Diastasis recti is when the large parallel muscle bands (rectus abdominis muscles) that normally meet in the middle of your abdomen get stretched out and separate. This can cause a bulge down the middle of your abdomen, most noticeable when tensing the muscles such as sitting up from a lying position. It does not pose any medical risk but can create an unsightly bulge despite diet and exercise. It may also be associated with muscle imbalance and low back pain since the abdominal muscles are not positioned optimally. Diastasis is most commonly associated with pregnancy, as the uterus grows and … [Read more...] about What is Diastasis Recti and What Causes it?
Both liposuction and tummy tuck can make your mid-section appear flatter, slimmer, and tighter. The key to determining which is the best option for you is the amount of loose skin as well as the type of results you are wanting. Liposuction is used to remove fat in localized areas that are resistant to diet and exercise. The best results are seen in those with good skin elasticity; i.e., young people who have not had significant weight changes or pregnancies. For those who have less elastic skin (ie, older, fluctuations in weight, multiple pregnancies), liposuction is still an option provided … [Read more...] about Difference in Results Between Tummy Tuck Versus Liposuction Alone
What to Expect During the Healing Process of Nipple Grafts – Female to Male Chest Wall Reconstruction
Female-to-male (FTM) chest wall reconstruction, or “top surgery,” is a gender-affirming procedure which involves removal of breast tissue and excess skin as well as repositioning and reshaping of the nipple-areolar complex (NAC). A variety of surgical techniques for transgender FTM chest surgery has been described. One well-described approach is the double incision mastectomy with free nipple grafts. The nipple-areolar complex is harvested as a full thickness skin graft. It can then be resized and repositioned to conform to a more masculine aesthetic. As there is little documentation regarding … [Read more...] about What to Expect During the Healing Process of Nipple Grafts – Female to Male Chest Wall Reconstruction
Tummy Tuck Options Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, is one of the most powerful body contouring procedures in cosmetic surgery. It is a great option if you have excess, sagging skin and loose muscle tissue in the abdominal area. A standard tummy tuck will address the entire abdominal area both above and below the belly button. A low incision just above the pubic mound is made from hip to hip, and another incision is usually made around the belly button. In a few candidates with a high belly button, a “float” procedure can be performed so there is no incision around the belly … [Read more...] about What is the Difference Between a Standard Tummy Tuck and a Mini-Tummy Tuck?
The short answer is no. If you are happy with your breast implants, you do not need to replace them. The detailed answer is that the average time to removal or exchange of breast implants placed for cosmetic breast augmentation is 10 years. This is a statistical number, so some women have implants for longer than 10 years without issues while others undergo reoperation sooner. https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/breast-implants/update-safety-silicone-gel-filled-breast-implants-2011-executive-summary. However, this “average time” does not give an accurate picture, and here’s … [Read more...] about Will I need to change my breast implants in 10 years?