What Can and Cannot be Accomplished with a Tummy Tuck

For individuals who experience loose or stretched skin and the appearance of a “pooch” on their abdomen, a tummy tuck can be just what the doctor ordered. Regardless of whether this skin laxity is a result of considerable weight gain and loss, pregnancy, or natural changes that occur over time, it can be impossible to improve the appearance of your tummy with diet and exercise alone. During a tummy tuck (using my signature Scarpa fascia technique for waist enhancement), I am able to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen, while tightening the underlying abdominal muscles to provide a flatter, more toned belly. Still, there are limits to what this procedure can do for patients. Continue reading for more details on what can and cannot be accomplished with a tummy tuck.

What Can and Cannot be Accomplished with a Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck can… help women regain their pre-baby bodies following pregnancy. Because of the strain put on a woman’s abdomen over the course of her pregnancy, the skin and abdominal muscles can become loose and require tightening after childbirth. This is especially true for women who have experienced multiple pregnancies. Tummy tuck surgery can help restore their pre-pregnancy figure.

A tummy tuck cannot… help patients lose a considerable amount of weight. While it’s true that fat is sometimes removed during the procedure, the amount of total fat and skin removed during a tummy tuck doesn’t weigh very much. A tummy tuck is considered a body contouring procedure, not weight loss surgery. This is why I advise my tummy tuck patients to reach their ideal weight before undergoing their surgery.

A tummy tuck can… be a major component of a mommy makeover. Mommy makeovers are combination procedures designed to provide even more comprehensive body contouring results by combining a tummy tuck with liposuction and cosmetic breast surgery. The ability for patients to customize each procedure to their unique needs is part of what makes the mommy makeover so popular.

A tummy tuck cannot… be used to treat larger hernias. Although a tummy tuck can have the ability to treat smaller ventral or umbilical hernias by repairing the abdominal wall, larger hernias will likely still require a visit to a general surgeon.

I believe a tummy tuck can be a legitimately life-changing procedure for many patients, both male and female. However, when considering cosmetic surgery it is always important to gain a thorough understanding of your desired procedure and to keep your expectations realistic. If you are interested in a tummy tuck and would like to learn more, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery today to schedule your complimentary plastic surgery consultation. And follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ for even more plastic surgery tips, photos, news, and more.

November Specials & Events to be Thankful For at Southern Plastic Surgery!

Happy November, everyone! Here at Southern Plastic Surgery and Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center, there is plenty to be thankful for this month. Between our upcoming Holiday Open House event and the amazing November skin care specials at Laser Lights, now is the perfect time to reinvent your image. Regardless of whether you seek a cosmetic surgery procedure or one of the nonsurgical cosmetic treatments at Laser Lights, our staff has what you need to finish 2017 off looking and feeling your very best. Continue reading for info on all the happenings this November at Southern Plastic Surgery and Laser Lights.

You’re Invited: Holiday Open House Event at Laser Lights

There is still time to ring in the holiday season in style at our annual Holiday Open House Event. The event will be held at Laser Lights on Thursday, November 16th, 2017 from 5pm – 8pm. The Holiday Open House will provide our patients with a great opportunity to get better acquainted with Southern Plastic Surgery and Laser Lights including all the newest treatments and cosmetic technology available. There will be exclusive deals on many of our most popular cosmetic procedures, treatment demonstrations, drawings to win prizes including complimentary treatments and skincare products, meet and greet opportunities with our staff, and so much more! Check out the flyer below for all the details!

Holiday Open House Flyer 2017 (Web)

November Cosmetic Specials

All month long, enjoy great deals on a variety of our most popular nonsurgical cosmetic treatments for the whole body. What better way to get into the spirit of fall than with our seasonal Pumpkin Enzyme Peel? We’re also offering monthly savings on some of our tried and true favorites like Laser Tattoo Removal, Fractionated CO2 Laser Resurfacing, Laser Hair Removal, and more. Check out the flyer below for all the details.

Laser Lights November 2017 Specials Flyer

Remember that both Southern Plastic Surgery and Laser Lights offer gift cards that are good towards all cosmetic procedures and treatments. A gift card from SPS and Laser Lights can make the perfect gift this holiday season. All of our promotions are good until November 30th, 2017 and may not be combined with other offers. For more information on specials at either Southern Plastic Surgery or Laser Lights, please contact Southern Plastic Surgery or Laser Lights today. You can also call us to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation with Dr. David Whiteman. Have a great November and a Happy Thanksgiving from Dr. Whiteman and all of us at Southern Plastic Surgery and Laser Lights!

Questions to Ask During Your Male Breast Reduction Consultation

For men ranging from teenagers to seniors, gynecomastia can be the cause of considerable embarrassment and frustration. Even if their breast enlargement isn’t causing any physical distress, larger-than-normal male breasts can take a serious toll on a guy’s self-esteem and ability to feel comfortable in his own skin. This is why I perform male breast reduction surgery on patients of nearly all ages. Male breast reduction allows me to remove excess tissue to reduce the male breast. I can even use fat removed during the procedure to enhance the pectoral muscles to create a more manly physique.

male breast reduction surgery consultation informationLike any other cosmetic surgery procedure, male breast reduction requires planning and preparation. It’s important to take your pre-surgery consultation seriously and do plenty of research in the lead-up to your initial appointment. So think long and hard about your specific aesthetic issues and what you hope to achieve through male breast reduction. In order to help everyone maximize the potential of their male breast reduction, I have recommended some simple, essential questions to ask your plastic surgeon during your male breast reduction consultation.

  • What board certifications have you earned?
  • Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
  • How much experience do you have performing male breast reduction surgery?
  • Can I see before-and-after photos from some of your past male breast reduction patients?
  • Am I a good candidate for male breast reduction?
  • How long will it take to see my final male breast reduction results?
  • Will my surgery require a hospital stay and, if so, at which hospitals do you have hospital privileges?
  • Will I have scarring after my procedure?
  • How should I prepare in the days and weeks leading up to my male breast reduction?
  • How much recovery time will I need following my surgery?

I know that most patients will likely have more specific questions unique to their situation. However, these questions can provide an excellent baseline from which to begin. To help get the most out of your consultation phase, do your research and come prepared when you meet face to face with your board-certified plastic surgeon. If you would like to schedule your plastic surgery consultation with me, Dr. David Whiteman, please contact Southern Plastic Surgery today. You can also follow me on social media for even more access to everything Southern Plastic Surgery.