During the wintertime we are all covered up here in New York City. The days are short and it’s hard to remain active, so many of us get cozy on the couch with comfort foods. When spring rolls around and we finally stand up to take off our sweaters it can be a little shocking to see what’s happened to our bodies during the last few months. That’s why Spring is such a popular time for body contouring procedures like laser lipo or a tummy tuck in New York. Fortunately, there is still time to get it together. Hit the gym, watch your diet, and if necessary, my office can help…quite a bit.
Why Get A Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck can be the key ingredient for body contouring, but in contrast to liposuction (where the main purpose is to remove excess skin, NOT to remove fat per se’. Fat is removed, of course, but that is not the focus of the procedure. The idea with a tummy tuck is to remove excess skin from the lower belly and tighten the abdominal muscles. A tummy tuck is most commonly done for women after giving birth because their entire abdominal wall has been sort of “stretched out”, and this procedure can tighten everything back up again.
I have a youtube video here that helps explain exactly how a tummy tuck is performed.
While the results from a tummy tuck can be much more dramatic than that for laser lipo, the recovery is a bit more prolonged. We have seen patients with desk jobs get back to work in as few as 8 days, but typically it is more like 2 weeks. Occasionally patients will need up to 3 weeks before they are truly feeling like themselves again.
How Does Laser Lipo Help Your Contour?
Laser lipo (e.g. Smartlipo) is an advanced form of liposuction that uses the help of a laser passed under the skin in the subcutaneous fat to melt it and make it easier to remove. In some areas of the body it can also help to tighten the skin. I see skin tightening in the upper arms and the neck regularly. I also think there is improvement in the torso skin, but I’m not comfortable actually saying that the skin is “tighter”. These procedures can be done under local anesthetic with the patient completely awake, but sedation is available for those who request it.
Recovery from laser lipo typically requires a weekend of what we call “down time” before patients are ready to return to work. There is lingering swelling and soreness for a few weeks, but the time needed to get over the procedure and get back to work is typically just a couple of days. The swelling can linger depending on the area we are working on. Six weeks after the procedures patients are normally very happy and then we tell them they only have about 75% of their result with more improvement to come. At 3 months (as in the photo above), I consider the swelling essentially gone and what they see is what they are going to get.
Spring Is A Common Time To Get A Tummy Tuck or Laser Lipo NYC
The point I’m trying to make with this blog is that the results of plastic surgery procedures are not always apparent right away. So, if you want to look good at the beach this summer, it would be wise to look into your laser liposuction or tummy tuck early in the year.
To see more results from tummy tuck operations have a look at our before and after gallery.