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Tummy Tuck Scar African American

Tummy Tuck Scar African American

African American tummy tuck scars are often a challenge. The main reason is the visibility of the scar, which is inherently more apparent in darker skin tones. There are several things you can do to reduce this visibility and make your tummy tuck scar less visible.

First, you should consider having your tummy tuck performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in these procedures. In addition to being well-trained, this type of doctor will have access to advanced technology that may help with reducing scarring.

Second, ask your doctor about using a method called “subcision” during the procedure. This allows the doctor to break up scar tissue that has formed over time into smaller pieces so they can be removed more easily.

Third, ask your plastic surgeon if they can use silicone sheets over any incisions made during surgery (for example: abdominal or flank incisions). These sheets will help keep the incision moist while it heals and prevent scaring from occurring before the incision has closed completely.”

One Size Doesn’t Fit All Tummy Tucks

Tummy tucks are highly personal aesthetic procedures. Very often, the ideal shape for one woman is an undesirable outcome for another. Women should never feel they have to conform to whatever beauty standard is trendy or in-demand at the moment. All women should feel empowered to pursue their own vision of what makes them beautiful.

An African American tummy tuck can enhance your natural beauty and help you achieve the hourglass shape of your dreams.

Dr. Michael Omidi understands that beauty can mean different ideals for different patients. He possesses the training, experience, and eye for aesthetic details that allow him to craft a tummy tuck precisely to your vision. We honor all cultural heritages at our practice and always strive to accommodate your aesthetic goals.

About African American Tummy Tucks

Tummy tucks are incredibly popular procedures for women that have undergone changes to their bodies due to life events. Sometimes that means mothers who want some of their pre-pregnancy figures back. In other cases, patients who lost weight want to remedy the leftover skin that can’t be worked off through diet and exercise. And even patients who have not lost weight or undergone a pregnancy might have stubborn areas of fat and excess skin they want to remove along with tightening up their stomach muscles.  

WHAT MAKES AN AFRICAN AMERICAN TUMMY TUCK DIFFERENT?

We want all our patients to look and feel great in whatever clothes they want to wear.

All tummy tucks remove unwanted skin and fat while tightening the abdominal muscles. However, different patients have different aesthetic goals. Many Caucasian patients desire a very slender and petite figure. They request an end result that differs from some of our African American patients and other ethnicities. Typically, our African American patients want to celebrate their curves and create a more dramatic hourglass figure than our Caucasian patients who tend to prefer a more slender look. It’s also important for plastic surgeons to recognize that dark skin can be more prone to keloid scarring and hyperpigmentation.

Benefits

  • Tightens loose or weakened muscles
  • Enhances the silhouette
  • Creates more aesthetically pleasing body contours
  • Removes excess fat and skin
  • Crafts a flatter, more toned abdomen
  • Potentially help resolve stress urinary incontinence
  • Helps with posture
  • Can help correct ventral hernias

One of the lesser-known, non-aesthetic benefits of a tummy tuck is that it can help with medical issues such as stress urinary incontinence (SUI). SUI is an issue with bladder control that arises after giving birth for some women. A study of 250 patients who underwent abdominoplasty found that the tummy tuck procedure help alleviate the symptoms of SUI.[2]

African American Candidates

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Ideal candidates for an African American tummy tuck are those with excess skin or pockets of fat around the abdomen that can’t be easily addressed through diet and exercise. Usually, the excess skin is loose or even sagging. Abdominoplasty is not a procedure for weight loss. It’s meant to address the stubborn remnants of skin or fat that can’t be worked off through diet or exercise. A tummy tuck can help contour the curves of the body in a way that pleases our African American patients.

Here in Los Angeles, we love curves and seek to enhance yours in the most attractive way possible.

Types of Tummy Tucks

FULL TUMMY TUCK

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The full tummy tuck is a comprehensive procedure that will remove extensive amounts of excess skin and provide a welcome tightening of the muscles. Dr. Yoo usually makes the incision along the bikini line to minimize its visibility. The internal muscles, which are popularly called a “six-pack”, enjoy tightening and resculpting. He then re-drapes the skin around a well-toned abdomen. The process also removes any excess skin. In African American women that wish to accentuate their curves, care will be taken to not reduce the hourglass figure but rather complement it with a flatter tummy. Dr. Yoo pays attention to skin texture so no excess scarring results.
Mini Tummy Tuck 

Mini tummy tucks follow the same basic principle as full tummy tucks but are not as drastic. The incision will be smaller and the muscle-sculpting will be less intensive. He will resculpt the abdominal muscles and re-drape the skin, though less drastically than with a full tummy tuck. This is best for patients that do not require more comprehensive treatment.

MODIFIED TUMMY TUCK

The modified tummy tuck is even less intensive than a mini tummy tuck. This procedure usually just addresses removing excess skin and re-draping it or providing a minor tightening of the abdominal muscles.

MALE TUMMY TUCK

African American Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Los Angeles CA

Yes, men receive tummy tucks as well. They might not experience pregnancy, but men that lose a significant amount of weight often have excess skin as a side-effect. This excess skin cannot be worked off through diet or exercise.

Preparation

The most important thing to do before your surgery is to follow all the specific instructions Dr. Yoo’s office provides you. Dr. Yoo tailors instructions for each case, so please follow them carefully. In general, abstain from smoking for a month before your surgery. Anti-inflammatory medication, which includes aspirin and ibuprofen, should also be avoided. Make sure to discuss any prescription medication with Dr. Yoo and adjust your intake accordingly. Arrange for a ride home after surgery.

The Procedure

Tummy tucks are performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Yoo will then use a surgical marker to guide the placement of incisions based on the aesthetic plan you discussed during your consultations. While you sleep peacefully, Dr. Yoo will remove the unwanted skin and tighten your abdominal muscles. Tummy tucks usually last between 2-4 hours. When you awaken, you will see the phenomenal results of your newly sculpted body. You will be bandaged in the appropriate dressings and drainage tubes will be provided. 

Your Recovery

  • Make sure you appoint a trusted family member or friend to drive you home from surgery and look over you for at least one night. It’s even better if they can help you out for a few days as your physical activities will be reduced.
  • Patients should remain mostly in a Semi-Fowler position for two weeks after a full tummy tuck. The Semi-Fowler position can commonly be called a beach chair position. The back is elevated around 30 degrees and the knees are raised to bend the legs. This position provides optimal healing and reduces stress on the abdomen.[2]
  • Protein is important. Your muscles need to heal. And protein provides the energy necessary to repair your muscles. Whether it’s eating meat, eating beans, or taking supplements like protein shakes, it’s important to ensure you have enough protein.
  • You will have a dressing and a drainage tube installed immediately after surgery. Don’t remove these on your own, but follow Dr. Yoo’s aftercare instructions for when these can be removed. Usually, they are removed within 5-7 days.
  • A tummy tuck will affect the muscles and abdomen, so Dr. Yoo recommends taking at least a week or two off from work for a mini tummy tuck and 3-4 weeks for a full tummy tuck.
  • Avoid any strenuous activities, including sex, and give your body the proper time to heal. You may gradually resume your normal activities over a 6-8 week period. 
  • Only take medication that Dr. Yoo prescribes or approves. Avoid alcohol for at least two weeks to ensure your body enjoys a proper recuperation. 
  • Make sure to walk after surgery, but don’t overdo it. It’s important to get your body moving again – even the same day as surgery – but don’t strain yourself. During the first few days, you should plan to not spend much time standing. 

Results

You’ll begin to see the results that honor your African American heritage immediately surgery. But for your full curvacious results to materialize, it will take a few months. Once your body completely heals and you can resume your usual diet and exercise routine, the results of a tummy tuck will really shine. Abdominoplasty results in a very high rate of patient satisfaction.[3]

How Much Does an African American Tummy Tuck Cost?

After reviewing your medical history and discussing your goals and expectations, Dr. Yoo can determine which type of tummy tuck would best suit you and will then provide you with comprehensive pricing.

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