"I am about a month and a half out and I love my stomach. I look like a teen again, lol. Dr. Rahban did such a great job! My scar is very thin and I'm sure in a couple months I won't even have one." Liz N.
Debbie discusses her experience with Dr. Rady Rahban after undergoing plastic surgery for a Tummy Tuck procedure.
What is a tummy tuck:
A tummy tuck is a procedure in which extra skin is removed from the front of your abdomen. It's a procedure that's very popular with new moms who would like to fully recover from the effects of childbirth on their bodies. A post pregnancy tummy tuck also takes care of any loose skin due to a liposuction mommy makeover.
Why you want a tummy tuck:
Extra skin won't just tighten up on its own. Weight loss and exercise are great, and they will result in a thinner you and better muscle tone. However, if your skin has been grown to stretch over a bulk that you no longer have, it won't shrink just because the rest of you has. A tummy tuck will remove all of the extra skin on the front of your abdomen, and leave you a smooth, lean exterior to match your reduced body mass.
What Dr. Rahban Says About Tummy Tucks:
In this video, Dr. Rahban discusses the Tummy Tuck procedure, and how it can help his patients recover their shape:
Tummy tuck as part of a mommy makeover:
Dr. Rady Rahban is a specialist in mommy makeovers and its component parts. Because a tummy tuck, whether mini or standard, is often an integral part of a mommy makeover, Dr. Rahban invites you to visit his Beauty After Baby website. Here you will find comprehensive and invaluable data concerning tummy tucks and many other procedures, as they pertain to mommy makeovers.Visit Beauty After Baby
What you can expect in your Initial Consultation:
If you are considering this procedure, please come in for a consultation with Dr. Rahban. You can expect your initial exam and consultation to take an hour or more. In your consultation, Dr. Rahban will:
- Listen to what you'd like to achieve with your surgery
- Perform a thorough examination
- Tell you exactly what he recommends and why
- Make sure that any questions you have about insurance and financing are completely answered
As part of the process, Dr. Rahban will give you the opportunity to thoroughly examine photographs of his patients, looking at his earlier work, so that you can see for yourself what to expect if he performs your tummy tuck. He will tell you the results that you can expect from your surgery. It is important that you and your doctor agree on the aesthetics and mechanics of your surgery in order to obtain the results that you want. Call us today to schedule your consultation for some of the finest tummy tuck Beverly Hills and Los Angeles have to offer, from esteemed surgeon Dr. Rady Rahban.
What Our Patients Say: Liz N.
"I went to Dr. Rahban for a tummy tuck, number one because I had a huge tattoo on my lower abdomen and didn't want to go through laser removal, and since I had just had my baby I said why not get a tummy tuck?
I did consult with another doctor beforehand and she could not even compare to Dr. Rahban. She was more all about the money and didn't care about me and my concerns. When I saw Dr. Rahban all he cared about was me and my concerns. He didn't push any treatment. He said I needed to make sure this was something I wanted to do, and he also told me not to worry about the tattoo because he would make sure all of it was gone.
I made my decision and went through with it and all I can say is it was the best decision I have made.
I am about a month and a half out and I love my stomach. I look like a teen again, lol. Dr. Rahban did such a great job! My scar is very thin and I'm sure in a couple months I won't even have one." - Liz N
Tummy Tuck FAQ
Are the Results of a Tummy Tuck Permanent?
If you maintain a stable weight and live a healthy lifestyle, the results of your tummy tuck can be permanent. A tummy tuck physically removes excess skin, so your tummy can retain it’s smoother and leaner look. Gaining weight can stretch out a tummy tuck, and there are natural changes all of our bodies go through as we age that can also affect the appearance of your midsection.
How much does a Tummy Tuck Cost?
Like all procedures, the cost of a tummy tuck will vary significantly based the quality of the operating facilities, training of the anesthesia provider, follow up visits, and many other factors. While some surgeons will cut down on the operating time, which saves you money, this also prevents the level of quality that Dr. Rahban commits to. A longer surgery allows time for the most attention to detail and lowers the chances of dissatisfaction and reoperation. A tummy tuck can cost anywhere from $6,000 - $22,000. If you find a tummy tuck surgeon that you truly like, and believe has the quality of results and communication style that you want - but you cannot afford that surgeon right now - then wait until you can. In the long run, waiting another year so you can save money and choose the best surgeon is much more important than cutting corners to afford the surgery at an earlier date. Remember, when something is cheaper, it is missing something.
What is the Recovery Time after a Tummy Tuck?
The immediate recovery after a tummy tuck is about 2 weeks. You’ll want to give yourself these first 2 weeks to recover, stay home from work, and avoid most physical activities. After 2 weeks most tummy tuck patients can return to an administrative or desk job, and can do light housework. You will still want to refrain from heavy lifting and strenuous physical activity. Once you are 6 weeks out from your tummy tuck, you will be able to return to most of your normal activities, although it’s normal to still experience some discomfort. After 3 months, tummy tuck patients generally find they are back to their normal lives.
Are there any Side Effects or Risks?
As with all surgeries there are the risk of bleeding, infection, necrosis, and deep venous thrombosis. These complications can be significantly minimized by the surgeon’s techniques during and after your operation, as well as by carefully following your discharge instructions. One of the tummy tuck risks patients ask about most often is scars. Dr. Rahban emphasizes that 50% of your scar outcome will depend on your DNA, and this 50% is outside of your control. The other 50% of your scar will depend on how your scar is closed, which depends on your surgeon. The vast majority of surgeons have an assistant close the tummy tuck scar. However, when Dr. Rahban performs a tummy tuck he is the only one who closes your incision. He takes extensive care in the way he closes this incision, using multiple layers of closure which is time consuming but incredibly important in minimizing the appearance of the scar.
How does one Prepare for Surgery?
The best way to prepare for surgery is to do extensive research on picking the right surgeon for you. If you do your homework, you are giving yourself the best set-up for success. The way to do this research is to go through many pictures from the surgeon’s gallery and see how you feel about them. What does not matter when choosing your surgeon? Factors like celebrity endorsements and how many Instagram “likes” a surgeon has. Your opinion of that surgeon’s before/after gallery is absolutely the best way to know whether that surgeon can deliver the results you want. After you’ve picked your surgeon, the important aspects in preparing for tummy tuck surgery are to ensure you have friends or family available to help you through the first few weeks of your recovery, and to be in the best physical and mental health you can.
What other procedures pair well with a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is often done after pregnancy or substantial weight loss. Either of these motivations for having a tummy tuck may have lead to other changes in your body that you want to address with surgery. For tummy tuck after pregnancy, this can pair well with a breast augmentation or breast lift since pregnancy and breastfeeding can lead to substantial breast changes. You also may have stubborn fat left after pregnancy that can be addressed at the same time as a tummy tuck. For people who have lost a substantial amount of weight, a tummy tuck often pairs well with an arm lift or thigh lift, which also address excess skin from weight loss.
What type of anesthesia is used during surgery?
The safest and most effective way to do a tummy tuck is with general anesthesia. Modern day anesthesia, performed by an experienced provider at an excellent facility, should not be a negative, scary, or dangerous experience.
Who is a candidate for Tummy Tuck?
The primary candidates for a tummy tuck are those who have lost weight and those who have had changes in their bodies because of pregnancy. Tummy tuck candidates often ask about 3 primary complaints: excess skin, a tummy bulge, or stretch marks that they want to lessen. Any of these esthetic goals can be addressed with a tummy tuck.
Will I have stretch marks?
Stretch marks are improved in 2 ways during a tummy tuck. First of all, all the stretch marks that are located in the skin Dr. Rahban removes, are gone completely. In addition, the stretch marks that remain are less visible. This is possible because when the loose skin is tightened during a tummy tuck, the stretch marks themselves become more stretched, which reduces their appearance. So while a tummy tuck will not eliminate every stretch mark, it will eliminate some of them and improve others.
Can I have children after a Tummy Tuck?
Yes, you can absolutely get pregnant after a tummy tuck. The surgery is esthetic and will not affect your ability to get pregnant or have a healthy pregnancy. However, will having a child after a tummy tuck affect your results? Yes, it will. The body undergoes substantial changes during pregnancy, and your tummy area will grow and stretch just as it would in someone who has not had a tummy tuck.
How do I avoid an unsightly Belly Button?
After someone undergoes a tummy tuck sometimes they have a belly button that is unsightly, fake, and unattractive. This happens when the reconstruction of the belly button is not performed with sufficient skill or attention to detail. The belly button must be relatively small, without a visible scar, and pulled inward to look natural. In many tummy tucks the belly button is large, with a visible scar, and located on surface of the tummy. These are telltale signs that someone has had a tummy tuck. Dr. Rahban takes great care in reconstructing the belly button, allowing for a small, natural, desirable appearance for the belly button, which improves the entire look of the tummy tuck result.
What are dog ears and how do I avoid them?
Dog ears are excess tissue that is located at the ends of your scar. This is a preventable occurrence with planning and skill of the surgeon. If you have dog ears after a tummy tuck, the only way to fix them is to remove them surgically. Dog ears happens when the surgeon does not excise enough skin during the tummy tuck, or because the surgeon does not take care to direct the excess skin from the edges into the middle. As with many undesirable outcomes, your surgeon’s attention to detail and commitment to the utmost of care are primary factors in preventing dog ears.
Come in for a Consultation with Dr. Rahban
When Dr. Rahban does a consultation with a prospective patient, he wants it to be two things above all others: thorough and honest. He will find out from you just what you want from cosmetic surgery. And he will tell you honestly if you can get the result you want, and how he can best help you do so.