What is a Cali-Tuck™?
If your body has undergone natural changes during pregnancy or you have recently lost weight or just have that trouble area in the belly that diet and exercise can’t change, a Cali-Tuck™ at Magnolia Plastic Surgery and MedSpa could be (or will be) the perfect solution for you. Even with a dedicated diet and exercise plan, it can be difficult to flatten and tone your stomach. Plastic surgeon Dr. Heath Charvet performs drainless tummy tuck surgery at Magnolia Plastic Surgery and MedSpa by using internal sutures that are used to define the abdomen region while allowing your body to naturally drain removing the need for drains. During a one-on-one consultation with California-trained, award-winning, and NOLA native plastic surgeon Dr. Charvet, you'll discuss your concerns, desires, and overall health and wellness goals so he can create a treatment plan that will get you as close to the look you desire as possible. For more information on the Cali-Tuck™, contact Magnolia Plastic Surgery and MedSpa in New Orleans, LA.
Cali-Tuck™ (Tummy Tuck) Reviews
"After growing, birthing, and breastfeeding twins I was in desperate need of a mommy makeover. Dr. Charvet performed my breast reduction and tummy tuck. He was honest and straightforward from the very beginning. He explained all possible risks, complications, expectations, and gave clear guidelines and instructions. I was very nervous the morning of surgery. Dr. Charvet took the time to make me feel comfortable and at ease at bedside. He was available to me 24/7 and answered my messages instantly. Not only is he a very gifted surgeon, but an incredibly gentle and kind human being. At eight months post op, I have lost two pants sizes and I am now able to wear one sports bra (instead of two) while exercising. My back pain is gone and I feel like a new person! I feel blessed to have had Dr. Charvet apart of my journey and would highly recommend this fantastic surgeon!"- J.V. / Google / Jan 19, 2022
"Dr. Charvet did my face fillers and lip fillers and I didn’t feel a thing! My results are also amazing and beyond what I expected. The fillers and Botox are also the cheapest per syringe that I’ve found in the Louisiana area. The clinic/office staff are very nice and it’s a non judgemental environment. Also going to be doing surgical procedures with him soon, tummy tuck and breast lift and I feel 100% safe and taken care of with him and his team. 100%. Only gave 5 stars because I couldn’t give more."- B.W. / Google / Mar 05, 2022
"I had a breast reduction, FDL tummy tuck, and muscle repair from Droctor Charvet. I can not be happier. I went from a size 18 to a size 10. I had lost 120 lds previous. This extra skin was not going to leave on it's own. Having surgery is more than the surgery itself. I had such good care with after surgery with Dr Charvet. I did end up with an opening along the "T" part of my FDL. It's important to know that this is not caused by the doctor but just the way my body decided to heal. Dr Charvet was very attentive in my care. He was able to treat me in office without the need for wound care, saving me from a wound vac and the expence. One downfall, I literally had to get rid of ALL my clothes and buy new ones. First time I had ever stood looking in a dressing room mirror crying. Happy crying. I couldn't believe it was me I saw looking back."- S.D. / Healthgrades / Mar 16, 2022
"I am 2 weeks post op of an extended tummy tuck and fat transfer to hips and butt and could not be happier with my results! The whole team at Magnolia is absolutely amazing! The day i walked in for my consult I was made feel so welcomed and not judged. Dr. Charvet was available 24/7 after my surgery for any issues or questions i had. He does the drainless tummy tuck and I am so happy with how the outcome! I can not wait to see my final results! Cant wait to update once I'm fully recovered! I recommend Magnolia Plastic surgery to anyone i speak to who is considering any type of surgery!"- A.L. / Google / Apr 14, 2022
"Couldn’t be more pleased with my results so far! Dr Charvet took the time to consult with me about what I wanted and gave me exactly that. I had a Mommy makeover (lipo, tummy tuck with muscle repair, fat transfer to breasts and hips) This experience has been nothing short of amazing. I’ve regained my confidence and my core strength! Since surgery, I’ve been back for laser hair removal, Botox and lip filler. The staff and Dr Charvet care about their patients and are always available to answer any questions. I’d 100% do it all over again and will be a repeat patient for any future procedures."- R.J. / Google / Jun 22, 2022
How is a Cali-Tuck™ Performed?
Your Cali-Tuck™ (drainless tummy tuck surgery) is performed using general anesthesia. To start, the incision size is selected based upon the quantity of excess skin. Some individuals with an abundance of sagging skin may require an extended tummy tuck. This method places the incision along the lower abdomen from hip to hip, just above the pubic line. Some individuals who are concerned with minimal skin wrinkling may be better candidates for a mini tummy tuck, which means they will simply have a less expansive scar. Regardless, all tummy tuck procedures at Magnolia Plastic Surgery and MedSpa involve the removal of loose skin and liposuction. Unlike a traditional tummy tuck, during a Cali-Tuck™ (drainless tummy tuck surgery), natural drains are created so fluid can discharge properly. After your surgery, we'll set you up with a compression garment that will help you heal while you are at home. For most patients, Cali-Tucks take between 2 – 3 weeks for recovery before they're able to begin their normal everyday activities and about 4 – 6 weeks before reintroducing exercise and strenuous activity. While you will likely have scarring, we do our best to place incisions as inconspicuously as possible. Once you've healed, you'll begin to notice a tighter, toned appearance.
How will my scars appear?
For a Cali-Tuck™, Dr. Charvet uses the thinnest incisions needed to limit scarring. He also makes incisions in areas that are less visible (in the pubic region or belly button) — so they may be easily hidden by a swimsuit or underwear. After your surgery, it is important to adhere to your scar management instructions — so your incisions heal properly and blend into your natural skin.
Can I get pregnant after a Cali-Tuck™?
While you may get pregnant following a Cali-Tuck™, it will likely affect your results. Dr. Charvet recommends that you be finished building your family before you consider an abdominoplasty. If you do become pregnant after your Cali-Tuck™, another surgery may be performed to refresh your results.
Can I get a Cali-Tuck™ with another surgery?
Many patients add another surgery with abdominoplasty to see more dramatic improvements. During your consultation with Dr. Charvet™, talk to him about all of your concerns so a personalized treatment plan can be created that matches your aesthetic goals. You may combine abdominoplasty with a thigh lift for a lower body lift or several areas for all-over body contouring. If you want to rejuvenate your body after pregnancy or lose a significant amount of weight, you might be a good candidate for after weight loss surgery or a mommy makeover.
How long is recovery after a Cali-Tuck?
The recovery time after a Cali-Tuck™ procedure is typically about 2 -3 weeks before you'll be able to return to normal activities. After 4 - 6 weeks, you'll be able to get back to exercising and more strenuous activities.
A Tightened and Toned Body
After losing weight, you could be left with a pooch or excess skin that leaves you feeling less than great about your new look, even after you've put in a lot of hard work and effort. If you want to slim down and create a flatter appearance after losing weight, a drainless tummy tuck at Magnolia Plastic Surgery and MedSpa may be what you need to help you reach your goals. For more information on Cali-Tuck™ surgeries, contact plastic surgeon Dr. Heath Charvet at his New Orleans, LA office today.
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