Body Contouring Surgery refers to any number of procedures that help create our “perfect body”.
Many patients scheduling a tummy tuck at my NYC practice ask about recovery, which always leads to a discussion about compression. After your surgery, compressing the tummy tuck area is incredibly important. This is because that during the surgical procedure, the skin on your abdomen is separated from the muscles of the abdominal wall. This separation can potentially create a space—and this space can fill with fluid because your tissues have been injured and tend to ooze quite a bit in response. Preventing a Seroma We don’t want the oozing fluid to collect under the skin, because it can pool and … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
Jane had triplets and originally approached to me to consider performing a Tummy Tuck (aka “abdominoplasty”) at the time of her cesarean section. I told her that I didn’t think it would be a good idea. I wanted her to have a nice result and I suggested that she have her children first and come back to speak to me a year later. In my opinion, it is a mistake to perform abdominoplasty at the time of C-section because none of the anatomic landmarks are in their proper place and the patient is bound end up with a suboptimal result (incidentally, I … Continue reading
As both a Plastic Surgeon AND (in a previous life) a Personal Trainer with a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology, I have learned quite a bit about the muscles that make up the abdominal wall. Many patients come to me and are upset that they can’t get their tummy flat again after child birth. Some of their friends look great after they had kids and they don’t understand why they can’t get their physique back to the shape they are used to from their youth. Some of them develop feelings of guilt or incompetence which are completely unfair. In this essay I’d … Continue reading
If you want to turn heads next spring, then winter is the perfect time for liposuction. Why? Liposuction can get rid of stubborn areas of fat that’s resistant to diet and exercise—but the results aren’t visible overnight. By its nature, liposuction results in a fair amount of swelling. Patients are often about the same size the day after a procedure as they were before the liposuction was performed, but they are a little sore and bruised. I find patients aren’t truly appreciating their results until about six weeks later, and the final result is a good 3-4 months away. So, … Continue reading