Despite there being many non-surgical things we can do as humans to improve our appearances, there are limits. No matter how much we exercise, diet, and use specialized creams and serums on our skin, often, nature is still able to do what it wants. Unfortunately, that often means sagging breasts, excess abdominal fat, and love handles for women and belly fat, excess chest fat, and other problems for men.
Of course, plastic surgery is the only remedy that can fix these problems.
Below, we’ve created a list of the top 4 plastic surgery procedures to mend and improve your body’s “problem areas.” If you’ve been considering plastic surgery for yourself, check out these procedures to see if they may be just what you’ve been looking for.
- Tummy Tuck
Tummy tucks are not meant to help with weight loss, and they won’t get rid of fat (you need liposuction for that). For this reason, before you consider a tummy tuck, always make sure that you are at your ideal weight.
What a tummy tuck will do is get rid of excess skin and help tighten the abdomen for a smoother, more becoming look. It’s ideal for mothers who have stretched skin and stretch marks from pregnancy, and it’s also perfect for those who have lost large amounts of weight and want to have the smooth, tight abdomen they’ve worked hard for.
The benefits of a tummy tuck are manifold. First, you’ll feel more confident in your appearance. If excess skin has been bothering you, this is the best way to get rid of it. Next, you’re going to find that a lot of your clothes fit much better. Lastly, everyday things like walking, bending, and exercising are going to be much easier without all that excess skin around your waist.
Liposuction can be performed in conjunction with tummy tucks if the patient is interested. The goal of liposuction is to remove excess fat that won’t come off, even with regular and vigorous diet and exercise. This fat can be removed from the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, upper arms, or elsewhere.
The liposuction procedure is fairly straightforward. First, the patient is put under general anesthesia. Next, several small incisions are made near the area where fat is to be removed. Through these incisions, your surgeon will then insert a small metal tube attached to a vacuum extractor.
This tube (called a canula) will be jostled beneath the skin to dislocate the fat. A solution may be flooded into the internal area as well to prevent blood loss. Finally, the fat will be sucked out through the tube and all incisions will be safely secured.
- Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation is likely the most popular plastic surgery procedure offered at our office. Breast augmentation adds volume to the breasts with the insertion of silicone or saline inserts.
Many women find that their breasts are not the size they would like them to be. This may have been true since their youth. Or, some women find that as they age, they become unhappy with their cup size and want to change things up. Often, in fact, the problem is that they think their breasts are too big, and in this case, they need a breast reduction. On the other hand, many women opt for breast augmentation because their breasts are too small.
The breast augmentation procedure is simple and straightforward, but it does require the patient to be put under general anesthesia. During the procedure, your surgeon will use local anesthetic to numb the area. This provides more comfort when you wake up later. To add the silicone or saline inserts to the breasts, your surgeon will make insertions around the edge of the areolas and insert them there. Long before the procedure, at your consultation appointment, you will have decided upon the exact implants for your ideal breasts.
- Breast Lift
Unlike breast augmentation, which adds volume with a saline or silicone insert, a breast lift uses your own tissue and the keen skill of a surgeon to lift the breasts and readjust their position. The results are perkier, more youthful looking breasts.
Many women who are done having kids and/or breastfeeding find that a breast lift is just what they need to feel like themselves again. That’s because both pregnancy and breastfeeding can make the breasts droop and sag, resulting in a loss of bounciness and vivacity. Still, these women may have enough volume of their own and not want implants.
Again, a breast lift is the perfect remedy because it simply lifts, separates, and tightens. Excess skin is removed, and the breasts are reshaped for an ideal appearance.
How to Prep for a Plastic Surgery Consultation Appointment
Plastic surgery requires extensive planning, so it’s important to book your consultation appointment far in advance of when you’d like to have the procedure performed. At this appointment, plan to speak with your surgeon about what you’re looking for in terms of outcomes. From there, your surgeon will present you with some options, and you can discuss the pros and cons of each procedure/step.
If you have a particular look in mind, bring some photographs with you — printed or on your phone or tablet. These photos may be of you at a previous stage in your life or they may be of celebrities whom you admire. You should also bring with you any specific questions or concerns you may have. Finally, it’s recommended that you wear a comfortable button down shirt so that your surgeon has no trouble conducting his examination.
Schedule Your Consultation Appointment Today
Dr. David A. Sieber is one of the most well-respected and sought-after plastic surgeons in the San Francisco area. He treats both men and women of all ages and can certainly help you achieve the body you’ve always dreamed of through plastic surgery.
Your first step is to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Sieber. At this appointment, you’ll discuss your goals, options, and next steps. To make your appointment, contact us today!