Men and women of all ages, shapes, and sizes struggle with areas of unwanted fat on both their bodies and faces. In the past, surgical procedures such as facelifts or tummy tucks were the only ways to solve this issue. With time, technology has become more advanced and options become more alternative. 10 years from now, Radio-Frequency technology will likely replace many of the surgical procedures that our Plastic Surgeons are performing with a knife today.

Let’s take a look at one of the more popular body contouring options in the market today: CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting uses an older technology, Cryolipolysis, to remove areas of stubborn body fat by freezing the fat cells from specific parts of the body. While CoolSculpting is non-invasive and has ultimately no downtime, it is less customizable, and does not actually tighten the skin like some of the newer technologies offered. CoolSculpting can take up to 8-12 months to see optimal results, and candidates will typically need 2 or more 35+ minute sessions to achieve 20-25% fat reduction.

While there are other body contouring technologies out there, the new AccuTite, BodyTite and FaceTite devices are the future within minimally-invasive body contouring for patients that need precision fat reduction, skin contraction, and tissue remodeling. The AccuTite is the smallest minimally-invasive radio-frequency contraction device on the market today and can be used to shape multiple areas on the face (FaceTite) and body (BodyTite).

BodyTite & FaceTite use minimally-invasive Radio-Frequency Assisted Lypolysis (RFAL) to produce skin-tightening results while stimulating the body’s own collagen production. During these procedures, fat and tissue are heated and extracted using light vacuum pressure through minimally-invasive incision sites. The skin is then tightened and remodeled to create a smoother look using the Radio-Frequency energy that is 100% concentrated at the treatment zone. 

BodyTite & FaceTite are great solutions for individuals who are looking to reduce fat and tighten skin without the downtime or visible scarring associated with other fat-reduction surgeries. The results from both BodyTite & FaceTite can be visible instantly and only require one treatment at the desired area to achieve up to 40% skin contraction, as shown in peer-reviewed clinical studies. While these procedures can be less affordable than other cosmetic options, this new technology can essentially save money in the sense that individuals can go back to work as soon as the next day. 

Dr. Mark Bishara, who completed a fellowship appointment at the world-renowned Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical school affiliate, gained state-of-the-art skills in body contouring after massive weight loss. Here at Paragon Plastic Surgery & MedSpa, Dr. Bishara offers minimally-invasive face and body contouring with the new BodyTite & FaceTite technologies in both of his Mansfield, Texas and Southlake, Texas locations.  

What is abdominoplasty or tummy tuck?

An abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure to help remove excess skin and fat of the abdomen that normally is left after pregnancy, weight loss and age.

Who is a candidate?

Good candidates are generally in good health, which means no active diseases or existing medical conditions. For females, Dr. Mark Bishara recommends to wait until they are done having children.

How is a tummy tuck done?

Dr. Mark Bishara begins with marking the area. The nurses will then begin to prep you for the procedure. A tummy tuck is done under general anesthesia. Dr. Mark Bishara incision is made across the lower abdomen above the pubic bone. The incision usually goes from hip to hip. Dr. Mark Bishara will also make an incision around the belly button. The skin is pulled down toward the pubis and sutured. A new hole will then be made to suture in the belly button. Drains are placed to allow fluids to drain for a couple of days. Drains look like small grenades and they need to be drained as needed. Drains will then be removed couple days typically 3-5 days after.

What should i expect after tummy tuck?

After your tummy tuck you will be able to walk. Walks are encouraged to take at least 3 to 4 times a day for a few minutes. You will not be able to stand completely straight for several days. The incision area will feel tight. An abdominal pressure garment will need to be used for several weeks to help hold everything in place while the healing part is complete.

How soon can i start exercising?

Light exercising  and walking can be resumed a week post procedure. For more strenuous activities the patient is recommended to wait 6 weeks.

How soon will i see results?

Once the drains are removed and any swelling that occurred has gone away you will be able to notice the difference. It will take time but once your body is completely healed you will begin to see the many benefits of the tummy tuck.

 

Should i get pregnant after a tummy tuck?

Yes, although it is recommended for the patients to be done with having children so that the benefits of the tummy tuck are not lost.

 

Will i be able to start a scar treatment after a tummy tuck?

After a tummy tuck you want to let the incision heal. Dr. Mark Bishara recommends about 6 weeks post procedure for any scar treatment.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR TUMMY TUCK SERVICES, PLEASE CONTACT US (817) 473-2120 OR EMAIL [email protected]RAMD.COM TO SCHEDULE AN  APPOINTMENT.

 

 

Flat tummy, Tummy Tuck!

Most of us desire and strive through exercising and dieting for a flat tummy. As hard as we try, sometimes those methods just cannot help us achieve our goals. Thats where Dr. Mark Bishara comes in to play. At The Paragon Plastic Surgery and Med Spa, Dr. Mark A. Bishara offers a wide range of cosmetic procedures to help. A tummy tuck or an Abdominoplasty, removes excessive fat and skin. In some cases it can restore any weakend muscles creating a smoother and firmer abdomen. Tummy tucks are one of Dr. Mark A. Bishara’s specialty and has performed hundreds.

First things first

First thing to do to find out if you are a candidate is calling The Paragon Plastic Surgery and Med Spa and scheduling your consultation with Dr. Mark A. Bishara. Keep in mind that a tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss. In general, in order to know if you truly are a good candidate:

  • You must be physically healthy and maintain a stable weight
  • Your expectations must be realistic
  • Your a non-smoker
  • You are bothered by the appearance of your abdomen
During your consultation

On the day of your consultation be prepared to discuss with Dr. Mark A. Bishara your surgical goals. Inform him about all medical conditions, drug allergies or medical treatments. Notify him of all medications you are currently taking wether prescribed or over the counter. During your consultation your general health status will be discussed, photographs will be taken, and Dr. Mark A. Bishara will discuss your options.

Step by Step

Wondering how Dr. Mark A. Bishara does a tummy tuck? Step by step for the tummy tuck procedure at The paragon Plastic Surgery and Med Spa are as follows:
Step 1- Getting your anesthesia done, one of the nurses at The Paragon Plastic Surgery and Med Spa will administer medications along with anesthesia and intravenous sedation for your comfort through out your tummy tuck procedure.
Step 2 – The Cut! Ok, Ok the incision. A tummy tuck requires a horizontal incision between the pubic hairline and belly button. A second incision around the navel maybe necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen. The upper abdominal will be pulled down and the excess skin will be trimmed. The remaining skin will be sutured together. A new opening for the belly button will be made.
Step 3 – Closing you up! Sutures, skin adhesives and tape will be used to close the skin incisions.
Final step – Let see results, at this point your tummy tuck will give you that flatter, firmer abdominal look you’ve desired!

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR TUMMY TUCK   SERVICES, PLEASE CONTACT US (817) 473-2120 OR EMAIL [email protected] TO SCHEDULE AN  APPOINTMENT.

 

 

Mothers everywhere are feeling the pressure to look like a supermodel weeks after welcoming their child to the world and turn to Mommy Makeovers. Many believe this mind set is due to our pop-culture. For example, Kim Kardashian, someone who is always in the spotlight bounced right back after her first child and was rumored to look even better than before her pregnancy. Dr. Diana Zuckerman, president of the National Research Center for Women & Families, describes this as “the trickledown effect”: “The most beautiful women are getting Mommy Makeovers to look even more beautiful, then having their photographs computer-enhanced, and the rest of us are left saying, ‘Why don’t I look that good?’” We say this with the intent to educate those that aren’t aware of the editing that goes on to make those in the public eye look picture perfect 24/7. It is best for mothers, and all patients, to go into cosmetic surgery with the end goal of increased confidence, self esteem and love for their body, not with the intent to look perfect. To find out the psychology behind women who choose cosmetic surgery after the baby please refer to the information below. Real Self surveyed mothers of all age ranges: 99.5% of them had work done after they had a child (or children) and 85% of them have had more than two kids.

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About forty-five million Americans diet each year and Americans spend approximately one to $2 billion a year on weight loss programs. It is believed that consumers spend about $30 billion per year trying to lose weight or prevent weight gain, and 55% of Americans are actively trying to maintain or lose weight. In the last five years weight loss surgery has experienced a tremendous resurgence. Over fifty thousand patients in the United States will undergo some form of gastric bypass surgery during the year, and the positive effects of this surgery are immeasurable. The health benefits of massive weight loss are numerous and profound.

However, after a patient experiences massive weight loss, the body skin is not able to retract to the smaller size of the body underneath. This results in large pendulous hanging breasts, significant excess underarm skin (sometimes known as bat wings), and significant lower abdominal skin and laxity that causes rashes, impairs the ability to wear normal clothes and sometimes even daily activity. In the face, this excess skin often leads to significant signs of aging when the skin is no longer able to retrace following massive weight loss.
Body Contouring is a safe and effective group of procedures that can help a patient drastically improve their appearance!  Dr. Mark Bishara and The Paragon Plastic Surgery & Med Spa offer body contouring surgery designed specifically for patients who have achieved significant weight loss. Procedures that remove skin or fat, tighten and lift can be used as a complement to help your clothes fit better and allow you to participate more comfortably in your favorite activities.

BODY CONTOURING – ARE YOU A CANDIDATE?

Not everyone who loses a lot of weight needs body-contouring surgery. Moreover, experts say, not everyone needs it for the entire body.
A lot depends on your age, your genetics, level of sun exposure, how evenly the weight was distributed, and, more importantly, how you feel when you look in the mirror. If you’re not unhappy about the way you look, you shouldn’t be made to feel you need body- contouring surgery.
What can also make a difference, however, is where you lose the weight. While a loss of 50 pounds that was concentrated in your midsection might leave you with a lot of loose skin in that area, a 100-pound loss that was more evenly distributed on your body may have less of an effect on skin.
If you do end up with droopy, sagging skin and think there’s some other way around it, experts say, forget it. Short of surgery, there is really nothing that can help. Exercise won’t tighten it, and skin creams and lotions won’t do a thing to help.
Interested in what body contouring can do for you? Contact Dr. Mark Bishara’s Office in Mansfield and Southlake, today to learn more about the transformative treatments we offer. Call us at (817) 473-2120 to find out more information.
www.MarkBisharaMD.com