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Tummy Tuck

Belladerma Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Care Center offers tummy tuck surgery for men and women in San Diego, La Jolla, and Carmel Valley, as well as surrounding areas of California. Abdominoplasty is recommended for toning and tightening the midsection.

What Is a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?

Tummy tuck surgery addresses common concerns with the appearance of the abdomen. These concerns are often related to pregnancy, substantial weight loss, weight gain, or simply the effects of aging. After surgery, the abdomen looks flatter, the midsection looks leaner and the skin looks tighter. Tummy tuck can significantly change the way a person feels about their body. The waist is also often narrowed by the accompanying liposculpture.

Tummy Tuck in San Diego, CA

How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost in San Diego, CA?

The average cost of a tummy tuck at Belladerma Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Care Center starts at $9,500. As part of your consultation, we explain the costs associated with your personalized treatment and skin care plan. Financing is available through CareCredit®, and you can apply before your consultation.


What Is the Belladerma Mini Tummy Tuck™?

We use the same exclusive technique for our Belladerma Mini Tummy Tuck™, yet the surgery focuses only on the lower abdominal area.

How Is a Tummy Tuck Performed?

As Dr. Mozaffari operates, he uses progressive tension sutures to attach the abdominal skin, fold by fold, to the underlying tissue. This leaves minimal areas or pockets where fluid can accumulate. Dr. Mozaffari injects a long-lasting, non-narcotic pain medication called Exparel during surgery, and it lasts for approximately 72 hours.

This also replaces the “Pain Pump” catheters traditionally left in place for four days after surgery. This pain relief allows patients to get up and move around after surgery much sooner than they could with drains (which is important for preventing blood clots). Patients are able to shower the day after surgery and they have less pain and anxiety about dealing with drains and catheters or their removal. Not only is the risk of seromas lower with drainless tummy tucks, but so is the risk of infections. Patients go home with no tubes.

What Is A Drainless Tummy Tuck?

Traditionally, tummy tuck surgeons have used drains during a patient’s recovery to prevent seroma, or fluid accumulation, after surgery. These drains were secured to the skin with plastic tubing to collect fluid; they remained in place for approximately four to 14 days, at which point they had to be removed during a follow-up appointment.

However, many surgeons, including Drs. Bucko and Mozaffari, discovered there were numerous downsides to using drains. The drains and plastic tubing caused patients pain and anxiety, and prevented them from being able to shower and move around comfortably after surgery. Ultimately, Drs. Bucko and Mozaffari made the decision to perform “drainless” tummy tucks, using special techniques to avoid the need for drains altogether.

What Can I Expect During Tummy Tuck Recovery?

Recovery from a tummy tuck can take up to six months. If you look at our tummy tuck before and after, scar development is normal.

What Results Can I Expect from a Tummy Tuck?

After healing, the abdomen is flatter and looks more toned, and the skin tightly hugs the abdominal contours. Stretch marks may be improved or eliminated, depending on their location and severity and excess flank and waist fat is removed with liposuction also.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

Most candidates seeking tummy tuck have one or more of the following concerns:

  • Unwanted fat deposits on the abdomen and flanks/ waist
  • Loose skin that hangs off the lower abdomen
  • Separated or weakened bulging abdominal muscles

Dr. Mozaffari have a conversation with each candidate about his or her specific concerns and performs a physical evaluation to determine the extent of correction needed. The surgeons also inquire about the patient’s ideal cosmetic outcome, and advise whether this is realistically achievable. If not, they can gently adjust the patient’s expectations, or suggest a more suitable treatment alternative.

Why Choose Dr. Mozaffari?

Dr. Mozaffari has performed thousands of body contouring procedures, such as the tummy tuck and our exclusive "drainless" surgical technique. He takes a hands-on approach with each of his patients so that he understands your desires, and you feel confident in your choice of plastic surgeon.

Dr. Farid Brad Mozaffari is a double board-certified plastic surgeon who offers "drainless" tummy tuck surgery for men and women in San Diego, La Jolla, Carmel Valley, and surrounding communities in California. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.