Tummy Tuck

A careful diet and exercise program may not be enough to keep a person looking trim and slender, especially after pregnancy or significant weight changes. Dr. Daryl K. Hoffman offers abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck, to give San Jose, Palo Alto, Campbell and other Bay Area residents tightened and toned midsections. This procedure tightens abdominal muscles and excess skin, and reduces fat deposits to combat a sagging mid-body appearance. Women and men who choose a tummy tuck from Dr. Hoffman typically see body-sculpting surgical results that even the healthiest lifestyle often cannot provide.

To take the next step toward a firmer, slimmer abdomen, request your consultationrequest your consultation with Dr. Hoffman online or call us at (650) 325-1118 (Palo Alto) or (408) 371-1118 (Campbell) to schedule an appointment.

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Your Consultation

If you choose to have a tummy tuck, Dr. Hoffman will meet with you, take the time to carefully evaluate your needs, and determine the best surgical plan. As a Stanford-trained and board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Hoffman has advanced education and surgical experience that enable him to achieve highly satisfying results for his patients. Of equal importance, he provides an understanding and supportive atmosphere in which you can speak honestly about your wishes and concerns.

Many women choose to combine their tummy tuck surgery with procedures like breast lift and breast augmentation in San Jose or Palo Alto to restore their bodies after having children. This procedure, called a mommy makeover, is ideal for women who want to regain their pre-pregnancy figures. Dr. Hoffman will review available options with you to ensure he creates a surgical plan that addresses your concerns.

The Procedure

Your surgery will be performed while you are under general anesthesia. Through an incision located below the underwear line, Dr. Hoffman will repair weak abdominal muscles and remove excess fat and skin. A second incision around the belly button may be required to contour the upper abdomen.

In cases where a full tummy tuck (addressing both the upper and lower abdomen) is unnecessary, Dr. Hoffman may recommend a "mini" tummy tuck (addressing only the lower abdomen, below the belly button). Techniques like tumescent liposuction or newer techniques such as Smartlipo™ also may be used to obtain optimum results for Bay Area patients. After he has finished, Dr. Hoffman will use sutures to close the incision. A small tube will be inserted to allow for the drainage of blood or fluid.


Tummy tuck patients can expect to be placed in a compression garment following surgery to control swelling and minimize discomfort. It is important to be attentive to the post-operative instructions Dr. Hoffman provides and rest for the recommended period of time. You may be able to resume some activity after 1 to 2 weeks and will soon be able to return to your full normal activities, energized by the confidence of your toned new look.


After a tummy tuck, patients will initially experience some swelling and will need to avoid standing up straight. Given a few weeks to rest and to heal, swelling typically subsides and patients will begin to see a slimmer, firmer shape.

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Palo Alto Office

Daryl K. Hoffman, MD
805 El Camino Real, Suite A
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone: (650) 325-1118
Fax: (650) 321-8943

Monday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Campbell Office

Daryl K. Hoffman, MD
3425 South Bascom Avenue #100
Campbell, CA 95008
Phone: (408) 371-1118
Fax: (408) 371-1119

Monday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
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