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Planning Your Tummy Tuck: The Six-month Countdown

Losing weight has countless benefits. Unfortunately, losing a substantial amount of weight will leave you with loose skin, particularly around the lower abdominal area. That’s why so many people who’ve experienced tremendous weight loss wind up getting tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) to improve the appearance of the stomach area.

Dr. Mark A. Deuber has helped patients in the Dallas, TX region achieve a slimmer and trimmer frame thanks to tummy tuck. These great results are often thanks to smart, sensible, long-term planning. That’s why prospective tummy tuck patients may want to start planning their procedure six months in advance.

Why Plan for a Tummy Tuck Six Months Ahead of Time?

A tummy tuck is a major surgery, and it puts a lot of stress on your body. Planning for surgery six months in advance allows you to get ready for the procedure and ensure you are in great shape to recover quickly.

By breaking down the prep process over the course of six months, you’ll reduce a lot of anxiety and stress, which can have a negative impact on your ability to heal.

What to Do Six Months before Tummy Tuck

Even though you’ve lost enough weight to necessitate a tummy tuck, you’ll want to focus on diet and exercise six months prior to surgery. This will help you lose more weight before the procedure, and develop healthy lifestyle habits to keep that weight off for good. Focus on fresh vegetables and fruits, and be sure to stay active.

If you are a smoker or drink alcoholic beverages regularly, you should reconsider these habits. Tobacco products and alcoholic beverages can increase infection risks and slow down the healing process. A tummy tuck is a great excuse to quit using tobacco products for good, and to limit the amount of alcohol you consume each week.

Six months out from surgery, you should start researching surgeons in your area who perform the procedure. This will help you get an idea of plastic surgery practices in your area, and possibly even the cost of the procedure.

What to Do Four Months before Tummy Tuck

Four months away from your tummy tuck, your overall wellness should be improved. Continue to eat healthy and exercise regularly so you are in good shape heading into your surgery. This tends to improve the overall healing experience.

Around this time, you should contact some plastic surgeons who look promising from your research. Meet with them for consultations to determine who is the right person to perform your tummy tuck. Consider their practice philosophy, in-person demeanor, and qualifications. Never hesitate to ask them questions. When you’ve picked your surgeon, you can then schedule your surgery date.

What to Do Three Months before Tummy Tuck

With three months left before your tummy tuck, it’s a good time to get your professional and personal obligations in order. Request time off from work so you can focus solely on healing and proper recovery. Make arrangements for child care or pet care if these will be impacted by surgical recovery.

As the surgery date draws closer, your surgeon can give you detailed instructions for pre-op care, as well as information on surgical recovery.

What to Do the Month before Tummy Tuck

With just weeks left before your tummy tuck, it’s time to buy supplies and make your home ready for the recovery process. Be sure to fill prescriptions, buy groceries, arrange for transportation to and from the surgery, and make sure a loved one is with you in the days following the procedure.

These last few weeks are also a good opportunity to talk with your surgeon or loved ones about any concerns you have. Talking to someone can make a major difference when it comes to reducing stress before a surgical procedure.

Learn More about Tummy Tuck Surgery

For more information about tummy tuck surgery and your many other body contouring options, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic surgeon. Dr. Deuber and our team are here to answer all of your questions and address your concerns.

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The facelift isn’t the only option for facial rejuvenation and wrinkle reduction. In fact, non-surgical approaches to treatment have grown in popularity over the years.

Dr. Mark A. Deuber is proud to offer a wide array of non-surgical anti-aging cosmetic treatments that can help patients look years younger.

We’d like to go over five options for effective non-surgical treatment that may be right for you. You can learn more about these and other cosmetic procedures by visiting our Dallas, TX plastic surgery center.

BOTOX® Injections

BOTOX® injections are the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment option available today. More than 7.2 million BOTOX® cosmetic procedures were performed in 2017, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

BOTOX® injections prevent muscle contractions from occurring in the injection site. This helps reduce the appearance of dynamic wrinkles, such as forehead lines, crow’s feet, and smile lines.

The results of BOTOX® injections last for several months. At that point, a patient can undergo another BOTOX® injection treatment to prolong the cosmetic benefits.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal filler is a term applied to another kind of cosmetic injectable. Rather than stopping muscle contractions, dermal fillers add volume to the injection site. It’s a great option to consider for lines and wrinkles, and can even fill in the gaunt, sunken in, or hollow parts of a person’s facial features.

Some popular examples of dermal fillers include Juvéderm® XC and RADIESSE®.

The results of dermal fillers can last for several months or more depending on the type of filler and the issue the patient needed addressed. Repeat dermal filler treatment can extend the cosmetic benefits.

Infini RF Microneedling

Infini RF Microneedling uses the body’s own response to certain stimuli to promote better skin. During Infini RF Microneedling treatment, a handheld device with tiny needles is passed over the skin.

These needles transmit radiofrequency heat energy into deeper layers of the skin. Precisely targeted amounts of minor thermal damage promote the production of new collagen, which tightens the skin and makes it appear supple and youthful.

Infini RF Microneedling is ideal for:

  • Facial lines
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The damaged, topmost layer of skin is removed while collagen production is promoted in the deeper layers of skin, improving skin texture and appearance.

The Sciton HALO Hybrid Fractional Laser is ideal for:

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This light causes the collagen and blood vessels of the skin to constrict in response. The tightening of the skin is great for addressing a number of cosmetic problems.

The Sciton BroadBand Light (BBL) is ideal for:

  • Poor skin texture
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For more information about your treatment options and how we can help you, contact an experienced cosmetic plastic surgeon. Dr. Deuber is here to discuss your treatment options and help you make the best possible decisions about your appearance.

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