Category Archives: Body Contouring

We perform a variety of procedures to help you improve your body shape. Read more on our blog about the latest advances in body contouring surgeries like tummy tuck, liposuction and more at Beautologie in Fresno and Bakersfield.

Putting the Finishing Touch on Major Weight Loss

Cosmetic Surgery Can Remove Loose skin After Dramatic Weight Loss

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Excess skin is a problem facing people who undergo rapid weight loss, especially following surgery, like gastric bypass. More people are opting to undergo this kind of surgery, as it’s considered safer and more effective than it once was. About 200,000 adults in the U.S. undergo metabolic/bariatric surgery every year.

You may have heard about the story of one Paul Mason, the former “world’s fattest man.” The former postman out of the U.K. went down from 980 pounds to a relatively svelte 350 pounds after undergoing gastric bypass surgery.

His weight may have dramatically decreased, but now Mason is seeking plastic surgery. Why? To get rid of the excess skin left over.

Not everyone who loses weight is going to experience problems with sagging skin. Various factors determine the elasticity of your skin following weight loss, such as how fast you lose the weight, how much weight you lose rapidly, your age, and how much the skin has stretched. The biggest factor, however, is genetics. Some people’s skin will naturally bounce back even after massive weight loss, if they’ve got the genes for it.

For those whose genetics aren’t quite as resilient, there’s body contouring surgery after weight loss, or a tummy tuck. This will improve the shape and tone of your skin and the underlying tissue that supports it, and removes sagging folds and excess pockets of skin. However, due to the possibility of pockets reappearing if you continue to lose weight after your surgery, your weight has to be stabilized before you can have the procedure performed.

If you’re interested in body contouring surgery, tummy tucks, or are curious what other options are available to you after weight loss, contact Beautologie in Fresno or Bakersfield.

Photo: body builder 1 by phlubdr on Flickr

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 RealSelf.com 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?

Men’s Mid- Abdominal Fat- The Beer Belly Syndrome

Darshan Shah, MD is CEO Medical Director of Beautologie Medical Group and a Bakersfield, Malibu and Fresno Plastic Surgeon specializing in breast and body surgery.

 

Milan Shah, MD is the director of Beautologie Medspa and Aesthetic Medicine Specialist in Bakersfield, CA.

 

The beer belly, it’s a man’s curse.   It starts in our thirties, and then grows like a uncontrollable tumor for the next 30 years with every frosty cool one.  But the beer belly is more than just an unsightly problem that forces us to go up in belt sizes.  It can be a sign of hidden killers lurking inside.

 

Recent studies have shown that men are much more likely to gain weight around the waist more than women.  Weight gain in this specific area is correlated with severe health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, high triglycerides, sleep apnea and even cancer. 

 

Why does the beer belly phenomenon occur?  There are two main reasons: 1) as men age, our mid abdominal muscles weaken and lose mass.   This causes intra-abdominal contents (your intestines and organs) to push outwards and 2) men have a large omentum (the fat that is wrapped around your intestines to protect them), which tends to gain mass more rapidly than the fat else where in our bodies.  The combination of weak muscles and increased intra-abdominal mass pushing outwards gives the abdomen the appearance of a round, bulging beer keg. 

 

The best way to test if you have too much belly fat is something you can easily do at home- measure your waist just above your hipbone.  If your waist diameter is over 40, you are at higher risk for any of the above health concerns.

 

The key to understanding what to do about this problem is having a good knowledge of what causes it in the first place.  Although genetics has a minor role, the rapid gain in intra-abdominal fat in our 40’s is due to slowing metabolism, increased alcohol intake, and high caloric diets.  Combine this with a lack of exercise and core strengthening, and you have the perfect recipe for a new size 42 belt!

 

Here is a simple three-step program to reduce your risk of serious health concerns, and get into shape before the summer swimming pool season:

 

Step 1:  Reduce Calories.  The best way for men to do this is portion control.  Take half your dinner order home for lunch the next day, use a smaller plate, share your food, and replace calorie dense foods with healthier veggies and proteins.  And, yes, drink less beer.

 

Step 2: Increase your physical activity.  Most days we don’t realize how sedentary we are.  The Nike Fuel Band is something I use to keep my activity level on track!  I set a goal for 3000 Fuel points a day, and If I am not there by the end of the day, I go for a walk with the dog before dinner.

 

Step 3: Sit-ups.  No way around it.    You need to tighten those mid abdominal muscles by working your way up to 100 sit ups a day.

 

It takes hard work, discipline and deduction, but the benefits are doubled:  you get to wear slim fit jeans and reduce your chances of serious health disease in the future!

 

California Medical Board Investigating Fake Doctors

The Medical Board of California is stepping up investigations on people posing as doctors in order to reap profits from risky procedures, according to a recent report on ABC News 10. The investigative unit that targets these kinds of cases, called Operation Safe Medicine, has seen a near-doubling of cases over the past fiscal year – up to 61 from 31.

What types of cases has Operation Safe Medicine uncovered?

Fake medical professionals present many risks to their “patients,” and in many cases, people’s lives have been put at risk. In one case, a woman from Encinitas is accused of having posed as a doctor of naturopathy. After diagnosing patients with Lyme disease, she prescribed injections of bovine stem cells and dimethyl sulfoxide. After several infusions, one patient grew so ill that she was hospitalized for six weeks.

Another case involves a San Francisco man who is accused of performing liposuction while smoking a cigar. Prosecutors allege that the man operated with no assistant and had the client hold her own intravenous bag while he performed the procedure. There also been cases based on laser fungus removal, childbirth, facelifts, and hemorrhoid surgery.

What action is being taken against fake medical professionals?

The report released by the medical board calls for more staff to launch a unit in Northern California. The current Operation Safe Medicine is a six-person team based in Southern California. According to Jennifer Simoes, the medical board’s chief of legislation, “the Board believes that the OSM Unit is imperative in order to protect the public from the actions of unlicensed practitioners.”

How can Californians stay safe?

In the liposuction case, the accused had assumed the identity of the physician assistant with a similar name. Almost anyone can open a storefront and claim to be licensed or certified to perform medical procedures. Before seeking treatment with a medical professional, make sure that you check up on their qualifications, especially if you are not introduced to them through a professional referral. Above all, if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.