After all you’ve done for your children and family, after all the sleepless nights and endless stress it’s time for you take time out for yourself. To get YOU back. Mommy-makeovers refer to a host of different procedures that can help give you back your pre-maternity jeans body. Our plastic surgeons very commonly see women coming in requesting things to be nipped and tucked to turn back the hands of time and undo the havoc of pregnancy. Among the popular procedures for these women, are tummy-tuck (or abdominoplasty), breast lift (with or without implants) and liposuction.
“Few things can make as much impact on a person’s life as a tummy-tuck can.”, says Dr. Asaad H. Samra, ”We are directly targeting the skin and fat of the abdomen that is resistant to diet and exercise. It’s simply an area that they can’t make better themselves.” A tummy-tuck refers to a surgery in which the lower abdominal skin and fat are removed, the “six-pack” muscles are tightened to bring in the waist, and the remaining skin “tucked” to give back those svelte curves.
The procedure typically takes about two hours under general anesthesia, and the patient goes home the same day.
A breast lift repositions the nipple and areola higher on the breast mound. It can be done with or without implants depending on whether or not more volume or fullness of the breast is desired. A breast lift takes approximately an hour and a half under general anesthesia and is also an outpatient procedure. When done in conjunction with implants, the implant is usually placed under the pectoral muscle and can be filled with either saline or silicone.
Liposuction describes a surgery in which unwanted fat is literally sucked out from stab incisions. Liposuction can be done with or without an energy source to treat the fat before removing it. Laser-assisted liposuction, as an example, uses laser to melt fat and encourage skin-tightening. Once the laser has been used then the treated fat is suctioned out as in traditional liposuction. A compression garment (or girdle) is commonly used for at least two weeks to help control swelling and bruising, and helps speed up getting your final result.
“We commonly combine a breast lift with a tummy-tuck. That way there is only one recovery period,” says Dr. Samra. These procedures can be done alone or in combination. Prospective patients need to be evaluated during a consultation to make sure these surgeries are appropriate for them. Also, occasionally candidates are asked to see their primary care doctor to make sure it is safe for them to have the surgery, medically cleared.
For those not ready to take the plunge into the operating room, there are non-surgical options available for facial and body concerns. Botox is still is one of the most commonly performed procedures to date and is used to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles typically around the eyes and upper face. Additionally, Ultherapy is an FDA-approved treatment to lift in the face and neck using ultrasound energy. Hate that muffin-top and extra-love handles? Well, now we can actually painlessly melt that fat. Vanquish is new radiofrequency device that selectively heats up fat cells causing permanent reduction. “Patients typically need at least 4 treatments done once a week.”, says Dr. Samra, “The feedback and results that we are receiving from our patients is nothing short of great. Now, Vanquish isn’t for everybody so make sure you have a consultation with your surgeon.”
Samra Plastic Surgery offers the latest techniques in surgical and non-surgical rejuvenation. We have two convenient locations and offer evening appointments. We have been part of the community for over 30 years. Our surgeons perform their injectable and laser therapies in Jeunesse Medical Spa. The aestheticians at Jeunesse specialize in skin care, massage and also perform eyelash extensions.