The Healing Power of a Tummy Tuck

In recent years, the tummy tuck has emerged as one of the most common cosmetic surgeries in the US. Known in medical terms as an Abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgery procedure that tightens the muscles and removes loose skin and fat from the abdomen so that it appears flatter and more toned. Tummy tuck is a great remedy for the lower belly pooch that may result from excess fat or loose skin resulting from child birth. 2015 saw a 9% increase in the number of tummy tuck procedures performed in the US, and that number should only continue to rise this year. While traditionally considered a cosmetic procedure, my Scarpia fascia technique for abdominoplasty can provide substantial medical benefits as well. This technique was recently covered in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal published by The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

The Healing Power of a Tummy TuckTreatment of Ventral Hernia

A tummy tuck can treat ventral hernias and prevent future hernias from forming by repairing the abdominal wall. A ventral hernia is a condition that occurs when the intestine or abdominal tissue breaks through the abdominal wall, creating a painful bulge. People who have lost a large amount of weight, have undergone C-sections or similar procedures or who have a family history of hernias may be at risk to develop a ventral hernia. In this event, it is not uncommon to pair hernia surgery with a tummy tuck to minimize downtime for recovery and avoid future hernias.

Reduction of Stress Urinary Incontinence

Stress urinary incontinence occurs when the bladder leaks urine during physical activities or exertion. The leakage can occur as a result of the most minor physical activities like laughing, coughing and sneezing, as well as more rigorous tasks like exercising or lifting heavy objects. During a tummy tuck, a slight bladder obstruction is created using soft tissue near the pelvis, reducing incontinence. Stress urinary incontinence is much more common in women than men, particularly women who have been pregnant or undergone a C-section.

Improved Posture and Pain Reduction

Following a tummy tuck procedure, many patients notice their posture has improved thanks to increased support from the abdominal muscles that have been tightened. Back issues are common for people carrying excess skin and fat on the abdomen. The extra belly fat can put additional stress on the back, neck and shoulders causing weakness and pain. A tummy tuck can repair weak or separated abdominal muscles while simultaneously removing excess skin to flatten the abdomen.

Additionally, there is also a significant mental benefit with the added incentive to keep off this unwanted weight. Following a tummy tuck procedure, many patients feel as if they have been granted a fresh start in their pursuit of a healthy life without the burden of unsightly, loose skin on the abdomen and excess weight.

A tummy tuck may be recommended for patients in generally good health, mothers who have finished having children or anyone dealing with extra hanging skin due to significant weight loss. For more information on tummy tuck procedures or to set up your complimentary consultation today please contact Southern Plastic Surgery today at (770) 622-9100. Please ask about the many combination treatments we offer at our Laser Lights cosmetic laser center. Our staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have about this or any other procedure.

The Benefits of Combining Plastic Surgery Procedures

During consultations, Dr. David Whiteman meets with patients who often express aesthetic concerns for more than one area of their face and/or body. At Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C., Dr. Whiteman offers procedures like facial rejuvenation and mommy makeover surgery that combine cosmetic treatments into a single procedure. Combining procedures lends other advantages in addition to overall rejuvenation as patients can avoid having two or more separate operations and recovery periods to reduce facility and anesthesia costs and overall downtime.

discussing options with plastic surgeonMany patients interested in facial procedures may want to smooth wrinkles and furrows while also addressing features like the nose or eyes. Cosmetic procedures such as blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), facelift, and rhinoplasty can all address signs of aging including drooping skin, wrinkles, and lines. Botox® and facial fillers can also be applied with surgical procedures for improved anti-aging results. By combining procedures, Dr. Whiteman can help patients achieve a more refreshed, balanced look.

Breast augmentation and breast lift surgery can be performed at the same time to restore breasts for a more youthful look. Breast augmentation and reduction adjust breast shape and volume while a lift removes excess skin and tightens the areas surrounding the breasts. In addition to the breast procedures mentioned above, body procedures can be combined as well.

Body procedures can be combined to achieve a leaner contour as liposuction removes unwanted fat while abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) eliminates loose, hanging skin. Breast surgery and body contouring procedures are commonly combined in a procedure known as mommy makeover to help women achieve pre-baby bodies.

It’s important for patients to have good overall health prior to choosing combination procedures as time under anesthesia is longer and complication risk can increase. After surgery, Dr. Whiteman strongly recommends adapting a healthy diet and regular exercise routine to maintain and improve plastic surgery results. Dr. Whiteman shares his special interest of health and wellness through his blog including exercise and diet tips, healthy recipes, and safely healing from your procedure. If you’re interested in mommy makeover or any other procedure, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Connect with Southern Plastic Surgery on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery news and our latest specials.

Dr. David Whiteman Attends the 40th Annual Canadian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Meeting

TummyTuckLast month, Dr. David Whiteman traveled to Vancouver, Canada to attend the 40th annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (CSAPS). Dr. Whiteman is double board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery from both the American Board of Plastic Surgeons and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. During the CSAPS meeting, Dr. Whiteman attended lectures and discussions, as well as presented his research on advancements in abdominoplasty (tummy tuck surgery).

Tummy tucks improve the contour of the midsection by removing excess fat and skin and retightening weakened abdominal muscles. Patients can also choose a mini tummy tuck option which removes excess skin and fat, but does not address abdominal muscles. This body procedure is often popular in mommy makeover procedures and post-bariatric surgery. As part of the CSAPS faculty, Dr. Whiteman presented a surgical technique for tummy tuck surgery to improve patient results and safety. With his latest studies, abdominoplasty results can yield an improved waist definition in proportion to the patient’s body structure. This technique can be applied to both full tummy tuck and mini tummy tuck surgeries.

If you’re interested in abdominoplasty or other cosmetic surgery procedures, contact us today. For the latest plastic surgery news and specials, connect with Southern Plastic Surgery on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.