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

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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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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 Shares Plastic Surgery Pricing Report

Plastic surgery pricing can be deceiving.” says Dr. Paul Wigoda. The cheapest plastic surgery is never the best and the most expensive plastic surgery might not be worth it. When it comes to picking a qualified plastic surgeon, Dr. Wigoda recommends not focusing solely on price. Do your research to make sure your provider has an outstanding safety record and that former patients have had positive experiences and outcomes at your chosen clinic. “Patients who make the mistake of choosing solely based on price, have found out the hard way that they may have to either live with a lousy result, or end up spending significantly more to get fixed. Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to get as good a result the second time around compared to doing it right the first time. In addition, the patient has to deal with another recovery period and more time off of work, which means more money lost. One other thing to consider, is that with a quick recovery such as with my painless breast implant procedure, getting back to work sooner is a way of saving more money and should be considered when comparing prices”.

If you’ve tried to research plastic surgery pricing information you know it can be challenging Google reports that of the millions of searches regarding plastic surgery each year more than 10% seek pricing and cost information. Many physician’s website’s can be deceiving and not contain all the facts. Calling a plastic surgeon’s office is generally not much more helpful.  Without a live consultation, many doctors refuse to disclose even ballpark estimates.

“It is our goal is to offer the best service available and give our patients the best value in South Florida,” says Dr. Wigoda. “Although our prices are very competitive, we do not try to compete with plastic surgery “factories” that advertise deceptively low prices and offer gimmicks to lure innocent patients into their centers. Our intent is not to be the cheapest. Our priority is first and foremost patient safety, followed by the best possible cosmetic result and the patient experience including using revolutionary techniques to minimize pain and discomfort.”

Dr. Wigoda shares pricing averages for common plastic surgery procedures, region by region, and for the U.S. as a whole. All procedure prices were determined using data published by Board Certified Plastic Surgeons. The below infographic and spreadsheet contain the most accurate data released on plastic surgery procedure pricing to date.

In 2012 the top eleven plastic surgery procedures reported included:

1 Facelift $8409
2 Breast Augmentation (Silicone) $6500
3 Tummy Tuck $7187
4 Botulinum Injection (forehead) $305
5 Botulinum Injection (eyebrows) $298
6 Nose Reshaping $5981
7 Neck Lift $5916
8 Neck Liposuction $3176
9 Breast Reduction $7040
10 Thigh Liposuction $4697
11 Arm Lift $5657

Complete information on pricing by procedure and region is detailed in the infographic above and chart below.

 

West Midwest South Northeast U.S. Average
Botulinum injection – Forehead $330 $239 $378 $305
Brow Lift $4,478 $4,733 $4,644
Botulinum injection – Between Eyebrows $241 $450 $298
Upper Lid Lift $2,892 $3,700 $2,944 $3,344 $3,083
Botulinum injection – Around Eyes $235 $416 $286
Lower Lid Lift $3,400 $3,742 $3,104 $4,594 $3,601
Eyelash Growth $124 $116 $118
Nose Reshaping $5,229 $5,590 $6,226 $6,764 $5,981
Correction of Both Protruding Ears $4,134 $4,623 $5,775 $4,742
Correction of Both Split Earlobes $725 $734 $916 $816
Correction of Split Earlobe $400 $478 $574 $499
Facelift $8,530 $8,081 $8,169 $8,906 $8,409
Neck Lift $5,686 $6,155 $5,640 $5,916
Neck Liposuction $2,603 $3,086 $3,176
Arm Lift $5,659 $5,496 $5,657
Removal of Excess Breast Tissue $4,548 $4,939 $4,971
Arm Liposuction $3,815 $4,007 $4,030 $3,954
Breast Reduction $7,203 $6,854 $7,040
Breast Lift without Implants $5,661 $5,575 $5,821 $7,607 $6,040
Breast Enlargement (Silicone Implants) $6,140 $6,760 $6,006 $7,577 $6,443
Breast Enlargment (Saline Implants) $4,959 $4,910 $6,753 $5,390
Breast Lift and Enlargement (Silicone Implants) $8,702 $8,156 $9,916 $8,813
Breast Lift and Enlargement (Saline Implants) $7,508 $7,180 $7,615
Tummy Tuck – Traditional $6,911 $6,740 $8,550 $7,187
Tummy Tuck – Mini $5,521 $5,056 $5,536 $5,344
Liposuction of Abdominal Flank $4,142 $4,091 $4,482 $4,240
Fat Injections to Buttocks $8,330 $6,090 $6,562
Labiaplasty $3,417 $3,751 $3,450
Liposuction to Inner and Outer Thighs $4,735 $4,697 $4,697
Thigh Lift $5,944 $6,932 $6,833

This information was provided by BuildMyBod.com, of which Dr. Wigoda is a subscribing physician. You can see Dr. Wigoda’s BuildMyBod page with pricing information here.

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Dr Wigoda Plastic Surgery Trends: Couples Getting His and Hers Nip and Tuck

 

Fort Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda is a trend watcher when it comes to his patients: Couples going under the knife together and having plastic surgery together. Four kids and 18 years of marriage result in – Tummy tucks for her and chin lifts for him.

Nowadays, couples are embarking on a new chapter of their relationship by going under the knife together – undergoing plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures together.

There have even been some cases where married couples do away with the jewelry and fragrance and exchange cosmetic surgery procedures over the holidays! Additionally, it’s more affordable, accessible and acceptable these days. If Brangelina and the Beckhams can get work done, why can’t any household couple?

Doctors are seeing this new trend of husbands and wives undergoing procedures simultaneously to rejuvenate their bodies and alleviate some of the stress of work, aging and parenthood. You may have noticed a growing trend in consumer advertising geared toward men’s skin care and health and beauty and these men are more receptive than ever to cosmetic surgery. In the United States, there has been an 88% increase in male plastic surgery since 1997. In 2010, men underwent 1.1 million cosmetic procedures, both non-invasive and surgical.
Marriage and parenthood can take a toll emotionally and physically. A mother of multiple children will never feel as beautiful and pure as she did before. So mothers are craving the benefits of a painless tummy tuck. And gentlemen know the old adage, “A happy wife equals a happy life!” So the men who may have gained some extra pounds over the years or developed man boobs are open to plastic surgery procedures like liposuction or pectoral augmentation.

Getting older isn’t always fun – we gain weight, excess skin comes out of nowhere, wrinkles come out of the woodwork, stress sets in and our perception of our appearance wanes with every glance in the mirror. In recent years, couples are taking a spin on a new adventure by going under the knife together. Consider it relationship building (or rebuilding) to an extreme. However, don’t we want to look good for our spouse for years to come? We want to vacation together, live a healthy lifestyle and feel youthful and energized forever. Whether minimally-invasive procedures like Botox, laser removal and fillers or face lifts and liposuction, a few weeks of healing lead to a happier and more invigorated life for years to come and help couples rediscover that spark from the good old days.

The first step is to visit a board-certified plastic surgeon you feel comfortable with and who will evaluate and recommend the optimal procedures for you. Interested in getting a consultation and finding out more ways to look and feel younger, consult Dr. Wigoda for a professional, renown plastic surgeon you can trust. For more information, visit http://www.drwigoda.com/.

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

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.

Plastic Surgery News from Dr. Wigoda: Cosmetic Procedures Rebounding with Economy

Paul Wigoda MD Plastic Surgery News - Cosmetic Procedure TrendsPaul Wigoda, M.D. agreed with TheAmerican Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASPS) when it predicted an uptick in elective plastic surgery procedures in 2011. New data released from the ASPS seems to reinforce the idea that increased consumer confidence in the economy translates into more plastic surgery: cosmetic procedures in 2010 jumped to 13.1 million, an increase of five percent.

The top five procedures performed in 2010:

Breast augmentation

Nose reshaping

Eyelid surgery

Liposuction

Tummy tuck

As the aging population continues to grow, so does the incidence of facelifts, as well as minimally invasive procedures such as Botox.

With nearly 11.6 million procedures in 2010, the top five minimally invasive procedures were:

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• Soft tissue fillers

• Chemical peel

• Laser hair removal

Microdermabrasion

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