Tummy Tuck Inland Empire - Abdominoplasty Riverside
Abdominoplasty, more commonly referred to as tummy tuck surgery, is a procedure designed to remove excess skin rolls and fatty tissue from the abdomen. By releasing the belly button and pulling the excess skin downward, the abdomen is flattened and tightened. Even stretched muscles from pregnancy or weight gain can be tightened with a tummy tuck procedure and the belly button can be reconstructed with a more pleasing shape.
The tummy tuck is an excellent procedure for patients who, after childbearing or weight loss, have loose or hanging abdominal skin. The tummy tuck can also be combined with liposuction to the hips and other areas to create a smoother body contour. Tummy tuck surgery creates a scar of varying length across the bikini line. In some patients this scar can be similar to a c-section scar while in others it extends past the hip bone. The length of the scar is proportional to the amount of skin needing excision.
Tummy tuck surgeries can also be combined with breast rejuvenation procedures such as breast augmentation or breast lift procedures. These combinations are commonly referred to as the “mommy makeover” as they are commonly performed after a woman has had children. The effects of pregnancy are, perhaps, most pronounced on the abdomen and breasts and many mothers opt to have both areas treated during the same operation.
The recovery from tummy tuck surgery varies between patients but most are up and about the house within a day from surgery. Early return to some mild activity helps restore blood circulation and speeds recovery. Full recovery with return to normal pre-operative activities can be 3-4 weeks. Patients having tummy tuck procedures often have drainage tubes for a short time following surgery. These tubes can help evacuate normal healing fluids from the abdomen and will be pulled out in the office when the time is right.
Inland Empire tummy tuck expert Dr. Andreasen performs all types of tummy tuck procedures as well as the "mommy makeover" operations. You can see pre and post-operative photographs of these patients in the tummy tuck portion of the photo gallery.