 8

Case #69

This 39-year-old patient achieved outstanding results with tummy tuck surgery in Sacramento at our practice. Dr. Yamahata removed excess fat and skin for a flatter, smoother result that harmonizes with the rest of her body contours. Read More
Before & After Tummy Tuck Case 68 View #1 View in Sacramento, CA
Before & After
Case: 3 of 8

Case #68

This is a 33-year-old patient who is about 5'3'' and 135 pounds. She was seeking a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, in Sacramento. Following her pregnancies, she developed a great deal of loose tissue in her abdominal area. She chose to undergo a tummy tuck at our practice, allowing Dr. Yamahata to remove the extra tissue as well as surgic... Read More
Before & After Tummy Tuck Case 98 View #1 View in Sacramento, CA
Before & After
Case: 4 of 8

Case #98

After deciding on tummy tuck surgery, this 44-year-old Sacramento-area patient chose Dr. Yamahata to help her bring out her best. The enhanced contours of her abdomen look very natural and improve how she feels in clothing and swimsuits. Read More
Before & After Tummy Tuck Case 102 View #1 View in Sacramento, CA
Before & After
Case: 5 of 8

Case #102

After considering her options for body contouring surgery, this 52-year-old Sacramento-area woman chose tummy tuck surgery at our practice. During the procedure, Dr. Yamahata removed excess skin and fat and tightened her abdominal muscles for a comprehensive, long-lasting improvement.  Read More
Before & After Mommy Makeover Case 72 View #1 View in Sacramento, CA
Before & After
Case: 6 of 8

Case #72

This 42-year-old woman from the Sacramento area chose to add a tummy tuck to her Mommy Makeover procedure at our practice. The extensive Mommy Makeover helped her regain her pre-pregnancy curves and feel her best.  Read More
Before & After Tummy Tuck Case 97 View #1 View in Sacramento, CA
Before & After
Case: 7 of 8

Case #97

This 33-year-old Sacramento tummy tuck patient spent plenty of time working with Dr. Yamahata at our practice to develop her ideal outcome. Her new, flatter abdomen has greatly enhanced her personal confidence and sense of beauty.  Read More
Before & After Tummy Tuck Case 74 View #1 View in Sacramento, CA
Before & After
Case: 8 of 8

Case #74

This 36-year-old Sacramento-area tummy tuck patient chose Dr. Yamahata to help her remove unwanted extra skin and reveal a smooth, strong abdominal contour. Her final results have greatly enhanced her confidence, and her scar is well-hidden beneath everyday clothing.  Read More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

What does a tummy tuck do?

After pregnancy or significant weight loss, there is only so much you can do to improve your midsection on your own. Women and men visit Dr. Yamahata in Granite Bay and Sacramento for tummy tuck surgery from Folsom and El Dorado Hills, CA, and around the area to gain one or more of the following improvements:

  • Tightening loose, wrinkled skin
  • Removing stretch marks that are above the belly button
  • Flattening a tummy bulge
  • Sculpting excess fat deposits
  • Rejoining separated abdominal muscles
  • Reshaping the belly button
  • Improving the appearance of a C-section scar

Best results are gained by those who are at a healthy weight and physically fit. During your consultation, Dr. Yamahata will help you thoroughly understand the improvements you can expect to gain from surgery.

Your Tummy Tuck Consultation

Tummy tuck surgery is one of the most popular procedures Dr. Yamahata performs because the results can be both beautiful and dramatic. Patients whose confidence in their bodies is shaken, either after pregnancy or significant weight loss, are usually proud to show off their new contours. Dr. Yamahata understands the emotions that can accompany the surgical process. That’s why he takes the time to listen to you and answer all your questions during the consultation until you feel comfortable, confident, and excited to move forward.

Tummy Tuck vs. Liposuction

Both abdominoplasty and liposuction are surgical body contouring procedures that can be used to improve the appearance of the abdominal area; however, they do have their differences.

Tummy Tuck

  • Removes excess lax skin.
  • Repairs stretched and separated abdominal muscles (diastasis recti).
  • Leaves a scar low on the abdomen that runs between the hip bones.

Liposuction

  • Removes isolated pockets of fat.
  • Does not tighten the skin.
  • Leaves tiny scars near the targeted fat, often hidden in natural creases.

Dr. Yamahata frequently performs these procedures together to rejuvenate the abdominal area after pregnancy and significant weight loss.

Doctor Wayne Yamahata, MD

Meet Dr. Yamahata

A board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Yamahata has the skill and experience necessary to provide attractive results that look natural.

Meet The Doctor

Can a tummy tuck be combined with other procedures?

Yes. Women often have breast augmentation, with or without a breast lift, and liposuction at the same time as a tummy tuck. This is a fairly common practice that’s called a Mommy Makeover; it can take care of your biggest concerns with just a single surgery and recovery period. Combination procedures are also popular among both men and women who have lost a massive amount of weight and want to remove excess skin from several areas of their bodies.

“A great experience by an experienced plastic surgeon. He doesn’t talk much but will answer any question or concern you have. Highly recommended!! Always made me feel comfortable. The staff is beyond amazing too!! I love my new body!!”*

RealSelf review by momoftwo83 (tummy tuck and breast augmentation)

*Your results may vary.

Tummy Tucks for Men

The percentage of men getting tummy tucks is steadily increasing. Dr. Yamahata is seeing more men from throughout the Sacramento Valley area come in for tummy tuck surgery after losing a lot of weight.

Preparing for Tummy Tuck Surgery

It’s important before any surgical procedure to discontinue the use of certain medications that increase the risk of bleeding. Dr. Yamahata provides patients a list specifying those medications, as well as other preoperative instructions. It’s also important that smokers quit smoking several weeks prior to surgery.

About Tummy Tuck Surgery

Dr. Yamahata usually performs tummy tuck surgery using general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure in his AAAA-certified surgery center. If you have multiple procedures at once, he may perform your surgery in a local hospital for optimal safety and comfort.

The complete tummy tuck involves an incision that runs from hip to hip, low enough to be concealed with underwear or a swimsuit. There is usually a second incision that circles the belly button. The abdominal muscles are tightened, and excess skin and fat deposits are removed. Drains are inserted to prevent the build-up of fluid for approximately the first week.

1. Horizontal incision made between hip bones 2. Skin lifted to expose ab muscles 3. Ab muscles tightened with sutures 4. Skin pulled down over ab muscles and excess removed 5. Navel repositioned and incision sutured

Do I need a full tummy tuck or a mini tummy tuck?

Most patients are better candidates for the traditional full tummy tuck. A mini tummy tuck is a less-invasive procedure that doesn’t include tightening or repair of the abdominal muscles or changes to the tissues above the belly button. This variation involves a single shorter incision in the bikini area and a faster recovery period than the complete tummy tuck. Dr. Yamahata will explain the anticipated changes from both operations and help you to select the option that would best achieve your goals.

Because each body is unique, Dr. Yamahata ultimately customizes each tummy tuck to provide the most flattering outcome for the individual.

Tummy Tuck Surgery Recovery

Most patients are back at work after 1 to 2 weeks if they have office jobs. However, recovery following an abdominoplasty varies from patient to patient and with the specifics of the surgery. Schedule time off from work conservatively (plan to take more time off than you may need), depending on the type of job you have. It’s best to gradually ease back into your normal daily activities over the course of a few weeks after the initial recovery period.

How painful is a tummy tuck after surgery?

While tummy tuck patients usually experience tightness after surgery, pain is usually manageable. This is because Dr. Yamahata injects a long-acting, non-narcotic local anesthetic called EXPAREL® directly into the abdominal tissue, fascia, and muscles before completing the surgery. EXPAREL won’t make the area totally numb, but it will substantially reduce discomfort and the need for pain pills. Most patients take a combination of pain pills and muscle relaxants for 5 to 7 days after a tummy tuck.

How long until I can work out after a tummy tuck?

Dr. Yamahata recommends slow, careful walking beginning the day of surgery. You will need to wait a minimum of 2 months before resuming strenuous activities.

How can I speed up my recovery after a tummy tuck?

You can help speed up your recovery by closely following Dr. Yamahata’s detailed set of post-operative instructions. Be sure to:

  • Wear your compression garment around your abdomen for the first few weeks.
  • Get up and walk around starting the day of your surgery (it may be difficult to stand completely upright for the first week) to encourage circulation in your legs.
  • Keep yourself hydrated.
  • Make sure to keep your incisions dry until released to shower.
  • Avoid foods and drugs that thin the blood.
  • Come in for your regular follow-up visits.
  • Avoid strenuous activity as directed.

Dr. Yamahata and/or a staff member will personally check in with you after your surgery and address any concerns if necessary.

How long do tummy tuck results last?

A tummy tuck provides excellent results that last for years as long as you maintain a stable weight. Gaining a few pounds won’t change the outcome, but if you add 20% or more to your weight, it’s likely that your abdominal area will lose the taut appearance that resulted from surgery. That’s one reason Dr. Yamahata advises women to wait until they are finished having children before having a tummy tuck.

Tummy Tuck FAQ

Are there any alternatives to tummy tuck surgery?

Patients whose concerns are mainly due to abdominal fat may attain their desired improvements from liposuction or CoolSculpting®. Keep in mind: these procedures do not tighten loose skin or abdominal muscles.

Will a tummy tuck help me lose weight?

A tummy tuck is not weight loss surgery. Dr. Yamahata advises patients they should be at or near their target weight before getting a tummy tuck, which is designed to remove excess abdominal skin and tighten weak or separated stomach muscles. Patients who are in good shape also tend to have a smoother recovery; maintaining good exercise habits after surgery ensures long-lasting results.

Will a tummy tuck get rid of “love handles?”

Even after losing abdominal fat, many people still have excess fat and/or skin on the flanks, or “love handles.” Liposuction may be a better solution to remove localized pockets of fat, possibly along with a tummy tuck. Dr. Yamahata frequently combines these 2 procedures.

Do scars from a tummy tuck go away?

Although tummy tuck scars will not completely go away, there’s a lot that can be done to minimize their impact on your appearance. Dr. Yamahata takes great care to hide incisions low on the abdomen so the scars are concealed by underwear or swimwear. Although the type of scarring in an individual patient is not always predictable, Dr. Yamahata uses advanced surgical techniques and meticulous closure methods to ensure the scars are as fine as possible. He and his team provide each patient with aftercare instructions to help scars heal and fade rapidly.

2016 Top Doctors Sacramento Magazine

Top Doctor Award Winner

Sacramento Magazine’s annual list honors medical professionals from the Sacramento area in their respective fields — and Dr. Yamahata is among them.

Request a Consultation
2016 Top Doctors Sacramento Magazine

Your Next Step

To find out about how a tummy tuck can improve your look, request a consultation with Dr. Yamahata or call his office in Sacramento at (916) 929-1833 or Granite Bay at (916) 773-5559.

Contact