Rancho Cucamonga Tummy Tuck Surgery

Our surgeons employ the latest techniques to help you enjoy a smooth, flat tummy after pregnancy, weight loss, or the natural tolls of aging

Your skin is an incredibly resilient organ, and it can do some pretty amazing things. Unfortunately, it does have its limits, no matter how hard you try to treat it right—and once your skin loses its natural elasticity, there’s not much you can do to naturally help it “bounce back.”

Big life events, like having a baby or putting on and then losing a significant amount of weight, can stretch abdominal skin beyond its capacity, resulting in excess, loose skin on the tummy. This extra, stretched skin can make you look bigger than you are, cause chafing or skin inflammation, make exercising difficult or uncomfortable, and leave you feeling like a stranger in your own body—and sometimes, no amount of exercise or calorie counting can make a difference.

The staff was incredible and made me feel at ease and calmed my nerves, answered all the questions. My results are amazing and the post-op visits continue to help me. My confidence skyrocketed, I could fit in my old clothing and I feel more energy to exercise and eat healthy.Real Inland Costmetic Surgery tummy tuck patientRead more tummy tuck reviews

Here at Inland Cosmetic Surgery, we work with patients from all walks of life who feel self-conscious or physically uncomfortable with drooping skin on the stomach. Our compassionate staff and highly trained surgeons work closely with every patient to design a treatment plan that addresses your concerns and gives you an outcome you’ll love.

In the hands of an experienced surgeon, tummy tuck surgery can repair separated abdominal muscles and reduce excess, sagging skin

Dr. Haiavy, Dr. Tower, and Dr. Florin have years of combined experience helping patients by reshaping and recontouring the torso using a number of advanced surgical techniques to tailor treatment to each person’s individual needs.

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, helps improve loose skin, stretch marks, and painfully separated abdominal muscles due to pregnancy, loss of weight, or aging. With a full abdominoplasty, excess abdominal skin and fat are removed from the lower portion of the abdomen below the belly button, the abdominal muscles are tightened, and the belly button is repositioned in the new tightened skin. Some patients might get a better result from a combination of abdominoplasty and mild liposuction, although it is inadvisable to perform aggressive liposuction at the time of an abdominoplasty.

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Is a tummy tuck right for me?

During your private consultation at our cosmetic surgery practice in Rancho Cucamonga, one of our experienced cosmetic surgeons will examine your area of concern and make expert recommendations on the best course of treatment to meet your goals.

Typically, nonsmoking patients who are at or near their goal weight, in general good health, and have the following concerns are good candidates for tummy tuck:

  • Excess abdominal skin following weight loss
  • Stretched stomach muscles from pregnancy
  • Desire for a thinner profile
  • Desire to look younger and fitter
  • Desire to fit into clothes better
  • Abdominal fat that is resistant to diet and exercise

Your tummy tuck options at Inland Cosmetic Surgery

Because every body is unique, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to abdominoplasty. After assessing your concerns, we’ll determine which type of tummy tuck will give you optimal results.

Mini tummy tuck

Typically, a mini tummy tuck is a good choice for patients who are mostly bothered by a bit of sagging skin and excess fat below the belly button but have good underlying muscle tone. Although abdominoplasty remains a popular option for treatment of excess abdominal skin and fat with muscle laxity, liposuction with dermolipectomy (skin excision) can achieve similar results with less recovery and a shorter scar.

With this “mini tummy tuck” procedure, excess fat is removed from the abdomen, hip, and waist regions with tumescent liposuction, and excess skin is removed from the lower portion of the abdomen. The belly button remains in place and does not need to be repositioned. The muscles are not usually tightened with this procedure, although it could be done if necessary.

While this can be a great option for a small number of patients, most of our patients benefit most from a traditional, full tummy tuck.

Full tummy tuck

Traditional tummy tuck surgery helps tighten sagging skin on both the upper and lower abdomen, improves the appearance of the belly button, reduces stretch marks, and repairs diastasis recti (muscle separation). This is option is best suited to our patients who have had children or lost weight.

During this procedure, a low, horizontal incision is made above the pubic bone from hip to hip, where it is easily concealed by bikini-style underwear. Depending on your needs, an additional incision will likely be made around the belly button. Through these incisions, your cosmetic surgeon will tighten and repair muscles, removes excess skin and fat, tighten remaining skin, and reposition the belly button so it looks natural.

This procedure has changed my life. I literally feel a weight lifted off my shoulders. I’m back to the way I was before having babies and it has helped my self esteem. I am no longer so self conscious about hauling all this excess skin and I feel great, no regrets.Real Inland Cosmetic Surgery tummy tuck patientRead more tummy tuck reviews

Extended tummy tuck

For patients that have lost a lot of weight through diet and exercise or from weight loss surgery, the excess skin in the lower abdomen can extend beyond the hip bones.  In addition, laxity of the skin in the thighs, pubic area and other parts of the lower body may exist.

With the extended tummy tuck procedure, our surgeons address both the abdomen and these other areas to provide the most aesthetically pleasing, proportionate results. The incision is a bit longer than the standard tummy tuck incision, which allows us to improve the abdomen, lateral thighs, and mons and pubic region for a smooth outcome.

Tummy tuck as part of a mommy makeover

A large number of our Rancho Cucamonga tummy tuck patients are moms who are unhappy with the appearance of their bodies after pregnancy and childbirth. In addition to addressing concerns on the torso, many of these mothers opt to have other procedures to restore their pre-baby bodies.

A mommy makeover is a customized set of procedures that address some of the most common post-pregnancy body concerns, such as excess skin on the tummy, stubborn fat deposits, and deflated or “droopy” looking breasts. Most mommy makeovers include a tummy tuck, liposuction to reduce diet and exercise-resistant fat and recontour curves, and a breast lift with or without implants to restore a more youthful, perky look to breasts that lost shape and fullness after pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Will my belly button look normal after a tummy tuck?

The two most common objections to having a tummy tuck we hear from patients are the scar from removal of the skin and the scar around the belly button. The lower abdominal scar depends on the amount of loose skin to be removed and is usually from hip to hip, where it is hidden in the bikini line. A scar around the belly button, however, can be difficult to hide, especially if not done correctly or if the patient does not scar well.

A natural aesthetic looking belly button, what we call an “innie,” has a hood on top and depth in the center and lower portion. At Inland Cosmetic Surgery, we have developed a technique of recreating the belly button in the most natural innie shape, with the scar pulling in and under the hood so that it is not readily visible. Our patients are very happy with our Inland Innie™ belly button style, and we often get compliments and referrals because of it.

Tummy tuck recovery

Tummy tuck surgery is easily one of the most popular procedures at our practice—and our tummy tuck patients love the dramatic improvement they see after surgery—especially their natural-looking belly button. Because tummy tuck surgery involves a pretty extensive reshaping of the abdomen and repair of underlying muscles, it’s important to properly prepare yourself for recovery.

At Inland Cosmetic Surgery, we are in tune with our patients’ pain control.  All our patients receive IV Tylenol prior to start of surgery. Through clinical research done in our facility, we found that administering IV Tylenol prior to surgery actually reduces pain and shortens post-op recovery. Additionally, patients have an option of getting a pain pump or an injection of a long-acting anesthetic that lasts up to 72 hours to ease their recovery. Your abdomen will be swollen, and you may have drains placed to help keep fluid from settling for the first week.

Right after surgery, it’s normal to feel quite uncomfortable. We will also prescribe pain medication to help manage your comfort, and most of our patients switch to an OTC pain reliever after about a week.

You’ll want to make sure you have some help around the house and with childcare, as you may have some difficulties dressing and moving about. Expect to take about two weeks off of work—perhaps longer if you work a more physical job.

For the first four to six weeks, you’ll need to avoid lifting, any strenuous activity, and carrying anything over a few pounds so you don’t strain your healing incisions or abdominal muscles. While we encourage light walking for circulation after the first day, working out is a no-no for the first three to four weeks, at which point you’ll need a sign-off from your surgeon.

We’d love to walk you through your options at a private cosmetic surgery consultation in Rancho Cucamonga

Together, we will discuss your concerns and explain the details of tummy tuck cosmetic surgery. There are a number of options to consider, including whether or not another body procedure should be performed at the same time. We will work with you to determine a surgical plan that best suits your needs to create the results that you hope for.

Contact us today to schedule your consultation so we can get started on helping you feel more comfortable and confident.