Can Laser Treatments Erase Tummy Tuck Scars?

You did the work to get close to your target weight. You scheduled your tummy tuck surgery and went through with it. You’ve recovered, and now you’re ready for the moment. It might be at the beach, the pool at your gym, or at a backyard party that you’re hosting. We’re talking about “the reveal.” Anyone who has ever had a tummy tuck probably remembers this moment. It was the moment they got to show off their flawless, rejuvenated midsection with an entirely newfound sense of confidence.

The reveal is precious moment. It’s a testament to your dedication, and it’s a reward for all the work you did to get there. For some people, the reveal gets a little tainted by post-recovery scarring. The good news is that there are a variety of surgical and non-surgical treatments to address those inevitable little reminders of your tummy tuck surgery if you’re unhappy with them.

In this post, we’ll describe how we use laser treatments at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa as one of the options for improving the appearance of tummy tuck scars.

When to Start Thinking About Laser Treatments for Tummy Tuck Scars

When it comes to scars from a tummy tuck procedure or any other surgery, your body’s healing process via scarring goes through three basic stages:

  • Wound closure: During this initial stage of the healing process, your body produces fibers of structural proteins like collagen to help close the wound.
  • Building a foundation: Once the wound is closed, the body sends extra blood to the affected area to kickstart the healing and building of more collagen to protect the wound. It’s during this phase that the scar tissue usually changes color and starts hardening.
  • Scar maturity: In the late stages of scarring, some of the extra collagen begins to break down and can sometimes lead to a depression on the skin’s surface. This usually occurs within a year or two and will generally be a more permanent reflection of your scarring’s color and texture without any future skin care treatments.

Genetics, health, and age will all play a significant role in the way your scars heal and shape after a tummy tuck surgery. In general, we recommend waiting about a year after surgery before seeking laser scar reduction treatments.

Types of Laser Treatment to Treat Tummy Tuck Scars

Laser treatments will not completely erase the appearance of scarring, but two types of treatments can significantly improve it:

  • Laser resurfacing treatments: The most common type of laser treatment to correct the appearance of scarring, laser resurfacing treats tummy tuck scars by helping re-build collagen to improve skin texture and by targeting skin pigment to enhance color.
  • Vascular laser treatments: This type of laser treatment can be used to enhance the color and raised texture of scar tissue by using concentrated light energy to collapse blood vessels beneath the skin’s surface.

Want to Learn More about Tummy Tuck Surgery or Laser Treatments?

If you’re considering laser treatments, plastic surgery, or other cosmetic procedures, place your care in the hands of our board-certified, highly skilled doctors at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa.

Contact us online, or call our plastic surgery practice in Vernon Hills, IL, at 847-367-8815 to schedule a consultation today!

Planning Your Tummy Tuck Surgery

Who doesn’t want a tighter, firmer midsection? Very few people, even those who diet and exercise regularly, stand in awe of their reflection when they check out their abs in the mirror. Thankfully, plastic surgeons have a procedure called abdominoplasty, or the tummy tuck, to help people who have exhausted their efforts trying to get the perfect stomach through diet and exercise alone. Sometimes, hurdles like age, genetics, and your gender are too much to get over all by yourself.

Everyone wants the best results for their tummy tuck, and that begins with planning. First, you’ll need to have a consultation, because you’ll want a plastic surgeon to weigh in on factors that will affect the amount of time you’ll want to prepare before surgery and how you’ll best recover.

In this post, we’ll share our top tips for planning out your tummy tuck surgery – from the consultation to the recovery.

Four to Six Months Before Your Tummy Tuck

Most surgeons recommend thinking through details of your tummy tuck at least six months in advance. This waiting period will give you time to have several surgical consultations so you can land on the right doctor for you. It will also give you a little time to get closer to your target weight if you need to lose some body fat before surgery. If you use tobacco products, it would be best to quit smoking or chewing during this timeframe.

Four Months Before Your Tummy Tuck

During this time, you’ll want to make sure you’ve established a balanced, nutritious diet and consistent exercise habits. Boosting your physical health several months from your surgery and maintaining that trend will significantly help your recovery and results when it’s showtime. Around this time, you’ll also ideally start booking your procedure with the surgeon of your choice.

One to Three Months Before Your Tummy Tuck

At this phase, you’ll want to get all your help around the house—feeding animals, immediate care following the procedure, help with child care and cleaning—coordinated and supplies for recovery gathered. Don’t wait until the last minute to rush around pulling it all together. Remember, stress can negatively impact your immune system and healing abilities. Think about what you’re going to eat, and try to get some meal prep and planning taken care of before you go in for surgery. It will make cooking and eating feel like much less of a chore when you get home.

After Your Tummy Tuck Surgery

You’ll wear a garment around your abdomen for about six weeks after your surgery. You might also have drains left in place to remove excess fluid for a few days. You’ll likely have prescription pain medication to help control residual pain and swelling. You may also need to take an antibiotic and a blood thinner for short-term use immediately following your surgery.

You’ll want to take it easy for at least six weeks after your tummy tuck. Your doctor will schedule some regular checkups to make sure your mobility and scarring are progressing appropriately.

Want to Know More About Tummy Tuck Surgery?

If you’ve been dreaming about a sexier, tighter, more youthful midsection for yourself, please reach out to talk to our highly trained, board-certified doctors at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Vernon Hills, Illinois.

If you have questions about a tummy tuck or other treatments and procedures, contact us through our website. You’re also welcome to call us at (847) 367-8815 to schedule a time for a tummy tuck consultation.

How to Get Active Post Tummy Tuck

Once you start to see results from your tummy tuck, you may feel motivated to get up and out — exercise, hang out by the pool, or go shopping for new clothes. But it’s important to take it slowly as you heal so you can enjoy beautiful results and protect your well-being. Read our infographic below for a timeline on physical activity after surgery and how you can ease back into an active routine.


If you are considering a tummy tuck, contact us for a consultation today.

Liposuction, Tummy Tuck, Or Both?

If you’ve ever heard someone quip “She had a tummy tuck!” about a celebrity who has rapidly shed her “baby weight,” then you know that liposuction and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery are often confused. In reality, that celebrity has probably done most of the hard work of weight loss herself… But she might have made use of an abdominoplasty to snap her stomach back into the kind of taught, tight shape that makes headlines.

So, what’s the difference between liposuction and abdominoplasty, and what do you need to know if you’re interested in either one? Read on to find out:

The Skinny On Liposuction Vs. Abdominoplasty

First and foremost, it’s important to understand that neither liposuction nor abdominoplasty are intended to be true “weight loss surgeries.” Liposuction is often used to remove small to medium-sized deposits of stubborn fat found anywhere on the body (e.g., a genetic “double chin” or belly fat that exercise just won’t budge), but it can’t make an overweight person thin overnight. If you have a great deal of excess weight, you’ll need to lose it via healthy means before considering cosmetic surgeries. Cosmetic surgeries are, however, often a necessary final step in creating a really sleek, lean appearance. It’s extremely difficult, and not always safe, to reduce your body fat percentage to a very low amount via diet and exercise alone. If you’re a healthy weight but still have unsightly fat deposits, then liposuction is a better choice for banishing them than extreme dieting.

Tummy tuck surgery, on the other hand, doesn’t target specific fat deposits (though some subcutaneous fat will usually be removed during this procedure). Instead, it assists people who have already lost a lot of weight (such as formerly obese individuals or women who have recently given birth). Often these people have a lot of unsightly loose skin that will never completely firm up on its own. To correct this, their plastic surgeon will make a long incision on their lower abdomen, reposition the skin, muscles, and tissue above, then remove whatever excess is left over. This leaves the stomach looking firm and toned.

In summation, liposuction is probably right for you if you’re a healthy weight but need to take care of one or more smaller deposits of stubborn fat. An abdominoplasty, on the other hand, is the better choice if you’re happy with your overall fat loss, but have loose skin you need to get rid of. And of course, if you have both issues, it’s important to keep in mind that you can safely get both surgeries—You’ll just need to get your abdominal liposuction done first before having a tummy tuck.

For more information, or to schedule a consultation, contact Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa today.

Am I a candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

Women and men who have loose abdominal skin and fat that is concentrated in the abdomen can benefit from tummy tuck.  Sometimes the conditions are inherited or in other instances may be due to excessive weight loss which can cause the skin to become flaccid.  A tummy tuck can tighten muscles that have become separated or loosened from pregnancy and may also reduce the appearance of stretch marks below the navel.

You may be a good candidate if you have excess or sagging abdominal skin; an abdomen that protrudes and is out of proportion with the rest of your body; or abdominal muscles that have been separated or weakened.

A tummy tuck will enhance your body contour by making your abdomen firmer and flatter.   Most people love the way they look after a tummy tuck and feel more confident about their appearance.  The scars from the incision will fade over time, but are usually able to be concealed by most bathing suits and undergarments.  It is important that you continue to live a healthy lifestyle which includes a balanced diet and exercise in order to maintain your results. If you are interested in a tummy tuck or any other plastic surgery procedures, contact Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa of Vernon Hills at 847-367-8155.

Liposuction vs. Abdominoplasty: Which Do You Need?

Liposuction and abdominoplasty (or \”tummy tuck\”) have some things in common. Both aim to improve the contours of your body by removing unsightly fat that clings to you no matter how much you exercise. Because they share similar end goals, some people have a tendency to confuse the two, but there are important differences between them.

First, abdominoplasty, as the name implies, is only for the abdominal region (the \”tummy\”). In contrast, you can also use liposuction to get rid of unwanted fat on your arms and legs, back, face, chest or buttocks.

The two surgeries also work in different ways. Liposuction eliminates fat by first loosening it up (the exact method of accomplishing this depends on the type of liposuction) and then drawing it out of the body. Abdominoplasty, on the other hand, involves your doctor making an incision in your midsection and restoring muscles and removing loose skin as well as removing fat.

It’s possible to get both at the same time, and many patients do. For other people, though, only one of them is an appropriate choice. If you have loose skin, perhaps as the result of rapid weight loss, a tummy tuck is recommended. If your skin is healthy and elastic, however, liposuction would be more appropriate.

If you aren’t sure which procedure is right for you, the best thing to do is to ask your doctor. He or she will be able to examine you and get a sense of what procedure would be best.

Mommy Makeover: Cosmetic Surgery for Moms

Becoming a mother is one of life’s most exciting experiences, but it often has unwanted effects on your body. If you’re like many new mothers, you may grieve the loss of your pre-pregnancy figure. Once you’ve had your baby, you may find yourself left with sagging abdominal skin and unsightly fat deposits. After breastfeeding, your breast size, shape and firmness may be markedly reduced. Fortunately, there’s a solution. A mommy makeover is an affordable and minimally invasive set of cosmetic surgery procedures that can help you restore your gorgeous body.

A mommy makeover typically consists of three surgeries. The tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, removes excess skin and fat and restores weakened muscles to reconstruct a firm, sculpted abdomen. Liposuction eliminates fat deposits around the abdomen and other areas that won’t respond to diet and exercise. A breast augmentation is usually the finishing touch. Depending on your needs and preferences, you can opt for a breast lift, breast implants or both. A breast lift removes excess skin and tightens the soft tissues around your breasts to restore them to a firmer and more pleasing shape. Breast implants, typically filled with a saline solution or silicone, enlarge your breasts and rejuvenate your profile with improved contouring. In some cases, you may even wish to discuss options for vaginal surgery to reshape to your genitalia.

After a short recovery period, your mommy makeover will change not only your looks but also how you feel about yourself. Increased self-esteem can improve your personal and professional life for years to come. Becoming a mommy doesn’t have to mean losing your former self. Consult a plastic surgeon today, and learn more about your post-pregnancy makeover options.

Am I a candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

Women and men who have loose abdominal skin and fat that is concentrated in the abdomen can benefit from tummy tuck.  Sometimes the conditions are inherited or in other instances may be due to excessive weight loss which can cause the skin to become flaccid.  A tummy tuck can tighten muscles that have become separated or loosened from pregnancy and may also reduce the appearance of stretch marks below the navel.

You may be a good candidate if you have excess or sagging abdominal skin; an abdomen that protrudes and is out of proportion with the rest of your body; or abdominal muscles that have been separated or weakened.

A tummy tuck will enhance your body contour by making your abdomen firmer and flatter.   Most people love the way they look after a tummy tuck and feel more confident about their appearance.  The scars from the incision will fade over time, but are usually able to be concealed by most bathing suits and undergarments.  It is important that you continue to live a healthy lifestyle which includes a balanced diet and exercise in order to maintain your results. If you are interested in a tummy tuck or any other plastic surgery procedures, contact Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa of Vernon Hills at 847-367-8155.

 

What is a “Mommy Makeover”?

90% of women experience stretch marks from pregnancy or other factors.  In addition, it is more difficult for mother’s to lose the weight as their body changes significantly after pregnancy.  Exercise and diet are factors that everyone can control, but then there’s loss of elasticity and
loose skin.  In most cases; lasers, weight loss or any diet cannot shrink skin enough to compensate for most
post-skin issues.

The combination of a tummy tuck and a breast augmentation is known as a “mommy makeover”.  The term “mommy makeover” came from millions of women who complained about sagging breasts and extra skin and fat from the abdominal section.  When the two surgeries are combined the end result is drastic -a firmer, more youthful body.

Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty, helps to flatten and shape the abdomen and waist by removing excess fat and skin and tightening muscles. The best candidates have pockets of fat or loose skin that haven’t responded well to diet and exercise.  The procedure can also be useful for women with stretched skin and muscles from pregnancy.  The procedure takes approximately two to five hours and can be performed with general anesthesia or local anesthesia with a sedative. Recovery time ranges from two weeks to a few months. With a balanced diet and regular exercise, results are long-lasting.  Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa have a high satisfaction rate with tummy tucks.

With loose skin of the abdomen from pregnancy, comes sagging breasts.  At Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa, breast augmentation has
steadily become one of the highest sought out cosmetic surgeries for all types of women.  Breast augmentation is a fairly simple surgery with a high satisfaction rate.  Women may elect to undergo breast augmentation for many different medical and aesthetic motivations, including balancing breast size and compensating for reduced breast mass after pregnancy or surgery. The procedure may be combined with others such as a breast lift or tummy tuck for more satisfying results.

Dr. Leonard and Dr. Mithcell Grasseschi have great experience with the Mommy Makeover.  Call us for a free consultation at
847-367-8815