Ask Dr. Whiteman: How to Customize a Mommy Makeover

There are a number of reasons why the mommy makeover has remained so popular over the years. One of the reasons is the comprehensive body contouring results this combination surgery is able to provide patients. Another reason is the customizability a mommy makeover allows patients to have. During a mommy makeover procedure, I perform a tummy tuck (using my Scarpa fascia technique for the waist narrowing), liposuction, and a cosmetic breast surgery. Part of what I love about performing mommy makeovers is helping each individual patient find the procedure options that will help them achieve the rejuvenated appearance they desire. But this requires the patient to fully understand all of their options. That’s why I am taking some time to answer common questions about how patients can get the most out of their mommy makeovers through customization.

david m whiteman mdDear Dr. Whiteman,

I’m having a hard time choosing between a breast lift and a breast reduction as part of my mommy makeover. Which would you recommend?

Sincerely,
“H”

Dear “H”,

This is a very common question; however, there is no “correct” answer. To determine which cosmetic breast surgery option you should undergo, you must first determine what benefits you are trying to achieve. A breast lift can improve the breast contour by addressing sagging or drooping breasts. During surgery, excess skin is removed and the breasts are reshaped and lifted to provide perkier, younger-looking breasts. A breast reduction is designed to reduce the overall size and volume of the breasts by removing excess tissue, fat, and skin. It is not uncommon to perform both procedures at the same time if that is the patient’s preference.

Dear Dr. Whiteman,

In your opinion, what areas should a patient focus on for liposuction during their mommy makeover?

Sincerely,
“B”

Dear “B”,

That’s totally up to you. This will depend on your specific problem areas and if they have enough fat to be removed with liposuction. While it’s true that most mommy makeover procedures involve using liposuction to remove unwanted fat, the areas treated with lipo vary significantly from patient to patient. Generally, the most common areas for liposuction include the hips, abdomen, legs, buttocks, or arms.

 

Dear Dr. Whiteman,

Are there any mommy makeover options that can lead to shorter recovery times?

Sincerely,
“S”

Dear “S”,

Regardless of which procedure options you end up selecting, your mommy makeover recovery will be essentially the same. However, by combining procedures, a mommy makeover allows patients to reduce their overall downtime for recovery, no matter which surgery options they ultimately choose. The most important thing is finding the treatment options that will best help you attain the new body contour that you want.

I hope you found these answers informative and helpful. For more information on mommy makeovers and other cosmetic procedures, follow Southern Plastic Surgery on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram for additional news, photos, videos, and more. If you have a question of your own, don’t hesitate to contact me, Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery to schedule a complimentary in-person plastic surgery consultation today.

What are the Most Versatile Cosmetic Procedures Available?

When figuring out which cosmetic procedures are among the most popular with my patients, versatility certainly plays a role. There are many procedures like rhinoplasty that are specifically intended to treat one area of a patient’s body (in this case, the nose) and then there are others that can be applied to a number of areas all over the body. I have noticed that many patients are drawn to the idea of certain trusted procedures. Especially those that can help provide benefits to different areas in need of aesthetic alteration. To help explain what I mean, here is a basic primer on three of the most versatile cosmetic procedures that I perform. 

What are the Most Versatile Cosmetic Procedures Available

Liposuction has long been considered the most versatile cosmetic surgery available. By providing outstanding results from head-to-toe, liposuction proved to be the single most in-demand cosmetic surgery for both women and men last year. During liposuction, areas of stubborn fat that may not respond to diet and exercise alone are removed from the body to provide a leaner, healthier physique. Lipo can be used to treat a wide variety of problem areas including the abdomen, hips, flanks (or love-handles), thighs, arms, buttocks, cheeks, neck, and more.

Often going hand in hand with liposuction, fat transfer injections are also often commended for their versatility. Fat transfer injections use fat that is removed during liposuction and injects it back into areas of the patient’s body that may benefit from a bit of added volume. This can include the face (including the lips), hands, breasts, or buttocks. Fat transfer is a safe, effective way for patients to maximize the aesthetic benefits of their liposuction procedure.

Lastly, allow me to highlight some of the non-surgical cosmetic procedures that I am able to perform. Cosmetic injectables for facial rejuvenation can help patients correct a number of facial concerns. Neuromodulators like Botox® and Dysport® are excellent for treating imperfections on the upper part of the face and around the eyes including wrinkles, lines, crow’s feet, and other issues caused by muscle activity such as expression lines. Facial filler injections like Restylane® and Juvederm® can help add lost volume to the cheeks, mid-face, or lips. Additionally, facial fillers can be used to perform a nonsurgical rhinoplasty (sometimes known as the liquid nose job) in which fillers are injected into the nose to reduce the appearance of bumps and uneven areas.

When considering a cosmetic procedure to undergo, it’s nice to have a number of options to choose from in order to find the most appropriate surgery plan for your specific needs. That’s why it is so important to find a board-certified plastic surgeon with expertise performing a variety of cosmetic procedures in order to give yourself as many treatment alternatives as possible. For more information or to schedule a plastic surgery consultation today, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery today. And follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ for even more tips, photos, and news.

What Can and Cannot be Accomplished with a Tummy Tuck

For individuals who experience loose or stretched skin and the appearance of a “pooch” on their abdomen, a tummy tuck can be just what the doctor ordered. Regardless of whether this skin laxity is a result of considerable weight gain and loss, pregnancy, or natural changes that occur over time, it can be impossible to improve the appearance of your tummy with diet and exercise alone. During a tummy tuck (using my signature Scarpa fascia technique for waist enhancement), I am able to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen, while tightening the underlying abdominal muscles to provide a flatter, more toned belly. Still, there are limits to what this procedure can do for patients. Continue reading for more details on what can and cannot be accomplished with a tummy tuck.

What Can and Cannot be Accomplished with a Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck can… help women regain their pre-baby bodies following pregnancy. Because of the strain put on a woman’s abdomen over the course of her pregnancy, the skin and abdominal muscles can become loose and require tightening after childbirth. This is especially true for women who have experienced multiple pregnancies. Tummy tuck surgery can help restore their pre-pregnancy figure.

A tummy tuck cannot… help patients lose a considerable amount of weight. While it’s true that fat is sometimes removed during the procedure, the amount of total fat and skin removed during a tummy tuck doesn’t weigh very much. A tummy tuck is considered a body contouring procedure, not weight loss surgery. This is why I advise my tummy tuck patients to reach their ideal weight before undergoing their surgery.

A tummy tuck can… be a major component of a mommy makeover. Mommy makeovers are combination procedures designed to provide even more comprehensive body contouring results by combining a tummy tuck with liposuction and cosmetic breast surgery. The ability for patients to customize each procedure to their unique needs is part of what makes the mommy makeover so popular.

A tummy tuck cannot… be used to treat larger hernias. Although a tummy tuck can have the ability to treat smaller ventral or umbilical hernias by repairing the abdominal wall, larger hernias will likely still require a visit to a general surgeon.

I believe a tummy tuck can be a legitimately life-changing procedure for many patients, both male and female. However, when considering cosmetic surgery it is always important to gain a thorough understanding of your desired procedure and to keep your expectations realistic. If you are interested in a tummy tuck and would like to learn more, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery today to schedule your complimentary plastic surgery consultation. And follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ for even more plastic surgery tips, photos, news, and more.