After having children or as a result of major weight loss, your lower abdominal muscles may have weakened, and you may have developed excess skin around your belly. Tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) can strengthen these muscles and remove this skin to give you a firmer, flatter figure.
Renuance Cosmetic Surgery Center performs tummy tuck for Riverside County patients in a way that promotes a natural, attractive appearance. The resulting surgical scar is just a little wider than a C-section incision and is positioned below the waistline of a bikini bottom or underwear. As a result, the aesthetic improvement is clear to see while signs of the procedure remain well-hidden.
Reasons to Consider a Tummy Tuck
Typically, patients explore tummy tuck surgery with Renuance because they want more confidence in their appearance and the freedom to wear form-fitting clothing. They may have spent years trying to flatten their midsection through diet and exercise, and after limited success, they are ready for real change.
During your initial consultation with Renuance, your board-certified surgeon will spend time learning about your goals and designing treatment around your needs. For all of our Riverside County patients, surgeons conduct tummy tuck procedures in a way that prioritizes:
- Patient safety
- A natural appearance.
- Comfort during recovery.
- An outcome that matches with each patient’s expectations.
We’d like you to know that our surgical suite is AAAASF-certified: the gold standard in accreditation for medical facilities and an achievement that demonstrates our commitment to patient care. As part of your consultation, we will show you around so that you can get acquainted with the space.
Your Options with Tummy Tuck Surgery
When you have a traditional tummy tuck, your Renuance surgeon will repair laxity (diastasis) in the abdominal muscles to give you a flat, tight belly. The surgeon will also remove excess skin, move your belly button back to its original location, and position the surgical scar beneath the bikini or underwear line.
There are a few options that you and your surgeon can discuss when you visit our Riverside County office for your consultation:
- Some patients aren’t sure if they should have liposuction or a tummy tuck. Generally, you should consider a tummy tuck if liposuction alone will leave behind a significant amount of excess skin.
- Your surgeon may recommend combining liposuction for your hips and flanks with a tummy tuck procedure. This will create more natural and attractive transitions around your waist, making everything look proportionate.
- If your concern is an area of limited excess skin or a bump left over from a C-section, your surgeon may guide you towards liposuction instead of a tummy tuck, as liposuction can provide an aesthetically pleasing outcome less invasively.
Your Experience with Tummy Tuck Surgery
Procedures take place under general anesthesia and usually last about 2-3 hours. You can expect to go home about one hour later.
Your Renuance surgeon will typically see you one day, one week, one month, and six months after your tummy tuck. This will allow us to ensure you are healing well and happy with the results of your surgery.
Most of our Riverside County patients say that recovering from a tummy tuck isn’t as painful as recuperating from a C-section. Your surgeon may use EXPAREL®, a non-opioid pain medication, to minimize discomfort in the first few days after your procedure. Most patients will take pain medications for one week and then be ready to return to office work. Usually, there will be no restrictions after six weeks.
Over the months that follow your procedure, the incision scar should fade from a red line to a thin line. Signs of surgery will be well-hidden beneath underwear, and you should be able to enjoy a firmer belly and a flatter body contour in whatever clothes you want to wear.
Tummy Tuck FAQs
- Can I Have Kids After a Tummy Tuck?
Yes, it’s completely safe for women to have future children after tummy tuck surgery. There is nothing about a tummy tuck that may complicate or make a future pregnancy high risk.
Our doctors advise women seeking tummy tucks, though, that future pregnancies may stretch out their abdominal skin, resulting in sagging tummies after their children are born. For this reason, many of our Riverside County patients in their childbearing years wait to have a tummy tuck until they’re done adding to their families.
- Where Are the Incisions Placed When Getting a Tummy Tuck?
Our doctors make a low-riding, hip-to-hip incision for tummy tuck surgeries. The incision is typically placed at the same location where a C-section incision is performed. Every effort is made to make tummy tuck incisions below the bikini line, so patients will have no telltale scars that they’ve had work done when wearing midriff tops or swimwear that exposes their abdomens.
If excess skin and lax abdominal muscles are keeping you from looking the way you want, talk with Renuance about tummy tuck surgery. Contact us online or by phone in Riverside County at (951) 506-1040.