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Time to Consider Your Summer Body With These Popular Procedures

For those of us who yearn to put our toes in the sand, summer can’t get here soon enough. Wearing that favorite bikini may be on your mind, but are you ready to reveal your body poolside? Consider cosmetic procedures to get your body into summer shape by addressing any aesthetic concerns of your figure.

Body sculpting is a type of plastic surgery designed to reshape your physique by curve enhancement, tummy flattening, or fat reduction. And if you also struggle with skin laxity, skin tightening is necessary to get you looking great in the sun.

Triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali Sajjadian offers various procedures to get your body ready to show off. Some require surgery, while others are minimally invasive with little to no downtime. The options depend on your cosmetic concerns and desired goals.

Surgical Procedures

Dr. Sajjadian performs an array of body sculpting procedures to help you realize your cosmetic goals. In many cases, these surgeries lend themselves to artistic excellence. He has performed hundreds of operations in the Newport Beach/Orange County areas, delivering the desired outcome for an overall body appearance.  Here are the surgical options to choose from.

Breast Augmentation

Sometimes, breast volume diminishes with childbearing or age. Or, if your natural breasts are too small for your body type, a breast augmentation can deliver larger, shapelier.

Breast Lift

If your breasts sag, droop, or have excess skin, a breast lift can restore breast elevation and strengthen breast tissue. Results include youthful breast location with that sensual upward curve.

Liposuction

Have diet and exercise failed to give you your desired figure? It might be time to pursue another option. Liposuction permanently removes unwanted fat cells from trouble spots like the abdomen, thighs, and back. It is a perennially high-demand cosmetic surgery and pairs well with other treatments to ensure optimal results.

Tummy Tuck

When pregnancy or weight fluctuations wreak havoc on your abdomen, crunches and planks alone might not be enough to get you the flat belly you desire. A tummy tuck can eliminate excess skin and fat while reinforcing the abdominal wall. For less severe cases, a mini tummy tuck might be the best option for a taut, sleek midsection.

Brazilian Butt Lift

If your backside doesn’t have the shape or elevation to fit perfectly in that bikini bottom, a Brazilian butt lift can help. Enjoying a curvaceous derriere like Beyoncé or Jennifer Lopez is now possible with this popular plastic surgery. Also known as fat transfer, it adds shape to your bottom with natural fat tissue from your body.

Thigh Lift

This advanced cosmetic surgery tightens flabby, loose skin on the outer and inner thigh. A thigh lift reshapes the thigh area to deliver a defined, shapely result. Dr. Sajjadian customizes the operation to your specific cosmetic concerns and aesthetic goals.

Arm Lift

After significant weight loss or hormonal changes, the upper arms may develop loose, flabby skin. An arm lift can restore youthful arm contours, creating an appealing look when you wear bathing suits, spaghetti straps, or sleeveless blouses.

Non-surgical MedSpa Treatments

Dr. Sajjadian also offers non-surgical MedSpa treatments to get your body ready for the summer. These include procedures to tighten skin and reduce cellulite. They can also restore facial beauty by resolving wrinkles, folds, and lines.

BOTOX

Restore facial beauty to go with that slender figure with the neuromodulator BOTOX. Working by temporarily inhibiting contractions in facial expression muscles, this popular cosmetic injectable resolves dynamic wrinkles and lines on the forehead, brow, and around the eyes without downtime or recovery.

Dermal Fillers

Show the world you age gracefully with the help of our wide range of dermal fillers to help you look your best. These non-surgical procedures refresh and rejuvenate one’s facial appearance with natural results by filling voids and restoring facial volume.

Neck Contouring

A neck lift is designed to restore a sleek, elegant neckline to perfectly frame your facial beauty. It resolves neckbands, turkey waddle, and loose skin. It can also eliminate submental fat to address a double chin.

Profound RF

Cellulite, fine lines, and wrinkles are among the most common cosmetic concerns for women trying to show off their bodies. Profound RF has been clinically proven to create younger, smoother skin and makes an excellent cellulite reduction therapy.

InMode Laser

Trying to avoid incisions and scarring when body contouring? InMode Laser offers a suite of non-surgical treatments that deliver noticeable results. These non-invasive body treatments reduce dimpled skin, improve cellulite appearance, and help slow down elasticity loss on the abdomen, hips, thighs, and love handles.

Hair Removal

If unwanted hair is a problem, our advanced hair removal treatment can get to the root – quite literally. Our hair removal technology makes for a convenient and quick hair removal therapy, with diode laser beams targeting unwanted hair follicles to destroy them for good.

Vein Therapy

Aging, pregnancy, and genetics may cause unwanted pigmentation and veins on the legs, feet, and face. Though spider and varicose veins cause cosmetic troubles, they can also be the source of circulatory issues and discomfort. Dr. Sajjadian is one of the few plastic surgeons in Orange County and Newport Beach who employs Photoderm facial and leg vein therapy treatment.

Why Choose Dr. Sajjadian?

When patients look for the best plastic surgeon in Newport Beach and Orange County to help shape their bodies, Dr. Sajjadian’s name will be at the top of the list. He is one of the few plastic surgeons in the United States to achieve a triple board certification. He specializes in all plastic and reconstructive surgeries, including breast and body procedures. He offers natural-looking results and compassionate medical care.

For more information about how you can get your body ready for this summer, call Dr. Sajjadian at 949-515-0550 or schedule a consultation here.

Also, be sure to visit Dr. Sajjadian’s gallery and connect with him on both of his Instagram accounts @rhinoplastybysajjadian and @sajjadianplasticsurgery. You can also follow him on FacebookTwitterYouTubeYelp, and RealSelf pages.

The Tummy Tuck’s 4 Surprising Medical Benefits

Does this sound like you? A while ago, you committed to a diet, exercise, or both. At first, you stuck to it and saw changes in your body. You lost pounds and inches. Recently, however, it’s been much more challenging to get results. Even as you eat less and work out more, the fat and skin around your midsection continue to hang around.

And you’re not alone. In a recent survey of 7000 moms with babies ranging from a few weeks to four years old, 87% indicated that their stomachs had not returned to normal. For some, this was even after getting back to their pre-pregnancy weight.

Often, we feel forced to accept this new version of ourselves. This new “normal” – one in which clothes fit differently to accommodate our new contours, can be quite frustrating after all the work we’ve put in and temptations we’ve resisted.

It’s no wonder many moms, and other patients who’ve experienced significant weight loss, consider the tummy tuck procedure. Face it, exercise is hard work, and following a strict diet is not any easier. And, no matter how hard you work or how severe your diet, sometimes fat pockets in the belly and excess skin can be impossible to address. Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone fix the sagging skin around your belly?

Once we look seriously into tummy tuck, we may begin to have second thoughts. Who am I to spend this kind of money on myself? For cosmetic surgery? Fortunately, a tummy tuck is much more than a quick fix for your belly. Read on, and you’ll see that, in addition to aesthetic improvements, this procedure can have real and positive effects on your health.

Before you decide a tummy tuck is not worth it, or worse, YOU’RE not worth it, take a look at these four medical benefits that may surprise you:

Benefit One: Fix Urinary Issues

To pee or not to pee? After having a baby, we often don’t have a choice. Many people lose bladder control when least expected. A cough, a sneeze, even a laugh – they all can cause us to lose a few drops suddenly. For many patients, this leakage is due to the physical stress that pregnancy and vaginal childbirth puts on the pelvic region.

The scientific name for this condition is stress urinary incontinence (SUI), but most of us just call it annoying and embarrassing. It’s when our bladder muscles no longer have the strength to stay in place when our abdomen moves. Not to worry, there are surgical procedures, medical devices, and medications to fix it. Even though insurance will usually cover the costs associated with these options, there is usually still some expense and they may not provide permanent relief.

Believe it or not, a tummy tuck can fix this problem. If your doctor knows ahead of time that you have SUI, he or she can create a small obstruction in your urinary tract. Think of it as a roadblock to slow down the flow of your urine. As a result, your bladder muscles will get much-needed help to control when you need to go to the bathroom. Can you imagine not having to worry about a cough or laugh at the wrong time?

Otherwise, you’ll need to continue to make do with pads or undergarments, and embarrassment, like the rest of SUI sufferers. Unfortunately, for some patients, the condition never goes away and can even get worse if not addressed.

While you may manage to keep SUI a secret, your belly is a lot harder to conceal.

Benefit Two: Improved Tone of Your Belly and Posture

The best-known reason to seek a tummy tuck is a reduction in belly size. And while that’s a benefit for sure, you may not realize that the actual tone of your stomach muscles will change for the better with an abdominoplasty. You won’t merely end up with a smaller version of your current stomach; you’ll have additional core support, too.

Perhaps you’ve heard about the benefits of strong core muscles in one of your workout classes? When your stomach muscles provide better support, it’s easier to have good posture. Right now, the added pull of skin and excess tissue may have caused you to, without even knowing it, hunch forward. A tummy tuck repositions the muscle and takes away some of the fat that pulls you down.

And it’s no secret that poor posture can lead to back pain. Not everyone has back pain, but poor posture makes you more likely to develop it in the future. Life is too short to be in pain – not when you don’t have to.

And even if we escape back pain, we may have other sore spots. Many of us, after childbirth or substantial weight loss, may experience ventral hernias.

Benefit Three: Fix Your Ventral Hernia

Despite the established safety of C-sections, approximately 10% of patients will develop a ventral hernia. It’s a condition where part of your intestine bulges into your abdomen. They occur in weakened areas of the abdominal wall, usually at the point of incision.

If you know you have a ventral hernia, its no-doubt because you’ve felt discomfort and maybe even consulted a physician. You don’t, however, need to feel any symptoms immediately after pregnancy or weight loss to have this type of hernia, which can take months or even years to develop. Once you notice symptoms, you may not associate them with a hernia or your past pregnancy.

Ventral hernia sufferers feel abdominal pain when lifting heavy objects or doing other strenuous activities that use the stomach muscles, like playing sports, running, hiking, etc. For some, the pain can become bad enough to make them vomit. And to make matters worse, some ventral hernias grow large enough to create a visible bulge in your abdomen.

As if their symptoms weren’t bad enough, patients who have had ventral hernias are more likely to have them again.

Now the good news: with tummy tuck surgery, your doctor can not only fix an existing ventral hernia but prevent future hernia formation. The fix involves a repair to your abdominal wall, where your surgeon will pull and stitch the abdominal muscles back together. Prevention of future hernias comes from having stronger, repositioned stomach muscles. It’s like reinforcing your belly from within with a girdle of muscle.

Think of it this way. As long as your undertaking tummy tuck surgery, why not fix other problems at the same time? Later, additional operations only add cost and take away time for recovery. It’s like having your mechanic make multiple repairs while they’re under the hood of your car.

Benefit Four: Feeling Better About Your Body

Speaking of repairs, while we’ve discussed several significant benefits, they’ve all been physical. A 2014 study shows that the benefits of tummy tuck extend well beyond that – a tummy tuck can bring psychological benefits as well.

In the study, women took a variety of psychological tests before receiving surgery (from the same physician) and at their follow-up visit. The results were very encouraging. First, as you’d expect, the patient’s average body image scores improved significantly from before tummy tuck. This is not surprising – their bellies were gone, and they felt better about their bodies as a result.

But the study’s findings don’t stop there. Patients also completed a test before and after surgery to measure their tendencies toward bulimia. Although most of the patients did not have an eating disorder, their average score on the test improved. Therefore, after surgery, the participants thought and behaved less like patients with bulimia. Again, as we struggle against stubborn belly fat, our relationship with food can begin to suffer. An abdominoplasty can help patients restore a more healthy relationship with food.

As you can imagine, body image and eating disorder tendencies can add up to an overall poor self-image. So, it makes sense that self-esteem scores in the same group of participants also rose significantly. After a tummy tuck, the patients felt better about themselves as a whole – not just their bodies.

Finally, poor self-esteem, eating habits, and body image often contribute to a negative mood. Patients also made significant improvements in their level of depression before and after the procedure. Not only did they feel better about themselves, they felt better about life in general.

Does this mean that tummy tuck is a sure-fire way to turn someone’s life around? Certainly not. The procedure is not a substitute for therapy or any other mental health care if it’s needed. However, up to five months later, patients felt better about their bodies and themselves. How much would that cost in treatment or medications? It remains to be seen.

About Weight Loss

What’s lost during tummy tuck surgery is a combination of fat and skin. It’s the removal, at long last, of the fat and skin that’s clung to our bodies no matter what we’ve done.

By opting for a tummy tuck, you’re deciding enough’s enough, and you want the extra fat and skin gone. Fortunately, this can also mean you’ll lose weight. How much? It’s difficult to say how much because every patient loses a different amount. Abdominoplasty is not recommended for weight loss because there’s no telling how much you’ll lose. For some patients, it can be ten pounds. For others, it can be three.

Ask yourself, however, is weight your real enemy? Most patients agree their belly shape is the real issue. While not losing much in weight, patients after a tummy tuck are often able to fit into a much wider variety of clothes.

Your alternative? Continue to fight against your body. Sure, a tummy tuck is an elective surgery. You can still be healthy without one. But, you’ll need to remember that your body will only burn fat in certain areas, and excess or loose skin can best be addressed in most cases through surgery.

About Cost

During your consultation, you and your doctor will go over the tummy tuck procedure, your specific needs, and the associated costs.

When thinking about tummy tuck surgery, consider each of the four benefits we’ve discussed and what’s required to treat them separately. What would it cost to treat SUI, a ventral hernia, back problems, or self-esteem issues separately?

If you do some calculations, you may find you have all the justification you need to go ahead and schedule your consultation.

The Decision is Yours

While healthy weight loss is an achievement to be proud of, we often don’t account for the after-effects it can have on our bodies. Hernias? Loose skin? Back pain? Frustration? After hours at the gym and the willpower to eat healthily, shouldn’t we feel much better?

As you can see, a tummy tuck can be much more than a fix for a sagging belly. It’s a crucial decision that can help you finish what you set out to do: weigh less, change your shape, AND feel better.

Despite having a recovery time longer than some other procedures, a tummy tuck is one of the most highly rated plastic surgeries you can choose. Overall, 97% of the 30,000 patients on RealSelf.com have rated it as “worth it.”

If you’d like to learn what a tummy tuck procedure can do for you, Contact Dr. Sajjadian’s office in Newport Beach today at (949) 515-0550 to schedule your consultation!

What to Expect from Your Tummy Tuck Recovery

A tummy tuck is a surefire way to take your tummy from flabby to fabulous. Our triple board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ali Sajjadian, has helped countless men and women throughout Southern California prepare their bodies for life on the beach through tummy tuck surgery. When you live minutes away from some of the best beaches in the world, keeping your body bikini ready is essential. Call Dr. Sajjadian today to schedule a consultation and explore your options for tummy tuck surgery in Newport Beach, CA.

The Tummy Tuck Procedure

Many of our patients enjoyed a flat, tight mid-section during their late teens and early 20s. Then life got in the way. Pregnancy stretched out the abdominal muscles and loosened the skin. Maybe a few extra pounds snuck onto the waistline. At first, crunches and a healthy diet were enough to keep that tummy at its best, but as time marches on, the appearance and physique of the tummy often begin to decline. Many of our tummy tuck patients have worked hard to achieve a flat, tight abdomen, but despite their best efforts, still struggle with an unwanted abdominal bulge.

Our tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, is designed to combat those stubborn tummy troubles that aren’t easily remedied through diet and exercise. This is an outpatient procedure and is performed at a local surgery center under general anesthesia. During a tummy tuck, Dr. Sajjadian tightens the abdominal muscles and repairs any muscle separation (diastasis recti). The muscles are sutured together, creating an internal girdle that helps to hold the tummy tight. Liposuction is used to sculpt the tummy, removing unwanted fat from the area. Dr. Sajjadian also removes excess skin, and many of the lower abdominal stretch marks too. If you have a c-section scar, we can often remove it during the tummy tuck procedure.

As Dr. Sajjadian closes incisions, he’ll carefully place drains as needed. This allows for fluid drainage during the recovery process. Finally, a compression garment is placed over the abdomen and recovery begins. Patients are monitored for a short time in our recovery area until they are stable and ready to return home.

Returning Home After Tummy Tuck Surgery in Newport Beach, CA

Most patients return home the same day as their tummy tuck procedure, usually a couple of hours after surgery. Patients are groggy and tired after the procedure and are unable to drive themselves. Most patients arrange for a family member or friend to pick them up after surgery. Some patients choose to hire a post-operative nurse to provide transportation and care. Someone will need to stay with you and help you in the first couple of days after surgery.

You’ll want something comfortable to wear home. We recommend soft pants with an elastic waist, pajama bottoms are ideal, and a button up top. You’ll also want to wear sturdy, slip on shoes that don’t require tying.

What to Expect During Tummy Tuck Recovery

The First Two Weeks

The body heals quickly after a tummy tuck, and most patients are back to most regular activities in under two weeks. Recovery timelines vary, depending on how quickly your body heals and how extensive the procedure is. Here’s what to expect:

  • The First Couple Days- This is the most difficult part of tummy tuck recovery. Patients report that the abdomen feels tight and tender. It may be difficult to stand up straight due to the tightness of the abdominal muscles. We recommend a lot of rest during these critical first few days of healing. Gentle walking, as soon as you’re able, will help the body to heal and will minimize post-surgical complications. Dr. Sajjadian will provide pain medications, either taken orally or using a pain pump, to help you feel comfortable and rest easily. Someone should stay with you for the first 24 hours, and you may need extra help for the first few days.
  • Days 4-7- You’ll feel a little better each day after surgery and will be able to slowly resume regular tasks and activities. Spend the rest of the first week resting, gently walking, and caring for your incisions. Most patients will have drains that need to be emptied and cleaned. We’ll show you how to do this as we prepare for surgery.
  • The Second Week- By Week 2, patients feel a lot better and are able to resume many tasks including work, household duties, and gentle exercise. Mobility will have increased if you’ve been walking regularly. Many patients are able to reduce pain medications during the second week and some return to work. After 14 en days post-surgery, most patients can return to desk type jobs and perform most daily activities, aside from strenuous exercise, heavy lifting, and sexual activity. Ask Dr sajjadian about the specific time you can resume work or regular activies.

Common side effects during early recovery include tightness, tenderness, tingling, numbness, bruising, and swelling.  We’re available at any time during recovery to answer questions or address concerns. Please reach out if you experience any side effects that aren’t expected.

Full Recovery

The first two weeks are the most difficult part of tummy tuck recovery. After the initial recovery period, most patients return to work and other activities, but your body will still be healing. Incisions are dark and sometimes tender. Tingling and numbness are common and may continue for several months after surgery. Swelling will dramatically reduce in the first few weeks, but some residual swelling can remain long after surgery.

Patients can begin to slowly resume exercise and heavy lifting after they’ve received the all-clear from Dr. Sajjadian. This typically takes 4-6 weeks. Sexual activity should also be avoided until your surgeon says you’re ready, often 3-4 weeks after surgery.

By 6-8 weeks after an abdominoplasty, most patients are back to their regular activities. Some numbness or tingling may remain for several weeks or months as the nerves continue to heal. Incisions will slowly flatten and fade, a process that takes several months. Ask Dr sajjadian about the specific time you can resume work, regular activies, or exercising.

Returning to Exercise After Abdominal Surgery

For many of our patients, a tummy tuck increases the urge to exercise. Seeing that tight, flat tummy can be highly motivating. We want our patients to exercise and live a healthy, active lifestyle, but not too soon. Wait until you’re cleared by Dr. Sajjadian to resume strenuous exercise and heavy lifting. Too much activity before you’re ready can damage your incisions and slow the recovery process.

Your first exercises can begin shortly after surgery. Dr. Sajjadian encourages gentle walking, starting shortly after surgery. You don’t need to walk long distances or achieve a fast pace. Slow, gentle walking will help increase circulation, reduce swelling, and lower your risk of post-surgical blood clots. Walk as soon as you’re able.

Gentle exercise can be resumed about two weeks after surgery. Around the time you return to work, you can also begin low impact exercises. Walking and stationary biking are excellent options as you return to exercise.

Once you’re cleared to resume exercise, take it slowly. Introduce new activities carefully and increase the intensity and quantity of exercise gradually.

Everyone heals differently, therefore. you should ask Dr Sajjadian abou the specific time you can resume lifting and strenuous exercises, including abdominal exercises. The abdominal area will be very weak at first. Start with crunches or leg lifts and slowly work up to more difficult abdominal exercises.

How Can I Prepare for My Tummy Tuck Recovery?

Preparation is key to a successful recovery experience. These tips will help you prepare for your surgery and recovery.

  • Fill Prescriptions in Advance- Dr. Sajjadian may provide a prescription for antibiotics or pain medication before your procedure. If possible, fill these before you come in for surgery. After your tummy tuck, you need rest, not a two-hour wait at the pharmacy.
  • Stock Your Fridge- Healthy foods and plenty of water can promote healing after surgery. Fill your fridge with easy to prepare, nutritious options to enjoy during recovery. Many patients are nauseous the first day or two and appreciate having mild, tummy-friendly foods and drinks on hand. Avoid alcohol until you are no longer using narcotic pain medications.
  • Get Help- You’ll need assistance during recovery. Before your procedure, arrange for a ride home and find someone to stay with you for the first 1-2 days. Our mommy makeover patients with small children may need help with childcare for the first several weeks, as they will unable to lift more than a few pounds for about six weeks.

Plastic Surgery Recovery No-Nos- Avoid These Problematic Behaviors During Healing

There are many things you can do to improve healing after plastic surgery, and several activities that you should not do as well. Avoid these activities until Dr. Sajjadian tells you that you can safely resume them.

  • Smoking- Smoking and healing don’t mix. Do not use any tobacco products, including vaping or e-cigarettes, for 3-4 weeks after surgery. We ask that patients stop smoking several weeks before their procedure.
  • Too Much Rest- We want you to rest a lot as you recover from your procedure, but you can have too much of an important thing. In addition to rest, movement is also essential. Gentle walking helps keep the blood flowing and reduces the risks of blood clots after plastic surgery. Get up and start moving the day after your procedure. Take it slowly and keep things in moderation.
  • Alcohol- Alcohol and painkillers don’t mix. Avoid using alcohol until you’re no longer using prescription pain medication.
  • Sexual Activity- Sexual activity should be avoided for 3-4 weeks after surgery. Be careful as you resume sexual relations as the abdominal area may still be tender.
  • Driving- Patients are typically able to resume driving 10-14 days after surgery.

Post-Surgical Checks

Patients meet with Dr. Sajjadian several times during recovery. These appointments are important and should be a priority for all of our patients. We’ll check in on you the day after surgery, weekly for the next few weeks, and every few months until you’re fully recovered.

Your post-surgical appointments provide the opportunity to:

  • Ask questions
  • Assess healing
  • Receive personalized after-care instructions
  • Check in on readiness for driving, exercise, sexual activity, etc.
  • Explore options for pain relief, including prescription pain medications, pain pumps, and over the counter options
  • Address any problems or issues that may arise after surgery

Dr. Sajjadian understands that his responsibilities don’t end in the operating room and works with his patients throughout the recovery process to ensure the best possible experience and results.

Contact Us with Questions or Concerns

As one of the top plastic surgery practices in Orange County, we answer tummy tuck questions almost every day. We love when patients reach out with questions or concerns. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if issues arise.

Dr. Sajjadian has performed hundreds of tummy tuck procedures on men and women. If you’re considering a tummy tuck in Orange County, CA, call us at 949-515-0550 to schedule your consultation with us. Dr. Sajjadian is one of a select few plastic surgeons to hold triple board certification.

 

Mini Tummy Tuck vs. Full Tummy Tuck

While you may be sure that you want to undergo a tummy tuck, you still need to ask yourself the question: Should I get a mini tummy tuck or a full tummy tuck? Each patient has a different body as well as different desires and expectations. Read our infographic below to help yourself decide between the two.

If you’re interested in a tummy tuck, contact us today.