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Combining a Tummy Tuck with Liposuction

Abdominoplasty, which is more commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, can be a powerful way to slim the waistline and rid the abdominal area of loose, excess skin. After pregnancy or significant weight loss, many individuals find that a tummy tuck addresses inelastic skin and stretched musculature in ways that dieting and exercise cannot, offering a highly effective treatment to smooth and tighten the midsection. While the main goals of a tummy tuck are to remove excess skin while tightening abdominal musculature, most patients also struggle with fat pockets and stubborn bulges near the stomach region. “Love handles” and other exercise-resistant areas of localized fat often persist in spite of healthy habits, creating frustration for men and women who would like a figure that... Continue Reading

What Is DVT and How Can I Avoid It After a Tummy Tuck?

DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) is a condition characterized by blood clotting in the deep veins of the body – particularly the legs – and can sometimes occur after a major surgery such as tummy tuck. The condition may be especially harmful if the clotted blood becomes dislodged and travels to the lungs, causing pulmonary embolism, which can lead to other serious health risks. While the chance of developing DVT is extremely low (about 1%) for the average tummy tuck candidate, the risk may increase for patients who are: Over the age of 40 Regularly using tobacco products Using an oral contraceptive Undergoing hormone therapy Individuals with a genetic predisposition for hypercoagulation During the consultation process, Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani, our board-certified plastic surgeon, will perform... Continue Reading

Liposuction or Tummy Tuck: How Do I Know Which Is More Appropriate?

For many patients, the lower abdomen often remains a major cosmetic concern in spite of a healthy diet and routine exercise. When you spend a significant amount of time and energy eating well and working out, frustration at stubborn pockets of fat or lingering excess skin can develop. Fortunately, our extensively trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani, offers two body contouring procedures that can effectively create the silhouette you have been working toward. If there is a layer of fat around your midsection that seems resistant to traditional methods of weight loss, liposuction may be the ideal procedure. Also used to slim areas of the body such as the arms, chin, flanks (hips), or knees, liposuction often can effectively remove unwanted fat for a... Continue Reading

After Tummy Tuck Surgery: What Will My Scars Look Like?

An abdominoplasty—more commonly called a tummy tuck—is designed to eliminate excess skin around the midsection as well as tighten the underlying abdominal muscles. An incision is made from one hip to the other to achieve a flatter stomach, repair stretched or torn muscles beneath the skin, and redrape the remaining skin. Although most patients are ultimately very happy with their tummy tuck results, prospective patients are often nervous about the placement and appearance of the scar. During the consultation process, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani will review your expectations as well as perform a physical exam to give you an idea of where the incision will be placed. By making the surgical incision low on the abdomen, the resulting scar can typically... Continue Reading

When Should I Consider a Mommy Makeover?

First of all, what is a Mommy Makeover? This procedure combines multiple cosmetic enhancement techniques to help restore the body to its pre-pregnancy figure. Breast lift and tummy tuck surgery typically will be included, and breast augmentation, liposuction, and/or facial rejuvenation can be added to further enhance the result. Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani, our board certified plastic surgeon, customizes Mommy Makeover surgery to suit the unique needs and goals of each woman. Many women, although delighted to be mothers, are unsatisfied with how their bodies have transformed in the maternity process. Common concerns like sagging or deflated breasts and abdominal skin and muscle laxity often resist traditional means of improvement, including diet and exercise. A Mommy Makeover, however, is designed to treat these specific issues.... Continue Reading

Pregnancy After a Tummy Tuck

Although abdominoplasty is a popular procedure for women who have already had children (usually as part of a mommy makeover), some patients may decide to have children afterward - whether or not they have already been through childbirth in the past. Some patients have expressed concern over whether or not the procedure will affect their ability to carry a baby, but pregnancy after an abdominoplasty is completely possible. It is important to note, however, that some women may experience loosening of the abdominal wall and/or excess loose skin on the abdomen following childbirth. In these cases, women who have already had a tummy tuck may be faced with a decision to repeat the procedure. Ultimately, it is usually best to delay tummy tuck surgery until... Continue Reading

What Will My Scars Look Like After Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Deciding whether to undergo a cosmetic procedure, such as tummy tuck surgery, requires a great deal of research and preparation. In addition to wondering about recovery times, benefits, and the cost of a tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, you may also be curious about how the scars will appear once you’ve healed. Will they be big? Will people notice them? Can you cover them with clothing? These are some of the potential questions you may have that our skilled plastic surgeon, Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani, can answer for you. In most tummy tuck surgeries, an incision will be made low, from one side of the hip to the other. Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani strives to place this incision as low as possible, and most patients find that... Continue Reading

Can I Afford Tummy Tuck Surgery?

If you’ve had children, lost a significant amount of weight, or noticed developing skin laxity around your abdomen, you may be considering tummy tuck surgery, also called abdominoplasty, to help restore a more youthful figure. One of the first questions you may have when researching this procedure likely will be about the cost. While every patient’s needs and treatment plan will be unique, our experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani, can help to outline the general expenses of this popular surgery to assist you with determining if tummy tuck surgery can be brought into your budget. To fully understand the costs associated with tummy tuck surgery, it’s important to note that in many cases this procedure will include several techniques, including muscle tightening, excess skin removal, liposuction,... Continue Reading