When your cosmetic goals REQUIRE plastic surgery!

rectus plication

Every easy fix that floods our Instagram feed would equate to an equally good result in a perfect world. But nothing good comes that easy, and there is a time where the only proper fix involves something offered at your doctor’s office, be it a minimally invasive treatment or a surgical procedure. So rather than […]

Mini tummy tuck vs full tummy tuck…and the rest! [video]

mini tummy tuck vs full tummy tuck

If you’re wondering what the differences are between a mini tummy tuck vs full tummy tuck, I have some bad news. Chances are you’re not a candidate for a mini tummy tuck. I know the “mini” sounds better. Less painful. Shorter recovery. Less expensive. Those might all be true, but you’re probably not a candidate. […]

There’s more to it than BMI! [video]


BMI or Body Mass Index helps determine if a patient has a “normal” weight, overweight or morbidly obese. It takes into account, not only their weight, but also their height. Many doctors use BMI as a very prominent determinant of whether a patient would be considered a surgical candidate for an elective or cosmetic procedure. […]

How to achieve the best cosmetic surgery results [video]

How to achieve the best cosmetic surgery results [video]

If you want to know how to achieve the best cosmetic surgery results, you need to combine surgery with behavioral modification. That’s a fancy way of saying that the best results will come about with surgery and a healthy diet and exercise regimen. In other words, a lifestyle change.   Achieving the best cosmetic surgery […]

Need to tighten the abdominal wall during a tummy tuck? [video]

tighten the abdominal wall

A tummy tuck is a pretty standard cosmetic procedure now. While liposuction will remove excess fat and tighten the skin to some extent, a tummy tuck ensures that all of the excess skin is removed. But there’s more than just the skin. There’s also the deeper abdominal wall which is made up of tough tissue […]

Tummy Tuck with Abdominal Wall Tightening

full vs mini

Your typical tummy tuck includes liposuction to the abdomen, removal of excess skin and often-times, abdominal wall tightening. It’s not always necessary but it’s important for the patient to be aware of this aspect of the procedure. The tummy tuck tightens the abdominal skin but the abdominal wall is a whole different animal.   When […]

No drain tummy tuck [video]

no drain tummy tuck

During a tummy tuck, your plastic surgeon will raise the abdominal skin off of the abdominal wall. This is done to “get some slack” on the excess skin in the process of removing it. Separating the excess skin from the underlying abdominal wall creates a space that can fill with fluid after the operation. That’s […]

Tummy tuck and hernia repair

hysterectomy and tummy tuck

Your typical tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty includes liposuction, removing excess abdominal skin and tightening the abdominal wall. A loose  abdominal wall is a rectus diastasis. This is repaired with stitches. In some cases, the abdominal wall is more than just loose, there’s an opening, or hernia that also needs repair. Tightening of a loose abdominal […]

Before and After Photos: Behind the Scenes!

Look at the before and after photos to the left. Great looking tummy tuck result and the patient is thrilled. But why does it look particularly good? Maybe because you can’t see the requisite tummy tuck scar that goes with it? The patient’s underwear, worn in a position normal for her, is covering the scar. […]

Abdominoplasty Cost

As part of our series on cosmetic procedure costs, we discussed breast augmentation cost last week. Today we’ll discuss abdominoplasty cost, also known as a tummy tuck. Typical costs associated with a tummy tuck will be the surgeon’s fee, the OR/anesthesia fees, postop garments (a body garment) and cosmetic insurance. Some surgeons include liposuction to […]

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