Is a Tummy Tuck Your Best Option?

There are several surgical variations of the classic tummy tuck procedureSummer is at the doorstep, and many men and women are ready to hit the beach in their most revealing swimwear. However, if you’ve recently experienced childbirth, massive weight loss or the effects of aging skin, you may lack the confidence to expose your midsection due to sagging or excess skin or abdominal fat that just won’t go away despite diet and exercise. Fortunately, abdominal wall surgery can help.

The Classic Tummy Tuck

The most common and familiar type of abdominal enhancement surgery is abdominoplasty, which is commonly known as a tummy tuck. The tummy tuck can produce a flatter and firmer midsection in several ways. It removes your excess skin and fatty tissues, and it sometimes includes tightening your abdominal muscles with sutures. A tummy tuck isn’t intended to be a weight loss procedure; its best candidates are those who are already at or near their ideal weight but whose excess fat and skin can’t be removed by diet or improved by toning regimens. Tummy tucks are sometimes combined with other body-shaping procedures such as breast lifts to improve symmetry and overall aesthetics.

Tummy Tuck Consultation and Procedure

Before your procedure, you’ll meet with a qualified surgeon to discuss your goals. After a full examination, you’ll receive details about how the procedure will be performed and the potential outcome. You’ll probably get to see before-and-after photos of other patients who’ve had the same procedure. In most cases, you’ll receive general anesthesia during the surgery. An incision is made from hip to hip above the pubic area. In some cases, an incision around the navel is also necessary. The surgeon will disconnect your abdominal skin from connecting tissues, tighten your muscles with sutures, and then remove excess skin and fat. Once the incision is closed, a drainage tube will be placed to prevent fluid buildup during healing. You should be able to resume most activities within 10 days, but you must avoid heavy lifting and exercise for four to six weeks.

Tummy Tuck Additions and Alternatives

The following procedures may be recommended instead of or in addition to a tummy tuck:

• Panniculectomy is the removal of the large, drooping, apron-like section of skin often seen in patients who have undergone bariatric surgery.

• Liposuction is the suctioning of subcutaneous fat deposits through a cannula inserted into small incisions. It may replace a tummy tuck in patients who still have skin elasticity.

• Abdominal etching involves using a cannula to create visible grooves in abdominal tissues, which creates the appearance of a well-defined abdomen.

• A body lift is similar to a tummy tuck in that it removes excess skin and fat, but it also involves the sides and back and doesn’t include suturing of abdominal muscles.

Trust Austin Plastic Surgery for Expert Surgical Enhancements

At Austin Plastic Surgery Center, our primary goal is understanding and meeting your needs. Our state-of-the-art facility and highly trained, experienced staff ensure our patients’ safety and the best possible results from every surgical enhancement we perform. To discuss which abdominal procedures would be most effective for you, contact us to schedule a consultation. Under our care, this summer could be your best.

Breast Surgeries of the Rich and Famous

Enhancing Their Famous Look Through Breast Surgery

Many famous celebrities have helped their careers by opting for breast surgeryMore than 290,000 women in the U.S. who underwent breast augmentation surgery in 2013. This highlights the fact that women of all backgrounds have taken this step to improve their physical appearance, but it’s always intriguing to take a closer look at celebrities who have gotten breast surgery and the impact that it’s had on their career.

5 Celebrities Who Have Breast Implants

LeAnn Rimes – The country singer is well-known for her vocal styling and trim figure, and she made the decision to balance out her appearance by getting breast implants. The results were definitely positive, and Rimes now has a more attractive and confident look in her publicity photos.

Denise Richards – The actress who has most recently been featured in a regular role on the TV show “Twisted” has had two breast augmentation surgeries during her life, and she serves as a cautionary tale of the importance of properly vetting your plastic surgeon. Richards has been very candid in interviews about this topic, and she freely admits that she didn’t carefully consider the implications of her surgical choices at the age of 19. Now that’s she older and wiser, she has obtained the breast size and appearance that she always wanted, and the 43-year-old performer looks fantastic.

Ivanka Trump – The former fashion model and heiress to the massive Trump fortune has several successful business endeavors, and she also dramatically improved her appearance by getting breast implants. Trump is a good example of someone who grew up in the public eye due to wealth, and it’s somewhat surprising that she waited until after her model career ended to make the move to a bigger cup size.

Tori Spelling – After many years of attempting to deny having breast surgery, the former “Beverly Hills 90210″ star has publicly acknowledged that she enhanced her appearance with breast surgery. Although Spelling hasn’t been able to match the level of popularity that she enjoyed back in the 90s, her surgery did improve the overall balance of her figure, and she has obtained regular acting roles throughout her entire career.

Kate Hudson – The actress has starred in a wide variety of popular movies and TV shows, including “Glee” and “Almost Famous.” Hudson’s appearance has always been a mixture of glamorous and girl next door, and she filled out her frame with a natural and modestly-sized breast enhancement in 2010.

If you’re in the Austin area and interested in improving your body by getting breast implants, you can contact Austin Plastic Surgery Center at (512) 345-3223 for more information. Dr. Maggi has been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is often referred to as Austin’s best “breast doctor.”