Take Back Your Body
Body contouring is fast becoming one of the most in-demand cosmetic procedures in the United States and can enhance the results of a successful weight loss program. Whether you’re considering a mommy makeover, tummy tuck or liposuction, read on to discover your options for shaping your body.
Having children can bring great joy to our lives and wreak havoc on our bodies. Stretched and distorted breasts, protruding stomachs, weight gain on the hips and flabby thighs. A mommy makeover is performed using a combination of plastic surgery procedures designed to counteract the physical effects of childbearing, and restore your pre-baby body. Here are some common mommy makeover combinations.
Abdominoplasty With Liposuction
For most mommy makeovers, liposuction is typically used in conjunction with a tummy tuck.
Abdominoplasty And Breast Lift
Many women experience drooping breasts after childbearing and breast-feeding. If you are happy with the volume of your breasts, but want an uplifted contour, a breast lift in addition to a tummy tuck may be the answer.
Abdominoplasty And Breast Augmentation
If you lost breast volume but were fortunate to retain the overall shape of your breasts, a breast augmentation in conjunction with a tummy tuck may be the ideal mommy makeover for you.
Abdominoplasty And Breast Reduction
Some women have always been overwhelmed by large breasts, and this typically is only made worse by pregnancy. A breast reduction in addition to a tummy tuck can create the figure you always desired.
Women attain a variety of benefits from a Mommy Makeover. They enhance your appearance and self-image and enable you to condense your recovery into one time period.
A TRUE TUMMY TUCK
Abdominoplasty or a tummy tuck is one of the oldest plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States. There are about 400,000 true abdominoplasties performed annually by plastic surgeons. The typical patient is a woman who has lost her abdominal contour after pregnancy or a patient who has significant skin laxity after weight loss surgery. Abdominoplasty is primarily a cosmetic procedure. It is a common procedure for men and women who need plastic surgery after massive weight loss.
If you’re considering a tummy tuck, be aware there are many “procedures” marketed in place of tummy tucks. In order for a procedure to be a true tummy tuck, and provide maximum results, it must include the following three elements:
- Removal of all fat and skin between the bellybutton and pubic hairline
- Relocation of the belly button to a new location
- Suture tightening of top layer of the abdominal wall
These key elements tighten the abdomen, eliminate the hanging skin and fat (pannus) and bring in the waistline. Often liposuction is added to further slim and contour the abdomen. Any other procedure is not a true abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).
WHAT EXACTLY IS A TUMMY TUCK PROCEDURE?
- A tummy tuck restructures the stomach by removing excess skin and fat and tightening the abdominal muscles
- The incision is made horizontally along the lower abdomen and is concealed by most bathing suit bottoms
- The procedure takes 2 to 3 hours and is performed in an operating room
- After adequate observation in the recovery center, patients are discharged to home the same day
- Most patients need 3 weeks off of work and heavy physical activity
Dr. Arbabzadeh performs over 100 abdominoplasty procedures each year and can be trusted to help sculpt your body. If you would like additional information on tummy tucks, download our procedure summary here.
Do you have certain areas of your body that are out of proportion with the rest of your body and do not go away with diet and exercise? Liposuction may be the answer. Liposuction surgery treat areas of excess fat in the stomach, buttocks, hips, love handles, saddlebags, thighs, calves, ankles, breasts, back, arms and neck.
Liposuction surgery usually improves contours. Since the healing process is gradual, you should expect to wait at least several months to get an accurate picture of the results of your surgery. The small incisions used for access of the instrument known as a cannula, will fade over a number of months usually becoming barely visible. The results of liposuction surgery are usually long lasting, but they may be affected by weight gain, aging, pregnancy and lifestyle factors.
Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
If you have lost a significant amount of weight, then you probably have loose excess skin on your upper arm. Also known as brachioplasty, an arm lift reshapes the upper arm, from the underarm region to the elbow. An arm lift can lift and tighten up loose skin in your upper arm. This is a common procedure for men and women who need plastic surgery after massive weight loss.