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Mini vs. Traditional: Which Tummy Tuck is Right for Me?

The tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, has many different benefits and is known as one of the best ways to rejuvenate the stomach using surgical techniques. However, when considering your tummy tuck options, it’s important to know that you have a choice in which tummy tuck will benefit you best. Although Dr. Weider will discuss the right tummy tuck for you during a consultation, here are some things to keep in mind as you plan your consultation.

The Traditional Tummy Tuck

Sometimes called the Full Tummy Tuck, this technique is the standard tummy tuck that produces excellent results. This method is best for patients that have recently undergone major weight loss or pregnancy, since this method includes tightening of the underlying muscles. This can have many benefits, including greater support of the abdomen which can reduce symptoms like back pain or urinary incontinence. This tummy tuck, however, can be more invasive than the mini tummy tuck and require greater downtime and recovery.

The Mini Tummy Tuck

This tummy tuck is best for patients looking for improvement in fatty deposits and excess skin below the belly button. This method is less invasive and doesn’t require extensive downtime, but also doesn’t include muscle tightening. This means the mini tummy tuck is best for patients looking for rejuvenation of the lower abdomen and improved contours. Many patients prefer it because it can be a quick and easy way to correct slight sagging before beach weather.

Which is best for me?

During a consultation with Dr. Weider, you’ll discuss your goals for a tummy tuck procedure and which option will achieve your results. Generally, however, patients experiencing looseness and sagging because of abdominal stretching can greatly benefit from a traditional tummy tuck. Patients that want improvement of the lower abdomen without extensive surgical techniques and recovery can greatly benefit from a mini tummy tuck. In many cases, liposuction can be combined with either method for additional contouring and rejuvenation.

Schedule a Consultation

Your first step in your tummy tuck journey is scheduling a consultation with Dr. Weider who can discuss your best options and make a professional recommendation. To schedule a consultation at our Dallas office, contact us by calling or filling out our online form.

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Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) vs Panniculectomy

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) vs Panniculectomy

I often find that the difference between a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and a panniculectomy is confusing to patients. It is understandable because the two procedures have some aspects in common but they are not the same. This distinction has become even more relevant because of the growing popularity of weight loss surgery.

The word panniculectomy means removal of the pannus. The pannus is the overhanging skin of the lower abdomen that typically occurs after major weight loss, pregnancy or both. A panniculectomy is a functional and not a cosmetic procedure. By this I mean that it is designed to relieve problems associated with the overhanging skin (pannus) that often occurs after a large amount of weight loss. The most common problems that may lead to insurance approval for a panniculectomy are skin irritation or skin erosion under the pannus and interference with typical daily activities.

A tummy tuck, which is also known as an abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure designed primarily to improve the appearance of the torso. It often also involves tightening of the abdominal muscles that are typically stretched out during pregnancy. Since a tummy tuck is a cosmetic procedure, it is not covered by insurance.

From a surgical standpoint, a panniculectomy involves removal of the excess skin and fat under the skin (subcutaneous fat) and closure of the wound. While a tummy tuck also involves removal of the excess skin and fat of the lower abdomen, it usually is much more extensive and also entails the following procedures:
– release of the excess skin and fat all the way to the bottom of the ribs to maximize the tightening and contouring that can be achieved
– tightening of the rectus (abdominal) muscles as well as the fascia (fibrous tissue) that surrounds the muscles
– reconstruction of the navel
– liposuction of the flanks

Should you wish to discuss a tummy tuck or any other procedure, please give Weider Plastic Surgery a call at (972) 566-8444.

To Your Health,

Dr. Weider

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Chin Augmentation: A growing trend in Plastic Surgery

Data recently published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons revealed that the number of chin augmentations experienced a 71% increase in 2011. This made it by far the plastic surgery procedure with the greatest growth last year. While no one knows exactly why chin augmentation has become so popular, there is speculation that the growth of video chatting is responsible for at least a portion of this phenomenon. People see themselves on services such as Skype and FaceTime and are self conscious of a weak chin. There is no doubt that a strong chin is associated with self-confidence and leadership. A chin implant can have a positive effect upon one’s profile just as a rhinoplasty (nose job) can. In fact, these two procedures are often done simultaneously.

Placement of a chin implant is usually a fairly straightforward procedure. During your consultation with Dr. Weider at his office in Medical City Dallas, he will discuss your goals and assess your face, jaw and chin. The appropriate implant size and shape will be chosen in preparation for surgery. During the procedure, an incision will be made inside the lower lip or under the chin. The implant will then be inserted below the soft tissue covering the chin to create a pleasing jawline in harmony with the patient’s face. The procedure can at times be performed under local anesthesia and is relatively affordable.

The recovery is usually quick as well with very little down time.

As with any procedure, there are occasional complications, though they are uncommon. The risks include infection, numbness and scarring. These will all be discussed with you in detail at the time of your consultation.

Should you wish to discuss chin augmentation or any other procedure please give Weider Plastic Surgery a call at (972) 566-8444 or contact us via email.