Abdominoplasty – The Tummy Tuck


Are you unhappy with your mid-section?

Do you carry a few extra pounds around your belly?

Have you ever considered plastic surgery to remedy this problem?

If so, you might want to consult with a plastic surgeon to find out whether or not you are a good candidate for abdominoplasty.

This is a surgical procedure more commonly known as a tummy tuck.

The people who most commonly have this surgery are women, especially those that have given birth multiple times. This results in the skin and abdominal muscles being stretched beyond the point where they can return to normal on their own.

Ideal candidates for this type of surgery are people who have weak muscles, have extra skin that protrudes from the abdomen, and are at a stable weight.

People who are significantly overweight do not make good candidates for this type of surgery. The doctor might recommend that they lose some weight or possibly undergo liposuction before having the surgery performed.

The surgeon will determine whether or not a person is an ideal candidate during the pre-surgical consultation.

The actual abdominoplasty procedure is performed under general anesthesia but on an outpatient basis.

A full tummy tuck takes roughly 2-3 hours to perform, while a mini tummy tuck requires about 1-2 hours of surgery time.


The procedure will leave the patient with a scar across the waistline, but these can usually be hidden without too much trouble. Most patients do not mind the scar since they have a flatter tummy!

Following the procedure patients will be prescribed pain medication to help manage their discomfort.
– They will also have a surgical dressing and special drains that are left in place.
– Any type of strenuous activity should be avoided for at least 3-4 weeks after the surgery, and some patients may find it difficult to stand up straight immediately following the surgery.
– The doctor will recommend that patients begin walking as soon as possible.
– Recovery time varies by patient, but it is usually 2-4 weeks before a person returns to work. During this time a little light exercise is OK, as it may actually aid in the healing process. Exercise is actually very beneficial, in that it helps reduce swelling, tone muscles, and reduces the risk of blood clots.
– The scars from surgery will remain very noticeable for about 3-6 months, but by 9-12 months they begin to flatten and get lighter in color.

Just like any surgical procedure, abdominoplasty is not without some risk.
– Anytime a person goes under anesthesia there is a risk, and in rare cases infection or blood clots can occur.
– Smokers are at a higher risk for post-surgical complications, so the doctor may advise patients to quit smoking well in advance of their surgery.

Regardless of any possible risks or complications, many women feel that abdominoplasty is still much more beneficial than harmful.

Once a person has made the decision to have this surgery, they need to do a consult with an experienced surgeon. Together the two of you will determine whether this procedure is the right one for you.


Are You Facing A Weight loss plateau?

Have you hit a weight loss plateau? Has your fitness plan stalled and you don’t feel you’ll reach your goals?  Don’t worry, you’re not alone. I can help you power back up and start seeing results again.

Weight loss plateau


If you ever feel that you are doing everything just right with your fitness and nutrition plan but your results don’t seem to represent all of your hard work then I have a simple but effective piece of advice. Hitting a fitness or weight loss plateau is a very common problem in the world of sports performance and general weight loss. There are many theories on why our bodies sometimes hit a temporary yet frustrating roadblock but, by thinking outside the box, you can power through the frustration and start seeing results again. Keep on reading and you may be surprised at just how easy it can be to jump-start your flat-lined results.

All you need to do is take a few days rest in order to kick start your results.  Honestly – I’m not crazy or cracking one of my usual jokes – you need to do something really different to put body back on track and move past your fitness or weight loss plateau. I believe that if you’re ready to break free from a weight loss plateau or prevent yourself from hitting a future roadblock then a good rest may just be the magic ingredient you need.

Being consistent with your activity level and nutrition plan is an important strategy when it comes to sports performance, weight loss and fitness but have you ever heard the old saying that “too much of a good thing can be a bad thing”?  In my opinion this saying is especially true when it comes to overexerting your body. Pushing your body to the point of exhaustion can spell disaster for your fitness level and weight loss goals. A plateau can happen at any point if you don’t schedule some quality down time into your program.

Three great reasons to rest your body

Here are my good reasons why a rest is sometimes more beneficial than a training session.

  • Avoid fatigue

Your body needs to re-generate, restore and repair itself often. The most effective way for your body to naturally heal itself is for you to rest. Overworked muscles and over-stressed joints just don’t perform as well and luckily our body lets us know when our muscles are overworked.  Your pain receptors will make movements uncomfortable and your joints can become tender when you push your body too hard. The nervous system also needs time to rest in order to adapt and improve from training.

Always listen to your body and rest if you are sore.

  • Natural Cycle

Athletes train in cycles for a reason, the timing of training may vary from athlete to athlete but one common factor in every athlete’s training program are pre-planned rest days. One of the main reasons athletes rest is to avoid fatigue, but resting the body also helps athletes avoid common overuse or stress injuries. Many athletes notice an improved general performance after taking time off from training.

A well-rested body will get better results than a tired one.

  • Spark Excitement

If you are putting your body through the motions day after day, you can become complacent and your exercise intensity is likely to drop without you even realizing.

Have you ever seen a dog that hasn’t been walked for a few days? As soon as the dog goes out, it’s like a whole new world and they are just so excited. Well, it can be the same for humans when we’re working out.Taking a day or two off from your current workout routine can make you come back to the gym with a renewed commitment and excited approach.


There could be many factors that impact your results but if over-training is one of them it is easy to fix with a simple day or two of rest. My goal is to help you discover ways to improve your current fitness level and emphasize that you should to listen to your body. We are all individuals and our bodies adapt at our own personal rate: giving your body adequate rest so it can be strong for your next workout is a smart approach to achieving sustainable results.

You only have one body so use it wisely.

Although I am encouraging you to add a few rest days into your intense training weeks, this is not an excuse for you to sit on the couch and do nothing all the time! A simple change of routine or incorporating activities that are at a lower intensity such as a gentle walk or swim are acceptable rest day activities.  Occasionally my family enjoys a ‘duvet day’ where we sit back, relax and read or watch movies.  We’re usually active and we like getting out and about but now and then it’s good for everyone to recharge.

I know that taking a rest definitely improves my performance and helps me reach the next fitness level.  So, aim for one or two rest days a week but keep your completely inactive couch days to a few times a year!

What is Body Contouring Surgery?

The condition of being significantly overweight can cause stress on your health in many ways. If your physical activity has been limited due to your overweight condition, you may have weak muscle and poor skin tone, and your skin may be severely stretched.

Bariatric surgery, in its various forms, is one method of major weight loss for individuals clinically defined as obese. Following weight reduction surgery, or any substantial weight loss, the skin and tissues often lack elasticity and cannot conform to the reduced body size. As a result, skin that has been severely stretched now is unsupported, and begins to sag in pockets that most commonly develop around these areas:

  • Face, neck and jowls, resulting in a droopy, sad appearance
  • Upper arms, resulting in a “bat-wing” appearance
  • Breasts, causing them to flatten and hang with nipples pointing down
  • Abdominal area, extending around the sides and into the lower back, resulting in an apron-like overhang
  • Buttocks, groin and thighs, causing hanging pockets of skin
  • Weak and sagging skin that becomes macerated (wet or infected) is not only unattractive, it is also a serious threat to your health that should be treated.

Surgical body contouring after major weight loss improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin, and removes excess sagging fat and skin. The result is a more normal body appearance with smoother contours. This is, in essence, the final phase of your total weight loss experience.

However, before you decide to undergo body-contouring surgery, it is important to understand that your weight loss must have stabilized. If you continue to lose weight, sagging pockets will redevelop. If you rapidly regain the weight you have lost, you will traumatically stress your already weakened and thin skin, causing further stress to the skin, visible stretch marks and wide scars.

If you have weight reduction surgery, your plastic surgeon will work closely with your physician to determine when it is appropriate for you to begin body contouring.

Why a pre-surgery healthy diet is important ….

Whether you are having plastic surgery of the eyes, lips, nose or anywhere else, you will want to be prepared for it no matter what. Eating the right foods before plastic surgery can prepare you for your big day of change.

Lifestyle changes before liposuction

Liposuction is not for weight loss and it doesn’t work with loose skin.

You should lose weight naturally to within 10-15 pounds of ideal for you. You should modify all negative lifestyles before surgery so you are ready to keep them up after.

Get used to proper diet and exercise as only those patients who maintain their preop weight or lose weight after liposuction will like their result. If you gain weight after liposuction, you won’t think you got anything out of the procedure.

Types of Foods

What To Eat Before Plastic Surgery

Spinach is one of the best foods to eat before plastic surgery. Remember getting nagged when you were little about eating your spinach? Well, your mother was right to nag you since it is one of the best veggies to eat, especially before plastic surgery. Besides it being rich in Vitamins A, B2, B6, K and Folate, it is also packed with iron which is great before cosmetic surgery since it increases blood volume and helps speed up your recovery time.

Just one serving of beans will help increase your energy levels and keep your sugar normal. This is very important in the days leading up to plastic surgery. It is also a great source of fiber which can help prevent constipation after surgery.

Pineapple is tasty and a favorite among those who are getting ready to have plastic surgery. It contains an enzyme called Bromelain which has been proven to decrease swelling and even prevent it from happening in the first place. Although, it is usually recommended to those who are having problems with arthritis or athletic injuries, it is also used for those who are getting ready to have surgery to prevent or reduce their swelling.

Beets contain great nutritional benefits, not only for people undergoing surgery but for everyone. They are very nutritional and often overlooked. The reason they are essential for those who are getting ready to have plastic surgery is because they contain the amino acid L-Glutamine which can actually help reduce healing time by improving the nitrogens. Some people don’t like them but they do taste good and are great for you too.

Not only do oysters taste good but they are a great food for pre-surgery patients. They are a great source of zinc, which is a natural wound healer. They are also good for helping to improve the immune system and even fighting stress levels.

What To Eat Before Plastic Surgery

All of these foods are great to eat before plastic surgery. It is also good to eat a well balanced diet containing lean meats, fruits and vegetables. Don’t forget to drink enough water like you are supposed to and to reduce your alcohol intake as well, if applicable.

What Vitamins to Take

Any surgical procedure is hard on the body. Major surgery poses many risks. Every person handles surgery differently, and some people come through with flying colors while others suffer with long-term pain from adhesions or slow healing. However, there are many things you can do you to help your body prepare for a major surgery. You can take vitamins and eat super foods to strengthen your body before the surgery.

When to Start

If possible you should start implementing these changes up to a year before your surgery. The ideal situation would be to take these vitamins as just a regular part of your lifestyle. Yet, some people are not able to make the changes in time. If you don’t have a year, then you should at least start taking vitamins three months before your surgery and while you are healing.

How to Take Your Vitamins

You should always take your vitamins with whole foods such as fruits and vegetables. Your body is better able to absorb vitamins when you take them with food. Be sure to drink a large glass of water about 30 minutes before eating your meal. Eat your vitamins before your meal. Prepare a healthy meal three times per day, in addition to eating healthy snacks when you are hungry. If you have a hard time swallowing large pills, you may want to take a liquid vitamin supplement.

Whole Food Multivitamin

Choose a whole food multivitamin and mineral supplement that is well rounded with all of the necessary vitamins and minerals. You need to be sure that you’re getting a good dose of vitamins such as vitamin B12 and vitamin E, and important minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. Whole food vitamins are easier for the body to utilize because they are made from food. You can find vitamins at your local health food store or online.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is one vitamin that you must include in your life before your surgery. Vitamin C will help your body heal much faster. Taking vitamin C also helps prevent you from getting sick, which is something you do not want to experience after a major surgery. For the best results take 2000 mg of vitamin C per day. If you find that you are getting diarrhea, decrease your dose to 500 mg per day, and gradually increase your dosage to give your body time to adjust up until the surgery. If you do experience diarrhea, be sure to drink extra water as well.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is a very important vitamin when it comes to healing. Vitamin A protects cells and helps to renew tissue. The safest form of vitamin A is beta carotene, which is found in carrots. This is a form of vitamin A that is not toxic to the body and easily digestible. You can simply eat three to four carrots per day, or take a beta carotene vitamin supplement each day. For best results you need to take 20,000 IU of beta carotene daily for one week before surgery.

Cod liver oil

Cod liver oil is another important nutrient that you need to include in your diet before surgery. The omega-3 fatty acids found in cod liver oil help to reduce inflammation and speed the healing process. In addition, the cod liver oil also help to prevent blood clots. Blood clots are a complication that can arise after or during a surgery. Everyone is at risk for developing blood clots, but some people are more susceptible, such as people with a family history of clots or elderly people. Take 1 tablespoon of cod liver oil every day.


Super foods help give your body additional strength and energy needed to prepare for what is ahead. Two major super foods that you need to include in your diet are chlorella and spirulina. Both of these foods are sea algae that have potent levels of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.

You get the best results if you take both types of sea algae because each has unique properties. Spirulina is a better source of protein that is more easily digestible, but chlorella has additional cleansing benefits for the body. Chlorella binds to toxins and flushes them out of the body quickly.

Also be sure to buy chlorella that says the cell wall has been cracked on the bottle. This helps your body to better absorb the nutrients in chlorella. In addition to eating powerful superfoods, include a variety of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. Be sure to drink 8 to 10 glasses of pure water each day. If you are taking medications or have concerns, talk to your doctor before implementing any of these changes.

The truth about legs ….

85 per cent of women have cellulite.
20 per cent of women in their 30s have varicose veins.
Varicose veins affect half of people aged 50 and above.
Up to 55 per cent of women are affected by thread veins.
Women get thread veins as early as their mid-20s.

Ever wondered how celebrities of all ages seem to have traffic-stopping legs? Good genes help, but they also exercise, swear by the latest treatments and indulge in a little trickery. Catherine Goddard explains how it’s done

What do you envy most when it comes to other women’s looks? A gravity-defying bosom; white, impossibly even teeth; a pert bottom? For me, it’s the legs that have it. Nothing causes me to go green quicker than a blemish-free pair of legs paraded in a short skirt.

Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Aniston, Penny Lancaster, Tina Turner – the hottest legs belong to women of all ages. Golden and toned, their pins march through the advancing years seemingly unscathed by cellulite or veins.

So how do celebrities defy Mother Nature?  The truth is that a lot of time and money goes into achieving perfection, not to mention the assistance of an airbrush. Without the same attention, real women’s legs don’t always fare so well.

In fact, embarrassment over the state of their legs causes many women to cover up, concealing their problem legs with trousers and ever-lengthening hemlines.

Mottled complexion

An even, lightly tanned skin tone is the ideal when it comes to legs. Sadly, a mottled ‘corned beef ’ complexion is more often the reality. Exercise is the key to getting blood pumping, giving skin a natural, healthy glow.

Tanning cosmetics can also help – including instant formulations and self-tan, with a gradually developing, longer-lasting result that doesn’t streak like it did in the old days. Finally, look out for body creams with a hint of tan or shimmer, and foundations for the legs and body.

Cellulite needs exercise

A common complaint is cellulite – fat that pushes against connective tissue, causing skin to appear dimpled. Women suffer from cellulite more than men, and genes, pregnancy, age and weight can worsen the problem. 

The most effective way to reduce cellulite is to get rid of excess body fat through exercise. Massage and dry body brushing are also recommended to improve circulation and lymphatic drainage, while a detoxing diet, including plenty of water and minimal coffee, alcohol and fat, can help flush out toxins.

Unsightly veins

Tangled webs of unsightly red spider and thread veins and bulging purple varicose veins commonly appear on the legs of older women. But, in some cases, they can also affect people in their 20s.  Thread veins can be a result of too much sun exposure, while spider and varicose veins are caused by faulty valves in leg veins, which fail to pump blood back up towards the heart, allowing it to pool in the legs. Some people inherit this weakness; others develop it as a result of hormonal changes, pregnancy, menopause, obesity and jobs involving prolonged standing or sitting. In addition to the cosmetic problem, symptoms might include a heavy sensation in the legs as well as flare-ups of hot, itchy irritation.

For relief, taking regular exercise helps, as does spending time with legs elevated and wearing compression stockings.  There are also strategies that can be employed to rid legs of the network of veins without going under the knife.


There are lots of new ways to improve the appearance of your legs – some a lot more celebrity priced than others. I’ve divided them into three problem areas with the addition of some purely pampering products.

Did you know…?

Youth is no defence against cellulite – young mum and singer Charlotte Church and skinny actress Mischa Barton have not escaped the invasion of ‘orange peel’. Celebrities get varicose veins, too. Both Sex in the City’s Kristin Davis and Britney Spears have reportedly sought treatment.

Cosmetic Surgery for Muslim’s

Many countries in the Arab world have been caught up in the recent wave of plastic surgery.

While Muslim women throughout the Berber region have traditionally used tattoos between their eyes, on their hands or beneath their lips as a sign of beauty, until just a few years ago only artists and singers had cosmetic surgery.

But these days the rapid development of the Arabic society has led to a demand for cosmetic surgery from ordinary women wanting to look good.

Cosmetic surgery includes procedures such as breast enhancement or reduction, face lift, upper and lower eyelid surgery, chemical peels, nose reshaping (rhinoplasty), liposuction and tummy tucks.

It is distinct from reconstructive surgery, another form of plastic surgery, which is used to restore the form and function of the body, such as in the case of disfiguring or disabling injuries.

Some people argue that to an extent plastic surgery has become a necessity amid the social development taking place in the country, where certain standards of beauty are being imposed.

Cosmetic surgery is regularly performed to children with congenital abnormalities such as cleft palate. The surgery ensures these children will not be rejected by society in the future.

While the benefit of these restorative procedures is widely supported, cosmetic surgery is often criticized as a fashion spurred by globalization and the spread of satellite television channels featuring artists, especially singers and actors, who promote a narrow and unrealistic perception of beauty.

However there are more women and men who are choosing to travel to Europe for cosmetic surgery procedures via SecretSurgery who offer discrete surgical procedures along with short break vacations.

Secret Surgery provides surgical procedures through out Europe and offers an Islamic package for ladies wishing to travel accompanied.  For more details contact Sara-SecretSurgery@live.co.uk or visit their website.

A Brief Islamic Guide To Cosmetic Surgery:

Doctors who specialize in plastic or cosmetic surgery define it as surgery performed to improve the appearance of part of the body. This may be done by choice, or because it is necessary.

Plastic surgery that is considered necessary is that which is done when there is a need for it, when something does not look right, when something is missing, if there is too much or too little of something, or because something has been destroyed or deformed. At the same time, it is regarded as “cosmetic” surgery because it results in improved appearance.

Faults may be of two types: physical or congenital faults and faults which result from illness. Congenital faults include abnormally turned-out lips, hare-lips, twisted fingers or toes, etc. Faults which result from illness include the scars left by leprosy or other skin diseases, or scars caused by accidents and burns. There is no doubt that such faults and scars cause physical and psychological pain and harm, therefore Islam allows people afflicted with them to remove or reduce them by surgical means. They cause the kind of mental and psychological pain that allows this surgery as an urgent need, where necessity permits something that is ordinarily forbidden. Any cosmetic surgery which comes under this heading of need because of the fact that the reason for the surgery is causing harm is permissible, and is not considered to be changing the creation of Allah.

Benefits of Plastic Surgery

There are several benefits of plastic surgery, mainly the psychological aspect of the patient who has undergone the procedure.

Plastic surgery procedures often result to an increase in self-esteem and confidence.  As we make the changes to achieve a certain look that we desire, we become more confident with our selves and become more comfortable in our interaction with others.  Correcting certain malformations in the face and body can help the person function better and more comfortably.  These results may help the person live a happier life as worries about not being accepted by the society because of appearance may be eliminated.  It may also increase an individual’s productivity.  As improvements in appearances may increase chances of getting hired for a particular job, the person who has undergone plastic surgery may also up his chances of becoming successful with career.

Plastic surgery is a medical procedure that comes in two forms: aesthetics (cosmetics) and reconstructive. Aesthetics plastic surgery is focused on enhancing certain body features or changing a certain part to make it conform to the looks that we want to have. Reconstructive surgery is performed to restore something in the body that has been damaged due to the occurrences of certain events like burns, congenital defects such as cleft palate, bone fractures, mastectomy, etc. The primary purpose of taking reconstructive surgery is to correct the defects in a particular body part to achieve normal functioning of that part. The word plastic in the phrase ‘plastic surgery’ has its origin from the Greek word ‘plastikos’ which means to mould. Plastic surgery is not related to the use of plastics as synthetic polymers.

The physical and external benefits of plastic surgery can be multi-faceted. The first thing that many people notice after plastic surgery is that their bodies seem more proportional or balanced. Whether a person opts to have surgery on their face, hips, breasts or thighs the aim is to sculpt the body in a way that looks natural. The result often allows people to look more like they feel like they should look. This may sound strange, but often a nose that is too large for a particular person’s face or a bust that is too large or too small can blur all of this person’s other features making them seem disproportionate. Surgeons aim to correct this by taking each individual’s body into consideration before deciding on a desired result.

The physical result of plastic surgery often produces a healthier look and often people who undergo surgery see this healthy look permeate their entire lifestyle. People who have surgeries like liposuction and breast reduction usually feel that their new bodies allow them to participate in physical activities that they wouldn’t have considered before surgery.

Plastic surgery can open new doors to people who had previously lived their lives scared to take on activities like swimming or aerobics because of the lack of clothing involved and the way that they felt that they would be looked at by other people.

For more information on surgical procedures available visit SecretSurgery website or contact Sara-SecretSurgery@live.co.uk