ROANOKE, VA--(Marketwired - Nov 13, 2013) - Dr. Enrique A. Silberblatt, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Virginia, always takes his patients' overall health into account when determining candidacy for a tummy tuck procedure, one of the most popular surgical cosmetic enhancement treatments in the U.S. Tummy tuck surgery, medically referred to as abdominoplasty, is intended to remove excess skin in the patient's abdominal area that has proven resistant to diet and exercise. Dr. Silberblatt says the ideal tummy tuck candidate is often the patient who has lost a significant amount of weight, is maintaining a weight that is close to their goal, and is struggling with loose skin or skin hanging over the belt line.

In a recent blog post titled "Key Questions for Determining Tummy Tuck Treatment Plan," Dr. Silberblatt reviews the questions he and his patients discuss during the consultation process in order to select the tummy tuck treatment plan that will deliver the best results. These questions cover topics such as:

  • Patient goals
  • Amount of extra fat/skin in the abdominal area
  • Prior abdominal operations
  • Stretch marks
  • Effects of prior pregnancies
  • Recovery time
  • Financial considerations

Depending on the patient's health and aesthetic goals, Dr. Silberblatt develops a customized tummy tuck surgery treatment plan to address the individual's unique concerns. According to Dr. Silberblatt, "My typical patient is a woman who has had her children, gained more than forty pounds during one or more pregnancies, lost most or all of the weight, may have had a C section, and now has skin hanging from her lower abdomen over her pubic area."

Dr. Silberblatt is particularly careful to make sure his patients understand the tummy tuck recovery process. As he explains in a blog post titled "What to Expect for Tummy Tuck Recovery," he prepares his patients "to be off work for several weeks, limit the amount of climbing stairs in their house by arranging to live on one level, and usually have a relative or friend helping them in the house for a week or two." Dr. Silberblatt reports that his patients tend to be active more quickly than the average tummy tuck patients -- so much so that "they often need to be held back from doing too much too soon."

In spite of the fact that his Virginia plastic surgery patients often say that the recovery process was easier than they expected, Dr. Silberblatt reminds all prospective tummy tuck patients that they should be prepared for the possibility of a slow recovery. While the length of recovery varies from patient to patient, Dr. Silberblatt notes that the ultimate results from a tummy tuck can be extremely effective for firming up the abdominal skin when traditional diet and exercise methods have failed to achieve one's goals.

About Enrique A. Silberblatt, MD, FACS

Dr. Silberblatt is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is a graduate of Princeton University, and earned his medical degree from New York Medical College. Dr. Silberblatt completed his general surgery residency at the University of Massachusetts and his plastic surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh. He is credited with establishing the first microsurgery lab in Roanoke, VA. Dr. Silberblatt is available for interview upon request.

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