This is not another news flash about Teenaged Plastic Surgery. I came across a great article from the University of Colorado Cancer Center, and it reaffirms the old adage, “Know your audience.” The title of the article is Effect of Appearance-Based Education Compared with Health-Based Education on Sunscreen use and Knowledge: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Their audience is medical professionals who we will read an article even with a title like that.
Beauty Motivates Teens
The title should be, Beauty Motivates Teens more than Health Risks. I see it every day in my own Bay Area Plastic Surgery practice. Even adults are more likely to give up unhealthy behaviors like smoking to have a tummy tuck, breast reduction or facelift, than they are to prevent cancers. If you have a teenager, and are trying to discourage unhealthy teen behaviors, read on.
The investigators noticed in their clinical practice that when discussing sunscreen use with teens, “when we talk about the skin cancer risk, it doesn’t faze them. But when you talk about premature wrinkling and aging, they listen a little more closely.”
Two Videos are Better then One
University of Colorado investigators made two educational videos about the use of sunscreen. One was focused on appearance-based education*. The other was health-based. While both videos included important information on UV exposure, the appearance-based video stressed premature aging, while the health-based video emphasized skin cancer risk.
The Results: The Carrot Beats the Stick
Fifty high school students were randomly chosen to view either the appearance-based or the health-based video. Here are the results:
Knowledge scores significantly improved in both study groups. So both groups of students heard and retained the facts.
The health-based group had a non-statistically significant increase in sunscreen use (0.9 ± 1.9 d/wk, P = .096). Despite the facts being heard and retained, the video stressing cancer prevention caused no change in high risk behavior.
The appearance-based group demonstrated a statistically significant increase in sunscreen use (2.8 ± 2.2, P < .001). The video stressing prevention of wrinkles resulted in an increase of sunscreen use among the teens viewing it.
Education vs. Motivation
Both videos educated. Testing showed the difference in knowledge scores between the study groups was not significant. So both groups retained the same amount of factual information. However, only the appearance-based video motivated a change in behavior. The appearance-based group applied sunscreen at significantly greater frequencies compared with the health-based group (2.2 ± 1.4 vs 0.2 ± 0.6, P < .001).
The Moral of the Story
The study, simple in design, is deep in insight. I see men and women every day with sun damage, much of which is preventable. Most of us get the majority of our sun exposure at an early age, and early sunscreen use is key. Further study may reveal if the motivation comes from the desire to look good, or if it stems from the immediacy of getting older, vs the latency of developing skin cancer.
Even so, it provides a window into how to get the message out and change bad behavior . All the facts can be presented, but if you don’t know your audience they may not listen. Furthermore, if when they have to listen, and even when the information sinks in, the end result of changing behavior still may not occur if the audience isn’t personally motived to act.
Appearance-based education can be applied to sunscreen use, smoking cessation or discouraging drug use. While health benefits and appearance benefits are present with each, an emphasis on the latter may provide more motivation.
CEREPLAS Breast Implant Production and Distribution Suspended
The French Angence Nationale de Sécurité de Médicament (ANSM), in charge of securing public safety with regards to medical devices in France, issued an informational note last week. On February 14th, 2014, they suspended CEREPLAS from marketing, exporting, distributing and using CEREFORM Breast Implants and corresponding sizers until the company is in compliance. Here is a copy of the the translated letter from the CEREPLAS web site:
CEREPLAS Suspension Letter – 14 Feb 2014
Tightening Regulation After PIP Scandal
Regulators are tightening control after the PIP fiasco. PIP implant’s manufacturer was found to have been playing a shell game with regulators. Unlike the FDA which can show up unannounced to inspect a manufacturing plant, European regulators were required to give 10 days notice. After notification, PIP makers would hide substandard silicone and replace it with the medical grade silicone they were supposed to use. The PIP manufactured implants were substandard and leaked at a rate as high as 10% per year.
CEREPLAS Implants Are Not Being Recalled
Unlike PIP Breast Implants, which you should have removed, the ANSM edict calls only for the cessation of sales of CEREFORM Breast Implants until compliance is met. The product concerns may stem more from the sterility of the manufacturing process, rather that the components CEREPLAS used in making the Breast Implants. The ANSM stresses that it “has no evidence to suspect the existence of a sanitary risk concerning these devices used previously.”
United States FDA Approved Breast Implants
Neither PIP nor CEREPLAS Silicone Breast Implants have ever been available in the United States. There are currently only three FDA approved Breast Implant manufacturers in the US: Allergan, Sientra and Mentor. They manufacture their Breast Implants in Costa Rica, Brazil and the US respectively, but all plants are subject to the same FDA reviews and inspections, regardless of where in the world they are located.
I am a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and a primary investigator for all three manufacturers for their on-going 10-year post-approval studies. The main reason I became an investigator is to help demonstrate that the Breast Implants I use are of the highest possible quality. It is the only way to be certain that the findings in the premarket studies hold up when Breast Implants are used under “real world” conditions and over longer periods of time.
Breast Implant Information
You can find more information about Breast Implants here on the San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog or by visiting any of my other web sites listed above under “Useful Links,” but there is no substitute for a consultation with a qualified Plastic Surgeon. If you have Breast Implants and are considering Breast Implant Revision, or if you are researching Breast Augmentation for yourself or someone you know, give my Walnut Creek Plastic Surgery office a call at (925) 943-6353, and schedule a consultation geared to your needs. There are many options for Breast Augmentation, and a brief appointment can help focus your research to that which will get you the best results in the easiest and most predictable way.
Dr. Mele has again received the Patients’ Choice Award for Most Compassionate Doctor.
I am humbled to receive the 2013 Most Compassionate Doctor Award from you, my patients.
How this Plastic Surgery Award is Selected
Every year, hundreds of thousands of patients provide feedback about their doctors online. You write about your experience and rate your doctors on several components of care, including: bedside manner, doctor-patient face time, and degree of follow-up. Only a select few receive praise about the compassion that accompanied their care.
Vitals Compassionate Doctor Award is part of the Vitals Awards & Recognition Program, where patients rate and review their doctors.
Thank you for placing me among the most highly regarded physicians.
Compassion is Key
My goal is to provide the best Cosmetic Plastic Surgery to the San Francisco Bay Area. While great training and Board Certification helps, listening may be the most important part of great results. I thank you for your trust, and I will strive to continue to provide the best plastic surgery results possible.
Gynecomastia can be a source of embarrassment for men both in and out of clothing. Over developed breasts can be obvious through a shirt, so men with Gynecomastia avoid tight shirts and often wear multiple layers to obscure the appearance of their enlarged breasts.
Causes of Gynecomastia
The are many reasons for Gynecomastia. The most common reason is natural hormonal changes. This can be seen in newborns, adolescents and men. Newborn Gynecomastia usually resolves within two to three weeks after birth, as the influence of the mother’s estrogen wanes. Adolescent Gynecomastia is very common, but also can resolve in one to two years, as surges in hormones seen with puberty level off. Adult Gynecomastia can either be unresolved adolescent gynecomastia, or may develop later in life. According to the Mayo Clinic, Gynecomastia peaks between the ages of 50 to 80, and at least 1 in 4 men are affected.
Gynecomastia Video – Male Breast Reduction
The Gynecomastia Video below was made for KRON4′s Body Beautiful television show. This segment focuses on the latest treatments available for Male Breast Enlargement. Options like Liposuction and Surgical Excision are discussed and illustrated with multiple Gynecomastia Before and After Pictures.
The (415) number displayed during the video was only for the live broadcast. If you have questions about Male Breast Reduction, or would like to come to my office for a private consultation about Gynecomastia Reduction, call (925) 943-6353, or use the contact form in the column on the left. Other postings on Gynecomastia are available by clicking Breast Reduction (Men) under “Categories” to the left.
Male Breast Reduction Video from KRON4
Medications and Gynecomastia
Many common medications are linked to the development of Gynecomastia including:
Anti-androgens like flutamide, finasteride (Proscar, Propecia) and spironolactone (Aldactone)
Anabolic steroids and androgens
AIDS antiretroviral therapy (HAART) especially Efavirenz (Sustiva)
Anti-anxiety medications like diazepam (Valium)
Ulcer medications like cimetidine (Tagamet)
Chemotherapy, especially for Prostate Cancer
Heart medications like digoxin (Lanoxin) and calcium channel blockers
Other Health Conditions
Other Medical Conditions can also contribute to the development of Gynecomastia including:
Hypogonadism (Klinefelter syndrome or pituitary insufficiency)
Tumors of the testes, adrenal glands or pituitary gland
Liver failure and cirrhosis
More Gynecomastia Treatment Information
More Gynecomastia Information is available on the San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog and my other web sites; however, if you want specific information, a private consultation is the best way to get it. Call (925) 943-6353, or use the contact form in the column on the left.
Breast Reduction is one of the most rewarding Plastic Surgery procedures. Not only can it improve proportions, and make a woman feel better about her body, Reduction Mammoplasty can relieve physical pain and suffering.
The Problems With Large Breasts
Large Breasts can cause many uncomfortable physical symptoms. Neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain and breast pain are caused by the torque that heavy breasts put on the musculoskeletal system. Shoulder ruts, deep grooves caused by bra straps, are very common with large breasts. Attempts to harness the breasts with a tight bra, cause the bra straps to dig into the tender shoulder skin.
Sagging is also a problem. When large breasts hang low, the skin of the breasts rests on the skin of the abdomen, trapping moisture. This is a setup for irritation and infections. Recurrent fungal and bacterial infections can be more than a nuisance. They can be a serious health hazard.
Breast Reduction on Body Beautiful
The Breast Reduction Video below is from a recent appearance on KRON4′s Body Beautiful. This segment focuses on the latest techniques for Breast Reduction, and includes Breast Reduction Before and After Pictures.
The (415) number displayed in the Breast Reduction Television Segment was for viewers to call in with questions during the live show. If you have questions about Breast Reduction or other Plastic Surgery procedures, call my San Francisco Bay Area Plastic Surgery Office at (925) 943-6353, or use the contact form in the left column.
Breast Reduction Video from KRON4
Your Breast Reduction Questions Answered
The above Reduction Mammoplasty Video answers many of the frequently asked Breast Reduction questions. Some of the questions answered include:
Breast Reduction Before and After Pictures are reviewed.
The Reasons for Breast Reduction
Can I go home the same day as my Breast Reduction?
Do I get a Breast Lift with my Breast Reduction?
Why would Breast Implants ever be needed for a Breast Reduction?
Is the nipple removed during a Breast Reduction?
How long does a Reduction Mammoplasty take?
How long will my Breast Reduction last?
Can my nipple or areola also be reduced?
Monique from San Francisco asks about having a Tummy Tuck after four C-sections.
If you are considering Breast Reduction Surgery, schedule a private consultation. It is the only way to get information specific to your needs. It gives you the opportunity to learn what is needed for your care, and allows me to gather the information necessary to provide specific answers to your questions. Call (925) 943-6353 or send us an email via the contact form to get started today.
Breast Enhancement covers a wide range of procedures. We covered a lot of information in this Body Beautiful segment for KRON4, but the subject is large enough for its own website (SanFranciscoBreast.com).
What is Breast Enhancement?
When we think of Breast Enhancement, we usually think about Breast Augmentation and Breast Implants, but there is more to it. Breast Lifts, Breast Reduction, and many surgical procedures designed to address specific Congenital Breast Deformities (birth defects) are also included. From Tuberous Breasts and Poland’s Syndrome, to Inverted Nipples and breast asymmetry, Breast Enhancement covers a wide range of options.
Breast Enhancement Video from KRON4
Breast Enhancement FAQ’s
You may have questions about your options for Breast Enhancement, like “What size will look best?” and “Do I need a Breast Lift?” I have tried to answer many of the frequently asked questions about Breast Augmentation, Breast Lifts and other Breast Enhancements in this Body Beautiful segment. The information is necessarily generic, and is designed to provide a solid foundation and framework for discussion. Specific advice can only be obtained via an in-person consultation with a qualified, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
Some of the topics discussed in this Breast Enhancement segment include:
What is Breast Augmentation?
What are the indications for a Breast Lift?
Who is a good candidate for Breast Augmentation?
Can Breast Symmetry or the shape of the breasts be improved?
Liz from San Jose, CA, asks about Breast Reduction.
Before and After pictures for Breast Augmentation to enhance Breast Size
Before and After pictures for Breast Augmentation for small Breasts
Before and After pictures for Breast Augmentation after loss of Breast Volume
What is the average recovery time after Breast Implants?
Breast Enhancement Consultations
The 415 number in this video was for viewers to call in with questions during the live show only. Call our San Francisco Bay Area Plastic Surgery office at (925) 943-6353, if you would like to schedule a private consultation, tailored to your specific needs, or if you have questions about Breast Augmentation, Breast Implants, Breast Lifts or Plastic Surgery in general. You can also submit questions, or send a request for a consultation, 24 hours a day, with the contact form in the left column.
This week, I am releasing my latest Mommy Makeover Video. It is a segment from last month’s Body Beautiful Appearance on the Bay Area’s News Station KRON4 in San Francisco. Host Janelle Marie and I discuss the latest in Mommy Makeover Technology, and how you can get the best results.
Mommy Makeover TV
The Mommy Makeover Video below was broadcast live, and viewers could call in with their questions. If you have Mommy Makeover Questions, please call my San Francisco Bay Area Plastic Surgery Office directly at (925) 943-6353. The (415) number displayed on the video was only for the live show.
Breast and Body Makeover Video
Mommy Makeover Frequently Asked Questions
I tried to answer as many Mommy Makeover FAQs as time allowed during this television show. Some of the topics covered include:
Brazilian Butt Lifts (Fat Grafting to the Buttocks)
Can a Mommy Makeover help if you are not a Mommy? Like after weight loss?
Who is the best candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
How to Minimize Surgical Scars
How long does a Mommy Makeover take?
What is the recovery time after a Mommy Makeover?
How to get the Optimal Breast Size?
Mommy Makeover Before and After Pictures
Mommy Makeover Before and After Pictures are included in the above video presentation. I have also included them below, in case of technical difficulties.
Before and After – Breast Augmentation with a Tummy Tuck
The Mommy Makeover above is a combination of Breast Augmentation with Breast Implants and a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty). Not all Mommy Makeovers include Breast Augmentation or even Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tucks). Other options are illustrated below.
Before and After – Breast Augmentation with Breast Lift, Tummy Tuck, Liposuction and Brazilian Butt Lift (Fat Grafting to the Buttocks
This Mommy Makeover includes a Breast Lift with Breast Implants (Mastopexy Augmentation), A Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) with Liposuction and a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) with Fat Grafting.
Before and After – Breast Reduction with Breast Lift and Tummy Tuck, Liposuction
Mommy Makeovers can also include the combination of Breast Reduction and Tummy Tuck with Liposuction. The procedures are often performed together; however, they can be staged. Above, the results of the Breast Reduction and Tummy Tuck with Liposuction are combined.
Mommy Makeover Consultation
If you are ready for your Mommy Makeover, I am ready to help. Call the office at (925) 943-6353 to schedule your personal Mommy Makeover consultation. More information, videos and before and after pictures are also available on my main web site’s Mommy Makeover Page.
This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health. It was the first Surgeon General’s Report to recommend that all smokers stop smoking, and that all non-smokers never start. Pretty bold words for 1964. Since that time, U.S. smoking rates have dropped in half.
Plastic Surgeons have long been aware of the many problems that smoking can cause with our patients and with our procedures. A recent article from the journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery compares identical twins and finds significant changes in facial aging for the smoking twin, even if they smoked for just five years.
Which Twin Sister is the Smoker?
Can you tell which twin smokes? If you guessed the twin on the right, you are correct. Compared to her non-smoking sister in blue, the twin in red has advanced signs of aging including: marked loss of mid and lower face fullness, deeper nasolabial folds and smoker's lines around the lips.
Smoking is Bad
In case you’ve not seen the public service announcements, smoking is bad for you. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smoking harms nearly every organ of your body. Cigarette smoking causes about one in every five deaths, or more than 440,000 deaths each year in the United States. This is more deaths than the combined loss of life from HIV, illegal drugs, alcohol, motor vehicle accidents and firearms.
Smoking causes 90% of all deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), 90% of all lung cancer deaths in men and 80% of all lung cancer deaths in women. More women die from lung cancer each year than from breast cancer.
Smoking damages blood vessels, which causes the wall of the blood vessels to thicken. Thicker blood vessel walls lead to smaller blood vessel lumens, and a restriction in the amount of blood the vessel can carry. To supply enough oxygen to your cells, your heart beats faster and your blood pressure goes up. It also increases your risk of blood clots, especially if you are a woman taking birth control pills. As a result, smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to develop heart disease and strokes – the leading causes of death in the US.
The Secret to a Long Life is Good Blood Vessels
Smoking’s attack on blood vessels is particularly problematic for Plastic Surgery. Procedures like Facelifts, Breast Reduction and Tummy Tucks rely on normal circulation to heal. Smoking clamps the small vessels off, leading to six times the risk of wound problems after surgery. The changes can be seen on the faces of twins with differing smoking histories.
Which Twin Brother is the Smoker?
Which twin smokes? This is a trick question, because both twins smoked; however, the twin on the right smoked fourteen years longer than his brother. Many of the same differences in aging are seen in these brothers as were seen with the twin sisters above.
The More Examples the Clearer the Picture
The ASPS article referenced to in this post has many more examples of twins with varying smoking histories. The article, and others like it, demonstrate that smoking is an independent risk factor for facial aging. Thank you to Dr. Guyuron and his Plastic Surgery colleagues at Case Western for attending the Twin Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio, and identifying 79 pairs of twins with divergent smoking histories.
Never a Better Time to Quit Smoking
Numerous serious bad health effects and accelerated aging are two big sticks to help motivate smokers to become nonsmokers, so you might be asking, “Where’s the carrot?” If you have been considering Plastic Surgery, consider it the carrot. Many procedures are much safer for nonsmokers. I have had many patients quit smoking for their Cosmetic Surgery, and then remain nonsmokers because they feel better not smoking. That is what we call a win-win. You can look better and be healthier with the proper motivation.
For more information about Cosmetic Plastic Surgery in the San Francisco Bay Area, check out my websites, and give me a call at (925) 943-6353.
The word Gynecomastia was first used in the 1880′s and is formed from three latin roots:
gyneco meaning female or woman is used in many common medical terms including gynecology, the branch of medicine concerned with diseases in women.
mast meaning breast. For example, a mastectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the breast.
ia at the end of a word signifies a disease. Malaria gets its name (bad air disease) from the belief that it was caused by the bad air found around swamps.
Put them all together and we get Gynecomastia or female breast disease, but women can’t get it. The real problem with Gynecomastia is that it happens to men.
Gynecomastia Reduction Before and After Pictures
Gynecomastia Reduction Surgery is designed to masculinize the chest.
Gynecomastia Comes in all Shapes and Sizes
Gynecomastia presents as a wide range of problems. In its most benign form, it is a small, firm swelling of the male breasts, isolated to the area behind the nipple. In pubescent males, this may resolve on its own after a few years as hormones stabilize. The most severe forms of Male Breast Enlargement can be seen on popular weight loss shows like The Biggest Loser. In extreme cases, the Gynecomastia is so large that the skin and areola are stretched out of proportion.
The Gynecomastia Reduction Before and After Pictures above fall into the less extreme end of the Gynecomastia spectrum. In this case, the glandular tissue is localized in the lower chest, causing enlargement of the areola and projection of the nipple, best demonstrated on the lateral views below.
Gynecomastia Reduction Before and After Lateral Views (Side Views)
Gynecomastia isolated to the area beneath the nipple can cause puffy nipples. Gynecomastia Reduction Surgery can provide a smooth, more masculine profile.
Gynecomastia Reduction Surgery for Puffy Nipples
Even relatively small amounts of Gynecomastia can cause significant embarrassment, and relegate us to wearing only loose, baggy shirts. The Gynecomastia Reduction before and after pictures above demonstrate the significant amount of nipple projection that even small, localized Gynecomastia can cause. By removing the firm breast tissue located behind the nipple, the male chest is contoured into a more masculine shape. A t-shirt will no longer be a source of embarrassment, and the improvement doesn’t stop there. Removing the excess breast tissue reduces the augmentation that stretches the skin and enlarges the areola. In the upper most view, the areolae appear to have been reduced, making my patient more comfortable going without a shirt. Moreover, he appears more physically fit.
More Extreme Gynecomastia Reduction
The more extreme the gynecomastia, the more extreme the treatment. Here not only was excess breast tissue removed, but excess skin was also excised.
At the other end of the Gynecomastia spectrum are breasts that are so enlarged that they permanently stretch the chest skin. Even if the excess breast tissue is removed, the skin is still bulky and can sag. This is seen often after massive weight loss. Even if all the excess breast tissue is eliminated with weight loss, the skin does not shrink to match the new and improved contours, and the breasts may still appear large. In these cases, the excess skin needs to be addressed.
Traditional Gynecomastia Reduction is Sometimes not Enough
The pictures above show what can happen when traditional Male Breast Reduction techniques are used in extreme circumstances. The patient shown above and below had already had Gynecomastia Reduction prior to my performing his Gynecomastia Revision Surgery. His initial procedure removed breast tissue; however, he was left with obvious indentations beneath his nipples, and the excess skin along the lower chest and sides continued to inhibit him from going shirtless and even wearing certain clothes.
This patient had prior gynecomastia reduction, with improvement in the size of the chest; however, he was left with indented nipples from over resection, and the excess skin was never addressed. By replacing tissue beneath the nipples, and removing the excess skin, a more aesthetic result is obtained.
The indentations behind the nipples in the above patient were the result of previous Gynecomastia Surgery. He presented with misshapen areolae and obvious concavities in the center of his chest. The contour irregularities were further compounded by residual breast tissue and fat around the periphery of the breast and excess skin sagging along the lower border of the breasts causing additional fullness. After his Gynecomastia Consultation, Gynecomastia Revision Surgery was performed. An incision was made beneath the breasts along the inframammary fold. A flap of fat was used to smooth the central breast depressions, Liposuction and direct excision were used to further reduce the size of the breasts and sides, and by removing the excess skin, the chest contour is now smooth and flat. Thankfully, not all Male Breast Reduction Surgery is this complicated. I am glad to say, this patient is now happy, and he can wear tight t-shirts without worry.
Wherever you may fit in the spectrum of Gynecomastia, we can help. To view television appearances I have made discussing Gynecomastia click this link: Gynecomastia Videos.
The most important step in treating Gynecomastia is selecting a qualified Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. They should objectively evaluate your areas of concern, and formulate a treatment plan that works best for your needs.
If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, and would like to schedule a personalized Gynecomastia consultation, just give my East Bay Plastic Surgery office a call at (925) 943-6353. You can also ask questions by completing the contact form on the left.
The Mommy Makeover above included a Tummy Tuck and Breast Implants, but not all Mommy Makeovers include Breast Augmentation or even Abdominoplasty.
Myth 1 – Mommy Makeovers are only for Mommies
The alliteration of Mommy Makeover makes it easy to say and remember, but not all mommies need one, and not everyone who gets one is a mommy. The term Mommy Makeover refers to any combination of procedures used to improve the contours and proportions of the breasts and belly.
Aesthetic Breast Enhancement may include one or a combination of:
While the core Body Work may include:
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Mini Tummy Tuck (Mini Abdominoplasty)
The Mommy Makeover is a commonly used combination to restore a woman’s body proportions after childbirth; however, it is also helpful after large weight losses and congenital predispositions.
Myth 2 – Mommy Makeovers Make Breasts Bigger
Mommy Makeovers do make breasts bigger most the time; however, some mommy’s breast do not get smaller after childbirth and breast feeding. For these mommies, a Breast Reduction which includes a Breast Lift may be the better option.
Breast Reduction Before and Afters
Some Mommy Makeovers include a Breast Reduction rather than Breast Augmentation.
If your breast remain large after having children, a Breast Reduction offers the opportunity to correct the size of the breasts to something more proportionate for your body. As discussed in the previous Breast Reduction post, Reduction Mammoplasty does more than make breasts smaller. Breast Reduction can reduce the symptoms associated with large breasts (neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain and rutting, and inframammary rashes), includes a Breast Lift and as demonstrated above, can improve breast symmetry too.
Myth 3 – Mommy Makeovers Mean Tummy Tuck
Mommy Makeovers often include Tummy Tucks. When the abdomen is less stretched, however, less may be needed. After pregnancy or weight loss, when minimal loose skin is leftover, a Mini Tummy Tuck (Mini Abdominoplasty) or even Liposuction may be substituted for abdominal rejuvenation for the appropriate tummy.
Tummy Tuck and Liposuction Before and Afters Photos
The Tummy Tuck is the most frequently used procedure for Abdominal Rejuvenation during a Mommy Makeover, but smaller bellies may need smaller procedures like a Mini Tummy Tuck or Liposuction.
Myth 4 – Mommy Makeovers Must be Done in One Operation
Usually, the Mommy Makeover is performed as a single procedure. The results are certainly more dramatic, but a Mommy Makeover can be staged. There are time and recovery saving advantages to combining the Mommy Makeover into a single operation, but the recovery for each procedure is easier when separated. While there is usually a small cost savings associated with combining procedures, for some it is easier to budget one procedure at a time. This has become less of an issue with the availability of Cosmetic Surgery Financing.
Mommy Makeover Before and Afters
Observant readers may have noticed the similarities between the Breast Reduction and Tummy Tuck with Liposuction pictures shown above. They are in fact the same person. Here, the results of the separate procedures are combined.
The Mommy Makeover above is the result of staged procedures and a combination of Breast Reduction, Tummy Tuck and Liposuction. Individually, the results are excellent; however, improving just the breasts or the tummy alone would leave the other area looking worse and more disproportionate. You can visualize this by switching the tops and bottoms of the pictures above. When the two are combined, the synergy makes both areas look better.
Mommy Makeover Consultations
If you are looking for more general Mommy Makeover information, be certain to check out DrMele.com. When you are ready to learn how a Mommy Makeover can specifically help you, give my Walnut Creek Plastic Surgery office a call at (925) 943-6353, to schedule a personal Plastic Surgery consultation and find the combination Mommy Makeover that will work best for you.