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tummy tuck san franciscoSAN FRANCISCO TUMMY TUCK

The tummy is a problem area for so many women. Pregnancy, genetics, and the weight gain/weight loss yo-yo can all leave you with excess skin, stretch marks and widened or loose abdominal muscles that are resistant to diet and exercise. A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty will restore your youthful figure, lifting and trimming the excess skin and muscle in your abdomen to transform your body into something you’ve always desired.* If you also have stubborn areas of fat in your abdomen, back, or flanks, then these can be addressed with liposuction at the same time as your tummy tuck.*

During your initial consultation, Dr. David Sieber will work closely with you to understand your goals for surgery, and together you’ll develop the personalized surgical plan that will best deliver your desired outcome. A tummy tuck is not weight loss surgery. It’s about body contouring so the ideal candidates for a tummy tuck are those patients who are of normal weight with an active, healthy lifestyle, but who have excess skin and/or stubborn areas of fat.

One of the biggest deterrents for many women who want a tummy tuck is the scars. We’ve all seen pictures or had friends with long wide scars after their tummy tuck surgeries, but that doesn’t always need to be the case. The length of your scar is totally going to depend on the amount of excess tissue that needs to be removed so those patients with just a small amount of excess skin may be candidates for a short scar or mini-tummy tuck. Other patients who have poor skin quality and excess skin that extends around into the hips may require an extended tummy tuck with longer scars to achieve optimal results. All of these options will be discussed with you in detail during your initial consultation. For every patient, Dr. Sieber uses his extensive skill, advanced training, and knowledge as a plastic surgeon to deliver the best possible scar results. * He also puts all of his patients on a scar therapy program to help you form the best quality scars possible.*

A tummy tuck procedure may be performed alone or as part of a Mommy Makeover.

A TUMMY TUCK CAN IMPROVE: *

  • Remove unwanted stretch marks
  • Contour hips and thighs
  • Tighten widened abdominal muscles
  • Remove excess skin (above and below the belly button)
  • Deliver a flatter, smoother abdominal area

QUICK FACTS

  • Length: 3-4 hours
  • Anesthesia: General
  • Inpt/Outpt: Outpatient
  • Side effects: swelling, bruising, numbness
  • Recovery: 1-2 weeks

To find out more about a tummy tuck with San Francisco Plastic Surgeon Dr. David Sieber, call us today at 415-915-9000 or schedule a consultation here.

TUMMY TUCK TECHNIQUE

A tummy tuck may be performed as an outpatient surgery or may require an overnight stay. During the procedure, Dr. Sieber will make the appropriate incisions depending on the type of tummy tuck technique that you require; such as a mini, traditional or extended tummy tuck. This will all be discussed with you in detail during your initial consultation. Dr. Sieber believes in placing his incisions as low as possible so that when you wear low cut jeans or swimsuits, your scar should not be visible.* During your surgery, Dr. Sieber will perform liposuction on those stubborn areas of excess fat, if needed, to re-contour your hips and narrow your waistline.* Any abdominal muscles which were pulled apart during pregnancy will be tightened back together, and then your excess skin will be removed to leave you with a narrowed waist and flat abdomen.*

PREPARING FOR TUMMY TUCK SURGERY

As with any major surgery, all medications and supplements which cause an increased risk of bleeding should be stopped 2 weeks prior to surgery. Please see our list of medications and supplements to avoid. As always, make sure to check with your doctor before stopping any medications.

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER TUMMY TUCK SURGERY

After surgery, you will be wearing an abdominal tummy tuck belt or compression garment that will need to be worn 24/7 for about 6-8 weeks. You may also have two drainage tubes in place to remove any fluid from beneath your incisions. Dr. Sieber does perform drain-less tummy tuck surgery in select patients. Whether or not you are a candidate for a no drain tummy tuck can be discussed during your initial consultation.

RECOVERY AFTER TUMMY TUCK SURGERY

You can expect moderate swelling and bruising throughout your abdomen and in any areas where liposuction was performed. Wearing your compression garment will help reduce the swelling. Patients typically have noticeable swelling for the first 1-2 weeks after surgery before it begins to taper off, but it can take anywhere from 3-6 months for your swelling to completely resolve. Immediately after surgery, you will notice that some areas above your incision line are numb with decreased sensation. * This is normal. Your sensation will return as the swelling decreases and your nerves recover from the stress of surgery.*

Tummy tuck recovery can take some time. For at least the first week after surgery, you’re going to be sore and uncomfortable. It is normal to feel pulling, tugging and tightness throughout your abdomen for the first few weeks to months after surgery. This will gradually improve with time.* You should refrain from any rigorous activity for the first 2 weeks after surgery, and avoid lifting anything heavier than 10 lbs. for at least 4 weeks. So if you have kids at home, you’ll need to have someone around to help.

You can start moderate exercise at 2 weeks post op, more intense exercise at 4 weeks post op and you’ll be released back to all normal activities at 6 weeks post-op. Most patients are ok going back to work after the first week.

To see real tummy tuck before and after photos by Dr. Sieber, click here.

FAQs

Q:  I’m afraid of having a long tummy tuck scar. Will I still be able to wear a two-piece swimsuit?

A: Having a tummy tuck is a major operation and to get the best possible results, you will end up with a scar. Dr. Sieber will be able to give you a better idea of the length of that scar during your initial consultation. Dr. Sieber places his incisions as low as possible so that you’re able to wear any clothes you want after surgery.* He also puts all of his patients on a scar therapy program after surgery to make sure you end up with the best scar possible to avoid the need for tummy tuck scar removal.*

Q: When will I be able to go back to work after surgery?

A: Most patients find that they require about 1 week off from work, depending on your job. Immediately after surgery, you will be limited in your mobility and will need someone to help you for the first few days. During the first week after surgery, you will experience tightness in your incision and where your muscles were tightened. This sensation will gradually improve during the first 1-2 weeks following your surgery. * You should not lift anything heavier than 10 lbs. for the first 4 weeks after surgery.

Q: How long after surgery before I can see results?

A: You’ll notice a huge difference in your body as soon as you wake up from abdominoplasty surgery!* Although you will see a difference right away, you will have some swelling for at least 3-6 months after surgery. Wearing your compression garments as instructed, limiting salt intake, and staying active will all help to reduce your swelling faster.*

Q: How much tummy tuck cost?

A: Tummy tuck prices will vary depending on the amount of skin and/or fat that needs to be removed, as well as the amount of muscle tightening that,  must be accomplished. A consultation with Dr. Sieber can help to determine the overall price of your procedure.

Q: Liposuction vs tummy tuck: which one is right for me?

A: Tummy tuck prices will vary depending on the amount of skin and/or fat that needs to be removed, as well as the amount of muscle tightening that,  must be accomplished. A consultation with Dr. Sieber can help to determine the overall price of your procedure.

*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person. Editorial content, before and after images, and patient testimonials do not constitute a guarantee of specific results.

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Testimonials

I couldn’t be more pleased and excited about the refresh Dr. Sieber did on my face using a combination of botox and fillers. I had a baby a year ago and my face looked completely deflated. It felt to me that I looked like I had aged 5 years instantly by having a baby over 40. Dr. Sieber looked closely at my face and listened to my desires and fears in terms of the results I was seeking. I really liked that he took a conservative approach and followed up to check in and tweak things once the fillers and I had time to settle in.*

Dr. Sieber is a caring, friendly and talented doctor. I had two long consultations (free of charge) before scheduling my BBL (Brazilian butt lift). The staff and Dr. Sieber made me feel calm and relaxed the day of surgery. The results are amazing. Dr. Sieber understands a woman’s body and totally changed the shape of mine. I could not recommend him highly enough. I now go to him for my Botox and Juvederm.*

Dr. Sieber was fantastic throughout the entire process. From the beginning, he was patient with my questions and never made me feel pressured about making a decision. Once deciding that I was going to move forward with a breast augmentation, he made sure that I understood the process of the procedure and what I could expect post-surgery. I could not be happier with the results!*

Dr. Sieber is the best. I interviewed with numerous doctors. He pays close attention to detail. He called and checked on me and my results on a regular basis. My tummy procedure exceeded my expectation.*

Dr Sieber was very kind, knowledgeable and patient. He was able to answer all of my questions and put me completely at ease during the consultation as well as during the actual procedure. He made sure that I understood each part of the process which went a long way in alleviating my fears…after all, this is my face!*

*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person. Editorial content, before and after images, and patient testimonials do not constitute a guarantee of specific results. All images feature models except for before and after images.

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Dr. Dave Sieber and his staff are so awesome! Dr. Sieber is personable yet professional, his work is impeccable. He listens to his patient and works with them to achieve what they want. He’s like my hair dresser, a magician, you just want to do a happy dance with the results, only these results are lasting. Ok, but seriously, the procedure was very smooth, the staff and the doctors (Dr Sieber and the anesthesiologist) had great communication and made sure I was comfortable with very clear and concise pre op and post op directions. The healing process was very easy and the results are FABULOUS. Side note, Dr. Sieber has really awesome skin, I feel like this is impressive and important because really, would you trust a dentist with bad teeth? I am so elated and satisfied with the results, the size is perfect and they look and feel very natural. They are exactly what I wanted.*

Dr. Sieber is a doctor who is not only extremely knowledgeable about the latest in cosmetic procedures, but a doctor who truly cares about his patients. I highly recommend him!*

Dr. Sieber is a doctor who is not only extremely knowledgeable about the latest in cosmetic procedures, but a doctor who truly cares about his patients. I highly recommend him!*

Dr. Sieber is attentive, responsive, and well trained. I had seen him for Botox and filler and he had done both without any pain or bruising and more importantly the results were fabulous. He has met with me on time at each appointment. He communicates what to expect, made sure I was comfortable throughout the procedure, checked on my healing every day post procedure. He couldn’t be more delightful not more talented. I had seen other plastic surgeons for in office treatments over the past decade and Dr. Sieber is at the top of the list in terms of delivering the desired outcome and high quality care.*

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