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A firm, toned abdomen is evidence of a youthful and attractive physique. When the stomach skin sags and the six-pack muscles separate and weaken, it can reduce your wardrobe choices and lower your self-confidence. A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure to slim and sculpt the midsection, removing redundant skin and restoring an optimal figure. Dr. Delgado’s approach is guided by a personal touch and a sophisticated sense of artistry, principles that lead to a successful, natural-looking outcome.

Tummy Tuck at A Glance

Procedure Procedure Time Recovery Time Return to Work Cost
Tummy Tuck 2-5 Hours 6-8 Weeks 2-3 Weeks $10,000-$16,000
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What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that can rejuvenate the lower body, removing excess drooping skin, trimming unwanted fat, and tightening the abdominal muscles. It is an excellent option for mothers who have lost their figures after pregnancy, for those who are dealing with aging, and for people who may have experienced massive weight loss and have redundant abdominal skin. Abdominoplasty is often combined with liposuction to comprehensively sculpt the physique and expand clothing choices.

Who is an ideal candidate for abdominoplasty?

Good candidates for a tummy tuck in San Francisco are struggling with sagging belly skin due to pregnancy, weight fluctuations, or aging. They may have found that dieting and exercise haven't been able to sculpt their figures, and they are now seeking a surgical intervention that will have long-lasting results.

Ideal candidates are: 

  • Mentally and physically healthy
  • Free from significant medical concerns
  • Non-smokers
  • At a healthy weight for their frame
  • Not planning to become pregnant again
  • Willing to follow the doctor’s instructions
  • Committed to following a healthy lifestyle after their surgery

What are the different types of tummy tucks available?

Standard Tummy Tuck

During a standard tummy tuck, Dr. Delgado creates an incision from hip to hip. The scar is well-hidden within the bikini or panty line. Through the incision, the doctor is able to remove redundant, sagging skin and tighten weakened or loose abdominal muscles. In some cases, the procedure can reduce or remove stretch marks on the lower belly. Another incision can be made encircling the belly button to reposition the navel in a more youthful, inviting location. Liposuction can be used in conjunction to sculpt the waistline and eradicate stubborn fat.

Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck achieves many of the same benefits as a standard abdominoplasty only applied to the area beneath the navel. The scar for a mini tuck is shorter, as is the downtime for the procedure.  The belly button remains in place instead of being repositioned.

Extended Tummy Tuck

An extended tummy tuck is a procedure that not only targets the abdomen but also the waist, flanks, and sometimes the upper thighs. The incision wraps around the lower back, allowing the surgeon to comprehensively remove excess skin and fat from the lower torso.

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Can a tummy tuck be combined with other procedures?

A tummy tuck is often combined with liposuction to trim away not only redundant skin but fat bulges as well. Abdominoplasty is also a key component in a mommy makeover, which typically includes breast augmentation, breast lift, liposuction, labiaplasty, and facial rejuvenation. Dr. Delgado can create a personalized treatment plan that helps reduce your overall costs and downtime by combining several surgical procedures geared toward your needs.

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What can I expect from my recovery?

After a tummy tuck, the patient will be released to the care of a friend or family member to drive them home and assist them during the first 24 hours of recovery. Dr. Delgado will ensure the patient receives a detailed aftercare plan as well as prescription pain medications to enhance their comfort. 

For the first few days after surgery, the pain will be at its maximum, and mobility will be inhibited. It’s a good idea to take short walks, as this will help boost circulation and elevate one’s mood. Bending, lifting, straining, or intense physical activity will be strictly prohibited for several weeks as the body heals. A compression garment may be worn to help reduce swelling and keep the new, improved body contours intact.

Dr. Delgado will advise when it is best to return to work, but this generally takes place within 2 weeks. Patients can expect to resume exercise within 4-6 weeks.

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What is the cost of a tummy tuck?

The cost of a tummy tuck in San Francisco will vary from patient to patient based on the degree of skin laxity and muscle separation, the type of procedure chosen (standard, mini, extended,) and on whether abdominoplasty is paired with any other procedures (mommy makeover, liposuction, upper arm lift, etc.) In general, a tummy tuck may cost around $10,000-$16,000. Bear in mind that pricing will cover different aspects of the treatment, such as the surgeon’s fees, facility fees, anesthesia fees, and postoperative garment fees. Dr. Delgado will offer you a customized quote at the time of your private consultation.

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What Results Can I Expect From Tummy Tuck Surgery?

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Why choose Dr. Delgado? 

Dr. Delgado is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery and is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. These distinctions imply the highest levels of safety, professionalism, and integrity, not to mention industrious training and proven skill. Dr. Delgado graduated with honors from medical school at the University of California San Francisco before pursuing an elite internship and residency at Johns Hopkins University teaching hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He then completed a prestigious plastic surgery residency at Stony Brook University Medical Center in East Meadow, New York.

Dr. Delgado constantly strives to deliver exquisite, natural-looking results and consistently stays abreast of the latest technological advancements in cosmetic science.  He is passionate about listening to his clients deeply in order to gain familiarity with and understanding of their primary goals. This personalized attention coupled with access to a state-of-the-art surgical setting is the foundation for a long-lasting, successful result every time.

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Dr. Delgado and his staff are phenomenal! Dr. Delgado walked me through the process and helped put me at ease. I feel so fortunate for the comfort and warmth they provide me at each follow up visit.

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Tummy Tuck FAQs

Are there potential risks and complications?

Is a non-surgical tummy tuck possible?

How long does the procedure take?

Will I be able to have children after abdominoplasty?

What should I look for when choosing a surgeon?

Are there potential risks and complications?

Dr. Delgado’s meticulously conservative and precise technique greatly minimizes the risk of complications. However, as with any surgery, certain risks do exist. These include anesthesia risks, bleeding, infection, poor wound healing, poor cosmetic results, temporary numbness, and scarring.

Is a non-surgical tummy tuck possible?

Unfortunately, only a surgical procedure can effectively remove redundant skin folds and tighten weakened or separated six-pack muscles.

How long does the procedure take?

A tummy tuck takes approximately 2-5 hours. Oftentimes, liposuction is done at the same time, which takes an additional hour or so.

Will I be able to have children after abdominoplasty?

We recommend that the childbearing years be completed before a tummy tuck. The internal tightening of the muscles could adversely affect a future pregnancy.

What should I look for when choosing a surgeon?

It is essential to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This is the “gold standard” in the industry. Also, it is essential that the surgeon be a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. This will give you confidence that the surgeon is qualified.

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