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Submuscular vs. Subglandular Breast Implant Placement: Which Is Better?

As a well-respected breast surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Schlechter hears many questions about the various techniques and choices related to breast augmentation. One popular question is about submuscular versus subglandular implant placement. In his expert opinion, Dr. Schlechter believes that submuscular placement is typically better for most patients.

Breast Augmentation Before and After Photos

Submuscular Implant Placement (Recommended)

Submuscular implant placement means that the breast implant is inserted into a pocket behind (under) the pectoral muscle. In contrast, subglandular implant placement means that the implant is placed into a pocket in front of (over) the pectoral muscle but still beneath the breast tissue. Submuscular implant placement requires more tissue dissection, which means the patient will likely have a longer recovery. However, this minor disadvantage is only temporary in how it impacts the patient. The long-term benefits of submuscular implant placement are why Dr. Schlechter prefers this placement for his breast augmentation patients.

The Advantages of Submuscular Implant Placement Over Subglandular Placement

Submuscular implant placement has several noteworthy advantages over subglandular implant placement. One advantage is that it leads to a lower risk of capsular contracture. Dr. Schlechter’s rate of capsular contracture is significantly lower than the national average, and submuscular placement of breast implants is one of the reasons he is so successful in reducing the rate of this post-surgical complication. Additionally, submuscular implant placement offers better coverage of the implants, which means that women with naturally smaller breasts do not need to be unduly concerned about visible rippling or the implants showing through their breasts. More coverage of the implants also buffers the ability to feel the implants within the breasts. Submuscular placement creates a more natural appearance and allows mammograms to better see the back/posterior aspect of the breast. These advantages of submuscular implant placement over subglandular placement are why Dr. Schlechter recommends this technique for the majority of his breast augmentation patients.

Subglandular breast implant can have its advantages for patients who are borderline needing a breast lift. An implant placed under the breast tissue will lift the breast more than an implant placed under the muscle possibly avoiding the need for a breast lift. Patients with tubular breast deformities may also benefit from subglandular placement of breast implants.

Labiaplasty for Discomfort

Woman wearing black underwearPhysical comfort is something we crave as human beings. There’s nothing like curling up with a blanket on a snowy winter’s day, slipping between soft bedsheets, or finding the perfect outfit that is both flattering and comfortable to wear. Unfortunately, some physical discomforts are caused by anatomic realities. Just as some women experience discomfort because of their overly large breasts, some women experience discomfort due to the size or shape of their labia. Labiaplasty can improve the size and shape of the labia to reduce discomfort and limit irritation.

How the Labia Can Cause Discomfort and Irritation

The labia are the small inner lips of the female genitalia that are on either side of the vagina. Their appearance and size can vary significantly from woman to woman. Women may be born with genetically large labia or labia that are asymmetrical or irregular. Some women develop enlarged labia over time or after bearing children.

When the labia are irregularly shaped, asymmetrical, or enlarged, they can cause discomfort, chronic irritation, and chafing. This unpleasantness may be exacerbated when sitting, biking, running, wearing tight clothing such as swimsuits, and participating in sexual activities. For some women, the discomfort is so significant that they feel compelled to avoid these things. If you feel discomfort because of your labia that causes you to avoid wearing certain types of clothing, participating in activities you love, being intimate with your partner, or even doing something as commonplace as sitting, labiaplasty can help you.

Getting Labiaplasty

Labiaplasty can adjust the size, shape, and appearance of your labia to improve your physical comfort. For this one-hour long procedure, you will come into our in-office surgical suite and will be given IV sedation for a pain-free experience. Dr. Schlechter will carefully measure and mark your labia to determine their ideal symmetry and size, after which he will delicately trim off the excess tissue. He will then reshape the remaining labial tissue into a more beautiful and symmetrical appearance. Reducing the size of the labia and making them more symmetrical improves their appearance and reduces discomfort, irritation, and pain. Women often report having much relief after labiaplasty, which helps them feel free and comfortable to do and wear what they please.

Q&A for Rhinoplasty Revision

Rhinoplasty before and after photoSome people who have undergone rhinoplasty may later desire rhinoplasty revision. This secondary procedure can adjust results, correct injuries, and improve the appearance of the nose. The following questions and answers about revision rhinoplasty may help you better understand why people pursue this procedure and whether it could help you.

How do I know when to consider revision rhinoplasty?

You may want to consider revision rhinoplasty if you are unhappy with the appearance of your nose after your original rhinoplasty. It is best to wait up to one year for the delicate tissues of the nose to heal before undergoing revision rhinoplasty. If you are dissatisfied with how your results have changed over time (which is always a possibility), revision rhinoplasty may be recommended. Additionally, if your nose has been injured after rhinoplasty, and its appearance has been permanently altered, revision rhinoplasty will be required.

Who should I go to for rhinoplasty revision?

For your rhinoplasty revision, you should go to a board-certified plastic surgeon who has extensive experience in performing both rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty procedures. In some cases, it may be appropriate to go to your initial surgeon, as the need for rhinoplasty revision may arise even when rhinoplasty is performed by a highly skilled surgeon. Your initial surgeon will want you to be satisfied and may be willing to perform revision surgery if they feel confident about their ability to improve the results. If not, they may recommend a revision rhinoplasty expert. Be sure that your revision rhinoplasty surgeon understands you and your concerns, speaks openly and honestly with you, and makes you feel comfortable and confident about your potential results.

Is revision rhinoplasty safe?

Revision rhinoplasty is a safe but complex procedure. Patients should only go to an experienced well-trained rhinoplasty surgeon to ensure the best outcomes. As all surgeries carry some risk, your surgeon will indicate whether it is advisable for you to undergo this procedure.

When is it safe to undergo revision rhinoplasty?

It is best to wait approximately one year after rhinoplasty before undergoing revision surgery so that the tissues are mostly healed. Your surgeon will be able to determine when it is safe and appropriate for you to undergo revision rhinoplasty.

Why is revision rhinoplasty harder than rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a difficult procedure, and many risks or complications can occur. Revision rhinoplasty is usually even more difficult and has additional risks. The surgeon must work around scar tissue, accommodate weakened and traumatized soft tissue, and quickly adapt to the changes to the natural anatomy that make navigating the internal structures more complicated. The surgeon may also have to deal with overcorrection, injuries, or other complications. Secondary rhinoplasty has a higher risk of complications and problems than rhinoplasty, but with the right surgeon, the results can be incredibly rewarding.

Why is my nose crooked after my rhinoplasty?

Crookedness or asymmetry to the nose after primary rhinoplasty can be evidence of asymmetrical healing. Postoperative scarring is unpredictable, and scar tissue may form unevenly and cause your nose to appear crooked. This can occur through no fault of the surgeon and may often be corrected through revision rhinoplasty.

Can revision rhinoplasty fix a pinched tip?

A pinched nasal tip after rhinoplasty is often caused by either the removal of too much cartilage or poor healing and collapse of the tip cartilage. Revision rhinoplasty can use a cartilage graft to add volume to the tip and correct the pinched appearance.

Are my poor results because of poor technique?

Poor rhinoplasty results are just as likely to be the results of poor technique as the results of poor healing and unexpected changes. For example, a collapsed or pinched tip could be the result of either over-reduction or poor healing. Even if you have done your research and selected a top-notch rhinoplasty surgeon, you may still wind up with unanticipated deformities due to how your nose heals. For instance, unanticipated scar tissue buildup can cause the nose to become crooked or develop a hump along the bridge after rhinoplasty. The complexity of rhinoplasty and the risk of unexpected changes means that rhinoplasty has a higher revision rate than other aesthetic procedures.

Why do my results look different now than they did after my rhinoplasty?

Our anatomy goes through natural changes all the time; therefore, it is not unusual to observe changes to the appearance of your nose several years after your rhinoplasty. These changes may be subtle or more pronounced. Changes to the results may cause patients to seek revision rhinoplasty even years after their primary rhinoplasty.

If I injured or broke my nose after rhinoplasty, can revision rhinoplasty help me?

Revision rhinoplasty can often fix injuries that occur after a previous rhinoplasty. Your rhinoplasty surgeon will be able to determine the best way to restore your nose’s appearance and reverse the effects of the injury.

When is the best time to get revision rhinoplasty?

It is best to wait approximately one year after rhinoplasty before you get revision rhinoplasty to resolve healing and any lingering swelling. After this point, patients may be able to undergo revision rhinoplasty nearly anytime—even many years later—if they desire.

How many times can I safely undergo rhinoplasty revision?

There is no recommended maximum number of times to undergo rhinoplasty revision. However, the nose is a highly complex structure, and rhinoplasty is a difficult procedure. The more rhinoplasties a person undergoes, the more complicated the procedure becomes. Having multiple procedures increases the risk of complications and the potential for permanent problems. Some of the main reasons for this are the buildup of scar tissue, weakening soft tissue, thinning skin, overcorrection, weakening the nasal structure in an attempt to minimize the nose, and even the potential for increasingly obsessive or unrealistically perfectionist tendencies in the patient. All of these things can occur as more rhinoplasty procedures are performed, as each new procedure increases your risk. Despite these issues, an experienced surgeon may be able to produce excellent outcomes even after multiple rhinoplasty revisions.

Eyelid Surgery for Droopy Eyelids

One of the first things people tend to notice about each other is their eyes. As the saying goes, the eyes are windows to the soul, revealing emotion and character. Although the eyes play such an important role in showing others how we feel, what they reveal can be deceptive. Aging that causes droopy upper eyelids can make you appear sleepy, angry, sad, or upset, regardless of how you are truly feeling. If you have perpetually droopy eyelids, upper eyelid surgery can rejuvenate them and refresh your appearance.

Upper Eyelid Surgery Before and After PhotosHow Eyelid Surgery Is Performed

Upper blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) can correct drooping upper eyelids. To resolve upper eyelid ptosis (sagging), the redundant skin is excised. Fat pads may also be removed to eliminate eyelid hooding. With the removal of excess skin and fat, the upper eyelids will no longer droop. After a recovery period of a few weeks, patients will be able to see significant improvements in the appearance of their upper eyelids and eye area.

Aesthetic Benefits

Eyelid surgery improves the aesthetics of the eye area by correcting the effects of aging. Aging is the most common cause of drooping eyelids (excluding congenital or medical conditions), and it alters the appearance in ways that may be perceived as negative. As a person ages, skin laxity increases, resulting in sagging upper eyelids and wrinkles that can cause the person to have a worn, lethargic appearance. Drooping upper eyelids can also mask your genuine emotions and give you a perpetually upset, sad, or even angry expression. Eyelid surgery corrects this by removing the excess skin, softening wrinkles, and helping the eyes to open up. After eyelid surgery, you will look more awake, approachable, and refreshed. Your eyes will no longer be hidden by baggy upper eyelids, and eyelid ptosis will no longer falsely represent your current state of being.

Functional Benefits

Drooping eyelids that fall significantly lower than normal may affect your vision as well as your appearance. In severe cases, eyelid ptosis can cover part or even all of the pupil, thereby limiting your range of visibility. You may develop discomfort or strain from continually lifting your brows and forehead muscles to make it easier for you to see. With eyelid surgery, upper eyelid hooding is corrected by removing the excess skin and tissue that is sagging, which can improve your ability to see since your vision will no longer be obstructed.

To learn more about eyelid surgery and how it can rejuvenate your appearance, schedule your personal consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Schlechter. Call (847) 737-5036 or contact us online to request your appointment today.

Arm Lift Techniques

The dreaded bat wings—excess, hanging, flabby skin in the upper arms—can develop even in the healthiest and fittest of individuals. Lost skin elasticity due to weight loss, genetics, and aging can cause the loose skin to hang from the upper arms. Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Benjamin Schlechter offers two solutions to improve the contour of your upper arms: traditional brachioplasty (arm lift surgery) or Smartlipo™ (laser arm lift). He will recommend one of these two techniques for you, which will improve your bat wings and restore attractive, slender, and youthful upper arm contours.

Arm Lift Before and After Photos

Brachioplasty

Brachioplasty is the formal name for traditional arm lift surgery. Arm lift surgery is the best technique for patients who need severe correction of sagging skin and tissue, especially after major weight loss. This technique is for those who would trade their bat wings for slender contours with a scar on the inside of the upper arm. Preferred candidates are also in good health, have realistic expectations, and are prepared for a surgical procedure. Patients will need to plan for the recovery, which will take approximately two weeks for significant healing and up to six months for the swelling to subside and the area of the incision to mature.

Arm lift surgery improves upper arm contours by surgically excising the sagging tissues. Dr. Schlechter makes an incision on the inside of the arm so that he can remove the excess tissue. This incision and resulting scar typically extend the full length of the armpit to the elbow, though it may be longer or shorter depending on the amount of skin removed. Dr. Schlechter then removes excess skin and fat to create a tight and smooth upper arm. Dr. Schlechter offers scar management options that can minimize the appearance of the scar.

Laser Arm Lift With Smartlipo™

Smartlipo™ is a method of using laser skin tightening and fat removal to lift and recontour the upper arms. This technique is minimally invasive and is best for candidates with minor to moderate upper arm jiggle. Suitable candidates are in good health, less than 30 pounds overweight, and unable to tighten their upper arms despite exercise and dieting. Candidates should also have realistic expectations and be prepared for the recovery, which could take a few days to a week or longer.  

Smartlipo™ improves upper arm contours by using laser energy to tighten the skin and destroy surplus fat. This technique requires only a single small incision above the elbow, about the size of the tip of a pen. Through this incision, Dr. Schlechter inserts the fine Smartlipo™ laser fiber and delivers laser wavelengths of energy to the tissues. This laser energy melts fat and stimulates collagen production to tighten the skin. The melted fat is gently suctioned out to improve the tone and definition of the upper arms.

Brachioplasty and Smartlipo™ are two proven arm lift techniques that can enhance the definition and contour of the upper arms. Both procedures are highly effective in improving the tone and shape of the arms. If you are not certain which technique you need, Dr. Schlechter can help you determine which of these techniques will be best for you. To schedule your consultation, call (847) 737-5036 or fill out our online contact form today.

A Breast Lift for Large Breasts

Aging, weight loss, and pregnancy are not the only factors that can lead to breast sagging. Large breasts can sag prematurely due to the pull of gravity on the sheer weight of the breast tissue. A breast lift can improve the appearance of the breasts by repositioning the breasts higher on the chest wall.

Dr. Benjamin Schlechter - Breast Lift Before and After Photo

Premature Breast Sagging

Over time, all women can expect some degree of breast sagging. The skin loses elasticity and becomes lax with age, and the weight of the tissues is gradually pulled down by gravity. Premature breast sagging is when breast sagging occurs at an accelerated rate or at a younger-than-expected age. Weight fluctuations, pregnancy, nursing, and an overly large bust size can all lead to premature breast sagging.

How a Breast Lift Can Help

Breast lift surgery is a procedure that lifts sagging, shapeless breasts and reforms them so that they look and feel youthful, perky, and round. Dr. Schlechter has performed numerous breast lift procedures to rejuvenate patients’ appearances. Using an incision technique selected specifically for your needs, Dr. Schlechter will do some or all of the following to improve the appearance of your breasts:

  • Remove sagging, excess skin from around the nipple/areolar complexes
  • Remove sagging, excess skin from the lower breast poles
  • Relocate the nipple/areolar complexes higher on the breasts
  • Reshape the breasts so that they are rounder and more youthful
  • Tighten the remaining skin around the breast tissue to improve breast firmness

Getting a Breast Reduction With Your Breast Lift

If you have premature breast sagging from overly large breasts, you may also suffer from chronic pain or other unpleasant symptoms associated with having oversized breasts. If desired, a breast reduction can be performed with your breast lift to decrease your breast size. During the procedure, Dr. Schlechter will remove excess breast tissue in addition to sagging skin, making the breasts smaller and more lifted at the same time. Getting a breast reduction with your breast lift can alleviate symptoms and reduce the rate of future breast sagging.

Oversized breasts can cause chronic pain, rashes, chafing, premature sagging, self-consciousness, and myriad other issues. Schedule your consultation for breast lift surgery with or without breast reduction to learn how cosmetic surgery could help you. Dr. Benjamin Schlechter is a board-certified plastic surgeon with more than 20 years of experience. He would be more than happy to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. To request your personal consultation with Dr. Schlechter, please call (847) 737-5036 or contact us online today.

Can Liposuction Get Rid of Cellulite?

Cellulite is the dimpled, cottage cheese-like appearance most commonly found on the thighs and buttocks of women. Contrary to popular misconception, liposuction cannot necessarily improve the appearance of cellulite. Cellulaze™ is a proven solution for cellulite that can give you smoother body contours. These two procedures—liposuction and Cellulaze™— complement each other nicely and can be performed in conjunction with each other to dramatically improve the appearance.Cellulaze Treatment for Cellulite Before and After Photos

What Is Cellulite?

Cellulite is not fat; it is a structural problem within the skin. It has to do with the fibrotic bands that connect our muscles and skin. These bands in men are thick and run diagonally, but for women, they are thin and run perpendicularly. When fat cells become larger, men’s fibrotic bands form a mesh pattern that keeps the fat in place. Women’s fibrotic bands, on the other hand, stretch and pull at the skin. This creates the bulging, dimpled appearance that we call cellulite, and many people feel that it detracts from their appearance.

Why Liposuction Can’t Necessarily Help With Cellulite

Liposuction gets rid of excess fat and can produce slender body contours. However, after the excess fat cells are removed from the body, the remaining cells may continue to push at the structural integrity of the skin. Therefore, while the diminished amount of fat cells may potentially improve cellulite, it does not directly address the issue of the fibrotic bands. For this reason, liposuction is a poor solution for cellulite.

Cellulaze™ Is an Effective Treatment for Cellulite

Cellulaze™ is an effective treatment for cellulite because it directly addresses the structural problems of the skin that create cellulite. The treatment delivers laser energy beneath the surface skin, prompting the lower layers of skin to become stronger and thicker and to increase in elasticity. The thermal energy also releases the fibrotic bands so that they do not pull or pucker against the fat cells beneath them. These two solutions cause the skin to lie flatter and smoother, erasing any dimpling. Patients may look as though they have lost fat, but in reality, they have received a specialized skin structural treatment that makes their body contours look smooth and even.

Combine Liposuction and Cellulaze™ for Better Results

Liposuction reduces body fat, and Cellulaze™ reduces cellulite. Combining these procedures can reap even greater rewards. Liposuction slims down body contours and minimizes the amount of fat that puckers against the skin. Cellulaze™ reduces the appearance of cellulite, so that body contours are smooth. Studies of Cellulaze™ indicate promising signs of long-lasting results, and we know that the fat loss achieved with liposuction is permanent. Together, these procedures can give you the smoother, leaner, firmer, and slimmer body contours you desire.

To learn more about cellulite treatment with Cellulaze™ and/or fat removal with liposuction, schedule your consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Schlechter. Call (847) 737-5036 or complete our online contact form today.

Is There a Non-Surgical Way to Get Rid of Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia, commonly known as male breast enlargement, is highly bothersome to many of the men who are affected by it. To improve their appearance, men seek out various treatments that claim to eliminate male breasts. While some non-surgical treatments for gynecomastia are helpful, surgery is often the only way to correct gynecomastia. Gynecomastia surgery offers certain, immediate, and permanent elimination of excess breast tissue and fat and improvement of the appearance of the chest.

Gynecomastia Surgery Before and After Photos

The Efficacy of Non-Surgical Treatments for Gynecomastia

Various non-surgical approaches to male breast reduction have surfaced over the years. Some of the more popular methods include:

  • Losing weight
  • Dieting and exercising
  • Abstaining from steroid or drug use
  • Reducing alcohol intake
  • Getting hormone treatments

These treatments can be effective to a some extent. Since hormonal imbalances often lead to male breast development, hormone balancing treatments can help minimize its appearance. Likewise, quitting triggers for gynecomastia (such as steroids, drugs, and excess alcohol consumption) can eliminate the cause of gynecomastia. Weight loss, dieting, and exercising can reduce body fat, which may also decrease the size of male breasts. Some men with gynecomastia who rely on these non-surgical treatments may see the changes they desire.

However, for many men with gynecomastia, male breast reduction without surgery will frequently fall short of success, especially when this condition has persisted long term. For instance, abstaining from certain steroids or drugs may prevent further breast growth, but it will not eliminate the present amount of breast tissue. Hormone treatments can minimize gynecomastia but may fail to get rid of it completely, especially for those with moderate to severe cases.

Why Weight Loss Isn’t Enough

Perhaps the best example of how non-surgical male breast reduction falls short is with weight loss. True gynecomastia is when breast tissue is overdeveloped, not when there is excess fat on the chest. Because gynecomastia is usually accompanied by some fat, it is true that weight loss may improve your appearance. However, weight loss cannot target chest fat directly, so the area may remain unaffected. Even more importantly, this treatment for gynecomastia does nothing to resolve the problem of excess breast tissue. Even major weight loss will never get rid of glandular tissue.

Male Breast Reduction Surgery

As non-surgical methods are insufficient, gynecomastia surgery has been developed to permanently and fully address this condition. This surgery is highly effective and tends to produce permanent results. Depending on your case, your surgical technique may be one of the following:

  • Liposuction (for excess fat removal)
  • Incisional Technique (for breast tissue and fat removal)
  • Extended Incisional Technique (for breast tissue, fat, and skin removal)

Gynecomastia surgery restores a flatter and more masculine chest. Men who undergo male breast reduction surgery may feel more confident in their appearance, have reduced anxiety and embarrassment, and develop a more positive self-image.

Dr. Benjamin Schlechter has over 20 years of experience as a board-certified plastic surgeon. To schedule your consultation with him, call (847) 737-5036 or complete our online contact form today.

How to Lose a Double Chin

Close up of woman with beautiful neckExercise doesn’t always work when you are trying to tone a specific area. So-called “spot reduction” through a healthy lifestyle is a myth, and no amount of dieting or exercises are guaranteed to successfully eliminate a double chin. The following four cosmetic procedures can help you achieve a slender and defined neckline once and for all with long-lasting results.

KYBELLA®

KYBELLA® is one of the newest injectables on the market. This prescription medicine is specially formulated for the treatment of submental fullness (a double chin). The active ingredient in this non-surgical treatment is deoxycholic acid, which aids in the breakdown and absorption of fat. After KYBELLA® is injected, patients return to their typical daily activities, and the deoxycholic acid begins to destroy the fat cells under the chin. As the weeks and months pass, the body will flush away the destroyed cells, leading to a noticeable reduction in submental fullness. Depending on the amount of fat distribution under their chin, patients may need between one and six treatment sessions with KYBELLA® to achieve their desired results.

Liposuction

Liposuction is a popular body contouring procedure that removes fat from targeted areas. If you have stubborn fat under your chin, liposuction can help. There are several different surgical techniques, but they all require small incisions, the insertion of a thin tube, and the extraction of fat through the tube via suction. There is typically a short period of recovery with some swelling and bruising, after which you can return to normal life. Many patients need only one treatment session with liposuction to remove their double chin.

PrecisionTx™

PrecisionTx™ is a laser contouring and skin tightening system for the neck and lower face. If you have mild to moderate skin laxity and desire better definition along the jawline and neck, PrecisionTx™ can help. This one-hour, minimally invasive treatment is performed under either local anesthesia or IV sedation. Dr. Schlechter makes small incisions under the chin and below each ear. He then inserts the PrecisionTx™ laser fiber through a tube just under the skin, where it delivers laser energy wavelengths. This laser energy disrupts the underlying tissue, causing collagen formation and tissue contraction. After a short recovery period, patients can return to work and will see the results gradually improve over the next three to six months. PrecisionTx™ is a one-time treatment that offers lasting results for tightening and toning the skin beneath the chin.

truSculpt®

truSculpt® is an optimized radio frequency fat reduction and skin tightening system that can target stubborn fat without invasive surgery. Safe for use on numerous areas of the body, including the neck and chin area, truSculpt® can improve skin tone and get rid of unwanted fat. Anesthesia is not required. The truSculpt® device is held to the target area, and pulses of radio-frequency energy are transmitted through the skin. This energy destroys the fat cells, and the body gets rid of them naturally. There is no downtime with truSculpt®. The results become noticeable within a few weeks and improve for a few months. Two or more treatments may be needed to achieve your desired results. This non-invasive procedure can help those who wish to get rid of stubborn fat on the neck or other areas but are not good candidates for surgical procedures.

Dr. Benjamin Schlechter, M.D., F.A.C.S. has over 20 years of experience as a board-certified plastic surgeon. Having performed tens of thousands of procedures as a plastic surgeon, Dr. Schlechter can help you determine which treatment is best for your needs and will help you eliminate your double chin for good. To request your appointment, please call (847) 737-5036 or complete our online contact form today.

Should I Get a Tummy Tuck?

The first “rule” of getting plastic surgery is that you should never do it to please someone else. Plastic surgery is for your benefit, to help you achieve the body and beauty ideals that you have in mind for yourself. Still, even if no one is pressuring you to do it, you may have trouble taking the leap. While only you can decide whether you should get a tummy tuck, here are some of the reasons you may want to undergo this procedure.

Before and After Photos for Tummy Tuck Surgery

Has Your Abdomen Become Significantly Less Toned Over Time?

Pregnancy, weight loss, and aging are the chief causes of aesthetic abdominal issues. Men and women alike may struggle with loose skin, weakened muscles, and subcutaneous abdominal fat. If your abdomen has developed these features over time, a tummy tuck could help you recapture your youthfully slender and toned waistline.

Do You Have Loose, Stretched Abdominal Skin?

Loose, stretched skin on the abdomen is common after pregnancy and even after moderate to major weight loss. The tummy tuck procedure can remove excess skin and pull the remaining skin taut so that the stomach is no longer bulging and ridged but feels firm and smooth. While liposuction can help patients who have excess abdominal fat, only a tummy tuck can correct loose, hanging skin.

Are Your Core Muscles Weak or Separated?

Weight gain and pregnancy can cause the stomach muscles to separate. For many patients, the muscles are unable to recover and remain loose and weak, causing the stomach to appear perpetually distended. Abdominoplasty with rectus plication tightens the core muscles so that the stomach wall is once again firm and flat, with natural contours. If you have struggled unsuccessfully to achieve a firm abdominal contour with dieting, crunches, and other exercises, a tummy tuck can tighten your abdominal muscles and flatten your waistline.

Do You Have Stubborn Fat On Your Abdomen?

Stubborn abdominal fat can affect individuals in many circumstances and is not by itself a reason to undergo tummy tuck surgery. Liposuction and other fat removal procedures can accomplish the desired results without manipulating the skin or muscles. However, if you have stubborn fat accompanied by loose skin and weak stomach muscles, a tummy tuck may be an excellent choice for you. This procedure can correct all three issues and produce a smoother, firmer, and flatter tummy.

The choice to undergo tummy tuck surgery is deeply personal. To discuss your situation with an expert plastic surgeon, come in for a personal consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Schlechter. He will offer recommendations based on years of experience for the best treatment for your aesthetic goals and anatomic needs. To request your appointment, please call (847) 737-5036 or complete our online contact form today.