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Having a Tummy Tuck: Let’s Talk Reasons!

We all make numerous decisions every day. Because our days are similar from one to the next, most of our decisions are made without really thinking about them. Cream in the coffee, check. Brush teeth before bed, check. We do these things without considering the advantages and disadvantages of our choices every single time. There are situations, however, where that level of contemplation is an absolute must. Having a tummy tuck is one of them. Here, we discuss why your reasons for wanting abdominoplasty matter.

Why Have a Tummy Tuck?

There are several reasons a person may give for wanting to address abdominal laxity. Motivations must be personal for every person, not made to please anyone but the patient. Common healthy reasons for a tummy tuck include the following.

Getting your Body Back

If you’ve had children or have lost weight, you may be left with loose, sagging tissue in your midsection. In your mind’s eye, you can recall when your tummy was flatter and tighter. A tummy tuck is performed to meet your specific needs so that you can look as good as you once did, if not better.

Feeling More Confident

Confidence is not created by our appearance but the two are related. Numerous studies have confirmed this theory. When you have that image in your mind’s eye of what your body used to or could look like, and that image is not what you see in the mirror, you’re bound to have an emotional response. This is only natural. Addressing loose and sagging abdominal tissue rewards you with harmony between how you see yourself and how you see yourself, if you know what we mean. Your self-image is what you will see in the mirror. In addition to looking like your best self and feeling confident about that, your tummy tuck can also expand your clothing options to include more form-fitting fashions without unsightly bulges.

Enhancing your Lifestyle Habits

A tummy tuck is not done to help a person lose weight. It is designed for muscle and tissue looseness. The procedure is a great complement to a healthy lifestyle that supports weight management and muscle tone. With healthy habits firmly in place before surgery, patients can enjoy lasting improvements from their abdominoplasty.

Learn more about the benefits of a tummy tuck. Schedule your consultation at our Pottsville or Hazleton office today.

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!


Are You Torn Between Liposuction and Tummy Tuck?

“I have done everything to make my tummy appear flat and firmer but none of those things are actually working” is one of the most common statements we hear from men and women during consultations here at our Pottsville plastic surgery practice.

By and large, these patients are often torn between getting a liposuction or a tummy tuck. Each procedure has its own set of benefits and limitations and it all depends on your needs, preferences, and the outcomes you have in mind. If you’re on the same page as these patients, read on below to finally figure out which procedure suits you best!

When to Choose Liposuction

There are various types of liposuction out there but their goal is one and the same, that is to remove excess fats and skin tissues that cling to your abdominal area despite following a strict diet and exercise routine.

Liposuction is ideal if your skin has good elasticity. However, if you end up with loose, hanging skin after the excess fat has been removed, you might also want to consider a tummy tuck in conjunction with liposuction because the latter only removes fat but does not tighten skin. 

If you’re not aware of it yet, liposuction does more than remove excess fat in the abdominal area. It is also effective in reducing the appearance of pockets of fat in the back, arms, neck, hips, buttocks, thighs, ankles and breasts (that is in males suffering from abnormal breast enlargement).

When to Choose a Tummy Tuck

As mentioned earlier, a tummy tuck procedure (also known as abdominoplasty) is suited for individuals with loose skin and muscles in the abdominal area. It has also been shown to be effective in removing stretch marks and improving the appearance of flabby abdominal skin following massive weight loss and pregnancy.

Are you still confused between the two? Get in touch with us for an initial consultation and we’ll help you figure out. Apart from a tummy tuck and liposuction, we offer several body-contouring options that you might want to look into depending on your cosmetic needs and preferences.

Schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Kimmel by filling out this contact form. You can also reach us at (570)622-2900!


Weighing the Pros and Cons of a Tummy Tuck

Like all other types of surgery, a tummy tuck has its own set of risks. However, you can avoid the occurrence of such risks and complications through a careful consideration of the pros and cons. During your initial consultation for a tummy tuck here at our Pottsville plastic surgery practice, we include a thorough discussion of the pros and cons of the procedure, including how it could affect you, given your current lifestyle and physical condition.

The following are the pros and cons of a tummy tuck: 


  • Sculpts and contours the abdomen, helping restore your naturally youthful proportions
  • Strengthens the abdominal muscles
  • You will look better in swimwear and tight-fitting clothes
  • Restores your self-confidence resulting to better relationships with others as well as improved quality of life


  • Presence of scar (like all types of surgeries, scar will be present but our highly experienced tummy tuck surgeons will make it as inconspicuous as possible)
  • Another pregnancy may cause the abdominal muscles to separate again, compromising the results of your surgery
  • Significant weight gain following surgery may have a negative effect on the results

The Need to Choose an Experienced Tummy Tuck Surgeon

When considering a tummy tuck in Pottsville and nearby areas, be sure to select a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).   As a board certified plastic surgeon with over 15 years of clinical practice experience and member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (The Mark of Distinction in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery® ASAPS), Dr. Robert Kimmel welcomes the opportunity to help you achieve your goals and enjoy a happier, more confident lifestyle.

Schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Kimmel by filling out this contact form. You can also reach us at (570)622-2900!


The Best Candidates for a Tummy Tuck at Keystone Surgery Center

There’s actually more to a tummy tuck than helping men and women here at our Pottsville plastic surgery practice achieve a firmer and flatter stomach. Majority of our post-tummy tuck patients also reveal that they actually feel better about themselves and are more motivated to keep their weight down following surgery.

So should you have a tummy tuck, too? If you are frustrated with the appearance of your stomach even after following a rigid diet and exercise routine, a body-contouring procedure such as a tummy tuck may be ideal. However, there are still other factors to consider before finally making the decision to have the surgery with us.

By and large, you are an ideal candidate for a tummy tuck if:

  • you are near your ideal body weight but has excess fat and sagging skin in the abdominal area
  • you are a woman who just gave birth and is left with stretched abdominal muscles and skin; plans of future pregnancies should be ruled out as another pregnancy may compromise tummy tuck results
  • in excellent physical condition
  • has realistic expectations of the surgery
  • has quit smoking for months before surgery as smoking could significantly delay healing

The first step to figuring out whether or not you are a best candidate for a tummy tuck is to get in touch with us for an initial consultation. Apart from a tummy tuck, we offer several body-contouring options that you might want to look into depending on your cosmetic needs and preferences.

Schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Kimmel by filling out this contact form. You can also reach us at (570)622-2900!


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