What to Expect from Your Mommy Makeover Recovery

In recent years, I have noticed the continual growth and popularity of the mommy makeover. By combining a tummy tuck (using my Scarpa fascia technique for the waist), liposuction, and a cosmetic breast surgery, my mommy makeover is able to provide substantial body contouring results for women trying to regain their pre-baby bodies. Despite its popularity, there are still many of my patients don’t understand what is involved with the mommy makeover. This is especially true of the expected recovery associated with this combination procedure.

There is a common misconception that mommy makeover recovery will be especially taxing for patients due to the comprehensive nature of undergoing three procedures at once. In my experience, the opposite is true. My patients are generally very happy with the added benefits of combining their procedures.

  • Since the three procedures are performed simultaneously, you will only have to go through one recovery process instead of recovering from your first procedure and then beginning the process all over again for your second and third ones.
  • This also means cutting costs by only having to pay hospital fees like anesthesia and surgical fees once instead of three times.
  • The mommy makeover is an outpatient procedure, meaning patients will not require a hospital stay.

Check out the video below where I explain the recovery timetable for patients following their mommy makeover.

One of the great things about a mommy makeover is its ability to give each patient the opportunity to customize her treatment to her unique aesthetic goals. However, this freedom also requires more thorough planning and consultation in order to help determine the surgical path that is best to help you achieve the results you desire. So do your research, weigh your options, and consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who will help come up with the right treatment plan for you. For more information or to schedule your plastic surgery consultation today, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery. Or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ for more cosmetic surgery tips, news, photos, and more.

Getting to Know the 3 Most Popular Cosmetic Surgeries for Teens

The world of cosmetic surgery is more inclusive than ever. With so many increases in the variety of procedure techniques available over the years, not to mention advancements in safety and success of plastic surgery, it’s no surprise that cosmetic surgery is on the rise nationwide. This is true for patients of all ages, including teenagers. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), patients nineteen years old or younger underwent nearly 40,000 cosmetic surgery procedures in the US last year alone.

The demands and surgery options available for teenage patients can differ significantly from those of more mature patients. Common procedures, like breast augmentation and liposuction, are considered inappropriate for teens, with some exceptions of course. So what cosmetic surgeries are patients in their teens undergoing and why? I dug into the ASAPS statistics to find out and see if these numbers were similar to my personal experiences with younger patients.

Ear Surgery

Ear surgery, or otoplasty, was the most commonly-performed cosmetic surgery for teenage patients. Teens underwent 11,821 ear surgeries last year, accounting for a third of all ear surgeries performed. Otoplasty is intended to help patients who seek to reduce the size of their large, protruding ears (ears that stick out) that can make the face seem unbalanced and affect their self-confidence.

Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty was the second most popular procedure among teens, accounting for 11,059 surgeries in 2016. Unlike other parts of the body, the nose typically reaches its full adult size by age sixteen for girls and seventeen for boys. This means teens can undergo a rhinoplasty without having to worry about further growth and development negatively altering the results of their surgery, as long as they have the permission of their parents.

Breast Reduction

Breast reduction was the third most popular cosmetic surgery for teens, accounting for nearly 5,000 procedures last year. Although cosmetic breast surgery is more commonly associated with older, more physically mature women, breast reduction can have amazing benefits for teenage girls coping with the physical and emotional strain of excessively large and heavy breasts.

Undergoing a cosmetic surgery procedure is a major decision for a young person that takes a considerable amount of research and consultation, both with a board-certified plastic surgeon as well as their parents. I make it a point to thoroughly discuss every treatment option with my younger patients and their families to help them make an informed decision that will lead to the best-possible cosmetic surgery experience. For more information or to schedule a plastic surgery consultation today, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news, photos, and more.

January Spotlight Patient: Meet Denise

There are several things that really seem to validate the rewards of being a plastic surgeon: I get to work with a diverse group of patients on a daily basis, help patients improve their self-image by achieving their personal cosmetic surgery goals, and have the opportunity to build lasting relationships – just to name a few. Through the recommendation of her surgeon and thorough research of my reputation, when Denise first came to Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS), she had successfully battled breast cancer, undergone a double mastectomy in 2012, and was ready to take on breast reconstruction to restore her breasts.

My JOYAs a mother of three adult children with a passion for life, Denise knew that although she had to endure a journey that she did not choose, there was much to be thankful for. We have had the pleasure of working with Denise over the past 2 ½ years and recently caught up with her to welcome her as our January spotlight patient so she could share a bit about her breast reconstruction experience:

“My memories with Dr. Whiteman and his wonderful staff will always be with me. At the first consult, Dr. Whiteman asked me what I wanted – to which I shared what I thought I needed. He was willing to do what I wanted but he wanted the BEST for me. After a very detailed discussion on what my daily life and activities were, we settled on using tissue expanders and implants to complete my breast reconstruction (which today was the BEST choice for me and my active lifestyle).

Dr. Whiteman is very easy to talk to; he listens to everything you say and surprisingly he remembers the office discussions on the day of surgery. Today, I am EXTREMELY THRILLED WITH MY RESULTS! It has enabled me to meet so many people and to help others that have had to deal with breast cancer themselves. During my experience with the Southern Plastic Surgery team, I became a part of their family. They knew about my family just as much as I knew about their families. Even when I had to have a complete hysterectomy and was fearful that the cancer had spread from previous tests in mid-2014, Dr. Whiteman and his staff visited me. The laughter, hugs, and even tears that they shared with me during my journey are something I’ll never forget.

I learned so much from the SPS team and totally enjoyed getting to know the different variety of plastic surgery interns that Dr. Whiteman had in his office during their rotations! I would most definitely consider another plastic surgery procedure but for right now, I am enjoying taking the time to let my body heal from all the previous surgeries – but the newest Laser Lights Laser Center treatments are definitely on my bucket list. I’m enjoying life and still learning something new every day! I try to not take life for granted and pay more attention to even the small things in life.”

Denise’s SPS experience didn’t end after her breast reconstruction but continued as she chose to refine her thighs with liposuction, rejuvenate her face with laser treatments and facials, and even partnered with our in-house NESTA Weight Management Specialist, Jackie Madison and Daryl Madison, experienced ACE certified personal trainer during her recovery through their Lifestyle & Weight Management programs. It’s our philosophy to treat each of our patients as if they were our own family and enjoy getting to know them as they each go through their unique plastic surgery experiences. We hope you’ve enjoyed hearing from Denise and encourage you to check back in the coming weeks when we will be sharing more patient testimonial stories in the future.