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4Apr, 2015

A Different View On Tummy Tucks

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Body contouring procedures can redefine an individual’s silhouette in a variety of ways. From liposuction, thigh lifts to arm lifts, people are looking at these procedures with a newfound interest and above all, hope.

Over the years, tummy tucks have garnered a great deal of attention for women undergoing a procedure called, “mommy makeover.” But there is another group who are looking into tummy tucks, also medically known as an abdominoplasty.

Those who have undergone a dramatic weight loss have sought out more information on tummy tucks. With the advent of weight loss surgeries and operative treatments, there has been a demand for after weight loss body contouring surgery.

And here’s why this is the case for both men and women.

When an individual gains a significant amount of weight, their skin stretches to accommodate it. However, when weight loss occurs in the numbers of 50 to 100 pounds, the skin is unable to recede to a person’s new shape.

When people reach their goal weight, excess skin cannot be eliminated with exercise. It will continue to sag. Instead, it must be excised in areas of the arms, thighs, and abdomen.

Tummy tucks can address redundant skin issues while removing any fat deposits. It’s advised, however, to undergo such a surgery after someone has maintained their weight anywhere from six months to a year. This way, one can be certain they are at the ideal manageable weight.

For many patients, the after weight loss body contouring surgery is the final step in their weight loss journey. It’s a time for celebration following so much commitment, diligence, and willpower.

Another point worth mentioning are the health benefits coupled with this cosmetic surgery.

Researchers have discovered that patients who undergo this body contouring surgery are more successful in maintaining their weight. Those who had the surgery were able to stay quite close to their goal whereas those who didn’t were more likely to gain weight.

While different studies have been executed around the globe, the median pounds gained per year for patients who had the surgery was one pound per year versus four pounds per year for those who elected not to have the procedure.

Seemingly, the surgery served as another level of motivation to eat well, exercise, and maintain a stable weight. And invariably this led to leading a healthier lifestyle which benefited the patients.

It’s vital to note that plastic surgery is a personal decision. It requires consideration and research.

With that said, majority of the patients who opted for this procedure did their homework and due diligence. In the same breath, it’s important for candidates to choose the right medical doctor who is board certified in plastic surgery and has expertise in after weight loss body contouring surgery.

Visiting a doctor’s patient online gallery, having a consultation, and researching patient reviews are part of the protocol.

Plastic surgery requires patience. This is why it’s important to team up with a surgeon where there is an excellent rapport. This procedure is the last step in the weight loss journey so it’s critical to have the best plastic surgeon.

 

13Feb, 2015

Recovery Time for a Mommy Makeover Varies

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When a woman completes her family and has given birth to her last child, she may begin to think of a rejuvenation surgery for her body. For many females, undergoing pregnancy can take a bodily toll on her abdomen and breasts.

While the numbers may drop on the scale, the excess skin generally remains and cannot return to its natural position. It’s all part of pregnancy.

The great news is that a rejuvenation procedure called a mommy makeover can help restore a woman’s body back to her pre-pregnancy days. While the procedure undoubtedly provides wonderful results including a flatter abdomen, a slimmer waistline, and more youthful looking breasts, the recovery time is indeed something to be mindful about.

Some women try comparing the recovery time of a mommy makeover to a C-section, but this isn’t quite accurate in terms of a tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty.

While each woman recovers at a different rate, at the end of the day, what dictates the recovery time is what type of tummy tuck a surgeon has chosen for their patient.

A breast lift, with or without an implant, will cause some discomfort, but the abdominoplasty along with muscle plication is really the determining factor.

Liposuction is generally utilized during a tummy tuck as it truly sculpts the abdomen, hips and waist. The three types of procedures to choose from are the following:

  • Liposuction only: For patients with limited excess skin and small amounts of fat deposits
  • Mini-abdominoplasty: For patients who require below the belly button abdominal improvements
  • Full abdominoplasty: For patients who require both below and above the belly button abdominal improvements

As mentioned before, the more muscle plication involved, the longer the recovery.

The good news, however, is over the last few years the advent of longer acting anesthetics lasting up to four to five days has modernized healing.

San Diego board certified surgeons are discovering that by utilizing this along with spinal anesthesia during the time of general anesthesia, is providing patients different modalities to enhance their recovery.

In turn, patients are in less discomfort after surgery.

The revolutionary idea that pain management starts in the operating room has broken the proverbial glass ceiling and is making huge strides in the world of not only cosmetic surgery, but all operations.

Some surgeons are calling this movement preempted pain relief so that prior to even starting the surgery, local anesthetic is injected into the surgical field. This very well has proved to minimize a patient’s anesthetic requirements so they awaken more clearly while blocking the pain for a longer period of time.

Patients following this surgical protocol, including mommy makeovers, do much better.

In terms of recovery, while patients may be walking the day of surgery or on the very next day, total recovery takes about four weeks. And if a woman’s profession is not physically laborious, she can return to work sooner.

For the first few days following surgery, assistance will be needed especially if a patient has younger children. In advance, she will need to designate a caregiver, be it a family member or friend. It’s also recommended to have a nurse stay with her the first night or two following surgery to monitor her progress.

Plastic surgery takes patience because it is a journey with amazing results. And mommy makeovers afford ladies a lovely transformation.