Abdominoplasty

Different Methods for Contouring that Tummy

Abdominoplasty Calgary ABAs we age, we all deal with more and more sagging. This is especially true if you’ve had children or if you’ve gained and then lost a good deal of weight. As we discussed in last month’s second blog, the localized weight gain in your lower abdomen can stretch the skin to a degree that it stays loose even when you’ve lost the weight. But even without weight gain, most of us will still develop some slight pooch in our stomach area.

That’s why Dr. Frank uses different methods for his tummy tuck procedures. He matches the type of tuck to the patient’s unique needs.

What are the different kinds of tummy tucks?

Here’s a description of three methods used for these surgeries:

Standard abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)

Also known as a full tummy tuck, in a standard tummy tuck Dr. Frank makes two incisions. The first incision runs from hipbone to hipbone, usually descending down along the pubic hairline. The goal is to be able to cover the scar with a bathing suit. The second incision is made at the belly button. Once the skin is separated from the underlying muscle, the abdominal muscles are pulled together and stitched into place to make the abdomen firmer and to narrow the waist. This is to repair stomach muscles that have actually become separated. Next, the skin is pulled downward, excess skin is trimmed away, and the navel is reattached in a natural position.

These full tummy tucks are usually the best option for women who have had children, as the localized weight gain stretches the stomach skin and separates the support muscles.

Partial abdominoplasty (mini tummy tuck)

Also known as a mini tummy tuck, in this procedure Dr. Frank makes just a single incision along the pubic line. The length of this incision may vary depending on the degree of the patient’s sagging. Mini tummy tucks can be good for patients who don’t have a lot of excess sagging skin, but simply want to remove their stomach pooch. This would probably be more typical if a woman hasn’t had children, but has noticed a slight pooch with age.

Circumferential abdominoplasty (extended tummy tuck)

This method involves the upper and lower incisions as with a standard tummy tuck, but the bottom incision is extended. Where it usually stops at the hipbone in a standard procedure, here it extends around the flanks and onto the back. This allows Dr. Frank to also address sagging, excess skin and fat on the outer thighs and buttocks. Fat and skin that are hanging over the belt line will be removed to create a slimmer, smoother contour. Dr. Frank will tighten applicable muscle and will likely use some liposuction to remove unwanted pockets of fat. If you’re familiar with an outer thigh lift or buttock lift, it is as if these procedures were added to a standard tummy tuck in these circumferential tucks.

Do you have loose skin on your abdomen and long for the slimmer contour of your younger days? Call Dr. Frank at (403) 245-1228 and set up a consultation for a tummy tuck.

About That Sagging Tummy of Yours…

Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty Calgary ABPart of aging is slackening of both our skin and the support tissues beneath. This creates sagging across the body, but especially in certain areas such as the lower abdomen, the tummy. If you’re a woman and have had a couple of kids, it’s almost guaranteed. Clinically known as abdominoplasty, the goal of a tummy tuck is to tighten and change the contour of the abdomen area. The procedure removes excess fat and skin, and restores weakened or separated muscles, resulting in a flatter, more contoured abdomen.

Abdominoplasty is a specialty of Dr. Frank and his patients from Calgary and the surrounding areas are thrilled with their slimmer contours afterwards.

What causes the sagging that merits a tummy tuck?

When the skin is overstretched for a long period of time, it has trouble rebounding to its former degree of tautness. That’s what happens during the weight gain of pregnancy, or if the patient has gained a good deal of weight and has then shed the pounds. In many cases, the muscles that control the area have become stretched and separated, diminishing their ability to tighten the area as they formerly did. Plus, simple aging tends to make both our muscles and the underlying tissues less tight. A tummy tuck is more about skin and muscle than fat.

Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

If you have loose, inelastic skin, with some pockets of fat, a tummy tuck is the best option (combined with light liposuction to remove the fat). Pregnancy is especially hard on the abdominal muscles because the way it focuses the weight gain in such a small area. This can permanently stretch and separate the abdominal muscles and they won’t return to their former degree of tautness without surgery.

However, if you think you may want to have additional children, your tummy tuck will have to wait. The effects of pregnancy will negate the results of your tummy tuck. Also, people who plan on losing additional weight should delay their tummy tuck because the additional weight loss will create more loose skin. It’s important to remember that abdominoplasty is a body-contouring procedure, not a weight loss procedure. You should be at a healthy weight prior to surgery, with a BMI (Body Mass Index) no greater then 30.

Is there just one kind of tummy tuck?

Dr. Frank treats every tummy tuck procedure as unique because every patient’s body is different. If you have very little excess sagging skin, but want to address your belly bulge, a mini tummy tuck could be right with its shorter incisions. Of if you have a good deal of loose abdominal skin, both above and below the belly button, you probably would do best with a full tummy tuck. Liposuction may be added for cases with more fat. In other words, there isn’t a single tummy tuck procedure.

Are you interested in a slimmer contour on your lower abdomen? Call Dr. Frank at (403) 245-1228 and set up a consultation for abdominoplasty.

A Couple of Tummy Tuck Options

Abdominoplasty CalgaryIf you’ve had children or lost a good deal of weight, odds are your abdomen isn’t what it once was. Loose skin and a little pooch — that’s the usual situation. Why? Because when skin and connective tissue beneath is stretched, due to pregnancy or weight gain, it can only maintain its ability to return to its former tautness for so long. After that, the elasticity is lessened. The result? The tummy pooch or worse.

But Dr. Frank can bring your abdomen back closer to its former self with a tummy tuck. There are a few options when it comes to Dr. Frank’s tummy tuck procedures.

 

Full tummy tuck

A full tummy tuck is recommended for those women with a good deal of loose abdominal skin. During a full tummy tuck, a larger section of excess skin and fat is removed, and the underlying muscles are often brought back to closer to the center to produce a shapelier waistline. A full tuck will also include a second incision, through the belly button if possible, to address looseness above the belly button. In a full tuck, the belly button may be repositioned to a higher location, depending on the amount of skin removed.

Muscle repair

To create the tight, flat abdomen that everyone wants, Dr. Frank not only removes excess skin, but also may reposition muscles that have become separated in the center of the abdomen. It’s not that the muscles have lost their ability to contract, it’s that they may have separated and no longer provide the same support to the middle of the lower abdomen. Of course, every patient’s situation is unique.

Liposuction

There was a time when women chose between a tummy tuck and liposuction, but now the two procedures usually have at least some overlap. In addition to loose, saggy skin, most people also have pockets of fat that don’t respond to exercise or dietary changes. Liposuction removes these pockets.

Who says having a stomach pooch is a part of middle age? Let Dr. Frank tighten up your lower abdomen and give you back a stomach you like to show off in a swimsuit. Call us at (403) 245-1228 to schedule a consultation.

Tummy Tuck After C-Section, Let’s Talk

Abdominoplasty Surgery Calgary, AB, CAAcross North America, approximately 1 of every 3 births are delivered using cesarean section. This surgical procedure may be necessary for some reasons, or it may be chosen by an expecting mother. However it occurs, a C-section birth often alters the abdominal profile to such an extent that a woman feel unhappy with her appearance. The popularity of Mommy Makeovers is a testament to the desire women have for satisfactory body contours after childbirth. An aspect of this process that may be of particular interest to a mother who has given birth via cesarean section is tummy tightening with abdominoplasty.

Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery, is a procedure that addresses laxity in the abdominal wall. It is not intended to remove excess fat tissue, but to tighten the muscle tissue that has been stretched beyond its capabilities to bounce back. Here, we want to discuss a few tips for women who are considering a post-cesarean tuck.

  • Give your body time to recover. We understand how urgent the need to feel good can be. However, women who have undergone a C-section have undergone major surgery. The body needs time to recuperate from the stress of this procedure, and from the pregnancy itself. The general recommendation is that cosmetic surgery after childbirth occurs at 6 to 12 months post-delivery. Before that time, the sense of urgency can be addressed by choosing a qualified cosmetic surgeon and scheduling a consultation for the future procedure.
  • Work on fitness goals before surgery. Establishing healthy post-pregnancy lifestyle habits such as eating a well-balanced, low-sugar diet and exercising daily does a lot to support recovery from pregnancy and childbirth. These habits also prepare the body for an intended cosmetic procedure. Through diet and exercise, it is possible to achieve the noticeable reduction in body fat, which maximizes the results from abdominoplasty when this surgery can be performed.
  • Be patient. It’s hard to be patient when you want your body to go back to its pre-pregnancy shape. We understand. But health is the primary objective after giving birth, along with bonding with your bundle of joy. There is no value in rushing the process of physical recovery. In fact, trying to do so can create fatigue that inhibits the optimal quality of life.

Our friendly staff is happy to schedule an appointment for you in our Calgary cosmetic surgery office. Call (403) 245-1228.

What Really Happens During Abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty Surgery Calgary, ABAbdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery, is a common procedure that may be performed in conjunction with liposuction, or as a stand-alone treatment to top off one’s weight loss journey. If you’ve wondered about what a tummy tuck could do for you, chances are you’ve read a bit of misleading information somewhere along the line. Here, we will discuss three details of this procedure that you should know.

Muscle Repair

A common school of thought regarding abdominoplasty is that this procedure tightens muscles that have become loose due to pregnancy, age, or weight gain. In reality, the muscles of our body know how to extend and to flex, which means they most often recoil after being stretched. The looseness that is noticed across the midsection is most often related to the connective tissue that makes up the abdominal wall.  The tightening that is conducted during a tummy tuck can repair the rectus diastasis, which is integrated within the connective tissue across the abdomen.

Belly Button

The navel, or belly button, is an important structure that is preserved throughout the abdominoplasty procedure. It may be repositioned, but it is not removed and recreated. You could think of your belly button as a tube. What you see is one end of the tube; the other end is inside the abdomen, attached to connective tissue. With careful technique, the navel is released and then reinstated, or brought back through the uppermost layer of tissue, after the skin has been tightened. Surgeons attempt to preserve the same essential appearance of the belly button during abdominoplasty. However, it is possible for slight differences to be noticed, depending on suture technique and other factors.

Fat Distribution

Some patients worry that fat removed during abdominoplasty may redistribute elsewhere. There are two answers to this theory. One is that tummy tuck surgery removes so little fat tissue that no dramatic changes occur. Fat reduction is a job for liposuction. Second, the fat that is removed from the body is gone forever. The results from either liposuction or abdominoplasty, or a combination of the two, are maintainable with healthy lifestyle habits.

Learn more about body contouring in a consultation with Dr. Frank. Call our Calgary office at (403) 245-1228.

Planning Recovery from Abdominoplasty

AbdominoplastyThe shape of a person’s body may change for a number of different reasons. Many women experience frustrating changes that stem from motherhood and the skin-stretching that occurs around the midsection. For both sexes, weight loss can lead to an undesirable appearance of loose, sagging abdominal tissue. In the office of Dr. Ryan Frank, we help patients address these concerns with abdominoplasty, also known as the tummy tuck.

According to expert opinion, one of the most vital aspects of a satisfactory outcome to plastic surgery is to have realistic expectations of your new appearance. We agree with this, and discuss expectations at length with our patients. In addition to knowing what to expect in terms of final outcome, we think that it is important to also identify ways to aid the recovery process.

Planning Translates into Greater Comfort

  • Your body knows, so listen. In the days following your procedure, the number one message your body is likely to send you is that it wants to rest. If you sleep a little extra, or a lot, it’s all part of healing so don’t deprive yourself of that.
  • Medication for pain relief is prescribed for a reason! Don’t wait until you become uncomfortable, take medication as a preventive. You’ll be glad you did. Make sure your medication is available when you return home from surgery; have it filled prior to your procedure date.
  • Comfort is of the utmost importance after surgery. Prepare a space with extra blankets, pillows, and entertainment that will ensure your ability to relax and rest as often as necessary.
  • Preparing healthy foods before your surgery can prevent you from feeling any need to cook during your recovery. Avoid carbonated beverages in order to prevent uncomfortable bloating. Drink plenty of water every day, and try to eat fresh foods, not processed meals.
  • Have support! Your recovery from abdominoplasty will go much more smoothly with a team of assistants who can make sure you take your medication, prepare and serve your meals, and care for kids and pets.

Plastic surgery is a big decision. Our team provides you with the information and support you need to complete your transformation process.

What You Should Know About Abdominoplasty

Tummy TucksTummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a procedure to flatten your abdomen and waist. This is done by getting rid of excess skin and fat and tightening muscles through  surgery. The end result is a flatter, more appealing stomach.

What You Should Know

  • Qualities of a good candidate: You should have loose skin or fat pockets that have not been affected by exercise and diet. You should also be in a good physical condition. Older people who have lost elasticity of their skin can also undergo abdominoplasty. It is particularly helpful for women who have pregnancy related stretched muscles and skin. However, if you plan to have more children, then you should wait. It also helps if you lose weight before the procedure.
  • The procedure: Requiring around two and a half hours, the procedure is conducted with general anesthesia. There will be two incisions made: one around your navel, and another from one hipbone to the other, near your pubic area. The skin will be separated from the muscles. The latter are pulled together to give firmness and a shapely waist. Liposuction may also be required. The skin will then be pulled down on to the tightened muscles. The excess skin will be cut off and then the remaining will be sutured back together. Surgical dressings will then be placed.
  • Recovery, side effects, and complications: The time required to fully recover will range from two to three months. Sometimes, a tube may be inserted for a short period to drain out any excess fluid from the area of surgery. The results can last for a long time, provided you follow a proper diet and exercise regularly. Scars are inevitable but it is possible to make incisions in such a way that the resulting scars can be covered by a bikini. Of course, if you do not properly take care of yourself, you may require another surgery in due time. You may also need a surgery to deal with your scars, old and new.

Interested in Learning More about Tummy Tucks? Contact Dr. Frank.

If you are interested in abdominoplasty in Calgary, contact us today. We can be reached at (403) 245-1228. We look forward to hearing from you.

4 Things To Know About Tummy Tucks

Tummy TuckAbdominoplasty–commonly known as a tummy tuck–is an extremely popular surgical procedure that rejuvenates and reshapes the contour of the stomach an waist. If you’re considering this procedure, read up on these facts to get better acquainted.

Facts About Abdominoplasty

  1. It is the most effective procedure for eliminating stubborn belly fat. A tummy tuck is the most effective solution when it comes to getting rid of excess pockets of fat and loose, sagging abdominal skin. This procedure creates a smoother, curvier contour and a more taut stomach.
  2. It tightens both muscles and skin. Mothers are one of the most common tummy tuck patients, and for good reason. A tummy tuck not only trims away excess fat and skin, but also tightens the muscles of the abdomen, which can become separated and bulge following the rigors of pregnancy and child birth. This effectively creates a firmer, more narrow waist for women looking to restore their bodies following pregnancy.
  3. It is not a major weight loss solution. While abdominoplasty is very effective at removing small pockets of fat from a targeted area, the procedure is not designed for patients who need to lose a significant amount of weight. In fact, A major change in weight following a tummy tuck can alter the results for the surgery. Therefore, patients who wish to lose weight are encouraged to do so before undergoing the procedure.
  4. Results are gradual. Since a tummy tuck is an invasive surgery, your body takes time to heal. A typical recovery period following abdominoplasty can take anywhere from two months to several months. Temporary drains may be required to eliminate fluid at the surgical site. Though a scar spanning hip-to-hip will be present, it is made so low that it can be covered by a bathing suit. With a balanced diet and regular exercise the results of a tummy tuck will last for a long time.

Interested In Learning More About Abdominoplasty? Contact Dr. Ryan Frank Today

If you are interested in tummy tuck surgery in Calgary, contact us today. We can be reached at (403) 245-1228. We look forward to hearing from you.

Which Body Contouring Procedure Is Right For You?

LiposuctionMany people struggle with areas of the body marked by pockets of excess fat, loose skin or cellulite. There are two main surgical procedures available for both men and women that rejuvenate trouble areas and help sculpt and shape the contours of the body.

While Dr. Frank will work with you to create a custom plan tailored to meet your needs and goals, here is a guide to two of the most common body contouring procedures.

Liposuction

One of the most common cosmetic procedures, liposuction creates a slimmer contour by removing excess fat from a targeted area of the body. This procedure not only slims the area, but ensures that fat will not return. It is important to note that liposuction is designed to remove small areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. It is not a weight loss method, and it cannot remove cellulite or loose skin.

During tumescent liposuction, a solution comprising saline solution, lidocaine (an anesthetic) and epinephrine (a blood-vessel contractor) is injected into the area being treated. The solution causes the targeted tissue swell and become firm, which makes it easier to remove via the cannula. The advantages to this technique are that the anesthetic is built in, and blood loss is minimized because the epinephrine constricts blood vessels. Depending on the size of the area to be treated, local or general anesthesia is used.

The most common areas of the body on which liposuction is performed include the thighs, abdomen, arms, back, hips, buttocks, chest and chin. Liposuction can be performed alone, or in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures, such as abdominoplasty.

Abdominoplasty

Abdominoplasty, commonly known as a tummy tuck, helps flatten the abdomen and waist by removing excess fat and skin, and tightening muscles. The best candidates for abdominoplasty are in good physical condition, with pockets of fat or loose skin that have not responded well to diet and exercise. This procedure is popular among women who wish to achieve a flatter, smoother contour after pregnancy. Abdominoplasty can also be appropriate for slightly obese people whose skin has lost some of its elasticity. Anyone planning on losing a significant amount of weight, and women planning on having more children, should wait before undergoing an abdominoplasty.

Plastic Surgery in Calgary

If you are interested in learning more about any of the cosmetic procedures we offer, contact Dr. Frank today. We can be reached at (403) 245-1228. We look forward to hearing from you!

What Is An Abdominoplasty?

tummy tuckAbdominoplasty, commonly known as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure that improves the contour of the abdomen and waist. A tummy tuck flattens the stomach area by removing excess fat and skin and tightening the muscles.

What does the tummy tuck procedure involve?

In most cases, the abdominoplasty procedure takes about two to three hours, and is performed under general anesthesia. The surgery requires two incisions– one from hipbone to hipbone, close to the pubic area, and another around the navel.   The skin is then separated from the abdominal muscles which are then pulled together and stitched. This provides a taut abdomen and smoother waist. Next, liposuction is performed on the abdomen and flanks. The remaining skin flap is then pulled down over the tightened muscles and excess skin is removed. The navel is reattached in a natural position.

Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

This procedure is designed for individuals in overall good health and who have a normal body weight, but loose, sagging or stretched skin in the abdomen that does not respond to diet or exercise. These conditions are common in women who have experienced pregnancy and delivery, or those who have undergone significant weight loss. It is also important that abdominoplasty patients do not smoke.

Women who are considering future pregnancies are encouraged to postpone a tummy tuck until they are done with child bearing. This is because pregnancy can have an adverse effect on the results of the surgery.

How long is the recovery for a tummy tuck?

The complete recovery time following a tummy tuck varies from case to case, but typically takes up to 3 months. The recovery process may include the insertion of a temporary tube to drain excess fluid from the site of the surgery.

The procedure will leave a scar spanning the length of the abdomen, from hip to hip. Dr. Frank will make the incision as low as possible so that the scar can be covered by a bathing suit.

With proper diet and exercise, the results of a tummy tuck will be long-lasting.

Abdominoplasty in Calgary

If you are interested in abdominoplasty or would like to learn more about any of the other cosmetic surgery procedures we offer, contact Dr. Frank today. We can be reached at (403) 245-1228. We look forward to hearing from you!

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