Tummy Tuck

Las Vegas Tummy Tuck by Dr. Arthur Cambeiro

Abdominoplasty, better known as a tummy tuck, is designed to help men and women achieve a slim, toned abdomen by removing stubborn fat and excess skin. Mayo Clinic trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Arthur Cambeiro utilizes the most advance abdominoplasty techniques to deliver results that look natural and sleek. Abdominoplasty removes unwanted fat, reduces excess skin, and tightens the abdominal wall to produce slender and toned abs.

If you would like more information about tummy tuck surgery or any of our cosmetic procedures, call Dr. Cambeiro at (702) 734-4100 or schedule a consultation today at our Las Vegas or Henderson office. We also offer a fly-in program.

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Because a successful tummy tuck requires a comprehensive surgical plan, Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon Dr. Cambeiro takes the necessary steps to ensure a successful outcome. First, he discusses your goals and the reasons you want the procedure, details what you need to do before and after the surgery, and lets you know what you can expect from the results. To make sure a tummy tuck is best suited for your cosmetic goals, he asks you to review these eleven important questions to ask during any consultation.

With your input, Dr. Cambeiro will devise a surgical plan tailored to your desired results and unique anatomy. He will:

  • Show you a short video about the surgery
  • Provide information on how to prepare for surgery and instruction for recovery
  • Address your concerns and answer your questions
  • Discuss any potential risks associated with abdominoplasty
  • Explain the operation in detail and what you can expect from the outcome

Dr. Cambeiro realizes that patients don’t like surprises during or after surgery. That’s why he explains the realistic possibilities of abdominoplasty and what procedures you may combine with a tummy tuck to enhance the results. Many mothers consider a mommy makeover to address the suite of cosmetic concerns that often result from having children.

Tummy Tuck Candidature

Optimal candidates for a tummy tuck are healthy men and women who have realistic expectations from the operation. They are looking to restore a youthful, firmer abdominal contour through one of the following enhancements:

  • Resolve excess abdominal fat bulges
  • Tighten loose skin and reduce stretch marks after pregnancy or weight loss
  • Repair and reinforce the abdominal wall
  • Flatten the abdomen for a more slender midsection

Abdominoplasty is a procedure often combined with other cosmetic corrections like breast augmentation, liposuction, or a body lift. It is important to note that smoking or drinking alcohol can undermine your healing and ultimately, your results. This is why Dr. Cambiero suggests that the best candidates for abdominoplasty are non-smokers who don’t drink, or who are at least willing to give these up for several weeks before and after surgery.

Tummy Tuck Options

There are variations of abdominoplasty Dr. Cambeiro can employ to personalize the operation for each patient. They include:

This technique is appropriate for most abdominoplasty patients who need repair of the abdominal structure above and below the naval. The incision will run from hipbone to hipbone above the pubic area but low enough to be hidden by a bikini bottom.  A second incision frees surrounding skin and tissue. In most cases, Dr. Cambeiro will reinforce the abdominal wall with sutures.

The entire procedure lasts from two to five hours, depending on the amount of correction needed. It is usually an outpatient procedure and is performed under a general anesthesia (by a board-certified anesthesiologist). After the incisions are made, the skin is pulled back, exposing the abdominal wall and the vertical abdominal muscles. Dr. Cambeiro will then tighten the muscles, securing them with sutures to produce a firm abdomen and thinner waistline. He may use liposuction to remove excess fat. He will stretch the skin to lay nicely over the new abdominal contour, then remove any excess skin if necessary. The belly button will also be repositioned. Often, drains are placed to allow any excess fluid to escape during recovery. Lastly, he sutures the incision; some sutures will dissolve, and others will need to be removed during your follow-up appointment.

Implementing a shorter incision, Dr. Cambeiro uses a mini tummy tuck for patients who don’t require as much correction. The procedure addresses loose skin and fat beneath the belly button, without moving its location. The scar from the mini tummy tuck can be compared to that from a C-section.

This technique, also known as abdominal dermolipectomy, is a modified version of abdominoplasty. It addresses overhanging skin below the belly button. The operation is mostly performed to improve personal hygiene, prevent infections, and alleviate pain. For many patients, it is a medical necessity and therefore often covered by medical insurance.

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Why Dr. Cambeiro?

  • voted one of Las Vegas' top plastic surgeons 15 years in row
  • Impressive Credentials: Mayo Clinic trained and Double-Board Certified
  • An Honest, caring approach with a dedication to patient safety and satisfaction

Tummy Tuck Benefits

Significant weight fluctuation, pregnancy, or the natural aging process can cause abdominal tissue and skin to expand and stretch. Men and women choose abdominoplasty for different reasons to accomplish their cosmetic goals. These may include:

  • Improved abdominal tone and posture
  • Restore a flat tummy after pregnancy
  • Abdominal toning after the belly has thickened and stretched with age
  • Diminish stretch mark visibility
  • Reduce a protruding “pooch” or “spare tire” that withstands diet and exercise
  • Improve confidence and self-esteem
  • More options to wear what you want

Although tummy tuck surgery is extensive, it is transformative and becoming a popular operation to restore youthful figures and tight abs.

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Tummy Tuck Recovery

Most tummy tuck techniques are outpatient procedures, meaning you will return home the same day. You will experience tenderness, swelling, and bruising in the abdominal area, for which Dr. Cambeiro will prescribe medication to help with the discomfort and reduce the risk of infection.

Although you won’t be able to lift or bend over, we ask you to get up and move around after surgery to increase circulation. Because of the central location of your incision, we recommend you take it easy for two to three weeks. Dr. Cambeiro will advise you when you can return to work and resume your regular lifestyle. You should avoid any strenuous activity for at least one month and refrain from workouts or exercise until Dr. Cambeiro gives you the okay.

Las Vegas Tummy Tuck FAQ

The best way to prepare is to view our before and after gallery. You should also ensure that you are ready for an operative procedure. Your health should be optimized, and you should not be smoking.

Dr. Cambeiro and his board-certified anesthesiologist will meet with you, as well as Dr. Cambeiro’s surgical assistant. Then they will discuss the operation and recovery once again. He will mark your incision pattern and demonstrate it to you. He keeps this pattern as low as possible to help achieve a bikini line incision and lift the mons pubis.

Yes, you will have drains that will usually stay in for 5-7 days.

It is very rare that Dr. Cambeiro does not repair the muscles.

Your abs will only show if your abs were showing before.

No, this a body contouring surgery, not a weight loss procedure. However, most patients do lose up to 10 pounds.

Usually, they all dissolve. Umbilical sutures are occasionally removed.

The belly button, level of the scar, and how contoured the waist is with added liposuction are all things to look for in a great result. These things help give more of a 360-degree transformation.

Swelling is usually not too significant, but it will take 6 weeks for the majority of it to resolve and 6-12 months for final results to show.

Yes, you can, but it’s preferred that you do not. Getting pregnant after a tummy tuck surgery may diminish your results. 

A typical recovery takes 10-14 days, with no heavy lifting for 6 weeks.

At around 2%, bleeding and infection are the most common complications. One of the smaller risks is a blood clot at 0.3-.9%. We use an injection of Lovenox® prior to surgery to help prevent clots, and we use scd’s (sequential compression devices) before, during, and 3 days after surgery. We also use a pain pump to help numb the muscles, which in turn helps decrease your pain so that you can walk immediately after surgery without much discomfort.

Most patients can exercise in 6 weeks.

Learn More

If you are considering a tummy tuck and would like more information, call us today or schedule a discreet consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Arthur Cambeiro. If you are from out of town, ask about our fly-in program.

Call (702) 734-4100 or request a consultation today!

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