Can I Get A Tummy Tuck Right After Giving Birth?

Childbirth often comes with a great feeling of empowerment and satisfaction for new mothers. Their body has nurtured a child for nine months and has triumphantly overcome the painful process of giving birth. It is quite an accomplishment. However, most women would agree that the positive feelings that come with giving birth are also met with negative feelings about their new post-pregnancy body. Although the baby is now the primary focus, many wonder if something can quickly be done to remove the excess skin and stretch marks that result from pregnancy.

The answer to that question is yes, a tummy tuck (“abdominoplasty”) MAY be undergone immediately following childbirth, but this is not advised. A tummy tuck can remove the excess skin that was stretched, along with some of the fat that accumulated in the midsection. Stretch marks can sometimes be removed in the process, and separated abdominal muscles may be brought back together. However, more satisfying tummy tuck results can be achieved if the mother waits at least six months to go through with the procedure. After childbirth, the uterus is still enlarged, and most women carry some extra weight from the pregnancy. These two factors can inhibit the best possible results from tummy tuck surgery.

If a woman went ahead with the tummy tuck procedure immediately after childbirth, she would almost certainly have some recurrence of loose tissues (skin and abdominal muscles) due to any weight loss and shrinking of the uterus. If this does occur, a revision tummy tuck performed later on may not provide the best results when compared to an abdominoplasty performed after the patient’s body has returned to a more stable state after pregnancy. Most surgeons advise waiting at least six months to a year after childbirth to get the best results with a tummy tuck. It is also best to be finished having children before considering the procedure, as a subsequent pregnancy will negatively affect the abdominoplasty results.

If you are interested in the tummy tuck procedure in New York City, please contact Dr. Beran by calling (212) 792-7938 or filling out our contact form today.

Fitness is a Bigger Factor for Surgery than Age

For many years now, the basis for determining whether or not someone is suitable for surgery has been age. However, a recent study published in the medical journal Annals of Surgery in June 2013 found that a patient’s fitness level is a bigger factor for surgery than their age. Although age has historically been the major risk factor in complications and surgical survival, cardiovascular wellness and increased fitness levels of patients of all ages have proven to be the higher standard.

Being physically fit decreases numerous risk factors involved in surgical procedures. Risks on the operating table are decreased if one’s physical fitness is at a desirable level, and patients who struggle with obesity and heart problems are more susceptible to the risks and complications that can occur during surgery. In addition, the length of the hospital stay is usually shorter for patients who are well.

Wellness is so significant for surgery that there are actual fitness programs available for patients who will undergo elective surgeries. The goal of the programs is to reduce recovery time by improving physical fitness levels and increasing muscle strength prior to surgery. With simple changes to one’s lifestyle and diet, not only will the surgeon’s job be easier, but also the risks of infection will be reduced along with a shortened time for full recovery.

When it comes to surgery, remember that “physiological” age is much more important than “chronological” age. It is never too late to become more physically fit and live a healthier lifestyle.

If you are seeking the professional advice of a board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Samuel J. Beran offers many different types of cosmetic surgery procedures to provide you with healthy, natural looking results. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Beran, by calling us at (212) 792­-7938 or fill out our contact form and, together, you can discuss which options are best for you. 

Plastic Surgery Abroad – Good idea?

It is a fact that cosmetic plastic surgery procedures are not cheap; however, patients should never choose price over quality. There are several countries abroad that are offering plastic surgery procedures for a fraction of the cost of a procedure in the United States. Although the lower fee may sound appealing, it is imperative to take all other factors into account – safety being the most important of these. When it comes to your body and surgery of any kind, there is no price tag.

As I see it, how can you undergo a safe procedure in a country where you cannot drink the tap water or use ice cubes in your beverages? In addition to safety, there is a hefty cost in traveling to another country just to save a few dollars on the procedure. When it’s all said and done, you may end up spending much more on the overseas surgery than you would have at home. Furthermore, if you are visiting a surgeon in a foreign country you will not be able to continue your follow-up appointments with him/her during the following year or so. This may lead to complications and/or unsatisfactory results. If you are set on going abroad for your surgery, be sure to research the surgeon and facility in order to ensure the utmost in safety throughout the entire process – from consultation to final post-surgery appointment.

You may contact my office to schedule an appointment to discuss your options in cosmetic plastic surgery. I look forward to helping you meet your goals

Do Multiple Plastic Surgery Procedures Mean Addiction?

Most individuals look in the mirror and pick out a few “flaws” that they are unhappy with and would like to enhance – crooked nose, thin lips, creases in the forehead, small breasts, bulging abdomen, and much more. While some people may not be as inclined to actively seek the assistance of a plastic surgeon right away, there are others who research their desired procedures and move forward with a surgery, or two.

Patients who experience a positive and satisfactory outcome may request to undergo further enhancement often stating that it was quicker, safer, and less expensive than they had initially thought it would be. However, just because a person undergoes multiple procedures it does not mean that he/she is addicted to surgery; as I see it, an addiction is something that you need and will do whatever it takes to feed the addiction.

Although some patients are undergoing procedure expecting realistic results, there are those who have a skewed perception of themselves. These patients often seek enhancements that may be unnecessary. For example, comedienne and TV host Joan Rivers has undergone several cosmetic plastic surgery procedures and has led many to believe that she is truly addicted to plastic surgery. In these circumstances, there may be underlying psychological issues such as body dysmorphic disorder (BDD).

Patients who have questions regarding BDD or plastic surgery are encouraged to schedule an appointment for further information.