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. 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, or a tummy tuck, in Sacramento and Roseville to help your abdominal area look fit and firm once again.
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 Roseville at (916) 773-5559 .
Real Patients, Beautiful Results
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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 Roseville and Sacramento for tummy tuck surgery to gain one or more of the following improvements:
- Removing loose, wrinkled skin and stretch marks
- 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.
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 in 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!!"*
*Your results may vary.
RealSelf review by momoftwo83 (tummy tuck and breast augmentation)
About the Surgery
Dr. Yamahata usually performs tummy tuck surgery using general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure in his AAAA-certified surgery center. If you are having 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.
If you do not have a lot of excess, stretched skin and your abdominal muscles have not separated, Dr. Yamahata might perform 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.
After your tummy tuck, you will need to wear a compression garment around your abdomen for the first few weeks. Although you may have difficulty standing completely upright for the first week, it's important to get up and walk around starting the day of your surgery to encourage circulation in the legs. 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. Dr. Yamahata recommends waiting a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks before resuming strenuous activities.
Your Next Step
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.
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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