Are There Non-Surgical Fat Removal Options?
As much as we’re told to embrace imperfections in our bodies, stubborn fat that won’t go away no matter how much you diet and exercise can be discouraging. VERY.
Liposuction is one of the most popular and effective fat removal procedures. It’s highly effective and delivers outstanding results. It does have drawbacks though. First, it’s an invasive procedure that requires some recovery time. Plus, it can be a bit costly.
Meanwhile, there’s a group of non-surgical fat removal options now that don’t require surgery. Plus, the recovery time is minimal. We’ll take a look at how they work.
Non-Surgical Fat Removal Options
Around since the 1980s, liposuction is fairly straightforward. A board-certified plastic surgeon makes a small incision in the skin and sucks out excess fat cells using a small tube. He or she then sculpts a more sleek body contour.
But for those not eager to go deeply under the knife, there are procedures that zap unwanted fat cells topically. Here’s how:
1.Cold and Heat
Many of us are not too far from our ideal weight, but still struggle with small and localized fat spots on the abdomen, hips, and thighs. Some treatments utilize freezing to remove that unwanted fat. It may sound unpleasant, but it’s not.
A surgeon or other practitioner uses a special cryolipolysis device to cool fat cells to the point of death without affecting surrounding tissues. The dead fat cells are flushed from the body in the days and weeks that follow – with results noticed after about three months.
On the other end of the spectrum, certain non-invasive procedures employ heat to destroy fat cells. This process is known as apoptosis and it’s especially effective in targeting those love handles, as well as fat beneath the chin, and on the back, abdomen, and thighs.
Triple Wavelength Laser Technology
This procedure with the space-agey name is not as out there as it sounds. The use of triple wavelength laser technology is sometimes referred to as laser liposuction. And yes, there is a very tiny incision made to insert a small tube which removes excess liquid that can accumulate during the procedure.
Triple wavelength laser technology is effective for those who want to address sagging skin or fat around the muscles without going into surgery. This technology is a great alternative to liposuction in addressing fat deposits in the same problem areas including the back, thighs, upper arms, buttocks, abs, and flanks.
It’s also ideal for tackling unwanted fat in the face (around the jaw, chin, jowls, and neck) that traditional liposuction can’t effectively treat. Results from this treatment are immediate with minimal downtime.
Finally, radiofrequency technology has been a godsend to the plastic surgery and dermatology industries. Radiofrequency energy is used to eliminate fat cells on the abdomen, thighs, hips, and buttocks.
An internal probe is used to deliver this energy to help melt fat while tightening the skin by strengthening the collagen bands beneath it. (Yes, that means there is a small incision made for the probe.) There is also an external applicator delivering energy to further tighten the skin.
Radiofrequency lipolysis is ideal for patients trying to get rid of loose skin along with small to moderate amounts of fat. There is very little downtime and results start surfacing within days. Full results are apparent in two to three weeks with skin tightening continuing for months.
Ready to Tackle Unwanted Fat?
Whether you opt for liposuction or choose from one of the non-surgical fat removal options, getting rid of that unwanted fat will leave you feeling lighter and with renewed confidence.
So contact us today to discuss your options.
We’ll guide you through all of your options so you can make the most educated decision.
Nutrition Before and After Plastic Surgery
Any time you opt for surgery – even if it’s elective – it’s still important to consider what to put into your body and what to avoid.
Getting the proper nutrition before and after plastic surgery is going to make a difference in how quickly you heal.
That’s why you should always discuss any dietary restrictions you may have with your board-certified plastic surgeon. It’s possible that certain diets could deplete you of key nutrients that will lend to optimal healing.
Preparing Your Body
There are certain foods, drinks, and supplements you may need to avoid the days or week before you prepare for your plastic surgery. Many of these have to do with how they impact blood clotting, but there are other factors.
For example, if you regularly eat a lot of omega-3 foods or take a supplement, you’ll probably need to refrain before surgery because they can increase bleeding and thin the blood.
Vitamins B, D, E, and K can all interfere with anesthesia. And herbal supplements sometimes have anti-coagulant or other qualities that can cause bleeding, and kidney or liver malfunction. They can also affect how patients process anesthesia.
Finally, you’ll be discouraged from two of the biggest offenders – alcohol and caffeine. Along with dehydrating your system, alcohol can thin the blood. Caffeine, meanwhile, can increase bleeding and elevates the heart rate. If you can’t imagine a day a week without your cup of joe, take heart. You likely will only need to abstain a day or two before the procedure.
Keeping Clean for Better Recovery
Going into the surgery clean is also going to assist with recovery. The mistake some patients make is going right back to poor eating habits post-op. When they get bored while waiting for the body to heal, they may be prone to sugary or salty snacks. This is a mistake.
Sugar creates inflammation and suppresses the immune system – neither of which is optimal for healing. Furthermore, salt will zap you of the hydration that’s critical for recovery. It causes you to hold water and can prolong any puffiness of swelling you might experience.
And set the beer/wine/cocktail aside too. Like salt, alcohol also causes fluid retention which can prolong swelling. What’s worse though, it may interact in negative or even dangerous ways with pain medications.
Good news? You can have your coffee again.
The Best Nutrition Before and After Surgery… and Beyond
So now that you know all the things you should avoid, what’s on the approved list of beneficial nutrition before and after surgery? We’ll take a look at the non-offenders:
Collagen and blood cell production rely on protein while healing tissues and transporting nutrients. So load up on lean meats, eggs, seeds, and nuts before surgery. Then you can always add the omega-3 heavy fish back in after surgery.
- Zinc & Iron
In terms of preventing infection, zinc is the biggest go-to. Meanwhile, iron helps build red blood cells to boost the above mentioned nutrient delivery. Oysters have the most zinc of all foods. If you’d sooner eat pond scum, you can also find zinc in chick peas, tofu, hemp seeds, oats, and lean beef. These are similar sources for iron, but add in some dark-leafy greens to complete the picture.
- Vitamins A & C
As mentioned above, you’ll want to avoid vitamins B, D, E, and K before surgery. But you can certainly invite them back into your diet after your procedure. Meanwhile, vitamins A and C are kosher for both before and after.
Fruits and vegetables loaded with vitamins A and C, such as spinach, carrots, sweet potatoes, and broccoli, are loaded with antioxidants that will help reduce inflammation and combat the negative effects of free radicals.
It should go without saying, but drinking plenty of water is nearly always good for you. This is especially true before and after surgery. Staying hydrated is key in both cases. Skin that is hydrated before the procedure will be better equipped to heal wounds and leave less scarring. And post-op, water is key in maintaining the body’s lymphatic system which is busy flushing out the by-products of tissue healing.
So raise a glass (or eight) to water.
Prepare to Look and Feel Great
You’re making a big investment when you decide to get plastic surgery. So you want to get the most out of it.
Contact us today for your free consultation where you’ll be able to discuss diet and nutrition with your plastic surgeon.
Then strive to maintain proper nutrition before and after plastic surgery. Once you establish these good habits, you’ll be surprised at how great you feel.
How Do I Sleep After a Brazilian Butt Lift?
Has your butt deflated while you carry extra weight on other areas of your body? You’re certainly not alone.
A procedure like a Brazilian Butt Lift can address this issue perfectly. It is a surgery though. And that means there’s a chance you’ll experience some discomfort when attempting to sleep after a Brazilian Butt Lift.
We have some simple ways around this to make the discomfort far less. But first we’ll take a look at what this surgery entails.
The Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure
In a strange turn of events, this procedure actually has no direct connection with Brazil. Furthermore, it’s not a lift in the traditional sense of the word. It doesn’t actually address loose skin on the buttocks.
A Brazilian butt lift improves the shape and size of the buttocks in situations where there is not excess skin. Patients who want this procedure prefer fat transfer over implants and need to have adequate fat stores in other areas of the body.
So what goes into a Brazilian butt lift?
First, excess fat is removed with liposuction from areas such as the thighs, abdomen, the area above the buttocks, and the lower back. This fat is then processed and prepared for transfer. From there, the plastic surgeon injects that fat into targeted areas of the buttocks where more volume or fuller shape is desired. This is typically an outpatient procedure that uses general anesthesia or intravenous sedation and local anesthesia.
Best Ways to Sleep After a Brazilian Butt Lift
It’s crucial that you avoid sitting directly upright for four weeks after surgery. Any decrease of circulation to the buttocks could result in the destruction of the newly transferred fat cells. (Yes, you’re allowed to sit down to use the toilet, but that’s it.)
So that means you’re going to be in a reclined position for awhile. And this is good, as rest is essential for healing after surgery. So what are the best tips for getting better rest and sleep after a Brazilian Butt Lift?
- Use Pillows Liberally
Supporting your body is a top priority after this surgery. It’s important to take pressure off your back and buttocks so that you’ll be comfortable. Be sure to have pillows at hand to support any and all areas that require support.
- Lie Flat Only on a Mattress
Whether sleeping or just resting and watching TV or reading, you don’t want to lie flat on your back for too long. And you definitely want to be on a supported mattress when you do. While it may not feel painful while you’re resting, it has the potential to put too much pressure on the back and the buttocks over the long haul.
- Try Side Sleeping
Ultimately, sleeping on your side is the best position when healing from this procedure. If you’re already a side sleeper, this won’t be a big order. You may want to use pillows to prop up one leg so that it’s not resting flat on the bed. Or put a pillow under each knee so there is no added weight on your lower back or buttocks.
On the other hand, if side sleeping is not your natural position, this can take some adjustment. If need be, you could take sleeping aids to help ease you into this unfamiliar territory.
Still Worried You Won’t Be Able to Sleep?
Don’t let concerns about losing sleep after a Brazilian Butt Lift deter you from getting this effective surgery.
Contact us today to get all the details on what to expect from this surgery. And should you opt for this procedure, just know that you won’t be left hanging if you have any issues getting sleep after it.
We’re always happy to provide more recommendations to ensure your healing.
Is Cosmetic Plastic Surgery for Men Too?
It may not seem like cosmetic plastic surgery for men is much of a ‘thing.’ After all, men only account for 8% of cosmetic surgery procedures.
But according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), male cosmetic procedures rose 29% between 2000 and 2018. And post-pandemic numbers are expected to keep rising.
It seems that struggling with insecurities about appearance isn’t gender specific. Yet, it’s overwhelmingly women who are open to talking about the fact that they’ve had work done.
Most Popular Procedures for Men
The majority of men motivated to get cosmetic surgery want to lose that last bit of stubborn fat. This isn’t to say, though, they don’t also have concerns about wrinkles or other imperfections.
So despite the differences between the sexes, men seeking cosmetic plastic surgery are often looking for the same solutions that women are. The following four procedures are the most common:
1. Skin Reduction/Tummy Tuck
It’s not unusual for men to hit their 30s or even 40s and realize that it’s time to take their health seriously. They may start dieting and exercising to get their bodies in better shape. The problem is, once the beer-and-Cheetos belly disappears, the skin that enveloped it has nowhere to go.
Many men are embarrassed by the resulting hanging skin around the mid-section. Especially when they’ve worked so hard to get buff and toned. Skin reduction surgery helps eliminate this unsightly problem.
Then for those who also have fat that’s resistant to diet and exercise, there’s the option of a tummy tuck to further contour the mid-section and show off that six-pack.
2. Brow Lift, Eyes, Face
Historically speaking, women have generally spent more time in front of the mirror. But when the pandemic hit in 2020, men were suddenly staring at themselves on computer screens and noticing every little imperfection they hadn’t before. This ‘Zoom effect’ was a serious motivator for men to seek out cosmetic procedures.
To date, the most popular procedures for the face include brow lifts, upper eye lifts, and liposuction around the jawline and neck. Men are also opting for non-surgical procedures like Botox injections to combat wrinkles.
3. Neck Contouring
Of course, once the face was looking good, the attention started drifting to the neck. Every woman is all too aware of how the skin on the neck loses elasticity and stretches during aging. But once again, the time in front of video calls made men more aware of this.
While women have the option to cover their necks with a stylish scarf, we can all admit that the ascot is hardly a fashion trend for men. And if a beard isn’t an option, a neck lift or other neck contouring procedure can address the loose skin and sagging jawline to deliver a more chiseled look.
4. Male Breast Reduction
If you think any sort of plastic surgery for the breast is purely women’s domain, think again.
Breast reduction surgery is gaining in popularity among men who are troubled to find that their breasts are becoming fattier as they age. And no amount of diet or exercise remedies it. For them, male breast reduction, or gynecomastia, reduces the swelling in the breast area to give the pectorals more definition.
Curious About Cosmetic Plastic Surgery for Men?
While cosmetic plastic surgery for men may still be in its infancy, as more men open up about having these surgical procedures, the less stigma there will be.
If you’re a man struggling with insecurities about your appearance, contact us today. During your free consultation, we’ll advise you on the next best steps to get that more youthful look. We’ll also ensure that you feel comfortable with being (something of) a trail blazer!
Why Compression After Plastic Surgery?
When patients make the decision to have plastic surgery, they’re often so excited by the notion of looking and feeling better, they forget about the importance of compression after plastic surgery.
‘Compression garment’ doesn’t exactly scream glamour. But it’s an incredibly useful tool to ensure a quicker and more efficient recovery. Plus, when worn during initial healing, it provides comfort and support.
With that said, it may sound like a compression garment is more or less optional.
So Then Can You Skip Compression After Plastic Surgery?
Obviously, you won’t be under the scrutiny of the compression garment police. But you’re strongly advised not to skip this important step.
The purpose of compression is triple fold. First, by maintaining constant pressure to the healing area, excess fluid build-up can’t occur. The body must then absorb any accumulated fluid. This, in turn, minimizes swelling and pain.
Second, less swelling equals less time healing. And the quicker you heal, the faster you’ll see those desired results. Without compression, on the other hand, post-op swelling will last considerably longer and you’ll have a longer wait.
And finally, compression also helps your skin form to the new body contour. This is particularly crucial if you’re having liposuction. It also prevents flabby or wrinkled skin which can detract from the overall results.
What If People Notice?
If you feel self-conscious about wearing a compression garment, know that it’s not your grandma’s/grandpa’s garment. Today’s garments aren’t bunched up and bulky. You can get them in various shades and accessorize them with outerwear. Once you layer yours underneath looser clothes with thick fabric, nobody will even know you’re wearing it.
Plus, a well-fitting garment is going to lay flat on your skin and support your body with gentle pressure. When fitted properly, it doesn’t hinder circulation or cause fluid buildup. And you won’t feel like your circulation is cut off or that your limbs may fall asleep.
Can You Take a Break?
Depending on your procedure, your board-certified plastic surgeon will likely recommend you wear a compression garment 24/7 for at least one week and up to three weeks.
While these newer compression garments have come a long way, there will be times you’ll want to remove it. For example, you won’t bathe in it. And much like taking off a bra or loosening a tie at the end of the day, it does feel nice to let loose for a bit. A short break is completely acceptable.
Even so, you’ll want to keep the breaks to a minimum and not do any heavy lifting or other strenuous activities without it. Also, be sure to wear soft and loose clothing that won’t disturb your incision(s). Then get that garment back on. Because the more you wear it during initial healing, the more effective it will be.
Is Plastic Surgery In Your Future?
Don’t let the notion of compression after plastic surgery stop you from getting your desired procedure. It’s a small price to pay for such a huge payoff.
So contact us today to discuss your plastic surgery objectives and goals. We’ll put your mind at ease so you can soon unveil a brand new you.
The Benefits of Laser Resurfacing in the Winter
The skin is your body’s largest organ. It’s also the most prominent. Given its exposure to the elements, it’s also prone to damage that leaves it roughened, discolored, and wrinkled.
While the skin is continuously replenishing itself by replacing old tissue with new, the process can be greatly expedited with laser resurfacing. It leaves the skin brighter, smoother, tighter, and more even.
And while you might think that summer would be the best time to have it done, laser resurfacing in the winter has many benefits.
What Is Laser Resurfacing?
Laser resurfacing is a non-surgical procedure that ablates the outer layer of the skin (the epidermis). Then the energy can enter into the deeper layer (the dermis). This results in an immediate contraction of the skin which promotes collagen production. Collagen locks moisture into the skin cells to lessen age-related loss of skin volume. The more collagen in the skin, the fewer lines and creases.
Furthermore, the lasers used in the procedure remove rough patches and smooth out areas where the skin has become crepey or leathery.
And the downtime is minimal.
Why Get Laser Resurfacing in the Winter
Laser resurfacing is most effective when the proper steps are taken during recovery. And these are much easier to do in the winter months when the weather is cold and the days are shorter.
1. It’s Easier to Avoid the Sun
For optimal healing, avoiding direct sun exposure is highly recommended after laser resurfacing treatment. This can be difficult during the long days of summer when a sunny day lures you outdoors.
Even if there is a cold sunny day in the winter that’s calling you out to play, you’ll be mostly covered in your warm winter clothes and won’t need to use as much sunscreen.
2. You May Already Have Time Off for the Holiday Break
You may want to plan to take a few days off to allow your skin to heal after laser resurfacing. For many of us, time off is built in around the holidays. So if you’re able to schedule your procedure in that timeframe, you won’t even need to take additional time off.
3. Easier Recovery
Some laser resurfacing treatments are gentler than others. But fractional CO2 laser resurfacing goes deeper to provide outstanding results that last longer. Plus, it doesn’t require multiple treatments. It’s one and done.
For this reason, it’s the most popular option and often chosen by board-certified plastic surgeons.
The recovery can last 3-7 days and involves a certain degree of peeling as the skin exfoliates. This is easier to deal with in the cold winter months when you’re relaxing by a fire and allowing the skin to heal under a warm sweater. And if you need to make a quick errand, your skin will be protected from the elements.
Dive In This Winter
If you’re starting to despair that the cold and dry air is damaging your skin, now is the time to enjoy all of the benefits of laser resurfacing in the winter. Contact us today to start your free consultation.
Not only will your healing be optimal, but getting the treatment now will help your skin to look its best when spring and summer return.
The Difference Between Dynamic and Static Wrinkles
Are you tired of wrinkles revealing your age? If so, you may be wondering if there are ways to achieve smoother and younger looking skin.
Of course, there are ways to lessen or even eliminate wrinkles. But not all wrinkles are the same. The first thing a board-certified plastic surgeon will determine is whether you have dynamic or static wrinkles.
Once that’s established, the proper treatment can be applied.
Why Do Wrinkles Occur?
Wrinkles are the result of, well…. living. First, you enter life right out of the womb with a certain skin type and the genetics that go with it.
From there, as you begin to truly live, your skin will encounter the sun, smoke and pollution, and dehydration. For a while, it’ll bounce back from the negative impact of these. Even so, the more exposure you have to them, the less elasticity and flexibility your skin will have to recover.
Add to these the aging process and the skin can take a serious hit with wrinkles beginning to appear on the face, neck, chest, and hands. And it could happen at a younger age than you expected.
Some of these wrinkles will be dynamic and others stable.
The Difference Between Dynamic and Static Wrinkles
As the skin becomes progressively more delicate upon aging, the surface of the skin changes shape. This can cause both static and dynamic wrinkles to form.
So what’s the difference?
Where do you see wrinkles when you look in the mirror? On the forehead or at the corners of the eyes? What about those smile lines in the mid-cheek or the frown lines between the eyebrows (known more affectionately as “elevens”)? Then there are the notorious lip lines.
Those are all examples of dynamic wrinkles. They are the result of movement – in this case the face expressing emotion such as joy, sadness, anger, and surprise. So when you smile, cry, frown, or laugh, they appear. When you’re younger, they disappear once the emotion is not being expressed and the face moves back to neutral.
However, after many years (or decades) of these repetitive movements, the skin stretches and doesn’t easily bounce back. Plus, the slowing production of elastic and collagen as we age also hinders its ability to return to its original state.
Treating Dynamic Wrinkles
Since dynamic wrinkles are caused by movement, the usual treatment for them is injectable BOTOX. It’s especially effective for relaxing and smoothing dynamic lines around the eyes, lips, and on the forehead.
It works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles beneath the skin that are the source of the movement causing these wrinkles and lines. In order to maintain results, treatments just need to be administered every 3-4 months.
Unlike dynamic wrinkles, static wrinkles don’t go away – regardless of the expression on your face. They may be the deep lines that begin at the nose and end at the corners of the mouth, or that travel from the edge of the mouth to the jawline. The tear trough lines coming from the corner of the eyes, lateral cheek lines, and lines across the neck are also good examples.
Once a static wrinkle shows up, it will only deepen and lodge itself permanently on your face. Not a result of movement, these wrinkles occur mostly because of the loss of collagen, fat, bone thickness, and elasticity as we age. Exposure to harsh environments, cigarette smoking, poor nutrition, and genetics can exacerbate them as well.
Treating Static Wrinkles
With static wrinkles, BOTOX isn’t going to be effective because they aren’t the result of movement. So depending on how deep the line or wrinkle, the best course of action is injectable dermal fillers, PRP (platelet-rich plasma), or fat to plump the skin and help to replace the volume that’s lost during the aging process.
While they may not eliminate deep wrinkles, they can significantly lessen the appearance of them.
Get Younger Looking Skin Now
You don’t have to settle for dynamic and state wrinkles taking over your face and zapping your confidence and sense of well-being.
If you’re increasingly concerned about wrinkles, then contact us today. The sooner you address your wrinkles, the better chance you’ll have of minimizing or possibly even eliminating them.
So don’t hesitate!
Why Get Vaginal Rejuvenation?
With the flood of social media and celebrities talking openly about… well, everything… you might be wondering if your vagina is up to snuff.
The reality is, there’s no right or wrong way your vagina should look or feel. Every body is different.
However, if you’re feeling challenged by the appearance or functioning of your genital area, then vaginal rejuvenation could be an option for you.
What Is Vaginal Rejuvenation?
Vaginal rejuvenation isn’t one specific procedure. It’s an umbrella term that covers a number of options. And as technology advances the options continue to grow.
Many therapies for vaginal rejuvenation now include devices such as lasers, radio frequency, and ultrasound.
But for our purposes, we’ll look at three of the most frequently performed procedures here.
The labia consists of both inner lips (labia minora) and outer lips (labia majora). For women who wish to change the size and shape of the inner lips of the vagina, there is labiaplasty. Over the years, several techniques have evolved for this surgery.
The trim procedure is the original technique and still the most widely used. This procedure addresses excess skin of labia minora which throws it out of symmetry with the labia majora. Through labiaplasty, the skin is removed and sutured to provide symmetry.
In the wedge procedure, the layer tissue beneath the mucus membrane (known as the submucosa) is left intact and only a partial wedge is removed from the thickest part of the labia minora. This preserves the wrinkled edges of the vagina and renders a more natural appearance.
There are, of course, other techniques for labiaplasty and each has its pros and cons.
The objective of vaginoplasty is to repair or construct a vagina, or to change the look of a vagina.
There are a number of situations that can damage or affect the development of the vagina. These include childbirth defects, congenital abnormalities, trauma, or radiation and excision of the vagina for cancer (or other disease) treatment.
A vaginoplasty may also be used for those seeking a vaginal canal during gender transformation. (A vulvoplasty, by contrast, is also a gender-affirming surgery that bypasses the canal option and creates only the parts of a vulva from existing tissue associated with being designated male at birth.)
Which vaginoplasty procedure is utilized depends on the goals or medical needs of the patient. It may include reconstruction or even recreation of the vagina through surgical intervention.
- Clitoral Hood Reduction
When the two sides of the labia minora come together to surround the vaginal opening, they create a small bulge. This is the clitoris. The clitoris has thousands of sensory nerve endings and plays a necessary role in achieving a clitoral orgasm.
The foreskin that covers the clitoris is known as the clitoral hood. It protects the highly sensitive clitoris from exposure to friction. In some women, the clitoral hood has excess tissue that may impede sexual function. The recommended vaginal rejuvenation technique is this case would be a clitoral hood reduction.
Why Choose Vaginal Rejuvenation?
There are many reasons a patient may be curious about vaginal rejuvenation. Some are seeking an enhanced sexual response. Others are motivated by purely cosmetic reasons or have troubles with vaginal dryness, increased incontinence, and looseness.
It honestly doesn’t matter.
What does matter is that you feel confident and secure about your vagina’s appearance and function. So if that’s not the case, then contact us today for a free consultation. And give yourself the gift of vaginal rejuvenation.
The Not-So-Exotic Brazilian Butt Lift
When you hear the term Brazilian butt lift, you might believe that this cosmetic procedure hails from the far reaches of South America. In reality, it was not created in Brazil.
In 1996, an American doctor was performing a televised fat transfer surgery on a Brazilian patient. They entitled the show, “Building the Brazilian Butt,” and the name stuck.
Today, the Brazilian butt lift Is regularly performed to provide patients with a fuller buttock contour while simultaneously removing fat from problem areas. So it’s the ultimate two-fer.
The Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure
What goes into a Brazilian butt lift? It’s fairly straightforward.
First, excess fat is removed with liposuction from areas such as the thighs, abdomen, the area above your buttock, and your lower back. This fat is then processed and prepared for transfer. From there, the plastic surgeon injects that fat into targeted areas of the buttocks where you desire more volume or fuller shape.
This is typically an outpatient procedure that uses general anesthesia or intravenous sedation and local anesthesia.
Who Can Benefit from a Brazilian Butt Lift?
Along with the procedure having no direct connection with Brazil, it’s also not a lift in the traditional sense of the word. It doesn’t actually address loose skin on the buttocks. For those with sagging skin, plastic surgeons would likely recommend thigh and buttock lift surgery instead.
Meanwhile, a Brazilian butt lift goes the distance in improving the shape and size of the buttocks in situations where there is not excess skin. Patients who want this procedure prefer fat transfer over implants and need to have adequate fat stores in other areas of the body.
Why Choose Fat Transfer Over Implants?
For patients who are very lean, there may not be enough fat in other parts of the body to harvest. For them, implants are a viable solution. There are added risks with implants though that include capsular contracture and increased risk of infection. Implants also look and feel less natural when compared to the results of a Brazilian butt lift.
By contrast, the injectable fat used in a Brazilian butt lift is harvested from the patient’s body so it’s more readily accepted into the body. Plus, using the patient’s own fat allows the surgeon to provide a smoother and more uniform appearance to the backside.
Another perk of the Brazilian butt lift is that there’s the dual benefit of eliminating unwanted fat from problem areas of the body. So while the buttocks becomes curvier and more rounded, other areas of the body are flattened and contoured. It’s a win-win.
Have Your Buttocks Deflated?
If so, it may be deflating your confidence in your appearance as well. No need for that!
Contact us today to set up a free consultation to discuss the option of a Brazilian butt lift. This proven method of augmentation will help to accentuate your buttocks while providing contour to your lower body as well.
What Makes Mommy Makeovers So Popular?
Some time in the past few decades, the notion that the child always comes first took hold and left mothers feeling like they no longer deserved to care for themselves. And if they did, they experienced guilt.
But much like pulling down the oxygen for yourself first so that you can help others, mothers are now recognizing that ceasing to exercise, eat well, or practice self-care in the name of “love” hurts both them and their child.
This realization is part of what makes Mommy Makeovers so popular these days.
What Else Makes Mommy Makeovers So Popular?
Having children is a beautiful life-changing experience. But it’s also exhausting and even overwhelming. Especially at first.
And as women adjust to their new postpartum bodies, it’s all too easy for them to lose sight of their own healthy self-image. Dragging around exhausted and drained can zap morale and leave any mother feeling unmotivated. They start covering up their dissatisfaction with larger jeans and baggy shirts.
Over the past few years though, plastic surgeons are seeing a dramatic increase in the number of women seeking Mommy Makeovers. Media has been a big player in this. But so too has the increased acceptance of women having surgical procedures in order to look better so they can also FEEL better.
The Mommy Makeover procedure allows tired and discouraged moms to reclaim some of their pre-pregnancy body while celebrating motherhood.
What Does a Mommy Makeover Entail?
No two women have the same experience with pregnancy and childbirth. As such, Mommy Makeovers are customized to each individual. Each patient can choose from a wide variety of surgical options that will address issues related to pregnancy and childbirth, as well as pre-existing issues.
The whole process kicks off with a free consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon who creates an individualized plan to address each patient’s unique goals.
There are several procedures which the surgeon may recommend:
- Breast Lift/Augmentation
Breasts are prone to sagging after the demands placed upon the body during pregnancy and nursing. Surgery is performed to restore the breasts to their original and more youthful pre-pregnancy position.
Depending on your situation, the plastic surgeon might recommend a breast lift, breast augmentation, or breast lift with either silicone or saline implants.
In some cases, the breasts may become too large after pregnancy and are no longer proportionate to the body. In this case, there would be a breast reduction.
- Tummy Tuck
One tell-tale sign that a woman has experienced pregnancy are stretch marks on the skin. Deeper below the skin though, the abdominal muscles have often separated – leaving the belly to hang down and sag.
Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that reduces excessive fat and skin around the abdomen and reconstructs that abdominal wall musculature.
This helps to flatten the belly again and minimize the appearance of those stretch marks.
For those troublesome post-pregnancy spots – typically the stomach, waist, hips, and thighs – where you just can’t seem to lose the fat, the surgeon may recommend liposuction.
With liposuction, small incisions are made in the treatment area and then a thin hollow tube, called a cannula, is inserted through the incisions to loosen excess fat cells. A surgical vacuum is then used to suction the fat out of those areas to create a slimmer body contour.
A Few Considerations…
If you’re considering getting a Mommy Makeover, it’s crucial that you consider all of your options to get the best results. It’s a big decision.
In addition, you’ll also need to plan for proper healing and recovery time. This means you’ll have to arrange to have someone around to “mother” you during the whole process. You won’t be able to do chores or pick up toddlers. Scheduling a spouse, partner, or family friend to be by your side during this time is essential.
Restore Your Confidence
While the physical benefits are part of what makes Mommy Makeovers so popular, these surgeries can go the distance in boosting a woman’s body image and self-esteem too.
So if you’re tired of feeling down about your post-pregnancy body, contact us today. A Mommy Makeover could be just what you need to more fully celebrate the joy of motherhood.