The Arm Lift (Video) | San Francisco Bay Area

Posted April 22, 2019 in Arm Lift (Brachioplasty), Home, Post-Bariatric Surgery (After Weight Loss), Videos

Brachioplasty removes excess skin and fat creating a tighter, smaller upper arm.

Brachioplasty removes excess skin and fat creating a tighter, smaller upper arm.

Arm Lifts and Brachioplasty

Arm Reduction is a combination of arm fat reduction and arm skin tightening. Both weight loss and liposuction reduce the fat on the upper arms, but neither tightens loose skin. Loose arm skin is a very common problem after bariatric surgery or significant weight loss and can be a source of embarrassment and discomfort for many patients. Arm Lifts or Brachioplasty improve the appearance of the arms by removing fat and tightening excess skin. The result is a slimmer upper arm which fits much better in clothing.

Arm Lift Video (Brachioplasty)

The above Arm Lift Video is from a recent segment of my Body Beautiful television show. The show airs on the San Francisco Bay Area’s News Station, KRON 4. The techniques for Brachioplasty, including scar placement and recovery are reviewed, and many examples of the procedure are illustrated with Arm Lift Before and After Photos.

What Does An Arm Lift Do?

Arm lifts allow for the reduction and tightening of the upper arm, and restore the normal arm proportions after weight loss.

Arm lifts allow for the reduction and tightening of the upper arm, and restore the normal arm proportions after weight loss.

Arm Lifts remove excess skin from the upper arm. The larger the amount of skin, the more dramatic and satisfying the result. The procedure is normally performed under anesthesia, and leaves a scar in the inner part of the arm. A special arm compression garment is worn for several weeks after the procedure to help ensure the best possible result.

Arm Lift Consultations

Arm Lifts are for people who have excessive upper arm skin and who are bothered when their arm does not stop waving when they do.

Arm Lifts are for people who have excessive upper arm skin and who are bothered when their arm does not stop waving when they do.

Arm Lifts are not the most commonly performed cosmetic plastic surgery procedures, so it is important to find an experienced, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for your Brachioplasty. As a member of the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgery, I am dedicated to quality results for my post-weight loss patients. To schedule a private, informative consultation, tailored specifically to your needs, call (925) 943-6353.

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Massive Gynecomastia Reductions – SF Bay Area

Posted January 14, 2019 in Areolar Reduction, Breast Asymmetry, Breast Lift (Mastopexy), Breast Reconstruction, Breast Reduction, Breast Reduction (Men), Daddy Makeover, Home, Post-Bariatric Surgery (After Weight Loss), Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty), Videos

Gynecomastia Reduction is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic plastic surgery procedures for men. Over the last 20 years, the number of Gynecomastia Reductions performed has increased 50% – from twenty-thousand in the year 2000 to thirty-thousand procedures last year. However, the examples I am sharing today are not your typical gynecomastia reductions.

Gynecomastia Reduction after Massive Weight Loss is a different operation than the typical gynecomastia reduction. The large amount of excess skin and extremely low nipple position require special attention to detail and appropriate treatment to achieve a great result. This patient had chest skin reduction (a male breast lift), reduction and repositioning of his nipples along with a tummy tuck to restore his physique after impressive weight loss.

Gynecomastia Reduction after Massive Weight Loss is a different operation than the typical gynecomastia reduction. The large amount of excess skin and extremely low nipple position require special attention to detail and appropriate treatment to achieve a great result. This patient had chest skin reduction (a male breast lift), reduction and repositioning of his nipples along with a tummy tuck to restore his physique after impressive weight loss.

Types of Gynecomastia Reductions

Male Breast Reduction techniques vary depending on the amount of tissue that needs to be removed. Small lumps of firm glandular tissue located beneath the nipple/areola complex (NAC) can be excised directly via a small incision around the edge of the areolae. Large reductions may also require liposuction to remove excess fat (aka pseudogynecomastia). Gynecomastia reduction associated with loose skin, or sagging nipples, is more challenging and is the topic of today’s Massive Gynecomastia Reduction Video. This situation is most commonly seen after large weight loss from either Bariatric Surgery or a change in lifestyle resulting in massive weight loss.

Massive Gynecomastia Reduction Video

The following Plastic Surgery Video Presentation shows several methods of Extreme Gynecomastia Reduction. These are common Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery techniques, but are not the most common methods used for routine Male Breast Reduction. This segment is taken from my TV show Body Beautiful which airs on the San Francisco Bay Area’s News Station, KRON 4.

Post-Bariatric Male Chest Reduction with Tummy Tuck

The goal of Bariatric Surgery is weight loss and the health improvements that come along with it. The improvement, and sometimes the resolution, of diabetes and high blood pressure are frequently seen after weight loss.

On the other hand, massive weight loss also usually leaves behind a large amount of excess skin, and this continues to makes it difficult for patients to feel comfortable. Even with the loss of mass, redundant skin makes finding clothes that are flattering and which fit well difficult.

A massive amount of excess skin is apparent on the trunk of the patient below. His chest is deflated and overhangs laterally, and even in clothes, it looks like he has breasts. His abdominal skin excess is uncomfortable and a nuisance, especially at the belt-line.

Body Lift after massive weight loss including: chest reduction (massive gynecomastia reduction), areolar reduction, breast lift and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). The early scars are more noticeable in the first several weeks to months after surgery, but will continue to improve and fade during the year or two after surgery.

Body Lift after massive weight loss including: chest reduction (massive gynecomastia reduction), areolar reduction, breast lift and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). The early scars are more noticeable in the first several weeks to months after surgery, but will continue to improve and fade during the year or two after surgery.

A combination of Gynecomastia Reduction with skin excision and a Tummy Tuck was used to redefine his trunk. The scars beneath his chest are still healing and will fade with time. There is another scar running below the belt-line which allowed for the tightening of his abdominal muscles and removal of his skin laxity. When loose skin extends all the way around the waist, a Lower Body Lift is often the procedure of choice.

Gynecomastia Reduction Revision Surgery

Gynecomastia Reduction Revision Surgery is perhaps the most challenging of all Gynecomastia surgery. In the case below, the patient complained of still having breast fullness after a previous Male Breast Reduction. He had bottoming out of his chest skin resulting in the appearance of breasts in clothing. Paradoxically, he also has severe indentation of his nipples from the previous resection. This can happen when a large amount of breast tissue is removed.

The patient shown below was treated with skin excision and restoration of volume beneath his nipples to smooth his contour both in and out of clothing. Like the patient above, he has scars located beneath the breasts, but these have faded over time.

This patient had gynecomastia surgery prior to presenting to my office. Revision gynecomastia surgery was performed including restoration of volume beneath the nipples (left > right) and resection of the excess skin that remained along the lower chest. His scars have had time to heal and are less noticeable; however, individual results will vary.

This patient had gynecomastia surgery prior to presenting to my office. Revision gynecomastia surgery was performed including restoration of volume beneath the nipples (left > right) and resection of the excess skin that remained along the lower chest. His scars have had time to heal and are less noticeable; however, individual results will vary.

Gynecomastia surgery can be rewarding and build self confidence. Prior to surgery, his sunburn was confined to the open collar area of his chest. After surgery, he was confident in his appearance and went shirtless. The unfortunate result was a burn to his entire chest. He got the sunscreen lecture, but I was also happy that he finally felt comfortable in his own skin.

You have heard it before and will hear it here again on the San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog. Use of appropriate sun protection is recommended to help prevent skin cancer and premature aging of the skin. In the postoperative period, sun protection is especially important to help prevent the scars from tanning, turning dark and becoming more noticeable.

Breast Reduction for Men Consultations

As mentioned previously, the type of Male Breast Reduction shown above is usually only necessary after massive weight loss. There are exceptions, however, and I have had to perform this surgical variation for men after hormone therapy for prostate cancer and also for a gentleman whose breast enlarged massively with CoolSculpting®. Though rare, Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH) after CoolSculpting® is definitely not cool.

If you count yourself among the 33% of men who continue to have Gynecomastia after puberty, and you would like to learn exactly what treatment options are available for you, call (925) 943-6353 today, to schedule a private consultation appointment. You can also submit your questions via the contact form on this page.

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Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery Video – SF Bay Area

Posted April 22, 2018 in Arm Lift (Brachioplasty), Breast Augmentation, Breast Augmentation Lift, Breast Lift (Mastopexy), Home, Lower Body Lift (Belt Lipectomy), Mommy Makeover, Post-Bariatric Surgery (After Weight Loss), Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty), Videos

Post-Weight Loss Plastic Surgery Video

Massive weight loss will shrink our volume, but does not reliably shrink our skin. In the before and after pictures above, breast volume is restored with breast implants. Sagging breast skin is tightened with a breast lift.  Excess abdominal skin is removed, and the belly bulge caused by stretched out abdominal muscles is flattened by tightening the muscle sheath.

Massive weight loss will shrink our volume, but does not reliably shrink our skin. In the before and after pictures above, breast volume is restored with breast implants. Sagging breast skin is tightened with a breast lift. Excess abdominal skin is removed, and the belly bulge caused by stretched out abdominal muscles, is flattened by tightening the muscle sheath.

Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery is Plastic Surgery after Massive Weight Loss. Whether this is after a lifestyle change or after Bariatric Surgery, the amount of skin that persists after weight loss is often large and frustrating. This Post-Weight Loss Plastic Surgery Video reviews several of the most common treatments including: Lower Body Lifts, Tummy Tucks, Breast Augmentation, Breast Lifts and Arm Lifts. The results of Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery are illustrated and narrated in this video with before and after pictures, which describe and demonstrate what Board Certified Plastic Surgeons can do for the skin excess that often occurs after weight loss.

Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery Video

Extremity Tightening Procedures

The majority of skin tightening procedures performed after weight loss are for the trunk; however, the face, arms and legs can also develop excess skin. Face Lifts (Rhytidectomy), Arm Lifts (Brachioplasty) and Thigh Lifts can help with excess skin on the face/neck, upper arm and thighs. Below is an example of an arm lift.

Brachioplasty literally means arm changing. An arm lift can change the way an arm looks, feels and fits into sleeves.

Brachioplasty literally means arm changing. An arm lift can change the way an arm looks, feels and fits into sleeves.

Brachioplasty changes the arm by removing the excess skin that often hangs off the upper arm after weight loss. The skin is removed from the lower border of the upper arm, leaving a scar along the bottom of the arm. This is the only procedure that can remove large amounts of excess skin.

Post Bariatric Plastic Surgery Consultations

As an active member of the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons, post bariatric plastic surgery is an area in which I specialize.

The American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons was formed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeons specializing in skin tightening after massive weight loss.

The American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons was formed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeons specializing in skin tightening after massive weight loss.

When searching for an experienced post-weight loss plastic surgeon, be certain to look for a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who is a Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Additionally, members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery specialize in the cosmetic side of plastic surgery, and members of the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons demonstrate additional dedication to the cosmetic side of post-bariatric plastic surgery.

If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area and want to learn more about your skin reduction options after weight loss, call (925) 943-6353, to schedule your private consultation appointment.

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Breast Augmentation and Breast Lifts Combined – SF Bay Area

Posted April 09, 2018 in Breast Asymmetry, Breast Augmentation, Breast Augmentation Lift, Breast Lift (Mastopexy), Home, Post-Bariatric Surgery (After Weight Loss), Videos

Aesthetic Breast Surgery

Breast Augmentation Lift combines the Breast Enlargement of Breast Augmentation with the firming and shaping abilities of a Breast Lift.

Breast Augmentation Lift combines the Breast Enlargement of Breast Augmentation with the firming and shaping abilities of a Breast Lift.

The desire for the Best Breast can be divided into two areas: The best size and the best shape. This Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift Video discusses combining a breast lift with a breast implant. The procedure allows your plastic surgeon to maximize your results when both shape and size need modification.

Breast Augmentation Lift Video (Mastopexy Augmentation)

This Body Beautiful video segment from the San Francisco Bay Area’s News Station, KRON 4, reviews Breast Lifts combined with Breast Implants and illustrates the benefits of Augmentation Mastopexy with numerous Breast Aug Lift Before and After Photos.

Breast Size

The ideal breast size varies from patient to patient, and it is important to recognize that the more you do your homework in determining what size makes you happy, the easier it will be for your plastic surgeon to give you the result you desire. Most patients request a cup size in the C plus to D minus range, but you should try it out at home, first.

Buy a bra the size you feel you want to be and stuff it. Ziplock bags filled with rice are a simple way to adjust your breast volume. Try it with different clothing to see how you like it. Do your normal activities, and see how it works. Also, think about your overall body size and your activity level. Marathon runners often go smaller, to avoid the added weight and momentum.

Breast size is determined by the volume of breast tissue you have now, plus the volume of the breast implant. When you have a good shape, Breast Augmentation alone is used to enlarge the breasts to the desired size. For most women this is the procedure of choice. When the breasts are saggy, asymmetrical or tubular, a breast lift may be recommended to improve the overall esthetic of the breasts.

Breast Augmentation Lift Before and After Pictures

Deflated, post child birth or post weight loss breasts can be lifted, tightened and enlarged with the breast enhancing Mastopexy Augmentation. Larger lifts require longer scars. In this case, the healing vertical scar is seen on the lower pole of the breast. After this breast augmentation mastopexy, the breasts are fuller, firmer and lifted.

Deflated, post child birth or post weight loss breasts can be lifted, tightened and enlarged with the breast enhancing Mastopexy Augmentation. Larger lifts require longer scars. In this case, the healing vertical scar is seen on the lower pole of the breast. After this breast augmentation mastopexy, the breasts are fuller, firmer and lifted.

Breast Shape

The ideal breast shape also varies from patient to patient. Most patients desire perky, teardrop shaped breasts. A Breast Lift reshapes the breasts by removing excess skin, lifting and firming the breast mound. When the upper pole of the breast is empty, a breast implant is used to add volume. A Breast Implant can balance the upper and lower halves of the breast, or it can enlarge the entire breast.

Breast Lifts come in many sizes. The most common are periareolar (around the areola/nipple), vertical (lollipop) and inverted T (anchor or keyhole). The amount of lifting needed determines the type of lift recommended. It is always desirable to choose the smallest lift expected to work. Smaller lifts come with shorter scars, but they lift less. Be sure to consult a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon near you to learn what is recommended for your particular needs.

Breast Augmentation Lift Consultations

When considering Breast Augmentation, with or without a Breast Lift, be certain to consult an experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. They can explain your options and select the procedure most likely to get you the results you want in the safest and most predictable manner. Call (925) 943-6353 and schedule a personalized consultation appointment, today.

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Thigh Lift Video (Thighplasty) SF Bay Area

Posted July 01, 2017 in Home, Post-Bariatric Surgery (After Weight Loss), Thigh Lifts (Thighplasty), Videos

The Thigh Lift was performed about 10,000 times last year in the United States alone. It is a specialized procedure that is almost exclusively performed after weight loss or bariatric surgery. As Thighplasty techniques have improved, its popularity has increased. The number of Thigh Lifts performed is up 8% this year compared to last year and up 87% since the year 2000.

Thigh Lifts are most often performed after massive weight loss or bariatric surgery. They can be combined with other skin tightening procedures, such as an abdominoplasty in this case.

Thigh Lifts are most often performed after massive weight loss or bariatric surgery. They can be combined with other skin tightening procedures, such as an abdominoplasty in this case.

Thighplasty Techniques (Thigh Lift)

There are two main techniques used for the Thigh Lift. For reduction of upper inner thigh skin redundancy an Upper Thigh Lift is performed using an incision that wraps around the upper thigh from the groin, along the top of the thighs and underneath the buttocks. This keeps the scar high on the thigh and allows for maximum upper thigh tightening.

The Medial Thigh Lift uses a scar running down the inside of the thigh from the top to the knee. This scar is more exposed than the scar from an upper thigh lifts; however, it can tighten the skin at the knees better. Which type of lift will work best for you depends on where the skin is loose. The following video discusses more Thigh Lift Details.

Thigh Lift Video (Thighplasty)

Thigh Lift Presentation

The Thigh Lift Video Presentation above is a segment from the San Francisco Bay Area’s News Station, KRON 4’s, Body Beautiful. The show discusses the latest in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, and the topic for the day was Thigh Lifts. Thighplasty Before and After Pictures are displayed and narrated, to demonstrate how the procedure is performed and the results that can be obtained. Individual results will vary depending on the amount of skin laxity, amount of thigh fat that remains and the elasticity of your skin.

Thighplasty Consultations

The American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons was formed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeons specializing in skin tightening after massive weight loss.

The American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons was formed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeons specializing in skin tightening after massive weight loss.

If you are seeking a Thigh Lift, be certain to discuss your goals with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, who is familiar with Postbariatric Plastic Surgery. As an active member of the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons (ASBPS), post weight loss skin tightening is an area in which I specialize.

If you are in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and would like to schedule a personalized consultation appointment for a Thigh Lift, or another Cosmetic Plastic Surgery procedure, call (925) 943-6353 today.

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Breast Augmentation Lifts – Breast Lifts with Implants – SF Bay Area

Posted June 17, 2017 in Breast Augmentation, Breast Augmentation Lift, Breast Lift (Mastopexy), Home, Post-Bariatric Surgery (After Weight Loss), Videos

Breast Augmentation adds volume, while Breast Lifts reshape. What happens when you put them together? You get Cosmetic Plastic Surgery that can enhance both breast volume and shape.

Breast Augmentation adds volume, while Breast Lifts reshape. What happens when you put them together? You get Cosmetic Plastic Surgery that can enhance both breast volume and shape.

Total Breast Enhancement – Breast Aug and Breast Lift

Sometimes a Breast Implant or a Breast Lift alone is not enough to get the results we want. The combination of Breast Augmentation with a Breast Lift, or Augmentation Mastopexy, is used when breast sagging is combined with a loss of breast volume. Board Certified, San Francisco Bay Area Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Joseph Mele, discusses the nuances of Breast Augmentation Combined With Breast Lift on this episode of Body Beautiful, a live television show dedicated to the latest in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery news for the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Breast Lift With Breast Implants Video

Combining Breast Lifts With Breast Implants

After pregnancy or significant weight loss, Breast Augmentation is combined with Breast Lifts as much as 40% of the time.

Breast Implants Make Breasts Larger

Everyone knows that Breast Implants make breasts bigger. It’s a simple concept. Adding volume behind the breast tissue, often behind the pectoralis muscle, enlarges the breasts you have. While the size of the breast changes, the shape does not. It simply inflates the skin you have.

Breast Lifts Make Breasts Perkier

Breast Lifts (Mastopexies), on the other had, are all about breast shape. Lifts do not make breasts bigger or smaller. Breast Lifts reshape the skin envelope. Mastopexies reposition the nipples/areolae into a more attractive position and reduce the amount of breast tissue that sags below the IMF (inframammary fold).

Breast Augmentation Lift Consultations

The subtleties of the procedures, whether considered separate or together, are beyond the scope of one San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog post, though you will find other posts on the topic here and on my other web sites. But rather than learning everything there is to know about both, why not learn about the aspects of the procedure that apply to your body?

Breast Augmentation Lift Consultations are the best way, and really the only way, to get the information specific to your needs. They focus on your breasts and your goals. You won’t waste time learning about options that won’t do what you want, and you will learn what to expect from the procedures that are most likely to help you.

If you would like to schedule a personalized and private Breast Enhancement Consultation, call my office today at (925) 943-6353. Get specific information that is tailored to address your needs, not generic information meant for the masses.

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Arm Lift San Francisco Bay Area (Brachioplasty)

Posted March 26, 2017 in Arm Lift (Brachioplasty), Home, Post-Bariatric Surgery (After Weight Loss), Videos

Excess arm skin can be uncomfortable both physically and emotionally. The Arm Lift, or Brachioplasty, removes excess skin from the upper arm. This Arm Lift Video Presentation reviews many of the frequently asked questions and illustrates the possible results with expertly narrated Brachioplasty Before and After Pictures . All Arm Lift Before and After photos are actual patients of Dr. Joseph Mele, San Francisco Bay Area Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Walnut Creek, California.

The above Arm Lift Before and After Photos demonstrate what a Brachioplasty can do. Excess skin is removed, leaving the arm tight, firm and with a more muscular contour.

The above Arm Lift Before and After Photos demonstrate what a Brachioplasty can do. Excess skin is removed, leaving the arm tight, firm and with a more muscular contour.

Arm Lift Video (Brachioplasty)

The Arm Lift Video below is a recent segment from the San Francisco Bay Area’s News Station, KRON 4’s, Body Beautiful. Host Janelle Marie and I discuss the Brachioplasty procedure, including the available options and the recovery period. Arm Lift Before and After Photos are used to show what the procedure can do on real patients.

As an active member of the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons (ASBPS), contouring the body after weight loss is one of my specialties. Whether you have had Bariatric Surgery, or have lost weight with consistent diet and exercise, this video has something to offer.

Arm Lift Scars

The usual Arm Lifts incision runs along the inner arm, from the elbow to the armpit (axilla). The placement options are reviewed in the Brachioplasty Video above. If you have a small amount of skin laxity, which is located close to the axilla, a Mini Brachioplasty, with the scar located in the axilla, may be possible. If your arm skin is already firm, and the problem is disproportionate fat, Liposuction alone may be your best option.

The above Arm Lift before and after pictures demonstrate how careful scar placement enhances the results. In this case, the excess skin was removed using a scar that runs from the inside of the elbow to the back of the armpit. Even with the elbow rotated backward, the scar is still hidden along the lower border of the arm.

The above Arm Lift before and after pictures demonstrate how careful scar placement enhances the results. In this case, the excess skin was removed using an incision that runs from the inside of the elbow to the back of the armpit. Even with the elbow rotated backward, the scar is still hidden along the lower border of the arm.

Arm Lift Consultations (Brachioplasty)

There are several options for Arm Rejuvenation. To find out what your Arm Lifting choices are, call (925) 943-6353 and schedule a private, personalized consultation in our Walnut Creek Plastic Surgery office. If loose arm skin is bothering you, learn what treatments are available from an experienced, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

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Arm Lifts – No Arm No Foul | SF Bay Area Brachioplasty

Posted June 25, 2016 in Arm Lift (Brachioplasty), Home, Post-Bariatric Surgery (After Weight Loss), Videos

Big Arms are a big deal. I’m not talking about the “big guns” produced by lifting weights. I’m talking about loosing weight, getting in shape and still having big arms due to loose, flabby skin. This is a common problem for anyone who has lost a significant amount of weight. Some people are born with large arms and loose skin, but many of my Arm Lift patients have lost weight through diet and exercise or after bariatric surgery. For them, the larger the weight loss, the bigger the problem.

Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

Brachioplasty literally means arm changing. The ideal candidate is healthy, with a large amount of loose, redundant upper arm skin. Sometimes called Bat Wings, this skin excess is not amenable to exercise, and further weight loss only exacerbates the problem. There is no skin shrinking ray, so the options are often either an Arm Lift or to live with it.

Arm Lift Video (Brachioplasty)

Below is a recent Body Beautiful segment dedicated to Arm Reduction surgery from the San Francisco Bay Area’s News Station, KRON 4. This Brachioplasty Video answers many of the frequently asked questions about Arm Lifts and reviews the results that some of my patients have received. The information provided is accurate, but cannot be considered medical advice. An in-person consultation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon is always recommend prior to choosing a treatment plan.

Arm Lift Before and After Pictures

The above Arm Lift Video includes many Brachioplasty Before and After Pictures. From arm to arm there are differences in appearance, so the Arm Lift is adapted to your unique needs. There is no substitution for an in-person evaluation, but additional Arm Lift Information is available here on the San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog and on my main web site’s Arm Lift Page.

Arm Lift Consultations

If you want to know more about your options for Arm Reduction, call (925) 943-6353 today and schedule your personalized Arm Lift Consultation. A focused physical examination and medical history are how we start. If you are a candidate, the risks, benefits, procedure, alternatives, limitations and recovery of the Arm Lift are reviewed in detail, so that you can make an informed decision.

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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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Thigh Lifts (Thighplasty) SF Bay Area

Posted December 19, 2015 in Home, Post-Bariatric Surgery (After Weight Loss), Thigh Lifts (Thighplasty), Videos

Plastic Surgery can help tighten loose skin in many places. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery procedures like the facelift, tummy tucks and breast lifts are well known. These procedures tighten loose skin of the face, tummy and breasts. Loose thigh skin, on the other hand, is less talked about.

What Is A Thigh Lift?

The Thigh Lift is a specialized cosmetic surgery that specifically tightens loose thigh skin. Also know as a thighplasty, the thigh lift can provide the finishing touch after weight loss. This is not a procedure that should be routinely performed for thigh skin that is a little loose. It is meant to remove redundant skin, and works best when the inner thigh skin looks less like a skin suit and more like skin drapery.

Thighplasty Video From Body Beautiful on KRON 4

Last week, I discussed Thigh Lifts on the San Francisco Bay Area’s News Station KRON 4. The show, Body Beautiful, gives me the opportunity to talk about the latest and the greatest procedures and treatments that Cosmetic Plastic Surgery has to offer. This week’s show included a segment on a lesser discussed procedure, the Thigh Lift. The video segment below is included in case you missed the television show.

Thigh Lift Video (Thighplasty)

Who Needs A Thigh Lift?

The Thigh Lift is most often performed after weight loss. Post Bariatric Plastic Surgery is a discipline of Plastic Surgery that specializes in tightening loose skin that is leftover after weight loss. The inner thigh is an area that is often left stretched out and deflated after weight loss. The thigh lift is designed to remove the excess skin and tighten the thigh. If is different than Liposuction, which only removes fat and may further loosen the thigh skin.

How Is A Thigh Lift Performed?

There are two main methods for removing loose thigh skin. One uses an incision that runs from the groin, between the legs at the top of the thigh and ends in the fold under the buttocks. The location of the scar makes it easier to hide. The second method uses a scar that runs down the inner thigh and ends at the knee. This method is better for removing skin on the lower thigh, but the scar is more noticeable. When the lateral thigh it the problem, a lower body lift or lateral thigh lift may be a better choice.

Which Thigh Lift Is Best For Me?

Determining which, if any, method is best requires a consultation with an experienced, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. A focused medical history, combined with the physical examination can help determine the timing and the type of Thigh Lift that is likely to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks.

If you are considering a Thigh Lift, call (925) 943-6353 today to schedule a private and personalized consultation appointment.

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