What is a Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that helps flatten the abdomen by removing excess fat and skin. It also tightens the muscle. The best candidates for an abdominoplasty are non-smokers who are in good physical condition and at a stable weight. They will also have pockets of fat or loose skin that has not responded well to diet and exercise.
Who are the best candidates for this procedure?
We would say that probably the best candidates are patients who are relatively fit, take pretty good care of themselves, and have extra skin in the area below the belly button.
Generally, these are patients who have gone through to prior pregnancy; they have finished having kids, and they have lost the post-pregnancy weight, and some of their skin has come back, but there is a small portion underneath the belly button that really won’t go away.
There is also a second population of patients who are post-bariatric patients who are patients who have lost a lot of weight either through a gastric bypass or just through diet and exercise alone.
We would say in both, these populations of patients have sort of oftentimes extra skin hanging underneath the belly button.
There are some popular misconceptions about tummy tucks. Some people often feel that the tummy tuck is really done to get rid of extra weight and fat in the abdominal area, and that’s actually not really what it’s for. It’s more a skin operation rather than a fat operation.
What is the tummy tuck operation duration?
The tummy tuck operation usually lasts about three hours.
There are some variations from patients to patients, depending on their size and what they are looking for since the operation is tailored individually.
Will I have my same belly button or will I get a new belly button?
In the vast majority of our patients, we try to keep them with their original belly button. The only difference is when we pull the skin down after taking out the skin bellow, we’ll make a new little or like a new window for the belly button to poke out of, so patients will keep their own belly button, just has a new window for it to come out of and be exposed to the outside world.
Post-operation recovery terms
Most patients after the tummy tuck operation do have a lot of dressings on. We put compression garments, or an abdominal binder over the area of the tummy tuck and the idea is really to give a little bit more support and push thins into place so that they can kind of heal well together.
During the operation, we use drains, and with those little tubes that come out of the skin, we get rid of all extra fluid that the body sometimes does want to accumulate in those areas. Drains will usually stay for about two weeks or so; it depends on the patient. We would say that a lot of the bruising and swelling is gone by about two weeks, so for the majority of patients who work at a desk job, can go back to work right around the two-week mark. Some go back earlier, and some come back later, but that’s a pretty good time frame to keep in mind.
In terms of going back to the gym, doing all sorts of physical activity, we would say really about the six-week mark is often time, for most patients when they can go back to that.
What Is Breast Augmentation Surgery?
Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery procedure to increase breast size and enhance breast shape, typically through the placement of silicone or saline breast implants. From a cosmetic surgeon’s perspective, the ultimate goal of breast augmentation is to enhance a patient’s natural proportions and create a more symmetrical, aesthetically pleasing breast profile. The exact procedure is tailored to meet a woman’s individual needs.
Why have a Brazilian butt lift?
The shape and proportion of a person’s buttocks are largely determined by genetics; both your skeletal structure and how your body stores fat influence the appearance of the lower body. A healthy diet and exercise can work to achieve a healthy body weight and tone the muscles, but many patients remain unhappy with a “flat” buttocks that lacks shape, despite a healthy lifestyle.