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.

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

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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
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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
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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
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Case #71

One of the components of this 49-year-old woman's Mommy Makeover was a tummy tuck at our Sacramento practice. Dr. Yamahata removed excess skin and fat for a beautiful new abdomen that blends well with her enhanced breasts.  Read More
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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
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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
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Case #73

This 38-year-old patient was bothered by a protrusion of extra fat and skin, which didn't harmonize with the rest of her body. She chose our Sacramento practice for tummy tuck surgery to help her reveal the midsection that complemented her body's other curves.  Read More
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Case #105

This 54-year-old woman near Sacramento decided tummy tuck surgery with Dr. Yamahata could help her get rid of the stubborn fat and excess tissue around her midsection. Her "after" photos reveal a beautiful, smooth abdominal contour that complements the rest of her body. 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.

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Meet Dr. Yamahata

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

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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.

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?

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.