Patty is a 34 year old single professional woman who lost over 100 lbs. the old fashioned way (diet and exercise) and has managed to keep the weight off for over three years. While this achievement alone was worth celebrating, Patty was always unhappy with the excess skin that came along with her tremendous weight loss.
“My doctor had told me there was nothing that could be done about the skin, because I had always been overweight. The skin had just stretched too much. After the weight loss, I was a size 18 but I knew if I got rid of the loose skin, I could be a size 12 or even a size 10,” explained Patty.
Since Patty has kept her weight off for 4 years, she was considered a very good candidate for an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). Tummy tuck surgery is not recommended as a weight loss tool. It is recommended for women and men who have stabilized their body weight but still have excess baggy skin on their abdomen. This surgery will remove the excess sagging skin and repair the stretched abdominal muscles due to pregnancy or weight gain, then loss.
“One of my friends had a New Jersey tummy tuck and breast lift with Dr. Parker last June and recommended that I go see him. After meeting Dr. Parker, I felt so comfortable. I decided I was ready to do this. I had a talk with my mom and decided it was worth the investment,” said Patty.
In Patty case, Dr. Parker wound up removing over 20 pounds of excess skin and fat in performing the Parker New Jersey Tummy Tuck, a combination of liposuction and tummy tuck. Patty describes her recovery as uncomfortable, but not painful. Two days after surgery, at her follow-up visit, Patty had her posture back to normal. Standing up completely straight after abdominal surgery can take a week or so.
“I’m very happy I had the surgery. I had the procedure performed 3 months ago, and since then, I’ve lost an additional 20 pounds. I’ve gone from a size 18 dress to a 12, which feels loose. I feel like I’m continuing to shrink more every day. It’s wonderful now to try on clothes and not have all that excess skin. The Parker Center made it a wonderful experience. They were always so caring and happy to see me. I loved the lymphatic massages too. I signed up for three more afterwards, because I left the spa feeling so wonderful,” Patty exclaimed.
Lymphatic massage is part of the Rapid Recovery Program at the Parker Center. Dr. Parker has developed a unique set of protocols to help patients recover quickly, with less discomfort, and minimal swelling and bruising. It allows New Jersey tummy tuck patients to return to their active, busy lives as quickly as possible.
Patty had combined her Parker Tummy Tuck with liposuction on her hips and back for a more pleasing body contour. This combination of procedures gives patients like Patty the tight, toned shape they love. “I feel like a new person”, says Patty. “I’m thrilled with my results and for choosing the Parker Center. Every day, I see more positive changes in by body which help me look forward to summer and a whole new wardrobe”.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Parker Tummy Tuck or other cosmetic procedures, visit our website www.parkercenter.net , to see detailed explanations and videos of these procedures as well as many before and after photos. Additionally, you may contact our office at 201-967-1212 to arrange a consultation with Dr. Parker.