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Belly Button Repair

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We're talking belly buttons, and even if you used to have an innie, there are several reasons your belly button may have changed.

Weight loss, pregnancy, an umbilical hernia, and even some laparoscopic surgeries can lead to a stretched out navel with an undefined shape, surrounded by loose skin.

If your belly button is keeping you from sporting a bikini or crop top this summer, we can help.

One option is a tummy tuck. For many women, as pregnancy stretches their bellies, the muscles of the abdomen must flatten and separate to make room. This can lead to an umbilical hernia. With a tummy tuck, your surgeon can reposition and reshape the belly button, while also removing loose skin and tightening the abdominal muscles.

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If you don't need a tummy tuck but just want to fix an "outie," you might be a good candidate for umbilicoplasty. This surgical procedure addresses only the skin surrounding the belly button, and can sometimes be done through the belly button with no scar.

If you just need a little bit of tightening around your belly button, you might consider fractional laser resurfacing. This non-surgical procedure uses a laser to stimulate new collagen production and can tighten the skin.

If you're not sure which procedure is best for you, make a consultation with one of our physicians. We can go over all the options, and have you back in a bikini this summer.


Tummy Tuck May Help with Back Pain, Urinary Incontinence

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pregnancybelly.jpgThe tummy tuck procedure, also known as abdominoplasty, is a common surgery for women wanting to regain their pre-baby shape after pregnancy. But the benefits can be much more than aesthetic. We hear from tummy tuck patients all the time who say the procedure also reduced their back pain and urinary incontinence.

A recent study published in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal confirms our findings. The researchers surveyed more than 200 women in Australia who were having tummy tucks, and many of them reported difficulty with back pain and incontinence prior to surgery. After surgery however, a large percentage of them saw improvements with both of these issues.

During pregnancy, some women experience abdominal muscle separation, called rectus diastasis. When abdominoplasty incorporates rectus repair, many of these women report reduced back pain and fewer issues with post-partum urinary incontinence.

If you're interested in a tummy tuck, we have lots of information on our website, including before and after photos and 3D animations. We also offer complimentary consultations for cosmetic procedures, so contact us to make an appointment with one of our six surgeons and see if abdominoplasty might be right for you.

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How A Tummy Tuck Can Improve Your Health As Well

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Many women and men choose to have a tummy tuck because they are interested in the aesthetic results - a firmer, tighter abdomen and a more flattering belly contour. 

But a tummy tuck can offer some important medical benefits, too. In a recent opinion piece in the Medical Daily, plastic surgeon M. Azhar Ali offers a list of 5 other benefits of abdominoplasty, and we've witnessed these positive outcomes in our patients as well. 

1. EASIER TO MAINTAIN WEIGHT LOSS 

Researchers have recently found that when bariatric patients also get a tummy tuck, they're often able to maintain their weight loss longer. Bariatric surgery is a procedure to reduce the size of the stomach and promote weight loss. These researchers found that when bariatric surgery was combined with a tummy tuck, the average post-surgery weight gain was significantly less than those who did not opt for a tummy tuck.

2. IMPROVED POSTURE

Excess skin around your abdomen can be hard on your back. If your abdominal muscles are weak and you're carrying around extra skin or fat, you could end up with a condition commonly known as "sway back." This condition usually leads to back pain. With a tummy tuck, you'll not only lose the extra skin and fat, but you'll have tighter abdominal muscles leading to better spine support. 

3. NO MORE STRESS URINARY INCONTINENCE

After a vaginal birth, some women develop stress urinary incontinence or SUI. With SUI, the bladder will sometimes empty when you cough, laugh or sneeze. 

During a Tummy Tuck, your surgeon can also perform a procedure to obstruct the bladder with soft tissue. This has helped many women stop experiencing SUI. 

4. RELIEF FROM HERNIAS

Weak abdominal muscles can lead to ventral hernias, a condition where the intestine or abdominal tissue can push through the abdominal wall. Ventral hernias are more likely in someone who has undergone a C-section or appendectomy. During a tummy tuck, the abdominal muscles are tightened, which can reduce your risk of ventral hernias. 

5. INCREASED EXERCISE TOLERANCE

Having weak abdominal muscles and excess skin or fat can make it more difficult to exercise. But after a tummy tuck, some patients find a renewed enjoyment of aerobic activities like running or walking, which can lead to an overall improvement in health. 

Only a certified plastic surgeon can determine if a tummy tuck is right for you. But if you're interested in learning more about the benefits of a tummy tuck, contact us today to set up a consultation!


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Excess Skin After Weight Loss

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If you've experienced a major weight loss, then you deserve a big congratulations! Shedding unhealthy weight makes you less susceptible to chronic illness, and probably makes you feel better about your appearance too. 

But depending on the amount of weight you lost, you may have noticed an unwanted side affect - excess, sagging skin. Your skin may not have enough elasticity to snap back into place after a major weight loss.

Not only can the extra loose skin make your clothes uncomfortable, it can also create some medical problems. All those folds of skin can lead to excessive perspiration and uncomfortable skin rashes. 

If the excess skin is around your waist, then abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) can be done to remove the extra skin and give your mid-section a much tighter appearance. Other procedures can also be done to remove excess skin on your arms, neck and other areas. 

The patient in this before-and-after picture had a major weight loss, and used cosmetic surgery to remove sagging skin. 

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If you would like to see if plastic surgery can help you complete your body transformation, contact us today for a consultation with one of our physicians.

Getting Rid of Those Stretch Marks

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A pregnant woman's body is truly an amazing thing, the way it can change and adapt to nourish a growing infant and prepare it for life outside the womb. But as nearly every mother knows, our bodies can't always return to their pre-pregnancy states; some of the changes are permanent. 

For some women, stretch marks are one of those unwanted permanent changes of pregnancy. Pregnancy greatly stretches your belly's skin, and can leave marks that are anywhere from pink, to reddish-brown, to dark brown. Some will fade over time to a more slivery color, but they don't go away on their own. These wrinkled streaks are actually breaks in the deep part of the skin, and there is currently no effective, non-surgical way to fill in and repair those stretch marks.

But that doesn't mean you're destined to live with stretch marks forever. A tummy tuck will help remove stretch marks located on the abdomen. And if your belly button has also changed shape because of your pregnancy, a tummy tuck can fix your belly button too.

If you are planning future pregnancies, you should wait to have a tummy tuck, as vertical muscles in the abdomen that are tightened during surgery can separate again during pregnancy. But if you believe your days of maternity clothes are behind you and you'd like to get rid of those stretch marks, then a tummy tuck may be right for you. 

You can get more information about the tummy tuck procedure, see before and after pictures and a video about tummy tucks on our Tummy Tuck web page.

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