For a full-body transformation, many times a third, fourth or even fifth procedure can be added to a Mommy Makeover to maximize operating and recovery times, as well as results.
Radio-Frequency Fat Reduction
New York plastic surgeon B. Aviva Preminger, MD commonly recommends BodyTite, a radio-frequency fat-reduction modality that has some skin-tightening benefits, too. Newport Beach, CA plastic surgeon Sanjay Grover, MD says he uses Renuvion to treat areas like the thighs and arms without having to perform a full arm lift or thigh lift. Although, it is important to note that plastic surgeons have mixed feelings about the extent of improvement and reliability of these procedures.
Fat-freezing CoolSculpting is a great option for body contouring and targeting small areas; Emsculpt and CoolTone are effective for building and toning muscle. “Kybella—a series of fat-reduction injections—can also be used off-label in small areas other than the chin,” adds Dr. Preminger. La Jolla, CA plastic surgeon Robert Singer, MD notes that Kybella results can be unpredictable, and patients should be aware that its use to treat small pockets of fat on the body cannot yield the same results as a conservatively performed liposuction treatment.
This popular post-baby procedure extends below the waist. “We have seen an uptick in labiaplasty to reduce the size or correct the shape of the labia minora and majora in combination with Mommy Makeovers,” says Scottsdale, AZ plastic surgeon Bryan Gawley, MD. “When combined with a noninvasive vaginal laser procedure to help promote new vaginal tissue growth, labiaplasty can improve both aesthetic and functionality, resulting in less dryness and discomfort.”
“We have recently seen an increased interest in arm lift surgery,” says Dr. Gawley. “With improved techniques and scar placement, we have been able to slenderize the upper arms while still maintaining a natural look. The combined skin excision and liposuction has been a game changer for patients who have previously tried everything to get more toned-looking arms.”
Brazilian Butt Lifts
“The addition of liposculpture and autologous fat grafting to the Mommy Makeover procedures we offer has really optimized our goal to achieve beautiful, balanced, natural-looking results,” says Dr. Gawley. “In our younger-patient population, we commonly perform gluteal augmentation with autologous fat grafting when appropriate.” Dr. Singer says that, on average, 30 to 50 percent of the fat that is transferred to the buttocks remains in place after surgery.
With a scar that wraps 360 degrees around the body—the surgery removes large amounts of loose skin—we wouldn’t assume bodylifts were trending. But, not so, says Dr. Preminger, who suggests Americans’ obsession with wellness may be behind the procedure’s popularity spike: “Weight-loss surgeries have become more common, and people are also exercising more regularly and eating better, which also results in weight loss.”
“Bodylifts are also safer than ever before,” adds Encino, CA plastic surgeon George Sanders, MD. “We now have various means of reducing the chance of blood clots. Liposuction can also be done more safely and extensively, and post-surgery scar treatment has improved vastly, too.”
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