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Mommy Makeovers: a Growing Trend

December 26th, 2013

Women are postponing motherhood, waiting longer to have children today. What is the best age to have a baby? Many factors enter into this equation. From a purely biological viewpoint, the late teens or early twenties are best biologically, according to John Mirowsky, a sociologist at the University of Texas at Austin.  Women in their twenties are least likely to have developed health problems that would put them or their babies at risk, and they have the lowest rates of miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, and infertility. Physically speaking, it is apparent that younger women are able to weather pregnancy and bounce back more quickly than older moms.  

Perhaps the growing trend of considering a Mommy Makeover reflects the desire to erase the physical toll that later childbearing sometimes brings. Many will agree that having children at any age is one of the most rewarding experiences a mother will have. However, the physical effects of pregnancy, especially multiple pregnancies, can leave unwanted and unflattering changes to your body. Common complaints from my patients include, loss of breast fullness and/or sagging, excess abdominal skin, stretched or torn abdominal muscles and umbilical hernia. Even if you adhere to the 25-35 pound weight gain during pregnancy, it’s often more difficult to get back into shape the older you are when you have a baby. No amount of exercise or weight loss can fix some of these problems. Fortunately, cosmetic surgery is an option to help a patient return to a pre-pregnancy appearance and restore the natural feminine shape following their pregnancy. Some of my happiest patients are women of all age-ranges who have chosen Mommy Makeovers.

Be sure to watch KSTP-TV’s Twin Cities Live, when we share a personal story of a Mommy Makeover.

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Nose Job Gains Popularity

July 31st, 2013

Dr. Bashioum's patient shares her nose surgery experience.

Rhinoplasty,  AKA “Nose job” or nose surgery has gained popularity and has jumped to the second most popular cosmetic surgery request after breast augmentation.  According to the  ASPRS, 252,352 patients chose to have their noses reshaped last year.  I have also noticed an uptick for consultations with patients having questions about changing the shape of their nose.

Patients frequently bring in pictures saying, “I want my nose to look like this.”   Several factors dictate whether this request represents realistic expectations or not.   It is  important to understand the possibilities and limitations presented by the anatomy of a particular nose, the aesthetics of the individual facial structure and  desires of the patient.  I like to be honest with my patients and explain how much of a change is possible in their particular case.  While every nose surgery is personally customized, existing anatomy and facial proportions play an important role in sculpting and reshaping a new nose.

Modern rhinoplasty philosophy and techniques do give us a vast number of combinations with regards to nose surgery.   We are able to either increase or  decrease the size of any part of your nose.  Sculpting a new nose is equal parts anatomy and artistry.  For example, a surgeon might increase the height of the bridge of the nose, while decreasing the width of the tip to achieve a particularly desired result.  I design each surgical plan to be customized for my patients with these aspects in mind.  The skill of the surgeon is an important consideration in choosing a plastic surgeon.  I find that  Before and After  photos are helpful for patients to get a sense of my cosmetic surgery aesthetic.  

To read more about having nose surgery,  Lisa’s Blog  is a patient diary, including her AFTER photo following her own nipntuck experience.  For more of Lisa’s story (including actual surgery footage) search for Lisa’s Blog in our Search feature.

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