Videos | Tummy Tuck | SF Bay Area | Abdominoplasty

Posted December 31, 2016 in Home, Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty), Videos

The Tummy Tuck is the Plastic Surgery workhorse for repairing the abdominal contour after childbirth or weight loss. Abdominoplasty is consistently one of the most frequently performed cosmetic plastic surgery procedures, because it can provide the best, safest and most predictable results possible.

Abdominoplasty on Body Beautiful

I had the opportunity to speak about Tummy Tuck surgery on the San Francisco Bay Area’s News Station, KRON 4’s, Body Beautiful. The following Abdominoplasty Video contains multiple sets of Tummy Tuck Before and After Pictures. Each exemplifies the possibilities available with Abdominoplasty.

Tummy Tuck Video (Abdominoplasty)

Abdominoplasty Consultation Appointments

When considering your Tummy Tuck, be certain to ask how the procedure is performed, what can be improved and what will remain the same. I prefer to keep my Abdominoplasty patients overnight. This allows for a supervised and more comfortable recovery, and assistance with mobility. I find once the initial pain is well controlled, and you are confident in your ability to move about, the recovery goes much smoother.

Be certain to consult a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in your area who has years of experience with the techniques currently available. If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area and would like to schedule a personalized appointment in my Walnut Creek Plastic Surgery clinic, give me a call today at (925) 943-6353.

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Mommy Makeover SF Bay Area

Posted December 26, 2016 in Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift (Mastopexy), Breast Reduction, Home, Liposuction, Mini Tummy Tuck (Mini Abdominoplasty), Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty), Videos

Every Mommy Makeover includes enhancement of both the belly and the breasts. The most common combination is Breast Augmentation with a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty). However, other options include:

  • Breast Enhancement
    • Breast Lifts
    • Breast Implants with Breast Lift
    • Breast Reduction
  • Belly Enhancement
    • Liposuction
    • Mini Tummy Tucks
  • Other Body Enhancements
    • Brazilian Butt Lift
    • Lower Body Lift
    • Facial Enhancement

The combination best for you depends on what you need, tempered by safety and predictability.

Mommy Makeover Video Presentation

The television segment included below is all about Mommy Makeovers and includes many of the most popular variations. The Mommy Makeover Video includes Mommy Makeover Before and After Pictures that illustrate what the procedure has to offer.

The following video segment is from my latest appearance on the San Francisco Bay Area’s New Station, KRON 4. The show gives me the opportunity to talk about the latest Cosmetic Plastic Surgery News.

Mommy Makeover Video

Make Your Mommy Makeover Consultation Appointment

When considering a Mommy Makeover, be certain to find a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in your area who has years of experience with the techniques currently available. If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area and would like to schedule a personalized appointment in my Walnut Creek Plastic Surgery clinic, give me a call today at (925) 943-6353.

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Tummy Tuck SF Bay Area Abdominoplasty

Posted October 31, 2016 in Home, Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Tummy Tuck Before and After: These side views of Abdominoplasty before and after pictures show what a Tummy Tuck can do to address overstretched abdominal muscles and abdominal skin laxity seen after pregnancy or weight loss.

Tummy Tuck Before and After: These side views of Abdominoplasty before and after pictures show what a Tummy Tuck can do to address overstretched abdominal muscles and abdominal skin laxity seen after pregnancy or weight loss.

The Tummy Tuck remains one of my most frequently performed cosmetic plastic surgery procedures, and one of my favorites. Plastic Surgeons have to be a bit obsessive to get the very best results. The Tummy Tuck, or Abdominoplasty, gives us the ability to not only remove fat, like Liposuction, and remove extra skin like a panniculectomy, but also allows a Plastic Surgeon to tighten the abdominal wall muscles. Tightening the abdominal muscles is the only way to tighten the foundation of the abdominal wall and obtain the flattest possible results.

Muscle Tightening – The Foundation of the Tummy Tuck

The Tummy Tuck Before and After Pictures above show what can be accomplished. The bulge that starts well above her belly button is from laxity of the muscles that make up the abdominal wall. This is often seen after pregnancy, and no matter how many sit-ups are performed, if the muscle fascia is over-stretched, the muscles will not tighten properly.

During your Abdominoplasty, the tough case the covers the front of abdominal muscles (the fascia) is tightened. Sutures are placed that act like an internal corset and flatten the belly. It is effective as long as the fascia is normal and the belly is not full of fat. Tummy Tucks are best performed when we are near our ideal body weight and are not planning to have more children.

Abdominoplasty Before and After Pictures

Abdominoplasty Before and After Pictures: The front view of the above Abdominoplasty shows how much the abdominal muscles and skin are tightened. The shadows of the muscles are brought closer to the midline and skin is much smoother. The belly button is also rejuvenated.

Abdominoplasty Before and After Pictures: The front view of the above Abdominoplasty shows how much the abdominal muscles and skin are tightened. The shadows of the muscles are brought closer to the midline and skin is much smoother. The belly button is also rejuvenated.

Skin Tightening – The Icing of the Tummy Tuck

Sometimes the abdominal muscles are in good shape, but there is too much skin covering them. Abdominoplasties directly remove extra skin right off the front of the belly, and the skin removal is sometimes continued around the sides for an extended Tummy Tuck, if the skin excess continues around to the sides. An Abdominoplasty will not tighten the skin of the back. This is why the Lower Body Lift was invented.

Fat Removal for Disproportionate Fat

Liposuction is frequently combined with the Tummy Tuck to maintain the trunk’s proportions. If the sides or back are full, but the skin is tight, Liposuction can be used to reduce this fullness. More recently, this fat has also been repurposed to enhance the buttocks as part of a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL). In the BBL, fat is grafted into the buttocks to enhance its shape and restore absent volume. An example is shown below.

Tummy Tuck and Brazilian Butt Lift Before and After Pictures: In this case, Abdominoplasty is combined with Liposuction of the back and flanks. The fat is harvested and grafted into the buttocks to create fuller, curvier buttocks.

Tummy Tuck and Brazilian Butt Lift Before and After Pictures: In this case, Abdominoplasty is combined with Liposuction of the back and flanks. The fat is harvested and grafted into the buttocks to create fuller, curvier buttocks.

Tummy Tuck Consultations

If you are considering a Tummy Tuck, give my San Francisco Bay Area Plastic Surgery office a call today at (925) 943-6353. My friendly staff can help arrange a convenient appointment time, so that we can discuss the details of your procedure, and choose the type of Abdominoplasty that is best suited to your needs.

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Mini Tummy Tucks (Mini Abdominoplasty) SF Bay Area

Posted July 02, 2016 in Home, Liposuction, Mini Tummy Tuck (Mini Abdominoplasty), Mommy Makeover, Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty), Videos

When is a Mini Tummy Tuck enough? It’s a question I answer every day. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery options for Abdominal Rejuvenation range from Liposuction to Tummy Tuck, with the Mini Tummy Tuck covering some of the middle ground. Unlike Liposuction alone, the Mini Abdominoplasty can tighten the skin and muscle wall of the lower abdomen. But a Mini Tummy Tuck doesn’t do everything a Tummy Tuck can, and it’s important to know the benefits, as well as the limitations, before proceeding.

Mini Tummy Tuck Video (Mini Abdominoplasty)

The Mini Abdominoplasty is discussed below. This video segment is taken from a recent Body Beautiful episode, which originally aired on the San Francisco Bay Area’s News Station, KRON 4. The following Mini Tummy Tuck Video answers many of the frequently asked questions about Mini Abdominoplasty and reviews the results that can be achieved. Indications for a Mini Tummy Tuck vs. Full Tummy Tuck or Liposuction are reviewed. The information provided is accurate, but cannot be considered medical advice. An in-person consultation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon is always recommended prior to choosing a treatment plan.

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Mini Abdominoplasty Before and After Pictures

Mini Tummy Tuck Before and After Pictures are included in the video above. The indications and results are illustrated and explained. Additional before and after photos are also available on my main website. For more information about determining what Liposuction, Mini Tummy Tucks and Tummy Tucks can do, see my Liposuction or Tummy Tuck Article.

What Is A Foopa?

Foopa comes from the acronym F.U.P.A., which is short for Fat Upper Pubic Area. Originally, this was meant to identify a disproportionate collection of fat above the privates and below the belt line; however, its meaning has expanded to include all lower belly fat, especially the fat that sticks out above a C-section scar. Foopas cause the fullness seen in “Mom Jeans.” Larger foopas can simulate the appearance of early pregnancy.

Can A Mini Abdominoplasty Fix A Foopa?

Small foopas, both above and below the belt-line, can often be fixed with a Mini Abdominoplasty. Larger foopas are associated with larger amounts of abdominal laxity, and often require a Full Tummy Tuck for the best results.

Mini Tummy Tuck Quick Check

Here is an easy way to check if a Mini Tummy Tuck is enough. Cover the area below the belly button and look at the belly. If the area above the belly button looks good, a Mini Tummy Tuck will often be enough to obtain a good result. If there is loose skin above the belly button, or if the abdomen bulges above the belly button, a Full Tummy Tuck will give a superior result. If the area below the belly button is full, but the skin is tight, Liposuction may be the easiest fix.

Liposuction, Mini Tummy Tuck or Tummy Tuck?

The decision between Liposuction, Mini Tummy Tuck or Tummy Tuck is not always easy. When in doubt, consult a professional. A Board Certified Plastic Surgeon can sort it out and review your options in less time than it takes to read this article. If you would like to schedule a private, in-person Mini Tummy Tuck consultation call (925) 943-6353 today. A personalized approach is taken with each patient.

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10 Years of Body Beautiful on KRON 4 – The SF Bay Area’s News Station

Posted June 04, 2016 in Arm Lift (Brachioplasty), Breast Lift (Mastopexy), Breast Reduction, Breast Reduction (Men), Breast Reduction (Women), Home, Mini Tummy Tuck (Mini Abdominoplasty)

Dr. Mele and Body Beautiful host Janelle Marie in the KRON 4 Bay Area News studio.

Dr. Mele and Body Beautiful host Janelle Marie in the KRON 4 Bay Area News studio.

Since my first Body Beautiful appearance in 2007, the goal has remained the same: to explain what Cosmetic Plastic Surgery can and cannot do. The show began in the old KRON 4 Van Ness studios as a live broadcast, giving San Francisco Bay Area plastic surgery curious viewers the ability to call in and have their questions answered on the air.

Body Beautiful – Still Going Strong

The KRON 4 line up has changed through the decade, and so has the Body Beautiful broadcast time. Originally, part of the Medical Mondays lineup, we followed the morning news. As the daytime line up changed, we moved to Wednesday mornings and on occasion, the show was taped and rebroadcast on Saturday mornings.

Dr. Mele discusses Breast Lifts (Mastopexy), Breast Reductions (Reduction Mammoplasty), Arm Lifts (Brachioplasty) and Mini Tummy Tucks (Mini Abdominoplasty) LIVE next Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at noon on the Bay Area's News Station, KRON 4's Body Beautiful.

Dr. Mele discusses Breast Lifts (Mastopexy), Breast Reductions (Reduction Mammoplasty), Arm Lifts (Brachioplasty) and Mini Tummy Tucks (Mini Abdominoplasty) LIVE next Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at noon on the Bay Area's News Station, KRON 4’s Body Beautiful.

This Wednesday Body Beautiful is LIVE

This week’s show is special. We will again be broadcasting LIVE, on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at noon. It’s a new time, a new show, and it’s from the new KRON 4 studios, but the goal of demystifying Cosmetic Plastic Surgery remains the same. This week’s topics on Body Beautiful are all about Body Shaping:

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Videos

As usual, the segments from the show will be posted here on the San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog. Currently, there are 128 Plastic Surgery Videos on the blog, so if you are looking for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery information, you are in the right place. Use the links under Categories to explore the procedures you are interested in learning more about. This blog, as well as my other plastic surgery web sites, are constantly being updated, as new information and options become available. And don’t forget to watch our next live show this Wednesday at noon on KRON 4.

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Consultations

The Internet is a great place to get information, but there is no filter on it. There is no substitution for an in-person consultation with an experienced and Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. To schedule your personalized and informative, private plastic surgery consultation, call (925) 943-6353, today.

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Mommy Makeovers SF Bay Area

Posted May 07, 2016 in Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift (Mastopexy), Breast Reconstruction, Home, Liposuction, Mini Tummy Tuck (Mini Abdominoplasty), Mommy Makeover, Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Mommy Makeovers are a combination of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures that enhance, or repair, the breasts and belly. Since both areas take a hit with pregnancy, it is most commonly performed for mommies, but Mommy Makeover procedures are also performed after weight loss. Post Bariatric Surgery patients often have loose skin on their breasts, bellies and other areas, so Mommy Makeovers are performed after weight loss also.

The Mommy Makeover helps by enhancing both the breasts and the belly in a single combination plastic surgery procedure. Above, a Breast Augmentation Lift (Augmentation Mastopexy) is combined with a Tummy Tuck for the optimal result.

The Mommy Makeover helps by enhancing both the breasts and the belly in a single combination plastic surgery procedure. Above, a Breast Augmentation Lift (Augmentation Mastopexy) is combined with a Tummy Tuck for the optimal result.

The Mommy Makeover is a not a specific operation, but rather a combination of breast and belly enhancement procedures. Each area is evaluated separately and we choose one from column A (breast enhancement) and one from column B (belly enhancement) and the combo plate is termed a Mommy Makeover. The ability to mix and match is what makes the procedure so powerful. The best procedures for each area are combined.

Mommy Makeover – Breast Enhancement

Breast Enhancement is half of the Mommy Makeover. In this case, a Breast Augmentation Mastopexy  is performed. A Breast Implant is used to increase the breast volume, while a Breast Lift is used to raise the nipple and reshape the breast. A larger implant without a lift would not make a pretty breast. A larger implant would make larger breasts,  too large for this patient's desires. Additionally, the larger implant would push the nipple lower on the breast.

Breast Enhancement is half of the Mommy Makeover. In this case, a Breast Augmentation Mastopexy is performed. A Breast Implant is used to increase the breast volume, while a Breast Lift is used to raise the nipple and reshape the breast. A larger implant without a lift would not make a pretty breast. A larger implant would make larger breasts, too large for this patient’s desires. Additionally, the larger implant would push the nipple lower on the breast.

Breast Enhancement includes many options. The most common are Breast Augmentation and Breast Lifts, though for those women whose breasts do not shrink after pregnancy, Breast Reduction is also a possibility. Below is a list of Breast Enhancement procedures with links to additional information:

Mommy Makeover – Belly Enhancement

The gold standard of Belly Enhancement is the Tummy Tuck. It reduces loose abdominal skin, removes excess belly fat and tightens muscle laxity including rectus diastasis (muscle separation).

The gold standard of Belly Enhancement is the Tummy Tuck. It reduces loose abdominal skin, removes excess belly fat and tightens muscle laxity including rectus diastasis (muscle separation).

Belly Enhancement also includes several options. The classic Mommy Makeover is a Breast Augmentation combined with a Tummy Tuck. The Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) is the work horse. Abdominoplasty can correct loose skin, lax muscle fascia and remove excess fat. It is the only procedure that addresses all three areas over the entire belly. Sometimes, a Tummy Tuck is more than is needed so “smaller” procedures, like Mini Tummy Tucks or Even Liposuction can be substituted for selected patients. Links to more information about the Tummy Tightening Procedures are provided below:

Liposuction can also be added to help with other problem areas like the love handles, muffin top, thighs, arms or chin, too.

Mommy Makeover – Putting It All Together

Choice is good, but sometimes too many choices leads to confusion. The beauty is that you don’t have to decide on your own. An Experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon is skilled in all your options, and can explain which procedure best accomplishes your goal. This can help you choose the best procedures, and help you know before committing, if a Mommy Makeover is right for you.

Mommy Makeover Consultations

If you are considering a combination of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery like a Mommy Makeover, call (925) 943-6353 today, and schedule a personalized and private consultation. The best breast and belly procedures will be discussed, and a specific plan created just for your body.

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Mommy Makeovers | Breast and Belly Enhancement | SF Bay Area

Posted October 04, 2015 in Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift (Mastopexy), Breast Reduction, Home, Mommy Makeover, Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty), Videos

The Mommy Makeover has become the most popular combination Cosmetic Plastic Surgery. The procedure addresses the two areas that women complain about most after childbirth: the belly and the breasts. While Tummy Tuck with Breast Augmentation is the most popular combination, many variations exist.

Mommy Makeover Video Presentation with Before and After Pictures

I’ve appeared on the Bay Area’s News Station, KRON 4 in the San Francisco Bay Area, numerous times over the last eight years. My most recent Body Beautiful appearance, was all about Mommy Makeovers. The following television segment goes over the highlights of what’s involved. It covers many of the most frequently asked Mommy Makeover questions and illustrates results with before and after pictures.

Mommy Makeover Video Presentation on KRON 4

What Can a Mommy Makeover do for Your Belly?

Mommy Makeovers usually include a Tummy Tuck. The tummy tuck cinches the abdominal wall muscles, removes disproportionate fat and tightens loose skin, reversing much of what pregnancy does to the belly.

Sometimes less is needed, and there are several variations of the Abdominoplasty available including the “Floating Belly-Button” Tummy tuck and the Mini Tummy Tuck. When the skin is still tight, but disproportionate fat is the problem, Liposuction may be all that is needed. Click here for more Tummy Tuck Information.

What Can a Mommy Makeover Do For Your Breasts?

The other half of the Mommy Makeovers is Breast Enhancement. The most common enhancement is Breast Augmentation, which fills loose breast skin and enhances both volume and shape. For the loss of breast volume typical after childbirth, Breast Implants can fill the need.

When volume is not a problem, a Breast Lift may be what’s needed. The Breast Lift or Mastopexy, tightens the breast skin without changing the breast volume. Many different breast lifts exists, and the best Mastopexy for you will depend on how much lifting is needed.

Sometimes breasts increase in volume after pregnancy, and remain too large. Breast Reduction Surgery can help. A Breast Reduction, or Reduction Mammoplasty, will remove excess breast volume and tighten the skin, like a Breast Lift. The result is smaller, firmer and perkier breasts. This is especially helpful in cases where your breasts are heavy and causing pain in the neck, back or shoulders.

For mommies who had Breast Augmentation prior to pregnancy, your breast tissue changes with pregnancy, too. While the breast implant will retain it’s volume, sometimes the shape of the breast is impacted with the normal growth and involution of your breast tissue. When the shape is negatively impacted, Breast Implant Revision Surgery can help shape things up again.

Mommy Makeover Consultations

If a Mommy Makeover is in your future, give me a call at (925) 943-6353. We can review the options that address your concerns, and create a personalized treatment plan that fills your specific needs. More information about Mommy Makeovers and the Plastic Surgery procedures that are utilized, is available by clicking the links included in the post above. More videos are coming soon on Breast Lifts, Breast Reduction and Chin Augmentation. See you next week.

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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Video Presentation Bay Area

Posted July 11, 2015 in Home, Liposuction, Mini Tummy Tuck (Mini Abdominoplasty), Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty), Videos

Tummy Tuck or Liposuction? Can a Mini Tummy Tuck fix my belly? These are questions I hear every week. And after 20 years, I’ve provided guidance on the choice between Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck, thousands of times.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Video Presentation (As Seen on KRON 4)

So when I had the opportunity to discuss San Francisco Bay Area Plastic Surgery on the Bay Area’s News Station, KRON 4’s Body Beautiful, Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) was a popular choice. While the decision to have plastic surgery should be made only after an in-person consultation with an Experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, the Tummy Tuck Video below provides good general information about Abdominoplasty.

So Liposuction or Tummy Tuck?

As much as I would like to perform minimally invasive surgery on everyone of my San Francisco Bay Area Plastic Surgery patients having abdominal rejuvenation, good results can only be obtained with good judgement. The first step toward a good result is defining what needs to be fixed. Once the problems are defined, the best procedure usually selects itself. This does not mean that compromises can’t be made, as long as it is understood that smaller procedures can only correct smaller problems.

Tummy Tuck vs. Liposuction Guide

Many specifics need to be reviewed to determine the best course of treatment for abdominal rejuvenation, and all of them are important. If I had to choose one, the most important factor is skin tone. If your skin tone is good (tight) and there are localized areas of fat in the abdominal wall or sides, then the indicator needle on the plastic surgery procedure meter points more toward Liposuction. On the other hand, if your skin is loose or redundant (folding over), especially if the underlying muscles are lax (commonly seen after weight loss or pregnancy), then the needle moves to Tummy Tuck.

Tummy Tuck Consultations

The decision of whether to have plastic Surgery, and deciding which procedure will provide the best results takes teamwork. While you provide the drive, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon can help with the navigation. If you are dissatisfied with your belly, and want to learn more about Liposuction, Tummy Tucks or another Cosmetic Plastic Surgery procedure, give me a call at (925) 943-6353, and schedule a private and informative consultation appointment.

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Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tucks) on SF Bay Area’s KRON 4 Body Beautiful

Posted February 07, 2015 in Home, Liposuction, Mini Tummy Tuck (Mini Abdominoplasty), Mommy Makeover, Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty), Videos

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

Abdominoplasty Before and After Pictures

Tummy Tuck Before and After Pictures provide examples of what the procedure can do. Unfortunately, the day of the above Body Beautiful broadcast, the video mixer was having a bad day. Fortunately, last month’s post includes Tummy Tuck Before and After Photos on the San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog. Additional Plastic Surgery Before and After Photos can also be seen in my Plastic Surgery Photo Gallery.

Tummy Tucking Options

There are many options for Abdominal Rejuvenation:

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.

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Mommy Makeover Video on the San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog

Posted September 20, 2014 in Breast Augmentation, Breast Implant Revision Surgery, Breast Lift (Mastopexy), Breast Reduction, Breast Reduction (Women), Home, Liposuction, Mini Tummy Tuck (Mini Abdominoplasty), Mommy Makeover, Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty), Videos

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 Changes

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.

Breast Enhancement

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.

Belly Changes

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.

Abdominal Enhancement

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.

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