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What to Expect From a Tummy Tuck

November 30th, 2012 Miguel A. Delgado Jr, MD

 

Before and After Tummy Tuck

 

When diet and exercise won’t get rid of excess body fat around the abdomen and the elasticity of the skin has deteriorated with age and physical changes such as weight gain and weight loss, then an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck may be the answer.

The term “tummy tuck” may sound like a quick or simple procedure, it is not. It is considered major surgery. The incision generally goes from hip to hip and recovery is about 4 weeks. The scar can take from 9 months to a year to lighten in color and flatten out

A good candidate is one who is in good general health, is at a stable weight, does not smoke and has realistic expectations.

A tummy tuck should not be used as a weight loss plan, but more for someone who is at a stable weight needing removal of excess fat and loose skin. If you plan to lose weight or get pregnant, you need to wait for a tummy tuck.

San Francisco Bay Area patients should arrange for a ride home after surgery and will need assistance for a few days.

Risks are much the same as with any surgical procedure, including; bleeding, infection, blood clots and risk of anesthesia. Dr. Delgado has a team of licensed and credentialed professionals and with his accredited Marin Cosmetic Surgery Center, risks are minimized making the tummy tuck procedure very safe.

Is Weight Loss Before or After a Face lift Bad?

November 25th, 2012 Miguel A. Delgado Jr, MD

Before and After Facelift

Some patients have asked Dr. Miguel Delgado during  consultation at 450 Sutter Street, Suite 2433, San Francisco if it is a good idea in preparing for facelift surgery to lose weight. When you gain or lose weight, your face can change dramatically. It is good to be close to your ideal weight prior to surgery, a weight you are comfortable with and that you can maintain.
If prior to a rhytidectomy (face lift) you were to lose a substantial amount of weight, you may end up with a loss of volume in the face that can make you look sick or gaunt. During a face lift procedure, loose skin is tightened, but in some cases it may be recommended to have facial fillers or fat transfers to restore volume giving a more youthful appearance.
After a facelift if one loses 10 to 15 pounds, it probably won’t make much difference to the face, but if you were to lose 20 pounds or more you may end up with loose skin as the volume decreases. Patients are encouraged to speak directly to Dr. Delgado at (415) 898-4161 for any concerns they may have regarding facial rejuvenation.