You Don’t Have to Be a Mom to Enjoy a Mommy Makeover

Contrary to what the name may suggest, a mommy makeover procedure isn’t only reserved for those who are mothers.  While it’s original intent was to identify a procedure that corrects common physical changes that a woman’s body experiences during/after carrying and delivering a child, similar effects can also occur to those who have never had kids themselves.  Mommy makeover surgery consists of a strategic combination of body contouring and breast procedures to remedy effects that natural aging and weight gain/loss can have on the body.  Don’t let a name fool you into thinking that it’s not an option for you, because it is.  With the many benefits combination procedures have, let’s take a look at what mommy makeovers can be for all women.

liposuction-atlanta-georgiaOriginally, mommy makeover was coined as a term to describe procedures that reverse the effects of pregnancy weight gain, weakened abdominal muscles and excess sagging breasts from breastfeeding.  Each surgical plan is customized to give each patient mommy makeover results that mirror a pre-pregnancy body; one more proportionate to the patient’s frame, without all of the excess fat and skin.  The two biggest areas of concern for moms tend to be the stomach and the breasts.  As your child grows in the womb, the abdominal muscles can stretch and become separated from the abdominal wall, commonly referred to as diastasis recti.  On top of weakened muscles, the abdomen can form a pooch and harbor excess skin and fat long after a child is born.  Achieving a contoured waistline can be hard to do with even the most steadfast diet and exercise regimen, therefore tummy tuck surgery tops the list for procedures to re-sculpt the midsection and re-tighten the muscle.

Then we take a look at the breasts.  After breastfeeding, the once enlarged breasts simply will not go back to the position they were once before; the extra skin sags and the breasts become more pendulous and less perky.  We have several options to address these concerns.  First we’ll figure out if you want to go bigger, smaller and possibly add a lift.  With a breast augmentation, we’ll use a pre-determined breast implant to increase the bust and raise the breast higher up on the body.  If you already have large breasts and want them to relieve some of the weight from your body, a breast reduction can remove the excess fat and skin.  When combining a breast reduction with a breast lift we aren’t enhancing the breasts but raising them higher in position, one more proportionate to your body’s frame.  For those that aren’t mothers, gravity takes its toll on the breasts and can cause the same pendulous effects when experiencing dramatic weight gain/loss.  The same combinations would be beneficial to helping restore the breasts to a more youthful aesthetic.

A major benefit to combination mommy makeover surgery is that you’re minimizing several key factors: recovery, time and money.  Having one comprehensive procedure versus say three (for example one procedure for a tummy tuck, another for a breast reduction and another for a breast lift) will reduce the overall amount of time you need to recover.  Less time spent in the hospital means less time spent at home recovering and quicker time getting you back to your regular schedule.  With each surgical procedure there are fees outside the cost of materials and labor like hospital stays, anesthesia, surgical fees and medications.  Each time you have a procedure these are factored into your total costs; if you have one complete procedure, those fees apply to that one procedure versus multiple.

It’s really about when the timing is right for you.  For mothers, the time should be when you’re finished having children because the same physical effects could reverse any results you’ve accomplished from your plastic surgery procedures before that point (the same goes for women who have a tendency to fluctuate in their weight gain/loss).  If you’d like to learn more details on the benefits of mommy makeover or combination procedures, don’t hesitate to contact Southern Plastic Surgery.  For the most up-to-date plastic surgery news and specials be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Choosing Breast Implants

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ statistics, Breast augmentation surgery has remained the most frequently pursued surgical cosmetic procedure for the past five years. Breast augmentation surgery is designed to enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. For patients considering breast augmentation surgery, size is often their first consideration when thinking about implants. However, it is imperative to consider several other breast implant decisions such as shape, texture, and type to achieve a natural-looking balance between breast size and body type.

Before selecting a size or texture, it is important to understand silicone and saline are commonly used breast implant types. Saline breast implants, as the name implies, are filled with sterilized saline solution surrounded by a strong silicone shell. They pose few health risks if the implants should leak or burst because saline can be safely absorbed into the body. Silicone breast implants are made with the same type of silicone outer shell, but are filled with silicone gel. There are three, FDA approved breast implant manufacturers: Mentor, Sientra , and Allergan. Sientra was the first manufacturer to offer a high-strength cohesive silicone gel.   Dr. David Whiteman makes all of these options are available to Southern Plastic Surgery patients.

Depending on the type; implants also come in different shapes and textures. The breast implant shell can be shaped round or contoured like a teardrop. They can either be smooth or textured to prevent the implant from moving. These decisions will dictate which implant type is best for your needs. For example, saline breast implants are available in teardrop and round, but teardrop saline implants are only available with a textured surface to prevent the implant from moving around within the breast cavity.

As most patients know, breast implants come in a variety of sizes to accommodate different body types. Most people are familiar with the typical bra cup sizes of A,B,C, etc. measurements. Breast implants are slightly different because they are measured based on volume. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, an average of 189 cubic centimeters of saline is needed to increase a breast size by “one cup.” It is very important to consider various aspects of a patient’s body, such as height, weight, previous breast size, and rib cage size to decide which implant size would be proportionally best. Some patients may also opt for breast lift surgery to raise the position of the breasts on the chest.

Dr. David Whiteman understands each patient’s needs and goals are different, so he can help you choose which type is best for you during a consultation. If you are interested in breast augmentation or any other cosmetic procedures, schedule a consultation today. Also, be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest news and updates on plastic surgery.

Take Advantage of Special Offers at Southern Plastic Surgery through June 30, 2012

From breast surgery to cosmetic injectables, there are plenty of opportunities to save this summer at Southern Plastic Surgery. In fact, it’s the perfect time to schedule breast augmentation surgery. If you receive breast augmentation surgery to increase your breast size or you want to give your natural breasts more of a lift with a breast lift, breast enhancement is the way to go.  Also, those patients who choose Natrelle® Gel Implants before June 30th, 2012 are eligible to receive FREE Botox® Cosmetic injections -or- FREE Latisse® from Allergan. Schedule a consultation to learn more about your breast implant options.

The manufacturers of the Restylane® family of injectables are offering rebates May 1st through June 30th, 2012. You can save $40 per milliliter of Restylane® and Restylane-L® and $50 per milliliter of Perlane® and Perlane-L® (stipulations apply, see note*). Perfect for filling in lines and wrinkles while plumping lost volume, you can save on your favorite Restylane® family product with or without lidocaine. All you have to do is receive treatment between 5/1/12 and 6/30/12, send in a completed redemption form with your itemized receipt (credit card receipts not accepted) and product box end flaps (must show hologram) postmarked prior to July 31, 2012. However, if you prefer to re-plump areas of lost volume and wrinkles with dermal filling Radiesse®, be sure to take advantage of buy one get one free Radiesse® injections.

If you’re looking for a way to reduce wrinkles on the forehead and between the eyes, the manufacturers of Dysport® are offering a $50 rebate for patients who receive treatment between May 1st and June 30th, 2012. Additionally, Dr. David Whiteman will match the manufacturer’s rebate for a total of $100 off. To receive the manufacturer’s rebate, sign up to become a member of the Dysport® community online, complete the redemption form, and mail it along with your itemized receipt within 30 days of your treatment.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take advantage of these specials. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+  for specials updates and plastic surgery news.

* In order to receive the rebate, a 2 mL minimum 9 mL maximum of Restylane® (up to 1.5 mL can be used per lip), a 2 mL minimum 6 mL maximum of Restylane-L®, or a 1 mL minimum 6 mL maximum of Perlane® or Perlane-L® must be purchased.