Learn about mommy makeovers from your Indianapolis plastic surgeon.
Are you unhappy with the way your body looks after one or more pregnancies? Although exercise can be very helpful, it's not always enough to lift and firm sagging areas. Dr. Barbara Siwy, a plastic surgeon serving the Indianapolis area in Carmel and Bloomington, IN, explains how you can benefit from a mommy makeover.
What is a mommy makeover?
A mommy makeover targets the areas that concern many women after pregnancy: the breasts and abdomen. The makeover combines a tummy tuck with a breast lift to help you regain your slim, toned physique.
Help for sagging breasts
A breast lift not only raises sagging breasts but also improves their shape. If you've lost volume in your breasts after pregnancy, you may want to add implants during your surgery. During the procedure, which is performed under general anesthesia, excess tissue and skin will be removed and the breast tissue will be lifted. Your nipples and areolas, the darker circular areas that surround the nipples, will also be re-positioned. Sometimes, pregnancy can cause areolas to enlarge. If you're not happy with the size of your areolas, they can be reduced during the procedure.
After surgery, your breasts will be swollen and feel uncomfortable for a few days. Following your surgeon's instructions and wearing soft bras around the clock for about a month will help improve your comfort. Although you can resume normal activities that don't involve overhead lifting or strenuous activity after a few days, you'll probably need to schedule at least a week off from work to recover from the procedure.
A firmer abdomen
Your tummy tuck will also be performed using general anesthesia. Breast lifts are usually outpatient surgical procedures, but if you have a breast lift and a tummy tuck, you'll need to stay in the hospital overnight. Tummy tuck surgery involves tightening abdominal wall muscles and removing fat and extra skin from your abdomen through an incision that extends from hipbone to hipbone. Your navel will also be re-positioned during the procedure.
Pain and swelling is common after a tummy tuck and can be controlled with prescription medications. Due to the swelling, you may be concerned that the tummy tuck wasn't successful, but once it decreases, you'll enjoy a noticeably flatter abdomen. You'll need to take at least two to four weeks off after surgery and must not lift anything heavy, including small children, for the first few weeks after your tummy tuck.
A mommy makeover offers the ideal way to regain your pre-pregnancy figure. If you're interested in this type of plastic surgery, call Dr. Siwy, your plastic surgeon serving the Indianapolis area in Carmel and Bloomington, IN, at (317) 876-7777 to schedule an appointment.
Cosmetic procedures are exciting experiences for most patients, as it is a time to welcome new, positive changes in one’s self. After surgery is complete, patients are anxious to return to normality and be able to enjoy these changes. Many patients want to accelerate the recovery process, so they can return as quickly as possible to their normal daily life. Patients have the potential to significantly impact their recovery process, as one of the main variables affecting the length of recovery is how well they listen to and follow their physician’s recommendations. The following five tips are a few things every patient can do to increase their odds of a successful recovery.
1. DON’T PUSH THROUGH THE PAIN
If you experience pain after the procedure, it is important to take the medicine prescribed by your physician. Many patients will attempt to be “strong” and push through the pain, but it is important to control pain by staying ahead of it and not letting it catch up to you. Blood pressure can increase as a result of pain, and in some cases this could lead to more bruising, which delays recovery time. Additionally, it is important to avoid over-the-counter medicines that could affect blood clotting for at least two weeks after your surgery, such as aspirin, Motrin, vitamin E, or herbal medicines. Tylenol is often a safe alternative; however, it is always best to consult with your surgeon before taking any over-the-counter medication. When taking prescription pain pills, it is important to drink lots of fluids. Pain pills can cause constipation, and to counteract this it is important to stay hydrated and move around frequently.
2. GET MOVING
Get plenty of rest in the first day or two post-surgery; however don’t continuously lie around and do nothing. Even if you don’t feel like going out for a long walk, taking a walk around your house or going outside for some fresh air is much better than doing nothing. Moving helps the body heal, and may also reduce pain. It also helps reduce your odds of constipation, which is a common side effect of prescription pain medication.
3. WEAR YOUR COMPRESSION GARMENTS
Surgery may require one to wear a compression garment; this varies based on the type of procedure, but can be required for up to 8 weeks with a tummy tuck or liposuction and 1-2 weeks for breast augmentation and breast lift. Compression garments help control swelling and bruising by compressing the tissues, which helps the body reabsorb accumulated edema fluid. It also helps with contouring by preventing wrinkling of the skin and enhancing skin retraction. Pressure has often been shown to improve the appearance of scars, and the compression garments may make the scar softer, flatter, and less visible.
4. SKIP THE WORKOUT
Many cosmetic patients are anxious to return to their regular workout routines, however, it is important to do so in a safe manner that will not jeopardize the surgery results. For the first 48 hours, it is important to not be too active. To speed up recovery, it is important for the patient to avoid rigorous exercise for the first 8 weeks. The time will vary based on the type of surgery performed. Working out raises blood pressure, and elevated blood pressure can increase bruising and bleeding which leads to inflammation and swelling. Patients who engage in vigorous workout regimens too soon after surgery can experience serious complications, such as re-opening of incisions, which can result in worse post-operative scars. Even if the patient thinks they are ready, it is very important to stay out of the gym until one has completely healed, as it could significantly delay recovery time more than if the patient had adhered to their activity restrictions.
5. NO SMOKING
Avoidance of smoking is a given for any of my patients. I generally advise smokers to cease smoking 8 weeks before an operation, and just because the surgery is over does not mean they are clear to light up again. Smoking significantly delays the healing process, and can lead to serious complications during recovery. Nicotine causes blood vessels to constrict, making them smaller and decreasing the blood supply to the tissues. Blood clots are more common in people who smoke. Tissues that are not receiving an adequate blood supply may not heal correctly, which increases the occurrence of complications. This will delay the recovery process, and ideal results for which the surgery was intended might not be achieved.
Every surgery is different, and the healing process will vary based on the type of surgery one undergoes. The recovery process is customized to each individual patient, his or her health, and their reaction to the surgery. It is very important to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions to ensure a healthy and speedy recovery that allows your body to heal properly, and provides you with ultimate results.
Find out if abdominoplasty is the right cosmetic procedure for eliminating your belly fat?
Have you been trying to exercise regularly and eat right? Have you replaced unhealthy afternoon snacks with healthy choices? Have you opted for making healthy meals rather than eating at restaurants? These are all great ways to lose weight, but for some people, no matter their efforts, still find stubborn fat around certain areas of the body that they just can’t seem to lose. If this is the case, find out from our Carmel, IN plastic surgeon, Dr. Barbara Siwy, if a tummy tuck could finally give you the results you want.
What does a tummy tuck do?
A tummy tuck is designed to remove excess fat and skin from the abdomen to give you a flatter and more toned stomach. In some cases, a tummy tuck can also help to rebuild abdominal muscles that have become weak or separated.
Who might be a good candidate for abdominoplasty?
This treatment is ideal for both men and women who are in good health. Since you will be undergoing surgery, candidates should be non-smokers (as smoking can impede the healing process). Women who are dealing with weakened muscles or sagging abdominal skin due to pregnancy will often find a tummy tuck the best option for getting a smoother stomach.
Tummy tucks are also a great option for patients who were overweight, obese or have lost a significant amount of weight, but still carry loose skin and fatty deposits in the stomach region.
Anyone interested in getting a tummy tuck will need to be evaluated by our Carmel, IN cosmetic surgery to make sure your treatment goals align with what this procedure can offer. Ideal candidates will also be realistic about their cosmetic goals.
Who isn’t right for this cosmetic surgery?
For women still planning to have children, this procedure might be one to consider at a later date, as the abdominal muscles may separate again during pregnancy and reverse your results.
If you are also planning to lose a lot more weight then you will want to wait until after your weight has stabilized to consider getting a tummy tuck.
You can also expect a visible abdominal scar from this procedure. If this is something that might be unappealing or concerning to you, then this might not be the right cosmetic treatment for you. But we will be happy to sit down and discuss other options that might work best for what you are looking to achieve.
While tummy tuck surgery can help improve your appearance it isn’t right for everyone, so it’s important that you schedule an appointment at Siwy Plastic Surgery, where will be able to go through (in more detail) what it’s like to get a tummy tuck in Carmel, IN. Call us today!
Drooping, sagging eyelids can make you look older than you are and even interfere with your vision. Eyelid surgery offers a simple way to turn back time. Dr. Barbara K. Siwy, your Carmel, IN, plastic surgeon, explains how eyelid surgery can rejuvenate your appearance.
How can eyelid surgery help me?
Eyelid surgery, formally called blepharoplasty, can improve the appearance of upper or lower eyelids or both lids. It's often used to treat:
How is eyelid surgery performed?
Your Carmel, IN plastic surgeon will remove extra fat and loose skin after making incisions in your eyelids. At the conclusion of the surgery, the incision will be closed with stitches. The surgery usually only takes an hour or two.
What is the recovery period like?
You can expect to see some bruising and swelling for a day or two after surgery. Applying cool compresses will help reduce swelling. Your plastic surgeon may also recommend that you use ointment to keep the eye area lubricated. Your eyelids may feel a little tight at first, but most people who have eyelid surgery don't experience any significant pain. You'll return to your plastic surgeon's office on the fifth or sixth day following surgery for stitch removal.
You can return to work seven to 10 days after the procedure, but you'll need to avoid participating in strenuous activity for three weeks. Although some bruising may still be evident at this point, it can be easily covered with a little makeup. If you normally wear contact lenses, you'll need to wear glasses for at least two weeks after surgery.
Eyelid surgery is the ideal solution if droopy, puffy eyelids make you look older. Call Dr. Siwy, your Carmel, IN, plastic surgeon, at (317) 876-7777 and make an appointment to discuss the procedure. Enjoy a more youthful appearance with eyelid surgery!
Want to remove unwanted fat around your midsection? Find out how a tummy tuck can help.
It can be frustrating when exercising and dietary changes aren’t helping you target and eliminate that stubborn fat around your stomach. You are not alone. Countless people deal with this issue whether due to age, being overweight or after pregnancy. If you’ve tried everything and are looking for a way to get rid of excess fat around your stomach, it’s time to talk to your Carmel, IN plastic surgeon, Dr. Barbara Siwy, to see if a tummy tuck is right for you.
What is the purpose of a tummy tuck?
Also referred to as an abdominoplasty, this surgery is designed to remove extra fat and skin from the abdomen. If you opt for a full tummy tuck, your Carmel, IN cosmetic surgeon can also tighten the abdominal muscles that may have stretched over time.
Am I a good candidate for this cosmetic treatment?
It’s important that any patient looking to get cosmetic surgery has stellar health and isn’t dealing with any untreated diseases or preexisting conditions. Being in good health can reduce your chances of complications and also help make your recovery process easier.
Besides good health, you should also have realistic expectations of your treatment outcome. When you come into our Carmel office for a tummy tuck consultation, it’s important that you share your goals with us so that we can ensure that this surgery is the one that will meet your expectations.
It’s also important to note that if you are planning to have children, you may want to consider getting this procedure after rather than before, as the abdominal muscles can stretch back out during pregnancy and affect the results of your tummy tuck.
What should I expect from my procedure?
Because of the extent of this surgery, a tummy tuck is always performed under general anesthesia. We will make an incision across your abdomen (usually at the bikini line, where it can be hidden) and then separate the skin and fat from the muscles. Another incision is made near the belly button to remove loose skin. If you are planning on getting a full tummy tuck, we will also tighten the abdominal muscles.
Siwy Plastic Surgery is here to provide you with a full range of plastic and cosmetic procedures to get the look you want. Turn to your Carmel, IN cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Siwy, today for a consultation!
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