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+.

Lower Body Contouring Procedures

Want to bring new life to your physique? There are many contributing factors including age, an increase or decrease in weight, or post-pregnancy that may all take a toll on your appearance. There are various body contouring procedures I perform including thigh lift, liposuction, tummy tuck, and buttock augmentation to target areas of  stubborn, unwanted fat, weakened muscles, and/or excess skin on the lower half of the body. According to The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 200,000 liposuction procedures were performed in 2013 along with 111,986 tummy tucks, 9,993 Brazilian Butt Lifts, 8,709 thigh lifts, and 7,281 lower body lifts.

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While these procedures can help you achieve personal cosmetic surgery goals, it’s important to remember it should not be a substitute for leading a healthy lifestyle.  I advise my post-surgery patients to always maintain proper nutrition and exercise regularly in order to preserve successful results. If you’re interested in any of the body contouring procedures I perform, contact us today. Be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.

Mommy Makeover FAQs

Childbearing can be a beautiful moment in a woman’s life that is unforgettable. In an instant, you can experience a gamut of emotions from joy, happiness, and unconditional love that is simply indescribable. Though producing children is one of the greatest gifts, it can also take a major toll on your body physically. I recommend a mommy makeover for women who are looking to tighten up their waistline or undergo a complete rejuvenation. Below is a list of common questions and answers about mommy makeover surgery:

Post Pregnancy Plastic SurgeryQ: Who is a good candidate for a mommy makeover?
A: I recommend for my female patients to wait until after they are finished having children before considering mommy makeover as additional pregnancies can reverse your results. Additionally, it is important for you to be in overall good physical and mental health before undergoing any type of cosmetic procedure. During your consultation, we will discuss your personal cosmetic surgery goals and what customized procedures will be performed in order to give you the look you desire.

Q: What are my different options for a mommy makeover?
A: Typically, mommy makeover is a comprehensive combination surgery incorporating both breast and body contouring procedures. If you suffer from sagging breasts or have lost volume, a breast augmentation or breast lift can be performed. To sculpt the areas on the abdomen where skin has stretched, I use tummy tuck surgery to target excess fat and skin and re-tighten weakened abdominal muscles for a firmer, more contoured outcome. Additionally, I can combine liposuction to remove stubborn isolated pockets of fat and help sculpt the midsection as well as the thighs, hips, and arms.

Q: What is the recovery time and how can I optimize my results?
A: By combining surgeries, the amount of downtime is significantly less than if you had individual procedures. Depending on the procedures performed, during your mommy makeover, each person’s recovery time will undoubtedly differ. I advise all my patients to regularly schedule follow-up appointments in order to receive recommendations for minimizing the risks of complications, and follow instructions that’ll help aid in your healing process following your surgery. Maintaining a healthy exercise and diet regimen will prolong your results, but if you experience a dramatic fluctuation in your weight, results can be reversed.

If you’re interested in mommy makeover surgery, or any of the other procedures I perform, please contact us today to schedule your consultation.  For the most up-to-date plastic surgery news and specials be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman on FacebookTwitter and Google+.