Tummy Tuck Surgery 101

Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, is one of the most popular procedures I have performed on both male and female patients. The abdomen is a common area where many patients have stubborn, unwanted fat and/or excess skin. There are multiple factors such as pregnancy, weight loss or gain, and aging which can all affect the appearance of the midsection. Unlike other body contouring procedures such as liposuction, which does not eliminate loose skin or target muscle separation, tummy tucks are specifically designed to remove excess skin and fat and repair the muscles in the abdominal area.

During a tummy tuck procedure, incisions are made in the lower abdominal region between the hips; the loose skin and unwanted fat are removed, followed by repairing the weakened abdominal muscles. For patients who do not require muscle repair, they can choose a mini tummy tuck option. By repairing affected abdominal muscles, the midsection maintains an even smoother appearance. If there are still remaining areas of unwanted fat in the hips, flanks, or back, liposuction may be combined with tummy tuck surgery to remove the fat. Over my 20 plus years of practice, I have perfected a specialized tummy tuck technique, which involves tapering the Scarpa fascia portion of the abdominal region to enhance waist narrowing. By utilizing these methods, abdominoplasty results can produce an improved waist definition in proportion to a natural body structure.

Often, abdominoplasty is a procedure used in mommy makeover surgery to help patients restore their pre-pregnancy stomach as pregnancies can cause weight gain and skin to lose elasticity. I also perform tummy tuck surgery for post-bariatric patients who have residual skin from substantial weight loss. While tummy tucks can help patients achieve their aesthetic goals, it should never substitute weight loss or a healthy lifestyle. I always advise my patients to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen after surgery for long-lasting abdominoplasty results.

If you’re interested in tummy tuck surgery or other body contouring procedures I perform, contact Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C. today. As an additional resource to help you plan a healthy lifestyle, Jackie Madison is a certified Lifestyle & Weight Management Specialist and is available in-office at Southern Plastic Surgery. Be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Eat This, Not That: How Your Diet Impacts Your Plastic Surgery Results

For individuals interested in a plastic surgery procedure, maintaining a proper diet and exercise regimen can help enhance results and reduce recovery time. I will continue to do my part to meet your desired aesthetic goals, but I also place the utmost importance that you do your part to preserve your plastic surgery results. Providing yourself nutritional care two weeks before and after surgery is an important aspect in meeting your cosmetic surgery desires. In order to achieve correct preoperative and post-operative nutrition, you must meet your recommended intake of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein, and fat. According to popular nutrition data, the chart below illustrates healthy, yet tasty alternatives to substitute for high-fat, high-calorie choices:

(serving size: 1)
(serving size: 1)
Air Popped Popcorn
110 (1 oz)
Potato Chips
155 (1 oz)
Fat-Free Plain Greek Yogurt
17 (1 oz)
Vanilla Ice Cream
59 (1 oz)
Brown Rice
32 (1 oz)
White Rice
37 (1 oz)
Almond Milk
7 (1 fl. oz)
2% Milk
15 (1 fl. oz)
Olive Oil
119 (0.5 fl. oz)
102 (0.5 oz)
47 (1 oz)
170 (1 oz)
Wheat Pasta
35 (1 oz)
45 (1 oz)
Coconut Water
6 (1 fl. oz)
Grape Juice
16 (1 fl. oz)
Granola Bar
113 (1 oz)
Milk Chocolate
152 (1 oz)
Hazelnut Spread
153 (1 oz)
Peanut Butter
167 (1 oz)

If you’re looking to make the first steps towards healthy lifestyle changes, our in-house NESTA Weight Management Specialist, Jackie Madison is here to help. With the Lifestyle & Weight Management program, Jackie will help coach you through your pre and post-surgery transition by teaching you how to commit to an active lifestyle, achieve weight loss and weight management goals, provide effective eating habits, manage your time, assist with battling stress and more.

If you are interested in any of the cosmetic procedures I perform, please contact us today. Be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for plastic surgery news.