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Tummy Tuck or Liposuction: Which Lubbock Plastic Surgery is Right for You?

For women ready to rediscover the body they had before aging and having children, there are several different plastic surgery procedures to address stubborn pockets of fat, loose belly skin, and other concerns. When it comes to Lubbock plastic surgery, you may have heard a lot of terms–tummy tuck, liposuction, breast lift, etc.–but how much do you know about what these really mean? Below we’ll explain some of the common procedures, what they are for, and how you might combine them to get the results you want.

What Can a Tummy Tuck Do?

A tummy tuck, “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.” As a result of pregnancy, in addition to the stretched skin on the abdomen, women may also experience diastasis, a laxity of abdominal muscles. The looseness of skin and laxity of muscle isn’t something that responds to diet or exercise–they are structural issues that require the surgical solution of a tummy tuck.

Because a tummy tuck is geared toward tightening up loose muscle and skin, it’s not a weight-loss procedure like liposuction (more on that below). But, like weight-loss techniques, it can result in more contoured appearance and slimmer silhouette. This is especially so when combined with some other procedures, such as liposuction or breast enhancements. This combination of procedures is commonly referred to as a mommy makeover. Plastic surgery options done in tandem can give any patient dramatic changes in appearance.

As with any medical decision, whether to get a tummy tuck is a serious question. Dr. Jane Rowley has said about tummy tucks,

“This is actually a more significant procedure than most people understand. The media often portrays this as a ‘skin surgery,’ but this is a surgery that actually involves the entire core of your body, with tightening of the abdominal muscles and tightening of the skin. The results can be exceptional on the right patient. Although weight loss might not be significant with this procedure, contouring and tightening of the abdominal wall is significant.”

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes your excess fat in a targeted area. It’s a Lubbock plastic surgery option that can give you a second chance to remove stubborn fat in different areas of your body that doesn’t respond to diet and exercise. Typically the best areas for the procedure are outer thighs, hips, and under the chin (submental area). Different procedures are available for liposuction, but they operate on the same basic principle: A small incision is made. A small tube is used to suction out the fat. If you are having the procedure done on a small area, then local anesthetic is needed. If you are choosing to have the procedure on different areas, you may need general anesthetics.

Liposuction has long been a popular plastic surgery choice. Getting rid of unwanted fat can give you greater confidence in your physical appearance. New studies are even suggesting that getting rid of that fat can have some heart-healthy bonuses as well as the cosmetic benefits. Liposuction is not, however, a procedure for general weight loss. A patient should be a stable weight but with stubborn fat that won’t go away through other efforts. Patients need to be in good health and quit smoking before the surgery and during recovery.

Combine Procedures in a Mommy Makeover

If you are not just concerned about loose belly skin or stubborn areas of fat, you may want to consider how a tummy tuck or liposuction can be combined with other procedures for a more striking effect. Common procedures combined with abdominal procedures include:

  • Breast Augmentation (augmentation mammoplasty). Women seeking a breast augmentation can adjust the size and shape of their breasts. The breasts will be fuller and more symmetric.
  • Breast Lift (mastopexy). A breast lift can assist Lubbock patients by removing excess breast skin and adjusting breasts into a more youthful position. The nipple is also moved to a more upward position. A breast lift won’t change the size of your breast.
  • Simultaneous Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift (augmentation mastopexy). Combining these two procedures leads to shapely, larger, more youthful looking breasts. On the right patient they can give dramatic results to your figure.

How to Get the Most out of Lubbock Plastic Surgery

As with any plastic surgery, patients need to have realistic expectations about their results. The key to this is having thorough consultations with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Patients that are informed about their surgery tend to heal better and have more satisfying outcomes with their surgery. So, to ensure you are educated, don’t hesitate to ask questions like:

  • How is the procedure performed?
  • What are the risks of this surgery?
  • What can I expect during recovery?
  • Will the results be permanent?
  • Will I need to have additional procedures down the road?

Women can work with their board-certified surgeon to tailor the combination of procedures that meet their unique needs. For the best outcomes available, contact the leading surgeon in Lubbock plastic surgery,  Dr. Jane Rowley. Dr. Rowley is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over twenty years experience with these procedures. You can have confidence in Dr. Rowley’s ability to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. Call today to schedule your no-obligation consultation.

Mommy Makeovers: More than Just a Tummy Tuck in Lubbock

When we are young and anticipate the joys of motherhood, we can underestimate the toll that pregnancy, the demands of child rearing, and time can take on our body. But before we know it, we’re no longer those glowing, expectant mothers. With a little help from modern surgical technology, there are many ways to regain your sense of youthfulness, to boost your confidence, and reclaim the shape you sacrificed to have a family.

In our practice, we consult with many mothers considering tummy tuck in Lubbock who are surprised to learn how many options they have after childbearing. While not everyone loves the term, what pop culture often terms a “Mommy Makeover” is a popular term referring to a combination of procedures to target different areas of your body you wish during a single surgery. Several areas may be combined in one procedure to create the full look that is wanted with minimal downtime and a dramatic effect for the right patient.

If you’d like to see a little more (or less) curve here or there, whether after your pregnancies or as you age, you have several options to combine plastic surgery procedures covering different areas like tummies, breasts, hips, buttocks, and even submental liposuction to tighten up a threatening double chin.  

You get to decide—with only a single recovery.  So let’s discuss your options.

Breast Procedures: Breast Enhancement, Breast Lift, and Breast Reduction

When most people think about plastic surgery for breasts, they think of implants to increase breast size.  But there are other breast procedures that can help women feel better about their appearance and themselves, aside from simply increasing their cup size. Which procedure is right for you depends on your body and your preferences, a decision made in consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon.

After nursing, or simply with age, a woman’s breasts can sag, look deflated, and lose shape. If you would like to add volume and fullness to your breasts, then a breast augmentation with breast implants is a good option. If fullness is not a concern for you, but your breasts droop with the nipples pointing downward and/or the top of the areola lower than the crease under the breast when viewed from the side, you could benefit simply from a breast lift. And of course, it’s not uncommon for women to choose both breast implants and a breast lift, restoring their youthful appearance while adding fullness.

What if you have too much breast tissue? In addition to making some women feel uncomfortable with their appearance because of a lack of proportion or unwanted attention, having too large of breasts can create physical discomfort.  The weight can cause back, neck, or shoulder pain. Some women get rashes or irritations in the crease of the breasts. Some may even have numbness or tingling in their hands and arms. If any of this sounds familiar, a breast reduction may be a good choice for you (and may be covered by your insurance).  This procedure has some of the highest patient satisfaction rates in cosmetic surgery.

Abdominal Procedures: Liposuction and Tummy Tuck in Lubbock

Pregnancy can also leave women with loose, excess skin around their midsection, stubborn pockets of fat that won’t respond to diet or exercise, and a laxity of abdominal muscles (diastasis). If you have concerns about your belly, hips, or thighs, you have a couple of options, such as a tummy tuck or liposuction.

A tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) removes baggy, stretched skin that hangs around after you have had children or lost a significant amount of weight. A tummy tuck can even remove some stretch marks from pregnancies, and includes tightening up your abdominal muscles. While a tummy tuck in Lubbock might not result in significant weight loss, it does have a significant effect on the abdominal core.

Liposuction, on the other hand, removes that fat in your belly and hip areas that doesn’t go away with exercise and diet. This procedure is designed to remove areas of localized fat persist despite any constant efforts to eliminate them. Liposuction can successfully reshape your body and works well as part of a mommy makeover, as women tend to hold on to fat as they age.

An extended tummy tuck uses a slightly longer incision to shape the hips, and is often combined with liposuction to tighten and shape the side of the waist.

Why Lubbock Women Choose Dr. Jane Rowley

Combining procedures can yield impressive results. However, with each added procedure, it’s even more important to find a trusted, board-certified plastic surgeon you can thoroughly consult with about your cosmetic goals who shares your perspective.  Dr. Jane Rowley always listens to her patients and is well known for being a collaborative guide that helps women develop a plan that best fits their individual needs and bodies.

A mommy makeover can restore your confidence by helping you regain your natural, youthful beauty with a tighter stomach, slimmer hips, and a fuller or more proportionate bustline. If you’re looking for a tummy tuck in Lubbock or the surrounding areas, or any combination of cosmetic procedures to get the look you want, take time to chat with Dr. Rowley.  She wants her patients to be happy with their results–and themselves–she wants you to thoroughly understand all of your options and what procedures would work best for your lifestyle and body type. She will spend whatever time is necessary to make your plastic surgery experience the best one for you. With over twenty years of experience, Dr. Rowley is the leading surgeon in Lubbock that offers plastic surgery with a woman’s perspective.  Discuss your options at a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Rowley. Call to schedule yours today.

In Lubbock, Plastic Surgery Can Benefit Anyone

We all enjoy feeling good about our appearance. While it is true that most plastic surgery patients are women, more and more men are seeking out cosmetic procedures now. Men and women will always be different and strive for attractiveness in different ways. It is human nature to gain confidence when we are happy with the way we look, and men are realizing the benefits of plastic surgery that women have been enjoying for a long time.  Here’s a look at some of the top cosmetic procedures for men.

Blepharoplasty

A lift for the eyelids can take years off a man’s aging face. In Lubbock, plastic surgery for the eyes is popular with men because it makes them look young and fresh without the appearance of obvious scars. Droopy upper eyelids, as well as puffiness or bags under the eyes can be corrected. If the patient experiences difficulty with vision because of the sagging skin around the eyes, insurance may cover the cost of surgery.

Tummy Tuck

Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck can help men the same way it helps women in Lubbock. Plastic surgery of this type gives men a tighter, leaner mid-section by getting rid of any sagging skin or fat around the belly. Abdominal muscles tend to be a focal point for many men, and a tummy tuck benefits the abs by tightening them from within. Women often seek this option after having children, but they are not the only ones who struggle with flabby stomachs. Whether a man feels he has a “dad” body, has lost a dramatic amount of weight, or is just fighting the aging process, a tummy tuck can provide the lean, athletic look he wants.

Liposuction

Men pinch and dislike the fat on their love handles just like women do. It is frustrating for men and women alike when their efforts at the gym and dedication to diet just don’t get the results they want. Liposuction targets specific areas of stubborn fat to improve body contour and create a slimmer look. It is not a weight loss surgery for men or women, but it can help smooth out those problem areas.

Male Breast Reduction

Many men feel self-conscious of their chest when it begins to droop with fat because of weight gain. A hormonal condition called gynecomastia also causes the male chest to resemble the female breast as breast tissue begins to swell. This problem cannot be resolved through diet or exercise because it is not related to excess weight. For men experiencing these issues in Lubbock, plastic surgery provides a way to get their ideal male physique back.

Rhinoplasty

Women often seek nose jobs to reduce the size of their noses and remove imperfections. It is more typical of men to want nose reshaping to fix problems caused by past injuries or to address breathing problems associated with snoring.

A nose job can give a man the shape and size of nose he wants to feel more confident in the face he puts forward in the workplace and social settings.

Plastic Surgery for Children?

Most people recognize the benefits of plastic surgery for men and women, but what about for our youth? When we are young, our bodies are still developing, and we are not mature enough to make decisions about making permanent elective changes to our appearance. Many procedures are not suitable for children, but otoplasty is one exception. Also known as ear pinning, this procedure is for people with any of the problems below:

  • Protruding ears
  • Large ears that are out of proportion to the size of the head
  • Drooping ears
  • Asymmetrical ears
  • Unhappiness with results from previous ear surgery

Children who have prominent ears are often subject to teasing and bullying by their peers. The playground can be a ruthless place. This type of interaction can have a negative impact on a child’s self-esteem, which can be difficult to rebuild. Children as young as age six can have the operation, but it is advisable to wait until they are mature enough to request the procedure themselves.

The desire to appear attractive to others is part of human nature. It motivates us to take care of our bodies by eating healthy, exercising, and grooming daily. Although it presents itself in different ways, this instinct is present in men, women, and children in Lubbock. Plastic surgery is a tool that can be used to enhance the beauty, physique, and confidence of people who wish to improve a certain aspect of their appearance. We are used to seeing women dominate the plastic surgery demographics, but men and even children can benefit from it as well. Some of the most popular procedures for men include:

  • Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Lift)
  • Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
  • Liposuction
  • Male Breast Reduction
  • Rhinoplasty (Nose Job)

For more information, contact Rowley Plastic Surgery today and schedule your no-obligation consultation.