What You Should Know Before a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Ensuring Optimal Results That Last
A tummy tuck (adominoplasty) is a fairly simple procedure, however it is important to make sure that you are well-informed about the procedure and recovery process. Here are a few things that you should know before undergoing a tummy tuck.
The procedure starts by making an incision in the lower abdomen through which excess fat and skin are removed, and the abdominal muscles tightened. Once properly contoured the area is sutured and the patient discharged and given post-operative instructions. Following these instructions will be an instrumental part of the recovery process. Patients who only have a small amount of excess lower abdominal fat may be viable candidates for a mini tummy tuck. A mini tummy tuck is a less extensive, and involves a smaller incision and removal of fat that is located only below the belly button.
What To Expect After Your Tummy Tuck Surgery
It is important for patients to realize that a tummy tuck procedure does result in a scar around the navel area as well as a horizontal scar just above the pubic region. Patients should also expect to have some drainage from the area after their operation, as well as moderate post-operative pain that is easily treated prescribed medication. Post-operative care instructions should be carefully followed in order to avoid complications and speed up the healing process. There is an extremely high rate of satisfaction for individuals following a tummy tuck and who follow their surgeon’s instructions in the days and weeks following the procedure.
Who Is A Good Candidate?
Abdominoplasty is not for everyone. Individuals who have not yet finished having children are highly discouraged from undergoing the procedure. We also recommend that you wait until you are at a realistic weight before the procedure, since a tummy tuck is not a weight loss method but rather a contouring procedure . Liposuction of the flanks (sides) is commonly combined with the tummy tuck procedure.
Considering A Tummy Tuck?
At Associated Plastic Surgeons & Consultants, PC we understand that deciding to undergo cosmetic surgery is big decision. You should feel fully comfortable and confident in all aspects of the procedure as well as with your surgeon. If you would like to learn more about how a tummy tuck may help you, please contact us at our Huntington, NY office. One of our team members will work with you to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Elliot Duboys.
- Published in Tummy Tuck
Are You Ready For A Mommy Makeover?
Bringing Back Your Pre-Pregnancy Body
Mommy Makeovers are becoming one of the more common plastic surgical procedures performed each year. The goal of this new type of procedure is to help women restore their body after having gone through the rigors of pregnancy and child birth.
There is no doubt that becoming a mother, and bearing children, is a highly rewarding experience. While, a woman may love her role as mom, she may not be as content with the new shape of her body. Many moms across the country have found that the Mommy Makeover is the ideal cosmetic surgical procedure for them, as it can give them back the confidence they need to be the best mom possible.
What Are The Mommy Makeover Procedures?
Mommy Makeovers can be customized depending upon a woman’s specific needs, but the most common procedures are breast augmentation (implants), breast lift (mastopexy) and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty).
Breast tissue can change drastically after pregnancy, especially if you choose to breast feed your children. Breasts will grow larger during pregnancy and then reduce in size after giving birth. Breast implants are a great option to restore volume to breasts to pre-baby size and fullness. It is important to note that breast augmentation may alter your ability to breast feed in the future so you should voice your concerns with your surgeon.
Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
A breast lift is another popular makeover option. Breasts have the tendency to sag after giving birth and nursing. Just like breast augmentation, this procedure should only be performed after milk production has stopped – typically 6 months after cessation of nursing. This will also reduce the chance of infection post surgery. During the breast lift procedure, the surgeon will lift the breast to restore their original appearance. Often, breast lift can be combined with breast augmentation. witch symptoms curse black magic spells.
Sometimes there are problems that diet and exercise just can’t fix, such as that skin bulge over your jeans or the residual “pregnancy bump”. This is when a tummy tuck may be a viable option. This procedure is designed to eliminate excess skin and tighten the muscles in the abdominal region. It is important that a woman has achieved and maintained a stable/healthy weight for at least 6 to 8 months prior to having a tummy tuck.
A Mommy Makeover should be done after a woman has decided that she is done having children. Recovery time depends on the type of surgeries performed, and all Mommy Makeover patients should abstain from physical activity for at least 6 weeks post surgery.
Want To Learn More About Mommy Makeovers In Long Island?
Dr. Duboys has been serving the Long Island, Nassau and Suffolk County, NY area with leading cosmetic surgery procedures for over 30 years. He performs all Mommy Makeover and cosmetic procedures in his fully accredited ambulatory surgery facility at his practice, Associated Plastic Surgeons & Consultants, PC.
If you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss a Mommy Makeover with Dr. Duboys, please contact us at our Huntington, NY practice. We will work with you to find an appointment that fits best within your schedule.
- Published in Mommy Makeover
Breastfeeding With Breast Implants
How Does Breast Augmentation Effect Nursing For Infants
Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures, with many women opting to enlarge their breasts at a younger age. However, what does that mean later on down the road?
While pregnant, many women who have had a breast augmentation are concerned about the ramifications their implants will have on their breastfeeding capabilities. Many women with breast implants are able to nurse, though it depends on how the augmentation was performed – specifically the type of incisions.
- If the incision was made under the breast or through the axilla – there should not be any serious problem with breast feeding because the implant was inserted without damaging milk ducts or nerves.
- If the incision was made on or around the areola – there is an increased chance that the milk ducts and nerves may have been severed. This could limit the ability for the milk to reach the nipple during nursing.
Potential Breastfeeding Problems Caused By Implants
One of the most common problems women with breast implants run into is not being able to produce enough milk to properly nourish a baby. Breast size does not determine if a woman is capable of nursing – even women with very small breasts are able to successfully nurse. Every case is different, so it is important to voice your concerns with your surgeon prior to deciding upon breast augmentation. There are a variety of challenges that women can face when it comes to breast feeding post implants, including:
- Nipple sensitivity is a normal side effect of breast feeding, however, after having a breast augmentation this problem may be more pronounced. This is especially true for women who have had their implants placed via incisions made around the areola. Before your surgery, mention to your surgeon your wish to breast feed in the future and your surgery plan may be adjusted.
- This is a common problem for many new nursing mothers, especially in the beginning stages. However, for women who have had breast implants, breast milk production may be more of an issue and breast engorgement more severe.
Increased Risk Of Mastitis
- In some instances women who have had breast implants will be at an increased risk for breast infection of mastitis while nursing. This type of infection can easily be treated with antibiotics. Symptoms include; fever, chills and pains. It is important to monitor engorged and/or plugged milk ducts.
Breast feeding can be a joyous but also stressful time for new mothers. Even without breast augmentation, many women will have issues with breast feeding and there are a variety of factors that come into play. The important thing is to speak with your physicians about your choice to undergo breast augmentation.
Nursing With Breast Implants – Is There A Risk To The Baby?
Many women with implants are so concerned about potential side effects to their baby that they don’t nurse at all. This fear is usually rooted in what is inside breast implants. Some women, especially those with silicone implants, believe that the chemical material inside implants could leak into the breast milk, and then into the baby’s system. However, studies have shown that it is highly unlikely that this will occur. Studies have shown that that there is no silicone in breast milk of woman who have had a breast augmentation.
Speak With Your Surgeon Before Your Breast Augmentation
If you are considering having children later in life, and want to consider breast augmentation you should discuss your concerns with your surgeon. You surgeon will be able to explain in detail all risks and challenges that are associated with breastfeeding a baby after breast implants.
Dr. Duboys has been providing women in the Long Island, NY area with leading breast augmentation procedures for over 30 years. If you would like to learn more about breast augmentation surgery, please feel free to contact us at our Huntington, NY office today.
- Published in Plastic Surgery