Dear Patients, As COVID-19 continues to spread, the healthcare system is changing to keep everyone safe. Following the guidelines set forth by the CDC, WHO, Department of Health, our state and federal officials and the American Academy of Dermatology, we are adapting new practice patterns to maintain your care while protecting the health of all of our patients and employees. Below are the steps we will be taking to help flatten the curve. • We will be closing our Middletown office until further notice. • Limiting the hours our Newark location is open. • We are decreasing our schedules to comply with social distancing. • Our practitioners will determine what essential, urgent cases need to remain on the schedule and seen in the office. Patients scheduled for non-essential or elective services will be rescheduled. • We have our clinical teams working diligently to assist patients through telephone and non-contact methods of communication. • Virtual visits (telemedicine) for appointments that video conferencing is appropriate. • Staff members are available via phone Monday thru Friday from 8 am-4 pm to answer your questions and assist you with scheduling. We have implemented more stringent sterility procedures • Only scheduled patients will be allowed into the building, exceptions are patients under the age of 18 or handicap/disabled (only one companion will be allowed to accompany with these exceptions). If someone accompanies you, they will be asked to wait in the car. • Our waiting room will be arranged for social-distancing. • In an effort to limit patients in waiting rooms, after you check in you will be taken to exam room to wait for your provider. • All exam rooms will be thoroughly cleaned with approved disinfectant between each patient. • Discontinued meetings with drug representatives and vendors. • Our clinical teams are working diligently to assist through telephone and non-contact methods of communication. • Telemedicine/Virtual visits for appointments that video conferencing is appropriate. Remember if you are experiencing or have come in contact with someone experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat or respiratory issues, have been in contact with anyone that has the Coronavirus, have traveled out of the country in the last 14 days, have been on a cruise ship in the last 14 days or have been hospitalized within the past 30 days, please stay home, we will reschedule your appointment. We are monitoring this situation on a daily basis and will continue to provide updates should there be any changes. We appreciate your patience and the support through this challenging time. Stay safe and healthy!
Although we would all like our bodies to be taut and youthful forever, there are factors that will eventually cause irreversible damages. Aging, weight fluctuations, hereditary, and pregnancy all can transform the curves and shape of the body. Even with a healthy diet and regular exercise regimen, excess skin and fat are often impossible to target.
Among one of the most stubborn areas of the body is the waistline. Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery, is a common procedure performed to correct the damages caused by aging, weight gain or loss, and pregnancy.
- Removes excess abdominal fat and skin
- Tightens the abdominal muscles
- Flattens the abdomen
- Slims the midsection
The best candidates for tummy tuck surgery have tried and failed to achieve the slim, tight midsection they desire with traditional weight-loss methods. It is important that patients are in overall good health and willing to follow a healthy diet and exercise plan in conjunction with their tummy tuck procedure (before and after surgery).
During the procedure, an incision is made from hipbone to hipbone across the lower abdomen just above the pubic area. Through the incision, Dr. Roussalis will remove excess fatty tissue and stretched skin. He will tighten loose, flaccid abdominal muscles. The remaining skin is redraped and secured over the newly shaped abdominal contours. If necessary, the belly button may be moved to a more natural position.
A dressing or support garment is applied to the abdomen to aid in healing and to provide comfort. Patients can return home with a designated driver after the anesthesia wears off. The abdomen may feel sore and very tender, and any pain or discomfort can be controlled with prescription medication. Most patients will need a few days of bed rest, but light walking is encouraged beginning the day after surgery to ease swelling and prevent blood clots in the legs. The majority of patients take about two weeks off from work depending on the physical demands of their job. Patients should gradually ease back into their routine, and strenuous exercise should be avoided for four to six weeks. Every person heals at their own pace; the recovery time will vary based on the individual patient.
Tummy tuck results are designed to be permanent but will vary based on a person’s lifestyle and habits. Pregnancy, aging, and weight fluctuations can cause the abdomen to stretch or loosen again. Someone who practices a healthy diet and regular exercise plan usually benefits from long-lasting results. They can expect a slimmer, more toned midsection that complements their entire physique.
If you want a flatter, more contoured abdomen, you may be an ideal candidate for tummy tuck surgery. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Roussalis today! He can evaluate your body to help you decide on the right procedure. Contact us by calling 302-998-8007 or by filling out our online contact form.