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How a Tummy Tuck Can Help You See the Finish Line

How a Tummy Tuck Can Help You See the Finish Line

Sometimes life can feel like a race. It’s you and Time, running neck and neck, trying to stay ahead of each other, the same race that every human being on Earth is running. And sometimes that race can feel harder than it should, because your body goes through changes that can slow you down and make you feel self-conscious. The good news is that you can keep running that marathon with your head held high: There are some changes you can turn back the clock on with a tummy tuck! At the office of board certified plastic surgeon Richard J. Brown, tummy tucks are one of our most popular treatments. Tucks can turn back that clock and correct changes to your body that you may have no control over. If you’re wondering how getting a tummy tuck can help you, read on as we breakdown what they are and what they can do for you.
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4 Common Misconceptions About Mommy Makeovers

4 Common Misconceptions About Mommy Makeovers

Sometimes becoming the “new you” means getting back to the “old you”. Any mother can tell you: Bringing a child into the world changes you. And some of those changes might not be ones you want sticking around for the rest of your life. That’s where getting back to the “old you” comes in: Thanks to mommy makeovers, you can restore your body back to its pre-childbirth state! At the office of board certified plastic surgeon Richard J. Brown, we’ve gotten a lot of questions about mommy makeovers. It’s a very popular procedure AND a highly misunderstood one. A lot of misconceptions surround this life-changing, life-enhancing process. Let us clear up the confusion by debunking four of the most common misconceptions about mommy makeovers.
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Why We Started #ReleaseYourInnerBeauty

Everybody is beautiful. That’s something we believe down to the core of our beings here at the offices of Scottsdale board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard J. Brown. Each day we have the pleasure of working with patients who are intelligent, caring, and accomplished. They’re drop-dead gorgeous, both inside and out. But not everyone sees it that way. The thing is, you can be perfectly happy with yourself as a person and still feel out of place in your own skin. Just because you are successful and intelligent and have a happy, loving family doesn’t mean you’ll feel beautiful. Sometimes in spite of all your accomplishments, you simply don’t feel whole.
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things to know before a mommy makeover

5 Things to Know Before Having a Mommy Makeover

Few changes are as fulfilling, meaningful and powerful as giving birth to a child. It’s a great big change to your life, to your family and to the world itself. But it also means a bunch of small changes for your body, as well. You may end up with more weight, you may get stretchmarks, or your breasts may change shape or lose volume. You feel grateful for the big change you’ve brought into the world but wishing you still had the body you had before it happened. But like the old saying goes: change is good. Mothers who want to get back in touch with the active bodies they had before pregnancy may not have access to a time machine, but they have the next best thing available to them: a mommy makeover! A series of surgical procedures, mommy makeovers use a combination of tummy tucks, liposuction and breast surgeries to restore mothers back to their pre-childbirth bodies.
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5 Ways a Tummy Tuck Can Boost Your Health

If you’ve recently had a major weight loss or pregnancy, then you’re likely familiar with the loose, baggy skin, scarring, or stretch marks that a body change like this often leaves. The skin is an amazing organ with some truly wonderful defensive and regenerative properties, but it simply doesn't always have the ability to shrink itself after a weight loss or childbirth.
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How Big is the Incision of a Tummy Tuck?

An abdominoplasty, or “tummy tuck,” continues to be a very popular surgery for both men and women who are looking to get rid of stomach flab or excess skin.  It is an especially sought after procedure for women who have been through multiple pregnancies. The surgery tightens up abdominal muscles that were affected during pregnancy and removes excess skin and fat. Keep in mind that, however appealiTummy Tuck ng the results of the surgery may seem, it is still a surgical procedure that includes a fairly large incision in the area below the belly button and above the pubic hairline.  Often, those who are considering the surgery tend to be more concerned with the resulting scar than they are with any other recovery involved. Related: Tummy Tucks and Belly Buttons So just how big is the incision of a tummy tuck? That depends on a few key factors.
  1.  Amount of excess skin.

Your surgeon will take the time to carefully examine your abdomen to determine the target area.  The shape and length of the incision will be relevant to where your surgeon is focused.  As stated before, the incision will most likely be in the same general area for everyone.  But the overall length will be determined by what the goal of the surgery is.
  1.  The size of the person.

In most tummy tucks, an incision is made from one hipbone to the other in a sort of curve or smile shape.  This is done to ensure that all excess skin is taken care of.  Because people vary in size and shape, the overall length of the incision will also vary.
  1.  Type of procedure.

Most people who have a tummy tuck surgery receive a “full abdominoplasty.”  Very few patients qualify for a “mini” tummy tuck unless there is no laxity to the skin above the belly button. It’s not uncommon for patients undergoing a tummy tuck to elect to have liposuction or some other sort of procedure done at the same time.  These additional procedures may make a difference in the overall length and shape of the incision. Related: Have an Inspiration? Bring Pictures to Your Consultation! Most tummy tucks will also require an additional incision around the belly button, to make way for the new belly button.  This is done in order to address excess skin in the upper abdomen. As you work with Dr. Brown to plan for your tummy tuck, he will take the time to discuss all options with you, including those regarding the incision.  He knows and understands that visibility of the scar is a big consideration for most tummy tuck patients.  In most cases, the incision can be hidden in the panty-line making it easy to hide under swimming suits and low-ride jeans. If you have additional questions about the incision and scar caused by an abdominoplasty, please give us a call. We will be happy to address your concerns.
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Belly Buttons and Tummy Tucks

Belly Buttons and Tummy TucksTummy tucks are one of our most popular procedures at our Scottsdale and Sun City plastic surgery offices. Combine the tummy tuck with a breast surgery (breast lift, breast augmentation or both) and liposuction and you have our mommy makeover. When we have patients come in for a consultation to discuss a tummy tuck, one of their questions is usually, “What happens to my belly button?” That’s a great question to ask. As Dr. Brown performs the procedure, he will remove loose skin from the stomach area and pull the remaining skin down to construct a beautiful, flat stomach. As he does this, your natural belly button will be pulled down with the skin. If it’s pulled down far enough, the belly button will be removed and a new one put in its place. Dr. Brown is able to give you the most natural looking stomach with this procedure. He’s an expert at creating proportional belly buttons to match the man or woman. The other option, if less skin is taken, is to take the original belly button and move it to the proper position. This will be discussed with you during your consultation with Dr. Brown. The deciding factors between an average tummy tuck and a great tummy tuck are the scar and the belly button. You should ask for before and after photos of past patients and testimonials. It’s important to see the work your surgeon has performed so you know you’re in good hands. You should also be able to talk to your surgeon about the look of your new belly button. You want to make sure it closely resembles the one you have and isn’t too much larger or smaller. The more natural it looks, the the better the overall look of your tummy tuck. For information on our Scottsdale plastic surgery office and Dr. Brown’s tummy tuck procedure, please call our office at 480-947-2455.
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5 Surgeries Our Patients 50 and Above Love Most

As you go through life laughing, smiling, crying, squinting, drinking, eating... the list goes on an on...your face and body begin to show the signs of aging from wrinkles to droopy skin. That’s why Dr. Richard J. Brown offers procedures that can help reduce the signs of aging, giving you back your spark. Related: Get Rid of Your Crow's Feet Without Surgery We have a small list of surgeries that have proven to be the most popular top procedures for patients over 50amongst our older patients throughout the years. Each of them targets a problem area that we’ve noticed men and women tend to focus on in their years after 50.
  • Facelift - This will focus on the loose skin of the forehead, cheek area and jowls.
  • Necklift - A necklift procedure can be combined with a facelift procedure to address the lower part of the face and neck, where skin can lose its elasticity.
  • Browlift - Like the necklift and the facelift, it will tighten a portion of your face. Brow lifts address wrinkles on the forehead and the sagging brow, restoring a brightness and awakened look to the face.
  • Breast Surgery - This can include breast implant replacement if the patient has already had breast augmentation and also include a breast lift, one of the most popular surgeries for women over 50. It will bring  fullness and youthfulness back to your breasts, taking years off of your chest area, a place that tends to show our age.
  • Tummy Tuck - Whether you’ve had children in your younger years or not, the skin on the stomach can begin to sag and show age. This can be from yo-yo dieting or simply because with age, all of our skin will lose elasticity. With a tummy tuck, you’ll have your figure back so you can rock all the latest styles with confidence!
As with all plastic surgeries, we recommend sitting down for a consultation with Dr. Brown so you can discuss what it is you’re looking for out of your procedure. While Dr. Brown can’t turn back time, he can help you find confidence in your older age, by recommending procedures to restore volume and youthfulness to the body and face.Sun City and Scottsdale have become Dr. Brown’s home for helping men and women rediscover their love for their own bodies again. Related: Bring a Picture to Your Consultation To schedule your consultation, please call our Sun City or Scottsdale plastic surgery office at 480-947-2455 to discuss how to regain your youthful appearance with the help of Dr. Brown.
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Don’t Let the Fear of Pain Keep You From Exploring Plastic Surgery

fear of painThe fear of pain and recovery can be the biggest deterrent from plastic surgery. Reality television shows that highlight the negative sides of cosmetic surgery can turn someone off to the idea. But the majority of our patients are surprised at how well they handle the pain following their procedure. Pain is relative to each of our patients and each surgery is different. We have some patients that can resume activity far sooner than others depending on their pain tolerance. As always, we recommend listening to your body as that is going to be the best way to recognize when your body can begin to tolerate activity and pain medications can be reduced or done away with. Related: Undergoing Multiple Surgeries is Safe On average, our patients use their pain medication for the first 2-3 days after their procedure. Depending on which type of plastic surgery you had, you may find that you'll need them for an extended period of time. For example, breast augmentation patients are sometimes surprised that they don't have as much pain as they expected after their procedure. Some surgeries are harder on the body than others. Rhinoplasty can be a painful recovery because it can cause symptoms such as headaches and pain swallowing or speaking. Breast reconstruction can also be a painful surgery due to the amount of stretching of the skin and manipulation that Dr. Brown performs during surgery leading to pain when lifting your arms. Again, this all depends on your specific pain tolerance. Related: Important Post-Op Plastic Surgery Rules Dr. Brown is an extremely experienced surgeon and does everything he can during surgery to make sure he lessens the amount of swelling and distress to the body. He can also help you post-procedure to help with pain management so you can have the best, most comfortable recovery possible. Related: When It Comes to Breast Implants, Cheaper Isn't Better If you think you won't tolerate the pain of plastic surgery well, bring this up to Dr. Brown during your consultation and he can address your concerns and put your mind at ease. He can also discuss your at home obligations to ensure you have the proper time to rest and recuperate following your procedure. We know that a lot of patients have jobs they need to return to and children at home to tend to. Bring this up to Dr. Brown as well, and together you can discuss a post-operative plan to have you back on your feet as safely and as soon as possible. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Brown, premier Scottsdale and Sun City plastic surgeon, call 480-947-2455.
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Smoking and Plastic Surgery: A Bad Mix

smoking and plastic surgeryIt’s no surprise that smoking has harmful effects on the human body. Smoking and plastic surgery is another story. Some surgeons will refuse to operate on adults who have been smoking during the period of time leading up to their surgery. Smoking and plastic surgery simply don’t mix. There’s quite a few reasons why Dr. Brown prefers you to quit smoking before scheduling your surgery at his plastic surgery office in Scottsdale or Sun City. Why smoking and plastic surgery don’t mix:
  • The carbon monoxide introduced into your system by smoking takes essential oxygen away from your tissue.
  • Nicotine restricts blood vessels, reducing blood flow to your skin.
  • The general effects of smoking hinder the healing process due to the damaged blood vessels and lack of oxygen in the patient’s tissue.
  • Inadequate blood flow caused by smoking can affect the look of your scars as healing takes longer.
Related: Help Your Body Heal During Plastic Surgery Recovery Dr. brown advises quitting smoking at least 6 weeks prior to your plastic surgery procedure. This will give you the ability to heal as if you were a non-smoker. Our bodies can bounce back quickly and within this time frame of quitting smoking, your body can heal as well as someone who doesn’t smoke. You want to give yourself the best possible chance at a healthy, speedy recovery so you can enjoy the benefits of your plastic surgery procedure. If you have questions on how to quit, visit Smoke Free’s website where you can get information on quitting, how it’s affecting your body and a ‘Quit Plan’ that can make your journey easier. For further questions on smoking and plastic surgery or to schedule your consultation please call 480-947-2455.
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