Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
The following information about tummy tuck in Pasadena and the Inland Empire is provided courtesy of Dr. Stewart Wang, a board-certified plastic surgeon.
Tummy Tuck, or abdominoplasty, is designed to firm and smooth the abdomen. This cosmetic procedure removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen and may also tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. The result is a flatter, tighter abdominal profile.
If you're ready to discuss your tummy tuck options, now is a great time to request a consultation online with Dr. Wang at our plastic surgery offices, serving Southern California including Pasadena, Arcadia, Glendora, Chino Hills and communities throughout the Inland Empire. Or, call Wang Plastic Surgery at (888) 360-6688 today to schedule your appointment.
Tummy tucks are best-suited to men or women who are in good medical condition, but are troubled by a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that don't respond to diet or exercise. Women who have experienced significant stretching of abdominal skin from multiple pregnancies will also benefit from a tummy tuck, as well as older patients who have lost skin elasticity. Those who intend to lose a lot of weight or women who plan to become pregnant should postpone the procedure since the abdominal muscles can slacken again.
To help manage and minimize discomfort after Inland Empire tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Wang offers his tummy tuck patients the On-Q PainBuster® Post-Op Pain Relief System. This system consists of a small balloon that pumps anesthetic directly to the surgical site through a tiny tube. Benefits of the On-Q system include:
- Automatic and continuous pain management for up to 5 days
- Reduced potential for breakthrough pain and need for narcotics
- Compact size for discreet and comfortable use
- Simple removal once all medication has been delivered
With the ON-Q system, you can get back on your feet quickly and enjoy all life has to offer.
What are the common benefits of a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck produces a tighter, more sculpted appearance in patients with large deposits of abdominal fat or who have lost elasticity around their abdomens. Dr. Wang's patients have achieved extremely satisfying results through body contouring cosmetic surgery. Take a moment to read about former patients that have chosen tummy tucks and other procedures at Wang Plastic Surgery.
How is a tummy tuck in Riverside, CA performed?
While the patient is under general anesthesia, Dr. Wang makes a long incision, just above the pubic area, from hipbone to hipbone. A second incision is then made to free the navel from surrounding tissue. In partial abdominoplasty, the incision is much shorter and the navel may not be moved, although it may be reshaped as the skin is tightened and stitched.
After making the incisions, Dr. Wang reveals the vertical muscles in your abdomen by separating the skin from the abdominal wall up to the ribs. The surgeon tightens these muscles by pulling them close together and stitching them into their new position to firm the abdominal wall and narrow the waistline. The skin flap is then stretched downward and the extra skin removed. During partial abdominoplasty, the skin is separated only between the incision line and the navel. This skin is then stretched down, excess skin is removed and the flap stitched back into place. In a full tummy tuck, a new hole is cut for the navel and it is stitched is place. The incisions are then stitched and dressings applied. A temporary tube may be inserted to drain excess fluid from the area.
How long does a Pasadena abdominoplasty take?
A complete tummy tuck usually takes two to five hours, while a partial tummy tuck may take one to two hours.
What can I expect after a tummy tuck?
Depending on your procedure, you may be released within a few hours or you may be required to remain hospitalized for two to three days. You are likely to experience swelling of your abdomen, pain and scarring. Scarring may actually appear to worsen during the first three to six months, but in time scars will flatten and lighten in color. Patients who follow a balanced diet and exercise regularly will experience long lasting results. Read Dr. Wang's advice about recovery from surgery.
What is the recovery period like?
Surface stitches are usually removed in five to seven days and deeper stitches are removed in two to three weeks. Dr. Wang will instruct you in how to shower and change your dressings. Later, you may be asked to wear a support garment in place of the dressings on incisions. Dr. Wang will advise you to begin walking as soon as possible after surgery. Light exercise will improve the healing process, since it reduces swelling, lowers the chance of blood clots, and tones muscles. Read Dr. Wang's advice about recovery from surgery.
How long before I can return to normal activity?
Your physical condition prior to surgery will determine how quickly you recover. Some people return to work in two weeks, while others may require three to four weeks of recuperation.