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At bŏdze, we are committed to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals while ensuring your health and wellness. We are excited to share an inspiring story of our 60-year-old patient who underwent a tummy tuck procedure performed by the talented Dr. Eric Khairalla. This showcases not just the physical transformation but also the profound impact on confidence and quality of life.

Before the Tummy Tuck

Our patient, standing at 5’6″ and weighing 187 pounds, had long been concerned about the excess skin and fat around her abdomen. This condition was not just a cosmetic issue but also affected her daily comfort and self-esteem. The overlapping skin made it difficult for her to see her belly button, and she felt self-conscious about her appearance.

The Procedure

Dr. Khairalla, a board-certified plastic surgeon renowned for his expertise in achieving symmetry and balance, performed the tummy tuck. This procedure, also known as abdominoplasty, involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen, resulting in a thinner, firmer abdominal profile. For women of color, special consideration is given to minimizing the risk of keloid scarring, a common concern.

Immediate Results and Initial Reactions

Three months post-surgery, the transformation was remarkable. Our patient was eager to share her experience and results. The overlapping skin was gone, revealing a beautifully contoured abdomen and a visible, aesthetically pleasing belly button. One of her significant concerns was the potential for keloid scarring, as she had experienced this with previous surgeries. However, the results showed minimal scarring, which was an immense relief and joy for her.


Post-Operative Care and Recovery

Proper aftercare is crucial for optimal healing and maintaining the results of a tummy tuck. Here are some key steps in the recovery process, especially tailored for women of color who might have unique skin healing characteristics:

  1. Follow Your Surgeon’s Instructions: Adhering strictly to post-operative guidelines provided by Dr. Khairalla is essential. This includes wearing compression garments, taking prescribed medications, and attending all follow-up appointments.
  2. Scar Management: Use silicone-based scar treatments as recommended to minimize scarring. Keeping the scar moisturized and protected from the sun can also prevent hyperpigmentation and keloid formation.
  3. Healthy Lifestyle Choices: Maintaining a balanced diet and engaging in light activities as advised by your surgeon helps promote healing. Avoid strenuous activities until you get a clear go-ahead from your healthcare provider.
  4. Hydration and Skin Care: Staying well-hydrated and following a gentle skincare routine can aid in the recovery process. Using products that are suitable for your skin type is particularly important.
  5. Monitor for Complications: Be aware of signs of infection or other complications, such as excessive swelling or pain, and report them to your doctor immediately.

Embracing the New You

Our patient’s story is a testament to the life-changing impact of a tummy tuck. Her confidence has soared, and she feels more comfortable and content in her skin. The minimal scarring and the overall results exceeded her expectations, proving that with the right surgeon and care, such transformations are not just possible but can be beautifully executed.

At bŏdze, we are here to support you through every step of your journey to look and feel your best. Whether you are considering a tummy tuck or any other procedure, our team is dedicated to providing personalized care and exceptional results.


If you are inspired by this story and would like to learn more about tummy tucks or other procedures, schedule a consultation with our expert team today. Your journey to a more confident you starts here!