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Are There Health Benefits From Plastic Surgery?

A middle age couple walking on the beach shows how plastic surgery health benefits can help you stay active.It’s easy to get caught up in the idea that plastic surgery is a simple vanity project, but for many people who choose to have plastic surgery, that’s just not true. There are a wide variety of potential health benefits that plastic surgery can offer – and these are often benefits that lifestyle changes like diet and exercise can’t provide.

Plastic Surgery Can Restore Balance

For many people, one of the biggest benefits of plastic surgery has to do with their posture and distribution of body weight. For example, women who have had damage to the abdominal wall because of multiple pregnancies can benefit from a tummy tuck. By repairing separated abdominal muscles (diastasis), and removing excess skin from the abdomen, the patient is better able to strengthen her core muscles leading to improved posture and ability to carry out daily tasks. It can even improve lower back pain.

A breast reduction, like a tummy tuck, can have benefits on posture and eliminate back and neck pain. In fact, enough women gain immediate relief from pain after the surgery that health insurance may pay for the surgery.

Other body contouring can help rebalance the physique in a way that improves posture and allows more ease in pursuing physical activity, thus leading to improved physical fitness and muscle tone. This can be customized to the patient depending on their needs and can include not only surgeries we have already mentioned like a tummy tuck or breast reduction, but procedures like thigh and arm lifts as well.

Plastic Surgery Can Ease Breathing

“I had a deviated septum.” It’s the joke used in every sitcom when a character tries to explain that their reason for having a nose job wasn’t purely cosmetic. But the truth is that a deviated septum is a real thing that can cause real problems. The septum is the cartilage that normally runs down the middle of the nose. But for some people, it is shifted to one side. They may have been born with it this way, or it may have happened because of trauma to the nose. When the septum is shifted, it can cause difficulty breathing through the nose, drainage issues, snoring, and other problems.

Plastic surgery can fix this. The procedure to do so is called septoplasty, and it is often performed in combination with a nose job, or rhinoplasty, to improve the outward appearance of the nose.

Plastic Surgery Can Improve Vision

As we age, the muscles around the eyes loosen, and the eyelids begin to droop. For some people the upper lid can droop so much it interferes with vision.

A surgery called blepharoplasty can correct this issue. Many people whose vision is not affected choose blepharoplasty because they do not like the look of their eyelids. But if vision is affected, blepharoplasty may be covered by health insurance.

Cosmetic Reasons are Perfectly Good Reasons, Too

For some reason, there can be a stigma attached to plastic surgery, hence the “deviated septum” jokes mentioned earlier. But it’s a perfectly reasonable choice to have plastic surgery if some aspect of your appearance bothers you. In fact, doing so may actually yield mental health benefits, and we’ll talk about that in part two of this article.

But it’s okay to say, “I’ve always been uncomfortable with fill-in-the-blank, and I’m going to take action to change it.” A board-certified plastic surgeon can discuss the options available to address your concerns. In the end it’s your body, and you deserve to feel good about it. And if you gain some health in the process, so much the better.

Dr. Slack is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving the residents of Allen, McKinney, Plano, and surrounding areas. He would love to chat with you about your goals and how he can help you achieve them.

The Three Things You Need to Know About Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss

The new year is right around the corner, which for many of us means it’s the time we start thinking about New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps you want to lose weight, stop smoking, or save money. Whatever it is, the new year offers a kind of reset button on life. For some, plastic surgery also offers this opportunity for a reset. Though it can’t fix everything, it can give you the confidence boost to start making other changes.

In this post we will be talking about plastic surgery after weight loss, which is an especially good example of this kind of reset. But, unlike many other changes you might choose to make in the new year, plastic surgery requires an especially large amount of thought, research, and preparation. It’s surgery, after all.

Plastic surgery after weight loss can feel like a huge reset because, for many, it is the last step in a long journey to remake their lives. Losing a large amount of weight (say, 50 to 100 pounds or more) takes time, effort, and in some cases weight-loss surgery. It is arduous, no matter how you get there. Weight loss alone changes lives in a big way, giving people more energy, improved health and self-esteem, and greater mobility. But, like most things in life, it isn’t always a perfect solution.

After significant weight loss, some people are left with excess loose skin. This affects people differently; for some it is a minor cosmetic issue and for others the loose skin itself diminishes mobility, causes rashes and infections, and impacts their sense of wellbeing. This 2018 study of nearly 1200 people (80% were women) who underwent gastric bypass surgery, found a link between excessive skin and poorer psychosocial functioning.

Unfortunately, the loose skin that follows a large loss of weight won’t go away no matter how many sit ups you do or expensive creams you buy. For this reason some people turn to plastic surgery for a permanent solution.

This kind of surgery is generally referred to as body contouring, and it can include a whole host of different procedures including the following:

While these procedures can restore a more youthful and toned appearance to the body, they come with some risk, especially when more procedures are performed at once. For this reason there are three things you need to consider if you are thinking about plastic surgery after massive weight loss.

It’s not an option for everyone

Obesity is a well known health risk and the medical conditions (called co-morbidities) that can go along with it include diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and other breathing problems. These are serious health issues and they are often the reason someone undertakes an extreme weight loss effort. Sometimes those co-morbidities don’t completely go away, even after a large weight loss, making it too risky to undergo cosmetic surgery.

Plastic surgery for weight loss also won’t be an option for you if you are unwilling to change unhealthy habits. For example, you have to be willing to quit smoking, as it can get in the way of healing.

You have to wait a while after weight loss

Most plastic surgeons will require you to wait at least six months after reaching your goal weight before considering plastic surgery. This gives your body time to stabilize. Many of the health conditions associated with obesity will improve or go away during this time, and good long term eating and exercise habits will get established. This waiting period also gives some of the extra loose skin time to shrink down on its own.

It isn’t a panacea

Plastic surgery is the only permanent way to remove the large amount of loose skin that follows significant weight loss. It can improve your appearance and mobility and even your health. But it will not turn back the clock to a time before you had any weight to lose, to the body you had, say, at 16. Your body will also continue to be subject to the effects of aging after the surgery.

Though there are ways to minimize the appearance of scars, scarring is inevitable as well. (Learn how Dr. Slack keeps scar visibility to a minimum). Take a look at our before and after gallery so you know what to expect, at least in the first months after surgery as scars will continue to fade.

Also, it is important to know that no plastic surgery is a panacea for all of life’s problems; it won’t save your marriage, make you smarter, or get you that promotion. Being realistic and specific about the problems you want to solve will take you a long way toward a more satisfying result.

If you are considering plastic surgery after weight loss, it is important to take your time thinking about it, do your research and find the right surgeon for you. It has taken you a while to get where you are so a little more won’t hurt. Call our office today and make an appointment with Dr. Slack to get that process underway.

The Belly Bulge that Won’t Budge: Diastasis Recti

Mom holding here daughter with her legs: Can't do this with Diastasis Recti

You have a couple of kids, you’ve gotten a bit older, and despite diet and exercise, that belly pooch won’t seem to go away. Sound familiar? Sometimes it is just a cosmetic issue (which can be bad enough), but other times that belly bulge is a sign of damage to underlying muscles. More specifically, it can be a sign of a condition called diastasis recti.

To understand this condition, it will help to break down its name: Diastasis is the Greek word for “separation” and recti refers to large abdominal muscles called the rectus abdominis. These muscles run from the rib cage down the center of the abdomen to the pubic bone. There are two of these muscles on the left side and on the right side. They are responsible for the “six pack” abs you see in magazines. The two sides of the muscles meet in the middle of your abdomen and are held together with a strip of connective tissue called the linea alba.

Diastasis recti is a condition where the linea alba has widened and become weak. As a result, the two sides of the rectus abdominis muscles have moved farther apart and the weight of the internal organs causes the tummy to “pooch” out. This is not a hernia, as the tissue is still intact, but it can essentially function like one in extreme cases.

Diastasis recti sometimes occurs in newborn babies who typically grow out of it. It can also happen in people who develop a large beer gut or overwork their abdominal muscles, but it is most common in women following pregnancy. During the second and third trimester the growing uterus puts increased pressure on the linea alba, stretching it out.

For many women, the condition goes away after pregnancy, but for some the diastasis recti remains. The problem is more likely to occur as a woman ages and has more children, especially if the pregnancies are close together.

Though you might not like the way it looks, diastasis recti is not an inherently dangerous or painful condition. However, the more severe it is, the more the rectus abdominis muscle can be compromised. This muscle plays a large role in protecting the internal organs, supporting posture, and facilitating movement. When it is not working properly, it can cause problems like,

  • low back pain,
  • constipation,
  • difficulty breathing,
  • and difficulty lifting, sitting, or standing.

So, what can you do about it?

When the condition is mild, it is quite common for women to just chalk it up to pregnancy or age and move on with their lives. However, when it causes symptoms or its appearance is overly bothersome, the first line of treatment is usually physical therapy. The American Physical Therapy Association has a comprehensive guide that explains the problem and their treatment approach in detail.

When this doesn’t work or the problem is too severe to be corrected with exercise, surgery may be the best solution. Here, a surgeon folds over the loosened connective tissue (linea alba) and sutures the two sides of the rectus abdominis muscles back together, into a more normal position. The reason you are reading about this on a plastic surgery website is because this procedure is often done as part of a tummy tuck or a mommy makeover.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of tummy tucks in the United States has more than doubled since 2000. Though fixing a diastasis recti can be a component, the tummy tuck may or may not also include liposuction and skin removal. Below is a photo of a woman with a diastasis recti before and after a tummy tuck procedure with Dr. Slack.

Before and after of a mommy makeover.

It is not uncommon for women to need more than just a muscle repair to regain a more youthful appearance to their belly. That decision is best made following a physical exam by a qualified plastic surgeon.

Only an in-person consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon can truly confirm which procedure would best achieve your goals – and for this, there are key variables we assess to formulate an individualized surgical plan — American Society of Plastic Surgeons

If you are concerned about the appearance of your abdomen or have questions about diastasis recti, contact our office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Slack today.

Patient Story: Laura’s* Tummy Tuck

Love your tummy - try reading this tummy tuck patient story.Laura’s body had worked hard for her and her family. So, after giving birth to two children, she was planning to have a breast lift and implants. But she also realized that, after the breast surgery, her tummy would not match her new breasts. Even after working hard to lose the baby weight, there was loose skin she couldn’t seem to diet or exercise away.

That’s why Laura decided to add a tummy tuck to her breast surgery. We asked Laura to tell us about her tummy tuck experience, and she offered some sage advice.

Finding the Right Surgeon for a Tummy Tuck

Once Laura decided she wanted to have the surgery, she got recommendations from friends for a surgeon. The surgeon they suggested had a lot of accolades, but Laura felt uncomfortable with him. This surgeon wanted to use a procedure for her breasts that she felt was too new, and there wasn’t enough data to support using it.

Laura, explains, “I found Dr. Slack online and read all the reviews. After the consultation with him I felt he was more thorough and cautious of any new things where he didn’t have a ten-year outcome and research. I liked that he was more careful and cautious, and also he took a lot of time in the consultation to explain all the complications and considerations, not just trying to tell me, ‘Yeah, we can fix this for you.’”

Preparing for Tummy Tuck Surgery

Once Laura found her surgeon, she focused on preparing for the surgery and recovery ahead. As the mother of two young children, there were quite a few preparations to make. She made sure to have help lined up for them, and that her husband understood that she wouldn’t be able to manage her usual tasks during her recovery.

She spent time reading online patient stories and talking to friends who had had tummy tuck surgery previously. This gave her an idea of what to expect from the patient’s perspective.

“I had a good friend who had just had it, so she was able to help me get some ideas of how much time for recovery and what was needed. So researching helped and asking friends helped.”

Laura is a healthcare professional, so she was already living a healthy lifestyle. But she made extra efforts in this area as she prepared for surgery. “Before the surgery I was extremely clean on my diet, making sure I didn’t have too much caffeine or any red wine for two weeks prior. Things like that, just to make sure I was just very healthy before I went in.”

Tummy Tuck Recovery

After surgery, Laura saw immediately just how great her results were going to be. “You could immediately say it was awesome. It was so flat and so perfect, so I could tell that it would be good.” But she was a bit surprised at the level of pain immediately after her tummy tuck. “Everybody told me it was really tough, and [Dr. Slack] even was honest that it was extremely difficult. And it was extremely difficult for the first three or four days.

“I just want people to know the first three days are going to be really, really tough. But it’s amazing, because you feel like you’re never going to get there, and every day is a little better. And then in six weeks you’re like, “Oh, wow, I did it!”

Tummy Tuck Results

Laura was very pleased with her tummy tuck results, and her good first impression was confirmed by those around her.

“Of course I had a friend with me, supporting me there, and she said, ‘Oh my gosh, your abs are amazing.’ And even with me scrunched over and all bandaged up… my husband is like, “Wow, you look amazing.’”

Now that nine months have passed since her surgery, Laura is even more pleased.

“I mean I love it. I’m very glad that I did it. I would do it again, even with all the recovery and time. I just feel more… I guess more confident in how I look, you know? I’m more confident with my husband, being intimate, because I feel more comfortable about myself.”

Final Words of Wisdom

Laura wants people considering a tummy tuck to be prepared for the difficult few days after surgery. She compared it to waiting at a restaurant. If you have to wait for less time than the host tells you, you are pleasantly surprised. So when you go into surgery, “you want to expect it might be really hard. Then when it’s not so bad, it’s a pleasant surprise.”

Finally, Laura explains that tummy tuck surgery is worth the investment in yourself, if you are living with a tummy that bothers you.

“I would just say if someone feels that’s bothersome to them … It’s totally worth it. It’s totally worth the recovery and the time that you’re going to put into it, not to live with that.”

*The patient’s name has be changed to protect her privacy.

When You Need a Tummy Tuck and a Breast Augmentation

Mother and baby - considering a tummy tuck with breast augmentationYour body has done a wonderful thing—grown and nurtured a brand new human being or three. But as much as you love motherhood, you may not care for the effect pregnancy has had on your body.

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, addresses issues that are common after pregnancy or significant weight loss, such as separated abdominal muscles and excess loose skin. But you may have noticed that the tummy isn’t the only body part left with residual effects of pregnancy.

Breasts also take a hit. Between pregnancy hormones, weight gain, breastfeeding and weight loss, breasts are workhorses when it comes to nurturing new life. It’s no wonder they don’t look the same after pregnancy.

This is why many women who are considering a tummy tuck often decide to go ahead and have a Mommy Makeover. By combining a tummy tuck with breast augmentation, lift, or reduction (depending on the circumstances) and possibly some liposuction, they are able to address concerns about their breasts at the same time they deal with their tummy.

If you know you will want breast surgery at some point, there are some real advantages to pursuing the Mommy Makeover.

One surgery means going under anesthesia only once. While the risk associated with anesthesia is small, it is still a risk. One surgery instead of two can minimize those concerns.

The flipside: a combined surgery will take a bit longer, which means more time under anesthesia in one surgery. For healthy women, this shouldn’t pose a problem, but it’s worth discussing the pros and cons with your surgeon.

One recovery – recovery from a cosmetic surgery can be difficult. Plus, it requires time off work. You can minimize the number of vacation days you need and consolidate the recoveries by combining surgeries.

The flipside: it may feel overwhelming to consider recovering from both surgeries at once. If so, multiple surgeries might be the right solution for you.

One reveal of your brand new body! Having everything done at once definitely offers a big WOW factor – and you deserve it after all you’ve done for your babies.

The flipside: you might feel a little shy about having plastic surgery; choosing to have individual procedures will allow for a more gradual and less obvious change.

How you choose to approach these two procedures is up to you. Consider your personal circumstances and make the decision that works best for you. As long as it is medically safe, there isn’t really a wrong way to approach this. Dr. Slack is available to discuss all of your options during a consultation. Please get in touch to have your questions answered.

Adding Muscle Repair to Your Tummy Tuck

abdominal muscles: Is tummy tuck with muscle repair for you?If you have experienced the joy of pregnancy, you may have also experienced the wonder of the body’s ability to bounce back from childbirth. Many a 9-month pregnant woman has stared at her belly and wondered how it will ever return to normal. And while it isn’t the miracle that childbirth itself is, it can be a wonder to watch that tummy flatten out in a matter of months.

Some women, however, don’t have that experience. For these women, the connection between the left and right sides of the abdominal muscles is overwhelmed during pregnancy, leaving a separation that persists long after delivery. This condition is known as diastasis recti (DR).

The vertical separation between the rectus abdominis muscles, also known as the “six-pack” muscles, is formed by a line of connective tissue called the linea alba. In DR, the linea alba is stretched so that it is weak and wider than normal. This can lead to a bulge in the tummy where the muscles no longer meet.

This condition is not only caused by pregnancy. Repeated weight gain and loss can cause it, as can improper weightlifting or trauma. This means men can also experience diastasis recti.

In some instances, exercise will reduce the diastasic, but it won’t completely correct it. Physical therapy may also be beneficial.

But for some, the diastasis persists in spite of exercise and physical therapy. The separation of tissue causes the abdominal contents to bulge outward and this can interfere with daily activities. Lifting heavy objects and children, standing up from a sitting position, and even having a bowel movement can become a problem in severe cases. The appearance of the bulge is also troubling for some.

In these circumstances, surgery may be the best solution to correct the problem.

Many people elect to have this surgery in conjunction with a tummy tuck. During the tummy tuck procedure, the surgeon can easily access the abdominal muscles and pull them together, surgically strengthening the connection between left and right. He will then proceed with the tummy tuck, removing excess skin, repositioning the belly button, and creating a flatter and tighter abdomen.

The result is a stronger, more attractive abdomen.

The best way to determine if surgery can repair your abdominal muscles is to discuss your concerns with a plastic surgeon. He can talk to you about the effect muscle repair in conjunction with tummy tuck will have on your appearance and daily activities. He can also discuss the risks of the surgery as well as other options.

If you would like to discuss tummy tuck with muscle repair, Dr. Slack would be pleased to offer a consultation in his office near McKinney, TX. Please contact us now to schedule your appointment.

Tummy Tuck with Liposuction on the Side (Literally)

Muffin Tops? Tummy tuck with liposuction may help.Have you ever put new carpet in your house only to realize that, next to the new carpet, the paint looks faded and the light fixtures appear dated?

Well, a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) can sometimes have the same effect – suddenly that muffin top is more obvious when your belly is nice and flat. This is a situation where liposuction can work well with your tummy tuck.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a process where the surgeon makes tiny incisions in the skin and inserts a cannula, or small tube, through the incision into underlying fat deposits. By moving the cannula up and down in the fat tissue, the surgeon is able to break up the fat, and then suction it out through the cannula.

Liposuction can be performed on many areas of the body from the thighs to underneath the chin. It may also be used in conjunction with a tummy tuck to give an improved overall appearance. A tummy tuck with liposuction can make the newly tightened stomach look more natural and proportional to the rest of the torso.

Doesn’t the Tummy Tuck Remove the Fat? Why Do I Need Liposuction, Too?

Though its primary function is to tighten the belly, some fat will likely be removed during a tummy tuck. But, if you have a full tummy tuck, in which the incision extends from hip bone to hip bone, you may still find you have fat on your sides or “flanks” and even along the lower back—those pesky muffin tops.

In some instances an extended or full tummy tuck, in which the incision extends around the sides or all the way around, may be most appropriate to deal with excess fat and loose skin in these areas.

But for many, liposuction of the flanks and lower back may provide the desired results without the more extensive surgery.

What About Liposuction On the Front of the Abdomen?

If you are concerned that a tummy tuck will tighten your abdomen but leave too much fat behind on the front (anterior) of your abdomen, your surgeon may recommend two separate procedures. He can advise you on whether liposuction alone, abdominoplasty alone, or a combination of the two will help you achieve the results you are looking for.

Be aware that liposuction in the area of the tummy tuck – the anterior of the abdomen – may need to happen in a separate procedure from the tummy tuck itself. This is called “staging” the procedure and your specific anatomy will determine whether you should have liposuction then tummy tuck, tummy tuck then liposuction, or both procedures together.

Liposuction and Tummy Tucks are Not Weight Loss Procedures

Remember that both liposuction and a tummy tuck – together or individually – are meant to “fine tune” your appearance. They aren’t weight loss procedures.

Liposuction works best on trouble spots – those fat deposits that won’t seem to budge no matter how many crunches you do. Similarly, a tummy tuck will help tighten up a loose abdomen, particularly loose skin that persists after weight loss or pregnancy.

Nature working the way she does, many people have a combination of excess fat and skin. Liposuction and tummy tuck combined can often provide the best results.

Will a Tummy Tuck Combined with Liposuction Work for You?

Dr. Slack offers a free consultation to patients in the Collin County area who would like to discuss their cosmetic surgery options. Take a look at his before and after galleries for tummy tuck and liposuction. Some women may also consider a Mommy Makeover, in which breast surgery is done at the same time as the other procedures. Once you are ready to discuss whether a tummy tuck with liposuction can help you achieve your goals, please get in touch. Dr. Slack will be pleased to chat with you.

3 Things You Should Know about a Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck can build your confidence.

Just like our bodies, tummy tucks come in different shapes and sizes. Knowing the differences will help you choose the right doctor and make you a good partner in your own care. All of which means a better outcome.

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, can successfully flatten out your abdomen for a more youthful appearance by removing excess skin and fat. People who most benefit from tummy tucks include women who have had children, and people who have lost a significant amount of weight. It can also be a good solution for more slender people who have been unable to get rid of excess belly fat despite diet and exercise.

It is important to note here that a tummy tuck is not a weight-loss tool. You should only consider one if you are at a stable weight and preferably don’t plan on any further pregnancies.

1.There are different kinds of tummy tucks

When you start researching any kind of tummy tuck, you will soon discover there are three or four different levels of this type of surgery. The procedure that is best for you depends on the answers to three main questions:

How much skin and fat need to be removed?
Will your belly button need to be repositioned?
Will your abdominal muscles need to be repaired?

Understanding each procedure will also help you predict things like how big your scar will be and how long you will need to fully recover. Here are the four main types of tummy tuck and their most salient features:

Mini or Modified

  • Small amount of skin and fat removed from the lower abdomen
  • No repositioning of the belly button
  • Horizontal scar just above the pubic area
  • Sometimes includes muscle repair and liposuction

Full

  • Skin removed from lower abdomen to just above the belly button
  • Fat beneath the skin is removed
  • Repositioning of the belly button
  • Scar runs across the lower abdomen from hip to hip
  • Typically will include muscle repair
  • May or may not include liposuction

Extended

  • Full tummy tuck (as described above)
  • Fat and skin additionally removed from the flanks toward the lower back
  • Scar runs across the lower abdomen and around toward the lower back

Circumferential

  • Full tummy tuck (as described above)
  • Fat and skin additionally removed from the flanks as well as the lower back
  • Scar runs completely around the lower abdomen and the lower back

An experienced board-certified plastic surgeon can help you understand which procedure is right for you by assessing things like your anatomy, amount of excess skin, and past surgical history.

2.Tummy tucks can be done with or without drains

Drains have long been used after a tummy tuck to help with recovery. This is because of a necessary space created during surgery between the abdominal wall and the overlying skin and fatty tissue. The space has the potential to fill up with fluid leaked from the raw tissue surfaces in the early phases of healing. This then causes the formation of a seroma, or a build-up of fluid. Without the use of drains, this fluid would have no place to go, causing swelling, discomfort, a prolonged recovery, and a less than optimal outcome.

Drains do, however, come with some risk of infection and they can be uncomfortable. That is why some specially trained plastic surgeons, like Dr. Slack, have begun using what are called progressive tension sutures to get rid of that fluid-producing space.

They do this by stitching the abdominal layers together in a specific way that limits the amount of space for fluid to accumulate. This occurs to such a degree that the drains are no longer necessary. In one study of 450 tummy tuck procedures, done over the course of seven years, the seroma rate (rate of fluid build-up) was cut down from 9% to just 2%, when the progressive tension sutures were used.

Make sure to ask your surgeon if he or she is trained in the use of this procedure, and find out if you are a candidate for the drainless tummy tuck.

3. You play a big role in your outcome

The last, but certainly not the least important, thing you should know about having a tummy tuck is that you play a crucial role in its success. Choosing the right plastic surgeon for you is critical to your outcome. And the best way to do that is to do your homework first (Learn more in our article on How to Choose a Plastic Surgeon).

After you’ve done your research, make sure to do all the things your doctor tells you to prepare for the surgery. This might include getting enough rest, eating well and quitting tobacco–especially that last one (read more here).

After surgery you will be responsible for following doctor’s orders regarding your recovery. This will initially include continuing to avoid tobacco, caring for the incision site, taking your medications, modifying your activity, and getting plenty of rest. Later, following your surgeon’s instructions for scar care, abdominal binding, and maintaining a healthy weight can greatly improve your cosmetic results.

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To learn more about the different types of tummy tucks and which one might be right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Slack to develop a specific plan.