Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty in Newport Beach, California (CA)

Excess skin, fat, and loose muscles around your abdomen can be a difficult issue, and exercise and weight loss aren’t always enough. A tummy tuck, known as an abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure to correct these issues for a flat and firm midsection.

Benefits of a tummy tuck

A tummy tuck isn’t an alternative to a healthy diet and exercise, but it can help with persistent problems like loose skin, excess fat, and weakened or separated abdominal muscles. The procedure firms up your abdominal wall, slims your waistline, and eliminates apparent sagging skin around your belly and above your pubic area. Incisions are made along your bikini line so they are hidden by your bathing suit.

How tummy tuck surgery is performed

Abdominoplasty can be done under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. Liposuction is commonly done during a tummy tuck to help remove fat deposits and more effectively slim your abdominal area.

During a full tummy tuck, your cosmetic surgeon will make an incision from hip to hip just above your pubic area.  Your abdominal muscles are sutured together to tighten them and create a flatter abdominal wall. Your excess belly skin at the bottom is trimmed, and a new hole for your navel is made. The incisions are then stitched.

A partial abdominoplasty, known as a mini tummy tuck, is a milder form of this surgery that just corrects the area under your navel, and your original navel is left in place. The incisions are smaller.

An extended tummy tuck can correct loose skin around your sides as well as your belly. The incision is much longer and goes past your hips and into your sides to allow removal of more excess skin.

Recovery after surgery

Recovery can take anywhere from two to 12 weeks depending on how much surgical work was done. Most people can return to their normal routine after one to two weeks. You’ll have temporary pain, soreness, swelling, and numbness that will subside with time. Your surgeon will prescribe pain medication to help.

Costs

Tummy tuck costs vary depending on what type of surgery you select—mini, full, or extended—and whether or not liposuction is performed. Other factors that affect cost are your area, surgeon, and health care coverage. Health insurance providers usually do not cover abdominoplasty.


About Joseph Cruise, MD

 Dr. Cruise is a fully trained, Board Certified, Plastic Surgeon who has performed plastic surgery for over 15 years. He has dedicated his life to the art of cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic surgery is his passion and this becomes obvious when you consult with him. He fully understands the needs of his patients because he understands how powerful quality plastic surgery can be in enhancing one's life.

Born Feb 3, 1965, Dr. Cruise grew up in the midwest city of St. Clair Shores, MI. From the time he graduated Valedictorian from Lakeview High School, he set his mind to becoming a Plastic Surgeon. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wayne State University in Michigan and then graduated in the upper class of his medical school also at Wayne State University. He then began his extensive training in General Surgery, Hand Surgery, Microvascular Surgery as well as Plastic Surgery.Cosmetic surgery is his primary focus but he also has dedicated considerable time as a burn surgeon at the Grossman Burn Center at Western Medical Hospital reconstructing disfigured burn victims. Restoring human form to faces devastated by burns has given him experience that could not be obtained elsewhere as well as an appreciation for all the subtleties that make a human face and body what they are.

Within his practice, Dr. Cruise oversees a highly trained team of professionals that are dedicated to making your plastic surgery experience enjoyable." Every patient of mine is an autograph of my work. It is imperative to me to make sure this signature represents the very best that plastic surgery has to offer. "
Dr. Cruise utilizes the very latest in plastic surgery techniques and equipment. Depending on the procedure, computer imaging is often used to help show the patients what they can expect as a result of their surgery.The use of computer imaging is very helpful to demonstrate what is and what is not possible. This is especially true in rhinoplasty. The most important thing is, to be honest. This may mean telling a patient that what they want is simply not possible. Patient trust is paramount.

Featured Specialist for Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty in Newport Beach, CA

Joseph Cruise, MD

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2081 San Joaquin Hills Rd
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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