I feel strongly about providing each patient with valuable information about the procedure, risks, and potential benefits they can receive.
Upper St. Clair, PA (PRWEB) June 14, 2011
Dr. Brian V. Heil of Premier Plastic Surgery is passionate about comprehensive patient education regarding all procedures the center offers, including the tummy tuck. Pittsburgh area patients who want to learn more about the procedure can do so on his website, which focuses on providing accurate education to patients about the procedure.
When asked about the need for such a resource, Dr. Heil said, “I feel strongly about providing each patient with valuable information about the procedure, risks, and potential benefits they can receive. While I know that a Pittsburgh tummy tuck can make many individuals feel better about themselves, I also know that patients who are not fully informed about what to expect may be surprised by some aspects of the surgery.”
For example, some patients are surprised to learn that the recovery is not the same for every person. According to Dr. Heil’s website, the more fat and tissue that is removed during the tummy tuck, the longer the recovery will be. “I usually recommend that patients take at least two weeks off of work,” stated Dr. Heil. “Any strenuous activities and exercise must be avoided for at least six weeks. Remember, this is major abdominal surgery and you will need some time to allow your body to recover.”
During a tummy tuck at Pittsburgh Premier Plastic Surgery, as the video shows, Dr. Heil will make an incision from one hip running to the next. The incision sits just above the pubic area, which is a site covered by most swimming suits. From that incision, fat and excess skin is removed. The navel is repositioned, and the muscle underneath the skin is tightened to produce a flat abdomen. Once this is achieved, the incision site is closed.
The procedure takes between one and five hours, depending on how extensive it is and if there are any unexpected complications. Mini tummy tucks with smaller incisions are also possible, and these take between one and two hours with less scarring.
The ideal patient to have a tummy tuck, according to Dr. Heil, is someone who has realistic expectations about the procedure, is at a healthy and stable weight, and has good overall health. Female patients should wait to have the procedure until they are done having babies to ensure that the results are not compromised with a subsequent pregnancy. Dr. Heil recommends this procedure to patients with excess skin and fat in the lower abdominal area but otherwise are at a healthy weight.
About Dr. Heil
Dr. Ben Heil practices plastic surgery in Pittsburgh at Premier Plastic Surgery. He specializes in offering the tummy tuck to Pittsburgh patients who are ready to have flat abdomens again. He also performs breast surgeries and a wide range of cosmetic procedures to help patients look and feel their best. To learn more about the practice or to schedule your Pittsburgh tummy tuck, visit http://www.premierplasticsurgerypa.com/pittsburgh-tummy-tuck.html.