Tummy Tuck

Pacific Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery Center located in Santa Barbara, CA

If you’re looking for a solution to get rid of excess fat or skin around your abdomen, board-certified plastic surgeon Douglas J. Mackenzie, MD, at Pacific Plastic Surgery in Santa Barbara, California, offers tummy tuck procedures that tighten your stomach area. If you’ve tried without success to achieve a smoother, tighter stomach, it might be time to consider this trusted surgical procedure. Call Pacific Plastic Surgery or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.

Tummy Tuck

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What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck procedure helps address diastasis, or looseness of the central abdominal wall. During this procedure, Dr. Mackenzie removes excess skin in your abdomen to create a smoother, tighter stomach. Sometimes, excess fat is removed with liposuction during the tummy tuck procedure.

For milder cases, there’s also an option for a mini tummy tuck, which targets the lower abdomen. However, for women seeking to target the entire abdomen area, Dr. Mackenzie usually recommends a full tummy tuck.


Is a tummy tuck right for me?

If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your abdomen, you may be a candidate for a tummy tuck. Common causes of additional fat or loose skin around your abdomen include:

  • Dramatic weight gain or loss
  • Pregnancy
  • Advanced age

If you’ve tried diet and exercise with little results, don’t worry. Although both are extremely important, they don’t tighten loose skin. Additionally, women who have had children often experience looseness of the central abdominal wall that won’t narrow even by toning the muscles.


Are tummy tucks painful?

Dr. Mackenzie is known for his expertise in pain management during and after surgery. He uses ExparelⓇ, an extremely effective medication that provides up to 72 hours of pain reduction after surgery. Dr. Mackenzie was the first surgeon in Santa Barbara to incorporate Exparel into his practice for more intensive procedures such as tummy tucks and breast augmentation.


What is the recovery like following a tummy tuck procedure?

For a standard tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), Dr. Mackenzie inserts a drain in your stomach that helps keep the area clean and free of infection. The drain stays in for up to two weeks. Though Dr. Mackenzie often uses internal quilting sutures to help shape the tummy and close the space under the skin, he still believes a drain is a good idea.

Scarring from the incision of your tummy tuck is easily concealable under clothes or a bathing suit bottom, and you’re usually able to return to work two weeks after the surgery when your drain is removed. However, Dr. Mackenzie recommends avoiding physical activity for at least a month following your tummy tuck.

If you’re ready to achieve a flatter, tighter abdomen, call Pacific Plastic Surgery or schedule an appointment online today.