7 Tummy Tuck Recovery Tips: Exercise, Sex, Nutrition and More!


A flat stomach is one of most desired physical attributions, but the reality is sometimes exercise is not enough.  Between the years 2000 and 2014 the number of abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck plastic surgeries, performed rose 87 percent, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

While a large majority of tummy tucks performed are for cosmetic purposes, there are some health benefits that can be gained from the surgery. Some of these benefits are urinary incontinence, better posture and ventral hernia correction.

Because of the rise of tummy tucks; the risks are often forgotten.

Board-certified Fort Lauderdale-based plastic surgeon, Dr. Paul Wigoda, MD offers seven tummy tuck recovery tips below.

7 Tummy Tuck Recovery Tips

1. Push it…Push it Real Good!

Rent a recliner for a week with a push-up button. It lifts up and makes it easy to get out of the chair. Family Rentals offers recliner chair rentals.

2. Create Your Post Plastic Surgery Space.

Set up a table beside your bed with water, medicines, a clock and other essentials before your plastic surgery. Creating this space will prevent you from having to get up and down to retrieve items you need.

3. RX Planning.

Plan ahead and talk to your plastic surgeon about the possibility of having your medication filled up before you leave the plastic surgery center. You can have your spouse or a person of support pick it up while you are in recovery. Making a chart for each of the medications that you need to take will prevent you from forgetting or taking too much.

“We usually give the patients their prescriptions at their pre-op visit a week or two before surgery so they have plenty of time to get them, not the day of surgery,” Dr. Wigoda said.

Dr. Wigoda Tummy Tuck Recovery Tip Walk

4. Steps to Tummy Tuck Recovery Success.

Get up and walk three minutes, four-to-five times a day. Getting up and going to the bathroom would count.

“I recommend patients walk after a tummy tuck because it decreases the risk of complications such as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT,)” Dr. Wigoda said.

DVT is a dangerous condition that causes blood clots to form in your legs.

“Clots in your legs can travel to your lungs, that’s called a pulmonary embolism (PE). PE can make it hard to breathe, in fact, if the clots are large enough, it can kill you. The clots in your legs don’t make it hard to breathe, it’s the clots in your lungs. The risk of DVT and PE after tummy tuck is very small, but it has been reported,” said Dr. Wigoda.

5. Let’s Talk About Sex.

Dr. Wigoda says no to sex for at least a week after your tummy tuck. It is important to allow your body to heal after an invasive plastic surgery procedure such as a tummy tuck; so even though sex is safe after a week, strenuous positions should be avoided.

6. Bind that Tummy.

Make sure you wear the compression garment that Dr.Wigoda gives you for the first two weeks of your tummy tuck recovery. Wearing the garment allows the perfect amount of pressure on the surgical site, which helps speed up healing. It also helps with swelling and fluid buildup. “My doctor really stressed wearing the compression garment to get the best results,” a former tummy tuck patient said. “He said some doctors don’t do it but it really helps with getting the good shape. I wore it even longer than I think was required – besides it felt better.”

7. Keep it Light.

Eat only light foods and snacks. You don’t want to eat anything high in sodium for the first week because it can cause bloating. During the second week you’ll feel like eating a bit more normal, but your stomach won’t be ready. Make sure to eat plenty of protein and fiber and don’t forget to stay hydrated by drinking six to eight glasses of water daily!

Total Recovery Time: Recovery for a tummy tuck is between four to six weeks, depending on the patient.

Dr. Wigoda brings his patients impeccable surgical techniques, an artist’s aesthetic vision and is an advocate for patient safety and plastic surgery standards.

Looking for more? Check out Dr.Wigoda’s  before and after  tummy tuck pictures and schedule a free plastic surgery consult today.

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Bride and Groom Say I DO to Plastic Surgery by Dr. Wigoda in Fort Lauderdale

Wedding planning and plastic surgery is IN! It’s that time of year for brides and plastic surgery by Dr. Paul Wigoda. The bride gets a breast augmentation, the groom wants a nose job, the mother-of-the-bride will take a facelift and the father-of-the bride needs botox. The wedding registry calls for a secret list that might include plastic surgery, a growing trend reports Fort Lauderdale-based plastic surgeon Dr. Wigoda.

“First comes the bride, then comes the wedding entourage; this time of year I see dozens of wedding parties making their way to my office to see what they can sneak in cosmetic procedure-wise in time for their big day” says Dr. Paul Wigoda. “The good news is that Spring is the perfect time to do practically any cosmetic procedure and be good to go in time for wedding season.”

 Here are Dr. Wigoda’s top 5 most popular plastic surgery for soon to be brides to time it right:

  1. Painless Breast Implants – Say “I do” to that strapless gown that will knock ‘em dead when you come down that aisle! Plan at least 3-6 months in advance.

  2. Liposculpture – It’s a fact that most brides gain rather than lose weight in the months leading up to their weddings. All that stress, and the cake tasting! What’s a girl to do? One word – Liposculpture  Plan at least 3-6 months in advance.

  3. Botox and Fillers – Guys need this to! Despite tradition “something old” has no place at your perfect wedding! Make sure to book a double appointment so your groom can get in on this quick fix too! He’ll thank you when he sees how fabulous you both look. 3-4 weeks ahead and your smooth to go!

  4. Facelift – Gone are the days of 20 year old brides. At least brides that are actually in their 20’s (and don’t just look like they are)! Allow 3-6 months before lights, camera and wedding action.

  5. Browlift – All those sleepless nights you spent worrying about your wedding don’t need to leave you looking tired! Allow 3-6 months.

 If you are getting married and would like to see what you can achieve before your big day we invite you to come in for a free consultation. Remember, sure it’s just one day but those pictures are f-o-r-e-v-e-r!

Dr. Paul Wigoda Reports Silicone Breast Implants Grow 72% in 2012

Faces are lifting, silicone breast implants are IN, skin is smoothing, Botox is booming and tummy tucking is far from flat, growing 70% in the last 12 years. The biggest bump Dr. Paul Wigoda noticed was the fact that 72% of breast implant surgeries in the United States used silicone implants; 28% used saline or sterile salt water implants.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has just released their 2012 annual statistics reporting the number and variety of plastic surgery procedures that were performed last year. The report, a virtual “state of the union” for plastic surgery profession, provides us with several interesting insights into trends in plastic surgery for the year.

“The fact that total U.S. cosmetic procedures were up last year is not surprising given that the economy is beginning to bounce back and these procedures are high on many people’s list of things to do with the extra income they are seeing.” says Dr. Paul Wigoda. Check the infographic below for increases in cosmetic procedures in relation to other important economic indicators, also on the rise.

Overall, cosmetic procedures in total were up a whopping 5%! The most popular procedures by volume were breast augmentation with 286,274 performed in 2012, followed by nose reshaping (242,684), eyelid surgery (204,015), liposuction (202,128), facelift (126,320) and tummy tuck (106,628).

Faces Lifting!

The biggest bump last year came in the form of facial rejuvenation procedures.

Here are some highlights:


  • Facelifts up by 6% from 2011

  • Eyelid Surgery up 4%

  • Microdermabrasion up 8% with 973,556 performed

  • Soft Tissue Fillers up by 5% with 1,988,767 performed

  • Botox and Dysport up 8% with 6,134,631 performed

Why so much focus on the face? The ASPS suggests “one has to assume that economic recovery and consumer confidence plays an important role… Another factor is people entering or re-entering the workforce at an older age, needing to compete with younger applicants. Having our appearance look as good as our experience and resumes… is a strong motivation.”

Other Notable Performers Include:

  • Breast Augmentation, up 35% from 2000

  • Calf Augmentation up 8% from 2011

  • Pectoral Implants up 6%

  • Upper Arm Lift up 3%

  • Tummy Tuck up 70% from 2000

Male Surgeries on the Rise

A clear indicator of the increase in male surgeries is in the treatment of male breast development or gynecomastia with an increase of 5% over last year. Says Dr. Paul Wigoda, “We have seen a marked increase in male procedures over the past several years, especially last year. Not just for gynecomastia but for facelift, eyelid lifts, pectoral augmentation, dermabrasion and nose reshaping. Plastic surgery is definitely no longer just for women.”

All in all, the ASPS reports prove that the state of the plastic surgery profession is very promising with further increases projected for next year. So, if you’ve been waiting for an economic turnaround to plan a cosmetic procedure, the time to schedule it is officially now. Come in for a free consultation with Dr. Wigoda and celebrate our improved economy!

Dr. Wigoda Reports Tummy Tuck and Weight Loss Results Post Surgery

Tummy Tuck surgery at Dr. Paul Wigoda’s Fort Lauderdale plastic surgery center is  a popular request. One concern for patients undergoing this procedure is that they will gain weight after the surgery. A recent study on Tummy Tuck and weight loss confirms that weight gain after surgery is not typical and that most patients not only lose weight but maintain the weight loss. The study by ASPS Member Surgeon Dr. Rex Edward Moulton-Barrett of Alameda Hospital and colleagues just released in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, reveals that undergoing abdominoplasty (“Tummy Tuck”) may lead to significant and lasting weight loss for many patients.

“We’ve always seen outstanding long-term results with our abdominoplasty (or tummy tuck) patients but this new study proves what we have suspected for years. This is very exciting news,” says Dr. Paul Wigoda of Fort Lauderdale.

The Tummy Tuck Study

The Tummy Tuck study included 20 women and the average amount of abdominal tissue resected was approximately five pounds. A year later, the Tummy Tuck  study found that 14 of those women, a large majority, kept the weight off and had even achieved additional weight loss. In fact, their weight loss was greater than the weight of the tissue resected. Tummy Tuck patients with a preoperative body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 24.5, borderline overweight, maintained long-term weight loss after one year. In fact, their weight decreased an average of 4.5% of their original BMI. (Note that a normal BMI is between 18.5 and 25, between 25 and 30 is classified as overweight, and over 30 is obese).

The tummy tuck study found that long-term weight loss was more likely for women whose initial BMI was 24.5 or greater, that is, just under the borderline for overweight. Of the 14 women with sustained weight loss, just one had an initial BMI of less than 24.5. In addition, it was found that long-term weight loss was more likely for women with a greater amount of excess abdominal tissue removed at abdominoplasty. Twelve of the 14 women who enjoyed long-term weight loss had more than 4.5 pounds of tissue resected.

Dr. Wigoda Shares it How it Works

The tummy tuck study points to Increased satiety or the “feeling of being full” as a important contributor to long-term weight loss. Three-fourths of women reported an increased feeling of satiety, either after eating or throughout the day, after undergoing their abdominoplasty. “We hypothesize that the increased satiety [experienced by] our patients is related to changes in the neuroendocrine system,” said Dr. Moulton-Barrett and his co-authors. The tummy tuck  theory is that removing fat cells from the abdomen could lead to reduced levels of hormones affecting appetite, which are secreted by fatty tissues.

“This is great news for women considering abdominoplasty but fear they are destined to regain weight immediately after the procedure,” says Dr. Wigoda. “I have seen incredible sustained results in my practice and look forward to the science continuing to prove them out.”

If you are interested in a “tummy tuck” we invite you to come in for a free consultation. With these results, there’s no longer a reason to put it off! Contact us at 954.463.7088 or http://www.drwigoda.com/ to schedule your appointment today.

Social Media Influences Cosmetic Surgery, Florida TV Station Reports

Have you ever obsessed over an online photo update?

If so, you’re not alone. Cell phone cameras and social networking sites are blurring the boundaries of geography, communication, image and reality.

We’ve all have searched for the perfect image, but Facebook has sent some after more than just better photo angles.
In Miami, breast augmentation, liposuction, face lifts and other procedures aren’t out of the question, the local CBS affiliate reported last month.  The women interviewed said they wanted to look good online.
Dr. Paul Wigoda, Chief of Plastic Surgery at Broward General Medical Center, said people have always contacted him in conjunction with big life events, such as class reunions, at his private practice in South Florida. Cosmetic surgery, he emphasized, isn’t to be taken lightly, however.

“You can’t just walk into the office and say you’d like to look good for Facebook, or you have an important meeting on the horizon, and get a tummy tuck. Miami and South Florida are image-conscious places, but we won’t perform a procedure that isn’t well thought through for the patient. This must be something you’re absolutely sure about, and you must be a good surgical candidate.”
People today are documenting their lives more than ever, but many still aren’t comfortable with the way they look on-camera. How many times have you been tagged in a photo online and wondered, “Is that just a bad picture, or is that how everyone else actually sees me?”

Patients often report a boost in self-confidence from cosmetic surgery.  Miami CBS viewers were told by one patient that she underwent the procedures to coax out more “likes” on her Facebook wall. Another said she had family abroad, and she wanted them to see her in the best possible light. She also said knowing that ex-boyfriends have the ability to look her up online provided additional motivation to look her best.
Dr. Wigoda, who operates his own accredited Fort Lauderdale plastic surgery center, said he isn’t surprised to hear more people are interested in undergoing procedures. South Florida, where he grew up, is in one of the country’s most popular metropolitan areas for cosmetic procedures.

“People have always been invested in their appearance,” Dr. Wigoda said. “Self-confidence is incredibly important. But it is equally important to set realistic expectations and select the most qualified surgeon you can find.
“Check your doctor’s credentials. A number of South Florida physicians in practice were trained for a different specialty, so they only got a few hours of instruction. You want a board-certified plastic surgeon handling your surgery to minimize the risk of scarring and complications.”

Dr. Wigoda Agrees: Experts Say Early Facelifts Lead to Longer, Better Results

Most people under 50 think they are too young for plastic surgery. A recent study published in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal, however, indicates that people in this age group will actually achieve better and longer-lasting results from plastic surgery if they get it before they turn 50.

Researchers Dr. Tom S Liu and John Q. Owsley of the California Pacific Medical Center analyzed patient satisfaction ratings and photographs of plastic surgery patients in three age groups: Under 50, 50 to 60, and over 60 years of age. They found that people 50 years or younger maintained their youthful appearance longer and were happier with their results, which was backed up by the patient’s self-reported satisfaction during short and long-term follow up appointments.

Patients over 60 were less likely to maintain and were more dissatisfied with their results. While they looked younger than their peers, people in this age group experienced regression in five areas more quickly. This is likely due to the fact that people over 60 have already incurred significant facial aging that impacts the results they obtain from the surgery. The middle group, 50 to 60, experienced intermediate results.

While some plastic surgeons steer people 50 or younger away from face lifts to other cosmetic procedures, a maintenance facelift may be the best procedure for them after all and the researchers encourage plastic surgeons to offer maintenance face lifts to people in this group. In addition to looking younger longer, the signs of aging in people under 50 tend to be mild. This means a facelift will not change their appearance as dramatically as it does in patients that are older, which is great for people that prefer their transition look as natural as possible.

For more information on how plastic surgery can improve your appearance, contact South Florida plastic surgeon Dr. Wigoda by phone or email.

Dr. Wigoda’s Notes: Liposuction Vs. Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) – What’s the Difference?

As the Florida economy warms up, so is the demand for beach body plastic surgery procedures such as lipo and tummy tucks.  Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeon, Dr. Paul Wigoda, warns patients to do their homework first, learning the risks and potential results. Last year, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported almost 9.5 million cosmetic procedures; with Liposuction being the second most popular choice for women.

“People need to educate themselves on the difference between cosmetic procedures such as tummy tucks versus liposuction,” said Dr. Wigoda, plastic surgeon and Chief of Plastic Surgery at Broward General Hospital.

Liposuction and tummy tucks are procedures performed to contour the body. While they both involve removing excess fat, they accomplish different things.


Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, is a surgical procedure that involves making small incisions where the fat is to be removed using thin, hollow tubes called cannulas to suction the fat out. Typically, the area is anesthetized using a combination of lidocaine and epinephrine. The person may elect for local or general anesthesia. There are different types of liposuction including ultrasonic, laser assisted, power assisted, and traditional suction assisted. Which one is used often depends on the surgeon’s preference and experience.

Liposuction surgery may be considered to treat areas of excess fat in the stomach, buttocks, hips, love handles, saddlebags, thighs, calves, ankles, breasts (including male breast enlargement), back, arms and neck. Liposuction is equally effective in both men and women.

Good candidates for liposuction

  • If you have areas of fat deposits that are out of proportion with the rest of your body and do not go away with diet and exercise –sometimes referred to as “diet resistant fat”
  • Areas with minimal amounts of excess skin (Liposuction removes fat not skin) and good skin elasticity

Tummy Tucks

Abdominoplasty will enhance your body contour by making your abdomen firmer and flatter. You may find that you feel more comfortable in your clothing and are more confident about your appearance

Good candidates for Tummy Tucks

If you have

  • If you have excess or sagging abdominal skin
  • A protruding abdomen that protrudes out of proportion to the rest of your body
  • Abdominal muscles that have been separated and weakened
  • Excess fatty tissue that is concentrated in your abdomen

In this procedure, a long incision is made in the lower abdomen, just above the pubic area. The abdominal muscles are tightened, excess fat is removed, and excess skin is trimmed away. Tummy tucks, also called abdominoplasty, are great for men and women who have loose sagging abdominal skin, weak abdominal muscles, and excess fact that has settled under the skin around the stomach.

While you can achieve dramatic changes in your appearance, including a change in your dress or pants size, you won’t necessarily lose a significant amount of weight using these methods. If you are looking to lose weight, then it is best to follow a healthy diet routine of diet and exercise.

Tummy tucks and liposuction can be regarded as complementary procedures that, combined with other healthy lifestyle choices, can help you look and feel your best.

In brief:

Tummy Tuck vs Liposuction

• Though both tummy tuck and liposuction are surgical procedures to get rid of excess fat, tummy tucks also address problems with loose skin and muscles.

• Liposuction may be less painful and has a shorter recovery time but will not be the ideal procedure if the primary problem is loose skin and/or loose muscles.

• Liposuction is, in some cases, better for younger patients as the results tend to be better when the skin is firm and elastic while tummy tuck can be suitable for patients of all ages

• Tummy tuck is preferred when there is loose skin or muscles, while for persons who have concentrated areas of excess fat, liposuction is more appropriate.

Dr. Wigoda Comments: Plastic Surgery: Cheaper, Faster, Scarier, USA Today

An excellent review for anyone considering plastic surgery says Florida’s Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Cosmetic surgery is not always pretty. Getting a deal is great if you’re buying shoes or need to fill your pantry with groceries. But there are some things in life where the cheapest price comes with the most consequences. In the realm of plastic surgery, getting the deal of your life could actually cost your life.

USA Today recently published a feature article titled Plastic Surgery: Faster, Cheaper and Scarier about the rise of low cost, high volume cosmetic surgery centers offering popular cosmetic treatments, like liposuction, at a fraction of the price charged by independent surgeons. The article highlights, in graphic detail, the reality that the low prices charged by these discount surgery centers are coming at the cost of medical injury and even death for some patients.

“The article and videos are an excellent review for anyone considering plastic surgery,” said South Florida plastic surgeon, Dr. Paul Wigoda. “Patients should be aware of the risks involved in having cosmetic surgery performed at discount centers with a history of past problems. It’s outrageous that every time these companies are named in articles uncovering patient deaths or medical injuries resulting from their treatment, the only comments made by the center’s attorney is the complication is a rare but well-known potential consequence of the procedure or that their death rate is lower than the national average.”

Every surgical procedure carries risk. Competent surgeons, however, reduce them by properly evaluating patients, using the right tools and procedures, and providing adequate aftercare. Some or all of these things may be rushed or overlooked at discount surgery clinics where (often unnecessary) procedures are sold through high pressure sales tactics and doctors blaze through patients quickly to make more money.

Dr. Wigoda emphasized, “The vast majority of plastic surgeons doing breast augmentations, liposuction, and other cosmetic procedures never have the type of complications noted in the article and will never have a patient death in their entire career. Yet these centers have multiple deaths within a short period of time and claim their death rate is ‘below average’. Often, though, they arrive at their low death rates by exaggerating the number of patients they operated on or by trying to explain away deaths that ‘weren’t their fault’.”

All deaths occurring within 30 days of surgery must be counted in the facility’s mortality rates which puts the mortality rate of many of these cheap plastic surgery clinics well above the national average. Additionally, a high percentage of their patients suffer horrifying medical complications and must have corrective surgery to rectify the botched procedure.

“These centers have a high rate of complications, many of which I have personally seen and taken care of. The care that the patients receive in these centers is often deplorable,” says Dr. Wigoda, “I, and other competent South Florida plastic surgeons, know this because we see these patients after they have had the misfortune of having surgery at these centers. Unfortunately, the countless complications we see are never reported to the state or make it into the newspaper.”

“The problem is this: plastic surgery should not be done as a quick, high volume endeavor. These centers are not making hamburgers like McDonald’s. They are performing irreversible surgery on human beings. Certainly some patients get good results and are happy, but the chance of having a less than ideal outcome is too high. Patients willing to take a chance on their looks and their lives to save a few dollars are playing Russian roulette. Unfortunately, most don’t realize they are playing. They are sold a dream and too often, end up living a nightmare.”

Florida Tummy Tuck Talk: Plastic Surgery Advice from Dr. Paul Wigoda in Florida

Dr. Wigoda sees patients who are bothered by their stomach every day in his Fort Lauderdale plastic surgery office. Most request information about liposuction and Tummy Tucks, also called abdominoplasties. Dr. Wigoda takes care to differentiate between the two procedures, pointing out that liposuction merely removes fat, while tummy tucks are actually three procedures in one:

  1. Removes fat
  2. Removes excess skin
  3. Tightens muscles

When considering getting a tummy tuck, it is crucial to consider your surgeon’s credentials, facility and reviews. Other key considerations:

  • A tummy tuck procedure takes longer than liposuction.
  • The tummy tuck recovery period is longer than that of liposuction (approx. 6 weeks)
  • A tummy tuck can be more costly.
  • A tummy tuck can leave longer scars.

To tuck or not to tuck? If you have good skin tone and no loose skin, you might just need liposuction. If you have loose skin that is hanging, then a tummy tuck may be more appropriate.