Tummy Tuck Surgery in Oakland

We all want a flatter, tighter stomach. A leaner abdominal area can be a major boost to self-confidence about how you look and is something both men and women aspire to have.

But the abdominal area is also susceptible to protrusion resulting from weight gain, the signs of pregnancy, as well as aging, making it harder to reach your ideal look. The fact is that our stomachs are the spot where it’s easy for unwanted developments to show up, such as loose skin, fat, or stretch marks. These can be very hard to get rid of, even with a healthy diet and regular exercise.

A tummy tuck performed by accomplished Oakland plastic surgeons Dr. Togba and Dr. Ellis can help reshape your abdomen, bringing out a leaner version of you and making you feel better about the shape of your body.

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a body sculpting procedure that will help tone your abdomen, improve the contour of your body, and remove excess abdominal skin.

The procedure takes approximately two to four hours and is usually done under general anesthesia. An incision is made in the pubic area – where it is easily hidden from view – and extends from hip bone to hip bone. The abdominal muscles are tightened by stitching them together. Excess fat and skin are removed and you now have a flatter, more sculpted abdomen than before.

How do I know if I am a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

Ideal candidates for a tummy tuck will often have concerns about excess skin and fat that create a lower abdominal pouch (apron) and refuse to go away with diet and exercise; those who have unsightly abdominal stretch marks and want them gone; and also those with abdominal muscles that are stretched and weakened due to pregnancy or weight gain.

Excessive weight gain and pregnancy can both damage the elasticity of the lower abdominal muscles. This makes it nearly impossible to get them back to a desired state through traditional modes like exercise and proper diet. If your stomach is in an unsatisfying state and you are at a good, stable body weight and are generally healthy, you’re likely an ideal candidate for a tummy tuck.

What is the recovery period after a tummy tuck?

Recovery time after a tummy tuck is from two to three weeks. The toned skin and tightened muscles must be maintained with a healthy lifestyle, a stable body weight, and regular exercise. To ensure a speedy recovery, Dr. Togba and Dr. Ellis recommend all of their patients engage in walking after surgery.

Other body sculpting procedures Dr. Togba and Dr. Ellis perform

The tummy tuck is not the only body sculpting procedure you can have at Dr. Togba and Dr. Ellis’s practice. Patients can also have liposuction to remove stubborn fat deposits, or arm lifts, fat transfer to the buttock region, and thigh lifts to tone, tighten, and sculpt the entire body. Liposuction of the abdomen, waist, and back combined with a tummy tuck is an effective technique to produce a dramatic improvement in body contour. Our mommy makeover patients combine the tummy tuck with a breast lift or breast augmentation to regain the hourglass figure.

Booking a consultation with your Oakland tummy tuck surgeon

Dr. Togba and Dr. Ellis have a thorough consultation with every patient at their plastic surgery practice to ensure they have realistic expectations about their tummy tuck in Oakland, California, and to tailor the procedure to the uniqueness of their body. He will also discuss the possible risks and side effects with you and provide details about your recovery period.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Patient Story

This 45-year-old nurse battled “the bulge” and loose skin around her abdomen after having three children. This tummy tuck removed the excess skin/stretch marks and tightened her abdominal muscles, giving her back her shape.

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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Patient Story

Yes, I am 54 years young!!! I am the mother of 2 daughters and wanted a tummy tuck 20 years ago after a C-Section left me with a pouch. In 2001 I was referred to Dr. Togba and I had a thorough consultation. I was impressed with the time and attention he gave me and the careful explanation. I admitted that I was working out but felt like I wasn’t seeing the results. He encouraged me to continue with my exercise program and that through the tummy tuck he would get rid of the loose skin and fat and tighten the abdominal muscles revealing the muscle tone underneath, so I increased my sit-ups each day. Several years later I took the plunge and had my tummy tuck and at 54 I have never looked or felt better than I do now. I want to let women know it is never too late to feel good about yourself. I love Dr. Togba for his great work and his staff.

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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Patient Story

I wanted to have a tummy tuck to get rid of my abdominal stretch marks after having children. What is great after surgery is that I still see improvements everyday with my results. Dr. Togba did a good job!!!

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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Patient Story

After much research, I finally found a doctor I could trust… I’ve wanted a Tummy Tuck since my last child who is now 21 years old. My children, knowing this said, we will pay for it since we messed up your tummy. Well, I spent many years focusing on my darlings and now, I wanted to do this for me. I had a smooth recovery. I was expecting a lot of pain and now, I can say, my shoulder bursitis is more painful than my tummy tuck. I am so happy with my outcome. Determined to maintain my results, I am health conscience and I exercise. It’s hard to believe, after 4 children, I can still look great in a bikini! My admonishment, if you can get it done, do it!”

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