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Interested in Abdominoplasty? Here’s What You Should be Asking!

Handsome young man in blue jeans with naked torsoA brief online search into the ins and outs of plastic surgery and you’ll come away with one common piece of advice: choose a board-certified plastic surgeon for your desired procedure. Ask at least one surgeon about complications, and how many procedures they have performed. These are good, but they are just the beginning. Savvy patients know that there are better, more specific questions that will help them get the best results and have the best patient experience. Here, we discuss what you should be asking as you determine who should have the honor of performing your abdominoplasty surgery.

What surgery does my belly really need?

Abdominoplasty is a tummy tuck procedure. However, there’s more to it than that. Going beyond the basics, you want your surgeon to explain to you what kind of tummy tuck you need, a full abdominoplasty, mini-tuck, rectus repair? Do you need more than one technique, or do you need something else entirely? A very good surgeon will be able to make a recommendation and also back it up with clear reasoning. The options for tummy tuck surgery are varied, which means you should know a little about your own anatomy.

The abdominal wall is made up of various layers. The skin, then fat, then muscle at the innermost layer. For a tummy tuck to successfully achieve optimal contouring, every layer must be addressed. In more detail, the abdominal wall has two vertical rectus muscles that sit front and center. They are surrounded by the oblique muscles on each side. When the central muscles split, it is referred to as rectus diastasis. If the muscles require repair, this may be done without a full tummy tuck incision if the patient does not have excess fat and skin to trim.

The layer of abdominal fat may be the primary problem that needs correction. In this instance, the surgeon would recommend liposuction instead of a tummy tuck. The skilled eye observes the skin and anticipates how it may or may not retract after fat reduction. For some patients, the skin may look loose and wrinkled after liposuction alone. Tissue laxity may be corrected surgically, with the proper abdominoplasty technique, or a doctor may correct the problem with a nonsurgical skin tightening protocol performed after liposuction incisions have healed. The same treatment protocol may be advisable for patients with minimal unwanted fat and loose skin or for patients concerned primarily with the appearance of sagging or wrinkled abdominal skin. For skin tightening alone, patients may consider Refirme Skin Tightening treatment. For nonsurgical fat reduction and skin tightening, Refirme may be combined with Liposonix. The treatment can also be added to a treatment protocol after surgical liposuction.

The question of whether or not to have a tummy tuck is just the tip of the iceberg. For a more in-depth discussion about your cosmetic goals, schedule a consultation with us in Pottsville or Hazleton.

When Does Life Return to Normal After a Tummy Tuck?

Tummy tuck surgery is very exciting for most women who are ready to take back their shape. This procedure, whether performed alone or as a part of a mommy makeover, corrects problems like excess fat and loose skin in the midsection area, stretch marks, a muffin-top, and cellulite. Nearly as soon as women begin envisioning their new bodies once they have decided to have a tummy tuck, they also start thinking about their recovery period. Many of our patients want to know when they can expect life to return to normal after their procedure. We discuss that here.

What a Tummy Tuck Does

A tummy tuck, called abdominoplasty, is a procedure in which the abdominal muscle is tightened. Dr. Kimmel does this through an incision just below the bikini line that runs from hip to hip. Gently pulling the abdominal muscle so that it lies flat and smooth, he trims the excess loose muscle and inserts sutures to secure the tissue. This same process is repeated for the overlying skin. In some situations, it is necessary to also reposition the belly button so that it does not sit too low on the abdomen. The result of tissue tightening is a flat, taut midsection.

Abdominoplasty Recovery

We understand why patients want to know about their tummy tuck recovery. This procedure is often misunderstood as painful and lengthy. The reason this is the perception that many people have of tummy tuck recovery is that patients cannot stand upright or sleep lying flat for several days after their procedure. This, however, is related to tightness and simple mobility more than it is pain. Because the muscle has been tightened, it needs time to relax and flatten after the natural trauma of surgery.  For a few days, patients take prescription pain medication to control comfort. Usually, by the end of the first week, soreness has improved so much that comfort is achievable with over-the-counter pain relief.

So, when does life return to normal after a tummy tuck?

During the first week, patients should expect to not be able to reach overhead. After a week to 10 days, mobility should improve quite a bit. However, it can take two to three weeks to be able to stand completely upright with minimal tightness. This improves a little each day. Patients are usually ready to return to work and light activities after 3 weeks of recovery. Light exercise may resume after about 4 weeks of recovery. However more vigorous exercise and heavier lifting may need to be postponed for another few weeks.

Patients who undergo tummy tuck surgery can expect routine follow-ups to assess their healing. During these visits, we discuss which activities may be resumed based on how the muscle and skin are recovering.

Learn more about tummy tuck surgery. Call our Hazleton or Pottsville office to schedule your consultation.

Sleep Well After Your Tummy Tuck

Sleep is one of the cornerstones of good health. More than providing us with the rest we need to succeed in our ultra-busy society, sleep is the catalyst for physical rejuvenation and healing. Knowing this, plastic surgery patients can give themselves permission to rest as much as their body dictates after their selected procedure. Depending on the type of surgery, though, sleep can be somewhat of a challenge.

Tummy tuck surgery is performed to restore muscle tone to the abdomen. The procedure achieves outstanding outcomes by surgically repositioning the abdominal muscle and trimming excess that has become loose. Understandably, when abdominal tissue is altered from a very loose state to one that is flat and tight, it takes time for settling to occur. After a tummy tuck, this can be 4 to 6 weeks. During this time, it is not possible to sleep on the side or the stomach. This can be a challenge for many patients but not one that is insurmountable.

Dr. Kimmel’s patients are encouraged to sleep only on their back while they are recovering from abdominoplasty. Because pressure and strain on incisions should be minimized, it is also necessary to sleep in a somewhat included position. This can be achieved by sleeping on several pillows or in a recliner. Even in a recliner, some patients like to place a pillow behind their head and one under their knees. This slightly inclined position may also be more comfortable on a sofa than in a bed.

Some of the ways that good sleep can be fostered after abdominoplasty include:

  • Pad the recovery area with various sized pillows, some that can be placed under the head and some that can be placed around the body. Contoured pillows are also an option that many patients select.
  • Prepare before surgery. Because it can take time to get used to sleeping in a new position, patients may begin making this transition before surgery. This can be especially helpful for stomach or side sleepers who may be challenged to stay on their back. Placing a pillow on each side of the body works wonderfully for this change.

Schedule Your Tummy Tuck Consultation at Keystone Surgery Center

Dr. Kimmel has been providing outstanding care to patients in the Pottsville and Hazleton areas for more than 20 years. During this time, he has performed thousands of face, breast and body procedures. Schedule a consultation in an office near you to discover the benefits of a customized tummy tuck.

If You’re Thinking of Tucking, You Need to Know This

Tummy Tuck Hazleton, PA

Tummy Tuck Hazleton, PAAbdominoplasty is a common body-contouring procedure that helps men and women reach goals that may otherwise elude them. Eating well and working out are integral to muscle tone and optimal weight, but there are factors in abdominal concerns that have nothing to do with what is eaten or how many crunches are performed. These factors can be corrected with a tummy tuck.

Nearly 130,000 tummy tucks were performed last year alone, demonstrating the effectiveness of this procedure and the ongoing success it achieves. Knowing that abdominoplasty is a popular pre-summer cosmetic procedure, we want to look at the after-effects of this surgery. Specifically, we want to discuss the matter of recovery.

Abdominoplasty: Here’s What Happens

During the average tummy tuck, an incision is made across the hip-line. Underlying abdominal tissue is repositioned and tightly secured so the abdominal surface flattens. If muscle separation has occurred, structures are reattached as needed. Excess skin is excised and the incision is closed. Muscles may have been loose before surgery but tightening them still leads to a bit of contraction that you need to be prepared for.

Recovery from abdominoplasty is not awful by any means. It does, however, limit you for about a week. To improve the road to recovery, we suggest:

  • Prepare for surgery with good lifestyle habits. Eating well and developing an exercise regimen pays off after abdominoplasty by optimizing bodily function, flexibility, and resiliency that contribute to efficient tissue regeneration and healing.
  • Get help. Maybe this should be tip Number One. Patients who are provided with the most assistance after abdominoplasty are those that experience the least amount of stress. It’s that simple. Look, your tummy is going to be tightafter surgery. Like need help out of bed, help to the bathroom, and help with basic care tight. Having a reliable and compassionate assistant during the week after surgery may be the best thing you can do for recovery.
  • Listen to your doctor. It’s safe to say that your doctor has a great deal more experience with abdominoplasty and surgical recovery than most people you know. Post-operative care instructions are a vital aspect of our treatment protocol. We highly suggest that you follow them to a T so your recovery goes as smoothly as possible. Some patients, when they start to feel more comfortable, overdo their activity to a point where their recovery takes steps backward. Don’t be that person. Listen to your doctor.

Keystone Surgery Center has helped thousands of patients from Pottsville, Hazleton, and surrounding areas feel better about their appearance. To learn more about abdominoplasty and what it can do for you, call the office in your area.

Abdominoplasty: It’s Crunch Time!

Abdominoplasty and Working out Hazleton, PA and Pottsville, PAThe midsection can pose a significant problem when it doesn’t get into shape no matter how hard you try. Contouring is a vital aspect of looking as physically fit as you feel. The body doesn’t always agree, though, especially when fatty deposits have accumulated across the abdomen. In such an instance, the way to restore the taut tummy you once had is not with crunches, but with a tummy tuck.

Eating healthy can help you get to the overall weight that you’d like to maintain with your good eating habits. Exercise can also do your body good, but that doesn’t mean that hundreds of crunches and other core work can bring separated muscles back together. To do away with loose, sagging tissue and skin takes a surgeon’s touch. Then, it’s crunch time, but maybe not in the way you think!

Getting to it

Often, a person makes the decision to consider abdominoplasty after his or her exercise efforts have not paid off. Working so hard to bring out the best in your body can lead to a sort of dependence on exercise that can be difficult to resist after your tummy tuck. This is when the going may get tough. Working out is not the first order of business after abdominoplasty. In fact, it doesn’t really get to be what it once was for some time.

Sculpting and stitching the abdominal wall means that tissues need a full recovery before they can manage the strain of targeted exercises like crunches. In fact, any type of exercise that requires a tightened core may be off limits until the muscles have reached 100% functional use. This may be several months.

Until that time

The abdominal muscles heal approximately 60% in the first six weeks after surgery. That leaves a pretty substantial gap, though, and while you may be feeling a lot more like your old self, your re-entry into the workout world may need to wait a bit. Walking is a great activity to engage in until that time. As you feel able, you may also start light weight training, just be careful not to strain your core during any of your exercises.

Patients of Keystone Cosmetic Surgery Center receive one-on-one support from a friendly and experienced staff. If you have questions about any aspect of the abdominoplasty process, give us a call.


Considering A Tummy Tuck? Read On

abdominoplastyAre you battling loose tummy skin? Even if you have an excellent work-out routine in place and are watching what you eat, chances are neither of those are taking care of your excess tummy skin. So, if you’ve lost a large amount of weight, are battling an aging tummy, or have lose tummy skin following childbirth, a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, may be the perfect solution.

Being in good general health and physically fit are important components to your recovery from any surgery, but they are especially important if you are considering a tummy tuck.

  • Your fitness level, emotional stability, realistic expectations and positive attitude are all crucial factors that can aid in your recovery from surgery. Having a good support system is also a definite plus. There isn’t a substitute for moral support, encouragement and help at home following your tummy tuck surgery.
  • The healthier you are definitely makes you a better tummy tuck candidate.This is especially true for reducing any potential risks of anesthesia and surgery. Additionally, if you are in good cardiovascular shape and close to your ideal body weight, you should recover from the surgery very well.
  • Being physically fit won’t necessarily shorten a normal recovery time, but the healthier and fitter you are the faster your recovery will be. Your body may not actually heal faster than those of a patient who is sedentary and overweight, but you will likely be back to your normal activities sooner. Patients who aren’t fit might experience potential side effects or complications that may prolong their recovery time.
  • You should never push harder to make your healing go faster. Listen to your body. It will tell you when you are pushing yourself too hard. Be cautious about getting back to “working” your abdominal muscles too soon following surgery.

Now that spring is almost here, now is the time to consider tummy tuck surgery…and be summer-ready before you know it. Dr. Kimmel welcomes your questions. Call to schedule a consultation, today: Pottsville – (570) 622-2900. Hazleton – (570) 455-4252.

5 Essential Things to Do When Preparing for a Tummy Tuck

Chance, they say, favors the prepared. When it comes to plastic surgery, patients who sufficiently prepare for the procedure of their choice will most likely get the outcomes they want. Here at our Pottsville tummy tuck practice, a personalized surgical plan will be provided based on cosmetic goals, preferences, and current lifestyle. While pre-operative instructions will vary from one person to another, the following list will surely help make your life easier during and after the procedure: 

  • Take the time off from work or school and make sure to notify the people who will be most likely affected of your absence. Give yourself enough time to fully recover.

  • Prepare your house for your recovery. Make sure that you enough supply of food (that is if no one is around to do grocery for you), ice packs, and other recovery aids. Fill in prescriptions in advance.

  • If you have children, arrange for someone to look after them during and after the surgery. In addition, you might also want to make sure that someone will be looking after you, too.

  • Stick to a good nutritional plan that will help you heal quickly. Consider eating mostly from whole food sources and avoid the highly processed food items at all cost. You might want to consult a nutritionist or dietician to help you meet your nutritional requirements.

  • Limit your alcohol intake and quit smoking. Both habits, with special emphasis on smoking can significantly delay healing and may contribute to potential complications post-surgery such as infection and pneumonia. 

If you’d like to learn more about how to effectively prepare for a tummy tuck here at our practice, call us at (570)622-2900 or fill out this contact form to schedule an initial consultation today. We look forward to your visit!


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