Standard Tummy Tuck VS Extended Tummy Tuck

It sounds the same but what is the difference between Tummy Tuck and Extended Tummy Tuck?

This procedure creates the same results which tightens the abdominal region and removes excess skin and fat. The only difference between these two procedures are the incisions made. A standard Tummy Tuck involves an incision along the bikini line that extends hip to hip and around the belly button. Extended Tummy Tuck is like the standard Tummy Tuck but the incision extends from the hips to the back. The Extended Tummy Tuck also helps tighten the waistline.

How do you know if you need a Standard Tummy Tuck vs Extended Tummy Tuck?

Usually patients who undergo a Standard Tummy Tuck are patients who have had children or lost a lot of weight suddenly. Patients who undergo Extended Tummy Tuck are patients who have a lot of saggy skin hanging down their abdominal region and also the waistline (love handles). tummy tuck scar

Do you think you’re a good candidate for a Standard Tummy Tuck or Extended Tummy Tuck?

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Many options for firming up a sagging jawline; Neck lift/ Face Lift

When you reach your early 40s, you may notice that the skin between your neck and jaw, which was once a taut right angle, is now simply dropping. This “drop zone” is the subject of many heart-to-heart conversations. We have all watched at least one friend (of a certain age) pulling back the skin in front of her ears with two thumbs to illustrate how much better she would look without the drooping, wavy jaw line. She asks, “Tell me the truth, don’t I look better like this?” You answer dishonestly: “Don’t be silly. You look great the way you are.”


The aging jaw and neck are challenging. The neck is comprised of three layers: skin, fat, and muscle. Sagging muscles and bulging fat are located under the thinnest, crepiest skin on the body (except for eyelid skin). To make matters worse, a thin ropey material called platysma tends to split into a V-like formation of two cords that stick out especially when they contract. To see this phenomenon in action (if you’re over 40) look in a mirror, say “eee,” and watch in horror what happens. A Manhattan plastic surgeon comments, “Trying to fix all of that with potions and lotions is like waging a two-front war on a sheet of thin ice.” He recommends a neck lift for women in their early to mid-40s who are not ready for a facelift.

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See Dr. Kalantarian’s patient before and after photos.

 Neck Lift/Facelift

The neck lift wraps sagging muscles crosswise to the jaw to restore that all-important right angle. Compared with a facelift, sutures are smaller, there is less pulling and recovery time is much shorter. However, a neck lift has traditionally been part and parcel of a facelift and many plastic surgeons believe it should remain so. The reasoning is that, anatomically, the muscles of the neck are connected to muscles of the face, so if you try to tighten just the neck muscles, you will do you face a disservice. Using this line of reasoning, even if your big complaint is your neck, you will get better results with a facelift. If you’re confused about which procedure is right for you, have a board-certified plastic surgeon give you feedback while perusing your very own unique face and neck.

 Liposuction and the double chin

The face and neck are usually treated at the same time, often in conjunction with liposuction to sculpt the area beneath the chin and jaw line. But, if you gain weight, looser skin, weaker muscles and free falling fat may contribute to your drop zone. Younger patients who have fatty necks but no significant facial aging may be treated with liposuction alone. Some plastic surgeons also might use laser or light technology to tighten necks.

 Preventive Botox

It has been seen that using Botox in areas where wrinkling and creases can occur will prevent deeper lines from forming and will maintain a youthful appearance. Better to not have those angry or tired lines develop, so people will not notice that you’ve had anything done.  Botox can also soften those V-shaped platysma cords.

 Your own belly fat

Another alternative is injecting fat from the belly into the jawline area to provide extra volume. This will include the bonus of your own stem cells. Extra stem cells are separated from the fat via centrifuge and then added, making the skin glow more and enhancing collagen.

 Even though you might favor one of these options, it’s a good idea to have an open mind when you go in for a consultation. Your best bet is to come in for a consultation where we can suggest the very best procedure in view of your very own unique facial characteristics.

Breast Reconstruction – TRAM Flap Reconstruction – OC

Breast ReconstructionThere are several kinds of operations that are available for breast reconstruction. Typically, there are procedures that involve implants, a transplant of your own tissue, or both. The ideal strategy will depend on your body type and the recommendations of a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr.K.
One of the techniques of breast reconstruction that involve transplanting your own tissue is called a TRAM flap reconstruction. Reconstruction that involves your own tissue is called autologous breast reconstruction. With the TRAM flap procedure, skin, muscle and fat tissue is removed from between your belly button and chest. The removed tissue is then used to reconstruct the breast. Consequently, the removal of tissue from the stomach area results in a tummy tuck.

If you would like to know more about breast reconstruction, please contact Dr. K at his offices in the OC.

Mommy Makeover – Assisted Liposuction – OC

Mommy MakeoverThe mommy makeover is becoming increasingly popular around the OC and across the country. Every woman experiences pregnancy in her own way, and there are many women who desire to have their bodies return to its pre-pregnancy form. Sometimes, the extreme changes that occur during a pregnancy are difficult for a woman’s body to recover from.

Mommy makeovers are a combination of cosmetic surgeries that may include breast augmentation, abdominoplasty and liposuction. Liposuction is one of the popular options because it is an effective means of removing excess fat from areas that dieting and exercise cannot.

With liposuction and the other surgeries, there are a variety of options available for the technique that will be used. Liposuction can be performed with the assistance of ultrasound, water and suction. The best way to decide is to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. K. Located conveniently to anyone in the OC, Dr. K can answer any questions you may have about a mommy makeover.

If you would like to schedule a consultation at our office in the OC, please contact Dr. K for more information.

Eyelid Lift – Dr. K Plastic Surgery – OC

Eyelid LiftResidents of the OC who are concerned about excessive sagging or droopiness of the eyes ought to look no further than Dr. K. If you are bothered by the age and tired look you get from bags under the eyes or sagging of the upper eyelids, then eyelid surgery, also known as an eyelid lift, is right for you.

In the experienced hands of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. K, an eyelid lift can enhance and correct tired-looking eyelids. Eyelid surgery typically involves incisions on the outside of the eyelid along natural creases of the eye. Depending on your particular needs, Dr. K may be able to operate on the inside of the eyelid to remove excess fat and optimize the hiding of scars.

If you would like to know more about our Orange County eyelid surgery services, please contact us. Dr. K will be able to sit down with you in a consultation and address your questions and concerns.