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  • Tips for a Smooth Tummy Tuck Recovery

    Undergoing a tummy tuck is a popular and effective way to tighten the abdominal muscles and rid the body of excess skin and fat. A tummy tuck is perfect for patients trying to remove a belly pooch as well as stubborn fat that won’t respond to diet or exercise from the abdomen and belly. And while a tummy tuck is a safe and common procedure, it is still surgery that requires a recovery period following the procedure.

    Tips for a Smooth Tummy Tuck RecoveryA full recovery from tummy tuck surgery will take some time and diligence from the patient. During this time, especially in the days immediately following your procedure, it’s essential that you follow the recovery instructions laid out by your cosmetic surgeon. That’s why I’m happy to make a few suggestions of things you can do following your tummy tuck to help aid your recovery and long-term tummy tuck results.

    Following these recommendations can help you recover after tummy tuck surgery and help contribute to excellent, long-lasting results:

    Maintain a Healthy Diet

    Maintaining a stable bodyweight before and after your tummy tuck is crucial to your recovery. During recovery from surgery, your body needs certain nutrients to help rebuild strength and heal properly. A healthy, balanced diet will also help keep off excess weight following your procedure, which can help you preserve your results long-term. So be aware of what you should eat (and what foods you should avoid) before and after your tummy tuck.

    Arrange for Assistance

    You will likely be sore in the days immediately following your tummy tuck and your mobility will be dramatically decreased. I recommend arranging some assistance to help you get around the house. Additionally, you will likely need help rising from a reclined or lying down position for the first few days, including when you need to go to the bathroom. Though walking will be difficult at first, it’s important to try to walk (or shuffle) as much as possible in the days immediately following your tummy tuck to prevent potential blood clotting.

    Drink Lots of Water

    Constipation after surgery due to prescribed pain medications is not uncommon. Many surgeons will recommend a mild stool softener to help with this. But high water consumption can assist your digestive tract and help flush out residual medications from your system. Additionally, drinking plenty of water can help with bloating and other distress after surgery.

    Wear your Compression Garment

    I advise all my patients to wear a compression garment around the abdomen after a tummy tuck. The point of the compression garment is to wrap the area after surgery and help both in healing and managing the post-surgery swelling. The more diligent you are about wearing your garment, the more manageable your swelling will be.

    With these suggestions in mind, I hope you will consider a tummy tuck at Southern Plastic Surgery. I use the Scarpa fascia technique that I developed for tummy tucks to help my patients achieve a shapelier waistline and a flatter stomach. Just remember that the more attentive and mindful you are of your behaviors after your procedure, the more satisfying your results will be. For more information on tummy tucks, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more news and updates.

    Answering Some Common Questions about Man Boobs

    Male breast enlargement or man boobs, known medically as gynecomastia, is far more common than many people realize. According to estimates from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), as much as 40% of American men will experience some form of gynecomastia in their lifetime. Although there are a number of known lifestyle and medical factors that can lead to gynecomastia, many cases stem from unknown sources, which is why I receive so many questions about this condition and how it can be treated. That’s why I’ve taken a moment to answer some of the more common questions about gynecomastia:

    Answering Some Common Questions about Man BoobsQuestion1: I underwent male breast reduction surgery 2 weeks ago. I have noticed some healing, but my chest is still puffy and bruised. Is this normal?

    A.) This is pretty normal. Bruising and swelling can increase slightly after the removal of any tape or dressing following male breast reduction. Post-surgery bruising will typically decrease over a 3-4 week period, but it could as long as 6 weeks for certain patients. Most swelling will normally be gone within 3-4 weeks, though some patients will need between 6-9 weeks for it to disappear completely. I recommend all male breast reduction patients wear a compression garment to help reduce swelling and speed up the healing process.

    Question 2: Can I combat my Gynecomastia with rigorous chest exercises?

    A.) Unfortunately not. Though chest exercises may be able to help certain patients who are overweight, gynecomastia for many men is caused by several different factors including excess glandular tissue that results from changes during puberty, steroid use, marijuana use or other hormonal shifts. That is why diet and exercise can only do so much to reduce male breast enlargement in most gynecomastia patients. Male breast reduction results offer improvements that even the most rigorous exercise routine simply cannot.

    Question 3: Is a compression garment required after my male breast reduction?

    A.) As I stated above, wearing a compression garment following surgery for gynecomastia is highly recommended. Compression helps to prevent the wounds under the skin from accumulating fluid while also holding tissue in place during healing. If fluid builds up or the tissue becomes displaced as a result of not wearing a compression garment, you will take longer to heal and your surgery results can be greatly compromised.

    The first step towards successfully treating gynecomastia is determining the root cause of your breast enlargement problem. The sooner you understand the cause of your condition, the sooner you can consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon (like myself) to discuss the possibility of male breast reduction surgery. For more information or to schedule your complimentary plastic surgery consultation today, please contact Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more tips, news and updates.

    Feeling the Love with February Specials at Southern Plastic Surgery

    February is here and that means the season of love is upon us. What better time than Valentine’s Day to show the one you love most how much they really mean to you? That’s where we come in. To help get in the spirit, we are happy to introduce our cosmetic specials and promotions for February 2017. Between our vast array of cosmetic surgery procedures as well as nonsurgical cosmetic treatments and services, Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS) and our Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center have what you need to share the gift of a revitalized, youthful appearance.

    Cosmetic Specials

    This month’s specials are all about sharing the love. After all, everything is better when you can enjoy it with that special someone in your life. That’s why we are offering special couples’ deals on some of our most beloved nonsurgical cosmetic treatments including laser hair removal, SilkPeel® Microdermabrasion, Fractionated CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing, SculpSure® Nonsurgical Fat Reduction and more. These deals are perfect to share with a loved one, but if you prefer to buy two and use them both yourself that’s OK too. Check out the flyer below for more details on all our specials for February.

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    Share the Love, Not the Love Handles Promotion

    If you’re searching for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, look no further than a gift certificate from Southern Plastic Surgery or Laser Lights. Our gift certificates are good towards all cosmetic services and procedures. A gift certificate from SPS or Laser Lights can be the perfect way to treat that special someone in your life to anything they desire from our entire menu of cosmetic procedures, treatments and services.

    All specials are good until February 28th, 2017 and may not be combined with other offers. For more information on special promotions at either Southern Plastic Surgery or Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center, please contact Southern Plastic Surgery or Laser Lights directly with any questions or to schedule a complimentary consultation. Have a lovely February from the whole SPS family!