Tummy Tucks are designed to fix flabby bellies. After pregnancy or weight loss, the abdominal skin and the muscle beneath can get stretched out. To get back to a tight tummy, the Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty may be just what the doctor ordered.
Tummy Tucks Do What Diet and Exercise Cannot
Diet and Exercise are important to a toned body, but after pregnancy and weight loss, diet and exercise may not get us all the way to the goal. Once over-stretched, the abdominal wall cannot recoil. The abdominal skin often remains flaccid, even with vigorous exercise. Being close to an ideal weight can reduce abdominal girth, but it cannot fix loose skin.
Tummy Tuck Video on KRON 4’s Body Beautiful
Abdominoplasty means abdomen changing, and San Francisco Bay Area Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Joseph A. Mele, MD, has all the details in this Tummy Tuck Video Segment from the Bay Area’s News Station, KRON 4, in San Francisco, CA.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Video Presentation in San Francisco
Each of the above Cosmetic Plastic Surgery procedures has specific benefits, and when indicated, each should be discussed during the Abdominoplasty Consultation, so you can make a well informed decision about the options.
Tummy Tuck Consultation
An in-person consultation appointment can help sort through the Tummy Tuck Options, and find the procedure that best fits your tummy. Call (925) 943-6353 to schedule a personalized consultation, or use the contact form in the margin for further Abdominoplasty Information.
Facial Plastic Surgery is designed to provide you with a more rested and youthful appearance. Blepharoplasty, or the Eyelid Lift, can do this and more.
Blepharoplasty on KRON 4 Body Beautiful in San Francisco
I recently had the opportunity to discuss Blepharoplasty with Bay Area New Station anchor Janelle Marie. The show, entitled Body Beautiful, aired live on KRON 4 last month. We discussed many of the details of eyelid aging, and how to fix it. The information on the video is supplemented below and on my main web site with more general information. If you are considering eyelid surgery, the best thing to do is visit an experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon near you, so that the details are covered too.
Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty) Video Presentation
Eyelid Lift Before and After Photos
If you already watched the video, you may have noticed the usual Before and After Pictures were missing. This Body Beautiful show was the last live broadcast from the old San Francisco Van Ness Avenue Studios. Maybe it was the studio ghosts way of saying she’ll miss us, but just before going live, the video editor ate the before and after pictures. You can see them here on the San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog in my post from earlier this month: All Eyes on You – SF Bay Area Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty), or visit the DrMele.com Plastic Surgery Photo Gallery.
What Happens to the Eyelids?
The Eyelids aging is due to intrinsic and extrinsic factors. The Intrinsic Factors we are born with. For example, the eyelids have the thinest skin on the body, and they move a lot. The amount of fat around the eyes is also genetic. Thicker, elastic skin and the proper amount of eyelid fat, contribute to the appearance of fewer wrinkles and smaller bags.
Extrinsic Factors are the environmental influences that change the appearance of our eyelids. Sun exposure and smoking are two areas over which we have some control. Using sunscreen, hats and moisturizers can protect the eyelid skin, prolong a youthful appearance and prevent skin cancer. Not smoking is good idea for many reasons.
How Blepharoplasty Works
Blepharoplasty is a facial plastic surgery procedure that literally means eyelid changing. Though both the upper and lower eyelids can have excess skin and fat, the most common problems corrected are excess skin of the upper eyelid and bulging fat bags of the lower eyelids. Both these features make us look older and tired.
Upper Eyelid Lifts
The Upper Blepharoplasty can be performed for both cosmetic and functional reasons. Sometimes, insurance will cover upper eyelid surgery when the excess skin is blocking your vision. Each insurance company has its own rules defining what is cosmetic and what is covered, so it is important to check with your insurance before having the surgery if your vision is compromised.
Lower Eyelid Lifts
The Lower Blepharoplasty is used to remove bags from under the eyes. Excess fat and skin are removed, and the eyelid is tightened. Fine lines can also be treated with chemical peels or laser skin resurfacing.
Eyelid Rejuvenation Consultations
As mentioned above, the best, if not the only way to find out if Blepharoplasty is right for you is via an in-person consultation appointment. A brief history and physical examination is necessary to be certain the procedure is appropriate for you. To schedule a private cosmetic eyelid surgery consultation, call (925) 943-6353, or use the contact form in the margin to contact my San Francisco Bay Area Plastic Surgery office.
These Mommy Makeover before and after photos display the most popular combination of belly and breast enhancement: The Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) with Breast Augmentation (Breast Implants).
What’s a Mommy Makeover?
A Mommy Makeover is any combination of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery procedures that restore what pregnancy takes away: perky breasts and a flat belly. Pregnancy can be hard on the breasts and the belly, so the most common combination for a Mommy Makeover is Breast Augmentation with a Tummy Tuck. This combination of procedures is also useful after massive weight loss, which also often leaves women and men with deflated sagging breasts and a loose stretched-out tummy.
Other Mommy Makeover Combinations – Upper Half
Another Mommy Makeover is the Tummy Tuck and Breast Lift. If you are happy with your breast size, but not the shape, sagging or looseness, a Breast Lift may be all that is needed.
Breast Implants are not always necessary for a Mommy Makeover. If your breasts are a good size, but have dropped, a Breast Lift may be enough to restore your Breast Aesthetics and Body Confidence. There are many options for your Breast Lift, or Mastopexy. If the breasts have dropped and volume is missing, a combination of Breast Lift and Breast Augmentation (Augmentation Mastopexy) is utilized.
Other Mommy Makeover Combinations – Lower Half
With severe muscle laxity, diet, exercise, even Liposuction is futile. The Tummy Tuck is the only way to fix this. Lesser problems, on the other hand, may improve with smaller procedures.
The Tummy Tuck repairs skin laxity, lower abdominal disproportionate fat, and it is the only procedure that effectively tightens the abdominal muscles. For the belly above, muscle laxity is the primary problem, so only a Full Tummy Tuck can provide the optimal result. It works like an internal corset to flatten the tummy.
Sometimes, a smaller procedure is enough. If you only have disproportionate fat, and have maintained good skin and muscle tone, Liposuction may be a better option with a shorter recovery and lower cost. If your muscle and skin laxity is confined to the area below the belly button, a Mini Tummy Tuck (Mini Abdominoplasty) may be enough to achieve the desired look.
Schedule Your Mommy Makeover Consultation
Mommy Makeovers are as unique as mommies, so the best way to learn your options is during a personalized consultation appointment with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. To schedule a private consultation appointment in our San Francisco Bay Area Plastic Surgery office call (925) 943-6353, or ask a question via the contact form in the left margin of the San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog.
My favorite part about being a Plastic Surgeon is fixing stuff. I have been this way for as long as I can remember. I was one of those kids who loved taking things apart to see how they worked, and putting them back together like new, but improved. The ability to combine fixing stuff with helping people makes being a Plastic Surgeon the perfect profession for me.
Why Plastic Surgeons Like to Fix Stuff
I received the nicest email this week. A patient, who is a decade or so out from her Tummy Tuck, made my day by dropping a little note about how her Tummy Tuck is holding up. Rather than paraphrase, here are her words:
Hi there! I am a former patient who had a T-Tuck I think ten years ago. I was getting dressed this morning and still ADMIRING the work you did an how great I still look so I wanted to send you an updated “after” photo so your patients can see what really can be achieved with this procedure. I’m 56 now and I … look this good in a bikini. So, I just wanted to share this with you. If you can respond with your email address I will forward it – – and come by you have time to prove its not a fake!! ; )
The Proof is in the Selfie
Of course, I responded. And here is the proof:
Ten Years After Tummy Tuck at 56-years-not-so-old.
The Before Picture
To make her feel even better about taking care of the “work,” I sent her the before picture:
The “infamous” before Tummy Tuck picture at 46-years-old.
Plastic Surgery is a Partnership
It takes two to get a great Plastic Surgery result. At 46, my patient was in pretty good shape, but a lot can happen in 10 years. I suspected my patient was doing more for herself than getting an Abdominoplasty. When I inquired she responded with:
Well ok – I work out 6 days a week running and doing strength training also and I am in better shape now at 56 than I was in my 40’s when I had the procedure done. Here is the key – -Getting the surgery gave me a whole NEW level of confidence that inspired me to take it all to a new level! I don’t think I would have been motivated to really change my whole “lifestyle identity” if I had gotten from the surgery a glimpse of the potential I could reach. So thank you so much for everything! ; D
Make My Day
I hope you can see why this made my day. It is a privilege to be a Plastic Surgeon. Plastic Surgery is a lot of work, and it takes a lot of ongoing training, but the rewards are wonderful. Just like many of the things I took apart in my youth, my patients are not “broken.” In fact, many of them look very good without my help. While the changes we see in these Tummy Tuck Before and After Photos are physical, the changes that I often see go beyond that.
Excellent Plastic Surgery is a Partnership between the patient and the surgeon.
Improved Self Esteem?
It is often said that Plastic Surgery can improve self-esteem, and there are numerous studies that bear this out. Since most of us do not have best friends who are also Plastic Surgeons, it takes gumption to present your least favorite body part to a complete stranger. I think Plastic Surgery can remove some physical barriers, but the psyche and the body must be healthy to start with. Removing an uncomfortable physical barrier can awaken a healthy self-esteem like it did for my Tummy Tuck patient above.
San Francisco Bay Area Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
If you are considering Plastic Surgery in the San Francisco Bay Area, call (925) 943-6353 to schedule your person consultation appointment. There is a lot of information available about the many Cosmetic Plastic Surgeries I perform here on the San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog, and the other web sites listed under “Useful Links” above. Also, feel free to ask questions via the contact form located in the column.
Liposuction remains one of the most popular Cosmetic Plastic Surgery procedures. Unlike weight loss, liposuction allows you to choose the areas where fat is removed. It is not a method of weight loss, or even weight maintenance, but it can remove those stubborn, disproportionate pockets of fat that just won’t leave despite a good diet and exercise.
Dr. Mele Discusses Liposuction on KRON 4’s Body Beautiful
The lastest television video segment from the Bay Area’s New Station, KRON 4’s Body Beautiful is included below. Liposuction is discussed, as well as the recovery.
Liposuction Video with Before and After Pictures
Before and After Pictures of Liposuction
Before and After Pictures of Liposuction are reviewed including:
Liposuction literally means fat suction. A cannula is placed under the skin via a small incision and fat is vacuumed out. The concept is simple, and maybe that’s why everyone thinks they can do it. There are many methods, but choosing the right Plastic Surgeon will always be more important than picking the “right” method. Just like a great musician playing Classroom Instruments will always sound better than an amateur playing a Stradivarius. Besides, fat is soft, so a bigger, hotter, stronger hammer is unnecessary, and is yet to be proven better.
A sculpture is defined by what remains, not the chips of marble left on the floor. Liposculpture is Liposuction, but emphasizes the importance of what is left behind rather than what is removed. The goal with Liposculpture is to create a better shape, not to remove as much fat as possible.
Additive Sculpture – Fat Transfer
Fat Transfer is currently a hot topic. It is probably best known as the Brazilian Butt Lift. A Brazilian Butt Lift is a procedure where fat is removed from an area that is disproportionate and is used for Fat Transplant to the Buttocks. The added volume not only enlarges the buttocks, but can reshape them too. The biggest limitations for fat transfer are the amount of fat available elsewhere in the body, and the nature of the buttocks’ skin.
Fat transfer is not as predictable as sculpture because fat is not as predictable as stone. The volume of fat transferred can change. Initially 50% to 100% of the fat may take. Obviously, this is a bigger problem if 50% takes on one side and 100% on the other. After the fat grafts have healed, they continue to behave like the area they where taken from. If you gain weight, the grafts will get bigger.
Another area that Plastic Surgeons are investigating is fat grafting to the breasts. Fat grafts are not as predictable as Breast Implants, and still are not ready for primetime when it comes to Breast Augmentation. However, after breast biopsies, lumpectomies or other traumatic changes to the breasts that effect breast contour, Fat Grafting to the Breasts can provide dramatic improvement.
Liposuction Consultations in the Bay Area
If you are considering Liposuction, and would like to schedule a private consulation appointment, call (925) 943-6353 today, or use the contact form in the margin. We are located in the San Francisco East Bay Area City of Walnut Creek, just over the Oakland/Berkeley Hills on 680 between San Ramon and Concord.
No matter who you choose, be certain to research your doctor. The following links, will make it easier. Just click on what you want to do:
Mommy Makeovers exist because babies are hard on their mommy’s “B’s”: Breasts and Bellies. The physiological changes that are necessary for a healthy child are not always beneficial for a healthy mommy’s body.
How to Repair the Aftermath of Pregnancy
The television video segment below is from this month’s Body Beautiful. I discuss Mommy Makeovers, the alternative to living with the results of pregnancy for both the Breast and Belly, from the perspective of a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who has taken care of many mommies.
For the Breasts, options include: Breast Augmentation, Breast Lifts, Breast Reduction or a combination of these. Reduction of hypertrophied (overly enlarged) nipples and areolae is also possible. For Bellies: Liposuction, Mini Tummy Tucks and most commonly, Full Tummy Tucks are available. The video provides an introduction to many of the options available, including fat grafting to the buttocks (Brazilian Butt Lift), but cannot substitute for an in depth consultation with an experienced and Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
Mommy Makeover Video from this month’s Body Beautiful on KRON 4
Breast Enlargement for lactation is necessary, but when breasts shrink after breast feeding ends, the result can be empty, saggy breasts. Recent evidence points to pregnancy itself as the main culprit. Breast feeding, on the other hand, may instead offer benefits to both breast shape and baby wellness.
Why Breasts Sag With Pregnancy
Breasts are attached to the muscles behind them by long thin bands called Cooper’s Ligaments. When the breasts engorge, these ligaments elongate and cannot support the breasts as well. Immediately after breast feeding stops, the breast lose volume, which leads to further drooping. Some improvement occurs during the first six months after the cessation of lactation, so it is best to give the breasts a chance to recover, before planning your breast intervention.
There are many options for Breast Enhancement. The most common is Breast Augmentation, which restores lost volume and can help deflated breasts. When the breast enlargement that comes with pregnancy does not resolve, and the breast remain too large, Breast Reduction may provide relief from the excess weight and size of the breasts. If the size is good, but the breasts have dropped too low, a Breast Lift may be all that is needed.
What happens to the belly is a little simpler to understand. As the baby gets bigger, the belly stretches. This includes the skin and the muscle of the abdominal wall. Furthermore, the rectus muscles, which are a pair of muscles running down the middle of the belly, can separate and drift away from the midline causing abdominal weakness and diastasis.
What is Diastasis?
Diastasis is a separation of the rectus muscles. It is not a hernia and is usually not symptomatic or dangerous. A simple test for diastasis is to lay on your back, raise your shoulders off the bed/floor, and look at the center of your belly. Normally, when the shoulders rise the abdominal muscles tighten, and the abdomen flattens. With diastasis the mid-line, especially the area just above the belly button, will bulge upwards as the muscles tighten.
The bulge occurs because the muscles are no longer next to each other. As they are pulled apart with pregnancy, or weight gain, the middle of the abdominal wall is left unsupported. When the abdominal muscles tighten, the guts are squeezed and look for more room. The soft midline gives and provides additional space.
Repairing Diastasis is part of a Tummy Tuck, and one of the reasons that Abdominoplasty works better than diet and exercise for many mommies.
The most common abdominal component of the Mommy Makeover is the Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty. This provides repair of the muscle, tightening of the skin and removal of excess lower abdominal fat. If the problem is residual fat, and the skin is tight, Liposuction, alone may be all that is needed. When there is mild skin laxity isolated to the lower abdomen, a Mini Tummy Tuck could be a good compromise.
The Mommy Makeover has Lots of Options
Hopefully, the video and post above gives you some guidance. While information above is accurate, it may be specific to your needs, because every body is a little different, and individual needs and results will vary.
The best way to find out what the Mommy Makeover can do for you is during an in-person appointment with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. To schedule a private consultation, call my office at (925) 943-6353, and get the details you need to decide if the Mommy Makeover is the right procedure for you.
This week, research proving long term scar improvement with Embrace scar treatment is published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Scar Therapy That Works
A few years ago, I was a primary researcher for a new device designed to improve the appearance of scars after surgery. The clinical trial, “A Study of a Novel Silicone Dressing to Minimize Scar Formation (REFINE),” was sponsored by the manufacturer Neodyne Biosciences. This month, the research is published in the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons – Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The results demonstrate that the Embrace device significantly reduces scarring following Abdominoplasty surgery. To the authors’ knowledge, this represents the first level I evidence for postoperative scar reduction.
How the Scar Reduction Research was Performed
Silicone Impregnated Gel Sheeting has been used for years to improve the appearance of scars. The Embrace device is novel because it also incorporates stress-shielding to protect the operative site. For the trial, patients having Tummy Tucks were prospectively randomized to have one side treated with Embrace and the other side treated in the usual manner of the plastic surgeon. All researchers were experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeons. All patients were treated with the Embrace patch for 5 to 13 weeks and followed for a year after Abdominoplasty. Very specific and reproducible photographs were taken at 6 and 12 months after the Tummy Tuck for comparison.
How Much Better Were the Tummy Tuck Scars?
The operative scars were rated by investigators and patients. Both found that embrace-treated scars demonstrated significant improvements in overall appearance at 12 months using the Patient and Observer Scar Assessment Scale evaluation (p = 0.02 and p < 0.001, respectively). Importantly, no serious adverse events were reported.
Investigator Scores – Plastic Surgeons consistently rated the appearance of the Embrace treated side higher throughout treatment.
Highlights of the REFINE trial data include:
Highly significant statistical difference between treated and control (p value < 0.02)
Met Primary and secondary endpoints vs. standard of care (Steri-Strips, Mederma, silicone gel, silicone sheeting)
High level of patient and physician satisfaction
High likelihood to recommend therapy by both physician and patient
Patient Scores – Patients also agreed that the appearance of the Embrace treated side was better than the untreated side.
Limits of Embrace Scar Therapy
I most commonly use Embrace Scar Therapy for Tummy Tucks and (Arm Lifts) Brachioplasty. In my practice, and in the trials, the most common reason for stopping Embrace was skin irritation. Since the device is occlusive and is pushing the skin edges together, the mild glue or traction alone can cause redness around the edges of the patch in some patients. The device will only work on straight incisions that are on a relatively flat surface. Embrace can also be used for scar revision, provided the scar is straight and on a flat surface.
Considering a Tummy Tuck or Arm Lift?
If you are considering a Mommy Makeover, Tummy Tuck or Arm Lift, be certain to ask about Embrace Scar Therapy for your recovery. Many patients find the dressing comfortable and reassuring, because it supports the surgical repair. Many San Francisco Bay Area Plastic Surgeons are offering Embrace, and we should since it was invented and proven effective by Plastic Surgeons from around the SF Bay.
More information on Cosmetic Plastic Surgery is available here on the San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog, but there is no substitute for an in-person consultation. When you are ready to learn specifics about what a Mommy Makeover, Tummy Tuck or Arm Lift can do for you, give me a call at (925) 943-6353, or use the contact form in the margin to obtain more information.
The Tummy Tuck remains one of the most popular Cosmetic Plastic Surgery procedures. It reduces the belly bulge and tightens both skin and muscle. Also known as Abdominoplasty, the procedure is frequently performed as part of a Mommy Makeover and after weight loss.
Tummy Tuck Before and After Pictures
No more Toddler Tummy. Pregnancy stretches the belly. A Tummy Tuck tightens it back up.
What Does a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Do?
Abdominoplasty is a layered repair of a stretched abdominal wall. An incision is placed low across the abdomen, below the belt or bikini line, to remove the excess abdominal wall skin, but there is more to a Tummy Tuck than skin removal. The foundation of the abdominal wall, the muscle layer, is also repaired. Muscle fascia (case) is tightened down the middle of the belly from top to bottom underneath the skin. There is no visible scar from this portion of the procedure, as it is performed through the skin tightening incision. This further flattens the tummy. A third layer is also fixed. Between the muscle and the skin is another tough layer, Scarpa’s Fascia. Repairing this layer provides a third layer of support and helps relieve tension on the skin, providing a better scar.
Abdominoplasty Before and After Pictures
Abdominoplasty provides tighter skin and muscles after pregnancy or weight loss.
Beautiful Bellies After Babies
The Tummy Tuck Before and After Pictures above show the improvement possible with Abdominoplasty. The loose, crepey skin draping over the belly button and collecting on the lower abdomen is removed. The after picture shows smooth skin, and now the belly button is visible. Moreover, the abdominal muscles are pulled together like a corset providing a flattened abdominal wall. The outer edges of the rectus muscle are visible above as shadows. In the before picture, the shadows are along the sides of the loose skin. In the after picture, they are the cut lines running vertically on the now flat abdominal wall. Tightening of the abdominal wall muscles is even more obvious in the Abdominoplasty Before and After Pictures below.
Abdominal Tightening Before and After Photos
The Battle of the Belly Bulge has been won. The Tummy Tuck removes lower abdominal fat and skin while tightening the abdominal muscles.
The Secret to Tummy Tucks
Beware of gimmicks, brand name tummy tucks and mini procedures promising maxi results. The secret to you getting the best Tummy Tuck results possible is in the hands of your Plastic Surgeon. The skills of your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon are what make the difference between a good result and a great result. Do your homework, and find an experienced and Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who you can communicate with. It is easy to check them out online:
As a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with 17 years of Private Practice experience dedicated to Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, I know there is no substitute for an in-person consultation with a qualified doctor.
If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, considering Abdominoplasty, call (925) 943-6353 today to make a personalized Tummy Tuck Consultation. While the generalized information available on the San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog and on the Internet can provide a generalized framework, during an in-person consultation your questions will be answered specifically to your needs.
The San Francisco Bay Area is a very competitive place. We support the headquarters for Silicon Valley start-ups and Multinationals alike. The East Bay is home to the third largest corporation in the the US (San Ramon’s Chevron), and the world’s hottest electric auto assembly plant (Fremont’s Tesla). Though technically, Tesla is headquartered in the South Bay’s Palo Alto, not far from the fifth largest US company, (Apple Computers in Cupertino).
The Competitive World of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery
The Mini Tummy Tuck can clean up loose skin, lax muscle and disproportionate fat on the lower abdomen without the downtime of a full Abdominoplasty.
This spirit of successful innovation extends to Cosmetic Plastic Surgery also. The first facial filler was investigated and developed at Stanford University. Palo Alto remains the home of Collagen Corporation. For the home of the first Plastic Surgery Training Program West of the Mississippi, you might think Beverly Hills, or at least Southern California, but in fact it was my alma mater in San Francisco. The Plastic Surgery fellowships at Stanford and UC San Francisco remain as two of the best in the world.
With Plastic Surgery Competition Comes Innovation
Competition breeds innovation. New products like Neodyne’s Embrace Scar Therapy, and new techniques are constantly developing, making my job safer and more predictable. The quest to get better results with less intervention and downtime is ongoing.
Mini Tummy Tucks and other “Mini” procedures
For this bulge at the bottom of the belly, a Mini Tummy Tuck is just what the doctor ordered.
An area of innovation is the development of “Mini” procedures. From Mini Facelifts to Mini Tummy Tucks, for the right patient, less is more. Mini Abdominoplasty provides abdominal rejuvenation for anyone who does not require a full Tummy Tuck, in half the time and with half the recovery. A Mini Abdominoplasty cannot do everything its big sister can do; however, if your tummy problems are exclusively below your belly button, the Mini Tummy Tuck may be your answer.
Mini Abdominoplasty Television
The Mini Tummy Tuck is featured in this week’s KRON 4 Body Beautiful Segment. A review of the procedure and before and after pictures are shown. This provides a good overview of what a Mini Abdominoplasty can do. For specific information be certain to see an experienced and Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
Mini Abdominoplasty (Mini Tummy Tuck) Video
Mini Tummy Tuck Frequently Asked Questions
The Mini Abdominoplasty Video above answers many of the most Frequently Asked Questions. Topics covered include:
What is a Mini Tummy Tuck?
What can a Mini Abdominoplasty fix?
What can’t a Mini Tummy Tuck fix?
When is a Tummy Tuck better?
When will Liposuction alone help?
Do Plastic Surgeons cut the muscle for a Tummy Tuck?
Is the Mini Tummy Tuck scar smaller?
What is the recovery time for a Mini vs a Full Tummy Tuck?
Can Liposuction be combined with Tummy Tucks?
Where is the scar for Tummy Tucks?
And of course, Mini Tummy Tuck Before and After Pictures
What Was I Trying to Say about Mini Tummy Tucks at the End of the Video?
From flabby to fit. A Mini Abdominoplasty was all that was needed to restore this belly.
We did not get to the last thing I was going to mention on the show. It has to do with improving your Mini or Full Abdominoplasty scar. I was a primary investigator for Neodyne’s Embrace Scar Therapy. It is a patch placed over the Abdominoplasty scar to help it heal better. The patch is used for several weeks after surgery, and helps reduce redness and improves scar formation. A randomized control trial comparing Abdominoplasty scars with and without Embrace therapy showed clinical improvement in the scars treated with Embrace. Embrace is another example of the cutting edge innovation coming out of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Mini Tummy Tuck Consultations
Are you a candidate for a Mini Tummy Tuck? If you have questions about Mini Abdominoplasty, Liposuction or Tummy Tucks, give me a call at (925) 943-6353, or use the contact form to the left, and schedule your individualized plastic surgery consultation today. The details for your exact situation will be discerned and a plan tailored just for your belly will be created.
The Mommy Makeover has improved since the San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog began in 2009.
This marks the 300th post on the San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog. The first entries were posted in June of 2009, and included Mommy Makeovers with videos about Breast Augmentation and Tummy Tucks. Some things never go out of style, but they rarely stay the same.
Some Things Change – Breast Implants
Breast Augmentation advances as New Breast Implant Technology becomes available.
Breast Augmentation has changed. Five years ago, I was using silicone gel and saline breast implants fairly equally. Now that we have “Gummy Bear Breast Implants,” I use silicone gel breast implants about 70% of the time. With the advent of highly cohesive silicone gel breast implants, today’s silicone gel is less likely to migrate, and allows for the creation of shaped breast implants. Both are finallyFDA approved for cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery.
Some Things Stay the Same – Tummy Tuck or Liposuction
Liposuction removes disproportionate fat and allows the skin to recoil with minimal scars.
Five years ago, the decision between Tummy Tuck and Liposuction was essentially the same as it is today. Disproportionate fat, with tight skin, responds well to Liposuction alone. If loose skin and muscle laxity are present, a Tummy Tuck is needed. Despite what you may read elsewhere, there is no safe, effective and reliable way to shrink skin without removing it surgically. Today, an incision is still necessary to get a flat belly when there is too much skin, or the muscle has been stretched out. On the other hand, we can make the scar less noticeable now. Scar Treatment has improved since the San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog was started, less than five years ago.
Better Scars Make Better Results
Tummy Tucks tighten the abdominal muscles, remove excess fat and tighten even the loosest abdominal skin.
A couple years ago, I had the opportunity to research a novel means of scar reduction. As a primary researcher, I saw first-hand how Neodyne’s Embrace Scar Therapy worked. Last year, Embrace became available, and this year Neodyne received its sixth patent for its novel approach to improved scar healing.
New and Improved Mommy Makeovers
If you are considering a Mommy Makeover, Breast Augmentation or Tummy Tuck, there has never been a better time. With improvements in Breast Implants and Scar Healing, the results are better than ever. To learn more, call (925) 943-6353 today, and schedule a personalized consultation. We can discuss your options, and detail the best method to reach your goals. And during you appointment, be certain to ask about the latest Breast Implant technology and improved Scar Treatments.