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Mommy Makeover Rated as ‘Worth It’ by 98% of Patients

Friday, April 6th, 2012
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It comes as no surprise that Mommy Makeovers have a 98% “worth it” rating on, a website that connects men and women who are interested in cosmetic enhancement with medical professionals. This procedure, which often combines a Los Angeles tummy tuck and breast augmentation, helps women flatten their midsections and enhance their breasts for a younger, firmer-looking body.

Benefits of a Mommy Makeover

A Mommy Makeover is perfect for restoring areas of the body that are affected by pregnancy and childbirth. Some advantages of this procedure include:

  • Tightening abdominal muscles that were stretched by pregnancy
  • Restoring fullness to the breasts
  • Reducing the visibility of stretch marks and scarring from a C-section
  • Removing excess fat from the stomach, hips, buttocks or thighs
  • Sculpting slimmer, sleeker body contours
  • Balancing body proportions
  • Elevating the breasts to a higher position

Understanding the Potential of Tummy Tucks

Thursday, September 15th, 2011
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Women and men often come to our practice after spending countless hours in the gym and trying what seems like every diet available, yet they are still unsatisfied with the overall shape of their bodies. A tummy tuck in Los Angeles is extremely effective in creating a flat and toned abdomen, but the key to successfully using this popular procedure is understanding what it can and cannot achieve.

Tummy tuck procedures begin with a horizontal incision along the pubic line that is often easily covered by a person’s bathing suit. Once the incisions are made, a number of steps are utilized:

  • Sutures bring the underlying muscles together to tighten the abdominal wall.
  • Abdominal skin is pulled downward, and the navel is repositioned through a small incision.
  • Remove excess skin to reveal a tighter abdomen and eliminate stretch marks.
  • Liposuction may be used to improve the contour of the waist, flanks, and abdomen.

Tummy tucks often serve as a valuable component of many Mommy Makeovers, which combine the procedure with breast enhancement. This relatively simple procedure can help mothers regain their toned abdomens and bounce back after having children.

Why You Should Combine Plastic Surgery Procedures

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
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When I see patients in my office who have more than one concern, I often recommend combining surgeries. Combining plastic surgery procedures is a cost-effective way of achieving a more comprehensive makeover, and studies I have done over recent years suggest that the safety of combined procedures is on par with the safety of individual cosmetic surgery procedures.

Combined procedures for body and breast contouring are increasingly commonplace these days. For instance, some of my Los Angeles tummy tuck patients will benefit from combining liposuction of the midbody, hips or thighs. The removal of excess skin as well as fat can result in beautiful, smooth body contours.

Also, many tummy tuck patients choose to combine breast procedures with their surgery. These combined surgeries are often called Mommy Makeover procedures, addressing the specific areas that are of concern to women who have had children.

Combining surgical procedures has the added benefit of reducing total recovery time, when compared to having the procedures separately.

Body Contouring 101

Monday, March 14th, 2011
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Body contouring is a way for women and men who have exhausted other methods of diet and exercise to contour and tone specific areas of the body. Typically, excess skin and fat is removed from targeted areas of the body.

While body contouring is never a substitute for a healthy diet and lifestyle, it can help improve the body shape for people who find that the pounds won’t budge from certain areas. For instance, my Los Angeles tummy tuck patients choose the procedure to remove unwanted fat and tissue, while tightening the underlying abdominal muscles.

Below is some basic information about body contouring:

  • Body contouring can help create a smooth body shape.
  • Procedures such as a tummy tuck can help remove excess skin and tissue from areas that do not respond to diet and exercise.
  • After significant weight loss, body contouring procedures can be particularly helpful for removing excess skin to reveal a slimmer shape.
  • There are various body lifting procedures that exist for almost every area of the body – legs, abdomen, buttocks, back, arms, and chest.

Body contouring can consist of several procedures, but at the end of the day, all are meant to reshape and contour the body. The best way to see if you are a candidate is to talk with your surgeon.

Will a Tummy Tuck Remove Stretch Marks?

Monday, February 28th, 2011
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For many people, stretch marks are a part of life. They occur when the dermis is stretched and torn, which can occur as we grow during puberty or as we experience fluctuations in weight. Particularly after pregnancy, many women experience these stretch marks. Unfortunately, there is no proven treatment that will completely remove these marks without excision. Other stretch mark removal methods usually just help improve the appearance of scarring, and do not actually remove the scar.

For women who experience stretch marks from pregnancy, a tummy tuck in Los Angeles can remove stretch marks below the belly button my removing excess or loose skin. But stretch mark removal certainly is not the only benefit of a tummy tuck. In addition, the procedure tightens loose abdominal muscles and can be combined with liposuction to remove unwanted fat in the midsection.

I’ve seen many women who feel self-conscious about their stretch marks and are looking for a solution that actually works. For now, stretch marks on the belly can be removed successfully with a tummy tuck, and I hope that sometime soon a less-invasive approach to stretch mark removal is developed.

Tummy Tuck: Not a Weight Loss Method

Monday, January 3rd, 2011
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A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that can help remove excess fat and skin around the midsection. This procedure is helpful for contouring the body as well as tightening the underlying muscles of the abdomen. Tummy tucks are particularly popular among mothers who experience sagging or excess skin around the midsection following pregnancy. But while a tummy tuck can help Los Angeles women and men improve the shape of their bodies, it is not meant to be a substitute for eating a proper, healthy diet or exercising regularly. In fact, it is helpful for those considering the procedure to be close to their ideal body weight beforehand.

Some common benefits of a tummy tuck include:

  • Removal of excess skin and fat
  • Tightening of the underlying muscles
  • Improvement in overall body contour

A tummy tuck can also be combined with liposuction for optimal results. Combining liposuction with a tummy tuck is particularly helpful for those who have lost a significant amount of weight and experience loose, sagging skin. A tummy tuck also can be combined with other cosmetic surgery procedures after weight loss for more complete sculpting of the body.

Dr. Grant Stevens

Dr. Grant Stevens

I am a board-certified Beverly Hills plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience researching and implementing new approaches to plastic surgery. At Plastic Surgery Insider, you get the benefit of my experience and authority when you read my perspectives on the latest news and procedures in plastic surgery.
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