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Tummy Tuck Relieves Back Pain and Restores Urinary Continence

“Abdominoplasty has long been considered a cosmetic procedure, improving the shape of the abdomen by excess skin removal, liposuction, and rectus muscle plication. Performed chiefly on the postpartum and weight loss population, there have been reports of improvement in the functional symptoms of back pain and incontinence following abdominoplasty with rectus plication, but there has been no prospective multicenter study to investigate the issue.”

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Fact or Fiction? The Truth Behind Tummy Tucks

It’s that time of year— the time when people are slowly giving up on their new year’s resolutions and are starting to fall back into their bad habits. Luckily, you don’t have to be one of them. If you want to really accentuate your weight loss goals in 2018, consider getting a tummy tuck from Dr. Larry Weinstein.

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that involves tightening the skin around the stomach that has lost elasticity due to extreme weight loss or pregnancy. Just like with any surgery, there are some common misconceptions about tummy tucks like, “They are only for women.” To help you better understand this procedure, we have created a list of some facts and some things that are fiction about tummy tucks. Let’s take a closer look.

Fiction: Tummy Tucks Are Only For Women

Although tummy tucks are popular amongst female patients, they are gaining more and more popularity amongst men who have recently lost a lot of weight. One of the best parts about a tummy tuck procedure is that the incision will be so close to the groin that it can be concealed by underwear alone— which means few people will have to know that you even had this procedure to begin with.

Fact: A Tummy Tuck Is For People Who Are Extremely Overweight

A lot of people assume that cosmetic surgeries like liposuction or tummy tucks are for people who are extremely overweight, but it’s quite the opposite. Tummy tucks are ideal for patients who have lost a lot of weight or who have just had a baby. Often excess weight gain causes the skin to stretch out so much that it is unable to go back to its original position which requires the help of surgical procedures like a tummy tuck.

Fiction: A Tummy Tuck Always Involves Liposuction

Although tummy tucks and liposuction go hand in hand, there are some instances in which liposuction isn’t required during a tummy tuck procedure. During your initial consultation with Dr. Larry Weinstein, he will be able to help determine whether or not he thinks that liposuction in conjunction with your tummy tuck would be successful.

Want to learn more about tummy tucks? Call our Chester office today at (908) 879-2222. 22

Create a More Comfortable Recovery from Abdominoplasty

tummy tuckThe tummy tuck procedure, or abdominoplasty, is an excellent solution to a sagging midsection. This surgery gives men and women back the smoother, tighter abdominal muscles and skin they crave. Whether abdominoplasty is a part of a larger enhancement program such as a total Mommy Makeover or it is the sole focus of care, it is important to plan ahead. This involves more than attending pre-surgery appointments; it also means that you look toward recovery, and ways that you can improve the overall experience.

After abdominoplasty, most people know that they cannot lift objects and that they need to postpone sessions with their personal trainer. There is even an understanding that some time should be taken off from work. But these general guidelines do little to help you create the most comfortable recovery possible.

Tips for your Home Recovery Center

No longer do cosmetic surgery procedures require a lengthy hospital stay. Most patients return home within a day or two – sometimes the same day as their procedure – to recover. With that in mind, you can view your home as your own personal “Recovery Center,” decking it out with necessities that will feed your senses in the best possible way.

  • Comfort is King when it comes to surgical recovery. Prior to your surgery, imagine what this looks like for you. Do you have a warm, soft blanket that you prefer over others? If you don’t, get one. Are your pillows welcoming and comfortable? Get more. Pillows of different sizes can be placed behind your back or at your sides to support your body and envelop you in comfort.
  • Eating well is essential to healing. Preparing healthy meals ahead of time can significantly reduce stress after surgery.
  • Boredom may set in more quickly than you think. To prevent this, gather new magazines or books you have wanted to read. Fill your music library with an array of relaxing and uplifting music. Stock up on DVDs that will keep you occupied for short bursts of time.

The recovery from abdominoplasty need not be unpleasant in the least. We are here to answer questions you may have, and support you as you heal.

After Abdominoplasty Workouts

Abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure in which Dr. Larry Weinstein will surgically lift and tighten the muscles and skin around the abdominal wall— leaving you with a tighter looking abdomen and a  more slender looking you. Once you have properly recovered from your abdominoplasty, it’s safe to remember that diet and exercise are still your best friends. Read on to learn more about after abdominoplasty workouts and what is considered safe for you.

Taking Time Off

tummy tuckIf you are a gym rat, hearing Dr. Larry Weinstein tell you that you have to wait around 6 weeks to head back to the gym might sound like a death sentence, but giving your body and abdomen the ample time it needs to recuperate after surgery will save you in the long haul. Remember that the more you rest and relax at first, the better off you will be down the road.

Slowly Dive In

The best way to get back into your workout routine after your six weeks of time off and approval from Dr. Larry Weinstein, is to take it slow. Although you might want to run a few miles and join a cross fit class, remember that your body has been without exercise for two months and needs to slowly dive in. As a suggestion, try getting on the elliptical, stationary bike, or treadmill for about 15-20 minutes on the first day and then slowly amp up the time by 5 minutes every day after that. That way you are still getting a good workout but you aren’t pushing yourself too hard at first.

Ease into Crunches

After you have been doing steady cardio for about a week or two, now you can slowly ease yourself into crunches or abdominal workouts. However, because your muscles were moved and essentially tightened during your abdominoplasty, they might be a little bit sore at first. Take your time and do a little bit more everyday or when you can.

Recovering from any sort of surgery, especially abdominoplasty, is of utmost importance. And when you get the approval to head back to the gym, it’s good to follow the above tips so that you don’t overexert yourself or cause your body any sort of damage. To learn more about abdominoplasty recovery, contact Dr. Larry Weinstein’s office today!

 

Tummy Tucks

“107, 108, 109, 110.” If you are doing hundreds of sit-ups everyday but still aren’t getting the abdominal results that you want, then it might be time to consider doing something a bit more outside of the box such as abdominoplasty or a tummy tuck.

Do to things such as age, having babies, or extreme weight loss, the area around your abdomen might become loose and saggy in appearance, leaving you with every excuse to never wear a bikini again. However, by having a tummy tuck, you can get a tighter and flatter stomach without having to spend countless more nights in front of the TV doing those pesky abdominal crunches.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

tummy tuckTummy tucks or abdominoplasty, is the surgical process in which excess fat and skin will be removed around your abdominal area, leaving you with a more taut and younger looking belly. During the 5-6 hour long procedure you will be under anesthesia and will likely be required to spend the night at the hospital in order to properly recover and be monitored after the surgery.

What is Recovery Time Like?
After surgery, you can expect to have some pain and swelling around the surgical site but that should subside with a few days to a week. Once you are out of surgery and are starting to recover, your doctor will place a thick bandage around your middle in order to make sure that you properly heal without straining any muscles. Your doctor will instruct you on how often to change the bandage and how to properly wrap it around your abdomen. Your overall recovery time will depend on how your surgery went but you can expect to be out of work for a couple of weeks while your body fully heals and gets back to feeling like normal.

When Will I See Results?
Some people claim to see results right away but due to the large amount of swelling that will be present, you likely won’t be able to fully see and enjoy your results for a couple of weeks. Don’t be discouraged by having to wear a bandage for a few weeks and know that you will soon be able to show off your flat stomach.

To learn more about tummy tucks, contact our office today!

Dealing with Swelling After a Tummy Tuck

If there’s one constant following a tummy tuck, it would have to be swelling, medically known as edema. At our practice in New Jersey, we inform patients who are about to have a tummy tuck that swelling should be expected post-surgery. In addition, we offer the following tips to help deal with swelling and make their tummy tuck recovery easier, quicker, and more comfortable.

Tummy Tuck in New JerseyTake steps to make sure that are you sufficiently hydrated throughout recovery.

One might think that drinking a lot of water will only exacerbate swelling. However, keep in mind that the body is made up mostly of fluids and sufficient hydration is important to flush out toxins. In addition, sufficient hydration is also important to promote regular bowel movements and consequently reduce abdominal swelling.

Pay attention to your sodium intake.

Sodium makes your body retain water. Thus, it may be best to limit your intake of sodium-rich foods. You shouldn’t stop using salt altogether, as it also plays an important role in normal body functions. Moderation is the key. A good rule of thumb when reducing sodium intake is to avoid highly processed foods that have large amounts of salt. Focus instead on consuming foods from whole sources.

Move but don’t overdo it.

Physical activity can either reduce or exacerbate swelling. Although you need to take it easy during the first few weeks following surgery, you should not be totally glued to your bed the entire day. Inactivity will increase your risk of complications such as blood clot formation and may only intensify swelling. On the other hand, it is equally important to avoid the following activities, which can lead to complications:

  • Heavy lifting
  • Bending over
  • Jogging
  • Sex
  • Reaching above your head

Wear compression garments as instructed.

The pressure in compression garments helps reduce swelling and improves blood circulation. Improved blood circulation aids in faster wound healing and helps minimize scarring.

Do you still have questions concerning swelling following a tummy tuck? Get in touch with us today by calling 858-633-7546.

New Jersey Tummy Tuck – Your Complete Guide

Pregnancy, massive weight loss or genetics contribute to the appearance of prominent fat and excess skin in the abdominal area. An abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, is recommended for men and women who wish to improve the appearance and contours of their abdominal area. Dr. Larry Weinstein is a New Jersey tummy tuck surgeon who combines both experience and expertise in his plastic surgery practice since 1988.

Ideal Candidates for a New Jersey Tummy Tuck
A tummy tuck is not for everyone. An ideal candidate should meet the following criteria:

– within 10 percent of their ideal body weight
– protruding abdominal area which is also out of proportion to the rest of the body
– has stable weight for the past 6 months
– has excellent skin tone and elasticity
– has realistic expectations
– has done exercise and diet to no avail

An initial consultation with Dr. Weinstein could help fully assess your readiness, both physical and emotional, for a New Jersey tummy tuck.

Preparing for Your New Jersey Tummy Tuck

– Quit smoking for a month before the surgery. Cigarette use will increase the likelihood of complications post-procedure and may delay healing.
– Avoid using anti-inflammatory drugs which could result to increased bleeding after the procedure.
– Arrange for someone to drive you home after the surgery. If you’re living alone, you can also ask someone to stay with you for the first 2 to 3 days following the procedure.
– Fill prescriptions before your scheduled surgery.
– Prepare loose clothing to be used during and after the procedure.

Recovering from Your New Jersey Tummy Tuck
Recovery periods will vary from one person to another, depending on their overall health status and the extent of the surgery. By and large, recovery period could fall between 2 to 3 weeks. By the 6th week following surgery, you will most likely be able to resume to your normal daily activities.

1. Take pain medications as prescribed.
Pain is relatively subjective and pain perception could vary between individuals. However, it is best if you take your pain medications as scheduled following a tummy tuck procedure. This will help stop the pain from getting worse. As pain could interfere with healing, relieving pain as early as possible will surely accelerate the healing process.

2. Stick to your antibiotics.
Infection is one of the most common complications following any type of surgery. Strictly monitor your body temperature and make it a point to stick to your antibiotics. Do not ever cut your prescription short; this will only lead to you developing resistance to the antibiotics you’re taking and you may need a stronger version of it in the future. Be on the lookout for redness and swelling as they could also indicate infection.

3. Wear abdominal support consistently.
An abdominal binder aims to help you heal faster and prevent swelling following a tummy tuck. This girdle-like garment come in different sizes. You will be asked to wear one right after the procedure. Adjust and check your abdominal binder for any signs of bleeding twice a day.

4. Empty drains every day.
You will most likely be asked to monitor the amount emptied from your surgical drains. Most post-tummy tuck patients find this very disgusting but you have to keep in mind that making sure that your drains are regularly emptied and are clean will lead to your desired outcomes. Always squeeze the drains a little before you close it to produce negative pressure and facilitate drainage. You can empty the surgical drains once or twice a day.

Dr. Weinstein has the significant experience, expertise, and skill for a successful body-contouring procedure in New Jersey. Get in touch with us at our Chester Woods Clinic by calling us at (908) 879-2222 or by filling out this contact form. Make an appointment today and experience the life changing effects of plastic surgery!

Body-Contouring Surgery Can Significantly
Improve Quality of Life

New Jersey Body ContouringA 2012 report published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) revealed that post-bariatric surgery patients experienced significant improvement in their lives after having body-contouring surgery such as a New Jersey tummy tuck. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the quality of life on a long-term basis for patients who underwent bariatric surgery.

Significant Improvements
The study, led by Dr. Eva S.J. van der Beek of the University Medical Center Utrecht in Netherlands, evaluated 33 post-bariatric patients who underwent body contouring procedures, most of which involve a tummy tuck and breast augmentation. Six out of the seven quality of life categories were found to have greatly improved including intimacy, physical functioning, social network, social acceptance and mental well-being. All in all, 55 percent of the patients found the results of the surgery as very satisfactory.

Bariatric Surgery Defined
Bariatric surgery is performed in patients who are severely obese. Its downside include the appearance of loose skin after the procedure. Body-contouring surgery such as a tummy tuck is often required to be performed after the surgery to improve the appearance of overhanging skin tissues. The results of the study has proven the importance of reconstruction surgery following bariatric procedures.

Ideal Candidates of Body Contouring Surgery in New Jersey
By and large, the following are the ideal candidates for a body contouring procedure:

— Individuals who just underwent a successful gastric bypass surgery
— Women who just gave birth and had tried diet and exercise to get back in shape but failed
— Individuals who just lost weight but has weak abdominal muscles or has sagging abdominal skin
— Anyone wanting to have body contouring procedure should be within 10 percent of their ideal body weight

Dr. Weinstein has significant experience, expertise, and skill for a successful body-contouring procedure in New Jersey. Get in touch with us at our Chester Woods, New Jersey Clinic by calling us at (908) 879-2222 or by filling out this contact form. Make an appointment today and experience the life changing effects of a tummy tuck!

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