One of the most difficult areas of the body to tone is the stomach. Often, no amount of diet and exercise can help you get the abdomen that you deserve and want. Stubborn pockets of fat and loose skin can continue to hold you back from achieving your ideal aesthetic. But with a tummy tuck, you can finally achieve the body contour that you have worked so hard to attain.
At Dr. Brent’s practice in Santa Barbara, he has helped countless patients reach their goals with specialized tummy tuck procedures. Using his expertise and experience, he delivers stunning results that can help boost your confidence in your appearance.
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What Is a Tummy Tuck?
Also called abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck aims to deliver a smoother and toned stomach area. Though each tummy tuck is fully tailored to match your unique needs and goals, the procedures all work by:
- Removing excess skin
- Removing stubborn fat
- Tightening the abdominal muscles
When these are performed together by a skilled surgeon, you can achieve an enhanced and tighter look. Dr. Brent provides a range of tummy tuck variations, and always uses the method that best helps you reach your goals.
Brent's Signature Hybrid Tummy Tuck
One of the most popular options for a tummy tuck is Dr. Brent’s signature Hybrid Tummy Tuck. Using his years of experience and eye for beauty, Dr. Brent developed this advanced technique that has several advantages over traditional methods. These include:
- Highly effective procedure
- Better-tailored results
- Faster recovery rate
The Hybrid tummy tuck is especially beneficial for women who were recently pregnant. Using smaller incisions, Dr. Brent delivers a tightening experience that still produces stunning results. There is significantly less scarring and an overall shorter downtime, with many patients returning to work in only a week.
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Recovery & Results
Though each patient will have a different recovery length, in general a tummy tuck takes several weeks to fully recover from. However, this is broken up into several stages.
During the first couple weeks, you will likely want to take off from work. During this time, giving your body time to rest and heal will be essential to achieving optimal results. You can expect some swelling and discomfort or pain around the procedure site. However, these can both be managed with proper medication.
Most patients begin feeling back to their usual self around one month. Though you will have results from day one, it takes time to see the full benefits of your tummy tuck. As your body continues to heal and recover, you will see improvements. But once you are healed, you should see long-lasting results that include:
- A narrower waist
- Significant reduction in stretch marks
- A flatter stomach
- More toned profile overall
While there will be some scarring, Dr. Brent makes any incisions in naturally hidden areas. So their visibility will be low from the start. And as you heal, any scarring should gradually decrease.
Is a Tummy Tuck Right for Me?
If you have loose skin or stubborn pockets of fat around your abdomen, then this procedure could be for you. It is popular for several groups of patients, including:
- Changes from pregnancy: Though rewarding, pregnancy comes with many challenges and bodily changes. A tummy tuck can help your body get back to its pre-baby state, or even better.
- Changes from weight change: Even significant weight loss can leave behind loose skin and stubborn fat. Stretched skin can also linger. A tummy tuck takes care of those final steps for your body.
- Change from age: The natural effects of aging can significantly change your body. Skin loses elasticity and begins to sage, but a tummy tuck can reverse that process.
The first step in your tummy tuck process is scheduling a consultation. During this personal meeting with Dr. Brent, he will walk you through all your options for achieving your goals. After listening to your expectations, he can help you decide if a tummy tuck is right for you. By working closely with each patient, he develops a personalized treatment plan that is built to fully meet your unique needs.
We also recommend that patients be in good health, do not smoke, and have healthy expectations. The better your health is, the better your results will be. It is also important to be at or near your ideal weight without any significant weight alterations in the near future.
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Take the first step toward a slimmer, tighter abdomen today and schedule your consultation. As you build your tummy tuck plan with Dr. Brent, he will be by your side every step of the way. From start to finish, he works closely with each patient to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Call us today to learn more about our procedures and how we can help you achieve the ideal you.