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.

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.

Dr. Yamahata

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 Dr. Yamahata's credentials - The Aesthetic Society, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Board of Plastic Surgery, RealSelf Top Contributor

Which procedures can be combined with a tummy tuck?

Many women combine their tummy tuck with other procedures like liposuction and breast enhancement surgery. This customized set of procedures, called a Mommy Makeover, can take care of your biggest concerns with just a single surgery and recovery period.

“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.

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.

Diagram of the steps when undergoing a tummy tuck surgery

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

If you do not have a lot of excess, stretched skin and your abdominal muscles have not separated, you might be a candidate for a mini-tummy tuck. This variation involves a single shorter incision in the bikini area and a faster recovery period than the complete tummy tuck.

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

How long is recovery from tummy tuck surgery?

Depending on the extent of your tummy tuck and whether it was combined with other procedures, expect to take 1 to 2 weeks off from routine activities, including work.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

It’s normal to have a lot of questions regarding a tummy tuck, and we try to answer some of the most common queries on our Tummy Tuck FAQ page. If you have additional questions, Dr. Yamahata encourages you to bring a list to your consultation to help you remember.

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