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As leading San Diego tummy tuck surgeons, our team recognizes many people feel self-conscious due to the appearance of their abdomen. Significant weight loss, pregnancy, and genetic factors can cause the stomach skin to become lax and fatty tissue deposits to accumulate beneath it. Even the most rigorous diet and exercise regimen might not help remove the excess skin and fatty tissue. Fortunately, the tummy tuck or abdominoplasty can be very effective in enhancing the appearance of the midriff. Read more to learn more about tummy tucks in San Diego, and the results this surgery helps achieve.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

Abdominoplasty, otherwise known as a tummy tuck, is a procedure that removes the excess skin of the lower abdomen and tightens the abdominal muscles. After having children, it is common for the lower abdominal skin to be stretched out, have a significant amount of stretch marks, and the musculature to become lax (diastasis recti). Our surgeons can correct these aesthetic issues by performing a tummy mini or full tummy tuck procedure.

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Why Choose Ranch & Coast for a Tummy Tuck?

Our surgical facility is known for it's master San Diego cosmetic surgeons and that all of our staff is world-renowned for their sophisticated and innovative procedures in the field of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

Our surgeons specialize in aesthetic surgical procedures for the face, body and breast at his state-of-the-art medical spa and surgery center, Ranch & Coast Plastic Surgery, located in the heart of Del Mar Village. They are known for their particular interest and skill with tummy tucks in San Diego. With over 23 years of experience, Dr. Chasan and his friendly, professional and highly trained nursing and office staff, provide the highest quality of skill, sophistication and attention to detail, all while ensuring the best patient care and satisfaction as the number one priority.

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Our Tummy Tuck Team Meet Dr. Cameron Francis

In addition to Dr. Chasan, Ranch & Coast is proud to present Dr. Cameron Francis as one of San Diego's best tummy tuck surgeons.

Dr. Francis began his medical career by earning a Bachelor of Science in molecular biology, followed by his medical degree from UC San Diego School of Medicine. He went on to complete a prestigious two-year fellowship in craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery, after which he completed a comprehensive, six-year integrated plastic surgery residency. A leader in his field, Dr. Francis has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles, many of which are the result of original research in the field of plastic surgery. Dr. Francis proudly performs tummy tucks at Ranch & Coast Plastic Surgery in San Diego, routinely producing stunning results that his patients love.

The Ranch & Coast Technique- San Diego Tummy Tuck

One of the key components of an abdominoplasty is to suture the rectus abdominus muscles together in the midline to re-establish the flat muscular wall, much like performing an internal “corset.” The excess skin is then removed.

Our surgeons utilize a technique called “progressive tension suturing,” which allows them to place the incisions lower on the abdomen and relieve tension on the scar. This method creates a tighter abdomen, especially in the upper part, and promotes better healing of the incision. The lower abdominal incision is well hidden in the bikini line, and by six months is generally only a fine scar. Most of our Del Mar tummy tuck patients feel well after one week and resume most normal activities after two weeks. Many times, the doctor performs liposuction in combination with a tummy tuck to create the most beautiful stomach appearance possible.

If you are unhappy with your stomach’s appearance and would like to learn if you are a tummy tuck candidate in San Diego, please contact Ranch & Coast at 858-450-1555 or click here to schedule a consultation.

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How Much Does an Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Cost?

Del Mar abdominoplasty patients can expect the cost of their surgery to cost between $9,500–$13,000. Due to the variability of cases, some abdominoplasties are priced higher depending upon the level of surgical complexity.

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Dr. Paul Chasan Discusses the Benefits of Tummy Tuck Surgery in San Diego

Dr. Chasan discussing tummy tuck surgery

Transcript of the Discussion

Interviewer: So when does it get to a point where a woman needs a tummy tuck over liposuction?

Dr. Chasan: It all is based on their anatomy, on their skin quality. And that’s one of the things they have to come in, and I have to examine them. A lot of times, after kids, their muscles stretched out in the midline. So a lot of women, very active, they exercise. They work on their abs. And they still don’t have a flat abdomen. Generally, that’s because the tissue strength between their two rectus abdominis muscles has stretched. It’s called diastasis recti. So part of a tummy tuck would be to repair that.

Interviewer: So by the way, so I understand this correctly, so the abdomen muscles stretched.

Dr. Chasan: Yes.

Interviewer: And so even if they’re lean, they may have a little pooch.

Dr. Chasan: Pooch, yeah.

Interviewer: And you are doing what?

Dr. Chasan: I’m actually suturing those muscles together, kind of like an internal corset, and that flattens their abdomen. So I look at that. I look at their skin quality. If they don’t have a separation in their muscle and their skin quality is good, they can have liposuction. And so I always will lean towards liposuction if they’re going to get a good result. And there are people who are clearly liposuction people, and there’s clearly those people who are tummy tuck people. And then I don’t know if you remember those Venn diagrams we used to do in second grade, you know, where those two circles intersect, there’s that group in between where you could do…and I have to talk to ’em and see how much surgery they want. And, you know, it’s a communication. It’s a process. And if I can talk to them and understand what they want for their abdomen, how much surgery they want, sometimes a tummy tuck is a better option. Sometimes liposuction’s a better option.

Interviewer: Now, you are known for low incisions on tummy tuck. And smaller incisions, or scarring, I should say. Tell me why.

Dr. Chasan: Going back to that philosophy of taking tension off the incision. Take tension for your… delicate when you cut the skin and you don’t use any extra cautery on the skin, when you close it, I use a technique called progressive tension suturing. And actually, once you elevate the abdominal flap, what we used to do is just flex the bed and close it. That puts all the tension on the skin. But now, what I do is I suture underneath that flap, progressively suturing down that flap. And what that does is it does two…well, it actually does three things. It allows me to get a scar that’s lower. That’s very important. It allows me to take tension off that incision so I have a better scar. And also, it diminishes the potential for fluid collections or seromas in the abdomen. So this technique, progressive tension suturing, which is a relatively new technique…

Interviewer: And most guys don’t do it that way?

Dr. Chasan: Most guys don’t. And it’s been revolutionary for my tummy tucks.

Interviewer: So just for a thinner, lower…

Dr. Chasan: Thinner, lower…

Interviewer: …scar

Dr. Chasan: And then, as I mentioned before, I like that scar to be a perfect, linear crease to look…I want that scar to look like an underwear crease line. That’s what I want it to look like.

Interviewer: So it’s really almost undetectable.

Dr. Chasan: Yes.

Interviewer: And do you see, as a surgeon, I know you wanna be positive here, but you see tummy tuck incisions…

Dr. Chasan: Yes.

Interviewer: …sometimes from other doctors and you shake your head?

Dr. Chasan: I shake my head, because, you know what? If it’s not a curvy, linear line, it’s laziness. It’s just surgical laziness. That’s it. You know what? A dog ear doesn’t go away by itself. An irregular scar doesn’t go away. To me, I’m only as good as my last surgery. I want it perfect. And if I’m on the table and it’s not perfect, I’m going to make it perfect.

Interviewer: What about the belly button?

Doctor: Yeah.

Interviewer: You can create a natural-looking belly button?

Dr. Chasan: Yeah. Actually, it’s the person’s own belly button that you’re using. And so you actually cut around the belly button. You dunk it. You close the abdomen. And then you tease it out and create a…so you create the frame around it. I’m prideful about how the belly button…the belly button has to look good. So I’m very prideful about that. So, you know, if you go on to my website, you’ll take a look, and you can look at the belly buttons.

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