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Mel’s Blog: My New Flat Tummy

August 13th, 2012

I am now 7 weeks post-op following my abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery and I love my stomach!  The swelling isn’t completely gone yet, but so far the results are fantastic.  I’ve NEVER had such a flat stomach in my whole life.   I haven’t really changed sizes much, but my clothes fit very differently.

I decided to share my experience because I never thought that this was possible.  I always thought that cosmetic surgery was out of my reach.   Hollywood moms do this…not Midwestern moms!   Well, this Midwestern mom sure did and it was worth it.  Losing all of the extra weight that I wanted to lose before surgery worked out great, because now I feel like my tummy tuck was the finishing touch.   Most of the people in my life don’t really notice a huge change, but I feel completely different.   For the first time in my life, I don’t think about my stomach.

THAT made the whole thing worth it!

Thank you for sharing this experience with me.

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Pick your nose! Nose Nipntucks

April 5th, 2012

Plastic surgeons most often want to give you what you want.   I really think this stems from a profound sense of responsibility regarding patients placed in a  physician’s care.   This responsibility is firmly instilled in young residents during plastic surgery training.

Patients frequently bring in pictures saying, “I want my nose to look like this.”   Several factors dictate whether this nipntuck request represents realistic expectations.   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.

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.   For example, a surgeon might increase the height of the bridge of the nose, while decreasing the width of the tip.

Unfortunately, these techniques are not as precise as sculpting a piece of metal or clay.   In addition, your body will do some sculpting of its own while healing.  On occasion, carefully placed cartilage grafts will be absorbed (lost) by your body, perhaps requiring revision surgery.   Finally, complications can and do occur.  Several of my patients have shared their experience with having a rhinoplasty or nose job.

Photo is Lisa during her recovery.  Click here to  read Lisa’s blog and see some  film clips of actual surgery.

As the saying goes, “You can pick your friends, you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose!”

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