Tummy tuck surgery is intended to flatten a protruding abdomen. The surgery can permanently reduce loose, sagging tissue and stretch marks in the abdominal area.
If you have a protruding tummy due to weight loss or pregnancy, Dr. Joseph Ku can perform tummy tuck surgery to help you achieve a flatter, tighter abdomen.
Tummy Tuck Surgery: Is it right for you?
Thousands of people undergo tummy tuck surgery every year to improve body shape after pregnancy or weight loss. However, a tummy tuck is not right for everyone. Good candidates are:
- At a stable body weight
- Not planning on future childbirth (for lasting results)
A tummy tuck is a relatively extensive surgical procedure. Patients considering it should be realistic about the risks, benefits, and expected outcome. During your consultation in Riverside, Dr. Ku can educate you about all of these factors, so you can make an informed decision.
What to Expect During Your Tummy Tuck
Surgery is performed with general anesthesia, and usually requires 2-3 hours to perform. During your tummy tuck , Dr. Ku will make a horizontal incision below your bikini line and around your belly button.
Before and After Tummy Tuck in Riverside, CA
The doctor will then lift or remove loose tissue from the abdomen. Using sutures, he will repair underlying muscles of the abdominal wall. To achieve the best results, Dr. Ku may recommend combining the procedure with liposuction on the abdomen and flanks.
Recovery and Aftercare
Plan for about two weeks of downtime, when you'll need to take prescribed pain medication and antibiotics. Drains are used to prevent fluid buildup, and they are usually removed within 24 hours. You will be instructed to return for removal of sutures within 7 days. To promote optimal skin contraction, you will wear an elastic compression garment on your abdomen.
Within 6 weeks, you should no longer need to wear the compression garment and can return to full activity with no restrictions. Scars will fade as they heal over the next several months and should be protected from the sun to prevent darkening.
To Learn More: Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Joseph Ku
Are you ready to learn more about tummy tuck surgery in Corona, Riverside, Murrieta, Redlands, Temecula, or Lake Elsinore, California? Contact the Riverside office of Dr. Joseph Ku located in Inland Empire. To get started, call 951-683-1166. When speaking with our office staff, ask to schedule a consultation for a tummy tuck.
Click here for more information about a tummy tuck in Riverside from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, of which Dr. Ku is a member.