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What is an HD Tummy Tuck?

If you want to improve your abdominal appearance, the high-definition tummy tuck may be your solution. It combines a traditional tummy tuck with high-definition liposuction, sometimes called abdominal etching. This procedure targets excess skin and tightens the abdominal wall while using advanced liposuction techniques to remove stubborn belly fat.

The HD tummy tuck is particularly suited for individuals with a significant amount of excess belly fat, as the removal of subcutaneous fat reveals toned abdominal muscles. Patients who have lost a considerable amount of weight or women who have had multiple pregnancies and are left with loose skin and weakened abdominal muscles often choose this procedure.

The Benefits of an HD Tummy Tuck

Here are some of the benefits you can expect from a High Definition Tummy Tuck in Beverly Hills & Santa Monica with Dr. Shafa:

  • Improved muscle definition: HD Tummy Tuck removes excess skin and fat and tightens the abdominal muscles, resulting in a more toned and defined appearance.
  • Enhanced body contour: The procedure can help create a more contoured midsection, giving you a more proportional and balanced figure.
  • Reduced appearance of stretch marks: If you have stretch marks on your abdomen, they can be removed or significantly reduced during the procedure.
  • Improved posture: By tightening the abdominal muscles, HD Tummy Tuck can also improve your posture, reducing strain on your back and neck muscles.
  • Boost in self-confidence: Achieving a flatter, toned abdomen can help boost your self-esteem and confidence, allowing you to feel more comfortable in your own skin.
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Am I a Good Candidate For an HD Tummy Tuck?

Before the surgery, you’ll attend an initial consultation with Dr. Shafa to discuss your goals and expectations. He will also evaluate your medical history and overall health to determine if you're a good candidate for the procedure.

Generally speaking, you’re a good candidate for this procedure if:

  • You are in good overall health and do not have any medical conditions that could increase the risks of surgery
  • You have excess skin and fat in the abdominal area that does not respond well to diet and exercise
  • You have realistic expectations about the results of the procedure and are committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle afterward
  • You are a non-smoker or are willing to quit smoking for a period of time before and after the procedure
  • You are at a stable weight and do not plan on losing a significant amount of weight in the near future
  • You have not had any previous abdominal surgeries that could complicate the procedure
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What to Expect During the HD Tummy Tuck Procedure

On the day of the surgery, you'll be given anesthesia to ensure you're comfortable throughout the procedure.

During the surgery, Dr. Shafa will make a horizontal incision on your lower abdomen. The incision length will depend on the amount of excess skin and fat that needs to be removed. This step also includes liposuction of the flanks and love handles to create a more defined waistline. Next, the abdominal muscles are tightened, and the excess skin and fat are removed. The remaining skin is pulled down and sutured into place, creating a smoother and flatter stomach.


After the surgery, you'll need to wear a compression garment for several weeks to help reduce swelling and support healing. Keep the following in mind:

  • You may experience some discomfort and swelling, but this can be managed with pain medication and rest
  • You'll need to avoid strenuous activities and lifting heavy objects for several weeks after the surgery to allow your body to heal properly
  • You may also need to take time off work to rest and recover


Combining traditional tummy tuck and advanced liposuction techniques results in a slimmer, more toned abdominal area. The following are some common results you can expect after undergoing a high-definition tummy tuck:

  • Reduction of excess skin and fat in the abdominal area
  • Tightening of the abdominal muscles
  • Improved definition of the abdominal muscles
  • An overall slimmer and more toned appearance in the midsection

These results can be long-lasting, especially if you maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen. It is important to note that while this procedure can significantly improve the appearance of the midsection, it is not a substitute for weight loss or a healthy lifestyle.

Why Choose Dr. Shafa For Your HD Tummy Tuck?

Choosing the right surgeon for a high-definition tummy tuck in Beverly Hills & Santa Monica is crucial in achieving optimal results. Dr. Brian Shafa is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience performing this procedure. He has a reputation for providing personalized care and achieving natural-looking results for his patients.

Additionally, Dr. Shafa utilizes the latest techniques and technologies to ensure his patients receive the best care. He is dedicated to helping his patients achieve their desired results and improve their overall quality of life.

If you're ready to take the next step and book a consultation with Dr. Shafa, contact us today. We look forward to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals.

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HD Tummy Tuck FAQ

Is an HD tummy tuck better than a traditional tummy tuck?

While traditional tummy tucks effectively remove excess skin and fat, HD tummy tucks offer more precise and targeted results. However, it is essential to note that not everyone is a candidate for HD tummy tucks, and it is best to consult with Dr. Shafa to determine which procedure is best for you.

How many sizes do you drop with an HD tummy tuck?

The size you drop with an HD tummy tuck varies from person to person and depends on several factors, including the amount of excess fat and skin you have, your body type, and your overall health. Generally, patients can expect to drop one to two dress sizes with an HD tummy tuck. However, it is important to remember that the primary goal of an HD tummy tuck is to sculpt and contour the abdominal area rather than to achieve a specific dress size.

Will a reverse abdominoplasty result in a scar?

A reverse abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, does result in some scarring. This scar will be located along the inframammary crease below the breasts. The scar is typically easy to hide beneath clothing or swimwear, and women with larger breasts may have better coverage. With proper healing, this scar will fade over time and become less noticeable.

Is an HD Tummy Tuck safer than a traditional tummy tuck?

After a reverse abdominoplasty, patients generally feel well enough to resume their normal daily activities, including work or school, within one to two weeks. Following the surgeon's instructions regarding resuming strenuous activities is essential, as this will ensure a successful recovery.

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