Monday, November 30, 2015

Considering a Tummy Tuck? Here are some things to Consider before the Procedure

Today, many individuals find that diet and exercise are the key to weight loss and a tighter stomach.  However, when regular ab workouts and healthy eating over an extended period bring limited results, many people become disheartened.  This is where tummy tucks come in.

A tummy tuck (also known as abdominoplasty) is a cosmetic surgical procedure where a plastic surgeon removes excess fat and skin in/on the abdomen and tightens the muscles in the abdominal area.  People who are working to lose weight with minimal results and women whose abdomens are stretched post pregnancy are some of the main people who choose tummy tucks.  Over the past several years, tummy tucks have increased in popularity in the United States, with thousands of people getting the procedure each year.

What to Consider Before the Procedure
Before choosing to have a tummy tuck, it is important for patients to do their research.  The following are a few necessary things to consider:
  • Who is performing your procedure?  The plastic surgeon you choose can have a significant impact on the results of your procedure.  Before selecting a surgeon, ensure he is board certified through the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and has had previous experience performing abdominoplasty procedures.  Patients can also get in contact with former patients of the same surgeon to ask them about their experience.
  • What kind of procedure do you want? There are several tummy tuck procedures patients can choose from.  They can have a procedure that addresses a) the lower abdomen only, b) both the upper and lower abdomen, or c) the upper and lower abdomen and the sides.
  • How long is the procedure? A typical procedure lasts 1-5 hours.
  • Are you prepared for the recovery time? Compared to other cosmetic surgery procedures, tummy tucks tend to have a longer recovery time.  Patients should expect to have swelling that lasts for several weeks post surgery.  It can be helpful to ask the surgeon and staff, what other recovery symptoms they should expect.

Love the Results of Your Procedure

Although getting a tummy tuck is a big and serious decision, it also comes with a lot of benefits.  Post procedure patients have a flatter, tighter, more toned tummy.  Abdominoplasty also comes with several health benefits, namely the reduction of fat cells, which helps abdominal organs to function properly. The results of abdominoplasty usually last throughout the patient’s life, giving them long-term confidence with their “new” slimmer body.  

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Safety Concerns to be Aware of When Considering Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery has been performed across the world for many years and continues to grow. Plastic surgery helps those who want to fix deformities or achieve a specific look. Any surgical procedure is risky, and there are safety concerns that you should be mindful of. It is important to do a health background check and be aware of any diseases that run in your family.  For example, a history of cardiovascular disease, lung disease, diabetes, or obesity can result in more complications during surgery. Smoking can also increase the risk of possible complexity. Surgery can still be performed, but it is important to choose the right doctor who is knowledgeable in informing the patient of the risks.

The surgeon should perform a series of medical evaluations and communicate to the clients of possible complications. He/she should inform the client of ways they can prevent these risks, before the surgery. Complications that can occur after surgery include bleeding, excessive swelling, and infection. It is very rare that these incidences will occur, but it is important to stay informed as a possible candidate for cosmetic surgery. Investing in an experienced board certified surgeon, like Dr. Motoki, will help minimize the risk and help make your experience worthwhile.