Robert M. Wald, Jr., MD - The Aesthetic Institute
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Tummy Tuck Recovery Guide

Posted on: October 29th, 2019

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After childbirth or significant weight loss, tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, can reduce the remaining excess loose skin and fat around the abdominal region.

By tightening the abdominal muscles and eliminating extra skin and fat, you can achieve your ideal slim contour and a more defined midsection.

Woman sleeping upright with an eye mask on and a book in her hand, which is resting on her chest.

Resting upright in a comfortable atmosphere can help you recover quicker from tummy tuck surgery.

What to Expect After Surgery

Before you have your tummy tuck surgery, most patients wonder what to expect. 

We have created a comprehensive list of what most patients experience and provided tips below for recovering more comfortably.

The First Week

Most patients are sent home a few hours after their surgery, while some stay overnight for observations. 

The degree of correction being made will determine what your surgeon recommends, which is discussed during your consultation with Dr. Wald

Sometimes, a small, thin drainage tube is applied under the skin to collect any accumulations of bodily fluids. These drains are usually removed within the first week.

Your abdominal region may be wrapped in a compression garment or surgical gauze to aid in healing. These dressings can help reduce swelling and bruising and support your new contour. 

Bruising, redness, and swelling are all common side effects. If you notice any discomfort, prescription pain medication can help alleviate your symptoms.

Exercising or strenuous activities are forbidden for the first week of your recuperation, including bending over or lifting anything heavy. 

You may be cleared to stand up and carefully walk around the home during this time after the first day.

Post-operative care instructions are provided to each patient with guidelines on what to do during recovery.

The Second Week

By the second week of recovery, you will likely feel back to normal.

You can start resuming some of your regular routines as they are cleared by your doctor. 

At this point, some patients feel up to returning to work, while others can take up to four weeks to get back to their normal routines.

One Month After Surgery

Around this time is when the incisions begin to scar. Most scarring fades over time and can be covered by undergarments and swimsuits. 

You should be feeling much better by the one-month mark and should be able to resume work and other activities.

Tips for Your Recovery

To help you heal quicker and avoid some of the potential risks involved with recovery, here are some tips to follow during your recuperation.

  • Prepare a comfortable area in your home that will be quiet and relaxing, including entertainment sources such as television, electronic devices, books, magazines, and other forms of light entertainment. Remember to include any power cords or batteries within reach, just in case!
  • Fill all prescriptions before you go in for surgery so you have it all ready when you return home.
  • Schedule a loved one to drive you to and from your surgery and help take care of you for the first few days while you recuperate. 
  • You will need someone to watch your children, if you have any, and complete daily tasks for you.
  • Carefully follow all instructions and post-operative care directions from your surgeon. These guidelines will ensure the best recovery possible.
  • Rest and get plenty of sleep the first week after your procedure. Take it easy and listen to your body; if you feel that something is unusual, communicate with your surgeon.
  • Eat healthy, light meals, and remain hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.
  • Do not push your body during your recovery. Overexerting yourself can result in a longer, more painful recovery process.

Need More Information?

Are you ready to make the next move toward addressing your abdominal appearance? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Wald today by calling (714) 312-3549 or reaching out online

Our team is happy to work with you, and Dr. Wald can discuss all of your concerns about tummy tuck surgery!

Can I Benefit From Eyelid Surgery?

Posted on: September 5th, 2019

As we age, genetics, habits, environment, and gravity all play a role in how we appear. 

As our muscles begin to weaken, wrinkles, fine lines, creases, and puffy, sagging lower eyelids can develop. Sometimes, excess skin on the upper eyelids can also develop, which leads to vision impairment. 

These conditions cause a tired or frustrated appearance, even when we feel calm and well rested.

Beautiful Face of Young Woman with Clean Fresh Skin.

Beautiful Face of Young Woman with Clean Fresh Skin.

Eyelid lift surgery, also referred to as blepharoplasty, is a procedure designed to correct signs of aging around the eyes and reduce obstructed vision caused by loose eyelid skin.

By removing excess fat and skin, and repositioning the remaining tissue around the eyes, the face can appear refreshed and rejuvenated.

What Are My Options?

There are two approaches to address signs of aging around the eyes. Your concerns and preferences will determine which method can achieve your desired results.

During your consultation, Dr. Wald will analyze your medical history, facial concerns, aesthetic preferences, and desired results to determine which approach can benefit you.


Traditional blepharoplasty makes an incision along the upper eyelid crease that is concealed by the natural eyelid contours. If the lower eyelid is also being corrected, an incision is made across the eyelash line, which is hidden by the eyelashes.


Transconjunctival blepharoplasty creates an incision inside the lower eyelid. This approach removes excess fat but is only appropriate for patients who do not also have excess skin. There is no visible scarring, as incisions are made within the eyelid.


If you have mild wrinkling around your eyes, then laser resurfacing may be used as a less-invasive alternative to address your eyelid concerns. Laser skin resurfacing tightens the dermis in targeted locations, providing a tighter, smoother skin surface.

What Does Eyelid Surgery Entail?

Dr. Robert Wald uses local anesthesia around the eyes, along with intravenous (IV) sedation to ensure comfort and relaxation during the procedure. The selected incision technique is utilized, and excess fat and/or skin are removed. Muscles and underlying tissue are repositioned as needed, and the incisions are closed.

Combining Procedures With Your Eyelid Surgery 

Patients who have multiple facial concerns can combine other procedures with their eyelid surgery. When performed in conjunction with eyelid surgery, combining procedures can help save money, reduce the recovery time, and avoid repeat anesthesia use. 

Along with an eyelid lift, Dr. Wald commonly performs a facelift or brow lift to provide further balance to the face and improve the appearance of nasolabial folds. You also have the option to include a forehead lift or mini-facelift to address multiple facial concerns at once.

Your Recovery

Eyelid surgery is performed on an outpatient basis at our surgical center, so you will need to have a friend or loved one drive you home after your surgery and take care of you for the next day or two while you relax.

Dr. Wald will provide aftercare instructions, which should be followed carefully. Rest, relax, and take it easy for the first few days while you recuperate. 

What Results Can I Expect?

Without excess eyelid skin or fat, patients appear more refreshed and relaxed. Fat and excess skin are removed, so most patients appear youthful with smoother skin and improved vision.
 A woman before and after her eyelid surgery. Her eyes are brighter and more lively after removing excess tissue.


To learn more about eyelid surgery and which technique can benefit you, please call our office at (714) 312-3549 or contact us online.


Minimally Invasive Techniques to Refresh Your Skin

Posted on: August 20th, 2019

Recent surveys have shown a trend toward less expensive and less invasive treatments to rejuvenate the skin. The range of non-invasive services available at Dr. Wald’s office offers a complete solution to your individual cosmetic and skin care needs. 


Many of these options can slow or reverse the signs of aging to keep you looking youthful and refreshed. To learn more about your non-surgical options, read below to see what treatments could help you achieve your aesthetic goals.


Woman before and after facial laser treatment

*Results may vary

BOTOX® Cosmetic 

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a diluted neurotoxin commonly used to treat wrinkles in the upper face. The injectable can be administered in a quick treatment of 10 to 20 minutes with no downtime afterward. 


When injected, the neurotoxin stops the muscle contractions that form wrinkles in the upper face, allowing the skin to smooth itself out. Elimination of wrinkles lasts three to six months, and treatments tend to have longer-lasting results with each subsequent treatment. Further treatments with BOTOX® Cosmetic can be administered to maintain a wrinkle-free appearance.


BOTOX® Cosmetic can reduce facial wrinkles, such as:

  • Chin wrinkles
  • Crow’s feet
  • Forehead lines
  • Frown lines

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are designed to soften and reduce wrinkles, enhance facial volume, and improve the overall appearance of the face. Aging indications, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and creases, can all be addressed with injectable dermal fillers. Certain formulations can also be used to treat wrinkles and aging on the backs of the hands. 


Injectable fillers take a few minutes to inject, and there is no downtime after treatment. Results can last between three months and two years, depending on the filler used and how quickly your body breaks down the elements.

Medical Grade Skin Care Products

There are multiple skin care products available to our patients. Speak with Dr. Wald to find out which products will best help you maintain the appearance of your skin.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing can treat acne scarring, sun spots, and other similar skin imperfections to improve the overall facial appearance.


Dr. Wald offers the Sciton® ThermaScan™ laser and the SkinTyte II™ laser to address wrinkles, acne scarring, and reduce blemishes by controlling the oil production process and providing smoother, softer, clearer skin.


The INFINI™ laser uses microneedling techniques combined with fractional radiofrequency waves to correct loose skin on the face and smooth out wrinkles. 


Sometimes called a non-surgical facelift, this approach to facial rejuvenation is appropriate for all skin types and is less invasive than traditional microneedling and dermabrasion.

Woman before and after laser resurfacing treatment

*Results may vary

Which Method Is Best for Me?

All of the treatments offered by our office are designed to rejuvenate the skin and provide a more youthful appearance without surgery. During your consultation with Dr. Wald, he can discuss which treatment options are best for you and your skin type.


To learn more about our minimally invasive techniques for refreshed skin, call our office at (714) 312-3549 or fill out our online contact form today. 

What Should I Expect During My Mommy Makeover Recovery?

Posted on: July 15th, 2019

Many patients decide to undergo Mommy Makeover surgery, which can reverse many of the adverse effects of pregnancy and childbirth. While most women prepare sufficiently for the days leading up to the surgery, not very many typically look into what they should plan for after their surgery is completed. 


So what should you expect during your post-op recovery? Here are some details on what you will likely experience and some tips on how to have a comfortable and smooth recuperation.

Woman resting in bed

What Happens After I Get Home?

Every Mommy Makeover is customized to match each patient’s needs, so the procedures that were included in your surgery will affect your recovery. 


Typically, the breasts and midsection are wrapped in a support bra or a compression garment. You may feel sensitivity and tightness in the chest region and experience mild bruising and swelling. Redness may also occur around the incision locations.


Discomfort can be addressed with prescription pain medication. Refrain from physical activities such as lifting, pulling, pushing, twisting, or anything that can irritate the skin or body. Your surgeon tracks your progress and will let you know when it is safe to resume regular activities.

How Can I Ensure a Comfortable Experience?

Establish a relaxing environment by preparing things prior to your surgery is the best way to make sure that you are comfortable and content during your recuperation. Some tips for a comforting atmosphere include:


  • Having all of your prescriptions filled before your procedure
  • Following all of your post-surgical care instructions
  • Arranging for adequate childcare, as you will be unable to lift anything
  • Scheduling a friend or loved one to drive you home and stay with you for the first few days
  • Stocking plenty of pillows where you will be spending most of your time
  • Sleeping and getting plenty of rest
  • Drinking water to stay hydrated
  • Gathering plenty of entertainment, such as books, magazines, television, electronic devices, and your cell phone
  • Being sure to have all charging cables and spare batteries handy
  • Beginning to walk around the house after the first day or two

When Can I Resume Work?

Every patient will feel different after their procedure, but most patients can return to work in a couple of weeks. 


After at least four weeks, you can begin introducing regular activities, as long as your doctor has cleared it. It is important to listen to your surgeon and your body; avoid overexerting yourself—it can prolong your healing process.


It will usually take a few months for you to feel back to normal. Remain patient with your recovery and get plenty of rest.

What Results Should I Expect?

Dr. Robert Wald takes his time with each patient to understand their desires and preferences and creates a personalized surgical plan accordingly. 


Mommy Makeover before and after photo

In their Mommy Makeover, most patients choose to include breast augmentation to enhance their breast volume and cleavage, a breast lift to improve their nipples and areolas while simultaneously raising the breasts, a tummy tuck to remove excess abdominal fat and skin for a tighter stomach, and liposuction to reduce fat in stubborn locations. 


Regardless of which procedures you decide to include in your Mommy Makeover, most patients feel a significant improvement in their overall body contour after they have healed. 


To learn more about Mommy Makeover surgery, please call our office for a consultation at (714) 312-3549. You can also fill out our contact form.

Facelift Surgery Recovery

Posted on: June 3rd, 2019

Undergoing facelift surgery, or rhytidectomy, can produce a significant change in your appearance and boost your confidence by removing excess loose skin, smoothing creases, correcting sagging jowls, and rejuvenating your face. One of the most essential factors in the success of your facelift is your recovery period, which may be daunting if you are unaware of what you should expect. Below is a timeline of what you can expect during your recuperation.

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Your First Week of Recovery

Directly after your facelift surgery, you can expect to experience bruising, swelling, and redness. Feelings of discomfort or nausea may occur, which can be relieved by pain medication and rest. Some patients experience sensations of tingling, burning, tightness, tenderness, or numbness in their face, ears, and neck for the first week. Having a friend or loved one as your caregiver for the first one or two days is an excellent way to ensure a comfortable recovery. Drainage tubes and light surgical dressings may be applied after your surgery and will help reduce side effects. Keeping your head in an upright, elevated position is advised. After one or two days, patients should begin to gently walk to the restroom and around the house a few times every day, slowly adding more light activities. Your first week should be focused on relaxing and getting plenty of sleep.

After One Week

Swelling, bruising, and tightness should begin to subside at this point. Direct sun exposure should be prevented. Light activities are permitted, but strenuous activities should still wait until you have recovered further. Some of the other symptoms should also begin to dissipate after the first week.

After Two Weeks

Most symptoms should completely resolve at this point. Patients are cleared to begin laying in a reclined position, but sleeping flat on your back should still be avoided for another week or so.

After Six Weeks

All side effects should dissipate at this point, and scars begin to fade. It can take up to one year for scars to fully heal and become almost invisible. Regular activities can be resumed, including some exercising. Make sure to consult with your surgeon to see what activities are permitted.



Your Final Results

The outcome of your facelift surgery will be determined by your surgeon’s experience and skills, and your body’s recovery process. It can take up to 12 months for everything to heal and for your final results to become evident. Most patients look significantly younger with a smoother, refreshed facial appearance. Following your surgeon’s post-surgical care instructions, taking the time to rest and fully recover, and maintaining a positive outlook will increase your satisfaction with your facelift results. It is recommended that you use a quality skin care regimen to help maintain your results. In the future, non-surgical options for maintaining a youthful appearance can include injectable fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic to address sagging, loose skin, wrinkles, and hollowed areas of the face to replenish volume. INFINI™ radiofrequency (RF) microneedling can enhance skin quality and eliminate wrinkles and fine lines. Most facelift procedure results last up to ten years, and taking preventative measures can help prolong your results.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Wald or learn more about facelifts, call our office at (714) 312-3549 or fill out our online contact form.

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