Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Redlands CA
Do you want to restore the slim, trim abdomen you had prior to having children, or regain a more attractive, leaner profile after your tummy skin became loose, protruding, or flabby? A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, surgically corrects loose, sagging skin and muscle, restoring a more youthful silhouette. For many individuals, trying to get rid of excess skin in the abdominal area is a frustrating process. Even the most rigorous exercise routines and diet regimens often fail to yield positive results. The procedure involves the removal of excess skin and fat as well as the repair of the muscle structure when needed, for a flat, trim appearance. This treatment is a very popular option among both women and men, and is often utilized as part of a comprehensive Mommy Makeover procedure. At Terracina Surgical Arts Center, we are committed to providing our patients the most advanced, least invasive abdominoplasty techniques available.
With 18 years of experience Dr. Punjabi is one of the most sought after plastic surgeons in Southern California. With his dual qualifications in medicine and dentistry there is no need to wonder why that is so. Dr. Punjabi’s private practice encompasses a full spectrum of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. One of his specialties is handling the tummy tuck also known as abdominoplasty. Our medical professionals stay ahead of the curve in the most recently released techniques in body contouring. He makes an extra effort to make sure his patients are comfortable and well taken care of before, during and after this procedure.
Please call us for information about getting a tummy tuck in Redlands, CA: (909) 798-9950
The Cause For Tummy Tuck Surgery
The accumulation of excess, inelastic skin in the abdomen can be caused by significant weight loss, genetics, the natural aging process, and pregnancy. In fact, pregnancy is one of the most common causes. After childbearing, the abdominal musculature separates in the midline, resulting in excess skin. No matter how many sit-ups or abdominal tightening exercises are performed, the gap that is created by pregnancy cannot be closed unless it is done surgically. Further, after expansion and contraction of the abdomen with pregnancy or massive weight loss, the skin does not shrink back to its original state and, invariably, many people are left with loose skin on their abdomen.
Before Tummy Tuck Surgery
We will take a complete medical history and conduct a careful examination to evaluate your general, overall health. Ideally, the abdominoplasty patient has no health problems, and wishes only to remove an excess deposit of fat or loose abdominal skin. Patients on a weight-loss plan should be close to their target weight before having the operation. Women planning future pregnancies should delay abdominoplasty, as pregnancy may promote further abdominal stretching.
Photographs will be taken before and after surgery.
Antibiotics will be prescribed prior to surgery to prevent infection. To minimize the possibility of excess bleeding, you will need to avoid taking drugs containing aspirin. You will also be advised to bathe with an antiseptic soap for several days prior to surgery.
Tummy tuck surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Abdominoplasty procedures begin with a carefully made incision just above the pubic area, going from hip to hip. A second incision will be created to separate the navel from tissues surrounding it. Dr. Punjabi will lift the skin and bring back together the midline abdominal muscles. These muscles will be tightened, followed by the trimming of excess skin in the area. The belly button is then repositioned to a higher, more youthful position. This can ultimately give the abdomen a nice, defined appearance without excess bulges of skin.
Recovery: What to Expect
The average recovery time and necessary time off work after a tummy tuck is about two to four weeks. You can expect some bruising and swelling in the treatment area; however, this should fade as the abdomen heals, and medication can be prescribed to control discomfort. Strenuous exercise and activities, particularly those that may cause strain in the abdomen, should not be undertaken for at least six weeks following abdominoplasty. Dr. Punjabi will also talk with you about the need to take brief walks soon after surgery in order to avoid blood clots. There will be scarring from tummy tuck surgery. However, Dr. Punjabi takes great care to make residual scarring as light as possible. Scars from the procedure are also likely to fade a certain degree over time, and they can typically be well-concealed under clothing or swimwear.
Our Tummy Tuck Brochure
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