How Long Does It Take To Recover From Mommy Makeover?

Our time is valuable and for many of my hard-working patients, extended recovery time is not ideal. One of the most popular topics I generally cover during consultations is how long it will take to recover once the surgery has been successfully performed. While you have to keep in mind that every person’s body will heal differently, I’ve come up with an average timeline for recovery for my patients whether they choose facial rejuvenation, breast enhancement, and body contouring procedures. Since this month’s featured procedure is the ever-popular Mommy Makeover – if you had to answer how long does it take to recover from Mommy Makeover, what would you guess?

In case you’re not familiar, let’s start with the benefits of a Mommy Makeover:

  • Can help restore a pre-baby physique for mothers who’ve experienced changes to their body during/after carrying their child.
  • Even if you’re not a mother, Mommy Makeovers can benefit patients who have experienced physical changes to their body from aging and/or significant weight gain/loss.
  • A combination procedure that typically includes body contouring (tummy tuck and liposuction) and breast enhancement (breast augmentation or breast lift).
    • Since the procedures are performed simultaneously during the Mommy Makeover, you only have to go through one comprehensive recovery process versus first procedure then heal, second procedure then heal, etc.
  • This is an outpatient procedure meaning, you’re in and out the same day as your procedure (since you don’t have to stay in the hospital AND you’re combining procedures it means you’re not paying double the required hospital fees – such as anesthesia, surgical fees, and medication).
  • Natural-looking Mommy Makeover results will reveal a slimmer, more-contoured waistline and breasts that are not only proportionate to your frame, but also perky and youthful.

What should your expectations be regarding Mommy Makeover recovery?

The best thing you can do for yourself is to follow the pre and post-operative instructions I send you home with. I’ve heard time and time again from patients that the overall experience was a lot less strenuous than they may have assumed. In my over 22 years of experience as a double-board certified plastic surgeon, I firmly believe in giving my patient’s all the tools they need to increase their overall happiness with their results. Using highly-specialized surgical techniques (like the Scarpa Fascia Advancement technique for tummy tucks that I use to specifically reduce recovery time for my patients), combined with diligent effort from the patient to follow the recovery recommendations I provide, you’re more likely to increase your overall success with your procedure.

February Skincare and Plastic Surgery Savings You’ll Love

Happy February everyone! It’s been a great start to the year and the Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS) team can already tell it’s going to be even better than the last. Some of you may not know this fun fact, but SPS has a premier cosmetic laser center, Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center, which was founded back in 1999 along with co-founder Patti Daniel. Now that it’s official, I am pleased to share with you that I am the new sole owner of Laser Lights, now that Patti has retired to be closer to her family, and we have big plans for both practices – ones we hope you’ll love (we will be featuring brand new skincare packages, diverse monthly specials and events, and lots of updates on what’s going on in and around all of our offices so keep checking back in the future for more big announcements).

plastic surgery discountsTo kick off this month, we are sharing both skincare and plastic surgery specials from Southern Plastic Surgery and Laser Lights:

February Specials at Southern Plastic Surgery

  • Mommy Makeover Special: Combine Tummy Tuck + any Breast Procedure, receive $500 OFF
  • $100 OFF Botox® or Facial Filler Treatments at SPS during the entire month if you have a February birthday

laser lights specialsSkincare Specials at Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center

When we first started Laser Lights, I wanted to give my plastic surgery patients access to both surgical and nonsurgical skincare treatments because it’s always been a belief of mine that surgery doesn’t end once you’re sent home after your procedure. By combining skincare treatments (for instance scar treatment therapy), I’ve found that my patients are much happier with their plastic surgery results and have even discovered new anti-aging services in the process.  Think of Laser Lights as the perfect complement to keeping skin looking youthful from top to bottom and a direct extension of the SPS family.

With Valentine’s Day coming up, we definitely want to help you look and feel your absolute best, in case you’re preparing for a big date. Whether you are looking for laser hair removal, wrinkle reduction with facial fillers and Botox®, tattoo removal, spider vein removal treatments, age spots, nonsurgical facial rejuvenation, you name it – we’ve got the right laser treatment for you. If lasers aren’t what the doctor prescribes, we also offer a bevy of other cosmetic procedures ranging from chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and cellulite reduction to massage therapy services, acne treatments, waxing, and more. February’s specials include:

  • Laser Hair Removal Packages
  • Réjuvapen® Microneedling with HGF Treatments
  • Fractionated CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatments
  • Viora Reaction™ Skin Tightening & Cellulite Reduction Treatments
  • Laser Tattoo Removal Packages

This is only a small fraction of Laser Lights’ skincare services so explore our website to learn more about what we do there, or better yet, stop by and meet the great staff that’s committed to helping all of my patients achieve their skincare goals (Laser Lights is less than a mile from the SPS office and they speak Spanish too!). All of our specials are valid now until February 29th, 2016; some exclusions may apply so be sure to check out the specials flyers for details. If you’re interested in discussing your plastic surgery goals or learning more about our skincare treatments, please don’t hesitate to contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, today. We hope everyone has a great month and look forward to seeing new and familiar faces soon!

Male Breast Reduction Surgeries

More and more men are seeking cosmetic plastic surgery to look as young as they feel. In fact, I’d say I see on average three male patients per day – some come because they are interested in nonsurgical facial procedures (like facial fillers) to make them more competitive in the business world, while others look to body contouring procedures to get the sculpted look of their youth. A good percentage of men I’ve seen recently have discovered a more permanent solution to treating gynecomastia (a condition that causes overly large male breasts): male breast reduction surgeries. Liposuction and male breast reduction procedures are generally the two options men have for eliminating excess breast tissue and skin, but today I wanted to focus on the male breast reduction side a bit by sharing some of the key points my patients discuss with me regarding their male breast reduction procedure.

To give you a brief history on gynecomastia, it’s a medical term originating from the Greek phrase meaning “woman-like breasts.” The direct causes can vary but typically stems from genetics, disease, or a hormonal imbalance of estrogen and testosterone which cause the breast glands to increase to an unusually large size. Some men can experience gynecomastia in one breast (often contributing to the breasts looking noticeably uneven) and for others, it can affect both breasts. It’s been reported by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) that 26,175 men underwent male breast reduction in the previous year; a 14% increase from the year before. There can be any number of reasons why this male plastic surgery procedure has gained popularity but the fact remains the same: in order to address oversized breasts, you’ll have to consider a permanent solution.

If you can answer yes to any of these questions, you may be considered a prime male breast reduction candidate:

  • Do you have overly large breasts due to gynecomastia?
  • Are you embarrassed to take off your shirt in public?
  • Have you skipped working out at the gym because you’re self-conscious about your breast size?
  • Would you like to improve your body’s proportions?
  • Has your confidence suffered because of your breast’s appearance?

As I mentioned in my video, I want you to be able to enjoy time outdoors or at the beach without feeling embarrassed. Sorry to break the news but even with the most diligent diet and exercise maintenance, the extra fat you carry on your chest won’t disappear. Luckily, having worked as a double-board certified plastic surgeon with over 22 years specializing in breast procedures, I’ve noticed just how remarkable this procedure can be for men that have spent years hiding behind oversized clothing and not able to live life to its fullest and I hope anyone who can relate may consider doing something about it for themselves. If you’re interested in learning more about male breast reduction surgeries performed at Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C. (SPS), please don’t hesitate to contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, today.