Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery in Santa Monica

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures, and for good reason. It helps patients fully eliminate problematic skin that’s built up in the abdomen, which is a fairly prevalent problem. This excess skin commonly occurs from significant weight loss, such as after a bariatric surgery or pregnancy. It can also occur through the natural aging process, as skin loses its elasticity. Whatever the cause, Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is a double board-certified plastic surgeon in Santa Monica, with years of experience helping patients get relief from excess skin on their tummy. If you have accumulated unwanted skin on your tummy and would like it gone, please call our office today to find out more about how you can get the finest tummy tuck around.

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Tummy Tuck Benefits

Tummy tuck surgery is primarily a cosmetic procedure, but it presents another benefit. In addition to addressing excess skin in the abdomen, an abdominoplasty also addresses the abdominal muscle wall directly beneath the skin, otherwise known as the fascia. The fascia is responsible for keeping internal organs in place, as well as the underlying tone and texture of the stomach. After a pregnancy or significant weight fluctuations, the fascia may become weakened, appearing to bulge underneath the stomach skin. As a part of tummy tuck surgery, trained Santa Monica plastic surgeon Dr. Karamanoukian will tighten the fascia, restoring its appearance as well as its strength and function.

  • All in all, a tummy tuck is the perfect procedure to correct the following issues:
  • Excess skin that has accumulated around the belly button
  • A weakened abdominal wall that may appear as a lumpy texture under the skin
  • An unsightly scar following a C-section
  • Skin left over from an overly aggressive liposuction

With Dr. Karamanoukian’s surgical and artistic expertise, his patients are routinely glowing after their procedure, calling it the best tummy tuck around. They find the above issues have significantly diminished or disappeared completely. If you’ve undergone significant weight loss, pregnancy or have simply lost elasticity in your abdominal skin, it may be time to consider an abdominoplasty. Please call our office in Santa Monica with any questions or to set an appointment.

Dr. Karamanoukian's Tummy Tuck Surgery

Dr. Karamanoukian understands how transformative an abdominoplasty can be for his patients, which is why he performs high quality tummy tucks. Many of his patients come to him after focusing on their diet and exercising regularly, and at times rigorously, with little or no significant change to their stomach area. Others have hated the way their stomach has looked for years. Some are just looking to get their body back after pregnancy and before all the stretch marks.

Dr. Karamanoukian can address all of your concerns about your abdominal area as he develops a surgery plan for your tummy tuck. Whether it is removing a combination of excess skin and abdominal fat or repairing abdominal muscles damaged during pregnancy, each procedure is unique to you, the patient, and designed to make you look and feel your best.

A tummy tuck from Dr. Karamanoukian can give you back the stomach of your youth or the stomach you have been wishing for since your youth. Dr. Karamanoukian knows that abdominoplasties are about more than a toned and flat stomach: they are about feeling comfortable with your body, about fitting into your clothes properly and sometimes, they are even about looking great in a bikini. But mostly, having the best quality tummy tucks is about achieving an improved yet natural look while increasing your self-confidence. Your only regret will be not doing it sooner.

When not to get a Tummy Tuck

There are specific circumstances under which a tummy tuck is not a wise idea, despite all appearances. It’s important to remember that this procedure is intended to address excess skin, not excess fat. For this reason, there are very specific requirements for candidacy. When you come to see Dr. Karamanoukian, he will not perform a procedure simply because a patient asks him to. Instead, he will perform a thorough analysis while considering your own cosmetic goals. If he agrees that a tummy tuck is the most beneficial procedure, he will move forward. As a trained and certified tummy tuck surgeon, he is very familiar with the issues an abdominoplasty can address.

  • Patients who will not benefit from a tummy tuck include:
  • Patients who plan to lose a significant amount of weight
  • Patients who plan on a future pregnancy
  • Patients with a severe chronic condition, such as diabetes or heart disease
  • Patients with a body mass index (BMI) over 40
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Meet Dr. Karamanoukian

For patients in Los Angeles and Santa Monica considering a tummy tuck, there are few surgeons more qualified than Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian. He is double board certified in both cosmetic surgery and vein surgery. This means that when it comes to eliminating excess skin in the abdomen, Dr. Karamanoukian can uphold every surgical standard to keep you looking and feeling your very best. First and foremost, this extends to the safety aspect of your procedure. Second, it extends to the cosmetic excellence of your procedure, ensuring that your results fulfill everything agreed upon.

Every tummy tuck surgery takes place in a surgical suite that is fully accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Whether your particular procedure requires general anesthesia or simply conscious sedation, Dr. Karamanoukian uses a handpicked, board-certified anesthesiologist to look after this aspect of your tummy tuck. In this way, he maintains every safety standard in the book in order to provide you with among the safest tummy tuck surgery around.