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Muffin Top Tummy Bulge: Fix it

January 25th, 2019

Muffin Top Fix

Abdominoplasty surgery or the Tummy Tuck procedure remains in the TOP 5 most requested cosmetic surgeries. Tummy tucks also rank second, following breast enlargement in overall patient satisfaction. Reasons why patients seek surgery include loss of muscle and skin tone, sagging skin and a  tummy pooch or bulge due to pregnancy or fluctuations of weight gain/loss. Patients that I see complain about the resulting appearance to their tummies, commonly called muffin top. Surgery is sometimes required to repair these changes when exercise and diet have failed. The tummy Nipntuck procedure uses liposuction, surgical skin removal, and/or muscle tightening to achieve a flatter stomach. My patients reflect the national norm in reporting great satisfaction after having this cosmetic surgery. When this procedure is combined with breast restoration following pregnancy, it is referred to as the “Mommy Makeover.” I strongly recommend doing each procedure separately to insure proper healing and minimizing complications that might arise when doing both at the same time. Mommy Makeovers have become more popular in recent years as more women no longer accept the physical changes that sometimes occur to their body, often caused by the residual result of their pregnancy.

To watch our television interview with my patient (a mother or 3) about her experience and how it changed her self-image following surgery, watch here.

Read more here from our Patient Blog.

Photo courtesy of Pink Mocha Cafe, Hartland.

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Breast Lift, Reduction or Enlargement to Correct Sagging?

January 17th, 2018

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How do you know if you need a breast lift, a breast reduction or breast enlargement to correct sagging to make your breasts more youthful looking? Let’s start with the “pencil test” because it is a simple and an effective way to tell if breast lift surgery might be helpful to correct sagging or droopy breasts. The pencil test helps to identify true sagging. Place a pencil under your breast where it attaches to your chest and if your nipple hangs below the pencil when you sit or stand, then you might consider a breast lift.

True sagging or drooping of a woman’s nipples can occur following pregnancy or as a result of any dramatic weight gain/loss. True sagging refers to the location of the nipple position below the crease beneath your breast. I do not recommend breast lift surgery if nipples are above the crease or at the level of the crease. Breast enlargement is usually sufficient to correct the saggy breast shape in most cases. However, breast lift surgery is designed specifically to reposition the nipple and areola (pigmented skin around the nipple) upwards toward a more natural position. The natural position is about one half to three-quarters of an inch above the crease. Positioning them any higher than this can result in an odd breast appearance. The size of the areola can also be reduced during the procedure if desired by the patient.

Breast enlargement or breast reduction may be considered to change the size, shape and contour of the breasts, when a breast lift would not be indicated to achieve the desired improvement. As with all breast surgery, size is a personal choice and all options should be discussed during your consultation with your surgeon. Breast surgery is often part of the Mommy Makeover. See more specific information on Breast Procedures here.

Watch this video as our patient kindly shares her journey of restoring her breasts to a more youthful look following pregnancy. Thank you Lisa.

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