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Archive for March, 2021
If you have been wanting to get a smoother, firmer abdominal profile, you may have been thinking about whether a tummy tuck is right for you. A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin and tightens weakened or separated abdominal muscles. Here are some reasons why you may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck:
- You’ve lost a lot of weight and now have an “apron” of loose skin that hangs over your lower abdominal area.
- You have loose skin and abdominal muscles that need to be tightened after going through pregnancy.
- You have tried every diet and exercise program and are at or near your ideal weight, yet you still have a “pooch” of loose skin that bothers you.
- You are in good overall health and at a stable weight.
- You have a positive outlook and realistic expectations for surgical outcomes.
- You are a non-smoker.
- You are bothered by the appearance of your abdomen.
- You understand that a tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or a weight-loss program.
- Even though the results of surgery are technically permanent, you understand that gaining weight can diminish or negate your results.
- If you are planning on losing a substantial amount of weight or are considering future pregnancies, you should postpone tummy tuck surgery.
- A tummy tuck may remove or improve the appearance of stretch marks if they are in the areas of the excess skin that will be removed.
A tummy tuck requires general anesthesia, so you will be asleep during the entire operation. Depending on whether you have a complete or partial abdominoplasty, the procedure can take two to five hours to complete.
Incisions are made just above the public area and from hip bone to hip bone fur a complete tummy tuck. For a partial tummy tuck, the incision is shorter. In both cases, the healed scar will be hidden by the line of your panty or bikini bottom.
If you’re interested in learning whether you’re a candidate for tummy tuck surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Weinstein by calling (908) 879-2222.
Posted in Tummy Tuck on March 30th, 2021
Even with the best diet and exercise program, that extra pooch and stretched skin in the tummy area won’t go away. Now is the time to consider tummy tuck surgery, which creates a smoother, firmer abdominal profile by removing excess fat and skin and repositioning stretched and separated muscles in the abdominal wall. Here are four reasons why you should consider a tummy tuck.
You are done with childbearing. Often, pregnancy can wreak havoc on a woman’s body, and the stretched skin in the abdominal area doesn’t bounce back as you would’ve hoped. If you’re planning future pregnancies, you will want to hold off on a tummy tuck because it could negate your surgical results.
You have lost weight. For men and women alike who have lost a significant amount of weight, removing the excess skin has both aesthetic and functional appeal, as they want to show off their new contours and get rid of skin that’s getting in their way.
A tummy tuck can be done simultaneously with other procedures. Often a tummy tuck is accompanied by liposuction to get rid of excess fat in the abdominal area. A tummy tuck is also an integral part of what’s called a “Mommy Makeover,” and combined with a breast augmentation with or without a breast lift, and liposuction. This all-encompassing surgery is an increasingly popular choice among women who want one recovery period instead of separate ones spread out over several months or years.
You’ll see immediate results. After surgery, you will notice initial results that improve even more as swelling subsides. After several months, you’ll see full results once the swelling has ended.
A tummy tuck can provide long-lasting results if you continue to follow a healthy lifestyle after surgery. To learn more about a tummy tuck and to see if you’re a candidate, call our office today at (908) 879-2222 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Weinstein.
Posted in Tummy Tuck on August 30th, 2020
You exercise. You eat right. But even that strict diet can’t help with loose, sagging skin around the abdomen. If you’ve been wanting a flat and toned abdomen, consider starting the New Year with a new you by consulting with Dr. Weinstein about a tummy tuck. Here are a few things you should know before getting this popular cosmetic surgery:
A tummy tuck can boost body image
Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is the best way to remove excess skin from the abdomen area after weight loss or pregnancy. The surgeon also tightens the fascia surrounding the muscles along the abdominal wall during this time.
A tummy tuck is not an alternative to weight loss
It’s ideal for women who are done with childbearing and want to tighten abdominal muscles and reduce skin. It’s also suitable for men and women who are in good health and have lost a significant amount of weight but still have excess fat or loose skin around their belly. If you are planning on losing a substantial amount of weight or becoming pregnant, you will want to wait to get a tummy tuck.
A tummy tuck can be done in combination with other cosmetic procedures
Liposuction may be done at the same time as a tummy tuck because it removes fat while a tummy tuck removes skin. A “Mommy Makeover,” is a combination of breast, hip and tummy procedures, including breast augmentation with or without lift, breast reduction, liposuction and tummy tuck. This all-in-one procedure is popular because it offers one recovery time instead of individual recoveries.
It may take a while to get back to feeling like your old self. A tummy tuck is a major surgery
If you are in good physical condition, you will find recovery is much faster. Some people can return to work in just two weeks, while others return to work in three or four weeks. Exercise will help you recover and heal faster by reducing the chance of blood clots, toning your muscles and reducing swelling. Just make sure you ease into it and avoid vigorous exercise until cleared by the surgeon.
Tummy tuck results can be life-changing and last a long time if you exercise and eat a balanced diet. If you’re ready to learn more about having a tummy tuck and other procedures to help you look and feel your best, contact our office today at (908) 879-2222 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Weinstein.
Posted in Tummy Tuck on December 15th, 2019
If it seems like you’re continually eating a lean diet, doing abdominal workouts, and trying to tighten your core, but you aren’t getting any result, then you may be wondering what you can do. One of the hardest things about losing weight around the stomach is that sometimes the fat can be stubborn and hard to get rid of. Let’ take a closer look at a few ways Dr. Weinstein can help you get that toned tummy in on time.
Sometimes during pregnancy, the abdominal muscles move around, which can make it harder for you to see results when you are losing weight after pregnancy.
Also, pregnancy can leave you with excess skin that’s hard to tighten with just exercises. During an abdominoplasty, Dr. Weinstein will reposition the abdominal muscles while also getting rid of excess skin on the abdomen to give you a tauter stomach.
Whether you want to do liposuction in conjunction with an abdominoplasty or just on its own, liposuction is one of the best ways to get rid of excess, stubborn fat on several parts of the body including on the stomach. During this surgical procedure, Dr. Weinstein will make small incisions just above the pelvic bone. Then, he will surgically scrape off the fat and suction it out with a device called a cannula. The result? A thinner stomach.
If you are sick and tired of doing abdominal crunches at the gym without seeing any results, then it may be time to get the help of a surgical procedure. To learn more about each of these procedures and whether or not you’re a good candidate, contact our Chester office at 908-879-2222.
Posted in Tummy Tuck on July 15th, 2019
“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.”
Posted in Tummy Tuck on March 5th, 2018
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
Posted in Tummy Tuck on January 30th, 2018
The 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.
Posted in Tummy Tuck on May 30th, 2016
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
If 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!
“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 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!
Posted in Tummy Tuck on September 30th, 2015
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.
Take 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
- 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.
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