Improving physical appearance and self confidence!
By Kristen Penfield
Are you frustrated with your mid-section? Maybe you have just given birth to your precious child who left you with extra “baggage” that you can’t seem to get rid of? Perhaps you’ve experienced weight loss that left your stomach a bit more saggy than you’d care to admit? Or, do you simply yearn for a flatter, tighter stomach? Most of us want to feel confident about our mid sections! Well, it is time to put the excuses aside and learn if a tummy tuck could solve one of your ongoing dilemmas.
CNY Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery, LLC is a leader in Central New York in the area of abdominoplasty or, as most of us know it as a tummy tuck.
Beth Phillips, RPAC has the knowledge and experience to provide expert care for patients of the Syracuse Plastic Surgery practice. Phillips began her career as a Physician Assistant at the Cortland Memorial Emergency Room. She further honed her surgical skills and education by working at St. Joseph’s Hospital as a Physician Assistant and the Coordinator of the Surgery PA department. She went into private surgical practice in 2000 for a widely respected general surgeon with a focus on breast and thyroid surgery. Working with Dr. Deboni, a respected plastic surgeon serving Syracuse, Phillips knowledge and experience with cosmetic and reconstructive procedures is extensive.
Abdominal Rectus Plication is tightening of the muscles in that area. “So many men and women are very happy with the results of a tummy tuck,” Phillips stated, “by removing excess skin and fat while repairing stretched and separated abdominal muscles if necessary, results in more of the hourglass figure they used to have.”
Phillips said, “Tummy tucks are a very safe surgery that leaves a scar that is easily concealed under a woman’s bikini line. A tummy tuck requires an incision that spans from hip to hip across the lower abdomen, just above the pubic bone and an incision around the bellybutton. Tummy tucks are common with moms who want the body they had prior to having their children,” Phillips added.
If your worry is that your stomach will eventually return to its saggy shape, Phillips noted that when the stomach muscles are tightened, a short-term side effect is that it causes a person to eat less. However, there are fewer fat cells after a tummy tuck and recovery time is very manageable so that returning to a healthy lifestyle can be accomplished rapidly.
Not all patients have separated abdominal muscles. If this is so and there is only minimal sagging and loose skin, a less invasive mini-abdominoplasty could be more suitable. This form involves a shorter incision and even quicker recovery than a fully tummy tuck.
“We see a variety of ages, both men and women,” claimed Phillips, “patients in their twenties to those in their sixties,” she added. They are performed on men and women who have loose skin and fat that does not respond to diet and exercise. Patients who have loss of skin elasticity and excessive hanging skin due to weight fluctuation or childbirth can be corrected with abdominoplasty.
Many patients get tummy tucks after losing a considerable amount of weight, whether they are unable to lose the lower abdominal fat or their skin will not tighten. While vanity plays a role in their decision-making, certainly, there are also health benefits to doing so. After going through the proce
dure of a tummy tuck, it has been known to motivate patients to keep their weight in check and maintaining a healthier lifestyle.
Most patients are able to return to work within 7 to 14 days, begin mild to moderate exercise in 3-4 weeks, and can usually resume vigorous exercise after roughly 6 weeks. Your new shape will be everlasting, considering you do not gain excessive weight.
Can we really put a price on self-confidence and self-assurance? All of us would say no, but insurance companies may differ. We all know that when we are satisfied with our appearance, our self-confidence rises dramatically! Abdominoplasties are considered cosmetic and one would have to discuss with their insurance company as to whether or not it would be covered. Go ahead and make the appointment to speak to the professionals at CNY Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery. Discuss your options; feel better about yourself!
Of course, choosing a cosmetic surgery procedure is an important decision that should never be rushed. CNY Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery, LLC takes the time to get to know their patients and their reasons for wanting a tummy tuck during a consultation. They will discuss all implications and outcomes to ensure their patients are fully informed and prepared. All questions are welcomed and consultations are conducted in a private environment.
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