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Tummy Tuck in Visalia, Fresno, Bakersfield and Los Angeles

"Tummy tuck" has become a household word, but the word hasn't gotten around about the problems associated with abdominoplasty. When a person comes to a surgeon's office and asks for a tummy tuck, nine times out of ten, that's exactly what she gets. Most patients desire an improvement in their tummy and assume a tummy tuck is the best way to achieve it. But the unsightly 20+ inch incision in the lower tummy is often not fully understood until after surgery, and is frequently concealed in the photographs the patient sees before the procedure (see Internet ads).

It's a myth to assume that two-piece bathing suits and low rider jeans can be worn automatically after a tummy tuck in the Los Angeles, and Central Valley areas. If a patient is uncomfortable showing her tummy because of lower abdominal stretch marks, she will be even more uncomfortable showing her tummy with a two-foot scar. We strongly advise patients considering this procedure to look at many accurate before-and-after tummy tuck photos and understand just exactly what they are getting into. To assume that this incision will disappear with time is completely unrealistic. And no one can predict whether you'll get nice scarring or a thick, spread scar that's unsightly.

Laser treatments, steroid injections, and possibly dermabrasion may all aid in improving the scarring, but nothing makes it go away. And most patients assume that a tummy-tuck belly button is the type you can put a ring into and show. This is a complete misconception in the vast majority of cases.

If all you want is a flat tummy at any costs, maybe you should get a tummy tuck. But if you care about having a nice shape with a smaller waist and a flatter tummy, nicer contours in all directions, and no scar from hip to hip, maybe you should consider alternatives. We usually recommend torso sculpting and our "No Scalpel Tummy Tuck." This procedure involves careful liposuction of the abdomen and hips, which results in the skin shrinking like a rubber band in most cases. And it's much safer than a tummy tuck, which has a death risk of about 1 in 2,000. See chart and article.

Like everything in life, there are trade-offs. Wrinkling or saggy skin of the abdomen can happen with liposuction. The point is, it's almost always a better option than the scarring, risks, and odd belly buttons of a tummy tuck. (There are a few patients who are candidates for tummy tucks, for example, a person who has lost more than 100 pounds, especially when the loss has been very rapid).

Now that we have told you about our tummy tuck experience and our unique No Scalpel Tummy Tuck technique, we invite you to request a free consultation with Fresno cosmetic surgeon Dr. Yoho today. If you are considering a tummy tuck, Dr. Yoho would like to meet face to face with you and discuss his exclusive tummy tuck surgery alternative.

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