Can a Mommy Makeover Turn Back the Clock?

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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 to remember how you felt about your body before any of the changes that come with having a baby.

The bad news is, you can’t do anything about the lost sleep. But here’s the good news: you can feel and look like yourself again! Becoming a mother forever changes a woman. But that doesn’t mean she can’t get back to the shape she once had!

For many women in Lubbock who have struggled to get back to their youthful look, the mommy makeover has been a great way to achieve the results they want. It’s a fairly new term used to describe a combination of procedures that address appearance issues common to women who’ve had children. Most often, it includes:

  • Tummy tuck
  • Breast lift, augmentation, or reduction
  • Liposuction

Sometimes you need more than diet and exercise to reverse the effects of pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. The tummy tuck gets rid of loose skin that won’t disappear even after you reach your pre-pregnancy weight. With breast procedures, women can have a young-looking bust again. Liposuction will 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.

The mommy makeover might sound quick and easy, but when you combine surgeries, it means you’ll need to plan for a longer recovery. It is recommended that you wait until you are finished having children before you have a combination of procedures done for longer lasting results. Dr. Jane Rowley is the Lubbock-trusted plastic surgeon who will help you decide what options would benefit you most. Call today to schedule your consultation and get back to feeling like your best self again!

LIPOSUCTION: WHAT TO EXPECT

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The struggle to rid the body of excess fat in specific areas is a common problem for many people. Sometimes, even diet and exercise just don’t give us the results we want. Liposuction can help you by targeting those trouble spots to achieve the look and feel you desire. Lubbock locals who are considering this procedure can expect a smooth and comfortable process under the care of Dr. Jane Rowley.

Before the Big Day

You and your doctor will consult about the exact areas that will respond best to liposuction, and you will probably end up with (temporary) markings on your body to designate where you will be treated. Be ready to smile for the camera so you’ll have the all-important before and after photos!

The Procedure Itself

Keep in mind that individual experiences will vary depending on how much fat needs to be removed. Typically, either a local or general anesthesia will be administered. The doctor will insert a tiny tube called a cannula into the skin and inject a sterile fluid. Next, the fat will be suctioned out, and your vitals and comfort level will be monitored. Your body will take on a lot of fluid at this time so do expect to allow time for it to completely drain.

Road to Recovery

While the procedure itself is generally painless, you may experience some discomfort as you would with any other surgery. But rest assured, it’s all part of the healing process, and you shouldn’t miss more than a few days of the everyday routine. More rigorous activities, such as working out, will likely have to wait a few weeks to be reintroduced. A compression garment is usually worn to help achieve the desired contour and to help swelling go down.

The End Results

You will be able to see immediate results after your procedure; however, complete results could take several months as your body gradually heals. Maintaining a healthy weight and continuing to take care of yourself will optimize your outcome.

Board Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jane Rowley understands the needs of her patients and is always willing to explain and answer any questions they may have. With over 20 years of experience providing plastic surgery in Lubbock, she is committed to helping you achieve the look and feel you deserve. Call today to schedule a no-obligation consultation and learn more.

REASONS LUBBOCK WOMEN GET BREAST REDUCTIONS

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We see options to “super-size” almost everything today. But sometimes bigger isn’t better. Women with larger breasts can tell you all about the discomforts larger breasts add to their lives. Breast reduction plastic surgery offers these women a way to alleviate pain, enjoy more activities in life, and have a greater sense of satisfaction with their physical appearance. If any of these problems sound too close to home, you might also benefit from a breast reduction.

Chronic Neck and Back Pain

Larger breasts pull on a woman’s shoulders and throw her entire body off balance. When our shoulders are always slumped, and we carry extra weight, our backs will feel a chronic soreness and fatigue. Over many years of this burden, that soreness can turn into lower back, shoulder, and neck pain.

Sleep and Breathing Problems

When you breathe, your lungs and diaphragm push outward as you draw air in. The extra weight of larger breasts can make breathing more difficult especially when sleeping. Deep breaths and well-rested sleep are key elements to a person’s overall health. Lubbock women who have breast reduction surgery feel a literal weight lifted from their chest and can experience better sleep.

Ability to Participate in Physical Activity

Hollywood can poke fun at a woman with a full bust running down the street. The reality of having larger breasts is that a woman has a difficult time with active exercise. We are told how beneficial exercise is to our health. When your breasts get in the way of moving effectively, you feel less inclined to make that exercise effort.

The End Result— Satisfaction with Your Body

Breast reduction candidates are the patients with the biggest smiles. Women who have endured the burden of larger breasts love the feeling of that heaviness being lifted from them after surgery. Dr. Jane Rowley is the leading Lubbock plastic surgeon who listens to her patients and helps them achieve their realistic cosmetic dreams. Find out more about breast reductions and other plastic surgery procedures in a no-obligation consultation today. You know you are in good hands at Rowley Plastic Surgery.

 

CAN BREAST IMPLANTS HELP ME GET A BETTER JOB?

 

We would like to believe that if we change something about our physical appearance, then everything in life would fall into place. But that just isn’t real life. Some women wonder if breast implants could help their career? Probably not in the lives of most women. We want people to notice our brain and ability. Your appearance could matter if you work in an industry that emphasizes your looks. Think about models and actors who have plastic surgery to boost their looks and their job opportunities. But most of us would have better job options with more education than bigger breasts. Breast augmentation can have an indirect effect on your career when you have more confidence in your physical appearance overall.

Implants in a Real World

The choice whether or not to get breast implants is a deeply personal one. Most of us don’t need to intensely worry about appearance or cup size for our jobs. So, the decision to have plastic surgery needs to be based on realistic expectations and considerations. As a career woman, you can consult with your board certified surgeon on the type of implant that best fits your lifestyle. You have many options that will give you an enhanced and natural look. You need to consider implant shape, size, and placement. Talking to your doctor and clearly communicating your expectations will help your doctor make the best surgical plan for you. Patients also need to consider the timing of their surgery so they can schedule adequate time to properly recover from the procedure.

What are the Real Benefits of Breast Implants?

How we feel about ourselves can have a profound impact on our overall satisfaction with life. A confident feeling about yourself including your looks can affect how you respond in the workplace and life. If you are a woman who feels uncomfortable about having small breasts or have breasts that are significantly asymmetrical, you can experience the personal boost that comes with breast implants. Even if no one directly can tell what is different in your appearance, when you feel inner confidence, it shines in you. Just imagine confidently walking into the clothing store and finding that perfect blouse that perfectly fits you for an upcoming job interview. Then that same confidence in your appearance means you handle yourself in the interview superbly. That inner confidence adds to your ability to show the world what you can do.

Dr. Jane Rowley wants all of her Lubbock patients to feel beautiful and confident with their bodies. It’s not a matter of bigger being better. It’s about being comfortable and confident in your body. She offers no-obligation consultations and will intently listen as you explain your hopes and expectations for plastic surgery. You know you are good hands at Rowley Plastic Surgery. Call today.

HOW CAN YOU GET THE TUMMY YOU WANT? LIPOSUCTION OR TUMMY TUCK

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Many of us struggle with the flabby abdomen that resists our efforts to firm up with diet and exercise. We cut out our favorite foods and try every stomach crunch exercise out there, and still we wrestle with a flabby belly. Your belly problems can be the result of genetics, age, or previous pregnancies that make it almost impossible for you to achieve the look you are working so hard to get. Lubbock board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Rowley, says liposuction or a tummy tuck can take care of saggy and flabby stomachs. But which surgery is right for you? Each surgery targets different problems and can be combined for dramatic results.

Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck plastic surgery is a skin removal procedure that does not emphasize fat removal. It is not a weight loss surgery. After extreme weight loss or pregnancy, skin can get stretched to the point of no return. Excess skin can hang and sag even if you do not have large amounts of fat. A tummy tuck will remove this extra skin and give your abdomen a flatter, smoother look. Abdominal muscles are also tightened at the same time.

Liposuction

This is where the fat removal happens. Small incisions target areas where your board certified plastic surgeon will use a surgical instrument to suction out fat. This procedure isn’t limited to just your belly area. Your doctor can sculpt and shape your body to give your appearance more definition around your belly, hips, back and other areas of your body. While this is also not seen as a weight loss surgery, it is an effective method for giving your body contour and shape where fat bulges in the way.

Talk to your surgeon about the possibility of having these two procedures in tandem. Dramatic results happen when patients remove stubborn fat at the same time as tightening loose skin. Dr. Rowley is the leading plastic surgeon in Lubbock, TX with the professional expertise and artistic hand to give you the confidence you want in your physical appearance. Learn more about the two procedures with a no-obligation consultation. You can trust you are in good hands at Rowley Plastic Surgery.

 

Why Do I Have to Quit Smoking for Plastic Surgery?

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Don’t worry. You’re human like the rest of us. It’s completely natural to picture the end result of plastic surgery more than the process. But without a healthy healing process, the end result may not be what you hoped for. That’s why quitting smoking, at least temporarily, is essential. The addictive ingredient in cigarettes–nicotine–can have detrimental effects on the body and can slow the healing process or even be life threatening post-surgery. Here’s what you need to know when considering a smoking-cessation plan for plastic surgery.

Nicotine Constricts the Blood Vessels

Certain surgery procedures can be even more affected by nicotine than others. For example, when getting a tummy tuck, surgeons must cut a portion of the blood supply from some tissue to move it from its original location to another for improving function, appearance, or sometimes both. Nicotine shrinks blood vessels, however, which limits the flow of blood to the area. This is counterproductive as it can cause destruction and death of the tissue as well as necrosis in some cases.

More Effects of Nicotine

The effects of nicotine don’t stop with blood flow restrictions. In addition to putting nicotine users at risk of oxygen shortage in the body, patients could also experience blood clots, and are at a much higher risk of developing an infection as well.

Smoking Cessation Timeline

Dr. Jane Rowley recommends her Lubbock plastic surgery patients stop all nicotine products (not just cigarettes) for six weeks before surgery and two to three weeks after to ensure they are getting the proper blood flow and oxygen needed to heal properly.

It may not be easy, but it’s worth it. If a nicotine-using patient is committed to stopping use for the required amount of time before and after surgery, then she will more likely see desirable results. Dr. Jane Rowley’s recommendations come from extensive medical training and board certification, as well as over two decades of medical practice, making her, the most experienced plastic surgeon in Lubbock. Call today for your no-obligation consultation to discuss your desired result and learn about the expert care you can expect from Rowley Plastic Surgery.

How Do I Know if I’m Doing Plastic Surgery for the Right Reasons?

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Close your eyes and ask yourself two questions. “Why do I want plastic surgery?” and “What am I expecting from it?”

These two factors have just as much to do with how happy you’ll be with the results as your surgeon does. Perhaps even more. 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 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 Lubbock-based 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. If you expect perfection, you will be disappointed–no one is perfect, so welcome to the club! We can all improve. So, focus on progress and improvement, not perfection. The latter doesn’t exist.

These are just a couple reasons why the initial consultation is so important. From ear-pinning to a mommy makeover, each procedure and each patient are different and have different needs to be discussed. 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. Schedule a consultation today with the most experienced surgeon in Lubbock.

Take the Plastic Surgery Pop Quiz

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Many people can describe the term ‘plastic surgery’ in their own words, but not everyone knows the terms of the various procedures that are available. Do you know the difference between submental liposuction and otoplasty? Test your plastic surgery knowledge here with this plastic surgery pop quiz.

1. What happens in a breast augmentation procedure?

A. Breast tissue is removed to make the breast smaller.

B. Breast skin is tightened and an implant may be inserted or tissue may be removed.

C. Implants are inserted into the breast to make it larger.

2.     What is the common name for blepharoplasty?

A. Face lift

B. Eyelid lift

C. Chin implant

3.     Which of the following is NOT a procedure that involves reducing ear prominence?

A.     Submental liposuction

B.     Ear pinning

C.    Otoplasty

4. Which of the following procedures does not require the removal of excess skin?

A. Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)

B. Brachioplasty (arm lift)

C. Liposuction (removal of fatty tissue)

Answers

1: C. Augmentation increases the size of the breast. Answer A refers to a breast reduction. Answer B refers to a breast lift. All these procedures are offered by Dr. Jane Rowley, and she is the only plastic surgeon in Lubbock offering “Ideal Implants,” a structured implant that combines the natural look and feel of silicon with the safety of saline.

2: B. This can be performed on the upper or lower eyelid, and both can be done at the same time. In this procedure, excess skin is removed from the eyelid. Liposuction may be done to eliminate any fatty deposits that may be in the way.

3: A. Ear pinning is the common name for otoplasty, a process that pins the ears back closer to the head. Submental liposuction is a procedure that reduces the fatty tissue under the chin and creates more definition in the chin and neck area.

4: C. Abdominoplasty is commonly known as a tummy tuck, and involves the removal of excess skin, and possibly liposuction of the hips. Brachioplasty is also known as an arm lift, and involves the removal and tightening of excess skin on the upper arms. Liposuction alone, however, is just the removal of fatty tissue.

How well did you do? Don’t worry if you don’t know all the answers; Dr. Jane Rowley does and specializes in each of these and more with unmatched expertise. If you are interested in one or more of these primary procedures, schedule a no-obligation consultation today.

Why Should I Look for a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon?

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Selecting the right surgeon is key to your plastic surgery success. Whether it’s reconstructive or cosmetic, ear-pinning or a breast reduction, you want to make sure it’s done right by qualified surgeon. How do you know you’re selecting the best plastic surgeon for the job? Here are the two most important questions you can ask.

Are they board certified?

Licensing and board certification are not the same thing. While all medical doctors must be licensed to practice in the United States, board certification is voluntary and proves a surgeon passed rigorous testing, peer evaluation, and continuing education specific to their specialty. Lubbock patients should expect a doctor to not only be licensed but also board certified. This becomes even more important in the ever-changing medical field.

How much experience do they have?

Licenses and certifications, however, only get a surgeon so far. How much practice do they have in the field? How much experience doing the type of procedure you need? Nothing tops experience and Dr. Jane Rowley, who has more than two decades under her belt will be the first to tell you that. She is second only to her father in experienced surgeons in the Lubbock area. In addition to twenty years of practice, she went above and beyond in her training by completing an optional, full general-surgery residency, including a full year of surgical research and six months of training in the UK. Better training and more experience mean better results for her patients.

So regardless of what you are considering–a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, breast reduction, a face-life, or any other procedure–you deserve an experienced, board-certified surgeon to give you the best chance of achieving the results you want. Don’t settle for less. Dr. Jane Rowley is a solid choice for Lubbock patients. Call for a no-obligation consultation today.

How do I Recover Faster from Plastic Surgery?

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It’s a law of the universe most of us could do without: surgeries typically require some sort of recovery. Most plastic surgery procedures are no exception, but you can increase the speed and quality of your recovery if you take care of yourself. Rowley Plastic Surgery, based in Lubbock, recommends you add the following three steps to your personalized recovery plan.

1. Take it Easy

For the first few days, give yourself permission to rest and relax. Your body needs time to heal, whether you’ve had breast implants, a tummy tuck, or other procedure done. Make arrangements before-hand to take days off work if needed, pay any bills, arrange child-care and meals, and schedule yourself for some good old-fashioned R and R. Talk to your surgeon about the amount of time that may be needed. Ask what is typical and recommended. If you plan to differ from this, talk about your reasons and concerns before the surgery.

2. Follow Your Doctor’s Orders

Don’t light up that cigarette or skip wearing your compression garments. Remember that whatever the inconvenience, it’s only temporary. It’s also in your best interest to take any medications such as painkillers or antibiotics if prescribed. Even if you want to tough it out, pain can raise your blood pressure or enhance bleeding.

3. Keep Calm and Heal On

Smiling may be easier if you’re recovering from breast implants rather than facelifts, but either way it’s helpful. Even smiling just on the inside counts. Research shows your frame of mind affects your rate of healing. Lubbock patients can expedite the recovery process by staying calm and positive.

Plastic surgery is a collaborative process with you and your plastic surgeon. If you look at it holistically to include planning, the procedure, and a healthy recovery time, you will be able to realistically look forward to your results. Selecting a surgeon you trust will also help set you up for success. Dr. Jane Rowley of Rowley Plastic Surgery offers unmatched experience for her Lubbock patients, whether you’re thinking of breast implants, a tummy tuck, or just a lift, she can help. Call today for your no-obligation consultation.