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Monday, June 1, 2009

Abdominoplasty Recovery: What To Expect

Regardless of the expertise of the plastic surgeon, there will always be some swelling and bruising after Abdominoplasty surgery.

The first few days your abdomen will be swollen and you will be in some pain and discomfort. Your plastic surgeon will prescribe you with some medication for this pain. Typically, but dependent on the degree of your surgery, you will be released within a few hours.

Before you leave, you plastic surgeon will give you instructions on exactly what you can and can not do. To answer a couple of common questions, your plastic surgeon will direct you on how to change your dressings, how to shower, and how to be most comfortable. Your surface stitches will be removed within one week, and the others will come out within 3 weeks.

For more information on Tummy Tuck Surgery, check out My Plastic Surgeon USA's Procedures pages.

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Friday, May 29, 2009

Abdominoplsty - Tummy Tuck Surgery Explained

The abdominoplasty procedure, commonly referred to as the "Tummy Tuck" can be an effective way of eliminating excess fatty tissues and stretched skin, and even tightening weak and collapsed abdominal muscles, dramatically flattening the waistline.

A full abdominoplasty, or Tummy Tuck will take anywhere from 2-5 hours. A partial abdominoplasty usually will take less than 2 hours.

Your plastic surgeon will make an incision from hipbone to hipbone. This is done right above the pubic area. A second incision is then made to free the navel from the surrounding tissue. With partial abdominoplasty, the incision is much shorter and the navel may not be moved, although it may be pulled into an unnatural shape as the skin is tightened and stitched.

Your plastic surgeon will then separate your skin from the abdominal wall, all the way up to your ribs. This will then reveal the vertical muscles in your abdomen. The muscles are then pulled close together, and then stitched into the new position. This is known as muscle tightening and will give you a firmer abdominal wall, and a narrower waistline.

The skin flap, is then stretched down and the extra skin is removed. For your navel, a new hole is cut and stitched in place. The incisions will then be stitched, and a temporary tube may be inserted to drain any excess fluid from the surgical area.

In a partial abdominoplasty the skin is only separated between the incision line and the navel.

For more information on Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck surgery, check out My Plastic Surgery USA.

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Tummy Tuck Surgery Post-Operative Recovery

Every tummy tuck patient is different. Recovery time will vary.

The first few days your abdomen will be swollen and you will be in some pain and discomfort. Your plastic surgeon will prescribe you with some medication for this pain. Typically, but dependent on the degree of your surgery, you will be released within a few hours.

Before you leave, you plastic surgeon will give you instructions on exactly what you can and can not do. To answer a couple of common questions, your plastic surgeon will direct you on how to change your dressings, how to shower, and how to be most comfortable. Your surface stitches will be removed within one week, and the others will come out within 3 weeks.

For more information on Tummy Tuck Surgery, check out My Plastic Surgeon USA's Procedures pages.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

About Abdominoplasty Procedure

The abdominoplasty procedure, commonly referred to as the "Tummy Tuck" can be an effective way of eliminating excess fatty tissues and stretched skin, and even tightening weak and collapsed abdominal muscles, dramatically flattening the waistline. A full abdominoplasty will take anywhere from 2-5 hours. A partial abdominoplasty usually will take less than 2 hours.

The Procedure

Your plastic surgeon will make an incision from hipbone to hipbone. This is done right above the pubic area. A second incision is then made to free the navel from the surrounding tissue. With partial abdominoplasty, the incision is much shorter and the navel may not be moved, although it may be pulled into an unnatural shape as the skin is tightened and stitched.

Your plastic surgeon will then separate your skin from the abdominal wall, all the way up to your ribs. This will then reveal the vertical muscles in your abdomen. The muscles are then pulled close together, and then stitched into the new position. This is known as muscle tightening and will give you a firmer abdominal wall, and a narrower waistline.

The skin flap, is then stretched down and the extra skin is removed. For your navel, a new hole is cut and stitched in place. The incisions will then be stitched, and a temporary tube may be inserted to drain any excess fluid from the surgical area.

In a partial abdominoplasty the skin is only separated between the incision line and the navel.

For more information on the abdominoplasty or another plastic surgery procedure, click here.

Thanks for visiting My Plastic Surgeon USA!

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Friday, February 6, 2009

What is Abdominoplasty?

A full abdominoplasty, or Tummy Tuck will take anywhere from 2-5 hours. A partial abdominoplasty usually will take less than 2 hours.

Your plastic surgeon will make an incision from hipbone to hipbone. This is done right above the pubic area. A second incision is then made to free the navel from the surrounding tissue. With partial abdominoplasty, the incision is much shorter and the navel may not be moved, although it may be pulled into an unnatural shape as the skin is tightened and stitched.

Your plastic surgeon will then separate your skin from the abdominal wall, all the way up to your ribs. This will then reveal the vertical muscles in your abdomen. The muscles are then pulled close together, and then stitched into the new position. This is known as muscle tightening and will give you a firmer abdominal wall, and a narrower waistline.

The skin flap, is then stretched down and the extra skin is removed. For your navel, a new hole is cut and stitched in place. The incisions will then be stitched, and a temporary tube may be inserted to drain any excess fluid from the surgical area.

In a partial abdominoplasty the skin is only separated between the incision line and the navel.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

What is the Body Lift Procedure?

A slim, toned body is a hot commodity these days. It's a sign that one has achieved a level of health and fitness through proper diet and exercise. These are important parts of a healthy lifestyle, to be sure. But, for those who have sagging skin in the areas of the abdomen, upper arms and thighs and loose abdominal muscles due to age, childbirth or dramatic weight gain or loss, no amount of diet and exercise will ever produce the slim, toned results desired.

For this reason, surgeons have developed a surgical technique called the Body Lift, which combines several common cosmetic procedures including the abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) and liposuction to reverse the adverse effects of time, gravity, childbirth and weight fluctuations. In the body lift procedure, excess fatty deposits and skin are removed and inner musculature is tightened in order to produce a slimmer, more contoured profile.

The body lift procedure can enhance these areas of the body:

  • Stomach, waist, sides and lower back area
  • Buttocks
  • Inner, outer and rear thighs
  • Upper arms

For women who are also interested in either a breast augmentation, breast lift or reduction, a Mommy Makeover may be more appropriate. Your doctor can recommend the best procedure for you, depending on your needs and expectations.

More information on the Body Lift and the Mommy Makeover can be found at My Plastic Surgeon USA, where you can also contact a board certified plastic surgeon in your area for a personalized, confidential consultation.

Thanks for visiting My Plastic Surgeon USA!

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Cosmetic Surgery Procedures On The Rise


There are many people out there who choose cosmetic surgery to enhance their beauty and, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), that number is on the rise. Statistics from the ASPS show that in 2005 over 10.2 million cosmetic procedures were performed in the United States, which is an increase of 11 percent from 2004.

The breakdown of 1.8 million cosmetic surgery procedures performed:
  • Liposuction - 324, 000
  • Rhinoplasty - 298,000
  • Breast Augmentation - 291,000
  • Blepharoplasty (Eyelid surgery) - 231,000
  • Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) - 135,000

The statistics are yet another reason why it is so important to find a highly qualified, experienced cosmetic surgeon in your area to perform your cosmetic surgery procedure. With a Board Certified surgeon, you are guaranteed quality, safety and the most up-to-date emerging technology available in the industry.

My Plastic Surgeon USA features ONLY Board Certified Plastic Surgeons, so you can search for surgeons with confidence and find the perfect surgeon in your area today!

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Belly Fat Worse For You Than Other Kinds of Fat

We all know that carrying around extra weight isn't good for our health. Studies have shown that over 60 percent of Americans today are either overweight or obese, which leads to heart and cardiovascular disease. Now, it is believed that belly fat is the worst kind of fat one can carry around "because it's actually more biologically active, which causes calcium build-up in our arteries."

Recently, a woman from Ft. Wayne, IN asked Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent about the validity of this recent development. Here's a part of Dr. Gupta's response:

"There's been a lot of research trying to determine whether abdominal fat is, in fact, different from fat in other areas of our body. The answer is yes. We now know belly fat is the most dangerous type to have because it's actually more biologically active, which causes calcium build-up in our arteries. This is significant because often people in a normal BMI range are still carrying extra weight in their stomachs but may not realize they're at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease.

So now the question is how do you figure out whether you're at risk? Instead of just looking at the number on the scale, keep track of something known as your waist-to-hip ratio. Here's how to do it: Measure the circumference around your belly button and then around your hips. You want your waist measurement to be smaller than your hips and thighs. The smaller the better. In the study I mentioned, researchers say a 2-inch increase in waist circumference raises mortality risk by 17 percent in men and 13 percent in women, regardless of BMI."

There is some good news! Dr. Gupta comments that common belly fat is the easiest fat to lose, with only a few tweaks to diet and adding exercise to your lifestyle. However, for the rest of us who've had problems losing the weight, diet and exercise, although great ideas, aren't necessarily the most realistic of options. Perhaps you are a candidate for abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck. Tummy Tuck is a common procedure that can contour and reshape your abdomen and sides by removing excessive fat and skin, while tightening loose abdominal muscles. Abdominoplasty may be the way to get that slim, contoured waistline you've always wanted.

To read Dr. Gupta's article in its entirety, please click here.

Check out our website for more information on the Tummy Tuck and search for Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeons in your area that are qualified to perform this surgery.

Consider the possibilities!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Plastic Surgery Term: Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

What is a Tummy Tuck?

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) is a surgical procedure that dramatically reduces the area of the abdomen surrounding the waistline.

A Tummy Tuck will remove excess fat and skin, and tighten the muscles of your abdomen, creating a more flat, contoured waistline. Many surgeons utilize liposuction technology in concert with abdominoplasty to achieve the desired results.

This plastic surgery procedure can take anywhere from 2-5 hours. Most patients are back to work within 3-4 weeks.

In addition, those who undergo a Tummy Tuck procedure usually do so after pregnancy which may leave them with excess skin and unwanted fat, or after they have lost an optimal amount of weight and still have stubborn pockets of excess fat and sagging skin.

For more information on the abdominoplasty, including Before and After photos, please visit My Plastic Surgeon USA to read more about Tummy Tuck surgery and see if it is right for you!

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Tummy Tuck: What to Expect After Surgery

The first few days your abdomen will be swollen and you will be in some pain and discomfort. Your plastic surgeon will prescribe you with some medication for this pain. Typically, but dependant on the degree of your surgery, you will be released within a few hours.

Before you leave, you plastic surgeon will give you instructions on exactly what you can and can not do. To answer a couple of common questions, your plastic surgeon will direct you on how to change your dressings, how to shower, and how to be most comfortable. Your surface stitches will be removed within one week, and the others will come out within 3 weeks.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Tummy Tuck: What to Expect After Surgery

The first few days your abdomen will be swollen and you will be in some pain and discomfort. Your plastic surgeon will prescribe you with some medication for this pain. Typically, but dependant on the degree of your surgery, you will be released within a few hours.

Before you leave, you plastic surgeon will give you instructions on exactly what you can and can not do. To answer a couple of common questions, your plastic surgeon will direct you on how to change your dressings, how to shower, and how to be most comfortable. Your surface stitches will be removed within one week, and the others will come out within 3 weeks.

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Friday, May 23, 2008

About Abdominoplasty

A full abdominoplasty will take anywhere from 2-5 hours. A partial abdominoplasty usually will take less than 2 hours.

Your plastic surgeon will make an incision from hipbone to hipbone. This is done right above the pubic area. A second incision is then made to free the navel from the surrounding tissue. With partial abdominoplasty, the incision is much shorter and the navel may not be moved, although it may be pulled into an unnatural shape as the skin is tightened and stitched.

Your plastic surgeon will then separate your skin from the abdominal wall, all the way up to your ribs. This will then reveal the vertical muscles in your abdomen. The muscles are then pulled close together, and then stitched into the new position. This is known as muscle tightening and will give you a firmer abdominal wall, and a narrower waistline.

The skin flap, is then stretched down and the extra skin is removed. For your navel, a new hole is cut and stitched in place. The incisions will then be stitched, and a temporary tube may be inserted to drain any excess fluid from the surgical area.

In a partial abdominoplasty the skin is only separated between the incision line and the navel.

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Plastic Surgery Term: Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

What is a Tummy Tuck?

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) is a surgical procedure that dramatically reduces the appearance of a chubby abdomen.

A Tummy Tuck will remove excess fat and skin, and tighten the muscles of your abdomen, making a more flat abdomen. This plastic surgery procedure can take anywhere from 2-5 hours. Most patients are back to work within 3-4 weeks.

Most people who undergo a tummy tuck do so after a pregnancy which may leave them with excess skin or after they have lost an optimal amount of weight and still have stubborn pockets of excess fat.

There's a lot more information on Tummy Tucks to digest. Visit My Plastic Surgeon USA to read more about Tummy Tuck surgery and see if it is right for you!

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