Category: Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck Transformation

Tummy Tuck

We all strive to look our best, yet sometimes, despite hard work, the body we want still isn’t ours. Pregnancy, hormones, and genetics all play a part in how our body looks and changes over time. But today, aging gracefully is achievable and more accessible than ever.

Many people turn to cosmetic surgery to sculpt the body they want, especially when their best efforts aren’t working. If sit-ups are not transforming your stomach or if you have extra flab or excess skin that doesn’t respond to diet or exercise, a tummy tuck might be the next step.  

While fat reduction treatments are becoming popular, they simply won’t give you the dramatic effect and transformation of a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgery that removes extra fat and skin. It also flattens the abdomen and tightens muscles in the abdominal wall.

There are two types of procedures, a mini tummy tuck, and a full tummy tuck. Below we will explain each one and help you decide if you are an ideal candidate for this transformative surgery.

Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that flattens the look of the belly below the belly button. A single incision is made just above the pubic mound, and then your cosmetic surgeon will tighten loose muscles and remove excess skin to achieve a smooth and flat abdominal wall.

If you are mainly concerned with a “pooch” or loose skin and stretch marks below the belly button, a mini-tummy tuck may be a good option for you. The benefits of a mini-tummy tuck include a shorter, less involved procedure, a quicker recovery time, and a flat lower abdomen.

However, if your concerns extend above the belly button as well, you may need to consider a full tummy tuck.

Full Tummy Tuck

A full tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that reduces excess fat and skin from the waist. In most cases, it can also restore weak or separated muscles to create a smoother and firmer abdominal profile. A horizontal or U-shaped incision is made above the pubic mound, then your cosmetic surgeon will remove excess skin and tighten the abdominal muscles. In some cases, a second incision is done around the navel to address excess skin above the belly button.

If you are concerned with roundness or excess skin folds above and below your belly button, a full tummy tuck may be right for you. The scar from a full tummy tuck will typically run from hip bone to hip bone, but can usually be hidden beneath a swimsuit bottom. Benefits of a full tummy tuck include a flatter, smoother abdomen, and the reduced appearance of stretch marks.

Best Candidates For a Tummy Tuck

Tummy tucks can help anyone whose body has undergone dramatic changes from weight loss or pregnancy. A tummy tuck is suitable for women and men who are in good health or those who were once obese and still have excess fat deposits or loose skin around the belly.

Women who have experienced one or several pregnancies may find this procedure helpful for tightening abdominal muscles and reducing loose skin.

Is A Tummy Tuck Right For You?

Before undergoing a tummy tuck, patients should consider whether they can achieve the results they want with diet and exercise or with a less invasive procedure. Some transformations, however, will only be attainable through a tummy tuck.

Although the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, your transformation can be impacted by significant fluctuations in weight. Individuals who are planning substantial weight loss, or women are considering future pregnancies are advised to postpone this procedure. During surgery, vertical muscles are tightened, and future pregnancies can separate those muscles.

It’s also important to remember that tummy tuck surgery is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program for a flat stomach.

Are you considering a tummy tuck? The Marvel team can help you find the correct procedure for you. Every patient of ours is offered a complimentary consultation before they undergo any procedure.

Contact us today at 615-538-0399 to schedule your free consultation!

Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck – How to Choose

Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck - How to Choose

Bikini season is just around the corner. And if you’re considering a procedure to remove stubborn fat, there are several great options to consider. Two of the most popular procedures to remove stubborn fat and tackle trouble areas are liposuction and a tummy tuck.

So what’s the difference between these two procedures and how do you choose what’s right for you? Let’s break it down and take a look! 

Liposuction

Liposuction in its most basic form, is a popular cosmetic surgery that is performed by using suction to break down and suction out the excess fat deposits from the body

As one of the most sought out cosmetic surgery procedures in the world, liposuction isn’t considered a major operation. In fact, it is considered a very minor invasive procedure and is generally an outpatient type of surgery. Some patients may be under general anesthesia but most only require IV sedation and are allowed to go home the same day as the surgery.

Here are some of the most common “target” areas where traditional liposuction is performed:

  • Abdomen and Waist
  • Back
  • Calves and Ankles
  • Chest Area
  • Hips and buttocks
  • Inner knee
  • Thighs
  • Upper arm

Here at Marvel Cosmetic Surgery, we also offer an all-inclusive liposuction procedure called Lipo360, to contour and shape the midsection, 360 degrees around. The possible areas for treatment are the upper and lower abdominals, the flanks on both sides, and the lower and mid-back.

This procedure uses a vacuum to target and suction fat from specific areas in the midsection. Our surgeons use special techniques to accentuate the patient’s natural curves and create a dramatic yet natural-looking result.

However, bear in mind, Liposuction is not a weight management program nor a solution for treating obesity.

Ideal patients are those who have a good bill of health, are close or near their goal weight (BMI), nonsmokers, have great skin elasticity and have no blood flow/circulation issues. You should consider getting a liposuction if you have areas of fat deposits that are disproportionate to the rest of your body. Patients who still have a significant amount of weight to lose are not good candidates for liposuction.

If you are aiming for a sleeker contour and want more definition in certain areas of the body then liposuction is a great option for you.

Tummy Tuck

A flat and well-toned abdomen is what many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. Sometimes though, these methods cannot guarantee results.

Abdominoplasty or more commonly known as “tummy tuck” is a cosmetic surgery procedure where excess skin and fat from the waist, middle and lower abdomen is removed. This also involves tightening the abdominal muscles which leads to a smaller bulge in the stomach and abdominal area.

The procedure itself is done through a hip-to-hip cut or an incision at the bikini line. The skin and fat is then lifted off the abdominal wall where any excess skin is pulled down and removed. Any stretch marks as a result of childbearing or obesity is repaired through the stitching. This results in the tightening of the underlying muscles in the abdominal wall, which leads to a flatter stomach.

As this is a more invasive procedure compared to liposuction, recovery times tend to be longer. A patient will need at least 2 to 4 weeks for the body to recover, while scars and swelling may take a couple of months to heal.

In summary, if you’re looking to just sculpt or shape certain “target” areas in your body, then liposuction is the way to go. If your problem is excess skin due to weight loss or child birth, then tummy tuck might be a better fit.

Keep in mind that while these are separate procedures, it is possible to have both of these done to get the optimal results for the ideal body shape you want.

With summer just around the corner, we at Marvel Cosmetic are here to help you achieve your ideal shape. Curious to learn more and decide which procedure is right for you? Schedule a free consultation and one of our doctors will walk you through your options and answer any questions you might have. Reach out to us today at 615-538-0399 and take a step towards a bikini ready body!

Is it Time for a Tummy Tuck?

Is it Time for a Tummy Tuck?

Achieving a slimmer and leaner silhouette is a goal for many individuals. However, some may find that all the diet and exercise doesn’t move the unwanted and stubborn belly fat. Fortunately, there are procedures available like the tummy tuck that can help improve the contours of the abdomen. If you are considering a tummy tuck, read on to find out if it’s right for you.

The Procedure and Recovery

There are two different tummy tucks available: a mini and traditional tummy tuck. The mini tummy tuck focuses on the lower abdomen, tightening the muscles and reducing loose skin with less invasive techniques than a standard tummy tuck. The traditional version focuses on larger areas of the stomach.

The length of the surgery will vary depending on the amount of work you wish to have done. Tummy tucks are a surgical procedure that requires the individual to undergo anesthesia and could take several weeks of recovery – as do most surgical procedures. That being said, it is wise to do your research to find a cosmetic surgeon that has the correct qualifications to achieve the results you want. We also recommend looking at before and after photos.

How to Know You’re Ready for a Tummy Tuck

You Have Extra Skin or Fat in the Abdomen

Taking part in a tummy tuck and be life-changing. For many individuals, regular exercise and a healthy diet aren’t enough to move unwanted and stubborn belly fat. A tummy tuck provides patients with a chance to eliminate excess fat and tighten loose skin. The best candidates will have surplus skin in the abdomen. The procedure requires a sizable incision. Without enough skin, tension can be put on the scar causing stretch marks. The results of the procedure offer a slimmer profile. It should be noted that tummy tucks are not capable of producing toned abdominal muscles. The process is provided as a chance to improve the silhouette.

You’ve Recently Had a Baby

Having a baby not only changes your life but your body. Many women experience stretched skin and abdominal separation after having children. Pregnancy puts pressure on the stomach and as a result, causes muscles to separate to allow further expansion. Even after the loss of the baby-weight, many women experience permanent damage to the muscles and finds their skin hangs around their stomach. Left untreated, individuals might experience lower back pain, constipation, and urine leaking. Tummy tucks have the ability to repair this damaged tissue and restore muscles to give a flatter and leaner appearance.

You’re Not Planning to Have More Children

While tummy tucks can help reduce the signs of pregnancy, it should be avoided until you’ve decided you are done having children. A tummy tuck is a permanent solution to excess skin and abdominal separation, but it can’t prevent it from happening during the next pregnancy. If you experienced these symptoms the first time you gave birth, it’s more than likely it will happen during future pregnancies which will undo all of the efforts set forth by your surgeon. To get the most out of the tummy tuck, you’ll need to wait until you are done having children.

You’re at Your Ideal Body Weight

There are a few things tummy tucks can and can’t do for the body. They can provide individuals with a slimmer look, but it’s not a replacement for a healthy diet and lifestyle. Fat cells will reproduce, and if you’re not making healthy choices, it’s possible all the hard work will go to waste over time. The best candidate for a tummy tuck will already be within their ideal weight range but looking for a way to remove stubborn belly fat. All bodies are different, and some people tend to carry their weight in the abdomen. After trying diet and exercise, if the fat isn’t budging a tummy tuck is an excellent solution.

Learn more about the procedure and schedule your consultation today by calling 615-329-3900.

Cosmetic Surgery After Extreme Weight Loss

Cosmetic Surgery After Extreme Weight Loss

Dramatic weight loss should be a rewarding experience. The long journey of hard work through diet, exercise, or bariatric surgery can be full of emotional highs and lows. The end goal is to feel healthy, happy, and full of vitality. So, if you have undergone a body transformation but are left with sagging skin, there are solutions to help tone and define the figure you worked so hard to achieve. Here is everything you need to know about plastic surgery after weight loss.

When to Consider Weight Loss Surgery

Sometimes, even though the goal weight has been reached, there are still areas of the body that need help, which diet and exercise can’t fix. Weight loss surgery is ideal for anyone who has excess skin on the stomach, arms, neck, and breast. There are various procedures available to help tighten and tone your body. A consultation with your doctor can help you determine the right treatment plan for you. 

Am I the Right Candidate?

Diet and exercise need to be a lifestyle change, not a quick fix. Before you go under the knife, we recommend at least 6-12 months of stable eating and body maintenance before considering surgery. To get the most out of your procedure, you want to make sure your body weight has plateaued, and you don’t plan to lose or gain any more weight. This is important because sometimes problem areas can shift during the weight loss process. But, if you are maintaining stability, then you and your doctor can address your concerns to give you the optimal possible results.

Procedures to Consider

1. Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, reduces excess fat and skin from the waist, and in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles. A tummy tuck is beneficial for smoothing and firming your abdominal profile. During your procedure, an incision is made from hip to hip. The entire abdominal wall lifts, and the underlying muscles tightened. The skin is then pulled down and re-draped to produce a flatter belly and more defined waist.

2.  Neck Lift

A neck lift, or lower rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that reduces excess skin from the jawline and neck. The neck lift begins with a small incision under the chin and the ear. Your doctor will then manipulate your muscles to create a tighter contour. Once this is achieved, excess skin is removed and the skin is re-draped. It’s important to note, neck lift patients are given a supportive garment to wear around the jaw for at least a week after surgery to keep the new contours in place.

3. Breast lift

If you have experienced loss of volume in the upper portion of your breasts due to weight loss, you might consider a breast lift, also known as mastopexy. The procedure is performed by making an incision in the breast to tighten the skin and raise the height of the nipple.  The surgical technique hides scarring around the nipple and on the bottom of the chest. The entire procedure lasts about two or three hours.

4. Liposuction

Liposuction is a popular cosmetic procedure that uses suction to remove excess fat deposits between the skin and muscle. This technique works well on stubborn fat deposits that don’t respond to a strict diet or targeted exercise. This is an option to consider if you want to remove stubborn body fat and create a slimmer profile.

Are you ready to see what Dr. Jeffrey Marvel and his team can do for you? Book your consultation today by calling 615-329-3900 or contact us !

Everything You Need to Know About Tummy Tucks

Tummy Tucks

The midsection can be a sensitive area for many people, especially now during swimsuit season. For those who have drastically lost weight, recently had a child, or possibly gained weight, dealing with excess skin and fat around the tummy can be frustrating. Fortunately for most, a Tummy Tuck procedure can easily restore the midsection appearance that you desire. If you are considering this procedure, here is everything you need to know about tummy tucks.

Mini Tummy Tuck vs. Traditional Tummy Tummy Tuck

First and foremost, there are two different kinds of tummy tucks available. There is a Mini Tummy Tuck that focuses on the lower abdomen, tightening the muscles and reducing ing loose skin. A mini tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that flattens the look of the belly, but with less invasive techniques than a standard tummy tuck. Or there is a traditional tummy tuck that focuses on a larger area of the torso.

Regardless of which option you choose, the procedure itself is beneficial for those who are roughly within 20% of their ideal body weight. The results are permanent, but as with most procedures involving fat, any form of weight gain will alter the effects. It’s important to note that a tummy tuck shouldn’t be used as a method to lose weight. If there are unhealthy eating habits at play, the results of the tummy tuck will only be superficial.

Good Candidates for Tummy Tucks:

The best candidates for Tummy Tucks are non-smokers who are physically healthy and at a stable weight, and who have realistic expectations of their results. To get a better idea of the results you can likely expect, we recommend taking the time to research a qualified surgeon and viewing before and after photos.

Tummy Tucks After Childbirth

Tummy tucks are safe for women who have had children. It is wise, however, for a woman to only choose a tummy tuck once she’s decided to no longer have children, as the effects of childbirth could alter the result of the original surgery. 

Length of Procedure & Recovery

The length of the surgery will vary depending on the amount of work you wish to have done. Tummy tucks are a surgical procedure that requires the individual to undergo anesthesia and could take several weeks of recovery – as do most surgical procedures. That being said, it is wise to do your research to find a cosmetic surgeon that has the correct qualifications to achieve the results you want. We also recommend looking at before and after photos.

For a better understanding of the options, you have to get the results you want, book a consolation with Dr. Jeffrey Marvel today. Call 615-329-3900 or contact us today to learn more.

10 Questions to Ask Your Cosmetic Surgeon

Ask-Your-Cosmetic-Surgeon

Considering cosmetic surgery? Here are 10 questions to ask your cosmetic surgeon before embarking on your journey:

  1. Are You Board Certified?

An ABCS certification will give you the peace of mind that your surgeon is qualified to successfully perform their job.

  1. Would you suggest any alternatives?

A good cosmetic surgeon will discuss with you any alternative options to surgery you haven’t yet considered. These conversations will help you to establish a trusting relationship with your new surgeon.

  1. What does the preparation period look like?

Talk to your doctor about the steps you need to take prior to undergoing surgery in order to ensure you’re ready for the procedure.

  1. How much experience do you have with this particular procedure?

Ask your surgeon how many times they’ve performed your desire procedure in order to better understand their expertise.

  1. What are the risks associated with this surgery?

Understanding the complications that could potentially arise will help you to make an educated decision on whether cosmetic surgery is right for you.

  1. What will my recovery period look like after the cosmetic surgery is completed?

Not all surgeries will allow you to hit the ground running the day after they’re completed. While some may involve little recovery, others may require a longer time period.

  1. Do you have hospital privileges?

If your surgeon has hospital privileges, they will be able to continue to treat you should anything go awry during the surgery.

  1. Where will you perform the surgery?

Make sure that your surgeon only performs procedures at accredited locations.

  1. Check your doctor’s records.

Your state’s medical boards will provide you with extensive information about your surgeon that you will want to know before agreeing to use them for your surgery.

  1. Finally, create a list of your own questions to ask your surgeon.

Still have some lingering questions on your mind? Prepare yourself with a list of questions to ask your surgeon – it is their responsibility to educate you on the procedure you are considering.

Cosmetic surgery is a big decision. You deserve to have all the information about the procedure at your disposal before agreeing to undergo it. This list of questions will ensure that you and your surgeon create a healthy and trusting relationship before embarking on this experience together.

Need more information? Contact us today and we would be happy to answer any of your questions.