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Tummy Tuck Expert Dev Wali, MD

About Dev Wali, MD

dr-dev-waliDev Wali, MD is a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He has spent years refining his plastic surgery techniques beginning with 5 years of intensive General Surgical training in New York City. These initial years of surgical training were the foundation which was built upon during his 4 years of plastic surgery training at the University of Southern California. At USC, Dr. Wali served as one of 3 Chief Plastic Surgery Residents as well as a supervising attending surgeon at Los Angeles County Hospital.
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He completed his training with distinction and was recognized as one of the few plastic surgeons (with the resident surgeons under his supervision) in the entire history of Los Angeles County Hospital to successfully perform a post-traumatic microsurgical scalp replantation. Currently Dr. Wali is in private practice in the Los Angeles area where he specializes in cosmetic surgery of the breast, body and face as well as reconstructive breast, facial and skin cancer surgery.

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Sometimes simply dieting and exercising are not enough to take care of waistline problems. In such cases, a patient may wish to consider a tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty). A tummy tuck is the surgical removal of excess skin or fatty deposits from the abdomen, along with the repositioning of abdomen muscles into a tighter formation. This bodily enhancement procedure is designed for those who wish to have a flatter and tighter stomach. It is also helpful in remedying the vertical separation of abdomen muscles known as diastasis, which can occur following pregnancy.

Dr. Wali’s Technique

Dr. Dev Wali performs the tummy tuck procedure with a keen eye on creating a sculpted form. He takes what is there and creates curves and contours by selectively removing tissue by surgical sculpting and liposculpting. Also he has mastered a unique method to create a beautiful belly button which is the cosmetic center of the abdomen. He prides himself on his meticulous technique and dedication to patient safety and satisfaction. He is known in the community and by fellow plastic surgeons as a compassionate artistic surgeon who goes above and beyond to care for his patients.


General Procedure

Abdominoplasty surgery lasts anywhere from one to five hours, depending on the desired look and the patient’s unique physiology. To begin the procedure, an incision is made just above the pubic bone area. This incision goes horizontally across the lower abdomen and sometimes around to the back. The skin is then stretched away from the muscle tissue, and excess skin is removed. The abdomen muscle tissue is tightened to provide a firmly contoured stomach and well-defined waistline. Finally, the incision is closed; and the skin is stitched back into place. Sometimes the procedure requires an additional incision around the navel in order to provide the best results.

TUMMY TUCK FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Should I Lose Weight Before Dog Ear Revision?
It is always best to be at your goal weight before any body contouring procedure.

That being said just because you lose 10lbs it does not mean you will lose anything in the areas that you are looking to revise. You may lose that weight in your thighs, back etc.

Also if you have a dog ear from a previous surgery a portion of the dog ear is excess skin which will not likely go away with weight loss.

What is a doggy ear and how can it be prevented in a tummy tuck?
Dog ears are basically skin pleats.

Dog ears are created when a portion of tissue is removed like in a tummy tuck and there is excess which bunches up at the edges of the incision. Dog ears can be prevented by extending the incision farther to remove the excess skin. The trade off is a longer scar. Usually dog ears can be prevented with proper planning but sometimes they cannot, but are easily fixed. Please check out some before and after photos in the link below for some examples of tummy tuck results.

What is Diastasis Rectii?
Diastasis Rectii is a separation of the midline vertical pair of abdominal muscles also known as the Rectus Abdominus muscles. These muscles have a lining know as the rectus fascia which holds them together in the center of the abdomen. When the abdomen gets stretched out, like in pregnancy, the rectus fascia gets loose and is unable to hold the rectus muscle together tightly in the midline. This looseness of the rectus muscle fascia is called diastasis rectii. It is because of diastasis that the tummy of women after pregnancy seems loose, even when the pre-pregnancy weight has been achieved. The diastasis can be corrected with a tummy tuck procedure.



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