No-Drain Tummy Tuck
Is your midsection out of proportion with your otherwise trim figure? If that belly area remains stubbornly in place despite all your efforts to make the right food choices, exercise frequently and keep up with those abdominal crunches, you may be a candidate for a tummy tuck. In Walnut Creek, Danville, and surrounding cities, tummy tuck surgery is an extremely popular plastic surgery procedure because it is an effective way to reclaim a smooth, flat, youthful abdomen. Dr. Mariotti specializes in a no-drain technique that speeds your recuperation and lets you get back to your favorite activities sooner.
Dr. Eric Mariotti is a highly skilled body contouring specialist and board-certified plastic surgeon in Concord, CA. If you'd like to make an appointment to discuss your options for a slimmer and more toned abdomen, simply request a consultationrequest a consultation online or call his office at (925) 685-4533.
Tummy Tuck Before & After
Each patient is unique. These are Dr. Mariotti's actual patients. Click the thumbnails for a more detailed view, or visit our tummy tuck gallery to see more patient cases.
Why a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck, technically called abdominoplasty, is a fairly involved surgery and should not be undertaken lightly. The upside? You may lose up to several inches from your waistline, and your clothes will fit better. You will probably be a few pounds lighter, depending on how much skin and fat Dr. Mariotti removes. Any stretch marks and old scars you had below the level of your belly button may be gone after the operation. Best of all, your tummy will be flat and tight.
Many patients wonder whether they will need a tummy tuck, liposuction or both. To get an idea, take a look at your stomach. You may have abdominal skin that hangs loosely and has numerous stretch marks – particularly after pregnancy or significant weight loss. If this is true, Dr. Mariotti will likely not recommend liposuction because it would only result in more loose skin and would have no impact on those unsightly lines. In these cases, you are more likely a tummy tuck candidate.
If the excess fat and skin rests below the belly button and you do not need muscle tightening, you may be able to achieve the results you want with a mini tummy tuck, or "partial abdominoplasty." A consultation with Dr. Mariotti will give you a definitive answer. You can also get more information about abdominoplasty by visiting our Tummy Tuck FAQ page.
If you have both excess fat and a weakened abdominal wall, Dr. Mariotti can perform a limited amount of liposuction along the flanks and on the sides of the abdomen prior to your abdominoplasty. When done in conjunction with a tummy tuck, liposuction should not be performed on the middle of the belly, where it could hinder the blood supply to the skin. To achieve a more complete transformation, approximately half of Dr. Mariotti's abdominoplasty patients also contour their hips, flanks or thighs with liposuction at his practice near Walnut Creek. In addition, some of Dr. Mariotti's abdominoplasty patients also choose a breast enhancement procedure such as breast augmentation, lift or reduction.
Dr. Mariotti offers much more than beautiful results - he'll ensure that you feel relaxed and cared for. Discover why people from around Walnut Creek trust him for their plastic surgery.
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
A tummy tuck creates dramatic, beautiful results when performed by a skilled surgeon. As shown in these diagrams, there are 3 primary steps:
- Dr. Mariotti first makes incisions around the belly button and horizontally from hip to hip as low as possible. This low placement ensures the resulting scar is hidden beneath clothing and swimwear.
- He then removes the lax, excess abdominal skin and repairs weakened underlying muscles. The skin is pulled tight and a new belly button is created. Dr. Mariotti takes care to give the new belly button an aesthetically pleasing shape, which is slightly vertical with the scar tucked inside.
- The last step is suturing the incision in a manner that it will be hidden behind a bikini or underwear. This final illustration shows the resulting scar, which may vary in length. Dr. Mariotti uses the "quilting technique" which helps scars heal and fade quickly. This technique also is known as the "no drain" technique, which eliminates the need for drainage tubes following surgery, allowing his patients to move around and get back to normal activities sooner.
Abdominoplasty takes place under general anesthesia, which means you will be asleep the entire time. First, Dr. Mariotti removes the loose, inelastic skin between the belly button and pubic area. He then tightens the muscles that have become stretched due to pregnancies or weight gain. Afterward, he pulls the skin down tight and crafts a shallower, more youthful-looking belly button.
Dr. Mariotti uses a technique that eliminates the need for drains after surgery. Traditional versions of tummy tuck almost always require drains to reduce fluid buildup. By definition, a no-drain tummy tuck eliminates the "open space" where fluid would otherwise collect in the abdominal wall, eliminating the need for a drain. Over time, dissolvable sutures disappear and are harmlessly absorbed by the body. Dr. Mariotti is a local leader in the no-drain technique: In 2016, he presented on no-drain tummy tucks to the Sacramento Society of Plastic Surgery.
The no-drain tummy tuck has several advantages when compared with a traditional tummy tuck:
- Faster recovery thanks to easier, more comfortable mobility
- More discreet scarring
- Simpler recovery period with no drains to worry about
During your consultation, you'll discuss your eligibility for tummy tuck surgery, as well as what to expect in the days, weeks, and months following the procedure.
Showing Off Your New Look
Because an abdominoplasty is a more extensive procedure, Dr. Mariotti will usually recommend an overnight stay at the surgery center. If you choose to combine liposuction with your tummy tuck or other surgery after weight loss, you will be placed in a supportive compression garment at the end of surgery. You will then return to our office after about 5 days to have your light bandages removed. Light activity should become comfortable in about 2 weeks; however, sports will not be comfortable for about 6 weeks. Incisions will be noticeable at first but will fade with time. Dr. Mariotti strategically plans the incision lines so they are easily hidden within a bikini or underwear. And those low-rise jeans? No problem!