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Redefine your waistline

with a Hidden Scar Tummy Tuck™ by Dr. Richland

When it comes to hanging skin around the midsection, diet and exercise alone can only do so much. A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) can get you closer to your ideal image by firming up the skin around your belly, as well as contouring your figure, and removing fat. Dr. Richland strives to deliver the best tummy tuck Newport Beach has to offer. The result is a sleeker, slimmer you that shows off all the hard work you’ve been doing with diet and exercise. Innovative plastic surgeon Dr. Brandon Richland pioneered the Hidden Scar Tummy Tuck™ in Newport Beach as a way to provide incredible tummy tuck results without long, visible scars. Schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richland to redefine how you see your waistline.

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What is a Tummy Tuck?

A “tummy tuck,” also known as an abdominoplasty, is used to help create a flat, youthful, rejuvenated abdomen and thinner waistline.

The muscles of the abdominal wall are usually tightened, and any small hernias can be repaired as well. The abdominal wall tightening, or “plication,” is especially effective after post-pregnancy changes to create the beautiful hourglass figure you’ve always wanted that is smooth, flat, and feminine. Male patients may also be interested in a male tummy tuck procedure to remove excess skin and fat and to tighten abdominal muscles as well.

Who is the ideal candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck is an excellent option for patients who:

  • Have excess skin and stubborn belly fat in the lower and mid abdominal regions
  • Suffer from abdominal wall weakness or rectus diastasis (either due to pregnancy or age)
  • Desire a smoother, flatter abdomen
  • Would like to have a smaller waist and “hourglass” figure
  • Are post-pregnancy with any or all of the changes above

Post-pregnancy changes are some of the most common reasons patients seek an abdominoplasty. Pregnancy causes laxity of the skin, soft tissues, and abdominal wall musculature that can be corrected with a tummy tuck.

Tighten Skin

As the body ages, the skin, soft tissue, and abdominal wall muscles age as well, resulting in laxity. Unfortunately, the laxity of tissues cannot be treated by lifestyle changes such as a healthy diet, exercise, or weight loss alone. Other methods may remove only fat, but do not significantly tighten tissues (such as non-surgical weight loss methods, CoolSculpting, or liposuction alone), fail to treat the laxity of tissues, and can even worsen the problem. A tummy tuck will treat sagging or laxity of abdominal skin, while these other methods of fat loss will not.

Muscle Repair

Some women may have "rectus diastasis," where the rectus abdominis muscles (or six-pack ab muscles) have spread apart, resulting in a bulge in the central abdomen, weakness, and possibly even abdominal or lower back pain. This is common after childbirth but can also be seen in patients who have not had any children. These patients with isolated rectus diastasis are also candidates for abdominoplasty, even if they don’t have skin laxity.

Tummy Tuck Options

Hidden Scar Tummy Tuck

Dr. Richland's trademarked Hidden Scar Tummy Tuck™ utilizes an ultra low incision hidden in the bikini line. The incision made by Dr. Richland is usually 4-8cm below where most women have their current C-section scars, where it can be completely hidden in even the smallest bikinis and intimate wear. For most patients, this is preferable to having a large scar across the mid-abdomen, which is standard for most other tummy tucks. During the surgery, excess abdominal skin is removed, the abdominal muscles are tightened, and any small hernias can be repaired if necessary as well. Additionally, liposuction of the back and flanks is often combined with a Hidden Scar Tummy Tuck™ to allow for improved contouring and a thinner waistline.

Dr. Richland has pioneered this innovative technique by utilizing a different design for this incision than most other surgeons. This allows him to keep the incision lower and hide it better in natural anatomic boundaries, giving you the flawless look you have always wanted.

Traditional Tummy Tuck

A traditional tummy tuck utilizes an incision across the abdomen from hip to hip that may be visible when wearing a low-cut bikini or underwear. While excess skin is still removed and abdominal muscles can be tightened with this procedure as well, the disadvantage compared to Dr. Richland's Hidden Scar Tummy Tuck™ is that the incision is much higher and more visible.

Mini-Tummy Tuck

In this procedure, a smaller incision is made, and only the tissue laxity below the umbilicus (belly button) is treated. Candidates for this surgery are generally those who have excess tissues or laxity only below the umbilicus. The loose skin below the belly button is removed, and the lower abdominal muscles can be tightened, resulting in a flatter, slimmer, and more toned lower abdomen. This procedure has a shorter recovery time. During your consultation with Dr. Richland, you can discuss if you are a candidate for this procedure.

Mommy Makeover

A tummy tuck can be combined with a breast lift or breast augmentation to create a “Mommy Makeover.” This is especially desirable for patients looking to get their pre-pregnancy bodies back.

Liposculpture with or without Renuvion

Younger patients in their 20s to 40s, who have excess adipose tissue without severe skin excess may be candidates for liposuction with or without Renuvion. However, patients with severe skin excess and tissue laxity will generally require an abdominoplasty.

The Tummy Tuck Procedure

As a highly customizable treatment, the details of your tummy tuck procedure will be determined by your unique treatment plan. In general, abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia and involves the meticulous removal of excess skin and fat. Depending on your needs, Dr. Richland may also tighten your abdominal muscles to restore strength and enhance the aesthetic quality of your results.

The size and location of your incision, as well as the amount of tissue removed, will depend on your preferences and anatomy. In any case, Dr. Richland will sculpt your midsection with seamless, natural-looking results in mind.


Tummy tucks can be outpatient procedures, although you may wish to spend one night in a surgery center or recovery facility, depending on your preference and the specific nature of the procedure.

Dr. Richland will provide you with detailed instructions on how to optimize your recovery. You will be able to move around a little the day after your procedure and more with each passing day, although you will feel some tightness for the first week or so after your surgery. Most Newport Beach tummy tuck patients take at least two weeks off work to focus on their recovery journeys. Full recovery usually takes around six weeks before resuming regular exercise routines.

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No two women share the same motherhood journey—and likewise, no two women share an identical experience in their Mommy Makeover process. Whether you are coming in for a tummy tuck as part of a Mommy Makeover or as a standalone procedure, here’s the process you can look forward to when you begin your transformation with Dr. Richland.


Listening and Communication

Dr. Richland, first and foremost, puts the patient’s individual goals, health, and safety at the heart of every case. He will begin by listening and understanding your lifestyle, goals, concerns, and issues to ensure your results and surgical procedure are tailored uniquely to you.


Discovering The Path To Your Best Body

Dr. Richland will work with you to discover which options are best for your specific anatomy – including a comprehensive overview of how each procedure option delivers unique advantages and considerations for your unique anatomy.


Personalized Consultation

Dr. Richland will examine your body and listen to your concerns; to determine what surgical plans best suit your needs. With experience that encompasses patients of all ages, body types, and conditions, you can rest assured that your confidential consultation will empower you with the knowledge and unbiased guidance to make an informed decision and help you achieve your natural outcome.


Refreshed By Dr. Richland

Refreshed, never overdone. Rejuvenated, never obvious. There’s no one definition of best—and together with Dr. Richland, your outcome will reflect your aspirations and desires.

Tummy Tuck Results

In the weeks following your procedure, it is normal to experience some soreness, bruising, and swelling that will decrease gradually. You will need to rest to allow for optimal healing. However, it is crucial that you are up out of bed several times a day, but not engaging in long walks or strenuous activity. Most of our Newport Beach tummy tuck patients are able to return to desk jobs after several weeks. However, you will need to wait four to six weeks for exercising, heavy lifting, or other strenuous activities.

Your results will be immediately visible, however, like any surgical procedure, it will take at least four to six months for the swelling to subside. Your results will continue to take shape and refine over the first year. You can maximize the quality and longevity of your results by maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle and avoiding weight fluctuations.

How much does a Tummy Tuck Cost?

With so many tummy tuck options, costs can vary based on materials, techniques, and any other procedures that may be included in your treatment

The price of a tummy tuck also fluctuates between locations, so it is important to consider where you’re having your procedure performed when exploring your options. It is also worth noting that the cost of your tummy tuck will include such things as surgical fees, anesthesia, facility fees, and other aspects of your care. During the planning phase of your treatment, we will go over the costs associated with your personalized treatment plan.


Newport Beach Plastic Surgery Testimonials

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Dr. Richland listened to my concerns and developed a plan to achieve my desired result. I'm only three weeks out, and my result is absolutely stunning! Way better than I was even hoping for. The best part is it looks so natural no one knows I had anything done. People keep telling me I came back from vacation looking younger and refreshed! I tell them I found the fountain of youth!!! Thank you a million times over, Dr. Richland!!!!

I had my surgery with Dr. Richland 3 months ago. He is the best! Not only am I thrilled with my results, but he also has an amazing bedside manner that makes you feel seen and heard. Dr. Richland always took the time to answer my questions, returned every phone call and text, and always made me feel like my case was the most important case he had. When I returned to work after recovering, everyone kept saying that I looked so refreshed, as if I had been on an amazing vacation. No one would ever know I had surgery to look like my younger, better self. The world has gained a gifted surgeon and compassionate practitioner with Dr. Richland.

Dr. Richland met us at the emergency room (straight from the airport) after our son had a surfing injury to the face. He was calm and professional when we were not. The injury has healed beautifully with no scar. He was also able to communicate with a teenager as to self-care for the wound and motivated our son to facilitate his own healing and scar minimizing.

I would highly recommend Dr. Richland because he did an amazing job of making my face look youthful and natural. He listened to my concerns and gave his expert opinions on what he thought would make me more beautiful! Go see him!!!

I've gone to see Dr. Richland a few times now and will definitely continue to in the future. He has great a bedside manner and just seems to be a really nice guy. His injections are quick and painless, and he gives great results. I would definitely recommend him.

Dr. Richland is not only an incredible medical professional, but he’s a kind human. This was my first procedure with plastic surgery and I was nervous. But Dr. Richland calmed my fears and just talked me through every step while making sure I felt comfortable and understood every aspect of the surgery.

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Tummy Tuck FAQs

Patients with isolated adipose tissue and tight to moderately tight skin are great candidates for liposuction with or without Renuvion. If you have severe excess skin, you will generally need a tummy tuck procedure to remove the excess skin.

Patients with excess tissues or laxity only below the umbilicus may be a candidate for a mini-tummy tuck. In this procedure, a smaller incision is made, and only the tissue laxity below the umbilicus (belly button) is treated. This procedure has a shorter recovery time. During your consultation with Dr. Richland, you can discuss if you are a candidate for this procedure.

The standard incision travels from hip to hip through the mid/lower abdomen. However, Dr. Richland utilizes a Hidden Scar Tummy Tuck™ to keep the scar extremely low and below the bikini line. The incision made by Dr. Richland is usually several centimeters below where most women have their C-section scars. Most patients prefer this to having a large scar across the mid/lower abdomen, which is standard for most tummy tucks.

Yes, you may be able to get pregnant after an abdominoplasty. However, it is not recommended. The abdomen will not be able to expand as usual during pregnancy, and the stitches may tear. The best option is to wait until after pregnancy to have a tummy tuck.

The effects of your tummy tuck can last years, decades, or longer with proper care and a healthy lifestyle.

A tummy tuck can include any combination of excess skin reduction, fat removal, and abdominal muscle tightening. There are a variety of techniques that can be applied to produce the best possible results depending on your anatomy and goals for treatment.

Discover the difference Dr. Richland’s expertise can make in your life.

The journey to your ideal look and life should be one of excitement and assuredness. With Dr. Brandon Richland, you can expect nothing short of excellence from your initial consultation to the moment you realize your final results. Take the first step to realizing your aesthetic goals by scheduling a consultation in Newport Beach, Fountain Valley or Huntington Beach. Please complete this form to request an in-person consultation or click here for a Virtual Consultation.

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