Abdominoplasty – The Tummy Tuck

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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.

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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.

Do you need a Mommy Makeover?

Becoming a mother changes your whole life- including your body! Women who have undergone pregnancy and childbirth can develop loose, sagging skin in their abdomen, as well as breasts that have lost volume (especially after breastfeeding). Many women will also experience the breasts losing their size, or pointing downwards instead of up and out like they did pre-pregnancy.

Exercise and diet can do a little to return the abdomen to its pre-pregnancy state, but no amount of lifestyle changes can reverse loosened skin or change the volume or position of the breasts. If you are unhappy with your post-pregnancy body and want to go back to how you looked pre-baby, you need a “mommy makeover.

A mommy makeover is a combination of procedures customized to help you look your best again after pregnancy, childbirth, and/or breastfeeding. It can include a tummy tuck and breast augmentation, a tummy tuck and a breast lift, or a mini-tuck and both an augmentation and a lift or any other combination thereof.

Some patients will also add liposuction to the abdomen, hips, legs, or buttocks to the tummy tuck or breast procedures.

Mothers who are considering a mommy makeover should get as close to their ideal weight as possible before the surgery. It will ensure the best results and make the results easier to maintain after the surgery. For example, the tighter your abdominal muscles are from regular exercise before surgery, the flatter your tummy will be after a tuck.

You will also need to quit smoking at least six weeks before the procedure, and have someone to help you with the children for at least two weeks after your surgery. You won’t be able to do the normal lifting, driving, and bustling about that generally comes with patenthood!

All I want for Christmas is a Yummy Mummy Makeover …..

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“Dear Santa,

I’ve been a busy girl this year looking after the family and seem to have neglected me a little.  Since our family is now complete what I would love for Christmas is a Yummy Mummy Makeover.”

A woman’s body undergoes some tremendous changes during pregnancy and childbirth. The unwanted effects of childbearing and breastfeeding, especially weight gain and sagging skin, often remain long after childbirth.

If pregnancy has wrecked havoc on your body and you are a bit sad about your postpartum body, don’t despair. You can get your pre-baby body back with the help of a surgical intervention, called Mommy Makeover.

What is Mommy Makeover?
Mommy makeover is a combination of multiple body contouring procedures, including breast surgery, body sculpting with liposuction, and abdominoplasty (also known as a tummy tuck). These procedures can reverse the changes associated with pregnancy and childbirth, and dramatically improve how you look and feel.

New mums who want to get rid of these bodily changes due to pregnancy can benefit from aesthetic enhancement procedures that are customized to their unique needs.

Popular Mommy Makeover Procedures Some of the most popular plastic surgery procedures that help mommies restore their post-pregnancy bodies include:

• Breast Augmentation with Implants
• Breast Lift or Mastopexy

What Issues Can Be Addressed?
Many new mums choose to treat fatty deposits accumulated around their midsection, hips and thighs that are often resistant to traditional diet and exercise. Breasts that have lost fullness or have begun to sag can be transformed into full and shapely breasts. In order to reverse the effects of pregnancy on their face, women also undertake spa packages, wrinkle treatments, hairdo and makeup etc.

Breast Surgery to Correct Breast Changes
During pregnancy, the overall breast enlarges in size. When breastfeeding is done, the breasts begin to sag or droop. Women with sagging, asymmetrical breasts, enlarged areolas, downward pointing nipples and who have lost the shape and tone of their breasts following pregnancy and due to breastfeeding can benefit from some sort of breast surgery- either a breast enlargement, breast lift or both.

Reversal of Abdominal Changes
The abdominal wall muscles, the rectus abdominis muscles, and the skin of the abdomen stretch during pregnancy to make room for the growing baby in the womb. After the baby arrives, the abdominal muscles and skin shrink back down, leaving the mother with stretch marks, loose skin and lax muscles. The excess fat and loose skin can be removed from the abdominal region via an abdominoplasty.

Removal of Fat Deposition
Weight gain is inevitable during pregnancy. It’s normal, healthy and also necessary, albeit in reasonable measures. Putting on too much weight is not a good sign. The unwanted fat deposits in the neck, arms, back and knees that do not go away after pregnancy can be addressed through

Laser Technology to Rejuvenate Your Skin
New mommies often go for laser therapy to enhance the texture, tone and quality of your skin. There are a variety of laser treatments that can give you a smoother, firmer, more vibrant-looking complexion by removing fine lines, wrinkles and folds from your face. Today, laser technology is widely used to correct loose or sagging skin, erase signs of sun damage and remove unwanted hair on the face or body.

There are many cellulite treatments, including massages or cellulite creams, that can improve the appearance of the dimpled skin on the thighs, hips, buttocks and abdomen.

When to Get Mommy Makeover?
Women’s body needs to stabilize postpartum. Female body can take up to six months to one year to physically recover from the ordeal of pregnancy.

The best time to return to your pre-pregnancy shape is after you are done bearing children and you have stopped breastfeeding. Additionally, a woman should hold off on any breast surgery procedures until she’s done breastfeeding her baby.

Getting a Mommy Makeover in Poland could be a sensible choice for women who wish to regain their pre-pregnancy body shape without breaking the bank. Not only plastic surgery, the cost of bariatric surgery such as Gastric Plication in Prague, costs a fraction of what is charged in the UK.

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Yummy Mummy’s Tummy Tuck – Prepare For Success!

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Preparing for a successful tummy tuck surgery – also known as abdominoplasty – involves being physically fit and as healthy as possible before going under the knife.

The best abdominoplasty candidates are within 15 percent of their ideal weight. Abdominoplasty can lead to dramatic improvements in the appearance of people with small, but stubborn, fat deposits and loose, sagging skin around the abdomen. It is not, however, necessarily the best choice for seriously overweight patients.

Maintaining a healthy diet before surgery can also help ensure a faster recovery, as it helps keep the immune system stay strong. And while taking vitamins can also strengthen one’s immunity, those preparing for any type of surgery should discuss what types of vitamin, herbal supplements and other medications they are taking with their physician, as certain substances can negatively affect healing.

Vitamin E can interfere with the body’s blood clotting response, causing increased bleeding during surgery. The same is true of aspirin and some NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). The use of birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy, and some forms of post-cancer treatment medication may also involve an increased risk of complications during or after surgery.

Additionally, those preparing for surgery should stop smoking in advance of their procedure to help aid healing.

It is important that patients have someone to drive them home and stay with them for a few days following the procedure. In addition, those who undergo the surgery should plan to get up and take short walks in the days immediately afterward to promote circulation.

Tummy tuck surgery is a good option for individuals who have excess or sagging skin on the abdomen that cannot be eliminated with exercise and diet. It works by removing excess fat and skin and tightening the stomach muscles.

Tummy tuck procedures are one of the most common cosmetic plastic surgery procedures performed by cosmetic surgeons in 2011. Over 95% of individuals who have undergone a tummy tuck procedure say it was “worth it.”

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.

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Quick guide to Weight Loss Surgery

 

Exercise and eating right are the best ways to lose weight. However there are many people who have tried those methods for years and still can’t lose excess weight — weight that can cause serious health problems.

For people in this frustrating situation, weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery) may be an option. Below you will find information to help you better understand the procedures, and determine if you’re a good candidate.

The Gastric Balloon

Gastric balloon is a reversible and incision free weight loss procedure. The concept is simple. A deflated soft silicone gastric balloon is inserted into the stomach via the mouth and filled with liquid or air, reducing the amount of food the stomach can hold and causing the patient to feel fuller faster. The balloon can be left in place for up to six months. Once removed, the stomach — and sometimes the patient’s appetite — returns to normal.

Gastric Balloon: Are You a Candidate?

The gastric balloon procedure may be right for someone who needs to lose weight before an upcoming, once-in-a-lifetime event, such as a wedding or high school reunion. It can also help individuals better comply with prescribed diets. Unlike with other weight loss surgeries which require a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, you only need a BMI of 27 or above to undergo the gastric balloon procedure.

 

Gastric Bands

Adjustable gastric banding is a restrictive type of weight loss surgery. In a nutshell, it involves placing a silicone band with an inflatable inner collar around the upper stomach to restrict food intake. This creates a small pouch and a narrow passage to the lower stomach. This small passage delays the emptying of food from the pouch and causes a feeling of fullness. The silicone band can be tightened or loosened over time to change the size of the passage.

Other terms for adjustable gastric banding are laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding and gastric banding.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Gastric Banding?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) requirements for adjustable gastric banding are the same as for other weight loss surgeries. For example, the NIH requires a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40. This is the equivalent of being about 100 pounds overweight for men and 80 pounds overweight for women. BMI takes height and weight into account to measure body fatness, and a BMI of 30 or above in adults is considered obese.

People with BMIs between 30 and 40 may also be candidates for gastric banding with Lap Band if they have obesity-related illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. The Realize Band is approved for use in people with a BMI between 35 and 40 and at least one obesity-related condition.

Gastric banding may be an option also for people in whom the more invasive gastric bypass surgery is deemed too risky due to underlying health complications

Roux-en-Y-Gastric Bypass (Traditional and Laparoscopic)

The Roux-en-Y bypass is more common and considered less complicated than the biliopancreatic diversion bypass, since Roux-en-Y does not remove portions of the stomach.

The traditional Roux-en-Y-gastric bypass is performed through open surgery with one long incision.

The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass can also be performed laparoscopically. The laparoscopic Roux-en-Y-gastric bypass uses multiple smaller incisions (instead of one long incision) — a laparoscopic tool is inserted, which offers a visual guide to the inside of the abdomen during the procedure.

The laparoscopic Roux-en-Y produces less scarring and lets you recover faster than the traditional Roux-en-Y-gastric bypass.

What Candidate should choose a Gastric Bypass?

The gastric bypass procedure is a type of bariatric surgery or weight loss surgery designed to reduce your food intake if you have tried and failed to lose weight through diet and exercise.

Gastric bypass can greatly improve the quality of life not only because of an improvement in appearance and an increase in mobility, but also because it can reduce the number and severity of health problems that overweight people are prone to suffer, such as diabetes and heart/circulation problems.

 

The Change Is Upto You …

Being a good candidate means having realistic expectations. Weight loss surgery will help reduce your risk of life-threatening conditions and improve your overall health and appearance. The results may change the way others interact with you. These changes should improve your quality of life; however, the surgery alone is often not enough to turn your life around. Significant behavior modifications, and even a variety of additional procedures, may be necessary.

Additional surgical procedures (for example, to remove excess skin, lift sagging body areas, improve loose muscles or treat fat deposits) might include a facelift,breast augmentation, breast lift, abdominoplasty or liposuction.

If the excess weight is localized in an area that produces an apron of fat below the breast, abdomen, or hips, a panniculectomy may help to remove excess fat or skin.