Are There Medical Benefits to Abdominoplasty?

Young caucasian woman with slim body shape is indoors at daytime.Abdominoplasty, more commonly known as tummy tuck surgery, is a cosmetic procedure. It is designed to remove excess skin from the midsection of the body.

Often combined with liposuction, abdominoplasty can help to improve contours and highlight the natural definition of your hips, waist, and belly. In the process, it can eliminate stretch marks, improving the appearance of the skin as well.

Tummy tuck surgery can enhance clothing options and may improve range of motion. For some, this increases both the desire and the ability to engage in more challenging and demanding exercises and activities.

When abdominoplasty is used as a springboard for healthier living and enhanced physical activity, it can certainly come with health benefits. However, these are reliant on individual patient desires and effort. They are not an automatic result of the procedure itself.

Abdominoplasty and Diastasis Recti

Separated abdominal muscles are common following multiple pregnancies or excessive weight fluctuations. When left untreated, this can result in complications, including:

  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Chronic Lower back Pain
  • Bowl and Bladder Issues
  • Painful Intercourse

During a full abdominoplasty, separated rectus abdominis (“six-pack”) muscles are reattached and tightened. Treating diastasis recti in this manner significantly reduces the risk of its complications.

While tummy tuck surgery is not designed to treat health conditions or diseases, it is one of the surest and most effective options for firming separated abdominal muscles.

Realistic Expectations

As with all plastic surgery procedures, it is important to have realistic expectations with tummy tuck surgery. Talking to Dr. Doyle about what you hope to achieve will help ensure you make the best decision for your body.

Dr. Doyle is a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience. Patient-focused, thoughtful, attentive, and kind, she is here to truly listen to your desires, provide honest information about the benefits and limitations of tummy tuck surgery, and assist you in understanding your options. Please take a moment to view our before and after gallery and patient reviews to learn more about what you can expect when you come to the Centre for Aesthetic + Reconstructive Surgery for your tummy tuck procedure.

Are you ready to learn what abdominoplasty can do for you? Call our East Greenwich office at 401-336-3770 today to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Doyle. We welcome patients from Exeter, Providence, Warwick, and throughout Rhode Island.


All surgical procedures require a recovery period. Some of these are short – requiring only a few days before normal activities can be resumed – but many necessitate a reduction in activity that can last for several weeks.

If you have been considering a plastic surgery procedure, now may be the best time to take action. Recovering during the cooler months, when activity is already limited, can help to reduce interruptions to your lifestyle. It can also help to ensure that once the warmer weather returns, you’ll be all set to show off your results.

Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures

Some of the most popular plastic surgery procedures at our East Greenwich office include:

  • Body Surgery such as liposuction, tummy tuck, and thigh lift surgery
  • Breast Surgery including breast lift, breast augmentation, and male breast reduction
  • Facial Surgery such as eyelid lift

For some patients, these procedures will produce ideal results on their own. For others, a combination of procedures may be needed to help produce the most pleasing outcomes. Combining procedures can help to reduce recovery time as well, making now a good time for both stand-alone and more involved treatment options. Use the contact form on this page or call our office today to schedule a consultation and learn more.

Taking Time Off

Depending on factors unique to each procedure, initial recovery from plastic surgery can take anywhere from five to fourteen days. It may be one to two weeks before you can resume working and eight or more before you can begin to perform more demanding physical tasks.

Make sure you create a space that is comfortable for your recovery and arrange for help from a trusted adult during the first week or so to prevent overexertion. Your safety, comfort, and satisfaction are very important to us. We will work directly with you to provide you with additional suggestions and help optimize your recovery experience.

Contact Us to Learn More

If you are considering a plastic surgery procedure in or around East Greenwich, please call the Centre for Aesthetic + Reconstructive Surgery at 401-336-3770 to schedule a consultation today. Dr. Andrea Doyle is a board-certified plastic surgeon. She welcomes patients from Exeter, Crompton, and all nearby communities.

Can Liposuction Remove Belly Fat?

Liposuction is one of the most effective ways to remove fat that has proven resistant to diet and exercise – and nowhere is this fat more common than in the belly. With liposuction, stubborn fat deposits in and around the belly can be targeted and eliminated, helping to restore a toned and trimmed midsection while improving clothing options and producing a generally healthier look.

The advanced liposuction techniques utilized by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Andrea Doyle will encourage skin tightening, but liposuction is not intended to shrink the skin. If you have excess skin in addition to stubborn deposits of fat, it may be necessary to combine liposuction with abdominoplasty. During your initial consultation, Dr. Doyle will carefully evaluate your belly to help you determine if liposuction alone or in combination with another procedure will produce the best results.

Liposuction Treatment Areas

Liposuction can be used to remove stubborn belly fat. It can also be used to tone and define other areas of the body including:

  • Calves and thighs
  • Buttocks and hips
  • Low back and flanks
  • Midback and breasts
  • Arms
  • Neck and chin

In some instances, liposuction can be performed on multiple areas of the body during a single surgical session. It can also be used in combination with other body contouring procedures, such as arm lift or thigh lift, to help ensure optimal contours.

…But is it Safe?

Liposuction is a safe and effective method of body contouring for people who are good candidates. This means being in generally good health and prepared for a surgical procedure. It also means being able to take time off to rest following your procedure and being willing to closely follow all of the pre and postoperative instructions provided by Dr. Doyle. Taking time to follow instructions and allowing your body time to heal will help reduce the risk of complications while helping to ensure the most pleasing results.

Contact Us to Learn More

If you are considering liposuction for the removal of belly fat or the treatment of any other area of your body, please call the Centre for Aesthetic + Reconstructive Surgery at 401-336-3770 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Doyle today. We welcome patients from East Greenwich and all surrounding areas of Rhode Island.

June is Fresh Fruits and Veggies Month – and a good time to take a look at your current diet to see where it might be improved for a healthier and more attractive physique. Diets high in whole foods, particularly fresh fruits and vegetables, offer several benefits, including weight management, heart health, and decreased risks for diseases and disorders that can impact every part of your body. They also help ready the body for both surgical and non-surgical body contouring procedures.

Being close to a healthy BMI is important for many body contouring treatments. If you are considering a procedure but need to shed a few extra pounds first, taking up a healthy diet in combination with a rigorous exercise regimen is among the most effective ways to reach your goals. Maintaining these healthy lifestyle choices after body contouring is also important to help ensure your results continue to impress for years to come.

Body Contouring at the Centre for Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Andrea Doyle offers a range of body contouring procedures that can be used to address stubborn fat deposits and loose skin on nearly any area of the body. Among our most popular options are:

  • Liposuction. This procedure can be used to remove fat deposits from the entire body, helping to tone and trim each treatment area
  • Tummy Tuck Surgery. Used to remove excess skin from the abdominal area, tummy tuck surgery can also be used to reattach separated abdominal muscles
  • Lift Surgery. Arm lift and thigh lift can be used to remove loose and sagging skin from the body, helping to produce a firm and toned physique
  • Male Breast Reduction. This procedure removes unwanted fat and glandular tissue from the chest to restore a masculine appearance

In addition to these procedures, we offer non-surgical body contouring options such as Kybella® for the elimination of excess fat underneath the chin and Ultherapy® to gently lift and tighten skin following weight loss. During your initial consultation, Dr. Doyle will listen carefully to your concerns, assess your problem areas, and help you choose the best options for your needs.

Contact Us Today to Learn More!

Please contact the Centre for Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery at 401-336-3770 to schedule a consultation at our East Greenwich office today. We welcome patients from Exeter, Coventry, and all surrounding Rhode Island communities.

The Most Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) releases an annual report on plastic surgery trends. Included in this report are the most popular surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures performed by board-certified plastic surgeons throughout the country.

The 2020 Plastic Surgery Trends report has just been released, identifying the five most popular surgical options as:

In this same report, the five most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedures in 2020 were identified as:

  • Neuromodulators (BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, etc.)
  • Soft Tissue Fillers (Juvederm®, Restylane®, Sculptra®, etc.)
  • Laser Skin Resurfacing
  • Chemical Peel
  • IPL Treatment

Due to the pandemic, there were fewer plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures performed in 2020 compared to 2019. However, the continuing trend is upward, with an increase of 22% and 174%, respectively, when compared to the year 2000.

Learning Which Procedures Are Best For You

The popularity of a procedure is not indicative of its usefulness for you. This is one of the most compelling reasons to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon who can customize procedures to meet specific goals.

At the Centre for Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery, double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Andrea Doyle takes the time necessary to listen to each patient’s desires and performs thorough evaluations to help ensure she recommends only the most effective procedures. Honest, upfront, and approachable, Dr. Doyle is thoughtful in her methodology, working to guide each of our patients to the most useful and transformative procedures based on the unique needs and desires of the individual.

Dr. Doyle utilizes advanced technologies and techniques to help ensure the most pleasing results. Compassionate, attentive, and effective, she welcomes an opportunity to meet with you, listen to your concerns, and help you select the most effective options.

Contact Us Today

If you have been considering a surgical or non-surgical cosmetic procedure, we encourage you to use the contact form on this page or to call our office at 401-336-3770 today to schedule your initial consultation. Located in East Greenwich, we welcome patients from all surrounding areas of Rhode Island.

Does Gynecomastia Self-Correct

Gynecomastia is the medical name for male breasts. Common in puberty when hormone fluctuations can lead to the development of excess glandular tissue, gynecomastia is often self-correcting. In fact, the National Institutes of Health reports that up to 95% of gynecomastia cases that occur during puberty regress naturally within one to three years.

Pubescent gynecomastia may self-correct. So too might cases brought about by drug use. Steroids, certain prescription medications, and a host of illicit drugs – including marijuana – are linked to gynecomastia. In these cases, modifying your lifestyle may be all it takes to address the issue.

Lifestyle modifications are often a part of those gynecomastia cases that do not self-correct as well. These cases, which may be brought about by medication or drug use, hormone fluctuations, genetics, lifestyle choices, and weight fluctuations often require surgical assistance as well. This is where male breast reduction comes in.

What is Male Breast Reduction?

Male breast reduction is one of the most reliable ways to address gynecomastia. With this procedure, liposuction is used to gently remove stubborn fat deposits from the chest. If excessive glandular tissue is present, it too can be surgically removed, helping to restore a toned, defined, and masculine look to the upper body.

Following male breast reduction surgery, it is important that steps are taken to maintain a steady weight. This will require smart dietary choices and a healthy exercise routine. It is recommended that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise weekly along with muscle training and stretching. Increasing the amount of time spent on exercise or the intensity of your workouts can help to enhance your male breast reduction results as well as sculpting and toning the abdomen and arms, helping to produce a much shapelier appearance.

Would You Like to Learn More?

If you are struggling with gynecomastia and would like to learn more about male breast reduction, please call the Centre for Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery at 401-336-3770 to schedule your initial consultation today. Located in East Greenwich, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Andrea Doyle welcomes men with gynecomastia from all surrounding areas of Rhode Island.

Liposuction is designed to target and remove fat deposits from nearly any area of the body. At the Centre for Aesthetic & Reconstructive surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Andrea Doyle utilizes advanced liposuction techniques to optimize results while minimizing risks. If you are curious to learn what this body contouring procedure can do for you, please use the contact form on this page or call us at (401) 336-3770 to schedule a consultation today.

Liposuction Results

Following liposuction, some bruising and swelling are to be expected. With proper surgical preparation and aftercare, these things should subside within a few weeks, allowing your newly contoured shape to fully shine.

Once you have fully recovered, your new contours will be permanent… to a point. The process of aging and your lifestyle choices will play determining factors as well.

Nothing can stop the process of aging. Gravity will, eventually, cause the skin to sag and may, in some people, make weight management more difficult. This makes how you live the biggest factor in how long your liposuction results will last. You can expect long-lasting results if you choose to eat a healthy diet and engage in sufficient amounts of exercise. These simple steps will go a long way towards helping your liposuction results last forever.

Do I Have to be a Triathlete?

You do not have to be an endurance athlete to maintain liposuction results. The CDC recommends adults aim for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise weekly. This, combined with simple weight training, is all many people require to maintain a healthy physique. You may want to work with a personal trainer while figuring out your routine to help ensure it is optimized for your needs.

The same is true of diet. Making smart choices is essential for maintaining results, but these can be hard to determine on your own. Consider working with a nutritionist to find a diet that is suitable for your anatomy, blood type, and activity level to help ensure the longest-lasting liposuction results.

Contact Us to Learn More

To schedule your liposuction consultation with Dr. Doyle, please call (401) 336-3770 today. We welcome patients from East Greenwich and all surrounding areas of Rhode Island.

Tummy tuck surgery is designed to remove excess fat deposits and eliminate loose and sagging skin from the midsection. Depending on your needs, tummy tuck surgery may also include reattaching separated abdominal muscles (diastasis recti) to help restore both form and balance.

The best way to learn which type of tummy tuck is ideal for your needs is through a one-on-one consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Andrea Doyle.

Please call the Centre for Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery at 401-336-3770 to schedule your consultation at our Greenwich office today.

Woman After LiposuctionLiposuction is a cosmetic procedure that removes fat cells from your body to improve your tone and shape. If you’ve struggled to lose weight in areas such as your stomach or love handles despite a healthy diet and regular exercise, liposuction may be able to help you meet your goals.

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