Dr. Delgado performs tummy tuck procedures at his private surgery suite—Marin Cosmetic Surgery Center—situated on the campus of Sutter Marin County Community Hospital in Novato, CA. The proximity of the surgical suite to the hospital allows for optimal safety while also maximizing patient privacy.
Before anesthesia is administered and surgery begins, Dr. Delgado will use a special pen to illustrate a detailed procedural map on the abdominal area while the patient stands upright. Once this is complete, a board-certified anesthesiologist will dispense the anesthesia. The surgical aspect of treatment begins with a horizontal incision is strategically placed below or at the pubic hairline towards the hipbone. Today’s fashion has evolved to low-rise pants and dipping swimsuit lines, but Dr. Delgado can customize the placement of the incision to accommodate a patient’s lifestyle and clothing preferences.
Through this incision, the fibrous component of the abdominal muscle wall can be tightened by lacing it centrally to achieve a flatter abdomen, much like lacing up a shoe will pull in and flatten the tongue of the shoe. This repairs the diastasis recti, the bulge that occurs from pregnancy. The procedure is essentially the application of a surgically installed corset. If waist enhancement is desired, Dr. Delgado will also tighten the external oblique musculature, to pull in the waist and accentuate that contour. Then, superficially, the skin is pulled downward, and after the excess skin is excised, the skin is sutured into position. The belly button maintains its vascularity but is excised around the perimeter, much like an apple core. It is then pulled through the skin to the new location. Skin with stretch marks may be entirely or partially excised depending on the location of the stretch mark scarring. Liposuction is used to improve the abdominal and waist contour. The abdomen is closed with two drains in place.