Mommy makeovers in Orange County are a common procedure that involves a combination of liposuction, a tummy tuck, and a breast augmentation. They are an amazing way of quickly transforming your body and getting back to the old you.
Because they involve so many different moving parts, mommy makeovers are often misunderstood. Here, we’ll debunk some common myths surrounding the procedure.
A lot of people falsely believe that liposuction is a weight loss surgery. This is false.
Liposuctions are used to sculpt and contour specific, targeted areas of the body. They allow you to remove that stubborn fat that is hard to burn with exercise.
Liposuction is used to suck out fat that is found deep beneath your skin. Cellulite, by contrast, is found just under the skin. When you get a liposuction, you won’t be getting rid of the cellulite.
Liposuction is a safe and quick medical procedure. But it is still a surgery, and you should expect some pain and discomfort in the weeks following the operation. If you show up and expect no pain, you may be in for a shock.
When you get a liposuction, the surgeon removes fat cells in a targeted body region. After the surgery, some patients will gain back some fat. However, since there are fewer fat cells in the area where the liposuction was performed, this new fat will be stored in other parts of the body.
This gives some people the impression that the fat simply “moved” to other parts of the body. This simply isn’t true. No fat moved around. They just gained more fat. That’s why it’s always important to exercise and follow a healthy diet after the procedure.
We’ve already talked about how liposuction is not a good surgery for weight loss. In fact, the best liposuction candidates are those who have already lost a lot of weight, and are trying to get rid of fat that is hard to get rid of with exercise.
The most important qualification for getting a liposuction is being healthy. If you’re 75 years old but in excellent shape, a liposuction is still a reasonable option. And if you’re 25 and in poor health, you’re not a good candidate for liposuction.
That said, older patients are at a higher risk of complications from invasive procedures. That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t get liposuction. It just means that they should be aware of possible side effects.
Tummy tucks, just like liposuction, are not meant for weight loss. They are meant to sculpt and tighten specific areas, helping you remove excess skin and fat. This procedure is common with new mothers, as pregnancy can stretch the skin of the abdomen area.
It’s the exact opposite. Tummy tucks are for people that exercise. When you lose weight by exercise and diet, there will still be fat and excess skin in some body areas. A tummy tuck can help you target these areas.
Scarring varies a lot between people. But for most patients, tummy tuck scars don’t have to be a problem. Just make sure you choose a skilled surgeon.
Great plastic surgeons in Orange County know how to minimize scars so that you get the look that you want.
If you plan on getting pregnant soon, it’s probably not worth getting a tummy tuck. That’s because the pregnancy will stretch your skin, which will mostly reverse the tummy tuck.
But there’s absolutely no danger to getting pregnant after a tummy tuck.
Old breast implants used to be stiff, with an artificial feel to them. But those days are long gone.
Modern implants have the feel of real breast tissue. You won’t be able to feel the difference, nor will anyone else.
This is one of the most common myths out there. And it’s simply not true. A breast augmentation, when performed by a skilled plastic surgeon, looks natural. Your friends and family will probably notice, but only because they knew you before the procedure.
This is another common myth, and it too is false. Modern implants are designed to be long lasting. There are some rare cases where an implant may leak, requiring a replacement.
With silicone implants, bursts or leaks are extremely rare. And with saline implants, only about 10% of implants deflate- and this is usually due to slow leaking, not bursting.
This is a very frustrating myth, as it scares a lot of women away from the procedure. Breast implants have no negative effect on mammograms. In fact, they may actually make them easier to read!
Very large implants can cause issues with breastfeeding. However, most augmentations can be done without impacting your ability to breastfeed.
If you plan on breastfeeding, just make sure your surgeon knows. That way, they can design the surgery specifically to avoid any effect on your ability to breastfeed.
Numbness is common during the recovery period after a breast augmentation. That’s because the implants press on the nerves in your chest, causing loss of sensation.
This side effect, however, is almost always temporary. Permanent numbness is almost always the result of an irresponsible surgeon who uses an implant that is too big.
Cup size is a common, if inaccurate, way of measuring breast size. A skilled surgeon will never rely on cup size to choose your implant, instead focusing on the desired shape and size of your breasts.
Fortunately, breast augmentation rarely leaves major scars, so long as you follow your doctor’s instructions as you recover.
Breasts begin to sag with age. This process is natural, and getting breast implants won’t speed it up.
Unfortunately, there have been some scandals involving plastic surgeons in Orange County. But these surgeons are rare.
Most surgeons are hard working, honest professionals who respect your privacy and want to do everything possible to make you comfortable.
This is one of the most frustrating misconceptions out there. Taking control of your self image doesn’t mean that you are insecure. It’s a powerful way of owning your body, not just a way of pleasing others.
When you’re looking for a surgeon to perform a mommy makeover, you need to be careful, as it’s a complicated procedure. You shouldn’t trust an unskilled surgeon with one surgery. Why would you trust them with three?
Dr. Klicker is a board-certified Orange County plastic surgeon. Before any procedure, he conducts an extensive consultation. This allows him to get to know you and understand what you hope to achieve from the procedure. And that’s why he always gets great patient results after every procedure.