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How a Tummy Tuck Can Help You Keep the Weight Off

Posted on: November 4th, 2020

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Our tummies are, unfortunately, the hardest places to lose persistent fat. When you struggle for too long to lose weight, and when your healthy diet and exercises have failed, you may think there is no solution left. The good news is that there is always a solution, even for those few stubborn pounds left around your belly, so don’t despair. Tummy tuck (also known as abdominoplasty) can help you lose those pesky fat deposits and help you prevent gaining unwanted pounds ever again. This article will explain how and why a tummy tuck can help you keep the weight off.

Long-lasting benefits

According to research, a tummy tuck is the third most popular plastic surgery procedure in the USA. Many decide to do it in the pre-beach season to transform their appearance for the summer. This procedure is popular around the world because of the incredible results and long-lasting benefits.

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Tummy tuck is the third most popular plastic surgery procedure in the USA

Contouring of the abdomen, removing excess skin and fat

Contouring the abdomen by removing excess skin and fat is the primary goal of the tummy tuck procedure. This means that it is not intended for weight loss purposes. However, weight loss is something that most people who undergo this procedure hope for. The main reasons why people decide to undergo this procedure are:

  • After one or more pregnancies – a tummy tuck can tighten weakened and stretched abdominal muscles, and it removes stubborn skin and fat deposits on your belly
  • For age-associated reasons – our skin loses elasticity, and the body’s ability to burn stored fat decreases
  • Because of weight changes, significant and quick weight losses

There are a few common misconceptions regarding abdominoplasty, including the one that only women decide to do it. Despite this belief, the fact is that a large number of men choose to undergo this procedure, and it’s no surprise. Men have a genetic predisposition to gain more belly fat as they age. Some people are also genetically predisposed to accumulate more belly fat than others, regardless of their gender.

A tummy tuck can help you keep the weight off by reducing your appetite

It’s not just about getting a tiny waist and an athletic-looking belly. One of the positive effects that you’ll have after the tummy tuck is that you’ll feel full much more quickly when you eat. People who have a lot of fat removed during their procedure are expected to continue losing weight. Many patients who have had a tummy tuck done report increased satiety and reduced appetite. Eating less while at the same time feeling less hungry may sound like a dream, but it’s a reality and one of the most obvious ways of how a tummy tuck can help you keep the weight off.

Restoring your self-confidence

We all know that belly fat is stubborn. Carrying a lot of pesky body fat and skin on your abdomen is discouraging and undoubtfully frustrating. People can easily start having depressing thoughts believing that they’ll never lose weight on their own, no matter how hard they try. In those cases, a tummy tuck is a real lifeline.

After the surgery and tummy tuck recovery, you’ll look in the mirror and finally be proud of what you see. That feeling can inspire you to maintain your results and body weight by committing to a healthier lifestyle.

Many people can attest to how they started to feel more comfortable in their bodies, finally, after many months or years of struggle. The improvements are not just of aesthetical and cosmetical value but primarily in restoring self-confidence. Everybody would agree that feeling comfortable in your own body can have an incredibly positive impact on many aspects of your life.

A real motivation to maintain a healthy body weight

If you previously had trouble sticking to a healthy diet and exercise and didn’t see many results, a tummy tuck surgery can be a trigger and a boost you need to stand by your healthy routine.

Abdominoplasty is your opportunity for a fresh start, to get you back on the right track to a more fulfilled life. You’ll be more motivated to maintain a good look and good shape, maybe even get defined abdominal muscles you always dreamed of. After a tummy tuck, it will be much easier to exercise regularly. It can help you stay motivated and keep up with it. Abdominoplasty can have notable improvements to your appearance, but to get the best possible results on the scale, you’ll need to put your time and effort into training. There’s just no substitute for exercising when it comes to losing and maintaining weight, so choose your favorite sports activity and dedicate yourself to it. It’s the key to maintaining a fit appearance long after the surgery.

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You’ll be more motivated to maintain a good look and good shape by exercising and eating healthy

Are you a candidate for this procedure?

There are two types of tummy tuck:

  1. A mini tummy tuck is for those with loss of elasticity of the lower abdomen skin, with no need for muscle tightening.
  2. An extended tummy tuck is for people with a lot of excess skin after a significant weight loss.

The right candidate for a tummy tuck procedure is a person of overall good health, with no underlying diseases, close to their ideal weight, who needs to sculpt their abdomen.

Of course, it requires careful thinking and consideration before making the final decision. It’s essential to be adequately informed by your doctor and be physically and mentally ready for plastic surgery. You’ll need to be familiar with all the details of the process and recovery.

The procedure lasts for about 2-3 hours, and it’s done under general anesthesia.The recovery period is usually around two weeks, and following the doctor’s advice during that period is absolutely necessary.The final results of a procedure become apparent six weeks after the surgery.

A chance to transform your lifestyle, not only your looks

Before deciding to undergo a tummy tuck procedure, you should do all the necessary consultations, tests, and medical examinations with your doctor. It’s crucial to have realistic expectations. A tummy tuck can help you keep the weight off, but getting long-lasting benefits and outstanding results requires discipline and effort on your behalf. Finally, the transformation of your body and consequentially the transformation of your whole life will be well worth it.


5 Tips for Maintaining Liposuction Results

Posted on: January 16th, 2020

4 Min Read

diet, exercise and mindfulness help preserve liposuction results

People who have been struggling with stubborn, diet and exercise-resistant fat can finally reach their ideal body goals using liposuction. 

Liposuction offers fast, efficient results that patients love and hope will be long lasting. 

If you have undergone liposuction—or are considering getting it—this guide will tell you how small lifestyle changes like diet, exercise, and mindfulness can help you maintain your liposuction results for years to come. 

1. Start Before Your Surgery

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the key to keeping your liposuction results. A healthy lifestyle is precisely what it sounds like—a lifestyle. You learn to form healthy habits by finding out what works for you and staying consistent. 

If you are considering liposuction and would like to make the transition easier, start now. If you can form healthy habits before your operation, they will be easier to maintain following the procedure.

If you have already had your procedure, be patient with yourself, and make lifestyle changes in stages that you can handle. 

A drastic change in a short period can be difficult. Start small. For example, try moving around for at least 20 minutes a day and then increase the rigor and time spent on exercise as time goes on. 

2. Healthy Diet

Weight loss and gain are highly contingent on the foods that we eat. 

For example, a diet that is high in processed food, bad fats, and harmful sugars are likely to result in excess fat stores. 

Why do we call them “bad” fats or sugars? Some fats and sugars are bad because they cause negative effects in the body if consumed regularly. Bad fats and sugars are processed into excess fat and can cause other issues like high blood sugar and diabetes. 

A tip for maintaining a healthy diet is to add color when possible and find substitutes that you like. There are healthy fats and sugars found in fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods. 

Avocados, fish, nuts, and eggs are high in healthy fats and proteins that improve brain function and boost energy. Honey and fresh fruit have plenty of natural sugar that tastes great, but is easier for the body to process. 

Add color to your diet by incorporating fruits and vegetables like leafy greens, beets, squash, and citrus. Cut out extra fat and sugar by finding less processed options like natural peanut butter, or vegetable-based dairy and snack products. 

3. Regular Exercise

The formula for maintaining weight and preventing the return of excess fat is to burn as many—if not more—calories than you take in. Even with a healthy diet, a sedentary lifestyle will ultimately lead to an accumulation of weight. 

Setting aside a little time every day or week to exercise will not only help you to maintain the results from liposuction, but it will also help to improve your mood, your ability to be active, and your daily energy level. 

A tip for implementing exercise is to find activities that you enjoy. Some people love going to the gym or taking a run, but if that does not sound like you, perhaps try signing up for a dance class, a rollerskating team, or a yoga class. 

Whatever your thing or things are, find them and stick to them. 

4. Drink Plenty of Water 

Drinking plenty of water helps the body to detox and cleanse itself, which allows you to get the most out of your exercise while boosting your metabolism. 

Drinking more water will also prevent your body from storing too much water, which results in the appearance of water weight.

A tip for drinking more water is to infuse it with flavors that you love. By adding sliced fruit, cucumber, or herbs such as mint, you can enhance the taste and suppress appetite. 

Replacing sugary, calorie-filled drinks with water can cut down calorie intake quickly and easily.

5. Reduce Stress

When you are under constant stress, your body begins to manifest this stress in various ways. 

Stress can lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms, such as binge eating.

High levels of the stress hormone cortisol can cause a drop in blood sugar, which can result in sugar and fat cravings. 

This is where persistent “comfort” food cravings can arise. 

A tip to reduce stress is to try meditating for at least five minutes a day. Exercise and a healthy diet can also help the body to function better and ultimately reduce stress. 

Are You Considering Liposuction? 

If you are considering getting liposuction and would like to learn more about your options in Orange County, please contact Dr. Wald at his Fullerton office by calling (714) 312-3549 or by filling out our online contact form.


What Plastic Surgery Options Are Available for Men?

Posted on: November 8th, 2019

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Although the plastic surgery arena mainly consists of women, there has been a growing number of male plastic surgeries being performed each year. 

While the most common procedure for women is breast augmentation, there are quite a few options for men to achieve their ideal body or facial structure.

Man before and after Gynecomastia surgery in Fullerton, CA.We have created a list below of some options for men seeking to enhance their facial features or body contours to align with their cosmetic goals.

What Are the Benefits of Male Plastic Surgery?

  • A heightened sense of male identity or masculinity
  • Balanced facial features
  • Improved figure and comfort with your body
  • Increased confidence
  • More clothing options

Calf Implants

When the legs appear small or weak, calf implants can create a fuller, more defined muscular leg appearance.

Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, can address upper and lower eyelid sagging, loose skin, and fat deposits around the eyes. This procedure can relieve drooping eyelid skin and puffiness.

Facelift

Facial hair plays an essential role in a man’s facial appearance. Dr. Wald considers your facial hair when discussing facelift surgery.

Only a skilled, experienced surgeon with knowledge of male facial anatomy should perform a facelift. 

When necessary, a neck lift is combined with facelift surgery to also address concerns in the neck (excess fat or loose neck bands).

Injectables

Minimally-invasive treatments such as BOTOX® Cosmetic can temporarily relax facial muscles for smooth, youthful skin.

Liposuction

Addressing excess body fat can be a tricky issue; changing your diet and increasing your exercise may not abolish fat deposits.

Liposuction is a surgical procedure to reduce fatty tissue from various targeted regions of the body. 

The most common areas selected by men include the arms back, chin, flanks, neck, and stomach.

In some instances of gynecomastia, enlarged male breasts, liposuction can be used to eliminate extra breast fat. 

The liposuction process allows for a more masculine, defined chest.

Abdominal Etching

Using a strategic liposuction technique, abdominal etching can create a robust and muscular appearance on the stomach.

Pectoral Implants

For men who feel that their chest is flat, pectoral implants can enhance the size and appearance of the pectoral muscles.

Rhinoplasty

Nose surgery, or rhinoplasty, can reduce a large or long nose while maintaining a masculine, strong nasal shape. 

Tummy Tuck

Significant weight loss can leave loose, sagging skin on your abdominal region.

Tummy tuck surgery is designed to remove this excess residual skin, tighten the abdominal muscles, and pull the remaining skin taut for a chiseled stomach appearance.

Male before and after facelift, neck lift, and bilateral lower blepharoplasty in Fullerton, CA, at the Aesthetic Institute.

Which Procedure Is Right for Me?

All of the procedures listed above are excellent options for men to achieve their desired results. 

Schedule a consultation with your plastic surgeon today to discuss your concerns and medical history and decide which procedure is right for you.

Want More Information?

Please don’t hesitate to contact us today by calling (714) 312-3549 or filling out an online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you soon!


Things to Consider When Addressing Skin Cancer

Posted on: December 9th, 2019

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Get regular skin checkups to ensure that your skin is healthy and receives early treatment if needed.

Skin cancer is a common concern of many Americans, especially those with freckles and fair skin. 

The main contributing factor to the formation of skin cancer is ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. Tanning beds and other artificial sources of light and heat are also culprits.

While there are some people who have a predisposition or higher risk of being diagnosed with skin cancer than others, almost anyone can develop skin cancer.

Skin cancer can be removed when found and treated early, including more severe cases of melanoma. The key is early detection and being informed.

Below are some details on what to do if you think you may have skin cancer, and what to expect after a cancer diagnosis.

How Is Skin Cancer Identified?

Skin cancer most commonly appears on the face, neck, back, shoulders, and arms. 

You can notice when something is different about your skin by performing self-checks and having a loved one help you with harder to see spots, such as your back. 

Diagnosing Skin Cancer

When you see your physician for regular checkups, or if you think you may have an issue, they can examine your skin and run tests to see if your concern is skin cancer or not. 

If you are diagnosed with skin cancer, your physician will discuss your treatment options with you. 

What Is Skin Cancer Treatment?

Typically, the affected tissue is removed from the location or areas where cancer is found.

The removal process will likely leave some scarring in the area of excision. 

For patients who are having cancer removed from their face, this can be worrisome. 

But it is important to remember that cancer, when left untreated, can spread and cause further damage to the skin and body, so you want to take care of it as soon as possible.

Fortunately, plastic surgeons are able to reconstruct the skin to form a smooth appearance if you require the removal of tissue.

Reconstruction After Skin Cancer

If you have significant scarring after skin cancer removal, reconstruction can restore your appearance. Your treatment may include:

  • Prosthetics: features, such as the ears, may need restructuring to create a fuller appearance
  • Scar revision: this process reduces the noticeability of scars by smoothing out the skin
  • Tissue transference: tissue flaps can be used for areas that have had a large amount of tissue loss

How Can I Prevent Skin Cancer?

In some cases, skin cancer can be avoided by practicing various techniques. Some helpful tips for reducing the risk of developing skin cancer, or catching symptoms early to remove any cancer that does form, include:

    • Do not intentionally get a tan. Getting a sunburn or a tan is damaging to your skin, whether it is through sunshine or a tanning bed. Tanning also causes premature wrinkles that can significantly age your appearance. Self-tanning lotions can be an excellent alternative if you seek bronze skin.
    • Wear sun protection every day. Sunscreen, sunglasses, and protective clothing can shield you from the sun’s damaging rays. Avoid direct sun exposure and liberally apply and reapply your sunblock.
    • Get checked regularly by a professional. Notify them of any changes in your skin, such as a new growth or an existing mole growing or becoming painful. It is best to catch these concerns immediately and seek treatment during the early stages. 
    • Be careful around snow, water, and sand. These surfaces are all very reflective and can cause sunburns. The same goes for an overcast day; the sun can still burn you, so please use protection.

 

  • Conduct self-examinations at home. In addition to regular checkups, you will want to become familiar with your skin and analyze any abnormalities that arise. 

 

The ABCDE Test

According to The American Academy of Dermatology, the warning signs of skin cancer can include:

Asymmetry

Are any of your moles asymmetric? Is one half of the mole a different shape than the other half?

Borders

Are any of your moles irregularly shaped or poorly outlined?

Color

Have any of your moles changed in color or shade? You may notice a tan, brown, black, white, red, or blue coloration. Any variation of color can be a warning sign.

Diameter

Are your moles the size of a pencil eraser or even larger?

Evolving

Have any of your moles or skin lesions changed in size, shape, or color? 

Woman in a large-brimmed hat, applying sunscreen to her face.

Staying in the shade, wearing a large-brimmed hat, and liberally applying sunscreen are great ways to avoid the sun’s damaging UV radiation.

What If I Think I May Have Skin Cancer?

If you believe you might have skin cancer, have been diagnosed with skin cancer, or have already undergone a removal treatment, schedule a consultation with Dr. Wald in Orange County today to discuss your concerns.

You can get in touch online or call us at our Fullerton, CA, office at (714) 312-3549. 


Tummy Tuck Recovery Guide

Posted on: October 29th, 2019

3 Minute Read

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!


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