Waist Training or a Tummy Tuck: Which is Right for You?

There is an interesting phenomenon in current culture that has some reaching back into ancient times to try beauty enhancing methods that haven’t been used in centuries. One such practice is waist training. Because several beauty icons of today have been very obvious about their waist training practices (Thanks, Kardashians!), there is a fair amount of confusion pertaining to the efficacy – and the safety of these products.

Obviously, waist training is considered by people who want to improve the contours of their body. While we understand the draw of non-surgical contouring, it is very important that men and women seeking physical improvement know what they may be getting themselves into.

Waist Training 101

Training the waist is a practice that women have performed for far too long. This method of altering the structure of the mid-section dates back to Ancient African and Asian cultures. It was seen again in the 1500s, when women laced themselves tightly into corsets hidden beneath clothing. To train the waist often meant to wear a restrictive garment for several days or several weeks at a time. This is because it takes time to morph the body to your will.

It is understandable to desire attractive contours. What is not understandable is altering the structure of your rib cage in order to achieve a slimming effect. Waist training affects more than the waist, it can cause the lower ribs to turn inward, ultimately displacing internal organs. This cannot be beneficial from a health standpoint.

How About an Exercise Waist Trainer?

In an attempt to make waist training safe, some have resorted to promoting the waist trainer only during exercise. This type of trainer is like the ultimate spandex belt, designed to compress tissues to push out excess water. The issue with an exercise trainer is that it produces only temporary results while also inhibiting oxygen uptake. Without sufficient oxygen during your workouts, you are likely to wind up on the floor, wondering what happened.

Turn to the Tummy Tuck

The tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, has helped millions of men and women reduce the circumference of their midsection. This precise surgical procedure can remove excess fat and tighten muscles so you can once again see your six-pack, if that is your goal. Performed under anesthesia in an accredited surgery center by a board-certified surgeon, the tummy tuck is less risky than a waist trainer, and gives you results without putting your health at risk.

Throw out the waist trainer idea and call Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery at (904) 273-6200.

Tummy Tuck Lingo

Body TiteIf you‘re considering a tummy tuck and are new to the forums and chats, it could seem like everyone there is speaking a foreign language. When the group is discussing “milking your drains” and you have no idea what they’re talking about, it might be easy to think that an abdominoplasty is not right for you. But never fear!  We’re here to break down the language barrier to help you sort out all the tummy tuck lingo you need to know.

  • Apron: Just like that hanging piece of cloth a baker wears around his waist, “apron” refers to that loose stomach skin that hangs down over your bikini line after having a baby or after significant weight loss.
  • Binder: In this case, a binder is not a notebook you used in high school. Compression garments, often referred to as a “binder,” are worn around the abdomen after a tummy tuck to reduce swelling and help keep skin in place.
  • Drains: After the procedure, the doctor will insert small drains that help keep fluid and blood from building up inside your body. In order to keep the drains clear, they must be “milked” or emptied.
  • Electives: Surgeries that do not involve a medical emergency are often referred to as “”  Sometimes these types of procedures, which can be scheduled in advance, are referred to as electives.
  • Lipo: Many patients opt for a fat removal procedure, or liposuction, in conjunction with their tummy tuck. Lipo can help reduce extra abdominal fat and make a tummy tuck procedure much more effective.
  • Pain Pump: in some cases, a pain pump is recommended to help reduce pain at the site of the surgery.  The pump slowly feeds anesthetic directly to the sore areas, hopefully reducing the need for supplemental pain medications.

We understand that navigating the world of cosmetic procedures can be overwhelming, especially when you’re trying to learn all you can.  We often find that the best bet is to schedule a consultation to get your questions answered in person.  We can help explain all the details of the procedure so you can make a decision that is right for you.  Give us a call today!

Where Is Plastic Surgery Performed?

While decades ago, plastic surgery was performed only in private and public hospitals, today there are outpatient facilities and doctors’ offices that are fully equipped. According to the laws, rules, and regulations, plastic surgeons can only perform their surgeries in certified locations. It was not that many decades ago that plastic surgery was performed only in public and private hospitals. Oftentimes the patient was admitted to the hospital on the previous night before their surgery, and spent the evening being fully prepared for the next day’s surgery. Their vital signs would be checked, including their blood pressure, and written orders for routine blood work would be performed. The nurse might take an electrocardiogram and pre-surgery medications would be given the evening before. There might also have been a discussion with the anesthesiologist in the last 24 hours before the surgery. With advancements in medical care, there was a move away from performing all surgeries in a hospital, where physicians could do their work at outpatient facilities. While one might consider that the surgeons performed in less than ideal conditions, rules and regulations were strictly maintained and allowed plastic surgeons to only operate in certified facilities. Outpatient Surgery Center Many plastic surgeries are performed under local anesthesia with sedation (also known as twilight anesthesia) where the patient is sedated to a point where they are less aware of their surroundings. The anesthesia is strong enough to avert pain, but mild enough to allow the patient to respond to spoken orders. At some facilities, no anesthesiology is present during the surgery, with the sedation being provided by the nurse under the surgeon’s direction. Patients that require general anesthesia typically have their procedures performed at an outpatient surgery center or in a hospital. Depending on the surgeon, and the type of surgery being performed, the doctor might elect to have the procedure done at a surgery location based on scheduling issues, geography, and comfort. At-Home Recovery Nearly every type of plastic surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure, allowing the patient to go home once they have retained cognitive function from the cessation of the anesthesia. Depending on the type of procedure they have had done, they can typically recover at home over the next 6 to 14 days. Some extensive surgeries including abdominoplasty and intensive liposuction procedures may require a more extended level of convalescence, at a facility. To keep risks at a minimum, including bleeding and the potential for infection, the patient must follow strict guidelines from the competent plastic surgeon to maintain their health through recovery. The surgeon will provide a list of procedures to follow including when to bathe, how to bathe, along with an appointment to have the sutures removed within the first 3 to 6 days.

Is Plastic Surgery Covered by Insurance?

Many procedures of plastic surgery are covered by insurance, where there is a known, attached medical condition. Other cosmetic surgeries that are done for aesthetic reasons only are typically not covered by insurance. The question often arises whether cosmetic or plastic surgery is covered by insurance. Because plastic surgery is an expensive procedure, cost is often a significant factor that can greatly influence a patient’s decision whether they should have the surgery or not. There are many procedures that insurance carriers simply refuse to cover. Eligibility for insurance coverage in plastic surgery can be categorized as either cosmetic or reconstructive. Many cosmetic surgery procedures are undertaken for a variety of reasons other than just aesthetics alone. Surgery to Improve Function A plastic surgery procedure might be performed to improve function of a body part other than for aesthetic aspects. Most of these surgeries are covered by insurance. An example would be an individual who has eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) as a cosmetic enhancement. While this procedure will not be covered by insurance, during that surgery the surgeon may correct droopy eyelids that are blocking the vision of the patient. This part of the procedure would be covered by insurance. Partial Insurance Coverage While breast augmentation performed specifically for aesthetic reasons is not covered by insurance, it could be covered as a part of the recovery process after a mastectomy. Other cosmetic surgeries that might be covered by insurance include:

  • Abdominoplasty – The abdominoplasty procedure is typically performed on obese individuals as a way to eliminate or improve health conditions.
  •  Breast Surgery – Many individuals are eligible for financial coverage and possible insurance coverage if the surgery reduces large breasts that are causing shoulder pain, back pain and other related issues.
  •  Ear Surgery – Surgery on the ear might be covered if it is correcting a deformity caused by injury or disease.
  •  Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) – This procedure might be covered if the eyelid surgeon is performing the procedure to correct drooping eyelids that are causing significant vision problems.
  •  Nasal Surgery – This type of procedure is often performed as a way to correct nasal deformities along with nasal birth defects.

It is essential to understand if the cosmetic surgery procedure is eligible for insurance coverage, before having it performed. Additionally, it is important to discuss payment methods with your plastic surgeon for procedures that are not covered by insurance. Making the determination whether plastic surgery is covered by insurance usually comes down to whether it is for reasons other than a corrective method for a significant medical condition. Remember that individual circumstances and health plans widely vary, as does the coverage by various insurance carriers.

What to Ask a Plastic Surgeon

In a world where image is everything, more patients are going under the knife to realize their perfect looks. You see it everywhere from television and the news to everyday life, plastic surgery is the answer to your most daunting self esteem issues. Couple this effect to be perfect with a less-than-promising economy and you have a recipe for horror plastic surgery stories that are noted as “cheap,” “fast” and the most inaccurate of descriptors, “safe.” According to new statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the overall number of cosmetic procedures has increased by 162 percent since the collection of the statistic first began. Over 10.2 million surgical and non-surgical procedures were performed in the United States in 2008, according to the ASAPS statistic. No doubt that a woman or a man has every right to do what it takes to feel good about their body and their looks, it is important to understand the dangers of plastic surgery when provided by someone who offers a quick and cheap solution when there should not be one. When looking for a plastic surgeon, avoid the pitfalls that will result in you looking more like a Picasso than a da Vinci. Continue reading

The Importance of Dieting Before and After Surgery

Apples, Healthy Eating Before undergoing any type of body-contouring surgery, all patients should stabilize their weight by dieting before and after the surgery.  Most surgeons require this before a patient can qualify for the surgery to minimize the risk of complications. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) the optimal patient is a nonsmoker who has a BMI of 18.5 to 25 and is committed to maintaining it.  There also should be no medical conditions, such as cardiac and pulmonary problems, that could impair healing or increase surgical risk. Body Contouring surgeries that would require a healthy diet: Continue reading

Plastic Surgery Procedure of the Month – The Tummy Tuck

The Tummy Tuck, also known as Abdominoplasty

Abdominoplasty, more commonly referred to as the tummy tuck, is often the procedure of choice for getting the abdomen back in shape after pregnancy, after extreme weight loss and for those whose tummies simply don”t respond to traditional exercise and proper nutrition.

There are two general types of abdominoplasty: the mini tummy tuck and the full tummy tuck.

The mini tummy tuck is generally reserved for those who have minor contour problems and less loose skin, yet still need more correction than liposuction alone can fix. The mini tummy tuck procedure uses a short U-shaped incision which is made just above the pubic region. Excess skin is removed and the muscles are tightened which moves the belly button down slightly.

The more commonly performed full tummy tuck provides much more correction and therefore, more profound results. The procedure, which generally takes between two and five hours under general anesthesia, uses an incision which is made slightly above the pubic area from one hipbone to the other. A second incision is made to free the navel from the surrounding tissue. The skin is separated from the abdominal wall up to the ribs and lifted to expose the muscles. The muscles are tightened and sewn in place. If you have muscle separation, pulling your muscles closer together and suturing them will give a tighter look to your abdomen. The skin is stretched back across the abdomen and extra skin is removed. Your belly button is then repositioned and sutured in place. Finally, all incisions are sutured, dressings applied and temporary tubes may be inserted to drain excess fluids.

Abdominoplasty is frequently performed in combination with liposuction (especially around the sides of the stomach, hips, and thighs) to give additional contouring and enhance your final results.

While there will be permanent scars, they will be well hidden when you”re wearing clothing, and low enough to even be concealed by a swimsuit in most cases. After about nine months to a year, your scars will usually flatten and become less noticeable.

Doctors Rumsey, Burk, Scioscia and Snyder all have extensive experience in performing abdominoplasty surgery and can help you achieve truly amazing results. If you feel this procedure may be right for you, schedule your consultation today. They will take the time to discuss your expectations, and will thoroughly explain precautions, risks versus benefits of the procedure, as well as what to expect before, during and after your tummy tuck.


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Tummy tuck in Jacksonville, FL


Tummy tuck in Jacksonville, FL