Every new year, more and more women set out with goals in mind to reduce the size of their tummies through diet and exercise only to lose heart when not being able to obtain the results they desire. Stomach fat combined with intestinal fat is one of the most difficult to lose. [Read more…]
The question of what is considered attractive in a woman has been studied for years across many cultures. Studies from eye shape, eye color, hair length and color, breast size, waist size, hip size and in some cases even the size of one’s feet have all been the focus of attractiveness in women. According to one evolutionary model of mate choice, predicts that humans should prefer honest signals of health, youth, and fertility in potential mates. Researchers have amassed substantial evidence that the waist–hip ratio (WHR) in women is an accurate measure of the attractiveness of women and propose that most men respond to the waist hip ratio cue. [Read more…]
Many women who embarked upon working careers, before becoming mothers, are often faced with going back to work after childbirth. For some, the need to regain their self confidence and appearance is important to them. Childbirth can cause a wide range of changes to a woman’s body, which include a flabby tummy, visible stretch marks and increased weight gain. A woman’s breasts can also be permanently changed as a result of childbirth, in some cases losing their perkiness and firmness altogether.
There are many surgical procedures that are available to turn back the clock and help a woman regain her pre-childbirth appearance. This is known as a “Mommy Makover,” which include the following procedures:
Tummy Tuck: A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a procedure that removes the excess skin and fat caused by muscle stretching and skin laxity as a result of childbirth. A surgeon will carefully make an incision, usually below the bikini line, and cut away the excessive skin and fat. They may also need to tighten up the abdomino-muscles with sutures as well as recreate the belly button since it is often removed in the procedure. Recovery times can vary per person, however, expect at least a week or two down time with up to six weeks recover before feeling completely back to normal. Women who are in a better physical condition usually have a shorter recovery time than those that don’t. Click here to learn more about a tummy tuck abdominoplasty.
Liposuction: Liposuction is the process of using a small cannula, inserted past the dermis of the skin that sucks out and removes localized deposits of fat.
- Tumescent Liposuction, uses large volumes of natural saline solution combined with diluted lidocaine and adrenaline which is injected into the fatty tissue. The tumesent technique allows for a smaller cannula to remove the fat – and reduces the amount of bruising and bleeding.
- Hydroliposculpture, uses a combination of fluid injection liposuction in conjunction with a specifically designed flexible ultrasonic cannula. This type of procedure is most known for being the most gentle. Unfortunately, many surgeons prefer not to use this method because it requires the use of two different liposuction systems simultaneously.
- Ultrasonic Liposuction utilizes a high frequency vibrating cannula to loosen and melt the localized fat deposits. First and second generation ultrasonic liposuction equipment suffered from producing too much heat as a result of inadequate cooling for the device. This often resulted in “cooking” the surrounding tissue causing a whole host of problems including nerve damage.
- Laser Assisted Liposuction, is the newest form of liposuction. It uses a small focused laser with low energy waves to melt and break up the localized fat deposits. This method requires less recovery time for the patient and produces the smallest scar.
Dr. Park and Dr. Sorosky can help you determine what type of liposuction would be best for you. To learn more about liposuction click here.
Breast Augmentation: In some cases women may desire to have breast augmentation or a breast lift (mastopexy) with their Mommy Makover to regain their pre-childbirth figure. There are many options for women who desire breast augmentation. Women have the option to request saline or silicone gel implants, size, shape, placement of the implant and even incision. These choices are best saved after personal research and a consultation with your surgeon since every women is different with regards to her own body and personal goals. To learn more about breast augmentation click here.
Dr. Park is ab expert in Mommy Makeovers and would be happy to consult with you on your many options to achieve your goals.
Many women have dedicated their lives to raising their beloved children and devoting themselves to their family. Virtually all of your attention is focused on work, family duties, and outside activities. As a result, you have neglected yourself and placed yourself at the bottom of your priorities.
After bearing children, it is extremely difficult to regain your pre-pregnant figure. Some of the post-pregnant effects are stretch marks on the abdomen, laxity of the stomach muscles, or even loose hanging skin below the belly-button. Your small-framed figure still exists, but is disguised underneath the excess skin and fatty tissue. Likewise, the breasts over time have sagged and lost volume after having children and breastfeeding. Sometimes there are saddlebags around the thighs, and even bags under your eyes that may make you appear tired.
After working so hard on your career and your family, it’s time to give yourself the confidence and respect you deserve. You deserve to match your outward appearance with the youthful, attractive person you are deep down inside. The most common procedures performed on mothers after having children are breast lifts (mastopexy) with or without implants and tummy tucks (abdominoplasty). Often times, these two procedures are combined so as to undergo one recovery and one anesthesia. Dr. Park has performed many of these combined procedures, and if the breast only needs to be augmented (with the combined approach), he can place the implants through the abdominoplasty wound to avoid any scars on the breast. Usually daily activity can be resumed after recovering for approximately 2 weeks, but full recovery may take up to 4 to 6 weeks.
The result of a combined breast lift/augmentation and tummy tuck is an overall rejuvenation of the body rewarding the modern woman. Restoring the breast shape via an uplift will fill out clothing better, while the tummy tuck will often result in a decrease in multiple dress sizes. Mothers reward yourself and give yourself the attention and confidence that you rightfully derserve.