Posted on October 22, 2018

A Tummy Tuck or a Mommy Makeover? How to Decide

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You know you want to do something about unsightly excess skin and weakened abdominal muscles, but you’re not sure if a tummy tuck or mommy makeover is the right solution to your problem. Ask yourself these three questions to help you figure out the answer to your tummy tuck vs. mommy makeover debate once and for all.

Where Are Your Trouble Spots?

The main difference between a tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, and a mommy makeover is the area(s) that they treat. As its name suggests, abdominoplasty addresses your abdominal area and can remove and tighten loose skin and muscle tissue in this area.

A mommy makeover is a combination of multiple procedures, that includes a breast procedure and a body procedure. A tummy tuck is often included in a mommy makeover, along with either a breast enhancement, breast lift or breast reduction and, often times, liposuction.

If you have stretch marks that happen to be located in the area of skin that is removed during a tummy tuck, getting rid of them is a bonus.

What’s Your Timeline Like?

If you’re already thinking about getting a tummy tuck and another procedure like breast implants, scheduling them together in a mommy makeover could be your best bet. A mommy makeover typically only requires one surgery and one recovery period.

On the other hand, you might be able to get back to work a little sooner if you just get a tummy tuck or even a mini tummy tuck. Your mommy makeover recovery period might take a little longer, depending on which procedures you included.

What Does Your Plastic Surgeon Recommend?

The best way to decide which body contouring procedure is right for you is to sit down with an experienced plastic surgeon and discuss your goals. He or she should be able to help you pick the right procedure and help you start planning.

 






Posted on October 2, 2018

Why Having Too Much Lipo Is a Thing You Really Don’t Want to Do

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If a little bit of lipo gets you slim and trim, then a whole lot of lipo will get you even slimmer, right? Unfortunately, that’s not quite how liposuction works. This popular body contouring treatment does have its limitations and like most good things, it is possible to have too much liposuction. Here’s why.

Liposuction Isn’t for Weight Loss

Liposuction can work wonders for stubborn pockets of fat that don’t seem to budge, even with a healthy diet and exercise regimen. But if you’re trying to lose a significant amount of weight, lipo isn’t an effective solution.

Liposuction is able to remove areas of subcutaneous, or “pinchable” fat that is located just beneath your skin. Deeper visceral fat cannot be addressed through liposuction and will require diet and exercise and/or bariatric surgery to remove. Thus, the best candidates for this procedure will already be close to their target weight.

Some of the most popular areas to get lipo are the love handles, waist, abdomen and thighs.

You Could Get Less Than Perfect Results

The amount of fat that you can safely and effectively remove through liposuction will depend on your specific body type, BMI and goals. However, getting too much lipo could create a rippled appearance on your skin, which can be difficult to fix without surgery or a skin tightening procedure.

Make sure you work with an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon for your liposuction procedure. He or she can provide guidance on how much liposuction might be too much and how to get the best possible results.