Your Tummy Tuck Journey
Choosing to undergo tummy tuck surgery can be a highly personal decision. Not only do people choose tummy tuck surgery for aesthetic reasons, but they may undergo the procedure for medical conditions like abdominal wall separation as well. A tummy tuck can treat multiple belly issues that prevent you from looking and feeling amazing. To help you better visualize your desired results, compile photos of your ideal body shape. We will tailor your tummy tuck to your body type and wants. Dr. Andreasen will help guide you through the decision process to ensure we reach your aesthetic goals.
Dr. Andreasen is a leading body surgeon in the Inland Empire. He understands both the emotional and physical needs of his tummy tuck patients, and he knows the best solutions to meet those needs. During your consultation, Dr. Andreasen will evaluate your body type, medical history, and goals. He will balance these factors to recommend the best options for your procedure. After a body evaluation, Dr. Andreasen will make his recommendations, which may include combining procedures to ensure he achieves the body contour you desire.
The right technique to be used for your procedure will depend on your abdominal issues. Issues beyond muscle and skin laxity may need to be treated by combining another procedure with your tummy tuck. Liposuction can treat excess fat, but other body contouring procedures may be considered to enhance the overall shape of your body. You will work closely with Dr. Andreasen to determine which technique(s) and procedure(s) will best meet your wants and needs.
You will experience bruising and swelling after your surgery. A special compression garment is worn throughout your recovery, and you will be required to rest for several days following your procedure. Most patients can return to work after two weeks and resume their regular exercise routine after one month. Your abdomen may still feel tender around this time, but excess swelling should subside after six weeks.
The visibility of your scarring will depend on incision placement and your body’s natural healing ability. Dr. Andreasen uses incision techniques to help minimize scar development. Most scarring is either inconspicuous or will fade over time.
The cost of your tummy tuck will vary depending on a number of factors. The extent of correction, surgical fees, facility fees, and anesthesia fees will all affect the final cost of your tummy tuck. Dr. Andreasen will provide a detailed quote during your consultation. Financing options are available to qualifying patients.
General anesthesia is used during your surgery to ensure your safety and comfort. You may feel discomfort following your procedure due to the tightening of your muscles and skin. Oral pain medication is prescribed to help control postoperative discomfort.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery?
You should be in good general health and have realistic expectations about your results. Men and women considering tummy tuck surgery are likely to have excess skin, lax abdominal muscles, and stubborn deposits of fat.
What if I have children after my tummy tuck?
While surgery won’t prevent you from having children in the future, subsequent pregnancies are not recommended. Pregnancy can alter the quality of your tummy tuck results and may require additional surgery to correct.
Can a tummy tuck improve the appearance of my navel?
Many women complain that their belly button changed shape during their pregnancy. During a tummy tuck, we can improve the shape and position of the navel so it appears more natural and attractive.
What are the potential complications associated with tummy tuck surgery?
Like with any surgery, bleeding and infection are the most common risks. While rare, other complications can include seromas and poor wound healing.