Plastic Surgery Slang Terms Part 2: Body

Since slang is commonly used on the internet and in everyday conversations, we explained the meaning of many slang terms relating to facial plastic surgery in our most recent blog. Now, we’d like to explain plastic surgery slang associated with cosmetic procedures of the body.

“Dog Ears” – Although this phrase probably makes you think of an adorable pet, dog ears aren’t nearly as cute on people as the term describes the puckering of skin at the end of a scar. While this effect can be avoided with certain surgical techniques, dog ears are more commonly associated with plastic surgery procedures like tummy tuck and breast reduction. Dog ears can be eliminated with scar revision surgery.

“Saddlebags” – Traditionally, the term saddlebags describes a piece of luggage that sits on the back of a horse or motorcycle that allows room for excess cargo, but in the plastic surgery world, saddlebags refer to excess fat in the outer thighs. Saddlebags that won’t respond to proper diet and exercise are usually best treated with liposuction.

“Muffin Tops” – Most people love muffin tops—that is, until they start showing up on our waistlines. Just like the delicious part of a muffin seeps over the edges of the pan as it cooks, muffin tops describe the excess fat seeping over the edge of a person’s pants and can be removed with liposuction.

“Mommy Makeover” – This term refers to a group of plastic surgery procedures designed to address the affects typically noticed after pregnancy and childbirth. Each mommy makeover is different as they are customized depending on each patient’s needs. However, mommy makeover surgery usually includes tummy tuck, liposuction, and a cosmetic breast procedure (breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, or a combination of the aforementioned procedures).

“Man Boobs or Moobs” – Though this term is pretty self-explanatory, man boobs occur because of a condition known as gynecomastia, or overly large male breasts. Fortunately, Dr. David Whiteman performs male breast reduction to eliminate excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin to produce a more masculine chest.

“Boob Job” – The term boob job is commonly used interchangeably with breast augmentation. Breast augmentation is a plastic surgery procedure involving the insertion of a breast implant to add volume to a woman’s breasts.

 “Banana Roll” – As if cellulite in this area isn’t a big enough issue on its own, banana roll describes the excess fat stored on the back of the thigh just beneath the buttocks that can be eliminated with liposuction.

“Bat Wings” – Sometimes called chicken wings, bat wings refer to the excess hanging skin under the upper arms, which usually becomes apparent after extreme weight loss or weight fluctuation. Arm lift surgery can reduce the appearance of bat wings.

“Love Handles” – While this description is somewhat sweet, few people are pleased with love handles. Love handles describe the excess fat bulging from the sides and back of the abdomen and can usually be eliminated with liposuction.

If you’re interested in learning more about a certain procedure Dr. Whiteman offers at Southern Plastic Surgery, contact his office today. Be sure to stay up to date with the latest plastic surgery news by connecting with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Did You See Dr. Whiteman in This Month’s Best Self Magazine?

Dr. David Whiteman was featured in Best Self Atlanta magazine’s “Expert Connect” section this December answering your questions about body contouring with liposuction. Check out the article below for more details:

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Tummy Tuck vs. Liposuction: What’s the Difference?

Southern Plastic Surgery stock photoWhen many patients come to our Southern Plastic Surgery office for their first consultation looking for body contouring, they often ask me the difference between a tummy tuck and liposuction. Many people assume that the two amount to about the same thing since both can help improve contours abdominal area. While both tummy tuck and liposuction procedures can help clients eliminate the stubborn, exercise-resistant fat that often clings to the midsection, the two procedures are actually very different.

Liposuction can be used on more than just the stomach area, including areas around the face, legs, chest, flanks, back, arms and buttocks.  In tumescent and super-wet liposuction, a small incision is made and a liquid mixture of anesthetic, adrenaline, and salt water is injected in order to make the fat easier to suction. The liquid and fat are then drawn out through cannulas, or metal tubes used to remove fluid from the body. Liposuction can often be performed along with a tummy tuck in certain procedures like Mommy Makeover surgery. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction uses sound waves in addition to liquid injections to liquefy fat, and is most often used in areas like the face where careful accuracy is required.

A tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) is reserved solely for the midsection and is a fairly major surgical procedure. During a tummy tuck, an incision is made in the lower abdominal region, weakened muscles and fascia of the abdominal wall are restored and tightened, loose skin and tissue is removed, and the stomach-area is flattened and tightened. Unlike a tummy tuck, liposuction does not address sagging skin that may come along with stubborn fat, which is why tummy tuck and liposuction are often used in conjunction for post-bariatric weight loss patients. For patients who do not need as much fat or loose skin removed, a mini-tummy tuck may offer the results they desire with less down-time afterward.

While both treatments are used to contour the curves of the body and re-establish the patient’s desired silhouette, each procedure is often better suited to specific patients. For example, patients who have recently lost a large amount of weight in a short period of time are often left with loose, sagging abdominal skin which can easily be removed with a tummy tuck. For patients who require less skin and muscle tightening and would like to just smooth and improve contour in a few areas, liposuction may be a better option. Schedule a free consultation to discuss your desired look with Dr. David Whiteman and determine which procedure(s) will best suit your needs.

Check out our before and after galleries of both tummy tuck and liposuction procedures to get a better idea of how the results can be beneficial to you. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact us. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates and recent news.