Tummy tuck after a 137 lb weight loss: One of Dr. Ronald Friedman’s patients describes her experience on realself.com

Posted May 17, 2012

I have a complaint.  When demonstrating before/after results for tummy tucks, most plastic surgeons carefully select women who are 5’4” and weight 120 lbs and then show an amazingly flat tummy after surgery.  For some reason, many of the patients I see for tummy tuck have less-than-ideal proportions before surgery.  In my experience, these patients […]

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Is It Safe to Have Abdominal Liposuction with Tummy Tuck?

Posted May 16, 2012

Tummy tuck without LiposuctionA full tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) improves the appearance of the abdomen following pregnancy or weight loss by addressing excessive skin, excessive fat, and abdominal wall laxity: Excessive skin: all skin from the umbilicus (belly button) to the pubic area is removed.  The remaining upper abdominal skin is advanced downward and tightened. Abdominal […]

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Why Does My Tummy Stick Out, and What Can I Do About It?

Posted January 23, 2012

There are three possible reasons for the abdomen to protrude: 1.   Excessive abdominal wall fat This is best addressed by dieting, exercise, and weight loss and/ or abdominal liposuction. 2.   Excessive laxity of the abdominal wall Pregnancy, significant weight loss, and aging loosen the abdominal wall.  Full tummy tuck entails permanent sutures used to tighten […]

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Pain Pumps and Tummy Tucks: A good combination

Posted January 13, 2012

Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is an excellent option for many women who have experienced stretched-out, hanging skin, excessive fat, and laxity of the abdominal wall following pregnancy and/or major weight loss.  One major downside of the procedure: it hurts.  Specifically, cinching in the abdominal wall by 4 or 5 inches can be very uncomfortable. How do […]

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Sculpture and Surgery: a brief autobiography

Posted September 27, 2011

Plastic surgeons and cosmetic surgeons routinely advertise that they can “sculpt” your features: your nose, your tummy, even your breasts.  Patients routinely request a “chiseled” jawline. Who would want to have liposuction when you can have liposculpture?The sad truth, however, is that most surgeons are not actually sculptors.  There are no art classes offered in […]

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