Cali-Tuck™ (Drainless Tummy Tuck Surgery) in New Orleans, LA

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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.

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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.

Cali-Tuck™ FAQ

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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