Maintain Your Tummy Tucks Results With a Few Simple Tips

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, nearly 130,000 abdominoplasty procedures were performed in 2017, making it one of the top five most popular surgical procedures in the U.S. Also known as a tummy tuck, this procedure helps patients achieve their desired body goals by restoring muscle strength and removing excess fat and tissue in the abdomen area. Those who consider undergoing an abdominoplasty should know that plastic surgery is a major decision and investment that may require several lifestyle changes for better and more long-lasting results. Here are some key changes that will help maintain the results of tummy tuck surgery.

Diet and Exercise

A woman showing her midsection

Weight gain causes the skin to stretch in order to make room for the excess weight. The end result is extra skin that hangs off of the body, which may not be aesthetically pleasing for many people. This is usually the reason why people opt for tummy tuck surgery in the first place, so it’s important to maintain a healthy weight following the procedure in order to prevent the “undoing” of plastic surgery. The most obvious steps to prevent excessive weight gain are proper diet and exercise. As the body heals, it is especially important to avoid carbonated drinks or foods high in sodium that can cause bloating and fluid retention because the stomach area will be sensitive to excess swelling. Patients should also try to reduce or avoid the intake of foods high in saturated fats, carbohydrates, and sugars to encourage a healthier lifestyle. Individuals should find exercises that they enjoy—such as walking, jogging, and biking—and make it a regular workout routine.

Wait Until You’re Done Growing Your Family

Since a person should try to avoid weight gain, and since many women consider surgery following physical changes after a pregnancy, women should also try to avoid becoming pregnant after undergoing a tummy tuck. As a pregnancy progresses, the muscles in the abdomen will begin to strain and tear, resulting in the skin being stretched, therefore “undoing” the desired results of an abdominoplasty. This is why women who are still unsure about their family planning goals should consider putting off cosmetic surgery until after they’re sure that they are done having children. At this time, patients may consult with Dr. Franckle about the benefits of combining a tummy tuck procedure with other surgical options for a mommy makeover procedure.

Quit Smoking

Those who smoke are usually advised to quit before surgery, and for better results, it’s best to not start again after the procedure. Since studies have shown that nicotine can hinder the healing process, smoking can interfere with the body’s ability to recover after surgery. Smoking is also known to affect blood flow, which can increase surgical risk factors. Additionally, smoking increases a person’s chances of heart attacks, stroke, and some cancers. This is not just about the physical results of a tummy tuck; this is also about the overall health of a person, which is just as important for self-improvement.

If you are considering an abdominoplasty, William Franckle, MD, FACS offers a range of options, including both mini and full abdominoplasty procedures, as well as liposuction. View our tummy tuck gallery to see how we have helped patients across South Jersey achieve their desired results. While results will vary depending on your unique body and goals, we recommend you start by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Franckle to answer all of your questions and learn more about this procedure.

 

Four Top Plastic Surgery Trends for 2018

Example of female patient of William Franckle, MD, FACS who had a cosmetic procedure

Cosmetic surgery is more popular than ever in the United States. According to an annual statistics report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), more than 17.5 million procedures were performed in 2017, a 2 percent increase over 2016 numbers. Those considering a cosmetic procedure should know about these 2018 plastic surgery trends. Here are some procedures that are showing a surge in popularity.

1. Breast Reductions 

While breast reduction is not a new procedure, it increased in prevalence by 11 percent last year according to the ASPS. With this surgery, excess breast tissue and fat are removed to reduce the size of the breasts and bring them in proportion to the rest of the body. Breast reduction has a high patient satisfaction rating both with the aesthetic results and the improved quality of life.

2. Non-Invasive Body Sculpting Procedures

This year, plastic surgery trends go beyond traditional surgery, with a dramatic increase in ultrasound, laser, and other technical procedures that tighten skin and eliminate fat. One of the most popular options in this category includes injectable medications like  Kybella, which is approved by the FDA to destroy fat cells in the chin or other areas of the body. These non-invasive procedures can create a slimmer, more youthful appearance with no recovery time, accounting for their skyrocketing popularity.

3. Botox® Injections

This injectable medication is the most popular minimally invasive cosmetic procedure in the U.S. Its diverse applications are part of the reason why Botox® is so widely used; it can effectively smooth the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as treat excessive sweating when injected in the underarm area. In 2017, 7.23 million Botox® procedures were performed, with an even greater increase projected for 2018. In fact, Botox® was the leading cosmetic minimally invasive procedure performed, just beating out dermal fillers like Juvéderm.

4. Tummy Tucks

After a decrease in 2016, tummy tucks have joined the list of top plastic surgery trends, with an increase of more than 2,000 procedures in 2017 when compared to the previous year. A tummy tuck can create the flat stomach contour that may not be achievable with diet and exercise alone due to the effects of age, weight changes, and pregnancy. This procedure removes excess fat and skin and tightens muscles to achieve the patient’s desired aesthetic goal.

If you live in the Voorhees, NJ area and are considering one of these procedures or another cosmetic surgery procedure, turn to the expertise of William Franckle, MD, FACS. Dr. Franckle is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Fill out our convenient online form to schedule a free consultation.

 

Taking Care of a Tummy Tuck After Surgery

It has been said that the recovery period following a plastic surgery procedure is just as important (if not more important) as the surgery itself. In the case of a tummy tuck recovery, healing will go more smoothly if the patient is informed and willing to comply completely with the post-operative instructions we provide. Here are a few things to keep in mind as your recovery progresses: 1502-PremierPlasticSurgery-BAImage-TummyTuck-KK-A-02

Right After the Procedure

A degree of swelling and bruising in the affected area should be expected. This is common, normally subsiding a few weeks after surgery. Immediately following the procedure, you will leave the surgical center with drain tubes in place. These will remain in place for about a week. These tubes help to prevent fluid buildup. Post tummy tuck patients are also given a special compression garment to help reduce swelling and fluid retention. The first few weeks after your surgery it is critical to keep the treated areas compressed as the skin is conforming to your new shape. You post-operative instructions should be closely followed to take care of the tubes, the garment, and the treated region.

Dr. Franckle also provides prescriptions to take. Medications typically include pain management drugs as well as antibiotics to avoid infection. A laxative may also be recommended to maintain healthy bowel function. Alcohol should not be consumed with these medicines.

In most cases, it’s not necessary to be bedridden, but physical activity should be kept to a minimum. Avoid any strain on the incision sites, but feel free to walk around and carry out simple daily tasks. This is a healing period, so take it easy and get plenty of rest.

The First Eight Weeks

Avoid strenuous activities and exercises, including lifting heavy objects, during those critical six to eight weeks following surgery. During the recovery period, it’s extremely important to abstain from smoking or using any nicotine products.

There are three types of tummy tucks: mini, standard, and extensive. Depending on which procedure was completed, a patient will receive different instructions and different recovery times.

The incisions should heal after about two weeks. Depending on an individual’s job and its physical requirements, it can be anywhere from one to three weeks before you are given the green light to return to work. This will all be discussed with Dr. Franckle prior to your surgery so you can plan ahead.

Ask Questions

If at any point you have questions about your tummy tuck recovery, be sure to contact our office. We are here to help and happy to address any concerns and clarify any confusion.

 

Top 3 Tummy Tuck Questions to Ask your Plastic Surgeon

An abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, is a body contouring procedure that has gained popularity among men and women due to its ability to provide great results for a variety of issues in the abdominal region.

We see patients everyday interested in this procedure and three common questions are almost always asked during the consultation:

What does the procedure entail?

A tummy tuck is a cosmetic procedure used to improve the appearance of the abdominal area. Stubborn deposits of fat, lax abdominal muscles, and loose skin can cause a change in shape and size of the abdomen. Each and every procedure Dr. Franckle performs is tailored to the individual patient in order to address that person’s issues, preferences and medical history. Ideal candidates for a tummy tuck are looking to tighten the abdominal muscles, remove excess skin, and remove the fat that has not responded to diet or exercise.

What is the difference between a mini and a full tummy tuck?

It is important to note that both forms of an abdominoplasty entail the removal of loose skin and the tightening of the abdominal muscles. The main difference between the two lies in how much of the abdominal area is adjusted. A mini tuck is confined to the lower abdomen (the area below the belly button) while a full tummy tuck will address both above and below the belly button.

What should I expect during a tummy tuck recovery?

After the procedure, drain tubes will be left in place for a week to facilitate attainment of the desired results. Swelling and bruising around the treated area is common and generally subsides a few weeks after the tummy tuck procedure. Dr. Franckle recommends that patients avoid strenuous activities, such as heavy lifting, for at least 6–8 weeks post surgery to ensure a healthy healing process. As with any surgical procedure, it is important to pay close attention to the instructions provided about plastic surgery recovery.

These are just a few of the crucial questions that may be rolling around in your head if you are interested in a tummy tuck procedure. If you are looking for every more information, be sure to check out our Tummy Tuck FAQs post as well as your Tummy Tuck Before and After Photo Gallery

 

Tummy Tuck FAQs

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 111,000 people opted to undergo a tummy tuck in 2013. That is surprising, considering that almost half that amount of people (62,713) underwent that procedure back in 2000. This statistic is evidence to the fact that tummy tuck procedures are providing the results that patients are looking for. If you’re among those considering this procedure and desire a slimmer, more toned abdominal area, you’ll most certainly want to learn more. You have questions and we have the answers to the FAQs about tummy tucks here:

What is involved in the procedure?
During a tummy tuck, unwanted fat and skin can be removed from the abdominal area. If needed, depending on the patient, we can go a step further to strengthen and reconnect weakened or separated muscles. This results in a smoother and firmer abdominal area.

How do I know if I’m a good candidate?
Generally speaking, the best candidates are those who have an overall healthy body weight yet remain unsatisfied with the appearance of their abdominal area. Sagging skin, excessive fat, and/or stretch marks resulting from a dramatic weight gain and loss (such as that experienced during pregnancy) are common complaints we hear from patients requesting a tummy tuck procedure. Changes in your abdomen may also be hereditary in nature or a natural result of the aging process.

Will my tummy tuck results be affected by future pregnancies?
Your tummy tuck results will be affected by a future pregnancy, so women who are likely to become pregnant in the near future should opt to wait until after childbirth to undergo a tummy tuck. However, having gone through the procedure in the past will not negatively affect any future pregnancies.

What is the recovery like?
Patients generally experience mild discomfort for a few days immediately after surgery. We recommend one week off from work in order to allow the body to heal, though some regular activities can be resumed during that period. Intense physical activity can resume after about six weeks.