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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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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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mommy makeover have it all

How a Mommy Makeover Can Help You Have it All

Bringing a new life into this world is an extraordinary thing that can transform a mother both mentally and physically. Sometimes that transformation can be a radical one. Our bodies are resilient and can bounce back from so many things, but pregnancy and childbirth are special cases. They can cause permanent changes that a mother may not want to have to spend the rest of her life living with.
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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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Let Your Body Heal Before a Mommy Makeover

wait for a mommy makeoverHaving a child is such a wonderful experience, but as you know, it can change a woman’s body in many ways. There might come a time when diet and exercise simply can’t give you the results you’re looking for. But the big question from our patients is…

How long do I have to wait to get a mommy makeover?

Giving birth, while a beautiful time in a woman’s life,  takes a toll on the body. Not only aesthetically, but physically. It’s incredibly important to give your body time to heal after delivery. A woman’s body will also make its own natural changes following delivery, and Dr. Brown likes to see those changes happen before presenting plastic surgery as an option. Related: Is the Mommy Makeover Right For You? Usually a woman’s body will be completely healed and ready for a surgical procedure after a few months. During those months a few things will happen:
  • The breast tissue will no longer be engorged with milk
  • The ‘baby weight’ will start to diminish
  • A c-section will have healed (if applicable)
Mommy makeovers will address a few areas of the body that we have chosen as the problem areas for women after childbirth. The mommy makeover includes the following cosmetic procedures:
  • Tummy tuck
  • Breast augmentation and/or breast lift
  • Liposuction
Related: Bring These 4 Things With You to Your Plastic Surgery Consultation Dr. Brown is the premiere plastic surgeon in Scottsdale and Sun City for mommy makeovers and many other plastic surgery procedures. He will make sure your body and mind are ready for a mommy makeover. If you’re concerned about how long to wait before having a mommy makeover, schedule a consultation with Dr. Brown by calling 480-947-2455.
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