Tummy tuck surgery is an increasingly popular procedure pursued by patients who have difficulty melting away excess fat around the lower belly after weight loss or childbirth. Genetics, pregnancy, and major weight fluctuations can also cause skin sagging around the abdomen that cannot be tightened using diet or exercise.
Do I Have Multiple Tummy Tuck Options?
Different tummy tuck options cater to the varying needs of patients. While there are many variations of the tummy tuck, every tummy tuck will flatten the midsection by removing skin and fat.
With so many tummy tuck techniques to choose from, it can be challenging to know which one is right for you.
Do You Have a Small Lower Belly Pooch?
With a mini tummy tuck, women and men with a little extra fullness in the abdomen can realize smooth and flat abdominal contours.
This method is best for patients who would like to treat muscle laxity but do not have significant excess skin. This less-invasive, smaller-incision tummy tuck is great for correcting the appearance of a “pooch.”
Are You Looking for Improvement After Having Children?
A traditional tummy tuck is usually recommended for women with a moderate amount of excess skin and fat in the abdomen. This excess may develop after childbirth or weight loss, but is limited to the upper and lower abdomen.
The traditional technique uses one incision that runs along the lower pubic area and another incision around the navel. This method is useful for treating weak or separated abdominal muscles (diastasis recti) and misshapen or mispositioned navels.
Did You Lose Some Weight?
An extended tummy tuck is best suited for people who have moderate to significant skin folds around the abdomen and hips after weight loss or multiple pregnancies. This technique is beneficial for weight-loss patients who would like to highlight their new contours.
For an extended tummy tuck, a longer incision is made along the lower abdominal area that travels around the hips.
Have You Lost a Massive Amount of Weight?
The circumferential body lift is the most comprehensive form of the tummy tuck. Using this method, excess skin and fat are removed from the lower abdomen, hips, and lower back, creating 360-degree enhancement of the midsection.
This method is reserved for patients who require significant correction. A circumferential body lift can help to correct diastasis recti and remove significantly hanging skin after weight loss, such as that experienced after gastric bypass surgery.
How Will I Know Which Tummy Tuck Is Best for Me?
The appropriate tummy tuck option will depend on your goals, prior health conditions, and level of correction needed. Since your body type plays a role in how your fat is distributed, this will also help determine the correct techniques and how your contours can be enhanced.
If you are still wondering which tummy tuck method would work best for you, schedule a consultation with your surgeon to learn more about your options.
Your consultation is the ideal time to share your desires and concerns. Your surgeon can use this information to determine whether you are the right candidate for a tummy tuck and advise you on which tummy tuck technique will help you best achieve your goals.
Interested in Learning More?
If you are interested in tummy tuck surgery and would like to learn more about which option may be best for you, please contact Dr. Andreasen by calling 909-291-4900 or by filling out our online contact form to set up a consultation.
Many people who desire a flatter and shapelier figure find themselves struggling with excess fat in various areas of their body.
Stubborn fatty tissue can seem impossible to get rid of, especially after spending countless hours at the gym.
Some people can “slim down” through diet and exercise, but others find it difficult to remove fat in those troublesome areas throughout their bodies.
Fortunately, there are surgical procedures that can address these concerns. Liposuction gets rid of these fatty deposits to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.
Severe Cases of Excess Skin and Fat
In severe cases of excess skin and fat, it is common for patients to combine multiple procedures in one sitting to extend their results.
One of the most popular combinations is liposuction and a tummy tuck.
Here is a video of Dr. Andreasen performing a liposuction/tummy tuck combination procedure to help give you an idea of how impactful this surgery can be:
To see the complete video of this procedure and many more, visit Dr. Andreasen’s Instagram page. For more information about tummy tuck procedures, click here.
What Does Liposuction Do?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that effectively removes fat deposits in multiple areas of the body.
This procedure uses a special device known as a cannula, a thin tube that is inserted into the area you wish to treat. The cannula suctions away the fat cells, reshaping your body to create slim, sexy, and toned contours.
What Are the Advantages of Liposuction?
Flexible Fat Removal
Some areas of the body are much easier to trim down than others. Even after cutting back on sugary, fatty snacks and going to the gym every week, there are still areas of fat that linger.
Liposuction can eliminate fat for good in the following areas:
A Slimmer Tummy
A woman considers liposuction treatment to rid herself of stubborn pockets of fat throughout her body.
One of the most common areas that many patients wish to treat is their abdomen. For patients with good skin elasticity, liposuction alone can remove those stubborn bulges to provide them with a flat and lean stomach they have always desired.
More Clothing Options
Many patients striving to achieve a fit appearance often hide behind loose-fitting clothes to cover their bodies.
Removing just a few inches of targeted fat in the right areas via liposuction can help you look and feel comfortable even when you are wearing tight clothing.
How Can We Help You?
To learn more about liposuction and its price or to determine if you are an ideal candidate, please call our office at (909) 291-4900 or schedule a consultation with us online today!
Tummy tuck surgery and liposuction provide great results for men and women who need help getting rid of those last few pounds that diet and exercise can’t touch. While many patients look into plastic surgery to help them meet their physical and aesthetic goals, knowing which type of procedure will best suit your needs can play a significant role in your final results. To determine whether you need tummy tuck surgery or liposuction, we have provided some information below to help you choose the procedure that will give you the body contours you desire.
When deciding to undergo any body contouring procedure, one should do so for themselves and not because they wish to please other people. Both tummy tuck surgery and liposuction require patients to be in good physical health and at a stable weight before their surgery. It is also best that you refrain from smoking for at least two weeks before and after your procedure.
Patients considering tummy tuck surgery typically struggle with excess fat, loose skin, and weak abdominal muscles that have developed as a result of pregnancy, weight loss, and aging. Liposuction candidates have good skin elasticity and wish to rid themselves of stubborn fat deposits in various regions of the body that have also developed from pregnancy or weight loss. While tummy tuck surgery and liposuction address specific regions, they both can provide you with:
Slimmer body contours
An attractive and balanced figure
What’s the Difference?
While both procedures can help patients improve their overall figure by removing unwanted fat and excess skin, tummy tuck surgery and liposuction differ in technique.
Liposuction is performed on an outpatient basis using general anesthesia. Patients can choose between traditional liposuction or ultrasound or laser-assisted liposuction to eliminate unwanted fat. During your procedure, a small incision is made in the treatment area and a thin tube (cannula) is inserted under the skin. Excess fat is then gently suctioned out as the cannula is moved in a slow back and forth motion. Liposuction can be used in the following areas:
May patients who have lost a significant amount of weight develop skin laxity that liposuction alone cannot treat. Tummy tuck surgery can be combined with your liposuction procedure to address not only loose skin and excess fat, but also repair weak and separated abdominal muscles.
During your procedure, you will have the option of undergoing a mini, standard, or extended tummy tuck depending on your needs. An incision will be made near the pubic area and excess skin and fat will be removed. The underlying abdominal muscles are also repaired during this process. The remaining skin is then pulled down, and the incision is closed using surgical sutures.
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Recovery Time and Proper Healing
Once you have undergone your liposuction or tummy tuck procedure, it is crucial that you follow all post-operative instructions from your surgeon. Depending on how much excess skin or fat was removed during your surgery, it could take a few weeks for your body to fully recover.
Your Recovery Guide
Protecting Your Incisions
During your recovery, you will be asked to care for your incisions by wearing a compression garment to help minimize swelling. Make sure you avoid getting your wounds wet since they will need time to heal correctly. Once you have been cleared to shower, use a soft rag and warm water to gently clean around the treated area when washing up. If drainage tubes have been applied, it is important to empty any excess fluid or blood.
Sticking to a Healthy Diet
Following your liposuction or tummy tuck surgery, you will experience some swelling and bruising that should resolve after a few days. It is important that you avoid any strenuous activities that can put stress on your body for approximately six weeks. However, you are encouraged to take light walks around the house so blood clots do not develop and the blood can circulate through your body. You will be able to return to work between one and two weeks after your surgery unless told otherwise by your surgeon.
Maintaining Your Results
Once your body has fully recovered after a few months, you will begin to see immediate results. Unfortunately, it can be just as easy to regain stubborn fat or excess skin if you are not careful. Eating a balanced diet that consists of fruits, vegetables, grains, and proteins while also sticking to an exercise routine can help you maintain a slim figure.
To learn more about tummy tuck surgery or liposuction, please call our office at (909) 291-4900 or schedule a consultation online today!
The goal of a trim, toned tummy is common among many patients. A slim midsection is often hard to achieve after experiences such as pregnancy or significant weight loss, which can dramatically change the look of your body. You may have tried diet and exercise but still failed to tighten your belly. Major weight loss can cause the skin to have increased laxity. Even after losing fat around the torso, your skin may still be unflatteringly saggy. If you’re ready to regain your shape, a tummy tuck is an effective way to tighten sagging skin and emphasize the contours of your figure. Tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, can work for many patients and offers multiple options. Depending on your treatment goals, Dr. Andreasen can perform a mini, full, or extended tummy tuck to give you the figure of your dreams.
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
During tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Andreasen removes excess, sagging skin from around the torso to restore a slender body shape. Before your surgery, a consultation meeting will take place to discuss treatment goals, examine the treatment sites, and determine which procedure is most appropriate for the results you desire.
Mini Tummy Tuck
A mini tuck is most appropriate for patients who have loose, sagging skin in the lower abdominal area. Post-pregnancy women are typically ideal candidates for this procedure. Likewise, this technique can also be used on patients struggling with muscle laxity. This procedure can tighten the abdominal muscles, correcting a slight pooch you may be experiencing. Dr. Andreasen makes the incision at the bikini line, making it inconspicuous and easily concealed by a bathing suit.
Full Tummy Tuck
A full tummy tuck procedure is ideal for patients in need of skin excision and muscle tightening that extends above the belly button. Many patients are ideal candidates, including those who have achieved major weight loss, post-pregnancy women, and patients managing the effects of aging. Dr. Andreasen will make one incision along the lower abdomen and a second incision around the navel. This will give him more access to tighten your abdominal muscles, allowing him to also remove skin from both the lower and middle abdomen. Scarring may be a bit extensive though likely fade over time. This procedure will also allow the opportunity to reposition your navel in a more attractive position.
Extended Tummy Tuck
While a more intensive procedure, an extended tummy tuck is typically more appropriate for patients who have a lot of excess skin following massive weight loss. Dr. Andreasen will make a lengthy incision that wraps around your hips to remove the excess folds of skin. Your incision will likely be visible and not as easily concealed, but this is seen as a worthy trade-off to reveal a brand new figure.
If you’d like to find out more about which tummy tuck procedure is most appropriate for you, contact us for a consultation with Dr. Andreasen. Our office can be reached at 909-291-4900. We look forward to helping you!
Tummy tuck surgery is one of the most commonly requested cosmetic surgery procedures today. Abdominoplasty can trim and sculpt your entire midsection, resulting in a firmer, slimmer body. While there are different versions of tummy tuck surgery depending on the amount of correction needed, all of them aim to create a contoured midsection by treating both skin and muscle laxity. This means that excess skin and fat will be removed from the abdomen while the loose (or even separated) underlying muscles will be tightened and repaired. A tummy tuck can be a beneficial procedure for women who have noticed changes to their abdomen after having children, men and women who have lost a substantial amount of weight, and men and women whose midsections have changed due to the natural course of aging.
Pregnancy and Childbirth
It goes without saying that the abdomen will be the most affected area of your body after pregnancy and childbirth. Your skin stretches and then retracts very quickly, and the elasticity in your skin cannot always adapt to these changes. Your abdominal muscles may experience laxity after childbirth that won’t repair on their own. And you will find that pockets of fat develop in places you didn’t even know existed, pockets that are resistant to diet and exercise. Tummy tuck surgery after pregnancy can provide both physical and emotional benefits in allowing your body to return to its pre-baby form. It is this reason that tummy tuck surgery is at the core of all Mommy Makeover procedures, a procedure that also involves lifting and enhancing the breasts.
After Weight Loss
When you lose a significant amount of weight, your skin does not bounce back the way you would like, and unfortunately, this excess skin can hide the physical transformation you’ve worked so hard to achieve. This excess skin is not only unsightly, but it can cause skin irritations and hinder your ability to perform exercises to maintain your weight loss. Tummy tuck surgery allows your hard work to show in the way of a new, svelte figure. While a tummy tuck should never be used as a weight loss program, it might be able to help you eliminate those last few trouble spots.
Just as your body changes with pregnancy and weight loss, aging alone can be the catalyst in desiring a tummy tuck. As you age, your skin loses its collagen and elasticity, making it more difficult to maintain a trim midsection. Candidates for tummy tuck surgery should have age-related skin and muscle laxity.
When You’re Not a Candidate. . .
While tummy tuck surgery is beneficial to many aging men and women, this procedure may not be ideal for everyone. One of the concerns that often lead patients to consider tummy tuck surgery is stubborn pockets of fat in the abdomen. Pockets of fat shouldn’t be the deciding factor for tummy tuck surgery; it should be the deciding factor for liposuction. During traditional tummy tuck surgery, liposuction is used to help contour and sculpt the abdomen in addition to removing excess skin and tightening lax abdominal muscles. If your primary concern is excess fat, but you don’t have excess skin or underlying loose muscles, liposuction may be a better option for you. It is less invasive and can be tailored to fit your needs. If your skin doesn’t require a tummy tuck, why put your body through the recovery process?
For either tummy tuck or liposuction, there are additional requirements. All candidates should have realistic expectations about their results, be in good general health, and stop smoking. If you fall into this category, there is little doubt that you will be happy with your decision and cosmetic surgery results for years to come.
Despite a healthy diet and regular exercise, there are some characteristics of the body that many people cannot correct, such as excess, sagging skin in the abdomen. Troy J. Andreasen, M.D., an Inland Empire tummy tuck specialist, can perform this procedure to remove excess skin rolls and tissue from the mid-section; in turn, this will produce a flatter, better contoured abdomen.
Dr. Andreasen incorporates the highest level of professionalism and extensive experience when performing procedures for body contouring and the breasts.
Tummy tuck surgery, liposuction, and breast augmentation are among his most frequently performed surgeries. Due to his extensive skills, Dr. Andreasen attracts patients throughout the Inland Empire, from such cities as Riverside.
Dr. Andreasen is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), as well as a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).
If you would like to undergo tummy tuck surgery, or “abdominoplasty,” to correct post-pregnancy changes to your body, Dr. Andreasen may perform a combination of body sculpting procedures. This is often referred to as a “Mommy Makeover.”
The following may be performed in addition to abdominoplasty:
Liposuction (“lipoplasty”): Removal of excess fat deposits from specific regions of the body
Breast augmentation (“augmentation mammaplasty”): Enhancement of the shape and size of the breasts
Breast lift (“mastopexy”): Restores the breasts to a more youthful position
To learn more about these procedures, please schedule a complimentary consultation with our Ontario tummy tuck surgeon, Dr. Andreasen.
During your consultation, the two of you will discuss your expectations and goals, medical history, and how to prepare for a tummy tuck – before and after the procedure. For patients with less severe cases of excess skin and fat in the abdominal region, mini tummy tuck surgery may be an option; Dr. Andreasen will help you decide which technique is right for you.
Before your appointment, feel free to browse through our before and after tummy tuck pictures to see some his previous patient results.
Please call (909) 291-4900 or fill out our contact form to schedule an initial consultation with our Inland Empire tummy tuck surgeon, Dr. Andreasen. He is located near the Ontario Airport. To have all of your questions answered personally by our doctor, you can e-mail him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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