Having options is great because in my opinion, it reduces the sense of restrictedness when having to pick among several things that we may truly want. Once women reach the point in their life when they’re finished with pregnancy/childbirth, or after years of waiting to finally decide to reclaim their youthful body from top to bottom, this is the ideal time to consider more comprehensive procedures. Two of the top most popular procedures among the 30 and over crowd (but keep in mind it’s not exclusive to this group by any means) has become the Mommy Makeover and Grammy Makeover procedures. Most notably known for combining multiple procedures into one procedure, these two offer great benefits for helping patients attain a younger-looking appearance, but what’s the difference between a Mommy Makeover and Grammy Makeover?
Mommy Makeover got its name because it focuses on common areas of the body that physically change from the effects of pregnancy, childbirth, and weight gain/loss. This procedure combines breast and body contouring procedures and patients can choose from:
- Breast Augmentation – to increase the overall size of the breasts using breast implants
- Breast Lift – to reduce excess skin and fat from drooping breasts and raising them to a higher, more proportionate, position on the chest (can also be combined with a breast augmentation)
- Liposuction – to permanently remove accumulated fat cells and refine the shape of the midsection, thighs, chin, arms, and buttocks
- Tummy Tuck – to remove excess skin and fat of the abdominal region, and also re-tighten muscles that have weakened or separated during pregnancy
With maturity comes more noticeably greater effects of natural aging and gravity that contribute to deeper wrinkles, perpetually tired-looking appearances, under-eye bags, sagging skin, and more. For this reason, a Grammy Makeover extends beyond the four procedures mentioned above for the Mommy Makeover – this time, combining nonsurgical and surgical options for the face, breasts, and body. In addition to breast augmentation/lift, liposuction and tummy tucks, a Grammy Makeover can include:
- Hand Rejuvenation w/ Radiesse® – temporarily plumps up skeletal thin skin on the back of the hand instantly with the cosmetic injectable Radiesse® (results can generally last 1-2 years)
- Browlift – smoothes the skin above/around the eyes & on the forehead by repositioning sagging eyebrows and raising upper lids
- Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) – removes excess fat, tissue, and skin around the eyes to give a more rested appearance
- Facelift – tightens sagging skin and smoothes wrinkles on the face (mainly around the cheeks, neck, and jowls) and/or repositions facial tissue
- Neck Lift – removes excess fat from the chin and neck, eliminates hanging, and tightens what’s remaining for a smoother finish
- Arm Lift – removes extra skin and fat (targeting the dreaded bat wings) before tightening remaining skin for a toned appearance
- Fat Transfer – uses liposuction to remove fat from a donor site (typically the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks) that is purified and re-injected into areas of the body that have lost volume, such as the face and buttocks
There are options for how you’d like your groceries bagged, which gas station you’ll fuel up at, what hair color you’d like to choose, and so much more – so why shouldn’t the same inclusion apply to plastic surgery? Not every cosmetic plastic surgery procedure allows the same type of customizing freedom like a Mommy Makeover or Grammy Makeover, but the appeal of being able to hand select the procedures that will go into your final plastic surgery results are something many patients really appreciate knowing they have the ability to do. If you’re interested in learning more about Mommy Makeover, Grammy Makeover, or any of the other facial, breast, and body procedures performed by me, Dr. David Whiteman, don’t hesitate to contact Southern Plastic Surgery today.
The facelift has been around for a while; in fact, the first facelift was reportedly performed by Eugen Hӧllander in 1901 and paved the way to numerous advancements in facial plastic surgery ever since. There is always a demand for improvement within the plastic surgery field. I’ve noticed that more patients in the 30-40 age range are seeking surgical procedures to help them combat common signs of facial aging like wrinkles, lax skin and unwanted accumulated fat. There tends to be a slight misconception that facelifts are primarily for seasoned patients who are experiencing extensive aging, but that’s not entirely the case when exploring a rapid lift. So what exactly is a rapid recovery lift and who can benefit from this procedure?
As a double-board certified Atlanta plastic surgeon I myself am consistently researching and implementing the most advanced techniques to improve the results for my patients. Some people don’t necessarily want to explore surgical routes and often turn to nonsurgical facial treatments like Botox® and facial fillers for temporary relief of their aging concerns. For others looking for more long-lasting/preventative results, they may want to consider a rapid lift, or a mini facelift, based on key target areas it corrects and the recovery time that comes with it.
Let’s take a look at when you may want to consider a rapid recovery lift/mini facelift:
- If you’re concerned that you look older than you feel on the inside
- If you’re bothered by the appearance of sagging/excess skin on your face
- If you have fat that’s accumulated under the chin and jaw
- If you experience noticeably deep wrinkling around the mouth
One of the main reasons we call the mini facelift a rapid recovery lift is thanks to the shorter recovery time a patient needs to restore their youthful appearance. Sometimes referred to by patients as a “weekend procedure,” mini facelifts can be performed in office, under local anesthesia, depending on the extent of your facial aging. When performing a mini facelift small incisions along the hairline and ear so that they can hide nicely within the natural creases of the face. I focus on the lower third of the face (the neck, jowls, or mid-cheek/face) by removing loose skin, removing fat pockets, and lifting the skin back to a higher position on the face. Recovering from a rapid recovery lift is significantly less than the time needed to recover – generally patients can be back on the go after a few days to a week of their procedure.
The main objective for your mini facelift results is to regain that younger look you once had and feel confident with the reflection you see in the mirror. I’m not trying to make you look as if your face was a piece of rubber that was stretched beyond recognition. My goal is to produce results that are so subtle even your friends won’t be able to figure out what you changed about your look but at least you’ll be able to recognize your new, improved changes. Don’t let age make you think there’s a right or wrong time to undergo cosmetic plastic surgery because it’s all-inclusive.
To learn more about Southern Plastic Surgery and the various facial plastic surgery procedures I perform, don’t hesitate to contact us today to set up your complimentary consultation. Stay connected with me, Dr. David Whiteman, and the rest of the SPS team on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google+ for more skincare tips and plastic surgery updates.
Myth: Plastic surgery is purely cosmetic. Fact: It’s not. I’m not sure exactly how this misconception started but it’s simply not the case. Plastic surgery has the ability to dramatically change a person’s life for the better. For the woman who beat breast cancer and chooses to rebuild her breast with breast reconstruction to the man who fears taking off his shirt because of his man-boobs and chooses breast reduction – is it fair to judge the motivations of a person choosing to do something that will genuinely make them happy? As a double-board certified plastic surgeon having had the fortune to work with Atlanta-area patients for over 22 years, the motivations are endless but the absence of judgment remains the same. Today I wanted to share some of the top reasons my patients choose rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, in hopes that it’ll inspire anyone considering this procedure to find common ground with previous patients of mine.
I hear a lot of discussions in the media about this celebrity getting cosmetic injections or that celebrity getting body contouring and facial plastic surgery. I’m not one to preach (I prefer to think of it as teach), but why does it matter? Just because we have lumped breast and body procedures into the category of plastic surgery doesn’t mean it’s purely cosmetic. Rhinoplasty patients can fall into two categories: cosmetic rhinoplasty and reconstructive rhinoplasty. Let’s start with reasons to consider rhinoplasty:
- You’re unhappy with the shape, size, or projection of your nose
- Your nose does not proportionately fit your face (meaning it’s too big or too small in relation to your overall profile)
- You have breathing issues related to a deviated septum
- Your nose is crooked, misshapen, or out of alignment due to trauma
- You have a birth defect
- You simply want to improve the nose you already have
The face is such a prominent feature and the nose, eyes, and mouth tend to be some of the first things we notice about one another. It’s not like you can go through life covering your face with a bag just because you’re unhappy with the way you look, so rhinoplasty is a great way to address the biggest concerns plaguing patients. Rhinoplasty reshapes the nose, smooths bumps on the bridge, enhances the angles of the contours, and can reduce enlarged tips when performed by a doctor who understands the finesse required for such a delicate procedure. Depending on your reasoning for electing to have a nose job, there are several techniques that are used but the end result is to improve what you already have.
For some patients this means wanting to look in a mirror and feel their nose isn’t the most noticeable feature of their face. For other patients it’s wanting to have the ability to breathe clearly for the first time in their life or to reduce the memory of an injury to the face. In the final results, your rhinoplasty results should best fit your face and look as natural as if you were born that way. We’re not going for overdone in our practice, we’re going for improved. If you’re interested in learning more about cosmetic and reconstructive rhinoplasty procedures performed at Southern Plastic Surgery, don’t hesitate to send us a message, reach out by telephone, or connect with us on social media to get the conversation started. I’m here to listen to your concerns and help you get there; it’s a decision that is completely up to you and should lift your spirits in a way you may not have known possible.