WHAT IS A TUMMY TUCK?
For adults, sagging skin and pockets of fat surrounding the abdomen can be frustrating despite efforts to lose it. Pregnancy, weight loss, and aging are the typical reasons a person may be unable to attain a tighter and slimmer abdomen. Skin tightening of the abdomen is a body contouring enhancement that helps to redefine the stomach area, producing amazing outcomes for many patients. Plastic surgeon Dr. Tyler Frew performs abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) tailored to the condition of the abdomen of each patient, which leads to excellent results for his patients. This cosmetic treatment at Tyler Frew MD, Plastic Surgery offers patients the chance to have a redefined physique and renewed confidence. Read more about how a tummy tuck can help to eliminate excess skin and fat while also tightening the abdominal muscles. We invite you to contact us for a consultation about a tummy tuck in Murrieta, CA.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A TUMMY TUCK?
The aesthetic benefits of a tummy tuck performed by Dr. Frew at our facility in Murrieta, CA include:
- Eliminates difficult fat that diet and exercises can’t
- Tones and slims the abdominal area
- Tightens loose, sagging skin
- Reduces the appearance of stretch marks
- Improves the fit of clothing
- Inspires self-confidence and boosts self-image
The medical benefits of a tummy tuck include:
- Helps reduce stress urinary incontinence
- Improves posture
- Corrects hernias
- Makes physical activity and exercise easier
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A TUMMY TUCK?
Both men and women may benefit from abdominoplasty. If you find yourself upset over loose skin and unwanted fat in the abdomen, the tummy tuck procedure conducted at our facility in Murrieta, CA can help to restore a slimmer, more toned look. Dr. Frew suggests you be at a stable weight before undergoing this treatment. Tummy tuck surgery is not a procedure to help you lose weight — it removes loose skin. Liposuction is generally incorporated during surgery to remove stubborn excess fat. If your abdominal area has good skin tautness but you still aren’t satisfied with the appearance of your midsection even on a healthy diet, then liposuction may be the better option. Women interested in abdominoplasty should be past childbearing in order to avoid compromising surgical outcomes.
HOW IS TUMMY TUCK SURGERY PERFORMED?
Tummy tuck surgery is performed using general anesthesia. Dr. Frew considers numerous surgical options when performing this surgery, which is unique to each patient’s specific goals. For starters, he selects the incision type based on the amount of excess skin. Those with an abundance of sagging, loose skin might benefit best from a full tummy tuck, a technique that places the incision along the lower abdomen from hip to hip, just above the pubic section. Those with minimal skin laxity may be better suited for a less invasive technique. Patients who receive this treatment still benefit from tummy tuck surgery but will simply have a less expansive scar. Regardless of the technique used, all tummy tuck procedures at Tyler Frew MD, Plastic Surgery in Murrieta, CA involve the removal of loose skin and fat.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FOLLOWING A TUMMY TUCK?
After your abdominoplasty, we’ll carefully examine you and send you home wearing a compression garment to reduce swelling. Walking and standing will be slow-going at first, so you should take it easy for a few days. Standing will be easier once your abdominal muscles adjust and the incision heals. Most patients can generally resume a normal routine somewhere around two weeks after their tummy tuck procedure is performed at our Murrieta, CA office. Workouts can usually resume about six weeks post-surgery or when you’re cleared by Dr. Frew. You’ll likely feel some discomfort and tightness in your abdomen, but you should feel healthy and normal again after recovering.
TUMMY TUCK FAQ
How much does a tummy tuck cost?
During your consultation, Dr. Frew will create your unique tummy tuck surgical plan based on your specific needs and goals before discussing costs because he’ll be able to better estimate your costs after deciding the type of abdominoplasty, which technique will be used, what anesthesia you’ll need, among other factors. To ensure you get high-quality results from a skilled plastic surgeon, Tyler Frew MD, Plastic Surgery strives to make it easier to afford your tummy tuck by accepting many payment methods and helping you find low-interest medical financing.
What type of tummy tuck should I get?
The three most common techniques for tummy tucks and full, extended, and mini. During your consultation, Dr. Frew will listen to your concerns and goals before performing a physical exam. Then, he can better decide which tummy tuck will give you optimal results. A full abdominoplasty helps to address loose skin on the upper and lower abdomen, while a mini tummy tuck addresses issues under your belly button, such as a “pooch.” The extended technique can address abdominal issues plus your upper thighs and hips.
What will my scars look like?
Surgical incisions for your abdominoplasty will vary based on which type you get. For all tummy tucks in Murrieta, CA, Dr. Frew uses the thinnest incisions possible to minimize scarring. He also makes incisions in areas that are less visible (through the belly button or in the public region) so they can be concealed by underwear or a swimsuit. Following your tummy tuck, it’s important to follow our scar management instructions so that your stitches heal flat and eventually blend into your natural skin.
Can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?
Although you can get pregnant following a tummy tuck, it will alter your results. Dr. Frew recommends that you be done with planned pregnancies and childbirth before you consider an abdominoplasty. If you do become pregnant after a tummy tuck in Murrieta, CA, a second surgery can be performed to refresh your results.
Can I get a tummy tuck with another surgery?
A lot of patients get another body surgery along with abdominoplasty in order to attain more dramatic improvements. At your initial consultation with Dr. Frew, talk to him about all of your concerns so he can develop a personalized treatment plan that matches your aesthetic goals. You might combine abdominoplasty with a thighplasty for a lower body lift or several areas for body contouring. If you want to improve your body after pregnancy or after losing a significant amount of weight, you might be a candidate for post-weight-loss surgery or a mommy makeover.
TIGHTEN YOUR TUMMY
Many factors can result in a stretched-out abdominal area that leaves behind loose skin. We’re pleased to offer abdominoplasty surgery to help patients overcome this daily struggle. If you’re bothered by the stretched-out skin in your abdominal region, no matter how minimal or severe, a tummy tuck performed by Dr. Frew in Murrieta, CA may be able to help you get the look you want. We invite you to call Tyler Frew MD, Plastic Surgery to learn more.