Why Must I Stop Smoking Before Plastic Surgery?

The day of your plastic surgery consultation is finally here and you can barely contain your excitement as you head to your surgeon’s office.  You get there, discuss the procedure you want to have, and are amped over the results that are possible.  Naturally, you want to schedule your surgery as soon as possible as you’ve wanted to make certain aesthetic improvements for quite some time.  Then, a wrench gets thrown into your plans.  You’re told you have to stop smoking before plastic surgery or else the surgeon will not perform your desired procedure.  Obviously, this delay is not something you expected, but it is absolutely necessary.

How Long Must You Quit?

The time that you must quit smoking before plastic surgery will vary according to each surgeon’s recommendations.  However, the majority of cosmetic surgeons will tell you that you must not only give up cigarettes for 4 to 6 weeks prior to surgery, but also after.  The absolute minimum is 2 weeks, but most plastic surgeons will suggest a longer time frame to ensure their patients are not at risk of unnecessary complications.

No Quitting, No Surgery

If you do not stop smoking for the time that your plastic surgeon has advised, don’t be surprised if he or she will not perform your procedure.  Over the course of the past 10 years, most plastic surgeons have come to the consensus that when skin has to be moved during a procedure such as a breast lift or face lift, they will not operate on smokers.  The reason; failure to quit smoking before surgery can lead to disastrous results and in areas where surgery is performed, the skin may become discolored, turn red, or darken.

In an interview with the New York Times on the topic of patients and pre-surgery smoking, Dr. Darshan Shah said, “Nicotine causes the tiny blood vessels in the skin to clamp down or constrict, which reduces blood supply to the skin.”  Aside from discoloration, smokers seeking surgery could fail to heal properly after procedures, have an increased risk of infection, take longer to recover, and may develop unattractive red scars.

Tips to Quit Smoking before Plastic Surgery

Within two weeks’ time, the toxins and nicotine that have accumulated in your body from smoking will be cleansed from your system.  Even though your body has rebounded, your desire to smoke may still be present and so it is advised that you have strategies in place to help you.  One thing you can do is keep your mind on your goal to have plastic surgery.  Envision how great you’re going to look and feel afterward and hold that vision any time you feel tempted to have a cigarette.

Another recommendation is to keep your mouth busy.  Gum, hard candy, and lozenges are tasty and can drastically reduce your chances of turning to smoking.  Finally, rally your close family and friends to get support.  Tell them about your desire to have plastic surgery and ask them to encourage you to remain smoke-free.  When you’re feeling the urge to smoke, you can call on your friends and family to distract and motivate you.  Having their support and encouragement can truly make a world of difference.

Further Reinventing Your Body with Plastic Surgery after Weight Loss

ABC News released an article which revealed that 108 million people are on a diet each year in the United States and that 220,000 people sought bariatric surgery in 2009 in an attempt to get rid of excess weight.  With these numbers being so high, it is quite apparent that weight loss is a major issue in our country and many people struggle with the numbers they see on the scale.  In some cases, people will habitually diet and try a variety of exercise programs only to lose the weight and gain it back, or give up and start all over again.  Yet, there are a plethora of cases where people actually make the commitment, stick to it, and reach their target weight.  In these cases, much is to be celebrated as individuals have set off on the road to better health and well-being.

Excess Skin, an Underlying Issue

If you’ve recently lost a lot of weight and reached your weight loss goal, we congratulate you and your achievement.  However, if you’re like many others who have lost a great deal of weight, even though you’ve shed the pounds, you may be confronting another battle; excess skin. 
It is very common for people who lose a significant amount of weight to be left with sagging skin and fat.  The reason for this is that your skin’s elasticity has been stretched due to the weight you were once carrying on your body.  Even though your body is smaller now, your skin cannot “bounce back” as its elasticity is diminished and will remain stretched.  You may notice that skin around your arms is loose, the skin surrounding your mid-section may droop around your sides and lower back, your thighs and the area around your lower buttocks may dip, and if you’re a woman your breasts may hang lower than you’d like.  At a time when you should be feeling on top of the world and ecstatic about how you look, your excess skin may make you feel less than confident about your new body.

Continuing Your Journey toward a Better Appearance

Thankfully, your journey toward looking and feeling better can continue if you choose to further reinvent your body by undergoing plastic surgery after weight loss procedures such as a tummy tuck, arm lift, thigh lift, breast lift, or even body lift.  These surgical procedures are excellent options after weight loss as they not only remove excess skin and fat, but also improve the overall shape and tone of the tissue that supports your skin.  After these surgeries are performed, you will have smoother, tighter skin, improved body shape, and a boost in confidence.

Your journey doesn’t have to stop after your surgery, either.  Once you’ve recovered and are given permission from your plastic surgeon, you can implement an exercise program to make further gains to your appearance.  A balanced exercise regime that includes cardio and strength straining will tighten connective tissue under your skin and improve your muscle tone, allowing you to take your physique to the next level.  With a combination of plastic surgery and regular exercise, you’ll not only look better, you’ll feel better, too.

Ready for Your Mommy Makeover?

Being a mom is hard. When you were pregnant with your first child, you probably knew that you were signing up for a lot of sleepless nights, tantrums, and all of the sweat, blood, and tears that go along with raising a child.  Yet, like so many, you were willing to deal with all that in order to experience the indescribable joy of being a mom.

Unfortunately, you may not have realized that being a mom may mean saying goodbye to your pre-mom body. Again, the sacrifice to your breasts and abdomen is worth it to have a child, but that doesn’t mean that you have to be satisfied with your post baby body once you’re done having kids.

Over the last decade, many women have chosen to get their pre-mom body back by having what’s known as a "mommy makeover." In most cases, a mommy makeover includes 2 to 3 plastic surgeries done at the same time to give you back the supple breasts and tight stomach that you had before having children.

The fact is, bearing children wreaks havoc on your breasts and stomach. Breastfeeding can actually cause your breasts to lose some of their tissue after the initial swell you get from lactating. As a result, breasts are left saggy and smaller than they were before you had children. Likewise, your stomach is also often left a bit droopy after having a baby. Even if you lose all of your baby weight plus some, you might still be left with loose skin, stretch marks, and perhaps a C-section scar. Fat deposits can also be left on your hips, stomach, and thighs after having kids, and these deposits are usually extremely hard to erase with diet and exercise alone.

If you feel overwhelmed, relax, as these are all problems that can be fixed with plastic surgery.

Mommy makeover surgery can include liposuction, a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, and/or a breast lift. Your plastic surgeon can work with you to help determine which cosmetic surgery procedures might be best for your specific body. Through a combination of surgeries performed during the same appointment, usually within a matter of 3 to 4 hours, you can undo all of the cosmetic damage done to your body by having kids.

In other words, with mommy makeover surgery, you really can have it all — beautiful babies and a beautiful body.

Discover Your Mommy Makeover Surgery Options

If you’re considering a mommy makeover, contact Beautologie today to learn more about your options. Please note, you’ll most likely want to wait until you are done having kids before considering any mommy makeover procedures. The one surgery you absolutely should not have if you intend to have more children is a tummy tuck. If you’re all done having kids, wait at least six months after you are done breastfeeding before scheduling your mommy makeover.

Once you’re ready, your plastic surgeon can help you determine the best ways to bring your pre-baby body back to life. Our board certified surgeons have years of experience helping moms of every type look and feel their best. To learn more, schedule your consultation by calling 844-232-8865.

Explore Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation Options

If you’ve started to notice the wrinkles on your face getting a bit deeper or your cheeks looking a little less full, it may be time to explore cosmetic options for rejuvenating your facial appearance. Many people shy away from the idea of cosmetic procedures because they worry that the results will be too severe or unnatural.  However, today, there are numerous non-surgical options for improving the appearance of your face subtly and effectively.

While about 120,000 facelifts were performed in 2012, more than 6 million Botox® injections were administered according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Botox® and other non-surgical options are a great way to enhance your appearance in a non-permanent, customizable way. Of course, there are certain things that non-surgical treatments can’t achieve, but if you want to start slow or only want to make minor adjustments to your appearance, there are a lot of ways you can enhance the beauty of your face affordably and without major surgery.

Non-Surgical Facial Treatments are Affordable and Quick

Here are the top reasons why more people are considering non-surgical facial enhancements than ever before:

  1. Affordability. Botox® injections, dermal fillers, and chemical peels are all much less expensive than their surgical counterparts. You can achieve excellent results for a fraction of the cost with these non-surgical treatments.
  2. Speed. Many facial rejuvenation procedures can be performed in 30 minutes to an hour. In some cases, you may be able to schedule a procedure during your lunch break and be ready to return to the office shortly thereafter.
  3. Minimal downtime. Some non-surgical procedures like chemical peels require downtime, but for many of these procedures, you can see the results and feel more beautiful in a few days or even a few hours.

Facial Rejuvenation is a Great Option for Both Men and Women

Below are just a few types of procedures that both men and women are using to look younger and more attractive without surgery:

  • Botox®: Perhaps the most well-known way to rejuvenate your skin without surgery is Botox®. In a short treatment session, you can receive Botox® injections that will help diminish wrinkles and make you look younger for up to a year.
  • Dermal fillers: Dermal fillers help your face regain the structure and beauty it once had. There are many types of dermal fillers, including fat injections, fat transfers, and synthetic filler materials. These injections can give you the appearance of fuller cheeks, a more chiseled jaw line, or an overall more youthful appearance.
  • Chemical peels: A chemical peel can drastically reduce the signs of aging by diminishing wrinkles, particularly around the mouth. Chemical peels usually require four to five days of downtime, after which your skin will look significantly younger.
  • Venus Freeze® and Endermologie: These are both ways of using technology to stimulate dormant cells deep within your skin. This stimulation brings about natural improvement in the form of diminished wrinkles, firmer skin, and a more youthful glow. Both procedures are natural and can have amazing results.

To learn more about your options for non-surgical facial rejuvenation, contact Beautologie today. Schedule a free consultation to speak with one of our cosmetic surgeons about the best ways to enhance your natural beauty. You’ll be glad that you did!

Weight Loss for Women

Everyone knows that sometimes it’s harder for women to lose weight than their male counterparts. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard in my office “my husband can lose 10 pounds by just not eating for a few days! It takes me forever!” Well, there is a reason for this. Women are genetically programmed differently than men for childbearing, breast-feeding, and handling more stress. For these reasons, women have a completely different body type: less but more lean muscle, less visceral (fat inside your abdomen) than peripheral fat, and a slower metabolism that is more subject to hormonal changes. However, this is not all bad! Here are some tips to take advantage of these differences to shed pounds quickly, and keep them off.

Tip #1: Smaller portions make a big difference over the long haul. Imagine cutting your calorie intake in half, but not missing them at all using some simple mental tricks! Drink a full glass of water before starting your meal, replace all the plates in your house with smaller ones (put the large plates away in the garage!), only cook one portion per person of the meal you are making, and when going out to dinner always share one order (saves money too!). All these seemingly small adjustments will add up over the course of a month, three months, and year. For women, it’s the long-term calorie deficit that makes a difference in permanent weight loss. “Quick fix” diets almost never work.

Tip #2: Can’t get to gym? Make your whole day a workout! Use every opportunity you can to move around. Do walking meetings, bike to work, take the kids to the park, or put the treadmill in front of the TV. Short bursts of activity make a huge difference in calorie expenditure for women. Committing yourself to the gym is a noble goal, but very disappointing if you consistently don’t make it there. Don’t make the gym your only physical activity for the day; rather use it as a bonus when you can fit it in.

Tip #3: Use technology to your advantage. Wearable sensors are now extremely affordable and very accurate. My favorites are the Bodymedia FIT armband and the UP wristband by Jawbone. Both are fun to use and very accurate. Its all about calories in and calories out, so use these tools to give you the data you need to get motivated daily! Use the social tools to make it a fun game between your friends and family. The more people on your “team”, the more motivating it is to shed pounds.

Remember, almost every study done on women and weight loss shows us that long-term weight loss, done slowly over time is long lasting. Don’t get caught up in fad diets. Use these small, incremental changes to achieve a permanent solution.