Answers to Your Tummy Tuck Pain Questions

tummy tuck austinLearn what to expect after your upcoming tummy tuck procedure

Modern technology and medical techniques have given us access to a wide range of body shaping procedures, including the type of procedure commonly known as “tummy tuck” surgery. However, even the minimally invasive surgical procedures that we offer at the Austin Plastic Surgery Center can result in some post-surgical discomfort that takes time to fade away. Below, you’ll find answers to some of the most common questions posed by our surgical candidates.

How Severe Is the Pain After a Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Although pain can be subjective, most patients experience some skin numbness and pain for some time after their surgical procedure. For patients who aren’t used to skin and muscle pain, the discomfort associated with these sensations can be significant. It’s a good idea to record how you’re feeling at regular intervals to track your recovery and document the lessening severity of the pain.

Where Is It Centered?

For this procedure, post-surgical pain is typically felt around the area of the incision and the surrounding tissues. It may extend to the lower reaches of your chest and the lower region of your abdomen.

What Does It Feel Like?

The pain from a tummy tuck surgery is typically characterized by soreness with intervals of sharper pain. Many people describe the sensation as being similar to pain caused by muscular injuries or overuse.

Are There Activities That Make the Discomfort Worse?

Unfortunately, there are some activities that can temporarily exacerbate the pain associated with this type of procedure. These include standing and stretching, turning the abdomen from side to side, urinating and brisk exercise.

How Long Can I Expect Post-Surgical Discomfort to Last?

In most cases, severe post-surgical pain dissipates after two to three weeks. At this point, you should be able to return to a normal routine. However, some discomfort may remain for six to eight weeks after the procedure.

What Can I Do for the Pain?

After your surgery, you’ll have the option to take certain pain medications that work well for post-surgical discomfort. While many of our patients are reluctant to take pain medication regularly, we recommend that you use the medication as directed during periods of heightened discomfort. Don’t wait until the pain worsens in severity.

Austin Plastic Surgery Center: Your Source for Body Shaping and Tummy Tuck Surgery in Austin

At the Austin Plastic Surgery Center, we’re proud to offer a range of options for those who want to enhance their appearance and live fuller, happier lives. Some of our proudest patients take advantage of our formidable experience in various body shaping procedures, including tummy tuck surgery. If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you achieve your goals, give us a call at (512) 345-3223 or contact us online for a no-obligation consultation.

Keeping Your Implants Looking Their Best After Breast Revision

A healthy diet and exercise plan can keep implants looking great

Your breast augmentation represents a huge investment in your self-image and self-esteem. Getting the most out of your new implants means ensuring that they look their best well after surgery is over. To enjoy the results for years to come, focus on eating well and following an exercise routine.

Eating Well to Heal After Breast Revision

One of the best ways to encourage recovery after breast enhancement is to eat healing foods. It’s important that you eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. Aim to get your recommended daily amount (RDA) of calories to help encourage faster healing.

You might feel unlike eating due to pain medications, or you might be tempted to diet after breast augmentation. However, you should avoid doing so, because your body will heal better if you’re getting plenty of calories. Focus on a healthy recovery now so that you can get back into your diet routine in a few weeks. If you get nauseated after eating, opt for smaller meals and snacks.

Eating a balanced diet after surgery is important. Focus on the following foods, vitamins, and minerals in the weeks after your surgery:

•    Protein-rich foods such as meat, beans, eggs, and low-fat dairy products
•    Vitamin C-rich foods such as citrus fruits, juices, tomatoes, and cabbage
•    Vitamin A-rich foods such as dark leafy green vegetables and cantaloupe
•    Zinc-rich foods such as red meat, seafood, and fortified cereals

Don’t be afraid to enjoy treats in moderation too. Ice cream or sorbet might sound great after your procedure. What matters is that you eat foods that keep your stomach calm and prevent nausea, vomiting, and lightheadedness.

Getting Back Into an Exercise Groove After Augmentation

A regular exercise routine is also key to keeping your implants looking great. You won’t be able to do heavy exercise in the weeks following your procedure, but it’s still a good idea to get up and moving. Ask your doctor when you can start taking short walks after your procedure. Walking is a great way to encourage your body to heal while staying fit.

Remember that it’s important to avoid heavy exercise the first few weeks after your surgery. Talk to your surgeon about when you can resume regular cardio or lifting workouts. If you’re new to exercising, work with a personal trainer who can help you develop a cardio and lifting program to keep your implants looking their best.

Your surgeon can provide you with more information about how to keep your implants looking great. Contact Austin Plastic Surgery Center today to learn more about breast augmentation and recovery.

Accredited Plastic Surgery Artists Can Change Your Life

Choosing from among the very best surgeons

There’s a very good reason why surgeons enjoy near-universal respect: It’s very difficult to secure admission to medical school, graduate with distinction and complete a multi-year residency that tests the limits of human endurance. However, there’s another level of certification that not all surgeons and clinics have attained: accreditation. As you prepare for your procedure, learn why it’s important to select an accredited surgeon and facility.

What Is an Accredited Facility?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, an accredited plastic surgery facility is one that meets “strict national standards for equipment, operating-room safety, personnel and surgeon credentials.” Although many plastic surgery facilities are now accredited, it’s important to understand the key distinction between accredited facilities like the Austin Plastic Surgery Center and their non-accredited counterparts.

Benefits of an Accredited Facility

There are several important benefits of an accredited plastic surgery facility, including:

•    The rate of serious complications is less than 0.5%
•    The overall mortality rate is vanishingly small at one in 57,000
•    Accredited facilities may be less costly than inpatient facilities like hospitals

Benefits of an Accredited Surgeon

Accredited surgeons like Dr. Sergio Maggi tend to practice at accredited facilities. There are a number of benefits to receiving plastic surgery from an accredited surgeon, including:

•    They typically employ trained staff members who regularly evaluate and adjust patients’ conditions
•    They have earned the respect and admiration of their peers, including other accredited surgeons
•    They and their core staff members have been trained in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) principles
•    They have hospital-grade equipment and supplies on site to handle potential complications without requiring a costly and potentially dangerous transfer to another facility
•    They adhere to strict, thorough emergency plans of action in the event of patient deterioration or transfer

Austin Plastic Surgery Center: Body Shaping and Breast Enhancements in Austin, Texas

Once you’ve made the potentially life-changing decision to obtain plastic surgery, you need to choose a surgeon with years of experience as well as the full confidence of his peers. At Austin Plastic Surgery Center, we’re completely committed to providing access to the most respected professionals in the business and ensuring that your procedure has a high probability of success. To learn more about what we can do for you, call us at (512) 345-3223 or fill out our online contact form.

Breast Lifts: Should You Worry About Nipple Sensation?

As you get ready for your upcoming breast lift or breast augmentation surgery, it’s likely that you have many questions about what you should expect. One area of concern may center on the long-term implications for the sensitivity and general feeling of the affected region, including your nipples. Despite the potentially embarrassing nature of such questions, it’s important to get straight answers on the extent to which this area can be affected on a permanent basis.

Why Would Breast Surgery Affect Nipple Sensation?

All types of breast surgery involve some disruption of the nerves and blood vessels in and around the breasts. Depending on the placement of the incision and the nature of the surgery, this disruption can temporarily cut off or reduce sensation in the areas that they serve, including the nipples. Over time, these issues fade with the healing of severed nerves and the development of new connections.

Common Types of Breast Procedures

Although there are a wide range of breast procedures, three of the most common are:

•    Breast augmentation
•    Breast lift
•    Breast reduction

Implications for Nipple Sensitivity

Generally speaking, each type of breast surgery has at least a temporary effect on your nipples’ sensitivity. If you’re simply getting a breast lift, it’s unlikely that these effects will last for more than a few months at most. This is because breast lift surgeries require less disruption of the nerves and blood vessels that serve the nipples.

By contrast, breast augmentation and reduction surgeries can both have unpleasant effects that last for some time. In both cases, this is the result of incisions in the tissue that surrounds the nipples. Such incisions have the potential to damage the nerves and blood vessels in these areas. Although the degree and duration of the effect varies from patient to patient, it’s not unheard of for breast augmentation and reduction surgeries to cause changes in nipple sensitivity for a year or longer.

Austin Plastic Surgery Center: Your Source for Breast Lift and Breast Augmentation Expertise in Central Texas

The issue of post-operative nipple sensation is just one of the many considerations you need to make as you prepare for your breast lift or breast augmentation procedure. At the Austin Plastic Surgery Center, we’re committed to addressing all of your concerns in the run-up to your surgery and ensuring that your recovery is smooth and orderly. For more information about our capabilities or to schedule a consultation, call us at (512) 345-3223 or fill out the online contact form.

Tummy Tuck Vocabulary Primer

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What you need to know before your surgery day

Are you preparing for a “tummy tuck” surgery or other body-sculpting procedure? While you’ve probably spent ample time researching your options and learning about how these surgeries are conducted, you shouldn’t feel bad for going cross-eyed over some of the more technical or confusing language you’ve encountered along the way. We offer some clear definitions of common terms related to this important and commonplace surgery.

Anesthesia: Drugs designed to produce some combination of numbness, sedation or unconsciousness.

Local anesthesia: Injected drugs that reduce or dull pain in a specific area of the skin or body for a finite period of time.

General anesthesia: IV-administered drugs or gases that produce altered consciousness or complete unconsciousness during a surgical procedure and for some time after.

Intravenous sedation: When administered by IV, general anesthesia may be known as “intravenous sedation” and may produce complete unconsciousness or a “twilight sleep” condition in which some faculties of consciousness are preserved.

Abdominoplasty: A surgical procedure, also known as a “tummy tuck,” that removes excess skin from the front and sides of the abdomen to produce a tighter and better-defined physique.

Hematoma: A condition—common before and after surgical procedures—in which blood pools beneath the skin for any number of reasons.

Diastasis: A condition in which the abdominal muscles separate due to any number of factors.

Sutures: Medical-grade stitching materials that surgeons use to hold skin and subcutaneous tissue in place after a surgical procedure.

Liposuction: A specific procedure in which special, suction-enabled equipment is used to remove subcutaneous fat from the abdominal area to create a leaner, better-defined shape.

Post-operative pain: Pain experienced in the aftermath of any surgical procedure, including a tummy tuck.

Austin Plastic Surgery Center: Your Home for Body Shaping and Tummy Tuck Procedures in Austin

Now that we’ve gone over some of the vocabulary terms that you’re likely to hear as you prepare for your procedure, we stand ready to answer any additional questions that you might have on the body-sculpting process. Despite our clear record of safety and the minimally invasive nature of this procedure, it’s important that you understand all the risks and benefits before committing to your tummy tuck. For more information, fill out our online contact form or call (512) 345-3223.

Don’t Let Infection Slow Your Healing From Breast Surgery

Increasing your chances of a full and speedy recovery

Although breast enhancement surgery is a popular and well-studied procedure that has helped untold thousands of individuals live healthier, fuller lives since the late 20th century, it carries some of the same risks as other surgical procedures. In particular, the possibility of post-surgical infection is a very real consideration that surgical candidates need to make before selecting the procedure that’s right for them.

What Are Some of the Signs of Post-Surgical Infection?

There are several different classes of post-surgical infection. Each is more or less likely to occur after certain types of procedures. This likelihood depends on the type of procedure and the post-operative protocols that the patient follows:

•    Superficial incisional infection that occurs in the skin around the incision site
•    Deep incisional infection that can affect skin and muscle tissue around the incision site
•    Organ/space infection that affects organs or internal tissues that aren’t directly related to the skin or skeletal muscles

Signs of such infections include:

•    Pus or discharge from the site of the incision
•    Pain and tenderness associated with the incision
•    Redness and swelling around the area
•    Wounds that don’t appear to be healing or that reopen on their own
•    Pus emanating from a drain placed in an internal surgical site

Preventing Serious Infections

Preventing post-surgical infections requires some common sense and a great deal of discipline. Some of the most common risk factors for infection include:

•    Surgeries that last more than two hours
•    Being elderly or overweight
•    Having a history of medical issues, including a compromised immune system
•    Being diabetic

To prevent an infection, it’s important to keep your incision clean, regularly change its dressing, follow all instructions from your surgeon and watch carefully for any changes or symptoms.

What to Do If You Suspect an Infection

A post-surgical infection is a potentially serious condition that can cause complications in the absence of proper medical treatment. Unlike regular cuts and scrapes, a surgical incision is very deep and has the potential to transmit infected fluids from place to place. If you suspect that your surgical wound is infected, visit a medical treatment facility immediately and contact your plastic surgeon.

Your Source for Breast Enhancement Surgery in the Austin Area

As you prepare for your breast enhancement or augmentation surgery, you may have questions about the surgery itself as well as the post-surgical recovery period. The potential for an infection is something surgical candidates must take seriously. If you have any other questions about the procedure and its aftereffects, or if you simply wish to consult with one of our specialists about your options, give us a call at (512) 345-3223 or contact us online.