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.

 

5 Reasons Why Exercising Might Not be Working for You

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5 Reasons Why Exercising Might Not be Working for You

If you’ve hit the local Lubbock gym or the yoga mat repeatedly, done countless crunches, and spent who-knows-how-long planking, and it just simply doesn’t touch that pooch above your belt, you’re certainly not alone.

Here are some of the reasons that exercise might not be hitting the spot, and for some of these categories, a Mommy Makeover may be the answer to helping you achieve your goals.

 

  • You’re Getting Older— As much as we hate it, getting older changes all sorts of things, including our metabolism and hormones. Both of these changes cause exercise to impact our bodies differently than it used to.

  • Those Foods Aren’t as Healthy as You Think— Advertisers do a great job of convincing us that unhealthy foods are great for our bodies, just so that we’ll buy them. Even moderately healthy foods eaten in excess can add up, so if you find that you’re munching mindlessly, try putting away the snacks–even the “healthy” ones. Processed foods are also a big culprit for this category, so keep an eye on food labels for MSGs, hidden sugars, and other concerning ingredients. And watch your quantity along with quality.

  • Don’t Compare— Your partner may be losing weight more rapidly with the same diet and exercise plan. It could be genetics, but it could also be gender. Men and women store and burn fat differently, so don’t be surprised if you lose weight differently as well.

  • Right Idea, Wrong Exercise— While exercise, in general, is good for your health, if you’re looking for specific results in weight loss or body toning, you might not be doing the right exercises to achieve your goals. Cardio workouts, like a daily jog, should be paired with weight training. Getting a personal trainer to help tailor your exercises to your goals can help you be more effective in your workouts.
  • Medications Can Create and Uphill Battle— If you have an underlying medical condition or you are taking a medication that increases your body fat, exercise alone may not give you your desired results. There are many medical conditions that can result in weight gain or bloating. Having regular physicals and consulting a doctor in times of concern are vital for ensuring your body is prepared for and can sustain exercise.

 

If you think you have a healthy diet and the right exercise routine, but you’re still not seeing results, a Mommy Makeover may be an option for you to achieve your body image goals. A tummy tuck and liposuction may be the only way to change the stretched skin and pooch caused by a pregnancy that exercise will never touch. If you think you’re a candidate for a Mommy Makeover, call our Lubbock office today.

5 Surprising Facts About Liposuction

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5 Surprising Facts About Liposuction

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Liposuction procedures are among the most popular of plastic surgery procedures in America. Doctors, including Lubbock Dr. Jane Rowley, have performed these surgeries for years, and yet there are still some things about this surgery that aren’t well understood by most people.

 

  • You don’t lose a lot of weight.

Although fat cells are removed during the liposuction procedure, the objective of liposuction isn’t to help you lose weight, but rather to shape targeted areas of the body that haven’t responded to diet and exercise. You may notice some weight loss, but most of the impact of liposuction is seen in the mirror and not on the scale.

 

  • Liposuction is not for obese people.

Although we would all love a true quick fix for unwanted body weight, liposuction is not performed with the intent of being a substitute for a healthy diet and consistent exercise. Suddenly losing a significant amount of weight can be dangerous for your body and general health. So a natural, more gradual approach like diet and exercise will always be recommended. Liposuction is intended to target “problem areas” on your body for cosmetic correction and contouring. You don’t need to be overweight to consider liposuction. A good candidate for liposuction is someone who is prepared to maintain their liposuction results with diet and exercise and is within 30% of the target body weight. The best way to determine if liposuction is for you is to call our Lubbock office and ask.

 

  • Results aren’t always immediately visible.

While preparing for your procedure, it’s not uncommon to spend time looking at before and after pictures of others who have had liposuction. Not only is it important to remember that everyone’s results will be different, but also that time may have passed in between each of those pictures. You will need to wear bandages or compression garments for days or weeks following your procedure. Results may not settle in for weeks or even months after your surgery. Be patient with your body as it heals.

 

  • Fat can and does return after the procedure.

It is true that our bodies are born with a specific number of fat cells and that we do not produce more fat cells during our lives; however, even though liposuction removes fat cells, the fat cells that remain can grow large enough to fill in the space left by the removed cells. Without proper diet and exercise, fat can easily expand to areas of the body previously treated by liposuction if we allow the remaining cells to grow uncontrolled.

 

  • The removed fat can be transferred to other parts of your body.

This may sound weird, but it’s actually a big plus if you’re looking to augment another part of your body to use unwanted fat from one part of your body to fill in another part. The fat removed during liposuction can be used to shape and augment your breasts or butt, rejuvenate and lift the face, or even enhance muscles like abs, pecs, and shoulders.

Dr. Jane Rowley will carefully explain everything you need to know about liposuction. She is the leading board certified plastic surgeon in Lubbock with over twenty years of experience. You can trust you are in good hands at Rowley Plastic Surgery for all your cosmetic procedures. Call today.

Plastic Surgery Procedures You Didn’t Know Your Lubbock Insurance Would Cover

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Plastic Surgery Procedures You Didn’t Know Your Lubbock Insurance Would Cover

If you’ve wanted or needed plastic surgery but felt you couldn’t afford it, you’ll be pleased to learn that Lubbock health insurance covers part of all of these procedures under the right circumstances.

 

1. Nose

The rhinoplasty surgery, or a “nose job,” is often medically necessary to correct issues like a deviated septum; however, even during the correction of medical issues, people will often request tweaking of their appearance to improve symmetry and facial harmony. Although insurance will only cover costs associated with medically necessary procedures, by getting aesthetic adjustments during the same operation, there may be cost savings for the combined procedures.

 

2. Ears

Your ears grow throughout your lifetime, so big ears tend to just keep getting bigger. Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, can improve the proportion, position, and the shape of the ear. An injury or birth defect that causes a need for otoplasty are often covered by insurance for youth; however, adults may be left to their own dime if the issue doesn’t interfere with their hearing.  

 

3. Eyes

Sagging skin, wrinkles, and puffiness around the eyes all occur naturally as we age. Blepharoplasty, or an “eyelid lift,” can remedy this tired look and it’s covered by insurance in two situations. 1) The sagging skin weighs down the eyelid enough to obstruct the patient’s vision, and 2) the muscles stretch over time leaving a “sleep-eyed” look that also impairs vision.

 

4. Beauty marks

If a doctor says, “this a mole looks suspicious,” or in other words, a reflection of cancer or another issue, insurance will usually cover its removal, even if the mole turns out to be benign. “Suspicious” moles tend to be those that have changed in size, color, or shape, that are larger than a pencil eraser, and moles that have bled or itch.

 

5.Breasts

Breast surgery can either be cosmetic or reconstructive. Cosmetic surgeries are paid for by patients, but reconstructive procedures might be covered by insurance. Cosmetic surgeries include changing the appearance, being the size or shape, of your breasts simply to make them “look better.” While reconstructive surgeries include addressing functional disabilities and deformities. Lubbock women who suffer back pain from excessively large breasts may pursue a breast reduction and have it paid for through their insurance. Women who have experienced a mastectomy may also get breast augmentations with the support of insurance.

Dr. Jane Rowley and her caring staff will help you decide which plastic surgery procedure you can best benefit from and help you explore payment options. Schedule your no-obligation consultation today to learn more.

Back to School Plastic Surgery?

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Back to School Plastic Surgery?

Gathering school supplies and shopping for new clothes have always been ways to prepare for a new school year. But along with back-to-school trends in clothing, there’s a growing summertime trend for youth needing rhinoplasty, or a “nose job,” to get the surgery before summer vacation ends. And, rhinoplasty isn’t the only procedure happening during summertime months for youth in Lubbock. Plastic surgery of all kinds are on the rise for teens in Lubbock and across the country.

 

1. “Everyone Is Doing It”

Classic, right? Well, the statement rings true today as much as ever. Social media and reality television has made plastic surgery seem ubiquitous among teens. Teen magazines, like the September issue of Seventeen, show youth highlighting nose jobs and breast implants, and the social media attention on Kylie Jenner’s new lips are sure to cross a teen’s newsfeed. Five years ago, the playing field for teens to compete with each other in dress and appearance didn’t include plastic surgery, and now, even for youth in Lubbock, plastic surgery is as much of an option for preparing for the new school year as is a pair of new shoes.  

 

2. Are Teens “too young”?

This question invites quite a bit more subjectivity to the conversation. Parents help their youth determine if a surgery is right for them, but many doctors will also turn teens away if they’re looking to alter minor physical features that will also change as they age over the next few years. Doctors may also turn away youth who have unrealistic expectations or the lack of maturity to understand what they want and the process to achieve it. But many doctors are also very supportive of minor changes that can have a major impact on a teen’s confidence levels and self-worth.

 

3. Practical, Not Just Pretty

Many teens have a need for plastic surgery, like the correction of collapsed sinuses and a mangled nose after multiple soccer injuries. The privacy of the summer months allows youth to make these kinds of corrections in between school years and away from the scrutiny of judging teens. Because youth undergo so many developmental changes during this time of their lives, peers may not even realize the surgery occurred, while the teen may feel an increase of confidence and functionality.

 

For teens in Lubbock, plastic surgery is a serious consideration and should be treated with the respect and caution of any medical procedure. Youth interested in plastic surgery should talk with their parents and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Jane Rowley to assess their goals and expectations.

Growing in Popularity

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Growing in Popularity

In 2015, according to The American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS), facelifts didn’t make the shortlist of the top five most popular cosmetic surgical procedures, but it did make this list of top five in 2016. ASPS reports a total of 131,106 facelifts in 2016. So why the popularity of this plastic surgery? Lubbock women see the benefits of a facelift, and here are some of the reasons behind the interest in this surgery:

 

  • Cost— This reason is one of the easiest to understand. It’s cheaper than ever before to get a facelift, making this surgery an option for budgets that couldn’t accommodate it in year’s past.
  • Living Longer— If you search the internet for “facelift”, you’ll find news stories about old cars, buildings, or interstate highways that are getting a facelift. We use the term facelift to communicate that something needs a new, updated look. It doesn’t necessarily have to mean a dramatic change in appearance, but could just be a return to your previous youth. As we live longer on this earth, we’re finding our youthful look slipping farther and farther away from us. Many people see the benefit of this plastic surgery, Lubbock women and men included, to get a new or updated look that matches how great they feel as they age.
  • New Technology— Improvements in tools and techniques have improved recovery for facelift procedures, making it faster and easier. Mini-facelifts have also provided for a less invasive option that can lift wrinkles and sagging skin, but require even less recovery than a traditional facelift.

 

For those interesting in a facelift or other plastic surgery procedures, Lubbock doctor Jane Rowley can guide you through the entire process. Give her office a call today!

The Psychology Behind Breast Implants

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The Psychology Behind Breast Implants

Plastic surgery is never just about how you look; often it’s about how you feel about how you look. That’s why it is so important to have healthy expectations about plastic surgery and what it can do for both how you look and how you feel about your body. Are you interested in getting breast implants? Or is there another person or another reason causing you to think you need implants? The best way to determine how you’ll feel about your surgery results is to identify your motivation for wanting the surgery.

Assess your motivation using the descriptions below and give our Lubbock office a call to schedule your no-obligation appointment for Dr. Jane Rowley’s assessment and advice.

 

Body Image

Women who experience asymmetry or under-development in their breasts seek breast implants to look, what they feel, is “normal.” Breast implants are meant to satisfy their own eye and not others’. These women enter our Lubbock office with a healthy sense of what plastic surgery can do for them, and they leave feeling satisfied with results, finding confidence in their own bodies. If you feel your motivation comes from wanting to make changes to your physical appearance for your own satisfaction, you may have a healthy set of expectations.

 

Self-Esteem

A woman who wants breast implants for her boyfriend, to save her marriage, or to impress or compete with a friend often at some point finds herself disappointed in the surgery. Using breast implants to help another person feel better about your body creates a false expectation of success. When breast implants don’t fill the gap between your ideal self and your real self, you will ultimately resent the implants. If this could be you, plastic surgery may not be right for you today. It could be good to counsel with a friend and find other ways to find peace in your situation, and then return to the thought of plastic surgery when you feel that your can make the decision for yourself with healthy expectations.

Dr. Jane Rowley is the leading breast augmentation surgeon in Lubbock. She spends the amount of time needed with each patient to ensure they have the results they are looking for. Schedule your no-obligation consultation today

What are the Most Popular Plastic Surgeries in America?

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What are the Most Popular Plastic Surgeries in America?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), breast augmentation surgery was the most popular plastic surgery performed nationwide last year. And that’s no surprise since it was also the most popular the year before.

 

The top five most popular surgeries throughout the year of 2016 were:

  1. Breast augmentation: 290,467 procedures
  2. Liposuction: 235,237 procedures
  3. Nose reshaping: 223,018 procedures
  4. Eyelid surgeries 209,020 procedures
  5. Facelifts:131,106 procedures

Compared with 2015, the top four were the same; the fifth place spot in 2015, however, went to the tummy tuck, according to the ASPS. Lubbock plastic surgeon Dr. Jane Rowley offers all of these procedures. She performs each with exceptional skill and is the leading plastic surgeon in the Lubbock area.

 

Breast augmentations are just as popular among women in Lubbock as they are across the nation. Breast augmentations are intended to enlarge or change the shape of the breasts. Many patients are pleasantly surprised to find how quickly they recover from this procedure. Within days you are showering and returning to normal activities with your new look, with more confidence than ever. The materials used in breast augmentations are FDA-approved and incredibly safe.

If you are looking to increase your breast size, to either restore lost breast volume due to weight reduction or pregnancy or just looking to fill in your clothing more proportionately, visit Dr. Jane Rowley. She and her office staff provide excellent care and perform the best work. Make sure your body is in safe hands as you choose one of these popular procedures by giving Dr. Rowley’s office a call today for a no-obligation consultation!

What Are The Top 5 Tips for Recovering After Tummy Tuck?

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What Are The Top 5 Tips for Recovering After Tummy Tuck?

We put attention and preparation toward the weeks and days leading up to our plastic surgery procedure, but it’s just as important to think about and prepare for our recovery following the procedure. If you’re prepping for a tummy tuck, here’s a bit of advice from Dr. Rowley’s Lubbock office on how to have a successful recovery.

 

  • Follow your plastic surgeon’s advice.

We’ll say this one first because it’s the most important. The instructions you receive from your board certified surgeon about caring for your post-surgery body may feel generic, but it is critical that you follow them carefully. You may even receive specific advice in addition to the general instruction that will help you care for your body’s unique needs. Listen to your doctor.

 

  • Don’t do it alone.

If possible, arrange for a helping hand for a day or two following your tummy tuck. Our Lubbock staff provide top quality care before and during your surgery to ensure the procedure is successful, and support at home can help your after-surgery recovery succeed as well. Simple tasks like getting out of bed, showering, changing clothes, and managing your home and health will be much less stressful if you have help. Relying on someone else for help can allow you to remain comfortable and avoid straining yourself. Lots of rest and low-body strain is necessary during your recovery. Plan on taking off work for at least two weeks following the surgery.

 

  • Fuel your body with nutritious foods, and quit smoking.

A successful recovery relies on quality nutrition both before and after the surgery. Dark leafy greens, pineapple, and other foods rich in vitamin C can aid in recovery. Foods that might cause gas, such as cabbage and beans, should be avoided. Drinking lots of water is also important. And it is essential that patients quit smoking at least 4-6 weeks before their surgery and avoid smoking during recovery. If you have concerns about the need to quit smoking, you can call our Lubbock office to discuss this requirement.

 

  • Keep walking, but maybe you shouldn’t run.

It’s important to keep moving to avoid blood clots after surgery. Walking will also keep your body from becoming stiff and can help speed up the recovery of your swelling. But it’s important to find the right amount of movement that helps and doesn’t hurt your recovery. Heavy lifting or other strenuous activities can be very harmful to a recovering tummy tuck patient.

 

While these ideas are a good starting point for recovery advice, Dr. Jane Rowley and her caring staff in Lubbock have more than just this handful of tips to ensure your safe recovery. Choosing a qualified, skilled doctor like Dr. Jane Rowley and following that doctor’s instructions is the best thing you can do for your body. Give Dr. Rowley’s office a call today!

Transform Your Body and Your Summer Confidence with a Mommy Makeover

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Transform Your Body and Your Summer Confidence with a Mommy Makeover

Remember how exciting those Oprah makeover shows used to be? Women would start out looking tired and careworn, and then, voila! With a haircut and highlight, some new clothes, and professionally applied makeup; they looked like an entirely different person! Watching appearances transform is always fun, but what was even better was seeing the confidence that person gained from a new look. If you’re feeling careworn and burnt out, and a new haircut and coat of makeup won’t fix those feelings, then a mommy makeover might be just what you need to get back that confidence you used to have. A mommy makeover is a combining of plastic surgery procedures catered to help you get the physical appearance you want. Since every person’s body is unique, you should discuss all the different procedures you are considering with your board-certified plastic surgeon. Here are some things to ask about:


Breast Procedures

Though you might automatically assume that you’ll want breast implants, a lot of times a breast lift will give you the look you desire. Talk to your surgeon about the differences between breast implants and a breast lift. You may even want a breast reduction to get back to pre-pregnancy size. It’s a good idea make sure you are finished nursing all of your children before you have any type of breast surgery.


Tummy Procedures

The most common type of surgery for getting rid of that “baby bulge” is a tummy tuck, where excess skin is excised and then pulled tighter. Your surgeon will also tighten abdominal muscles that are stretched with pregnancy.


Love handle/Lower Body Procedures

Maybe your extra fat is located around your love handle/hips/buttocks area. Often women will get liposuction in tandem with a breast lift and tummy tuck to eliminate those fat pockets around the lower body area. Talk to your plastic surgeon about what kind of liposuction might be right for you.

Before your mommy makeover, you should understand what to expect when having multiple procedures at the same time. At Rowley Plastic Surgery in Lubbock, we know how important of having confidence in your physical appearance. Dr. Jane Rowley will thoroughly discuss your surgical options and make a personal plan for cosmetic goals. Schedule a no-obligation consultation.