Dr-Whiteman-photoWelcome back to my ongoing question and answer blog series. As I have done many times in the past, I thought it would be helpful to answer some commonly asked questions about cosmetic surgery procedures that I perform. I do this to help educate prospective patients about what plastic surgery is capable of, as well as presenting certain procedure options that many readers may not be aware of. This month, I was happy to take some time to answer a few questions about mommy makeover surgery, rhinoplasty, and fat transfer for the breasts.

Question #1: How long do I have to wait after weight loss to undergo a mommy makeover?

For many patients, mommy makeover surgery can be a great option after losing a significant amount of weight. It’s normal to experience a considerable amount of loose, excess skin after weight loss, and a mommy makeover can help remove this unwanted skin and help put the finishing touches on a patient’s weight loss journey. In my experience, it’s best to wait a few months after reaching your goal weight in order to have your weight stabilize before undergoing a mommy makeover.

Question #2: What is this difference between rhinoplasty and tip-plasty surgery?

As its name implies, tip-plasty surgery (or tip rhinoplasty) is used to specifically address the tip of the nose. Whereas traditional rhinoplasty surgery can be used to recontour the entire nose for patients who prefer this approach. In some cases, I will advise my patients that full rhinoplasty is the superior option, because even if changing the size and/or shape of the nasal tip is the patient’s primary goal, occasionally additional tweaks will need to be made to maintain the overall symmetry of the entire nose. In some cases, tip-plasty may be able to help patients as a form of revision rhinoplasty.

Question #3: Can fat transfer injections be used as a form of breast revision?

Absolutely. In the years after a breast augmentation procedure has been done, receiving fat transfer to the breasts can help enhance and prolong the results of the previous procedure for women who are interested in adding more volume or fullness to their breasts. Since the results achieved with fat transfer to the breasts is more modest than the results of the initial breast enhancement procedure, this can serve as a helpful maintenance, as opposed to completely augmenting the breast contour.

I hope that readers found these answers helpful. For more information or to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok for additional plastic surgery tips, news, and so much more.