Recent Blog Posts from Rowley Plastic Surgery

Flatten Your Belly With a Tummy Tuck in Lubbock

As women, we often give our lives to our families. As mothers, this also means we give our bodies. Do you remember the you before you had kids? Back before you ever referred to your stomach as your “belly?” Even before your bra came with extra clips and hooks to accommodate someone else’s feeding schedule? It may be a bit foggy (let’s not even get started on all those sleepless nights), but try for a moment to remember how you felt about your body before any of the changes that come with having a baby—the things you took for granted. While you may not be able to do anything about those lost nights of sleep, and life chooses a lot of things for you, you also have choices. You CAN reclaim your body.

One way is with a tummy tuck in Lubbock.  Sometimes, you need more than diet and exercise to reverse the effects of pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. The tummy tuck easily gets rid of loose skin that won’t disappear even after you reach your pre-pregnancy weight, no matter how much you diet or exercise. Many women choose to combine procedures in a “mommy makeover” to cover several areas of concern at once. In addition to a trim waist, you can consider breast procedures to regain a youthful bustline (with either a breast lift, breast augmentation, or maybe a breast reduction, if that’s right for you), and liposuction to target those troublesome fat pocket areas that have developed over time. Maybe the makeover won’t turn back the clock entirely, but it sure can help bring back the look and confidence you once had. You can be you again, the you that you remember.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a “[t]ummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin and, in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.” The procedure is done through a low horizontal abdominal incision. The skin is elevated off of the abdominal muscles, and it is redraped and excised. The abdominal muscles are tightened at the same time with permanent sutures in multiple layers. Often liposuction for contouring of the hips and thighs occur at the same time as the abdominoplasty. It’s typically an outpatient procedure, taking about two hours under general anesthetic. Most patients can return to work in about two to three weeks. Full activity is typically resumed after 6 to 8 weeks.

What to Consider Before a Tummy Tuck in Lubbock

The first questions you have to ask yourself if you are considering a tummy tuck in Lubbock is ““Why do I want plastic surgery?” and “What am I expecting from it?”

These two factors will impact how happy you’ll be with the results as your surgeon does. It’s important to examine the motivations for plastic surgery to make sure it’s the right choice for you. From larger procedures like a mommy makeover to smaller ones like submental liposuction, all can have profound effects on your life and shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Motivation

First, look at your motivations for getting surgery. Is it something you’ve always wanted for yourself, or is it something someone close to you has been pestering you about, but not something you’re as interested in? If it’s the latter, you should think twice before proceeding. Drastic life changes should always be done because it’s something you want for yourself, not something someone else wants for you.

Expectations

At Rowley Plastic Surgery, we want you to pursue plastic surgery for the right reasons so you’ll be happy and satisfied with your results; but that’s only half of the equation. Having proper expectations is also very important to your final satisfaction. Surgery can’t make you into a different person or look like someone else in a magazine. If you expect perfection, you will be disappointed–-no one is perfect, so welcome to the club! At the same time, we can all improve, and surgery gives us options that diet and exercise can’t.  So, focus on progress and improvement, not perfection. The latter simply doesn’t exist.

These are just a couple of reasons why the initial consultation is so important. From ear-pinning to a mommy makeover, each procedure and each patient is different and have different needs to be discussed.

Benefits

It’s easy to imagine the aesthetic benefits of a tummy tuck in Lubbock, after all, you can just look at those old photos and remember what it was like to fit into that dress. What you might not know is that for women who are mothers, a tummy tuck can have physical health benefits. A recent study of women who had postnatal abdominoplasty, showed a marked reduction in back pain and urinary incontinence, common results of pregnancy and childbirth:

“The study included 214 women undergoing abdominoplasty with repair of the abdominal muscles . . . . The women’s average age was about 42 years, with an average of 2.5 deliveries.

“Before and after surgery, the women completed questionnaires rating their disability from back pain and urinary incontinence . . . about 51 percent of women had moderate to severe disability from back pain, while urinary incontinence was a ‘significant concern’ for 42.5 percent.

“On follow-up questionnaires . . . only nine percent of patients still had moderate disability from back pain. Urinary incontinence remained a significant problem for less than two percent of women.”

At Rowley Plastic Surgery, we offer no-obligation consultations, so we can get a good feel for your needs, motivations, and expectations. We can address any questions you might have about the surgery you’re interested in, and we can talk to you about realistic options. We will help you determine if a certain procedure is a good fit for you and if it isn’t, Dr. Rowley will tell you honestly and help find other solutions. Women trust her because she doesn’t sugar coat and will tell you the truth about what you can expect, always with your best interests in mind. Call today for your no-obligation consultation today.

A Breast Reduction in Lubbock Can Help You Get Your Life Back

Sometimes it seems that society has a fixation on large breasts. What many don’t realize, however, is that having large breasts creates a lot of discomfort and can drastically decrease your quality of life, both physically and emotionally for many women. Being “well-endowed” can mean physical discomfort, unwanted attention, embarrassment, and an inability to do normal things like exercise or find clothes that fit well. If this sounds familiar, you are not alone.

Experts estimate that close to a million women nationwide experience physical problems due to larger breasts. If you are among them, then a breast reduction in Lubbock may be for you. Here are a few things to think about when deciding if a breast reduction is right for you.

  • How is your Posture? As women age, their shoulders tend to roll forward. Shoulders of women with larger breasts can roll even further forward, causing problems with posture that can contribute to back, neck, or shoulder pain. Some may even feel numbness in the body caused by nerve damage from poor posture. If large breasts are affecting your posture, consult a doctor about the benefits of a breast reduction. With this procedure, women can stand a little straighter with a lighter chest.
  • How is your Activity? We all know the benefits of exercise and living an active lifestyle. Larger breasts make some exercise difficult, or even painful to carry out. If you feel your breasts get in the way, or make normal activities difficult, consider the liberating effects of breast reduction plastic surgery. Women can move around with more freedom when a heavy chest is lightened.
  • How is your Self Image? Having larger breasts can have adverse effects on your self-esteem and contribute to having a bad body image. If you feel self-conscious about your looks because of larger breasts, talk to your doctor about the advantages of having a breast reduction. Women who go through the procedure often have a better body image and rebuild their self confidence.

If you have overly large breasts, you know for yourself that these problems are real. Because larger breasts can create legitimately difficult life experiences, breast reduction surgery may be covered by your insurance, unlike other breast procedures which are more aesthetic. So cost may not even have to be a factor when deciding whether you can move forward with this procedure.

What is a Breast Reduction?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a breast reduction is “a procedure to remove excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size more in proportion with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with excessively large breasts.” Sometimes your areola (the darker area around your nipple) is also made smaller and may need to be repositioned. In practical term, according to Dr. Jane Rowley, a breast reduction in Lubbock, generally takes approximately two hours under general anesthetic in the office operating suite or a surgicenter. Most patients are typically off work for 10 to 14 days, but may require up to three weeks, with six weeks before a return to full activity. The procedure may also be combined with a breast lift.

Benefits of a Breast Reduction

Women who have had a breast reduction procedure are among the most highly satisfied of all people who get plastic surgery. In fact, 97% of women who’ve had their breast size reduced say that they procedure was worth it.

Among the many benefits are an improved ability to move and to be more active. Exercise will be less restricted. Breast reduction can help alleviate back pain and neck aches. Some women have even reported fewer headaches. Even your sleep quality may be improved. This is important, because with better sleep and exercise, your general health and well-being will improve. Many women with larger breasts also suffer from painful shoulder indentations from bra straps. This will be alleviated with smaller and lighter breasts.

And don’t overlook the emotional impact of a breast reduction. Women with large breasts can suffer from anxieties and depression caused by insecurities in their self image. When you no longer feel self conscious about large breasts, you can feel an emotional freedom as well as a physical freedom. Whether while wearing a swimming suit or just shopping for clothes that fit, this freedom is emotionally healing. Mental health is an important part of our overall health and quality of life and should not be overlooked or underestimated.

Where to Get a Breast Reduction in Lubbock

The benefits of a a breast reduction procedure include less back pain, greater mobility, and increased self confidence. For women considering a breast reduction in Lubbock, they also have the added benefit of Dr. Jane Rowley. As one of the top plastic surgeons in Lubbock and Texas itself, Dr. Rowley has considerable experience in carrying out successful breast reductions. Plastic surgery is a personal decision and can be a life changing experience.

If you are experiencing difficulties because of overly large breasts, contact Rowley Plastic Surgery and learn about what options are available to you. Call today to schedule your no-obligation consultation.

What You Could Gain From a Breast Lift in Lubbock

When people think about breast enhancement plastic surgery, the most common thing people think of is breast enlargement. This is understandable, as breast enlargements are the most popular plastic surgery procedure. If you are happy with the amount of natural breast tissue that you have, but are less happy with your shape, asymmetry, or an overall lack of perkiness, a better option may be a mastopexy, or breast lift. In Lubbock, Dr. Jane Rowley offers this plastic surgery procedure to women looking for a breast lift to restore their youthful shape in a way that it still all you.

While breast implants are popular, breast lift procedures are on the rise. Since 2000, breast lifts have seen an increase in frequency of 70% since 2000, outpacing the increases in breast implants by 2-to-1. This may reflect the parallel trend that women getting breast implants are choosing smaller, more natural-looking sizes. It indicates that more women are satisfied overall by their breast size, and are simply looking to restore the perky fullness that they may have enjoyed when they were younger.

What is a Breast Lift?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a mastopexy is a procedure that “raises the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour.” As part of the procedure, the areola and nipple are also repositioned. It’s typically an outpatient procedure, taking about 90 minutes to two hours, but performed under general anesthetic. It can performed in an office operating suite, surgicenter, or hospital. Most patients can expect to need about 5 to 10 days off work and 4 to 6 weeks for a full recovery and return to full activity.

Why Consider a Breast Lift in Lubbock?

As women age, breasts will naturally begin to change, losing their youthful look and feel. This may be caused by:

  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Weight loss
  • Aging
  • Genetics
  • Gravity

While some of these factors only affect some women, no one is exempt from all of them. Aging and gravity affect us all. And the fact is that your breasts can’t keep their youthful appearance forever, no matter how much you exercise and eat right. Some of the aesthetic concerns women who are candidates for a breast lift have, are:

  • Stretched skin and enlarged areolae
  • Droopy or saggy breasts
  • Breasts with a flatter, elongated shape
  • Pronounced stretch marks
  • Nipples that point down
  • Nipples that fall below the breast crease when unsupported
  • Asymmetry between breasts

Remember, a breast lift will not change the overall size of your breasts, only the shape. If you want larger or smaller breasts, then you should consider a breast augmentation or breast reduction. The great thing about cosmetic surgery is—you are in charge, and you get to choose what you want for your body.

What Do You Need to Do Before You Get a Mastopexy?

There are two things to consider when answering this question. First, make sure you are physically prepared for your procedure. If you smoke, you simply must quit. If not permanently, than at least for several weeks to prepare for the surgery and for several weeks after to aid in your recovery. Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood, which reduces your body’s ability to fight off infection.  Nicotene also directly impacts the blood flow to the tissues. Also, you should be maintaining a stable weight for some time. For more information about preparing for a breast lift in Lubbock, see our post about “Making the Most of Your Lubbock Plastic Surgery Experience.”

Second, closely consult with your plastic surgeon. There you will discuss your goals for this procedure: why you are considering the procedure, and what you hope to get out of it. Your plastic surgeon can help you have an accurate expectation of what the results of the procedure will likely be. Everyone wants to look like a supermodel, but every body is different, and the same procedure, and even the same size and type of implant will look different on every patient’s body. Your surgeon will also want to have a detailed discussion about your medical history to reduce the possibility of complications. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you have. If you’re not sure what to ask, here is a helpful list of questions you should consider.

Third, your plastic surgeon will likely request a full lab test to make sure there are no conditions you are not aware of before the procedure. Also, it is recommended that you get a baseline mammogram that will be compared to one after the procedure, to see if there is anything to be aware of in your breast tissue.

Women with Breast Lifts are Very Happy with their Results

According to RealSelf, 94% of women say that their mastopexy was “worth it.” In a sample review of the procedure, one woman wrote:

I am a 20-year-old who underwent a breast lift procedure due to a lot of sagginess that inhibited me from feeling comfortable and also hindering what I could and could not wear. After losing weight from my chest after having a large bust, they began to droop. My areola area was very large and my right breast was larger and hung lower than my left breast. . . It has now only been two weeks’ post operation and I am comfortable to move around, pain free, and my breasts look 100 times better than what they did, which I am so grateful for.”

A breast lift in Lubbock can have a similar positive effect on your self-image and give you more confidence when your breasts are given back their youthful look. Dr. Jane Rowley and her staff are committed to helping you be the best self you can be and help give you the body you can truly appreciate and enjoy. Call us today for a no-obligation consultation.