Tummy Tuck: What to Know Before and After

Weight loss diet abdominoplastyAbdominoplasty, more commonly known as tummy tuck surgery, can sculpt, slim, and tone an aging abdomen, bringing back youthfulness or a pre-baby body. While this surgery can provide stunning results, abdominoplasty is no walk in the park, and proper preparation both before and after can make all the difference between a challenging and comfortable tummy tuck journey. This procedure removes excess skin and fat while tightening the underlying abdominal muscles. Abdominoplasty affects your entire core, and for anyone who has ever overworked their “core,” they know that it affects the comfort of your whole body.

How to Prepare for Surgery

Preparation is the best way to ensure a comfortable recovery. Between setting up a designated recovery space (one made up of a lot of pillows that is easy to prepare, eating healthy foods, and having close access to anything you may need) will aid with your comfort. Another recommendation is to fill your prescriptions before the day of surgery. You will experience pain and discomfort with tummy tuck surgery, and you will want pain medication.

During your consultation, Dr. Mesbahi will give you instructions and pre-surgery requirements. These requirements will include when to stop smoking, when to stop taking other medications, and how to prepare yourself mentally for the procedure to come. It goes without saying that you should follow his suggestions and requirements both before and after your surgery.

What to Expect After Your Abdominoplasty

You Will Need to Rest

You’ve already set up your recovery space, and now is the time to use it. Resting is the fastest way to heal your body. And honestly, how many times do you have an actual excuse to relax on the couch? Take naps, read the novel you’ve been putting off, binge the television show everyone’s been talking about. The most important thing is to not push yourself before you’re ready.

You May Have Drains

After your procedure, you may have drains put in to assist in your recovery. Drains are used to prevent the buildup of excess fluids. If this is the case, Dr. Mesbahi will provide you with instructions on how to properly care for these drains (including when to empty and clean them), and when to expect their removal. These drains are usually removed within a few days.

You Should Work Back Into Your Routine Slowly

You will start to feel like your usual self again within a few days. As soon as you feel able, it’s wise to get on your feet to engage in short, stress-free strolls around your house or neighborhood (as long as you live on a flat street). These walks will promote circulation and blood flow and will also contribute to the speed of your recovery. You will want to avoid any strenuous exercise or heavy lifting for at least six weeks.

Maintaining Your Results

Your tummy tuck procedure will no doubt provide you with stunning, transformative results. Once you heal, you may wonder what it will take to maintain those results. The truth is, keeping your new svelte figure is easier than you may think. It only requires dedication. Your results will be long-lasting as long as they are accompanied by a healthy diet and regular exercise.

If you are interested in abdominoplasty, contact Dr. Mesbahi today by calling 703-287-8277.

 

Any woman who has ever been pregnant is familiar with the intense changes that occur in the female body during those short nine months. One of the areas that is most affected by pregnancy is the abdomen. While some new mothers are able to reclaim a firm, flat abdomen, many others struggle fruitlessly to do so. Tummy tuck surgery can eliminate excess fat, trim away loose skin, and tighten the abdominal muscles to help women recover their narrow, smooth waistlines after pregnancy.

The Benefits of Tummy Tuck Surgery

before-and-after-tummy-tuckWhile exercise and a healthy diet can help the body shed excess weight, these tactics cannot target particular areas of the body. The tummy tuck procedure can directly target specific body issues that occur because of pregnancy. First, the procedure can eliminate the excess fat that has accumulated around the abdomen to protect the mother and baby during pregnancy. Second, the procedure can get rid of the loose skin that resulted from the skin stretching to make room for the growing baby. Third, tummy tuck surgery can treat diastasis recti. Diastasis recti occurs when the abdominal muscles separate during pregnancy and create a perpetual belly pooch. Many formerly pregnant women are never able to fully correct diastasis recti with exercise and will need tummy tuck surgery to once again have a flat abdomen. Tummy tuck surgery can trim your waistline and help emphasize your feminine curves in all the right ways.

Timing Your Procedure

Even if you want to undergo tummy tuck surgery immediately after your pregnancy, it is important to give your body time to heal after giving birth. Most women should wait at least six to 12 months after childbirth before undergoing tummy tuck surgery. During this time, the tissues of the abdomen can heal and contract on their own, especially with the assistance of exercise. Furthermore, women who plan on having multiple children should wait to undergo tummy tuck surgery until after their final pregnancy so as to maintain the best surgical results.

Consider a Full Mommy Makeover

before-and-after-mommy-makeoverFor many women, a tummy tuck is not enough to fully reclaim their pre-baby figure. Sagging, deflated breasts and localized pockets of fat all over the body can prevent women from feeling youthful and attractive. Those who would like a full feminine makeover should consider a Mommy Makeover. The Mommy Makeover is a group of surgeries that are commonly combined to enhance a woman’s figure after pregnancy. Tummy tuck surgery, breast augmentation, breast lift surgery, and liposuction are usually part of the Mommy Makeover, although other procedures can also be included. A full makeover can tackle the specific concerns you have with your body and restore an attractive, feminine, youthful figure.

Tummy tuck surgery and the Mommy Makeover are both excellent ways for women to enhance their figures after pregnancy. To learn more, schedule your personal consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alex Mesbahi. Call (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form to book your appointment today.

shutterstock_447987250In the 16th century, corsets became a popular female clothing item. They quickly became a fashion norm and remained so until the early twentieth century, when they were replaced by girdles and brassieres. Cultural and social changes during the 1900s turned the corset into an outdated fashion accessory. However, in recent years, the corset has seen an alarming resurgence not as a fashion accessory but as a weight-loss method. The so-called “corset diet” is a dangerous trend, and women seeking a narrower and tighter waistline should consider the safer and more permanent benefits of tummy tuck surgery.

What’s Wrong With the Corset Diet?

The corset diet purportedly helps women to lose weight and achieve a thinner waistline. Women will begin this “diet” by wearing a corset for a few hours a day, gradually increasing the amount of time until they are wearing one for 12 hours a day. Popularized by celebrities such as Jessica Alba and Khloe Kardashian, the corset diet has caught on like wildfire for its reported ability to help women eat less and feel fuller longer. However, many doctors have warned against the potentially serious damage that the corset diet can cause. Long-term corset wear compresses the rib cage, restricts breathing, and can bruise the skin and internal organs. Breathing restrictions caused by corset wear may lead to long-term consequences for health and metabolic function. In addition, the changes in body shape caused by corset wear are not permanent, which means that the corset must regularly be worn to achieve your desired shape. Regular corset wear further perpetuates the health problems caused by this dangerous trend.

Abdominoplasty Is Safer and Produces Permanent Results

Before and After Tummy Tuck SurgeryThere is a solution to this problem that is far safer and better than the incredibly risky corset diet: abdominoplasty. Commonly referred to as “tummy tuck surgery,” abdominoplasty is a safe and effective solution that can improve your waistline, eliminate excess skin, and remove stubborn belly fat. The tummy tuck procedure surgically tightens distended abdominal muscles so that they are more successful in holding in the internal organs. Essentially, tightening the abdominal muscles creates an internal corset that makes the waist appear tighter and firmer all the time. The procedure also eliminates stubborn fat and excess skin left by pregnancy or weight loss. It requires no long-term wearing of any piece of clothing, and it creates a better body shape that can be appreciated with or without any clothing at all.

If you would like a narrower waistline, don’t fall into the trend of the corset diet. Instead, contact Dr. Alex Mesbahi about abdominoplasty, an effective and safe solution that can restore an attractive and firm hourglass waist. To schedule your consultation, call (703) 287-8277 or complete our online contact form today.

Fitness and exercise are incredibly important for many reasons, the foremost of which are your health and your image. However, loose skin and stubborn fat are exceptionally difficult to tone. When exercise fails to rid your body of excess skin and fat, liposuction and tummy tuck surgery can tone your problem areas.

Achieving Your Fitness Goals

At this time of year, many are still striving to keep up with their New Year’s resolutions for fitness. Some people set particular physical goals that they’d like to achieve, like being ready to run a marathon. Others set goals for how many times per week they will go to the gym. Most people set fitness goals to lose a certain amount of weight, to get down to a certain clothing size, or to eliminate a particular problem area. Whatever goals you set this year, the truth about fitness is that fitness goals are harder to achieve when you cannot see the results of your efforts. Consequently, unless you see noticeable, progressive changes in your body, it’s easy to give up on your New Year’s fitness goals by February or March.

Pairing Exercise With Plastic Surgery

Liposuction Before and AfterWhen you are frustrated because you do not see results and when you are discouraged and feeling that you’ll never have the body shape you desire, it is time to consider pairing exercise with plastic surgery. Certain procedures can perfectly pair with your efforts to reshape your body and help you go the extra mile. Liposuction and tummy tuck surgery are plastic surgery procedures that are designed to tone your body by fixing trouble areas. Liposuction can eliminate excess fat in stubborn areas such as the lower abdomen, upper thighs, upper arms, flanks, and back. Tummy tuck surgery can eliminate excess abdominal fat, tighten loose stomach muscles, and remove excess skin.

For many individuals, no amount of exercise will be able to tone certain areas of the body. You could work out all day, every day and not see the results you desire. With liposuction or tummy tuck surgery, however, you can directly target your problem areas to tone and reshape your body. These procedures are the perfect complement to exercise, meaning they are meant for individuals who are already working to achieve their ideal body shape. Neither procedure is a weight-loss procedure; liposuction and tummy tuck surgery are intended for those who are at or near their ideal body weight. By combining your exercise routines with one or both of these procedures, you will see visible, dramatic changes to your body shape. This can give you the motivation to stick to your fitness goals, and as you continue to exercise, you will maintain optimal results from both your plastic surgery procedures and your exercise efforts.

If you’re not seeing the results you’d like from your fitness regimen and you have stubborn areas of fat or loose skin, schedule a consultation with Dr. Mesbahi for body contouring. Liposuction or a tummy tuck can tone your figure and give you the results you desire. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Mesbahi, please call (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form today.