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.

Will My Tummy Tuck Leave a Visible Scar?

A tummy tuck is a very common procedure. Its professional name is an abdominoplasty and it is requested by people who have lost drastic amounts of weight in a short time. When people lose weight quickly, they are left with loose skin, tissue and fat around the tummy and abdomen that can be unsightly and uncomfortable. The purpose of the tummy tuck is to remove that excess tissue and return the tight and smooth skin over the stomach. Many people would like to undergo the surgery, but they are concerned about a noticeable scar at the incision point.

What Is the Procedure Specifically?

Men and women who have lost a great deal of weight or women who had a baby often have loose skin around the belly. The skin, when it is stretched, can’t always return to its original form. It needs to be removed for a more attractive look. Often, the surgery is combined with liposuction to smooth the tissue under the skin as well. Most cosmetic surgeons will offer different levels of the abdominoplasty, such as a mini or full version depending on patient need.

The procedure itself involves making an incision across the lower area of the abdomen and then removing excess skin and tissue. Of course, any surgery like this will leave a scar of some type. Quality plastic surgeons will make the incision as low as possible so that it will be less noticeable on the patient. They will also provide information that the patient can use to lessen the chance of scarring.

What Kind of Scarring to Expect?

Each person will recover differently, and there is no specific way to guarantee the exact amount of scarring to expect. However, if you follow your surgeon’s orders exactly, then you can definitely minimize the scar in the long run. A few of the things you need to remember include:

  • Don’t exercise until your doctor gives you the go ahead. You need to give the incision and muscles time to heal.
  • During the first week or two while you have stitches, do not do anything strenuous. You should avoid anything more than short walks down the hall until all stitches and drains are removed. If you pull any of your stitches, scarring will be more extensive.
  • You will be given a supportive garment. Wear it as the doctor orders.

There are also things you can do over the next few months and years to minimize the look of scarring in the area.

Things to Do

Always consult with your plastic surgeon before you do anything in an attempt to minimize your scar. A few things you could consider include:

  • Avoid too much sunlight. Scarring will discolor if you get a tan in the area and you could end up with a red or darkened line that you feel is unattractive. For at least a year after the surgery, avoid direct sunlight and always use sunscreen.
  • Use petroleum jelly on the incision marks as they heal (after stitches have been removed). This will keep the skin soft while it heals to avoid extensive scarring.
  • Don’t smoke. Studies show that smoking will actually have a negative impact on the scarring and how skin heals.

If you have a tummy tuck, you need to be prepared for some level of scarring. This is a result of the incision. However, when you choose a high quality plastic surgeon, then you can expect the scarring to be minimalized. Additionally, you should always follow doctor’s orders during your recovery; any deviations could result in more scarring. Everyone scars differently, but you can take steps to minimize the results from your tummy tuck.

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.

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

Information on Tummy Tucks

Who doesn’t want a firm, flat stomach? Actors and actresses, movies and magazines all give us an image of a perfect body but unfortunately for us, life can get in the way. Pregnancy, losing and gaining weight, genes, or a prior surgery can all be reasons why we do not have the perfect stomach. Sometime you just need a little help obtaining that. Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, removes excess fat and skin from the stomach area. This type of surgery is personal and if you are considering having it then you should always do it for yourself and not anyone else. You also have to make sure that you are not having a tummy tuck to look like Jennifer Lopez or Cindy Crawford. You must have realistic expectations about the end result of this surgery. A lot of people think that because they are having a tummy tuck, they do not have to watch their weight or exercise anymore. 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