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Bikini Ready by Summer with a Tummy Tuck

Summer is quickly approaching, and you may already be thinking how you will look in a bikini. You may have even lost a few pounds to see if that made your tummy flatter. Unfortunately, if you’re like most people, it didn’t make enough of a difference.

Why Losing Belly Fat Is Hard

Losing belly fat takes a lot of work and dedication. You must eat the right foods, avoid alcohol, and exercise intensely and consistently to lose the fat and keep it off. Most people do not have the time or the energy to do all of this for the rest of their life, or for as long as they want a flat, tight belly.

The Tummy Tuck Solution

A tummy tuck is the best solution for people who want to look beautiful in a bikini, but don’t want to put in the work. With a simple procedure, people will have the flat and tight belly they want.

When you decide to have the tummy tuck procedure, you will meet with a plastic surgeon who will examine your abdominal area to determine how much skin and fat needs to be removed.

After reviewing your medical history to ensure you are a candidate for surgery, the plastic surgeon will make an appointment for the procedure.

The tummy tuck procedure is not a long one (about two to five hours), but it is surgery. The first step is to administer anesthesia.

General anesthesia is used because of the invasiveness of the procedure. This means it’s important to have someone available to drive you home afterwards. If you do not have a loved one available to drive you home, schedule a transportation service.

After the anesthesia is administered, you will fall asleep in a few minutes. You will be unaware of what is happening during the entire procedure.

The next step is to make the incision. When someone needs a full tummy tuck, a horizontal incision is made between the pubic hairline and belly button. The length of the incision depends on how much skin needs to be removed. The scarring from the incision is completely hidden underneath the panty line.

The only scarring that may be seen afterwards is if the plastic surgeon needs to remove excess skin from the upper abdominal. This incision is made around the navel. The scarring is usually faint, and most people are not bothered by it. You will know whether this needs to be performed before the procedure, so you can make a decision about it.

Once the lower incision has been made, the plastic surgeon will lift the abdominal skin. This is where the abdominal muscles are, and if they need to be repaired, this is when it will happen.

For those who have excess skin above the navel, the plastic surgeon will pull down the upper abdominal skin. The excess skin is trimmed, and then the plastic surgeon will put the abdominal skin back with sutures.

Since the belly button may be gone after trimming and suturing, a new belly button opening can be placed where it looks best. After creating a hole for the belly button, it is popped through, and sutured in place.

The final step is to close all of the incisions. This includes using sutures, tapes, clips and/or skin adhesives. The plastic surgeon determines what will work best for recovery.

The flatter, tighter abdominal area is noticed right away. Full results are not seen until swelling goes down after recovery.

Recovering from a Tummy Tuck

Following the plastic surgeon’s recommendations during recovery is crucial. An infection can occur if patients do not care for themselves as the abdominal area heals.

Some general recommendations include:

  • Some patients may have a tube placed under the skin to drain the excess fluid from the incision site.
  • A compression garment must be used during recovery.
  • Recovery can take up to two months but can take as little as two weeks.
  • Patients should refrain from strenuous activity.
  • Patients should avoid lifting heavy objects.
  • Most people return to work by the second week of their recovery, but only with the plastic surgeon’s permission.

Recovering from a tummy tuck isn’t difficult. Most patients use the time to catch up on much needed sleep and relaxation.

Get a Tummy Tuck Just in Time for Summer

The perfect time for a tummy tuck is the winter and spring. By the time you’re fully recovered, it will be time for you to show off your amazing body in your bikini.

Contact Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, PC. now to schedule a consultation. Our team of experienced plastic surgeons can perform a tummy tuck procedure before it’s time to make your summer body debut. Call us at 631-364-0333 to speak to one of our scheduling specialists.

 

 

 

Skin Recovery After Weight Loss Surgery

Loose skin after a dramatic weight loss can affect almost every part of the body. This problem happens after losing a large amount of weight (100 pounds or more) in a small amount of time. It can happen when the weight loss is through diet and exercise, but loose skin happens more often to bariatric or gastric bypass surgery patients. With a slow, gradual weight loss, a person’s skin elasticity snaps back into place much easier, shrinking back down as the fat is slowly lost. But when too much is lost so fast, the skin’s elasticity doesn’t have the time to catch up.

After bariatric surgery, patients normally will be healthier and have a boost in self-confidence, greater mobility, relief of symptoms and lower risks of weight-related illnesses. They also will see that their inelastic skin is stretched and hangs over their smaller body. Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, P.C. offers post-bariatric plastic surgery to tighten, lift and contour sagging areas of skin for a better appearance. The patient may choose to treat the arms, breasts, abdomen, buttocks, thighs, neck, face or other areas.

Procedures include:

• Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
Breast Lift
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
• Buttock Lift
• Thigh Lift

Almost every part of the body can be affected by loose skin after weight loss. The most common area that people are concerned with is the stomach. An overhanging apron, called a “pannus,” causes a fold of skin on the front of the abdomen. Besides preventing clothes from fitting well, a pannus can cause symptoms of rash and skin irritation. These symptoms can become worse in hot weather. An extremely large and heavy pannus can interfere with exercise and even normal activities, as well as cause lower back pain.

While the belly is a common area for excess skin, rashes and irritation can also happen in folds of skin under the breasts, and on the thighs and back. Excess skin on the upper arms can be annoying to many patients. Skin rashes aren’t as common in this area, but the hanging skin may cause discomfort and embarrassment during physical activity.

According to a recent study published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, people who have had weight-loss surgery and later had the excess skin removed, were less likely to gain weight back than those who had the surgery but did not undergo a post-bariatric procedure. The study followed 100 patients who had lost about 100 pounds each after bariatric surgery. Those who did have the resulting excess skin removed only gained back around 13 pounds while those who did not have any cosmetic procedures gained back around 50 pounds.

The best time to consider post-bariatric surgery is when you are as close to your goal weight as possible and are weight stable. This typically happens around 12-18 months after the gastric bypass surgery. Patients should be at a stable weight for at least 3 months before having surgery. Contact Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, P.C. today at 631-364-0333 to schedule a complimentary consultation and see if you are a candidate for post-bariatric surgery!

Getting Your Pre-Pregnancy Body Back

New motherhood is one of the greatest experiences you will ever have. We’re sure you love every moment of being a Mommy, but pregnancy and breastfeeding can take its toll on your body! Unfortunately, your body will never be exactly the same as it was before having kids on its own. Your figure may be saggier, softer, or larger. After birth, your body may have issues regaining its original skin elasticity, muscle tone, and slim physique. Your breasts will change shape and size and your abdomen will expand and contract, but rarely back where it was before pregnancy. Your hips, butt and thighs will also increase in size during pregnancy.

For some lucky ladies, their bodies spring back into their old shape, but unfortunately for most, that doesn’t happen. Diet and exercise can only help so much and for many women, diet or exercise will never get their bodies back to the way they were.

The Mommy Makeover at Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, PC Is designed to help correct the following conditions that happen to your body after pregnancy:

• Sagging breasts
• Small or deflated breasts
• A protruding abdomen
• Separated abdominal muscles
• Stretched skin on the abdomen
• Excess stubborn fat on the body

While one or more of the above might not apply to everyone, we’d say these things occur in the majority of women. Our Mommy Makeover is a customized set of procedures selected to address your personal needs and typically includes the following procedures:

Tummy Tuck
Liposuction
Breast Enhancement

Some moms need a breast lift to get their pre-baby body back, some need a breast augmentation and a tummy tuck. These procedures can be completed in different stages at different times.

Tummy Tuck

After you give birth, the skin on your stomach might not be as tight as it was pre-pregnancy. A Tummy Tuck [link] involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the abdominal area and tightening of the abdominal muscles, if necessary. Skin doesn’t respond to exercise so this is a popular procedure for mothers. A tummy tuck will also help remove stretch marks in this area!

Liposuction

Liposuction is a removal of stubborn fat cells that are not responding to diet and exercise. After giving birth, fat can accumulate on the abdomen, thighs, hips, and buttocks, and might not go away with exercise. Often, liposuction may be used solely or in combination with the other procedures to give Mom the firm look that her body had before the baby.

Breast Enhancement

Many women find that their breasts are smaller after breastfeeding, and that they are sagging in a way that chest exercising would never correct. Breast augmentation involves placing an implant in the breast to replace volume you’ve lost. If your breasts are sagging after pregnancy, a breast lift will return them to their position and shape. A breast lift and augmentation can be combined if needed.

Are you a new Mom? Contact us today at 631-364-0333 to schedule a Mommy Makeover consultation with Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, PC.

Mommy Makeover: Restoring Your Confidence

To all of the moms out there: your strength, dedication, and selflessness are never ending, but don’t forget it is also important to have some “me time”! In fact, the happier you are in your own skin, the happier those around you will be. Motherhood can sometimes compromise such happiness as it alters the body in more ways then one. Rebuild your self-confidence today with a Mommy Makeover! Be selfish, be confident, be your best you – you deserve it!

After birth, your body may have trouble regaining its original skin elasticity, muscle tone, and slim physique. Diet and exercise can only restore so much of your pre-pregnancy body. The Mommy Makeover at Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, PC is designed to restore youthful contours! In fact, it is designed to help correct the following conditions:

    • Sagging breasts
    • Small or deflated breasts
    • A protruding abdomen
    • Separated abdominal muscles
    • Stretched skin on the abdomen
    • Excess stubborn fat on the body

If you are interested in learning more about our Mommy Makeover, please reach out to us on social media and/or call us to schedule a consultation: 631-364-0333.

A New Year, A New You

2018 is the year of you! And in this new year, we want to help you stick to your resolutions. Are you promising yourself this year will be the year you fit into that bikini you have never worn? Or maybe this is the year you finally get your pre-baby bod back? Whatever it is, we are here to cheer you on! We not only believe in health and wellness, but we truly believe in body confidence. Here are some procedures we specialize in that may help you achieve your best you!

LIPOSUCTION: Liposuction is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure used to remove localized areas of fat from the body through a small thin tube. The fat from the targeted area is suctioned from the body through this tube to help patients achieve a slim and balanced appearance.

TUMMY TUCK: Abdominoplasty, often called a “tummy tuck,” is a popular procedure used to flatten and shape the abdomen by removing excess fat and skin and tightening muscles. Our doctors have been performing tummy tucks with excellent cosmetic results for many years. Patients love the look of their new flat stomachs after surgery under our doctors’ exceptional care!

MOMMY MAKEOVER: After birth, your body may have trouble regaining its original skin elasticity, muscle tone, and slim physique. Diet and exercise can only restore so much of your pre-pregnancy body. The Mommy Makeover at Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, PC is designed to restore youthful contours!

If you are interested in learning more about any of the above or other services we offer, please reach out to us on social media and/or call us to schedule a consultation: 631-751-4400.

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