About Tummy Tuck Surgery
For adults, sagging skin and unwanted fat in the abdomen can be frustrating and challenging despite attempts to reduce it. Pregnancy, weight loss, and aging are the typical reasons why someone may not be able to regain a tighter and slimmer tummy. An abdominoplasty is a cosmetic enhancement that reshapes the abdomen area to produce more appealing results for patients. La Mesa, CA plastic surgeon Scott Sessions performs abdominoplasty that is tailored to the condition of your abdomen. This popular surgery at AAAASF-accredited Sessions Plastic Surgery Centre offers individuals the opportunity to have a toned, smaller abdomen and restored confidence. Learn more below about how a tummy tuck can remove excess skin and fat while also tightening the ab muscles and then contact us for your consultation.
Tummy Tuck Reviews
"I have been going to Dr Sessions for 20 years. Had a breast augmentation done first. I did have some complications with my surgery.. I had a capsule in my right breast. I had 5 surgeries to try and correct the problem .. My right breast would get hard as a rock and hurt. After 2 years of this nightmare and multiple surgeries he suggested we just completely remove the right breast so it could completely heal. I went 5 months with only one implant and would place a implant on in inside if my right bra so it would appear they were the same size. I was a ddd on one side and a b on the other ... After one final surgery my body didn't reject it completely. I had a little capsule but it was livable. About 8 years later I started getting Botox from him. I then went back because it was time to replace my breast it had been about 15 years. As always he's as nice as can be. I asked him about a tummy tuck he gave me great advice and 2 weeks later I looked like a new person I had beautiful smaller breast no capsule this time. (I wanted them smaller) and a beautiful tummy. Now let me say I have seen a lot of tummy tucks and it's been about 8 years since my surgery. But I never have seen one that looks as natural and beautiful as mine. I also sent 2 co workers to him last year one got a tummy tuck and both got their Brest done.. They loved him. I will be going in the next few months for my eyes.. Thanks you for being awesome Dr Sessions and your entire wonderful staff."- N.M. / Yelp / Jul 17, 2017
"I had my tummy tuck and lipo sculpting .. I have to say he is the best !!!! Dr. Session goes out of his way to make sure your doing good and feel good .. He will advise you what's surgeries he recommends for your body type .... The staff is awesome so is chyntia ... I feel very welcomed every time I visit .. Will not trade Dr. Session for any other Dr..."- E.V. / Yelp / Sep 11, 2015
"I had a tummy tuck, lipo, breast lift, and breast augmentation done by Dr. Sessions last month. I am in LOVE with my results!! Dr. Sessions is kind and gentle. He put any fear or worry I had to rest with his knowledgeable explanations. He has the most amazing staff as well!! Jennifer & Rachelle are so wonderful. I would & will recommend all my family and friends to Dr. Sessions."- K.D. / Yelp / Feb 15, 2018
"I went to Dr Sessions in 2002 for a tummy tuck and breast implants. He was the 12th doctor in interviewed. I could have saved a LOT of time had he been the first. From the minute I walked in the door I knew. Not only is he the absolute BEST, his staff is too. Dr Sessions thoroughly explained in detail both procedures..he didn't have me disrobe to give me my first consultation. He also told me about possible complications, specifically, capsular scarring (implantforum.com/capsula…). The 11 doctors I had interviewed prior to him did not tell me this. I had gotten it. If I hadnt been told about it and got caught by surprise, I know I would have been stressed. Dr Sessions is the best. He doesnt catgorize, takes each patient as an individual. He doesnt tell you to bring a picture of the breast that you want. He doesnt tell you to pick a size (cup size). Every one is different, everyone has different breasts, tissue, skin, etc. I didnt want to pick a breast from a picture. I wanted my own. I had asked Dr Sessions about thebags under my eyes. His answer was "You dont have bags, I am not touching your eyes, ask me in ten years" I LOVE that he didnt do it just because I asked him to, that as a professional, he said I didnt need it. He also removed my daughters keloid scar from a belly button piercing and left a tiny, barely visible scar. The man is AWESOME. Thirteen years later, I am still happy. I stopped in to see him recently. The staff has changed but the warm welcome has not. I felt like I had been talking to these women for years. Unfortunately, I missed the good doctor. They said they couldputme onhis schedule to ensure I would see him. Ididnt want to waste histime with an appointment for a simple hello. They told me his schedule so I could catch him. I will be visiting him soon..... This review turned out longer than I meant it to, but I can just go on and on about how happy I am with choosing him, still. And he is the only one I still choose."- F.J. / Yelp / Oct 15, 2015
"When I first met Dr.Sessions in 2003 he made me feel so comfortable and confident that I was making the right decision in going to him for the breast augmentation and lift I wanted to have done. I was so happy with the results!! In 2004 he performed a laser resurfacing on my face and even though I was only 37 at the time I had a lot of acne scarring and uneven pigmenation. Just incredible the difference in my skin after that procedure! In 2011 I went back to him again to have my saline implants replaced with silicone and another lift done and I also had a mini tummy tuck done as well. Everything looks amazing!! Minimal scarring around the breasts and tummy. Dr. Sessions truly cares about his clients and his staff is super sweet!! They treat you like family!! It's very comforting knowing I have a doctor I can trust for any procedures I plan on having in the future!! Super Happy Client For LIfe!!"- T.C. / Yelp / Oct 28, 2013
Abdominoplasty can be successful for both women and men. If you cannot lose or reduce sagging skin or unwanted fat in the stomach, this cosmetic surgery can help create a tighter and slimmer look. However, abdominoplasty is not a procedure to help you lose weight — it surgically corrects loose skin and tightens weakened or separated abdominal muscles. Dr. Sessions strongly recommends that you be at a healthy, stable weight prior to surgery. Liposuction is usually implemented during surgery to reduce fat.
If your abdomen has healthy skin tautness, but you still have stubborn abdominal fat pockets, you may be more suited for liposuction. Women considering this treatment should be past pregnancy to ensure the surgical outcomes are not affected.
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is performed with general anesthesia. Dr. Sessions uses various techniques, depending on the patient's goals. The incision shape and size is chosen based on the amount of excess skin. Some patients with extensive hanging skin may require a full tummy tuck. A full or extended tummy tuck requires an incision from hip bone to hip bone, just above the pubic region. Other patients with minimal skin looseness may be better suited for a mini tummy tuck. These individuals still benefit from skin tightening but will receive a smaller scar. Regardless of the technique used, all tummy tuck procedures at Sessions Plastic Surgery Centre involve the removal of sagging skin and stubborn fat.
What to Expect
Following this procedure, you will be monitored for an appropriate amount of time and then released to recover at home. You will need to wear a compression garment to decrease swelling. Walking upright will be difficult for the first 1 – 2 weeks, but normal movement becomes easier once the tightness subsides and the incision begins to heal. Most patients can resume everyday functions somewhere around two weeks. Exercise can resume later, closer to eight weeks or when you are cleared by Dr. Sessions. Your tummy tuck will result in a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your body type and weight. The final results may be initially obscured by swelling and your inability to stand fully upright until internal healing is complete.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a tummy tuck cost?
During your initial consultation, Dr. Sessions will develop your unique procedure plan based on your specific needs and goals before discussing costs. He will be better able to estimate your costs when the type of tummy tuck has been selected, what technique will be used, what anesthesia is needed, and more. It is always important to choose your surgeon based on experience and skill rather than on price. Sessions Plastic Surgery Centre helps to make your tummy tuck easier to afford by accepting many payment methods and helping you find low-interest financing.
What type of tummy tuck should I get?
There are three main types of tummy tucks: full, mini, and extended. In your consultation, Dr. Sessions will ask about your needs and goals before examining your stomach. Then he can better decide which tummy tuck will give you the best results. A full tummy tuck is good if you want to correct issues in the upper and lower abdomen while a mini tummy tuck is good if you only have issues below your belly button, like a "pooch." An extended tummy tuck is designed to improve the abdomen, as well as the hips and upper thighs.
What will my scars look like?
A tummy tuck requires a horizontal incision in the area between the pubic hairline and navel. Incision size is largely dependent on the amount of excess skin to be removed. Where correction is isolated to the area below the navel, a shorter incision at the pubic bone may be recommended. After your surgery, it's important to follow your scar care instructions so your stitches heal flat and blend into your natural skin as much as possible.
Can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?
While you can get pregnant after a tummy tuck, it will alter your results. Dr. Sessions recommends that you be done with planned pregnancies and childbirth before you consider a tummy tuck. If you do get pregnant after a tummy tuck, a second surgery can be performed to refresh your results.
Can I get a tummy tuck with another surgery?
A lot of patients add another surgery with a tummy tuck to give them more dramatic improvements. During your consultation with Dr. Sessions, talk to him about your concerns so a unique treatment plan can be developed that matches your goals. You may combine a tummy tuck with a thigh lift for a lower body lift or several areas for body contouring. If you are trying to improve your body after pregnancy or losing a significant amount of weight, you may be a good candidate for a body contouring procedure.
Attain a Tighter Tummy
Many factors can lead to a stretched-out tummy that creates hanging folds of skin. We know it can be almost impossible to correct — abdominoplasty is generally the primary way to overcome this. If you are embarrassed by the hanging skin on your abdomen, no matter how minimal or severe, skin tightening surgery by Dr. Sessions in La Mesa, CA can allow you to get the look you desire. Contact us at Sessions Plastic Surgery Centre to schedule your consultation and learn more.