K. Charles Kim, M.D.

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Diplomate, The American Board of Plastic Surgery
Serving L.A. & Orange County
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Abdominoplasty plastic surgery

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 Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty Plastic Surgeon

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Kyoung Charles Kim, MD can deliver the desired results you seek from tummy tuck (abdominoplasty surgery).  Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) plastic surgery removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen while tightening the muscles underneath the skin. Many of the Plastic Surgeon's patients come to the LA Area Plastic Surgeon for his best in class techniques for a tummy tuck after years of exercising and their best efforts at dieting fail to give them the flat, toned stomach they dream of.

Tummy tuck or Abdominoplasty plastic surgery, as performed by the Plastic Surgeon in Orange County, re-establishes the strength and integrity of the abdominal wall by repairing the separation and stretching of the two "Rectus" muscles. These muscles (the ones used for "sit ups" or the ones that you hold in to tighten your tummy) are the two major abdominal wall muscles that are normally held together over the front of the abdomen in order to give it its strength and tightness.

Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck surgery) also eliminates the loose stretched-out skin (with stretch marks) of the lower tummy, as well as rejuvenating the stretched-out belly button or "umbilicus."  Therefore, eliminating most stretch marks of the tummy and restoring a more pleasing belly button.

The Plastic Surgeon performs abdominoplasty, "tummy tuck", as an out-patient procedure on-site at the fully accredited surgical suite in Beverly Hills or Orange County.  The surgery typically takes about 3 hours . It is not unusual for an abdominoplasty patient to have a breast augmentation or breast lift done at the same time. Having both procedures performed at the same time can save a patient a significant amount of money and time. Many of the specifics of the procedure are dependent upon the individual requirements of the Tummy Tuck patient. Either general or local anesthesia may be used during a tummy tuck. The Board Certified Plastic Surgeon's' office will be happy to discuss the details and provide pricing for these combined surgeries during your complimentary consultation.

Please review the greater LA area Plastic Surgeon's Before & After Abdominoplasty/ Tummy Tuck Plastic Surgery Gallery:Abdominoplasty/ Tummy Tuck

The Board Certified Plastic Surgeon offers various Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Techniques and will customize Tummy Tuck technique based on what is best for you; which you can discuss with the Plastic Surgeon during your complimentary consultation including:

     • Mini Tummy Tuck

     • Post Bariatric Tummy Tuck

     • Tummy Tuck Revision

     • Tummy Tuck Scar Revision

     • Dog Ear Deformity Repair

     • Body Lift

     • Circumferential Body Lift

     • Truncal Lift / Buttock Lift

Mini Tummy Tuck / Mini Abdominoplasty Surgery:  When The Orange County Plastic Surgery patient requires a small amount of fat be removed from the abdomen, but not such a large amount as to require a full tummy tuck, a “mini” tummy tuck may be recommended by Dr. Kim This Mini Tummy Tuck procedure is often limited to the Plastic Surgeon's patients who only require a small amount of tissue to be removed, usually below the navel.

Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery - Male Tummy Tuck:  Men, particularly those who are reaching the age of 40, can have trouble eliminating fat deposits from their midsection. The LA Area Plastic Surgeon office offers male abdominoplasty surgery to rid patients of excess weight that diet and exercise could not control. For patients who need only a minor touch-up, our office also offers mini- tummy tuck surgery for men as well.

Post Bariatric Tummy Tuck / Post Bariatric Abdominoplasty:  With the growing popularity of bariatric, or gastric bypass, surgery as a treatment for obesity, body contouring or Tummy Tuck operations after significant weight loss has become a focus of the Beverly Hills 's Plastic surgery practice. After developing an interest in this highly specialized area of plastic surgery, he now dedicates much of his practice to this complex, challenging, and extremely rewarding group of patients.

By applying the latest techniques in body sculpting individualized to each patient’s specific needs and priorities, The Plastic Surgeon can help you realize the new shape that is hidden beneath the excess skin that remains after your goal weight has been achieved.

After losing significant weight patients are typically left with loose folds of extra skin that once held all that fat. The most effective solution to this problem is post-bariatric reconstructive surgery. Using abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and other reconstruction techniques, LA Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Kim, MD, is able to remove excess skin in addition to lingering fat. The Plastic Surgeon and his staff give Post Bariatric patients the slimmer, trimmer and more attractive body shapes they long for along with the self-confidence they deserve.  The Plastic Surgeon regards Post Bariatric Tummy Tucks as one of the most rewarding surgeries he performs.

Tummy Tuck Revision Surgery / Abdominoplasty Revision Surgery: Abdominoplasty revision is a very gratifying procedure for the Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon.  When a patient has undergone an abdominoplasty elsewhere and hasn't achieved the results they desire it can be a very disappointing and frustrating situation. For these patients, revision abdominoplasty has proven very effective.

By performing thorough liposuction, very strong muscle tightening, and designing a procedure to deliver thinning, tightening, and flattening, outstanding results can be achieved with an impressive level of patient satisfaction. Many times, the previous abdominoplasty was inadequately performed. Often little or no concurrent liposuction was performed at the initial procedure leaving the thickness of the fat much greater than desired. Also, the Plastic Surgeon frequently see that a minimal or no muscle tightening was done which is so vitally important to achieve a flat tight abdomen and a marked improvement in the waistline. The Plastic Surgeon often encounters significant scarring but this is removed during the revision abdominoplasty procedure.

Dog Ear Deformity Repair:   "Dog Ear Deformity" is excess skin that hangs on the side of the belly and hangs over like ears.  A mini-tummy tuck or even just liposuction can be performed to quickly and easily repair this problem.

Body Lift Surgery: Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Kim, MD, performs body lift surgery to trim away excess skin and tighten remaining tissue, leaving the body taut and contoured. For both men and women who have succeeded in dropping significant weight, body lift plastic surgery after weight loss can be the final step in a complete physical transformation.

The leading plastic surgery procedure for most weight loss patients is indeed the body lift. The surgery, depending on the exact technique used (the Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon customizes the procedure based on your body type and goals), can also be referred to as an extended abdominoplasty, circumferential abdominoplasty or torsoplasty. It is similar to an abdominoplasty except that the incision normally travels completely around the torso. The LA Area Plastic Surgeon can then tighten muscles and remove excess skin around the circumference of the body. The procedure has a lifting effect not only on the midsection, but on the buttocks and thighs as well.

Some weight loss patients have excess skin confined mainly to the lower front of the abdomen. These men and women can be candidates for a procedure called a "panniculectomy" which removes this unsightly, uncomfortable flap of skin.

Other patients experience sagging skin in many areas of the body. For these men and women, Dr. Kim can perform arm lifts and thigh lifts. It's also common for women who elect to have their body lift surgery performed by the Plastic surgeon to request a face lift or breast implants surgery to complete their new look at the same time as the Body Lift Surgery.