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Further Reinventing Your Body with Plastic Surgery after Weight Loss

ABC News released an article which revealed that 108 million people are on a diet each year in the United States and that 220,000 people sought bariatric surgery in 2009 in an attempt to get rid of excess weight.  With these numbers being so high, it is quite apparent that weight loss is a major issue in our country and many people struggle with the numbers they see on the scale.  In some cases, people will habitually diet and try a variety of exercise programs only to lose the weight and gain it back, or give up and start all over again.  Yet, there are a plethora of cases where people actually make the commitment, stick to it, and reach their target weight.  In these cases, much is to be celebrated as individuals have set off on the road to better health and well-being.

Excess Skin, an Underlying Issue

If you’ve recently lost a lot of weight and reached your weight loss goal, we congratulate you and your achievement.  However, if you’re like many others who have lost a great deal of weight, even though you’ve shed the pounds, you may be confronting another battle; excess skin. 
It is very common for people who lose a significant amount of weight to be left with sagging skin and fat.  The reason for this is that your skin’s elasticity has been stretched due to the weight you were once carrying on your body.  Even though your body is smaller now, your skin cannot “bounce back” as its elasticity is diminished and will remain stretched.  You may notice that skin around your arms is loose, the skin surrounding your mid-section may droop around your sides and lower back, your thighs and the area around your lower buttocks may dip, and if you’re a woman your breasts may hang lower than you’d like.  At a time when you should be feeling on top of the world and ecstatic about how you look, your excess skin may make you feel less than confident about your new body.

Continuing Your Journey toward a Better Appearance

Thankfully, your journey toward looking and feeling better can continue if you choose to further reinvent your body by undergoing plastic surgery after weight loss procedures such as a tummy tuck, arm lift, thigh lift, breast lift, or even body lift.  These surgical procedures are excellent options after weight loss as they not only remove excess skin and fat, but also improve the overall shape and tone of the tissue that supports your skin.  After these surgeries are performed, you will have smoother, tighter skin, improved body shape, and a boost in confidence.

Your journey doesn’t have to stop after your surgery, either.  Once you’ve recovered and are given permission from your plastic surgeon, you can implement an exercise program to make further gains to your appearance.  A balanced exercise regime that includes cardio and strength straining will tighten connective tissue under your skin and improve your muscle tone, allowing you to take your physique to the next level.  With a combination of plastic surgery and regular exercise, you’ll not only look better, you’ll feel better, too.

Saline vs. Silicone Implants

If you are thinking about having breast augmentation surgery, there are many factors to consider, one of the most important being which type of implant is right for you. At Beautologie Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center, our highly skilled surgeons utilize both saline and silicone implants in their breast augmentation procedures. There are pros and cons to each.

Silicone implants were frowned upon during the ’90’s. Eventually they were pulled off the market. After much testing, the FDA discovered no link between them and autoimmune disease and re-approved them for use in 2006 after a complete redesign. The main advantage of silicone implants for many women is that they feel more like a “real” breast. There’s also little to no chance of “rippling or wrinkling” in the implant, making them a great choice for women, especially petite women with very little breast tissue to start with. The primary disadvantage of silicone implants is that when they rupture, the break is often hard to detect. An MRI is required to detect a break in the outer capsule. The inner portion of the implant is made with a solid silicone that has the consistency of a “Gummy Bear” and does not leak the way the old liquid silicone implants did.

This is not the case with saline implants. When one of them ruptures, the breast completely deflates as the body reabsorbs the saline. The other main advantage to saline is that the implant can be size adjusted after placement. With saline, the surgeon inserts the implant rolled up like a cigar and then fills it with the appropriate amount of fluid once it’s already in place. The main disadvantage to saline is that they feel firmer and some women complain of detectable wrinkles on the surface and outer edges of the implant.

To learn more about which implant may be right for you, call us today at 877-426-8367 to schedule a breast augmentation consultation.

Top 10 Bariatric Tips From the RealSelf Community

bariatric-surgery-tipsCommunity support is often crucial with any weight-loss journey. Thanks to the power of the Internet, people are increasingly finding support entirely outside their local networks, and meeting with like-minded people online. The cosmetic surgery website is one such place, where users support each other through their struggles. A recent post on the site highlighted 10 tips from various community members who have undergone gastric bypasses, a form of bariatric surgery that often precedes body contouring surgery.

1. Follow your doctor’s advice. Quit smoking, follow a set exercise routine, take your medication regularly, and whatever else your doctor recommends. Your body will thank you.

2. Do an honest self-evaluation. Sometimes it helps to take a close look at your body, habits, and routines. What do you want, what do you need, and what can you leave behind?

3. Have the right attitude. My best advice is to be practical but optimistic – “keep your head in the clouds and your feet on the ground.”

4. Drink a lot of water. H2O is beyond important. Put away those sugary drinks and pick up some cold, refreshing water, especially when exercising.

5. Don’t rush back into eating. After gastric bypass surgery, patients need to abide with liquid and puréed foods for some time. It’s important to ease the transition back into regular eating habits.

6. Change your eating habits for good. “Say to yourself, this food does not taste as good as skinny feels,” says RealSelf user Cindy.

7. Learn coping mechanisms. “You have to see someone and really spend serious time talking about what to expect when you have slimmed down,” says Cynthia J. “You will still have your issues with self worth but you will learn to have your coping mechanisms.”

8. Join a support group. Many doctors offer support groups where patients can talk about their experiences. This is especially important for bariatric patients, who have a long and rocky road to full recovery.

9. Realize that surgery is only a tool. Proper diet and exercise are still essential. You can still be unhealthy, even after a gastric bypass, if you don’t take the right steps.

10. Determine if it’s “worth it.” This is a question that every prospective patient has to ask. After massive weight loss, patients often find that they are left with excess skin, and require body contouring procedures such as the breast lift, body lift, and tummy tuck. Where will your journey take you?

FDA-Approved Silimed Breast Implants Are Safe According to Follow-up Study

A new follow-up study has reaffirmed the safety of Sientra’s Silimed brand silicone gel implants, which were approved in March by the FDA. Among the results of the study, which appears in the most recent issue of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, was a 99 percent rate of satisfaction among surgeons with the postoperative results.

The Sientra implants became the third FDA-approved silicone gel-filled breast implant in the United States when they were approved in March, joining implants manufactured by Allergan and Mentor. As one of the conditions of the approval, the FDA required Sientra to conduct post-approval studies. These would assess long-term safety and effectiveness outcomes, as well as the risks of rare complications.

The original approval for Sientra’s implants followed the largest silicone gel breast implant study to date. It made history for being the first approval for shaped silicone gel breast implants, which have been used worldwide, most notably in Brazil. This latest study presents the results of Sientra’s ongoing study through 5 years.

There are 1,788 women participating in the study, who were altogether implanted with 3,506 implants. These included:

  • 1116 primary augmentations
  • 363 revision-augmentations
  • 225 primary reconstructions
  • 84 revision-reconstruction subjects

During their follow-up appointments, the participants have physical evaluations, and complications are recorded at each visit. The effectiveness of the implants was measured by bra cup size, as well as ongoing assessments of subject satisfaction and quality of life.

What are the results after five years?

Overall, the risks involved with the Sientra implants are comparable to the implants already manufactured by Allergan and Mentor:

  • rupture: 1.8%
  • contracture: 9%
  • reoperation: 23.8%

The authors show that over 99 percent of surgeons reported satisfaction with the postoperative results. As well, subject satisfaction remained high, even five years after their surgeries. As a result, the authors argue, the five-year results “continue to provide a comprehensive safety and effectiveness profile.”

Is Breastfeeding the Only Cause Of Droopy Breasts?

As we all know, pregnancy and breastfeeding can have a big effect on women’s breasts – leaving them feeling saggy and deflated. But are pregnancy and breastfeeding the only causes of drooping breasts? A new study in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal says no. In fact, there are a number of different factors that can lead to droopy breasts over time.

Like many studies, this one began by comparing identical twins. In 2009 and 2010, 161 pairs of identical female twins attending the Twins Days Festivals in Ohio had their breasts photographed. Researchers compared the photographs, while accounting for the twins’ different life experiences. They found several factors that can result in drooping breasts.

Your breast skin and tissue can become stretched due to hormonal and weight changes associated with pregnancy, breastfeeding, or simply weight gain. Once the skin becomes stretched, the breasts sagging droop. The researchers also found that smoking and alcohol use can contribute to saggy breasts.

Fortunately, these lifestyle factors can usually be mitigated. By quitting smoking and cutting down on alcoholic drinks, you can reduce your chances of getting saggy breasts in the future – as well as improve your health more generally! Maintaining a stable body weight is also a great way to keep a sleek figure.

But what about breastfeeding and pregnancy? While most women choose the joy of a new baby, regardless of bodily changes, there are techniques that you can use to mitigate stretching during this time. An article on the LiveStrong website highlights just a few handy tricks:

  • Massaging your breasts while bathing can increase circulation to your skin.
  • Daily multivitamin supplements can help your skin’s elasticity.
  • Moisturizers containing vitamin E and collagen can promote your skin’s resilience.
  • A well-balanced diet and regular exercise can prevent excess weight gain during your pregnancy.
  • By drinking lots of water, you will help keep your skin moist and elastic.

Of course, once your breasts have been stretched, that doesn’t have to be the end of the road. You still have a few options to restore the curves of your youth. With a breast lift, sagging breasts can be lift and reshaped, so that they appear youthful and perky. Many women combine a breast lift with tummy tuck surgery for overall enhancement after pregnancy.