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Fat Transfers Enhance and Add Volume to the Face and Body

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Fat transfers are changing the face of plastic surgery. While plastic surgeons have long been extracting fat from the stomach or thighs to inject into breasts and buttocks, the latest trend is to use similar techniques to add a youthful fullness to the face. Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting, helps to revitalize and rejuvenate skin quality while adding fullness to the injection site. Surgeons remove a patient’s own fat from a donor location and inject it into a spot that could benefit from some volume. Increasingly, fat transfers are accompanying facelift procedures to increase volume in such areas…

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Mommy Makeover: Who is a Candidate?

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While childbirth is considered one of the greatest joys in life, many women would prefer to have their pre-pregnancy bodies back. Sixty-two percent of mothers said they would be interested in reshaping their bodies if cost was not an issue, according to an American Society of Plastic Surgeons survey. That is why the “Mommy Makeover,” a combination of cosmetic surgery procedures, is increasingly an option for women looking to restore their appearance after they have had their kids or lost significant weight. Pregnancy, childbirth, breast feeding and massive weight loss all can lead to stretched skin, droopy breasts, thickened waists,…

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Mommy Makeovers Help Women Get Back Their Pre-Baby Bodies

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Pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding can cause many changes to a woman’s body. Enter the “Mommy Makeover,” which plastic surgeons developed as a combination of cosmetic surgery procedures to help women get back their pre-baby shape. The Mommy Makeover involves a combination of procedures performed as a single or multiple staged surgery designed to address physical changes that mothers often experience. The makeovers can also be performed for women who have lost significant weight. The procedures included can address such issues as loss of volume in breasts, loose skin, and a flabby tummy, and correct weak or separated abdominal muscles. Each…

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Shapely or flabby? – A Body Lift Can Help You Fit into Your Summer Clothes

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Summer is approaching and so is the chance to restore and enhance your body. Exercise alone can’t correct for sagging due to age, heredity, prior pregnancies or fluctuations in weight. But there are several cosmetic procedures that can help create a trimmer silhouette and redefine your shape. Some of these include: Arm, body, thigh, or buttock lifts; mommy makeovers; body contouring after weight loss; and tummy tucks. Arm, thigh, and buttock lifts each involve reducing pockets of fat in the specified area; tightening and smoothing supportive tissue; and removing excess sagging skin. Meanwhile, a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, removes excess…

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Lose Fat and Look Great in Your Summer Clothes and Swimsuit

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Now can be the right time to make changes that would allow you to look and feel your best this summer. To achieve the body of your dreams, there are many ways to reduce fat pockets and reshape problem areas to fit into your favorite summer clothes or swimsuits. Sometimes diet and exercise is not enough to reduce small pockets of stubborn fat. Liposuction is the best-known procedure for fat reduction, offering long-lasting results, evident within weeks of recovery. Performed through traditional surgery or assisted by laser or ultrasound, liposuction can address love handles or fatty areas anywhere on the…

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Breast Implants, Breast Lift or Both?

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Breast enhancement is often associated with implants, but there is more than one way to improve your silhouette. There are two primary procedures utilized to improve the bustline: breast implants, also known as augmentation, and breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy. Different factors come into play in deciding which surgery will provide the look you want. Implants primarily focus on the size and firmness of the breast, while a lift addresses the breasts’ positioning on the chest. Three different factors are considered when deciding which surgery to choose, or if both are necessary. These, include: Nipple position in relation…

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When should you replace your breast implants?

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How often should breast implants be replaced? The answer varies since the longevity of an implant is dependent on many different things, including the implant type, the patient’s body, and even the surgeon. There are two basic types of implants: Saline and silicone. Saline implants are filled with sterile saltwater. They’re inserted empty, and then filled once they’re in place. Silicone implants are prefilled with silicone gel. While both saline and silicone breast implants are designed to last safely for many years, they are not considered lifetime devices, and both will likely need to be redone at some point. The…

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You’ve Done the Hard Work to Lose the Weight. Now What?

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Reaching a weight loss goal can be a significant achievement, improving health and appearance. But after losing the excess weight, some people find that they now have excess skin or that it has lost its elasticity and didn’t snap back into shape. Others realize they have some stubborn areas they would like to improve. To improve body shape and remove excess skin, body contouring procedures can be the answer. Some of the more popular options, include: Tummy tucks, which can remove excess abdominal skin and repair overstretched belly muscles. Breast lifts, which can raise the bust line while improving breast…

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Tummy Tuck or Liposuction – What is Best for My 2020 Body Goals?

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While a flat and toned tummy is a goal for most people, diet and exercise can’t always deliver results without some help. Even with healthy lifestyle habits, it’s difficult to obtain a slim and smooth stomach for anyone who has genetically determined pockets of fat or stretched abdominal tissue from childbearing or obesity. Body contouring can be the answer, but the question remains: Tummy tuck or liposuction? Tummy tuck surgery, known medically as abdominoplasty, tightens the abdominal muscles and eliminates the excess fat and skin from the midsection. For patients with loose abdominal skin or a stretched abdominal wall, a…

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Patients with Textured Breast Implants Should Check with Their Surgeon

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Patients with textured breast implants should check with their plastic surgeons to to see if their brand is associated to a Food and Drug Administration action. The FDA asked breast implant manufacturer Allergan to voluntarily recall unused BIOCELL® textured products and the company agreed.[1] The implants are considered a risk for a rare form of cancer known as BIA-ALCL, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Patients should verify with their plastic surgeons if they have the implant brand or if they have symptoms associated with the cancer.  “The FDA does not recommend removal for patients without symptoms due to…

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