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.

What to Expect from Your Mommy Makeover Recovery

In recent years, I have noticed the continual growth and popularity of the mommy makeover. By combining a tummy tuck (using my Scarpa fascia technique for the waist), liposuction, and a cosmetic breast surgery, my mommy makeover is able to provide substantial body contouring results for women trying to regain their pre-baby bodies. Despite its popularity, there are still many of my patients don’t understand what is involved with the mommy makeover. This is especially true of the expected recovery associated with this combination procedure.

There is a common misconception that mommy makeover recovery will be especially taxing for patients due to the comprehensive nature of undergoing three procedures at once. In my experience, the opposite is true. My patients are generally very happy with the added benefits of combining their procedures.

  • Since the three procedures are performed simultaneously, you will only have to go through one recovery process instead of recovering from your first procedure and then beginning the process all over again for your second and third ones.
  • This also means cutting costs by only having to pay hospital fees like anesthesia and surgical fees once instead of three times.
  • The mommy makeover is an outpatient procedure, meaning patients will not require a hospital stay.

Check out the video below where I explain the recovery timetable for patients following their mommy makeover.

One of the great things about a mommy makeover is its ability to give each patient the opportunity to customize her treatment to her unique aesthetic goals. However, this freedom also requires more thorough planning and consultation in order to help determine the surgical path that is best to help you achieve the results you desire. So do your research, weigh your options, and consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who will help come up with the right treatment plan for you. For more information or to schedule your plastic surgery consultation today, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery. Or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ for more cosmetic surgery tips, news, photos, and more.

The Time is Right for a Mommy Makeover

Beach and pool season is nearly here. If you’re like many of us, you probably can’t wait to get out there and enjoy some fun in the sun after being cooped up through the fall and winter. Though for certain people, it’s not that simple. If you have struggled to regain your pre-pregnancy figure through diet and exercise alone, a mommy makeover at Southern Plastic Surgery can be just what you need to reshape your silhouette and make you more comfortable and confident than ever before.

By combining a tummy tuck with liposuction and a cosmetic breast surgery, my mommy makeover is able to target several common issues many mothers deal with after pregnancy. Mommy makeover surgery can be perfect for women trying to take a few inches off their waistline, while also firming sagging breasts and tightening their stomach.

If you’re still curious about how a mommy makeover can help you achieve the figure you desire, check out the video below in which I discuss the flexibility of the mommy makeover and how it can help women with a variety of aesthetic needs:

Women should only consider a mommy makeover once they are finished having kids, as additional pregnancies can negatively affect the results of your procedure. Since each patient’s body reacts differently to pregnancy and childbirth, a pre-surgical consultation is hugely important to determine the best procedures for your needs. For more information on the mommy makeover or to schedule your consultation today, please contact Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more plastic surgery tips and updates.