Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery, is a popular body contouring procedure to help patients achieve a flatter, firmer abdomen. However, it is important to understand that tummy tuck surgery is a fairly major procedure that will require recovery because not only does it remove excess skin and fat, but it also tightens weakened abdominal muscles. Patients must be in good physical shape and only consider surgery for areas that do not respond to diet and exercise. As a cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon who emphasizes health and wellness, Dr. David Whiteman advises that tummy tucks should not be a substitute for weight loss measures or a regular exercise program.
When patients lose substantial amounts of weight or have had children, the skin and muscles of the abdomen stretch and lose elasticity. Unlike liposuction which only targets fat, tummy tuck surgery removes sagging skin that can be caused by significant weight loss, aging, or pregnancies. The most common tummy tuck candidates are mothers who are finished having children or post-bariatric patients with excess skin. Often, abdominoplasty is combined with other procedures as part of mommy makeover surgery, to create a slimmer and more proportionate result.
Tummy tuck surgery is performed solely for the midsection to address unwanted fat and sagging skin. During the procedure, an incision is made between the hip bones to remove fat and tighten the abdominal muscles. Dr. Whiteman will also trim excess skin to eliminate the appearance of a “pooch” so the stomach is flattened. For patients who only require a small amount of fat or skin removed from the abdomen, Dr. Whiteman also performs mini tummy tucks. This procedure is similar to a regular tummy tuck, but the incision is much smaller since the abdominal muscles are not tightened.
While tummy tuck surgery can significantly improve body contour, it is important to discuss which procedure would help you achieve your aesthetic goals. If you’re interested in a tummy tuck surgery, contact us today to schedule a consultation. For the latest information on plastic surgery, be sure to connect with Dr. Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Dr. David Whiteman of Southern Plastic Surgery will join the Center for Surgical Weight Management at Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) as a panelist for the annual Panel of Plastic Surgeons event on January 14, 2013. The panel’s discussion will center on topics relating to bariatric surgeries and managing post-surgery results and weight. As a cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon who focuses on health and wellness, Dr. Whiteman will present information on surgical procedures and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle after surgery. During the event, patients will have an opportunity to participate in a question and answer session in smaller breakout groups.
Many patients undergo bariatric surgery to improve their health and overall quality of life. Bariatric surgery is a life-changing procedure and the Panel of Plastic Surgeons would like to ease patients into their new, healthier lifestyle. Many patients may even consider post-bariatric surgery to further improve the aesthetics of their new bodies and to address excess skin after substantial weight loss. GMC’s Center for Surgical Weight Management offers support groups and serves as a resource for healthy diet and exercise management.
Maintaining health and wellness is not always easy, but Dr. Whiteman and his trusted team of professionals like ACE Certified Personal Trainer Daryl Madison of Lifestyle Fitness are here to help. If you are interested in a post-bariatric procedure or wellness counseling, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Also, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for health and wellness tips, as well as plastic surgery news.
According to a study by the University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands, published by Plastic Surgery Practice, body contouring after bariatric surgery improves patients’ quality of life for up to 7 years after surgery. Post bariatric surgery usually consists of procedures such as liposuction, tummy tuck, or body lifts to resolve problems such as excess skin after massive weight loss. While it is not always required for patients who had lost substantial weight, the report showed improvements in six out of seven quality-of-life domains for patients who underwent body contouring procedures following dramatic weight loss.
As a cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. David Whiteman understands the important role of health and wellness in maintaining surgical results. Plastic surgery should not be a “quick-fix” but rather assist patients in achieving their goals. Plastic surgery is often required to eliminate extra skin that result from massive weight loss. However, plastic surgery results are not always permanent. Patients must develop a healthy diet and regular exercise routine to maintain their results.
The study showed quality-of-life scores were lower for patients who regained weight after their body-contouring surgery. In addition to performing procedures, Dr. Whiteman also provides resources to educate patients on health and wellness. Dr. Whiteman has partnered with Daryl Madison, ACE certified personal trainer and founder of the Chair-A-Cise workout program, to help patients develop their own fitness regimen. Daryl works with patients to develop a progressive fitness program, as well as a healthier diet. Daryl offers personal telephone coaching through “Talk Away the Pounds.” He has also created Chair-A-Cise to help patients ease back into regular exercise after surgery since it is suitable for all fitness levels and can be done while sitting.
If you’re interested in learning more about body contouring or other plastic surgery procedures, be sure to check out Dr. Whiteman’s website and blog. Also, be sure to connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more updates on plastic surgery and health and wellness news.