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Tummy Tucks Tips - Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Tummy Tucks Tips: What You Need To Know

Thinking about getting a tummy tuck? Here’s what you need to know about tummy tucks as well as some tummy tucks tips.

What happens during tummy tuck surgery?

Step 1 – Anesthesia

The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.

Step 2 – The incision

A full tummy tuck procedure requires a horizontally-oriented incision in the area between the pubic hairline and navel. The shape and length of the incision will be determined by the degree of correction necessary. Through this incision, weakened abdominal muscles are repaired and sutured while excess fat, tissue and skin is removed. A second incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen.

Step 3 – Closing the incisions

Sutures, skin adhesives, tapes or clips close the skin incisions.

Step 4 – See the results

Your abdominoplasty procedure will result in a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your body type and weight. The final results may be initially obscured by swelling and your inability to stand fully upright until internal healing is complete. But within a week or two, you should be standing tall with a new. slimmer profile.

Source: American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Tummy Tucks Tips

If you’re considering a tummy tuck, make sure you’re prepared for both pre- and post-surgery. We asked Dr. Sumer Daiza, double board-certified plastic surgeon and owner of the Plastic Surgery Center of Scottsdale what tummy tuck clients should ask their doctors before a tummy tuck, as well as what they need to know post-tummy tuck.

Here’s what Dr. Daiza had to say:

Top 5 questions to ask before a tummy tuck:

1. Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
2. How many tummy tuck surgeries have you completed?
3. Do you have hospital privileges to perform tummy tucks?
4. Can I see your “before and after” photos?
5. When can I get back to my normal routine?

Top 5 things one must do post-tummy tuck:

1. Adhere to recovery instructions from your doctor.
2. Be prepared for post-operation pain.
3. Have the appropriate help arranged during your recovery period.
4. Be aware of the risks and complications of your tummy tuck.
5. Long term: Continue to maintain diet and exercise regiment.

For more information about tummy tucks, visit scottsdalebody.com or call (480) 585-0011.

Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Tummy Tucks Surgery - Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

The Skinny On Tummy Tucks

With three different procedures available, local surgeons discuss everything you need to know about tummy tucks

Post-pregnancy mommies and extreme weight loss patients love it when they reach their goal weight because it’s the moment when they realize that all their hard work paid off.

Their goal has been realized.

What they don’t love, though, is the loose, sagging skin that significant weight loss can leave behind. Even though most of the belly is gone, the stubborn skin that dangles around the waist often sticks around, no matter how many times or how intense they work the core.

This is why many people looking to get rid of that little bit extra are turning to abdominoplasty plastic surgery, also known as a tummy tuck, to reshape their abs and get their rockin’ core back. More than 144,000 tummy tucks were performed in 2010, making it the 4th most popular cosmetic surgical procedure, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

There are three common types of tummy tuck surgeries: the mini, the traditional, and the extended tummy tuck.

Traditional Tummy Tucks

The traditional, or full tummy tuck, targets the entire abdominal area, both above and below the belly button.

Liposuction is frequently performed at the same time as a tradition tummy tuck to improve contouring and provide better cosmetic results. The traditional tummy tuck is most commonly performed on post-pregnancy or weight-loss patients to reshape the entire abdominal area, says Dr. John Williams of John Williams MD Plastic Surgery in North Scottsdale.

Mini Tummy Tucks

The mini tummy tuck targets the area below the belly button — the lower abdomen.

It is mainly targeted for a “very specific patient” that has some excess skin below the belly button, according to Dr. Williams, an American Board of Plastic Surgery certified plastic surgeon for more than 15 years.

Extended Tummy Tucks

The extended abdominoplasty covers the entire abdominal area, improving the waist and smoothing the shape of the upper lateral thigh as well.

An extended tummy tuck is a more extensive procedure that is often used for extreme weight loss patients because this procedure reshapes the abdominal area as well as the waist and the upper lateral thigh areas in many cases, says Williams.

Current Trends

Valley doctors are finding that many abdominoplasty patients are now opting for combination procedures, where they get an abdominoplasty and another surgery — such as breast augmentation  —  performed simultaneously to save money and share downtime for the procedures.

One way this is gaining popularity is with the “Mommy Makeovers” for post-pregnancy women.

According to Scottsdale double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sumer Daiza, who owns the Plastic Surgery Center of Scottsdale, the Mommy Makeover series of body contouring procedures is currently the most popular cosmetic surgery package.

The Mommy Makeover includes a package of cosmetic surgeries that address areas that pregnancy can impact, including the abdomen and breasts.

“(The Mommy Makeover) is popular with my patients because they have multiple surgeries done at one time,” says Daiza, who has been practicing for nine years.

Daiza’s Mommy Makeover patients often end up getting tummy tucks and breast augmentation at once to lessen the cost of anesthesia fees. Also, multiple surgeries at one time means only one period of recovery time for busy moms who are looking to get their pre-baby bodies back, she says.

Williams says that his take on the Mommy Makeover, the Total Body Rejuvenation, is also very popular with his patients. This typically includes a tummy tuck, breast augmentation and some liposuction.

Another popular option that Williams offers is his high-lateral-tension tummy tuck.

“My high-lateral -tension tummy tuck is very popular because it creates much more tension to really define the abdominal muscles,” Williams says. “I am one of the only ones in the Valley doing this.”

Downtime and Risks

As with any surgical procedure, certain risks or potential complications are possible with an abdominoplasty. Some of the risks associated with tummy tuck procedures include blood clots, infection and anesthesia risks, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Both Daiza and Williams agree that the most important thing you can do to ensure your safety is to research the doctor you want to perform your surgery.

“The plastic surgeon should be board certified,” Williams says.

Daiza suggests using the resources available to patients, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website, www.plasticsurgery.org, to check out potential doctors. It is important for the doctor to have the proper credentials.

She also suggests you ask the doctor about their hospital privileges for tummy tuck procedures.

“The key is it is all about educating yourself,” Williams says. “Potential patients have to do their homework.”

For more information about tummy tucks:

Plastic Surgery Center of Scottsdale
18325 N. Allied Way, Phoenix
(480) 585-0011

John Williams MD Plastic Surgery
9377 E. Bell Road
(480) 502-5755

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Trending Products from Thingz, Think Art - Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Trending: New Products From Thingz And Think Art

Finding Nimah

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The Picasso is a classically styled retro sofa with a chrome rail frame and top grain leather. A tufted seat adds to the mid-century modern feel. Expect to pay $2,569 for this amazing piece at Thingz in Scottsdale and Tempe. A matching chair is available to complete the set.For more information, call (480) 368-8111 or visit thingzcontemporary.com.
Solatube - Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Solar Concepts’ Solatube Reduces Home Energy Use

Solar Concepts’ Solatube reduces home energy use and your electricity bill

For those looking to help save energy and preserve our environment, the switch to natural lighting systems is a bright idea.

Current trends show more people are switching from light bulbs to natural lighting, with one popular product being tubular skylights. They offer bright, natural light in your home that will reduce your energy use and, more importantly, your electricity bill.

Tubular skylights are installed in the ceilings of any room and capture light through a dome in the roof. An internal reflective system then channels the light, moving it through the tubing system to be emitted through the diffuser on the ceiling that spreads the light evenly throughout the room.

These skylights have benefits beyond energy saving and money saving, though. They offer a light much brighter than the 100-watt bulbs frequently purchased for kitchens and living rooms. Numerous studies have also shown that in naturally-lit settings, workers are more productive, students are more academically successful, and consumers buy more from businesses.

One increasing popular product of natural lighting is Solatube, a daylighting system originally created in Australia in the late 1980s that arrived in the U.S. in 1992. The products are sold at various locations across the country, and Solar Concepts is the premier distributor of Solatube products in Arizona.

While there are numerous skylights available, Solatube offers a unique product with distinct features from its competitors. When asked what sets this tubular skylight apart from others, Scott Lawrence, manager of Solar Concepts says, “The technology. We have it, and others don’t.”

He says their product emits two to five times as much white light, not blue or yellow like most skylight models.

“Solatube is the only product that provides this natural lighting without also bringing into your home heat, UV rays, and leaks,” Lawrence says.

He adds most skylights come with these three unwelcome guests, but not Solatube. The technology is so advanced, the product blocks heat and UV rays from coming into homes. All Solatube products also come with a 10-year warranty to ensure quality satisfaction.

Solar Concepts has proven to be a customer-friendly and efficient business. The Better Business Bureau rated it an A+ company, and Angie’s List granted it the Super Service Award for Best Customer Service Company in 2010.

Lawrence says he has “never before worked with a product that customers love so much.” The only struggle the company has encountered over the years is that there are still many people unaware of Solatube, he says.

The purchase and installation price for Solatube skylights starts at $579, but customers can get one-third off that payment back in tax credits. Solar Concepts also offers a year-round bundle sale, so if you buy three products, you get $150 off your purchase.

While the initial price of the tubular skylight isn’t inexpensive, the product can save you thousands of dollars a year on electricity costs.

To learn more about Solatube products or Solar Concepts, visit solarconceptsaz.com or call (480) 968-1777.

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Scottsdale Weight Loss Center - Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Avoid Weight Gain With Scottsdale Weight Loss Center Tips

Scottsdale Weight Loss Center’s Dr. Rob Ziltzer Dishes Out Some Weight Loss Tips

The holidays are the time to connect with family and friends, which means more parties, more food, late-night shopping and a lot less sleep.

After the festivities are over, you open your closet to find that all of your clothing has magically shrunk, and the days to achieve your beach body are slipping through your fingers.

Make your New Year’s resolutions easier by preventing holiday weight gain with some advice from Dr. Rob Ziltzer of the Scottsdale Weight Loss Center.

Q: What can be done to maintain one’s weight over the holiday season?

A: I’m a strong advocate of making changes now to prevent the weight gain.
The average person puts on four to six pounds during the holidays and that’s for a number of reasons. There are many more meals and in-between meal food opportunities, whether it be holiday meals or buffets, more cocktail parties, or cookies that people bring into work. All of those things ultimately mean more calories eaten.

When you compound that with people being out more and sleeping less, sleep deprivation also leads to weight gain. Getting a full seven to eight hours of sleep can help burn the equivalent of 400 more calories.

Q: Do you have suggestions for healthier options or substitutions if you are hosting a party or dinner?

A: Skewered beef, chicken or shrimp kabobs are going to be much more filling and nutritious with far fewer calories and carbs. If made properly, deviled eggs are a good choice because they are filled with protein.

If you are making cookies, you can use apple sauce instead of oil or butter. It changes the flavor a little bit, but it will certainly reduce the amount of calories. Personally, I recommend you eat a really good cookie you really like and just eat less of it.

Q: Alcoholic beverages are known for empty calories. With the increase of holiday cocktail parties, do you have any suggestions for low-calorie options?

A: One important fact is to stay well hydrated. Instead of having two alcoholic drinks back to back, have a glass of water or a diet soda in between. You will reduce your overall amount of alcohol intake. If you really want to drink, light beer is the best choice followed by wine.

Q: What do you think about pre-mixed, low-calorie drinks such as the Skinny Girl Margarita?

A: It only has 110 calories and five grams of sugar. Less sugar means fewer calories, so that’s actually a good choice.

Q: What do you suggest if people overeat or have too many rich items during a meal?

A: Prevention is key. Once you’ve overeaten, it’s too late. Don’t go into a meal hungry. We recommend pre-loading. Have a small meal, snack bar, a salad or 16 ounces of water before you get there.

Listen to your body. We use the 1-10 hunger scale — 10 being famished and 1 being totally full and bloated. Start eating when you are a 6 or 7, and stop when you are about a 4. Then, you will feel satisfied.

Q: The holiday rush usually means skipping exercising. Do you have tips to help boost energy and maintain weight without exercise?

A: Simply wearing a pedometer to track how many steps you are taking can be really effective. Try to do something every day, even if it’s only for five or 10 minutes. Take a brisk walk, go to the gym, or go dancing — anything to get you moving.

Even doing housework counts. It doesn’t mean you have to go to the gym if you are busy. If you are cleaning, preparing for a holiday party or putting a tree together, those are all physical activities and should be counted.

For more information about the Scottsdale Weight Loss Center:

Scottsdale Weight Loss Center
9989 N. 95th St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(480) 366-4400


Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011


Club SAR, Benefits of Boxing - Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Club SAR, Mountainside Fitness Instructors Discuss Benefits Of Boxing

Club SAR, Mountainside Fitness Discuss Benefits Of Boxing

Road rage, workplace stress and a slow recovering economy are fueling hooks and uppercuts at boxing gyms across Scottsdale. Men and women of all ages are lacing up their gloves and reaping the sport’s payoffs in mental and physical health.

With a one-hour class burning approximately 400 to 800 calories, those who hit the boxing gyms are slimming down, building muscle and strengthening their minds and hearts.

“Boxing provides total body conditioning that includes strength, endurance and flexibility without having to focus on any one particular area,” says Tabitha Citro, athletic director at Mountainside Fitness, which offers boxing and kickboxing classes in Scottsdale. “It becomes a total package, an all-in-one sport.”

Dating back to 688 B.C. in ancient Greece, boxing has served as an outlet for those with combative tendencies. But for those who would prefer to not be hit, boxing conditioning can be accomplished without sparing.

“Some people are looking for the cardio benefits,” says Diedra Nietz, instructor at Club SAR in Scottsdale. “They don’t want to fight in the ring, but want to learn about self-defense and get in great shape. Many of our classes have people working at their own pace, on their own bag.”

Boxing conditioning classes often involve learning basic punches like jabs, hooks, uppercuts and footwork. Conditioning classes also include training to increase speed and strength using sprints, push-ups, sit-ups, squats and other grueling exercises that work the shoulders, core and legs.

The Great De-Stressor

Andrea Mijak, a school psychologist, started boxing to improve her performance in mixed martial arts. She fell in love with the sport and found that it helped reduced stress.

“When you are stressed, boxing can become a release,” Mijak says. “If you channel it, after the workout, the aggression is gone.”

Mijak says boxing has the ability take the negative energy that stress or anger creates and transforms it into something positive.

“Many of the boxers I’ve talked to say that boxing helped them to channel their aggression in a more positive way,” Mijak says. “It also empowers people. For some women, they might come in more timid, but after they get into it, they find they enjoy throwing a punch.”

Instructors say boxing is a workout that evolves into a skill set of fighting moves with increased coordination, confidence and strength. For those bored with going to the gym, boxing provides a workout with purpose, says Jonathan Couvdos, Club SAR instructor and former amateur boxer.

“It’s fun to work out when you have a goal,” Couvdos says. “At the end of it, you’re learning a technique and a sport. You forget you’re working out. Instead of running on a treadmill, when you do boxing conditioning, you’re getting a better workout, and it’s interesting.”

The Sweet Science

One of the great skills that boxing develops is the ability to respond to the unexpected. Boxers have to decide in split seconds on how to counter an opponent’s tactics.

Thomas Harrison, Club SAR manager/instructor and former amateur boxer, says boxing is called “the sweet science because it’s somewhat of a chess game. Yes, it is a fight, but there is thought involved. There is a method to fighting, such as counter-punching. You want to use your opponent’s moves against him. Hit without being hit. Accomplishing that requires a lot of study and practice.”

Learning to leverage one’s body to deliver heavy-hitting punches while maintaining balance and speedy responses also gives the brain a good workout.

“You’re working on your coordination, so it keeps you sharp,” Nietz says.  “You’re focusing on movements and what you do next. It teaches you to be quick on your feet.”

Self-Defense for Beginners

For people wanting to learn how to box for self-defense, boxing offers some basic building blocks. While it gives people confidence in throwing punches and taking hits, Citro says it’s just the beginning of learning to protect yourself.

“It provides a foundation for self-defense movements that could be applied to potentially dangerous situations,” Citro says. “It prepares the body to take a defensive mode in unexpected dangerous circumstances. But boxing should not be considered a substitute for a complete self-defense program. However, it provides great fundamental skills.”

Out of the Ring

Learning a sport and consistently exercising can also benefit your career. A study from the University of Bristol in England showed that 79 percent of people who exercised on days that they worked improved their professional performance.

“I think employers like the fact that people know a sport well,” Harrison says. “They know how to work hard, be regimented, disciplined and put themselves on the line to accomplish goals. All of that can be used in the corporate world.”

But for those who just want to punch something after a day at the office, taking it into the ring will serve as a stress-reliever and a big calorie-burning fitness program.

“(Boxing is) for people with different athletic abilities, from (those who weigh) 300 pounds to professional athletes who want to stay in shape during the off-season,“ Couvdos says. “It’s for anyone who wants to be challenged.”

For more information about Club SAR and Mountainside Fitness:

Club SAR
8055 E. Camelback Rd.
(480) 312-2669

Mountainside Fitness
11611 E. Sahuaro Dr.
(480) 889-8889

Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011