Dr. Stephen Mulholland's Plastic Surgery Blog

Get a New Nose with a 5 Minute Nose Job

October 10th, 2014

Get a New Nose With a 5 Minute Nose Job

Before making major purchases like a car, you’d test drive it. You would go out for a ride and see if you like the feel of it. Seeing how the car looks like is one thing, but driving it is another story.

What would you think if I said you can test drive nose jobs too? Injectable rhinoplasty, also known as the 5 minute nose job, is a non-surgical procedure that changes the nose’s appearance. This is done through injections of Restylane or Voluma. Since the gels that are injected are long-lasting, the patient’s results can last up to one to two years.  After that, the results wear off and then the patients will see their “original” nose again.

How is the 5 Minute Nose Job Different From Rhinoplasty?

The 5 minute nose job is perfect for people who don’t want invasive surgery or would like to “try” a new nose before committing to rhinoplasty, the full-on procedure. It’s also much more affordable than rhinoplasty itself; depending on where you go, the 5 minute nose job costs $1,000-$1,500. This treatment addresses all sorts of issues people would have with their noses: crooked, bulbous, bumpy or elongated noses look more attractive after the 5 minute nose job.

Dr. Stephen Mulholland, a Toronto plastic surgeon, created the injectable rhinoplasty. He saw many patients who didn’t want to go down the surgical route of plastic surgery. Many people also don’t want to take time off work or life activities to recover. That’s part of the reason why he created this quick non-surgical nose job. It’s a popular procedure that he’s taught to thousands of physicians around the world. “I might do a hundred surgical nose jobs a year, but I’ll do 150 to 200 injection nose jobs in the same year,” says Dr. Mulholland.

Who’s Getting This Procedure Done?

Tracey, a woman who says she’s always refused to have photos taken of her from the side, wanted to get rid of her nose bump. She saw Dr. Mulholland to get the procedure done. After the short treatment, she was surprised to see that she no longer had a nose bump. “It’s very strange to see yourself initially. No bump. And so fast. It’s going to take me a little bit to get used to it and to recognize it when I see myself. The profile is going to look completely different,” she says.

Long-lasting gel fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm or Voluma are injected into the nose to correct whatever problem the patient wants to see fixed. The procedure doesn’t require any anaesthesia and won’t leave any scars. After the treatment, patients see immediate results. They don’t have to worry about a recovery period, but there will be some swelling and small risk of bruising. These symptoms last for only a few days.

If for some reason you’re not happy with your new nose, you won’t have to worry since the results from the injections wear off over time. If you do love how your nose looks, you can keep up the appearance by undergoing more treatments or go for rhinoplasty itself for permanent results. Changing your appearance is that easy now and it doesn’t have to involve long-term commitment anymore.

Try it out yourself. Get in touch with us through our online consultation form if you want to change your nose’s appearance in just minutes.

Is Liposuction Right For Your Body Type?

October 6th, 2014

Find out if your body type is right for liposuction.

People of all body types look into liposuction to achieve the silhouette they want. Even for those who have small frames and statures, they can still have stubborn fat in areas like thighs, abdomen and knees. These body areas are known to be difficult to shape up through diet and exercise. Liposuction approaches such as the BodyTite or SmartLipo can address these problem areas and trim down the fat to help people get the bodies they want. Dr. Mulholland answers a few questions from people who are considering liposuction and from those who had it done recently.

I have stubborn pockets of fat in my lower body which is also resistant to diet and exercise. How much would BodyTite liposuction cost for inner and outer thighs and knees? Will I be able to move comfortably and take care of my kids within a day after the procedure?

If you have small, stubborn pockets of unwanted fat in your inner and outer thighs and your inner knees, you would be a good candidate for body contouring. You’d also have to be medically well, healthy and have good skin tone to have this procedure done. A BodyTite™ procedure is a form of radiofrequency-assisted liposuction that enhances skin contraction. It’s also similar to SmartLipo™ in that thermal energy reduces the risk of bruising, swelling and pain and enhances a quick recovery to normal activities of daily living. Generally, the cost of the procedures will vary, depending on the size of the patient, location of the fat and the number of locations treated. If you see an experienced, certified plastic surgeon with BodyTite, you can expect three or four zones to be cost under $10,000.

I tell patients they can be able to return to relatively low-impact activities the day after the procedure. You should be able to interact normally with your kids, as long as they’re not very young and require you to pick them up. If that’s the case, you might want to have family or friends assist you for one or two days.

I’m 5’4 and 100 pounds. I’m quite trim but I still have small pockets of fat on my medial and lateral thighs. Would a bit of liposuction to contour them be beneficial? Or would it be too risky and not worth it?

After seeing your photos, it does appear that you have a slight degree of multifocal lipodystrophy. This is a fancy term for maldistribution of fat. You do look fit and trim in the upper part of your body, but you have a mild to modest collection of outer and inner thigh fat with a small degree of inner knee fat. These areas are very difficult to lose localized fat with diet and exercise.

Depending on your physical health and your expectations, you would be an excellent candidate for mild liposuction. Liposuction has changed drastically in the last 5-6 years with new technologies such as SmartLipo, VaserLipo and BodyTite. All of these help in more gentle fat extraction with little risk of bruising. There will also be reciprocal contraction of your skin and soft tissue which ensures you’ll get the smoothest possible outcomes.

Most patients can go back to work or light activities with these advanced approaches to liposuction the following day. You’ll have to wear a compression garment for several weeks. Generally, you will see a nice improvement in your shape and contour within a few weeks.

It’s been 2 weeks since I had liposuction. I lost 17 lbs but within the last few days, I gained 8 lbs. Is this caused by swelling? I had to take a few weeks off from work because the pain was severe.

Weight fluctuation after liposuction is very common. It is extremely important you have a close follow-up with your board certified liposuction physician. Weight gain can be caused by stress hormone and the stress of the procedure itself, mainly in the form of water weight. The diuretic effect post-operatively will usually dissipate the swelling and tissue trigger called edema in the first week to ten days.

Significant weight loss, such as you have experienced in association with diarrhea can be especially concerning and you should seek the follow-up advice of your board certified liposuction surgeon. Following liposuction, especially with prophylactic antibiotics and even without, serious gastroenterological derangements, such as Claustridium difficile with diarrhea weight loss, can be a serious metabolic complication and a follow-up with an internist and emergency physician or your certified physician is imperative.

Hair Transplantation: How It Evolved & How It works

October 1st, 2014

Find out how hair transplantation works

Hair loss can be an emotional and traumatizing experience for both men and women, so it’s not surprising to see more people gravitating to hair transplantation procedures now. Due to increased demand and new technologies, hair transplantation has become a huge market around the world over the years. The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) 2013 statistics show there was an estimated 310,624 surgical hair restoration procedures performed worldwide. The market size for this procedure has jumped to $1.9 billion USD in 2012.

Although men are often thought of as the only patients of hair transplantation, surgeons and data would tell you this isn’t true. Men were indeed the main patients of this procedure, but 13.7% of the procedures were performed on women. A large majority of these patients reported they sought treatments due to genetic hair loss.

How Is Hair Transplantation Performed?

There are different types of hair restoration techniques that surgeons can perform. The strip grafting method, which has been performed for over 20 years, is still the most common hair transplantation technique. In this method, a strip of scalp is removed by cutting a chunk of the scalp. Usually the strip measures out to 1-1.2 cm wide and 14-16 cm long. This strip of hair bulbs and the shafts are then given to hair technicians. They spend several hours cutting down the chunk of scalp hair into small grafts. While this method can be very successful, the scar left on the back of the head makes this technique less desirable for some patients.

Dr. Mulholland, a Toronto plastic surgeon, says the donor sites can be problematic. “If it’s a windy day or you’re not careful in general, people will be able to see a white linear scar across the back of your head, even if it heals well,” he says.  Usually the scar is about 5 mm to 7 mm wide, even after healing. There can also be a lot of pain on the strip graft site which may last for days and weeks.

NeoGraft Automated FUE Hair Transplantation

Strip grafting is not the only way to restore hair volume today. One of the newer techniques and technologies is the NeoGraft Automated FUE hair transplant system. Instead of having hair technicians spend several hours working with the hair, NeoGraft is an automated and motorized rotary punch machine that harvests hair shafts and root systems. This method leaves patients without visible scars. “If the punch is 1 mm or less, the donor site is virtually invisible,” says Dr. Mulholland.

The NeoGraft is also much faster than strip grafting. “While a manual FUE technician can harvest about 100 follicular units per hour, a technician using the automated NeoGraft can harvest 600 to 700 FUs per hour using a tiny 1 mm punch,” says Dr. Mulholland. The procedure is much easier to tolerate and patients can benefit from a faster recovery time.

The small but manageable disadvantage of NeoGraft for some patients is that they have to shave their hair before it’s harvested. That’s why Dr. Mulholland recommends patients to wear their hair short so people around them get used to seeing them with shorter hair.

If you want to learn more about your hair restoration options, fill out a consultation form or leave us a comment.

How to Treat Your Acne Scars

September 23rd, 2014

How to treat your acne scars

Most of us know what it’s like to have acne. Whether you had it as a teenager or as an adult, it doesn’t look or feel good to have unwanted bumps on your face. Although they’re little bumps on the face, they sure can wreak havoc on someone’s self-esteem.

Acne is caused by a variety of factors like genetics or diet choices. More aestheticians and doctors believe there is a connection between acne and diet now. The common culprits that are believed to trigger acne include: dairy, coffee, bread and sugar.

What causes acne scars?

When acne subsides or when you’re free of it by changing your diet, applying skin products or getting acne treatments done, there still could be acne scars that are leftover to remind you of your skin ordeals. Of course, not everyone who has acne ends up with scars. We don’t know who is more likely to get acne scars just yet because the causes for acne and scarring can be different from one person to another. Those who tend to get acne scars usually find that genetics plays a role in terms of what type of scars they have and how severe the scarring is. This means a family member could have the same type of scars too.

Another group of people who are prone to acne scars are those who have inflammatory acne. Inflammatory acne is the red, painful and swollen acne that usually penetrates deep into the skin and causes damage. If your breakouts get this severe, make sure to take quick action to treat it because not doing anything at all to treat inflammatory acne increases the chances of acne scarring.

Acne scars also occur when someone squeezes or picks at their pimples. This habit doesn’t clear or help the acne at all; it makes acne worse as it inflames it and causes higher risks of scarring. When acne penetrates the skin deeply, it damages the skin and tissue beneath it. When this happens, white blood cells and different inflammatory molecules work together to fight off the infection and repair the damaged tissue. Once the infection has cleared up, sometimes the tissue doesn’t restore and acne scars can result.

How to treat acne scars

Acne scars don’t have to be lifetime reminders. It’s possible to reduce the look of scars or get rid of them altogether. Acne scar treatments involve a combination of techniques and technologies to give patients smoother and clearer skin. These treatments involve the use of fractional laser, fractional radiofrequency resurfacing technology, skin tightening devices and more.

A few steps happen during acne scar treatments. First, intense pulsed light is used to clear red or brown pigmentation at the base of acne scars. Then, a radiofrequency heating device is used to tighten the skin. An RF skin tightening device painlessly heats up the skin for 20 minutes to help produce new collagen. Patients can receive up to 6 treatments over the course of 6 weeks. Patients should expect to see up to 30-70% improvement in the appearance of their scars.

Leave us a comment or fill out a consultation form if you’d like to learn more on how you can treat your acne scars.

Did Kylie Jenner Have Lip Augmentation?

September 17th, 2014

Did Kylie Jenner have lip augmentation?

Did she do it or not? Kylie Jenner, the 17-year-old reality TV star, has been making headlines due to her noticeably fuller lips that have been captured in photographs. The online universe is debating whether or not Kylie has enhanced her lips through lip augmentation.  Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for people to be criticized for getting cosmetic enhancements, but for those who are in the spotlight, the scrutiny is harsher and happens much more often.

Kylie is also facing a lot of backlash for possibly injecting soft tissue fillers to her lips because of her age—but to be fair, if a parent allows and provides consent for their teenager to receive injections, then physicians can proceed. We also have to consider she’s living in the world of fame and riches, so having connections to get what you want shouldn’t be so hard if it involves getting a little cosmetic work done.

While plenty of people are freaking out and accusing her of getting plastic surgery, others are chiming in and saying that Kylie’s clever makeup skills is creating the illusion of full, plumpy lips. They say the combination of lip liner, lip plumper and lipstick gives her this new look. There are even online makeup tutorials on how to mimic her lips.

We don’t know for sure if she had lip augmentation or not. But we do know that it’s an incredibly common treatment among women in North America. That’s because full lips are well-loved and envied in North American culture.  It’s a quick procedure that instantly adds volume to the lips (and it also fills fine lines).

Lip augmentation includes soft tissue fillers such as Juvederm, Voluma, Perlane and Restylane. These fillers consist of a smooth gel made of hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring sugar substance in the skin that adds volume and hydration. Depending on which filler is used, the results can last from 4-9 months.

So, do you think Kylie Jenner received lip augmentation or is it just some really good makeup application? Let us know what you think. Fill out our consultation form if you want to learn more about lip augmentation.

Rhinoplasty: What You Should Know Before Doing It

September 16th, 2014

What you should expect before doing

It’s no secret that people pick at perceived flaws on their faces and bodies. A lot.

Noses tend to be a problematic feature for a lot of people, and it’s probably because it’s a focal point on the face. The social norm of selfies doesn’t help for those who hate their noses, either. The nose can be captured at all angles and views—some people dislike their nose so much that they avoid taking pictures in angles they think that makes their features look unflattering.

That’s only pictures, though. People who feel their noses are too long, wide or has too big of a bump battle with lack of confidence on a daily basis in real life. As we all know, noses can’t be changed simply by losing weight or taking magic pills. When someone is serious and ready to alter the look of their nose, they look into rhinoplasty which is a procedure that alters the shape, structure and form of the nose. Rhinoplasty is a very commonly performed procedure; millions of people get it done and it was ranked the 5th most performed cosmetic procedure in the world according to 2013 statistics.

What To Expect In Rhinoplasty Procedures

We’re here to talk about what happens before, during and after the procedure so you don’t have to do the guessing work.

With modern and advanced technology today, patients can see how their new nose could look like before the surgery through 3D computer imaging and simulation. This is the same case with breast augmentation too. This gives patients a great opportunity to gain a sense of how their results could look like and how their overall face and proportions may change. This 3D computer imaging of the nose happens during the consultation.

During the procedure itself, it usually takes 90 minutes to perform. Plastic surgeons operate on a range of noses—they could be could be reducing nose bridge humps, bulbous tips, wide nostrils or straightening crooked noses. When it’s done, patients require some post-operative care for a few hours before they can go home.  Rhinoplasty is a complex procedure but the results can be fantastic when it’s performed by the right surgeon.

As the old saying goes, all good things come to those who wait. Patients go home with internal packing in their nose, which reduces risks of bruising in the first few days. A cast is also placed on the outside of the nose. On the third day after surgery, patients go back to the clinic to have small sutures under their nose and sutures removed. These first three days require patients to breathe through their mouths since the nasal packing makes it impossible to breathe through the nose. Once the packing is removed, they can breathe through the nose again.

Nasal tip improvements won’t be fully seen until a year after the procedure as the aesthetic nasal improvements occur gradually over time. Immediately after surgery, patients need a full week off from work and social activities since bruising and swelling around the eyes is typical after surgery. After six weeks, most patients’ results look good and they should look their best at this point.

Rhinoplasty results can last a lifetime as long as the nose isn’t damaged or broken. If you’re interested in learning more about rhinoplasty, leave a comment or get in touch with us by filling out our consultation form.

Eyebags Suck: How To Ditch Them For Good

September 11th, 2014

Get rid of your eyebags by a few different treatments

In the fast-paced lifestyle we live in today, a full and good night of sleep is a dream for far too many people. There’s long hours at work and chores and children to tend to at home, so resting and sleeping well is not always possible. Besides feeling tired and agitated, what else results from lack of sleep?

Eyebags.

Nobody likes to be told they look tired or older than their age (unless you’re a teenager, of course). Even if the comment comes from a place of concern, it usually sounds like an insult.

For some people, though, having eyebags seems to be a permanent problem. It doesn’t matter how much rest they get, they still look tired and aged because of the bags sitting under their eyes. Genetics and ageing are some of the main factors of developing eye bags, even if a person leads a healthy lifestyle. This is because as you age, the supporting structures of your face, such as the bone and fat, lose volume which makes you look older. The lower eyelid bags are actually fat, but they don’t shrink or get bigger when you age. They become more apparent when there’s a loss of supporting structures and tissue volume.

Other reasons why someone has eyebags

  • Dehydration
  • Stress
  • Poor diet with high sodium intake
  • Lack of sleep

A few ways to reduce or get rid of eyebags involve soft tissue fillers or surgery. Restylane, a soft tissue filler, adds volume to facial tissue to correct wrinkles and the loss of volume. So if you see your face looks sunken or deflated, Restylane is a great treatment to restore the volume around the lower lid area to make the look of eyebags diminish. This non-surgical procedure is quick—it takes only 15 to 45 minutes, depending on where the product is injected and how much is needed. The results last from 6 to 9 months.

As for surgery, blepharoplasty provides permanent results. When this procedure is performed on the lower lids, incisions are made below the lash line and excess fat and skin are removed. After the healing process is finished after a week or so, the final results of the procedure settle in over the course of a few weeks. After that, the appearance of eyebags will no longer be a problem and people will definitely stop asking if you had enough sleep the night before.

Breast Augmentation: Dr. Mulholland Answers Your Questions

September 9th, 2014

Breast Augmentation: Dr. Mulholland Answers Your Questions

Breast augmentation has the ability to skyrocket a woman’s self-esteem, confidence and overall physical appearance. Women choose to get breast implants for all sorts of reasons; it could be because a mother has decided she wants to regain her shape and volume of breasts since her body has changed after giving birth. Or, it could simply be because a woman wants her body to appear more proportionate by having larger breasts. Dr. Mulholland, a Toronto cosmetic surgeon, answers some questions from women who recently got breast augmentation.

I had breast augmentation 5 days ago. I noticed my left breast looks much higher and more swollen than my right breast. There’s also faint bruising. Is this normal?

Dr. Mulholland: Breast augmentation involves the insertion of a breast implant, either under the breast gland or under the breast muscle. Oftentimes, there is a tremendous amount of swelling in the tissues that have been surgically manipulated. It is extremely common to have asymmetric swelling with one breast being more swollen than the other. This can be related to surgical trauma or positioning in sleeping following the surgery. A distended, swollen breast that is slightly higher than the other side will generally resolve with time; however, the best advice is to see your certified breast surgeon, as they will be in the best position to advise and treat and guide you through the post-op healing phase.

Occasionally, a breast ultrasound may be indicated to determine if there is more than a normal amount of fluid around the implant. This fluid could be a serum which is called a seroma. It could be small amounts of blood which is called a hematoma. Small collections of fluid are common and generally the body is in a good position to drain and resolve these naturally. Only rarely and on occasion is surgical drainage warranted. The advice and care of your certified breast surgeon will be the best course of action.

It has been 4 days since my breast implant surgery. My implants are 400cc each. Before I left home for the procedure, I weighed 155lbs. When I returned home today, I weighed myself and I had gained about 9 pounds. I have had trouble being regular since the operation, despite taking stool softeners and laxatives. I still feel bloated, but have been consuming fluids regularly. My food intake has decreased significantly and I have a lack of appetite. Is this normal, or should I contact a physician?

Dr. Mulholland: Weight gain after any kind of cosmetic plastic surgery is quite common. First, breast implants bring more weight themselves. 400cc implants on each side will add two or three pounds to your weight. In addition, the stress of anaesthesia and any surgery results in water retention can add several pounds. The gain of nine pounds, although seemingly excessive, likely represents 75% to 80% water retention due to the stress of the surgery. Over 7 to 21 days, with ongoing recovery, ambulation, walking and drinking plenty of water, generally your weight should return to your pre-operative status with the addition of the implants.

If you continue to have weight gain and are concerned, there may be some other causes to the weight gain, such as reduced renal function, reduced cardiac capacity or liver insufficiency. Seeing your operative physician would be paramount to ensure that there is no complication.

Liposuction: The Answers You Should Know

September 5th, 2014

Dr. Mulholland answers questions about liposuction

There are always lots of questions and concerns when it comes to liposuction, and why not? It’s one of the top performed procedures worldwide year after year. Liposuction techniques and technologies have improved greatly in the last few years. Not only do patients see less fat on their bodies and a more balanced figure, their skin is also tightened to avoid loose skin. This is all possible after doing procedures like SmartLipo or BodyTite. Dr. Mulholland answers a few questions from people who have had liposuction or are considering it below.

Is there a specific liposuction procedure like SmartLipo or Tickle Lipo that could give me better results for my stomach bulge?

Dr. Mulholland: There are certain devices and procedures that will work better on different areas of the body and for certain conditions.  Often, during a procedure, I will use several systems on different areas to achieve the best result for the patient. Some will leave you with less downtime, which may be advantageous for you.  You must have a full consultation first with a plastic surgeon to decide what devices and procedures are right for you. Also remember that it is the plastic surgeon that’s performing the procedure and not the devices. Choosing a well-trained expert to perform your liposuction procedure should be priority.

If I recently had liposuction a few weeks ago, what should my diet be like if I want to have the best results? Is it possible to gain fat in the treated areas before I see the final results?

Dr Mulholland: A balanced and healthy diet after any surgery, including liposuction, helps the body heal quickly and usually without complication. A well-balanced diet should not be calorically-restricted, especially in the postoperative phase. However, gradual weight loss of less than 20 pounds usually will enhance the results of your liposuction and the new contours will shrink proportionately. If you gain weight after liposuction surgery, it can ruin the results. More fat will go back to the area that has undergone liposuction and fat will also travel and collect in areas where you normally didn’t gain weight.

Weight maintenance following cosmetic plastic surgery, including liposuction, is a very important part of protecting your overall investment.

I would recommend you visit your liposuction surgeon to discuss the kind of diet that would be recommended if you’re planning to lose weight gradually your liposuction procedure.

I am thinking of getting liposuction on my lower abs for a horrible little pouch I have, no matter how skinny I am (99 lbs at the moment). It is still there. I want to have kids in 2-3 years so should I wait to get abdominal liposuction? I also want to get breast implants in a few months or should I wait for that as well?

Dr. Mulholland: In the ideal world, all our female patients would wait until after child bearing is done and the “dust has settled” on the breast and abdominal tissue to undergo aesthetic breast and abdominal contouring surgery. However, many women do prefer to enjoy attractive breast and body contours before their child bearing years. After that, they decide if they want to undergo breast and body enhancements after childbirth.

If a patient is very close to having children, then it does make more sense to hold off on procedures until after pregnancies and breast feeding; these processes often lead to significant soft tissue distortion and laxity. This usually compromises the results you have achieved with your plastic surgery. There’s also a small risk that you may not be able to breast feed successfully after breast augmentation. Aesthetic plastic surgery is a lifestyle and cosmetic choice, so the decision is really up to you. Of course, a consultation with a board-certified expert is essential before deciding upon a course of action.

 

Get Your Pre-Baby Body Back With a Mommy Makeover

September 3rd, 2014

Get Your Pre-Baby Body Back With a Mommy Makeover

Having children is the best thing in life for countless people. Babies bring boundless amounts of joy, but let’s be honest—giving birth can change a woman’s body dramatically, and not all women are happy about that fact. Women may notice hair loss, smaller and droopier breasts and plain old stubborn fat that won’t disappear even after hardcore dieting and exercising.

Then there are moms who are just too busy taking care and cleaning up after their kids to look after themselves. For new and busy mothers, making time to exercise to get back to their “old body” can be tricky. Some mothers receive negative comments from family members and even strangers on their post-baby bodies. They feel the pressure to lose weight quickly and unfortunately, their body image worsens after giving birth. So, how does a woman’s body change after becoming a mother and what are her surgical options to get back her pre-baby body?

Breasts Change

While some women’s breasts get bigger, other women find that they have lost the volume, perkiness and shape they had before giving birth. They see that their breasts have deflated. Deflation happens when the breasts lose their elasticity after they go through the process of engorgement and deflation several times.

For women who breastfeed, Pstosis (drooping) can occur in the breasts after a woman breastfeeds one or two babies. The breasts sit lower on the chest than they did before and the nipples might point downward.  Mommy makeover procedures normally include surgery of the breasts, whether they’re breast implants or a breast lift. These procedures are meant to restore the shape and volume that a woman loses after giving birth.

Tummy tucks are performed in mommy makeovers

Belly Pooches

When women get pregnant, fat tends to accumulate around the tummy for a few reasons. It allows the skin to stretch to accommodate the baby and it also helps to keep the baby protected and cushioned. With that said, carrying a baby for nine months doesn’t exactly leave you with the flat stomach you once had. Some very lucky women can bounce back to their pre-baby body within months while others just can’t seem to get rid of the fat they’ve gained during their pregnancy.

The fat can extend from the abdomen area around to the back where love handles rest. This fat can hang or sag, creating unwanted contours underneath clothing. When doing crunches and cardio don’t seem to give the results women want, they consider mommy makeovers—tummy tucks are usually performed during these procedures. Tummy tucks reduce fat and tightens the skin all at once around the abdomen. These results are permanent, as long as the patient maintains their weight. Breast augmentation, liposuction and a tummy tuck are all carefully performed during this procedure in four hours or less.

Mommy makeovers can provide fantastic results that can help restore a woman’s confidence and self-esteem. This is especially true for women who have had a few kids and are ready to get back their fit, tight bodies.

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