About Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure aimed at improving the appearance and contour of the abdominal area. It involves removing excess skin and fat and tightening the underlying abdominal muscles to create a flatter, firmer abdomen.

  • Average Cost: $20,000 to $23,000
  • Discomfort Level: High
  • Typical Recovery Period: Several Weeks to Months
  • Anesthesia Options: Local, General, or IV Sedation

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What is the Tummy Tuck Procedure?

During the Drainless Tummy Tuck by Dr. Graw, she carefully makes incisions, removes excess tissue, tightens abdominal muscles if needed, and skillfully repositions the skin to create a taut, toned appearance. With reduced post-operative discomfort and no drains to manage, you can achieve the body you desire without the hassle.

With Dr. Graw's Drainless Tummy Tuck technique, there is minimal scarring, shorter downtime, and outstanding results that enhance your confidence and self-esteem. Please note there are rare circumstances where drains are necessary. 

Why choose Dr. Graw for a tummy tuck in Palo Alto? 

Due to her deep interest in the body's musculature, Dr. Graw has always had a passion for body sculpting, whether through artwork or exercise. 

Her unique background and outstanding surgical skills, coupled with her life’s journey as a mother of two, equip her with a one-of-a-kind perspective when treating the abdominal area. For abdominoplasty in Palo Alto, Menlo Park & Atherton performed with meticulous attention to detail and exceptional results, you can trust that you are under the care of one of the most talented plastic surgeons in the Bay Area. You will feel supported and empowered and experience extraordinary personal care and attention from beginning to end.

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The ideal tummy tuck: surgery combined with 360-liposuction

To achieve an optimal result from your tummy tuck in Palo Alto, Menlo Park & Atherton, Dr. Graw may advise you to undergo 360-liposuction as well in order to really define your waist and create a more feminine silhouette.

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What can a tummy tuck do for my figure?

The effects of pregnancy or age-related body changes often lead to unwelcome changes in your figure, which can be resolved with a custom abdominoplasty Palo Alto, Menlo Park & Atherton. This procedure addresses the following problems:

  • Stubborn abdominal fat
  • Sagging or excess skin left from weight gain or pregnancy
  • Stretch marks on the lower abdomen
  • Split abdominal muscles (diastasis recti), creating a tummy bulge that lingers, no matter how much you diet and exercise
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"There is a distinct wow factor with my procedure that they can't get with other surgeons. From a flat rectangular shape to a very feminine hourglass shape. We retain the natural shape but make it look prettier, sexier and more feminine.”

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What is the Recovery like after abdominoplasty? 

A tummy tuck procedure usually requires 2-3 weeks of recovery time, depending on the individual and the type of procedure performed. When you are stable and comfortable in the recovery unit, you will be released to go home with your caregiver. It is imperative that you have personal support during the first few days. To minimize discomfort, Dr. Graw will prescribe you a multi-modal pain regimen. You will also see Dr. Graw closely for follow-up appointments to ensure optimal recovery from your tummy tuck in Palo Alto, Menlo Park & Atherton

You should expect to set aside 2-3 weeks to rest and recover and will need to avoid any heavy lifting, including pets and children. As well, you should plan to have another adult to help you, especially during the first few days. You will likely feel well enough to start enjoying your new figure at the three-week mark, but healing varies based on age, health, and the extent of the procedure. Usually, you will be able to return to light activities at week two and normal activities progressively from weeks four to six after the surgery.

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Tummy Tuck FAQs

Will stretch marks be gone?

Can you tell me more about an umbilical-float tummy tuck, or a mini-tummy tuck?

What is a tummy tuck like to experience?

Will stretch marks be gone?

Stretch marks located on the lower abdomen can often be removed.

Can you tell me more about an umbilical-float tummy tuck, or a mini-tummy tuck?

During a traditional tummy tuck procedure, your belly button will be repositioned to the ideal spot on your new abdominal skin. However, some individuals do not have enough excess skin to have their original belly button opening removed with the excess skin. For these patients, if they mainly have excess skin in the lower belly, they may be candidates for an umbilical-float tummy tuck, in which the umbilicus remains whole, and ultimately scar-free. Others may have a combination of minimal excess skin and no separation of abdominal muscles. These patients may be good candidates for a mini-tummy tuck. Various options exist for the various types of bodies! As such, come in for a consultation with tummy tuck expert, Dr. Grace Graw, and she will thoroughly discuss these options with you.

What is a tummy tuck like to experience?

The duration of the surgery will vary, based on your unique condition, but it can range between three to six hours. You will be under general anesthesia, and under the care of Stanford-trained anesthesiologists who will help you through your surgery and immediately after in the recovery unit. At the end of the operation, Dr. Graw will likely place you in contouring foam pieces and a compression garment to help with contouring and decreasing swelling during the recovery process.

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