Pregnancy and significant weight loss can create excess skin around the belly and cause the abdominal muscles to separate. Diet and exercise alone may not be enough to firm up these features. Through tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Furnas, Dr. Canales and Dr. Culbertson give San Francisco patients a flatter, tighter body contour.

Our doctors are board-certified plastic surgeons who each have more than 20 years of experience. They perform an advanced “drainless” version of the tummy tuck procedure, which research has shown can reduce fluid accumulation, chance of infection, and recovery time. As leaders in the field, our doctors have trained many other doctors in these techniques, both in the United States and internationally.

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Benefits of a Tummy Tuck

With a tummy tuck surgery, patients can have:

A More Aesthetically Appealing Appearance.

By removing excess skin, our doctors can give patients a more flattering body contour.

A Stronger Midsection.

A tummy tuck can tighten the abdominal muscles, repairing areas weakened by pregnancy or major weight loss.

Greater Comfort and Confidence.

People who have avoided revealing clothing, bathing suits, exercise, or sports can have more freedom in what they wear and the activities they enjoy.

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Candidates for a Tummy Tuck

Patients may want to consider tummy tuck surgery with our San Francisco practice if they have unwanted excess skin around their midsection and can see or feel separation in their abdominal muscles. Women who have developed a “mommy pouch” after pregnancy will likely benefit from the procedure. Typically, we advise patients that they should be finished with having children before going ahead with the surgery.

Our board-certified plastic surgeons can perform several different types of tummy tuck procedures. In the traditional approach, they will remove excess skin, tighten the abdominal muscles, and liposuction areas of fat. A small selection of patients will be good candidates for a mini or modified version of the tummy tuck, which target a smaller area and may not include muscle tightening.

As part of their initial consultation, our doctors will talk with patients about what they want to achieve and discuss their options. They will also perform an examination to identify any hernias and evaluate the condition of the abdominal muscles. Patients often want to know about the length and position of surgical scars; our doctors place incisions in a way that they should be well concealed beneath clothing, underwear, and swimsuits.

Have unwanted excess skin around midsection

Can see/feel separation in ab muscles

Pregnancy related stretching

Done having children

Tummy Tuck Recovery in San Francisco

Plastic Surgery Associates performs tummy tuck surgery using general anesthesia, and most patients receive treatment at our AAAASF-certified facility in San Francisco. Our nurses will greet patients on the day of their procedure and perform some initial tests, and then the doctor will make surgical markings and answer any other questions patients may have. We want every person to enter procedures with complete confidence in their care.

Because of the experience and expertise of our doctors, tummy tuck surgery usually does not take very long, and patients can expect to return home on the same day as their procedure. We see many out-of-town patients, and we encourage them to spend at least one night resting in San Francisco. We are happy to provide hotel recommendations.

The drainless tummy tuck techniques our doctors use help patients return to their jobs within two weeks, sometimes sooner. People with more physically demanding jobs or lifestyles will require more time away. We will see patients again about a week after their procedure, at which time we will remove sutures and provide instructions on scar care. By following this advice, patients can significantly reduce long-term signs of surgery.

Tummy Tuck Costs in San Francisco

The price for a tummy tuck can range from $10,000 to $15,000 depending on the complexity and time involved. Other factors can affect the cost; for example, some patients will benefit from liposuction at the same time as their tummy tuck, or they may have less skin that requires excision.

To help patients decide about treatment, our doctors will prepare a detailed surgical plan during their initial consultation. They will take the time to talk about what patients can expect before, during, and after their procedure; explain pricing, and answer any other questions. Beyond giving patients an attractively tightened midsection, it is our goal to provide supportive and informative care at every step in their experience.


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Eliminate unwanted skin around the belly and strengthen the abdominal muscles with a single surgical procedure. Find out more about tummy tuck surgery with Plastic Surgery Associates by contacting us online or calling us in San Francisco at (415) 278-7441.

Dr. Heather Furnas is a skilled and caring plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience helping patients attain their aesthetic goals.
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Dr. Francisco Canales is a seasoned plastic surgeon adept in aesthetic treatment for the face, body, and breasts.
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Dr. Culbertson specializes in aesthetic surgery and is double board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery.
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