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.
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.
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.
What is a Mommy Makeover, and who can benefit? The term Mommy Makeover has been given to a variety of paired cosmetic procedures designed to enhance the areas most effected by pregnancy: the breasts and the belly. The archetype for the Mommy Makeover is the combination of Breast Augmentation and Tummy Tuck. Other procedures can be substituted to enhance targeting your specific needs, but this is the most frequently used pairing. This combination of procedures can also be helpful after weight loss. More details are supplied below and are covered in today’s video segment.
Mommy Makeover – Belly Enhancement
A mommy’s abdominal wall, muscle and skin, is stretched maximally during the final trimester of pregnancy, and the result is often irreversible with diet and exercise alone. Once the tough fascial layer that surrounds the muscle is over-stretched, it does not spring back. Exercise is very important to maintain weight and to strengthen the muscle, but it cannot repair the loose fascial layer that supports the muscle deep within the abdominal wall. A Tummy Tuck, or Abdominoplasty, can tighten the fascia, repair the diastasis, remove the excess skin and remove any baby fat that remains on the lower belly. Mini Tummy Tucks (Mini Abdominoplasty) and Liposuction can also be part of a complete Mommy Makeover. For more about Belly Shaping procedures visit my Body Enhancement page.
Mommy Makeover – Breast Enhancement
Breast size changes with pregnancy, weight loss, weight gain and even as we naturally age. The Breast Enhancement portion of the Mommy Makeover is modified depending on the problem. Breast Augmentation is the most common procedure combined with tummy tightening in the Mommy makeover. Breast Implants are used to restore lost volume, and fill loose skin, and just about any size is available. Newer silicone filled and shaped Breast Implants give us safer and better options. If sagging is present, a Breast Lift can be used to reshape the breast. When breasts enlarge with pregnancy and do not deflate, Breast Reduction surgery may be a better answer, to restore a more comfortable breast volume. For more about Breast Shaping procedures visit my Breast Enhancement page.
Mommy Makeover Questions Answered
This Mommy Makeover Video features more answers to common questions about the Mommy Makeover. Host, Janelle Marie, asks me about Breast Augmentation, Breast Implant sizing, Tummy Tucks, combing procedures and the recovery time needed. After watching the video, if you have more questions, click on links provided at the end of this post, use the contact form on the left or just give us a call.
Mommy Makeover Video – Before and Afters
This is the fourth and final Mommy Makeover video segment from a live broadcast on the San Francisco Bay Area’s News Station, KRON4. The (415) number shown in the video clip was for callers to ask questions during the show. Andrea in San Francisco, California, called in to ask if her Breast Reduction can be revised. Another good question! If you have questions about Mommy Makeovers, Breast Augmentation or Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tucks) please call (925) 943-6353 for more information, or use the contact form on this page to e-mail me.
Mommy Makeover Frequently Asked Questions
This series of Mommy Makeover Videos includes answers to many Mommy Makeover Frequently Asked Questions. This segment reviews additional facts about both Breast Augmentation and Tummy Tucks and the alternatives. San Francisco caller, Andrea, also calls with questions about Breast Reduction and Breast Reduction Revision surgery. Some of the breast and belly shaping topics covered include:
Can Breast Augmentation and Tummy Tucks be safely combined as a Mommy Makeover?
What are the advantages of combining Breast Augmentation and Tummy Tucks?
Which are the most popular Cosmetic Plastic Surgery procedures?
Do Breast Implants have to be big?
What sizes are available in Breast Implants?
Can a specific size be guaranteed for Breast Augmentation?
How can I test the size of Breast Augmentation I want?
What is the most common reason for Breast Augmentation Revision?
What is the most common reason to replace a Breast Implant?
What is the recovery time for a Tummy Tuck?
What is the recovery time for a Mini Tummy Tuck?
Can Breast Reduction be redone or revised?
More Mommy Makeover Information
Thank you for watching part three of Mommy Makeovers. Be sure to watch the rest of the show. Links are provided below: