Core Workouts to Maximize Your Tummy Tuck Results

If you’re planning to have tummy tuck surgery, you’re probably already familiar with the many ways in which this procedure can improve your core. Not only does tummy tuck surgery remove loose skin and subcutaneous fat (allowing your muscles to show more prominently), it can heal damaged muscle tissue. For some patients, having a tummy tuck is a necessary step on the road towards achieving strong abdominal muscles.

Why Do Some People Need Tummy Tuck Surgery to Strengthen Their Core?

Those who have been pregnant or significantly overweight in the past often struggle profoundly with their core. They usually labor under the erroneous idea that diet and exercise alone can restore lost muscle tone and create a “flat” stomach. Only to discover, after many hours of exercise, that this simply isn’t the case. The problem isn’t their dedication or technique; instead, the issue is within their muscle tissue.

When a large amount of weight (from fat deposits or a growing baby) exerts stress on the walls of the abdominal cavity, the tissue that connects the two lateral halves of the abdominal muscles often tears. When this happens, the muscles are prevented from working in unison; they therefore cannot be strengthened properly with exercise alone. Unfortunately, these tears don’t usually heal on their own because tissue needs to be connected in order to heal (this is why deep cuts require stitches in order to close). Sutures must be placed in the tissue during tummy tuck surgery to start the healing process, which often takes about two months to complete. After this occurs, the patient is ready to start working on his or her core via conventional means like diet and exercise.

The 5 Best Core Workouts for Tummy Tuck Patients

As a tummy tuck patient, it’s essential that you wait until your surgeon tells you that it’s okay to start exercising again. Exercising too early can cause your muscle tissue to tear again, making revision surgery necessary. However, once you have been given the “all clear,” exercise is a great way to accentuate the results of your procedure. Strong abdominal muscles exert a “corseting” effect on the abdomen, pulling in subcutaneous fat stores and compressing the organs. This makes the stomach flatter as these tissues protrude less.

If you’re ready to start working out your core and creating those six pack abs you’ve always dreamed of, the five exercises below are a great place to start:

1. The Raised Plank

Enter a standard plank position, resting on your elbows and toes with your body elevated off the ground. Raise one foot off the ground and hold it aloft for 5 to 10 seconds, making sure to keep your body level. Don’t bend or twist your torso. After holding, switch legs. Repeat this exercise at least five times.

2. The Side Plank

While resting on your side, raise your body up on one elbow. Hold your position for at least ten seconds, then relax. Repeat this exercise at least five times, then switch sides.

3. Reverse Crunches

Unlike a traditional crunch, the reverse crunch involves raising the lower part of the body to create an intense lower ab workout. Lie on the floor with your arms at your sides and slowly raise your buttocks off the ground while keeping your legs raised. Hold for a few seconds, then release. Repeat this exercise 20 to 30 times.

4. The Body Hold

As the name suggests, this exercise requires holding your body up for a set duration of time. It sounds easy, but it’s surprisingly difficult to maintain. To perform the body hold, lie on the ground and raise your shoulders, arms, and legs, with your arms stretched out in front of you. Hold your position for at least ten seconds. Release and repeat the exercise five to ten times.

5. The Bicycle

While lying on the floor with your arms behind your head, raise your legs and bend them at the knee. Start pumping one leg forward, then the other, as if you’re riding a bicycle. Do at least 25 repetitions before relaxing your stance.

The beauty of the exercises described above lies in their simplicity. You don’t need expensive gym equipment or a lot of room to perform them; you only need a mat and your own willpower. This makes strengthening your core something you can work into your routine anywhere, anytime.

Mommy Makeover Series: Tummy Tuck

Most of the best things in life are challenging—that’s what makes them so satisfying. Nowhere is this truer than the experience of motherhood: Carrying a child and raising him or her is a miraculous, fulfilling, and inspiring journey… But it’s hard work, for both your mind and your body. While some women are lucky enough to heal completely after their pregnancies, others are left with residual damage in the form of a bulging stomach that will not respond to diet or exercise. This issue is far from being skin-deep, too. The presence of a pronounced tummy “pouch” can signify underlying damage to the muscles of the abdomen.

The above issue is so prevalent among new mothers that almost all “mommy makeovers” include a procedure known as abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery. Tummy tuck surgery can correct aesthetic issues, such as loose skin and stretch marks, while also addressing deeper structural problems. Here’s what you need to know about this procedure:

Having a Tummy Tuck is Often Necessary to Restore Your Shape

When the muscles of the abdomen have been damaged by pregnancy, no amount of exercise is capable of repairing them. This is because the tissue between the lateral portions of the abdominal muscles becomes torn (due to the pressure exerted on it by the growing fetus). Once this occurs, the muscles can no longer be used in unison, making exercise ineffective. Only the surgical sutures that are placed during a tummy tuck can mend the torn tissue and restore full muscle functionality. After the patient recovers, the mended muscles will both respond properly to exercise and exert a “corseting” effect on the abdomen. (They will compress the abdominal tissue as they did prior to pregnancy, meaning that it will no longer be able to push forward and distort the abdomen.)

Tummy Tuck Surgery

A tummy tuck is a powerful procedure that can help patients achieve a slimmer, more athletic abdomen. Like liposuction, a tummy tuck can remove the stubborn pockets of fat on the belly that prevent people from attaining a slimmer belly. But, unlike liposuction, a tummy tuck can actually remove excess skin and tighten a portion of the abdomen. Tightening the abdomen is important for some of our female patients because diet and exercise alone can’t reverse the effects of pregnancy on the abdominal muscles.

Like most surgical procedures, there is a recovery required after a tummy tuck. After the tummy tuck, patients are advised to refrain from lifting heavy objects for about 2-3 weeks, but patients are able to go back to work within a week.

Some of our patients qualify for a mini-tummy tuck, a milder version of the tummy tuck designed for patients who want to localize their treatment to the lower abdomen.

Tummy Tuck Surgery Can be Combined with Liposuction

Sometimes women discover that they have new deposits of stubborn fat on their stomachs, flanks, or thighs after going through pregnancy. If this is the case, you can ask your surgeon about having liposuction administered at the time of your tummy tuck.

Your Mommy Makeover Should Form Part of Your Family Plan

While having a tummy tuck will not impair your ability to have children, subsequent pregnancies can compromise the results of this procedure. Most women therefore wait until they’re done having children to schedule a mommy makeover. However, if you would like to undergo a mommy makeover in between pregnancies, you may be able to do so. Just talk to your surgeon about the possibility of future revision surgeries and make sure to budget accordingly.

Having a mommy makeover can help you enjoy family life with greater confidence and peace of mind. Moms who are happy with their bodies typically have healthier relationships and may even enjoy more robust careers. When it comes to motherhood, the key to success is balance: By looking after yourself, you’ll be better able to look after those around you.

Treat Yourself This Mother’s Day with a Mommy Makeover

Kids… you love them, but they are certainly a lot of work. Not to mention the toll they took on your body to bring them into the world. Let’s celebrate this Mother’s Day with a rebirth of your body. Get your flat tummy back and say goodbye to sagging breasts. A mommy makeover is the perfect way to pamper yourself this Mother’s Day.

What Is a Mommy Makeover?

Pregnancy changes the body, often in ways that are not appreciated. Stretch marks, sagging breasts, and abdominal changes are very common after pregnancy. A mommy makeover reverses these changes, restoring a more youthful, rejuvenated body. What can a mommy makeover do for you?

  • Increase breast size
  • Reverse breast sagging
  • Restore a flat abdomen
  • Remove excess skin
  • Shape and contour the body
  • Lift and enhance the buttocks
  • Increase comfort and enhance the labia

A mommy makeover often involves several different surgical procedures including breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck, liposuction, and/or labiaplasty. We’ll design your mommy makeover with you after discussing your biggest areas of concern. We want you to have the body you want and will work with you to make it happen.

Should I Get a Mommy Makeover This Mother’s Day?

Is the timing right for your mommy makeover? Here are a few considerations to help you determine if you’re ready for surgery.

  • Plan on at Least 1 Week off from Work– We’ll combine as many procedures as possible during your mommy makeover to minimize downtime, but you will need some time off from work and other duties. This will vary depending on the procedures you receive. Most patients need help with their regular activities, including childcare, for a couple of days, miss about 1 week from work, and avoid strenuous activities for about 6 weeks.

Love your body again! Pregnancy may change the body, but with a mommy makeover, these changes aren’t permanent. Let your little, or not so little, ones pamper you with flowers and chocolates this Mother’s Day and treat yourself to a mommy makeover. Moms deserve to look great and feel confident too. Call and schedule your consultation today.

How Much Weight Can You Lose From a Tummy Tuck?

Many individuals consider an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck for a myriad of reasons. Some people opt for the procedure to remove excess skin that causes the belly to protrude. Others complement their weight loss goals with an abdominoplasty. Some women, especially those who had multiple pregnancies, choose a tummy tuck to eliminate stretch marks. Other people use te procedure to correct separated muscles and trim excess skin after extreme weight loss.

Indeed, a tummy tuck is great for those who want to flatten and tighten their abdominal areas. While the procedure can help you in your weight loss efforts, it shouldn’t be viewed as an overall weight loss treatment.

All Is Not Lost

The truth is you may lose weight after the surgery but not much. The reason is a tummy tuck is not designed that way.

Yes, you may have heard from previous patients that a tummy tuck has helped them lose weight, and this is true. However, not in the way you expect it to be. After the removal of excess fat and skin in the abdomen, you may weigh an average of five pounds less than your previous weight before the surgery.

This weight loss combined with skin excision and muscle tightening will produce dramatic results.

If you’ve already lost weight and are ready to trim off excess skin for a tighter stomach, schedule a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon. Call Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg today at 540-371-7730.

I Got Bariatric Surgery, Now What?

Bariatric surgery can be a life changing procedure. In fact, 95% of people who underwent weight loss surgery claim that their quality of life has improved somewhat. But what happens afterwards? What kind of lifestyle changes should you expect after bariatric surgery?

The Effects of Bariatric Surgery

After bariatric surgery, you’re expected to lose on average about 40-50% of extra weight. This can change your entire body chemistry and food processing mechanism.
For instance, you might experience things like:

  • Dumping- a term for nausea, vomiting, and weakness after eating foods high in sugar
  • A lack of absorption of nutrients like iron and vitamin D

Nutrition with Bariatric Surgery

But with the right lifestyle changes, you can continue to improve the results of your bariatric surgery.

  • Eat small meals: after surgery, your stomach will shrink to hold about 1-4 oz. of food. So, remember to eat small, frequent portions
  • Eat about 60-80g of protein each day, but don’t exceed 30g in one sitting!
  • Keep hydrated
  • Consult with a dietitian to make sure you’re getting all the proper nutrients in your new diet
  • Consult with a physician to see if you need to take vitamin supplements
  • Have a regular exercise routine

Body Contouring

Massive weight loss can also lead to excess skin sagging, but that can be fixed through additional surgical procedures called “Body Contouring.” What procedure you get depends on what area you want to work on.
One procedure is called a Body Lift, but technically, it’s a series of procedures:

  • tummy tuck that flattens the tummy
  • A lateral thigh lift, with liposuction, tightens the skin around the thighs
  • A buttock lift, with liposuction, removes fat and tightens skin to create smoother curves

You can also get a brachioplasty, otherwise known as an arm lift, to remove fat and excess skin for a firmer upper arm.

Depending on what areas you want to target, different procedures can be performed together or done at a later time. Either way, you can completely customize your body contouring experience. If you consult with a surgeon, you can find out which of these procedures are right for you and when it’s the right time to get them.

Body contouring can really emphasize how hard you’ve worked to lose weight. If you feel like post-bariatric surgery is for you, don’t hesitate to contact the Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg for a free consultation with their surgeons.

May Is Mom’s Month … Time for a Mommy Makeover!

We’re continuing our celebration of moms all throughout May. They sacrifice so much for us and do so willingly, but one unfortunate thing many moms have given up is the body they used to love. Don’t despair, moms. We can help restore your pre-baby body with a Mommy Makeover. Wonderful children and a sexy body, too—who says you can’t have it all?

Has Pregnancy Changed Your Body?

Being a mom is filled with sacrifices, but your body doesn’t have to be one of them. Many women experience unwanted changes to their body and appearance during pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding, including:

  • Breast Changes– The breasts may become larger or smaller and often develop sagging.
  • Unwanted Fat Deposits– Hormone changes can lead to stubborn fat pockets in areas like the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, etc.
  • Stretch Marks– Stretch marks are common after pregnancy due to the quick expansion of the abdomen.
  • Loose Abdominal Skin– Abdominal skin and muscles can be stretched out, resulting in a post-baby belly that is difficult to tighten up, even when you return to your pre-pregnancy weight.
  • Changes to Genitalia– Changes to the labia and vagina are common. Some women experience discomfort, especially during exercise.

If pregnancy changed your body, a Mommy Makeover may be able to reverse some of those changes. Say goodbye to post-baby belly and sagging breasts!

Is My Mommy Makeover Customized to My Needs?

A Mommy Makeover is highly customizable, designed to meet your unique needs and desires. During your consultation, we’ll examine your body, discuss your goals, and offer treatment recommendations. We may recommend procedures like breast augmentation, a breast lift, a tummy tuckliposuction, etc. These surgeries can often be combined, reducing the amount of time you’ll need to spend in recovery.

Everyone should love their bodies—especially mothers! Schedule your Mommy Makeover consultation today by calling 540-371-7730.

Rejuvenate for Summer with Specials on Breast Augmentation & More

Summer’s coming in hot—is your body ready? Get your last-minute summer prep done while saving money with our current specials. Hurry in, as these deals are available for a limited time. Call 540-371-7730 today and reserve your savings.

Gorgeous Summer Curves Ahead – Savings on Breast Augmentation

Do you feel a bit lacking in a bikini top? If you’d like to fill your suit out a bit more, we can help. Breast augmentation can increase the size and perfect the shape of your breasts. Breast augmentation currently starts at just $4,750. This special price can’t be combined with other savings or specials. Surgery must be performed by May 31st to take advantage of this pricing.

Whether you’ve lost breast volume after pregnancy, have always wanted bigger breasts, or want to correct asymmetry, breast augmentation can make your bikini dreams come true. You’re going to love how you look this summer!

Get Surgery and Save 50% at Our MedSpa

Get plastic surgery this summer and you can enjoy a procedure in our MedSpa at a 50% discount. Ask about lymphatic massage to speed healing after your facelift, or come in for a pampering facial after your tummy tuck. This special only applies to services, not products. The maximum discount is $50.

Thinking About Plastic Surgery this Summer? Get a Free Consultation.

If you’re thinking about summertime plastic surgery, hurry in for a free consultation. We are currently offering free consultations with our board certified plastic surgeons. Ask questions and get personalized advice. We can strategize with you to determine which procedures can help you meet your goals. You still have time for last minute liposuction before summer. Call today!

Refer a Friend and Save!

We hope you enjoy your experience at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg. When you do, share with a friend. You will receive a $200 (two hundred dollar) credit for each new patient that you refer who has $2000 (two thousand dollars) or more of cosmetic surgery performed at our practice (limit of $1000.00 total credit). You can use these credits on surgery, services, and products for up to one year. Help your friends to look their best.

A gorgeous summer starts now!

Stubborn Belly Fat? Here’s What to Expect from a Tummy Tuck

The abdominal area is a problem area for many men and women. As we get older, fat tends to concentrate here. The frustrating part is that fat in this area is often diet and exercise-resistant. In addition to stubborn fat in the belly, many women have experienced negative aesthetic changes to their tummies after pregnancy. Weight loss can also leave you with loose skin in the mid-section. What can you do to improve the appearance of your belly? Come into Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg and ask about the tummy tuck. This procedure can remove stubborn belly fat, tighten up abdominal muscles, and restore a flattened appearance to your middle. Call 540-371-7730 for more information today.

What Is a Tummy Tuck?

tummy tuck—also called abdominoplasty—is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the abdominal area. This procedure removes excess skin and fat, tightens up muscles and skin, and restores the appearance of the abdominal area. It is a very popular addition to a Mommy Makeover and a common procedure after significant weight loss. We also offer a mini-tummy tuck for patients who are close to their ideal weight, but would like to tighten up some excess skin.

During a tummy tuck, an incision is made on the lower abdomen. This incision is typically made rather low so it can be hidden under underwear or a bikini bottom. Liposuction may be performed to remove excess fat in the area. Excess skin and fat are removed and the abdominal muscles are tightened (pregnancy is a common cause of loose, stretched out abdominal muscles). This procedure provides quick improvement in the appearance of the abdominal area, which is why it is one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures in the United States.

After a Tummy Tuck – What’s Recovery Like?

You should be able to go home the same day as your tummy tuck to recover in the comfort of your own home. You may initially have difficulty standing, but we encourage you to start walking short distances as soon as you can. You’ll be given medication to control any pain and discomfort as you recover. We even have options for patients who can’t use opioid painkillers.

You can return to work as soon as you’re comfortable. Some patients miss about a week, but others find they need more time. We’ll be there to answer questions and assess your progress throughout the recovery process.

Restore a flat, tight belly with a tummy tuck. Ask us about this procedure today!

How To Combat Holiday Weight Gain Infographic

While the fun and festivities of the holiday season are over, you may be leftover with some unwanted weight gain. Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg can help you achieve the body you desire with a few surgical or non-surgical body contouring options. In this infographic that outlines how to combat holiday weight gain, Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg details procedures including Tummy Tuck, Liposuction, and SmartLipo to help you achieve a new body in the new year. For more information, contact us here.

Goodbye, Belly Fat – What Are My Body Contouring Options?

Got belly fat? If you dream of a flat, tight stomach but find yourself with something a bit squishier, come to Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg. Our body contouring treatments can banish your belly fat and leave you with the body you’ve always wanted. Call today and learn more.

Will Body Contouring Help Me?

Are you close to your ideal weight, but far from your ideal body? Body contouring treatments aren’t designed for weight loss but, if you’re within a few pounds of your desired weight, they can help you achieve your dream body. These treatments remove stubborn fat (the kind that won’t even budge with diet and exercise) and tighten up loose skin to create your ideal body shape.

Body contouring might be right for you if:

  • You are close to your desired weight.
  • You have stubborn belly fat (or fat pockets in other areas).
  • You have stretched out or loose skin.
  • You want a flat, tight stomach.

Body Contouring Treatments for Belly Fat

If you have belly fat, we have body contouring treatments available. If you have unwanted, stubborn fat in other areas, call us for treatment recommendations. Keep reading to learn more.

  • Liposuction- Stubborn fat can seem impossible to get rid of. Neither diet nor exercise seem to help. One option that is very effective is liposuction. This treatment permanently removes fat cells for a sculpted look. If you have belly fat, liposuction can eliminate it.
  • SmartLipo- For many patients with belly fat, we recommend SmartLipo. This treatment combines the benefits of liposuction with skin tightening, an excellent option if you’ve lost some of the elasticity in your abdomen area (very common after weight loss or pregnancy). Laser energy is used to liquefy fat cells before removal. This makes removal easier and has the added benefit of causing collagen to contract for skin tightening.
  • Tummy Tuck- Tighten up that tummy with a tummy tuck. This surgery removes excess fat, skin, and tissue in the abdominal area and re-tightens muscle. Many women opt for a tummy tuck after they’ve finished having children to restore their belly to its pre-baby form. It’s also an excellent option for men and women who have lost a lot of weight.

Banish belly fat for good. Body contouring can help you discover that elusive flat stomach. Call 540-371-7730 today and schedule your consultation at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg.