Mommy Makeover Questions

I Am Interested in Having an Hour Glass Curvy Shape with the Least Scarring Possible?

posted by ajimerson

Q:  Im 29 and had 2 kids via c-sections. I was at 252lbs and lost 77lbs in last 3yrs. I have typical latin shape big lower body/small upper body. No matter how much cardio/weights I do stomach/ butt/thighs dont budge. Do you recommend I have a brazilian butt lift which lipos my problem areas and give me the look I want or would lipo not take care of the stomach due to pregnancy or would I benefit from a tummy tuck? The stretchmarks dont bug me just dont want the skin on tummy to sag after lipo. HELP

A:  The Brazilian Butt Lift is a great procedure for creating the hourglass shape you desire.  You could harvest fat from your abdomen and flanks and use that to give your butt fullness and shape.  You could certainly add on additional areas of liposuction (like thighs) if you like.  It is tough to assess your skin quality from your photos (they are a bit dark).  During a consultation, your plastic surgeon can tell you whether or not you need a tummy tuck.  I often perform BBL and tummy tuck together in my Atlanta surgery center.

Can BBL and BL Be Done at the Same Time? Also, Can I put 53 Pounds Into My Butt

posted by ajimerson

Q:  I want to have my fat transfer to my buttocks ..But I wish to have 53 pounds transfer to my butt area is that enough for a stop traffic type of butt ? Can it be done ?I want it to be very noticeable …I’m 189 pounds 5’6 and Ive always wanted a nice butt and I also want breast lift I have big breast and there kind of heavy so they sag my bra down a bit I wish for them to stay up is it possible to get both procedure done within a two week time frame?

A:  I frequently combine breast procedures with Brazilian Butt Lifts in my Atlanta surgery center.  You should not lay on your butt for at least 2 weeks after the procedure and your chest will be sore as well.  Many of my patients have used maternity pillows to position themselves on their sides for the first weeks after surgery.  At your size, you likely have enough fat to create a VERY noticeable behind, but you can’t transfer 53 lbs to your butt safely.

Is It Possible to Have Lipo of the Abs & a Tummy Tuck?

posted by ajimerson

Q:  Hello, I am interested in having a BBL along with a Tummy Tuck (I have excess loose skin). I read somewhere that some doctors will not lipo fat from the abs when a tummy tuck is being done at the same time. Is this true? If so, I have a problem with it because most of the fat on my body is harvested in my trunk region (like abs, waist) making it a problem for my BBL. Do you recommend that I have both procedures at different times?

A:  In many circumstances, it is possible to combine these procedures.  You will need to consult with a plastic surgeon in order to determine if this is a good option for you.  Performing liposuction in the abdominal region with a tummy tuck does carry certain risks.  During a tummy tuck the lower abdominal skin is removed and the upper skin is loosened and stretched down to the pubic area.  We always worry about the blood supply to the skin that we stretch and performing liposuction in the area can decrease the blood flow.  Having said that, I frequently combine a tummy tuck with liposuction and BBL in my surgery center.  When combining surgeries, it is even more important to find a board-certified plastic surgeon who performs all the surgeries you are interested in – and has performed them together.  I also warn my patients that operating on the front and back of the body in one day can make recovery a little tricky since you should not lay or sit on your enhanced buttocks for the first two weeks.  Many of my patients have managed the first week or two using a maternity pillow to position themselves on their sides.

Why Do So Few Surgeons Work in an Actual Hospital As Opposed to Their Private Surgery Centers?

posted by ajimerson

Q:  Am I wrong in wanting to be operated on in a hospital, even though these surgery centers are accredited? It just seems safter.

A:  Almost every board-certified plastic surgeon you will meet operates in at least one hospital.  Having hospital privileges is a requirement for most accrediting organizations.  There are several reasons why so many of us and our patients prefer surgery centers.  First and foremost is patient safety.  I run my own AAAASF-accredited surgery center which allows me to hand-pick the best nurses, anesthetists and other staff to help me take great care of you.  I have no control over who is working in the hospital.  Most surgery centers also have MUCH lower infection rates than hospitals.  The second benefit is cost.  Hospitals are expensive to run and that cost is passed on to you.  I have no influence on the anesthesia and facility fees that they will charge my patients.  I am much better able to control costs in my own center and I pass that savings on to you.  Additionally, I am able to offer better service in my own operating room than I am at a hospital.  I offer a variety of surgical dates and times and my staff is particularly attuned to your needs.  It’s equivalent to the service difference you would notice when comparing a fast food chain to a sit down meal at a family owned restaurant.

I Work in a Factory on a Assembly Line, How Soon Can I Return to Work from a Mommy Makeover?

posted by ajimerson

Q:  I work in a factory on an assembly line, how soon can I return to work after a Mommy Makeover?

A:  The “Mommy Makeover” is a combination of plastic surgery procedures aimed at restoring a women’s figure after having children.  Most of my patients are interested in a tummy tuck and liposuction.  Some women want a breast lift or breast augmentation, and some request fat grafting to the hips and/or butt.  The recovery time will depend on which procedures you have as well as what your work entails.  You will definitely need a minimum of 2 weeks off work, but you may need more.  I generally recommend my patients plan on 3 weeks off.  It’s usually easier to return to work a week sooner than it is to request more time off if recovery is progressing as speedily as you planned.

Mommy Makeover Recovery Needed Before 1/2 Marathon?

posted by ajimerson

Q: I would like to participate in a 1/2 Marathon (13.1 miles) on Oct. 28. If I schedule my Mommy Makeover on Sept 4, is that enough time to recover (about 7 weeks)?

A: I am a little nervous about your running a half marathon 8 weeks after a Mommy Makeover.  In my experience, I have seen plenty of patients returning to exercise as soon as 6 weeks after surgery, but a half marathon is quite strenuous.  The complete answer is – it depends.  Full recovery to a strenuous workout regimen will depend on what specific procedures are included in your makeover, your current fitness level and the speed of your recovery.  Talk to your plastic surgeon about your plans, he or she is the best person to guide you