Your Tummy Tuck Surgery 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.
Tummy Tuck Options
Standard Tummy Tuck
An incision runs along the lower pubic area, and a secondary incision is made around the navel.
- This technique treats both muscle and skin laxity, recontouring the abdominal area.
- Addresses issues for a variety of candidates, including those with laxity following weight loss, after pregnancy, or due to aging.
- With a standard tummy tuck, we can reposition the navel in a more pleasing and natural location on the abdomen.
Mini Tummy Tuck
A small incision is placed low in the bikini line, similar to the incision used during a C-section.
- This technique is ideal for treating people with muscle laxity but little excess skin or localized excess skin in the lower abdomen.
- Many mini tummy tuck candidates are women following pregnancy who have abdominal looseness.
- The limited nature of the mini tummy tuck makes it ideal for improving an abdominal pooch without leaving extensive scarring.
Extended Tummy Tuck
A longer incision is created along the lower pubic area that extends around the hips.
- This technique is best suited for people with folds of excess skin around the abdomen and hips.
- Many people consider the extended technique following dramatic weight loss.
- The resulting scar may be more pronounced but is considered a necessary trade-off for the transformative results that are achieved.
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 and loose skin, lax abdominal muscles, and stubborn deposits of fat.
Should I combine my tummy tuck with liposuction?
Liposuction can be added to any tummy tuck technique to treat stubborn deposits of fat. Liposuction may be used to define specific areas of the abdomen, revealing more toned and defined contours. Liposuction of the hips can create more attractive curves, and slimmer legs can be achieved when it’s used along the thighs. Liposuction incisions are usually limited and not very visible, making it the ideal fat removal technique to use with your surgery.
What if I have children after my tummy tuck surgery?
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 surgery 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.
What procedures can be combined with my tummy tuck surgery?
A tummy tuck is considered one of the foundational procedures included in a Mommy Makeover. After pregnancy, your breasts can face volume loss and laxity issues similar to those in the abdomen. If you are considering tummy tuck surgery after pregnancy, breast enhancement procedures may be combined to achieve the overall body shape you desire.
After major weight loss, people often have excess and loose skin issues in their abdomen and other areas. Additional body contouring procedures like a thigh lift, buttock lift, and arm lift can be combined with your tummy tuck to achieve better body contour.