Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck

Among his procedures, Dr. Knoetgen is pleased to offer his patients Tummy Tuck Surgery.  This procedure is aimed at eliminating excess or sagging skin in the abdominal area.  Often, these problems arise from dramatic weight loss, pregnancy, or as part of the aging process.  Referred to as abdominoplasty, Tummy Tucks are offered to patients in Bakersfield, Visalia, San Luis Obispo, and many other nearby areas at Beautologie.

If you want to sculpt your midsection, let Dr. Knoetgen help you feel better about yourself.  He has many years of experience in helping people just like you improve their self-confidence through various procedures.  Besides tummy tucks, you can also see Dr. Knoetgen for other procedures, including breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast lift, liposuction, and body contouring. Dr. Knoetgen also offers the Mommy Makeover, which includes a tummy tuck and breast improvement surgery.

Before Scheduling Surgery
As with all procedures, Dr. Knoetgen likes to get to know his patients before moving forward with a tummy tuck.  This will allow him to not only assess your individual goals, but also ensure that you are prepared for surgery and understand how to prepare for it.  During the consultation, you can expect him to ask questions that will better allow him to give you the results you want when he performs the procedure.  Dr. Knoetgen may also suggest complimentary procedures that will enhance the effects of the tummy tuck.  You may want to consider liposuction or other procedures along with the tummy tuck so you can achieve maximum results.  His goal is to boost your self-confidence so you can feel better than ever.

He’ll also want to ensure you have tried other means of toning your abdomen, including exercise and a healthy diet. Ideal candidates for tummy tucks include those who have recently undergone bariatric surgery, women that have recently had children, and anyone that is experiencing sagging skin that is caused by the aging process.  Dr. Knoetgen will also explain the procedure to you so you understand what is involved in recovery and the healing process.  The consultation will also be your chance to ask any questions you might have, although the staff at Beautologie is always available to answer any questions or address any concerns.

Preparing for Surgery
As your surgery approaches, you’ll want to follow any guidelines Dr. Knoetgen provided for you.  It’s important with any surgical procedure to refrain from smoking, eat a healthy diet, avoid aspirin or anti-inflammatory medication, and get plenty of rest in the days leading up to the surgery.  Following these tips will help your surgery go smoothly so you can enjoy an easy recovery process.  It’s always a good idea to get plenty of rest in the days leading up to the procedure and during recovery, as it will promote healing.  Dr. Knoetgen will go over the things you need to do to prepare during your consultation.

The Procedure
Abdominoplasty
is performed by making incisions in areas that will allow for less noticeable scarring.  During the procedure, Dr. Knoetgen will remove excess skin and fat before tightening the muscles and using sutures to finalize placement.  There may be liposuction performed with the tummy tuck, depending on the needs of the patient.  Liposuction can be helpful in contouring the waist and hips.  Like all parts of the procedure, this can be discussed at any time to ensure you are completely happy with the results.

During the tummy tuck, the patient will be under general anesthesia.  The average surgery will take around 2 hours, after which time a friend or family member can drive you home.  Many patients choose to have other procedures to enhance the results of the tummy tuck. Treatments like breast lift or reduction and body lift surgery are often done in conjunction with a tummy tuck.  The total length of the procedure will depend on the exact procedures you choose to have done.  Patients in Bakersfield and the surrounding areas that have questions about these and other procedures are encouraged to contact Dr. James Knoetgen today.

Results You Can Expect From Your Tummy Tuck
When you see Dr. Knoetgen for a tummy tuck, you can expect to leave our Bakersfield practice feeling slimmer and looking better than ever.  The final results will take some time to surface, so it’s important to be patient as the body heals.  The healing process following a tummy tuck will take several weeks, but you can expect to return to work and normal activities in two to four weeks.  Immediately following the surgery, you can expect to be sore and have some swelling, which should subside after a few days.

Dr. Knoetgen will go over the healing process you can expect following your procedure, since every patient is different.  If you want to find out more about how Dr. Knoetgen has been helping people just like you, contact Beautologie today to schedule a consultation. Let him help you regain your self-confidence.