plastic surgery

A Guide to the Body Lift

  • Body Lift

A Body Lift or belt lipectomy is a type of plastic surgery commonly done on those who have lost a significant amount of weight. The surgery is intended to improve the body’s appearance by removing extra skin and reforming the underlying tissues of the lower body. Read on to learn about the risks, benefits and costs of the procedure. Who’s a Candidate for a Body Lift? The main goal of the procedure is to reshape, tighten and sculpt the buttocks and abdomen. A patient who has lost a great deal of weight, or one who has excess skin or stubborn fat in multiple areas, can benefit. Body lifts can treat: Extra tissue and skin in the midsection and buttocks Loose skin in the lateral thigh area Stretching in the abdominal muscles Body lifts can address multiple areas in a single procedure, and the results are cosmetic and functional. The ideal candidate is healthy, committed to maintaining their weight, and has realistic expectations. What to Expect Multiple procedures may be necessary to achieve the desired result. Before a Body Lift, the patient will receive general anesthesia. Following that, the surgeon will make incisions to remove extra skin and reposition underlying tissues. Liposuction may be done to increase contouring, and the skin will be redraped across the patient’s body. Incisions are sealed with a combination of skin adhesives, surgical tape and sutures. Aftercare Following the procedure, many patients experience soreness or pain at the incision sites. The doctor will prescribe pain medication if necessary, and they may place drainage tubes beneath the skin. Some patients may have to wear a compression garment to minimize post-surgical swelling. The Risks of Body Lifts As with any surgery, body lifts involve a certain level of risk. Some of the most common risks include adverse reactions to anesthetics, poor healing, skin discoloration, infection, scarring, changes in sensation and body asymmetry. The surgeon will discuss the risks during the consultation phase. Body lifts are major procedures, and as such, they often require lengthy recovery times. Complete recovery can take up to six weeks, and results may not […]

7 Things to Know Before Getting a Boob Job

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Breast Augmentation, sometimes referred to as a Boob Job, is one of the US’ most common cosmetic procedures. If someone is thinking of getting a breast reduction or augmentation, below are several important things to know before the procedure. 1.) Patients Have Their Choice of Implants There are two types: silicone gel and saline implants, and each has its own benefits and drawbacks. Patients must be over age 18 to receive saline implants, and over the age of 22 to get silicone breast implants. As of 2014, 77% of all implants were silicone. These feel and look realistic, unlike saline implants which can ripple in some cases. However, leak detection is easier with saline implants. 2.) Not all Surgeons are Board-Certified When undergoing Plastic Surgery of any kind, patients must choose a licensed, professional surgeon. Friends and family members are a great source of recommendations, but research is important as well. Potential patients should ensure that their surgeons belong to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and other professional associations. 3.) Breast Implants Aren’t a One-Time Procedure As previously mentioned, breast implants can leak. Additionally, weight loss and pregnancy can affect the shape of a patient’s breasts. Almost 25% of women will need an additional surgery in about ten years because breast implants do not last forever. 4.) Patients Must be Healthy to Get Implants If a patient is obese, has a smoking habit or a family history of breast cancer, they may not be a good candidate for implant surgery. The patient’s health status can cause negative effects during or after surgery. Therefore, it’s wise to be honest with the surgeon about medications, past surgeries and lifestyle habits. 5.) It’s Possible to Try Different Sizes Most cosmetic surgery clinics offer what is referred to as ‘sizers’. These neoprene, bead-filled sacs can be inserted into the patient’s bra. This simple procedure can help the patient decide which implant size will work best. 6.) Risks of Breast Implants Asymmetry, deflation and bleeding are some of the biggest risks of breast implants. Although it’s rare, cancer and infection risks do exist, and […]

Self Confidence Could Receive a Boost from Plastic Surgery

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Some people have great self confidence and that’s awesome! A positive self image can make the difference in a person’s outlook on life and their quality of life. Research as proven that when a person has self confidence and feels good about their appearance other aspects of life work favorably as well. While arriving at a healthy self esteem organically is encouraged often times one can gain confidence with plastic surgery also. A plastic surgeon is a trained specialist in body augmentation. One such procedure includes breast augmentation. The thought of breast augmentation may bring up an image of a woman but it isn’t uncommon for a man to have this procedure done. Like women, men can become self conscious about the size of their breast. Often referred to as man boobs, this can destroy a man’s self confidence. More and more men are undergoing this procedure with positive results. Some Things to Consider Plastic surgery can be costly so the decision to have a procedure done should be made with certainty. Some health insurances may not cover certain procedures if it isn’t deemed a medical necessity. Recovery time is another factor to consider as the appropriate time to heal is a necessity. Setting the right expectations is also critical as larger or smaller breasts may not be the solution to every problem. The choice to get plastic surgery is as individual as fingerprints. Only the individual can ultimately decide if a procedure is the right thing to do. A skilled plastic surgeon could help one feel her best. Plastic surgery may be just the thing that can change a person’s outlook on his or her body image. Any form of surgery should be taken seriously and finding the right surgeon is imperative. Some procedures are minimally invasive while others can be intense. It is advisable to interview a few plastic surgeons before making the decision. When a person looks good he or she tends to feel good too. As noted, sometimes the organic way of eating right and exercising regularly may not be enough to achieve the results that […]

Points to Consider Before Undergoing a Buttocks Augmentation

  • Buttock Augmentation

The idea of undergoing a Buttock Augmentation is nothing new, but it is something that should be considered carefully before making any snap decisions. There are some merits to this approach, and also some potential drawbacks to keep in mind. Here are some of the matters to address before choosing to move forward with the procedure. Who Would Want This Procedure? Many of the patients who seek this type of augmentation are not happy with the size or the shape of their posteriors. Perhaps they have a flat behind and would prefer something more shapely. Maybe one buttock seems to be larger than the other, making it difficult to look great in tight pants. There are those who live through some sort of accident and find that augmentation is needed to repair some of the injuries sustained. Is Everyone a Candidate? Like any type of medical procedure, it is necessary for a professional to determine if the patient can safely undergo the Plastic Surgery. Along with a physical examination, the surgeon will want to take a close look at the presence of any chronic health issues that could increase the potential for complications. For someone who is in good health and is not known to have any adverse reactions to anesthesia or the medications that are used to ease pain or inflammation during the healing process, there is a good chance of being approved. What About the Risks? There are risks during and after the augmentation that must be taken into consideration. Since the butt enhancement is a minimally invasive procedure, there still may be some precautions based on your medical history. The method used may also cause some discomfort in the days after the procedure. For the most part, the risks are minor and any pain will go away a few days after the procedure is completed. Medication is usually sufficient to take care of any discomfort and allow the healing to continue. For anyone who is considering the idea of a Brazilian Butt Lift, schedule a consultation with Dr. Gallegos to find out if you’re a good candidate for a brazilian butt […]

Which is the best incision for a Breast Augmentation?

Good question, and the answer is not simple. Surgeons are always looking for ways to improve patient outcomes. This has led to the development of remote incision placements to better hide scars associated with placing an implant for breast augmentation. The most popular and most used incisions are either placed near the fold under the breast or through the edge of the lower areola. These incisions provide for direct access to the breast allowing for the surgeon to have the greatest chance for success in creating the proper pocket for implant placement. Also, these incisions allow for easier control of potential bleeding. Larger sized implants are much easier placed through and incision under the breast or under the nipple. The next popular approach for placement of breast implants is through the axilla (arm pit). The scar from this approach is nicely hidden so that there are no scars on the breast. Creation of a proper pocket for the implant is difficult because direct vision of the tissues is difficult. Although some surgeons have been successful with this approach, I find that it often leads to a pocket that is too lateral resulting in separated breasts and poor cleavage. To improve the chances for success, I recommend the assistance of video endoscopy to create the best pocket and to control possible bleeding. A novelty that I believe is losing popularity is the umbilical approach. Few surgeons have found this to be successful because it is a completely blind procedure. Pocket placement and control of possible bleeding are extremely difficult. I believe that placement of silicone breast implants is impossible through this approach. Ultimately, choose the approach that you believe will give the best result, but make sure your surgeon is experienced with this technique. For more information on Breast Augmentation or to schedule a consultation contact Dr. Gallegos.