More men and women have been choosing to have arm lift surgery, with a dramatic increase in this procedure as a part of body contouring after weight loss.
According to a recent report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, procedures to tighten and tone the upper arm have risen by 4,378% since 2000. This represents a dramatic increase, with only 300 men and women having the procedure in 200, and more than 15,000 last year.
Arm Lift Common After Significant Weight Loss
For those patients who have been working hard to lose weight, excess skin and fat deposits in the arm may serve as a constant reminder of what they have been working so hard to change. For many men and women, their body accumulates extra tissue in the upper arm, giving them the appearance of flabby arms, even when the rest of their body is slimming down.
This was the experience of Natalie Robinson, who was interviewed in the video report. After 36 months of weight loss training, she had lost more than 170 pounds, but still felt that her arms did not represent the major changes she was experiencing elsewhere. For that reason, she decided to have a surgical arm lift, along with thousands of other American men and women and many more internationally.
For those who have lost significant amounts of weight, the arm lift is just one of many procedures that may help to provide a more natural contour to the body as it responds to the weight loss. Other procedures that are popular for this purpose include the tummy tuck, thigh lift and buttock lift. Each body will respond to weight loss in its own way, so those wanting to improve their overall appearance after weight loss should schedule a personal consultation to determine what body contouring procedure is best for their body.
With Mother’s Day approaching rapidly, many moms will be getting a new type of present this year: the gift of cosmetic surgery.
As cosmetic procedures become more mainstream, and discussion of these treatments becomes more common, satisfied customers are more likely than ever before to give these procedures as gifts to their loved ones and friends. This annual holiday celebrating mothers is a perfect opportunity for this kind of gift giving.
Mothers Frequently Choose Injectables, Breast Procedures
With the increasing popularity of these unique gifts, some cosmetic surgeon’s offices have begun encouraging this trend, offering cosmetic surgery specials for Mother’s Day gifts and mothers who schedule procedures around Mother’s Day.
Some of the most popular cosmetic procedures that are given to mothers are non-surgical procedures, such as injectables and various skin treatments. Affordable, fast, and requiring almost no recovery time, injectable treatments like Botox and dermal fillers may be ideal treatments for the busy lifestyles of mothers. These procedures give dramatic results without the larger commitment of surgery. They can also be an excellent option for those who have not used cosmetic procedures before, but have always wanted to get a taste of its possibilities.
Many gift givers will purchase a gift certificate in a certain amount, and then let the recipient pick their chosen procedure. For those who know exactly what the mother in their life is looking for, the financial details may be taken care of beforehand, improving the surprise of the gift experience.
For mothers who are more familiar with the options available through plastic surgery, and have a clear idea of what they are looking for, there are a number of these surgeries that make popular gifts. Popular plastic surgeries chosen by mothers include breast procedures such as a breast lift or breast augmentation, as well as body contouring procedures like tummy tucks and arm lifts.
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Each recovery process is slightly unique, due to the differences between patients and surgeries. Proper planning for your breast lift recovery will improve your long term results.
Thoroughly discussing the plan for your breast lift recovery period will help to ensure that you have the swiftest and smoothest healing process possible. During your pre-surgery consultations, you will go over the expected stages of recovery, including a personalized schedule based on the details of your situation.
Planning for Your Breast Lift Recovery Improves Long Term Results
Breast lift procedures are performed under general anesthesia, which means that you may feel slightly groggy or tired for the first few hours after your surgery. In some cases, small surgical drains may be placed in the area to help with the removal of any excess fluids. The breasts are covered with gauze, and a specialized garment or bra may be used to help support the breasts and keep the drains in place.
The first few days of recovery are often spent at home, but it may soon be possible to increase the activity levels, with many women returning to work and normal schedules after about a week. A special compression surgical bra will be worn for the first 2-3 months to promote proper healing, decrease swelling and improve overall comfort.
For the best long-term results, it is often recommended to wear highly supportive bras after any breast surgery, such as breast augmentation or breast reduction, to minimize the natural process of drooping and keep the breasts in their new position, preserving their contours. Strenuous activity or exercise is often discouraged for the first month, including lifting arms over the head or carrying heavy items. Stomach sleeping should also be avoided for the first few weeks to limit the pressure on the breasts.
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At the much-anticipated 2013 annual meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), a presentation will be made on advances in the combination of the breast lift and breast augmentation procedures.
The Aesthetic Meeting, as this event is known, takes place in New York City this year, and is a common place for the announcement of profound research and study findings. Over the course of a week, plastic surgeons from all over the country and the world meet to share information that could improve their practices and the experiences of their patients.
Breast Lift/Augmentation Combo Surgery Improves Results
According to Dr. Thomas Hubbard, who will be making the presentation at The Aesthetic Meeting, this research has been five years in the making. I’m excited to share this information with my peers at The Aesthetic Meeting,” he says. “The focus is safety and effectiveness, and board-certified plastic surgeons are continually looking for ways to improve in these areas.”
Though surgeons have been hesitant to perform the procedures together in the past, often preferring two separate surgeries to a combination procedure, new surgical techniques and advances have improved this option. This may give patients better overall outcomes, says Dr. Hubbard. “We can save patients time, discomfort and inconvenience. We can minimize risk. We can even potentially reduce costs for patients. Combined procedures also produce a more comprehensive result for patients who would benefit most from a lift and augmentation.”
The presentation has been scheduled for submission with the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, which should add to the spread of this information to surgeons around the world.
As highly personal and unique surgeries, breast procedures represent a particularly fertile areas for new surgical techniques, as researchers seek to make the experience as successful as possible for women in all situations.
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Dr. Mouchantat has been performing plastic surgery procedures in the Denver area since 1996. Some of these procedures include abdominoplasty, breast augmentation, breast reconstruction, breast reduction, liposuction, face lifts and eyelid surgery. Dr. Mouchantat is experienced in fat grafting techniques as well. Some procedures can be done comfortably in the office under local anesthesia, while others are done in an accredited outpatient surgical facility or hospital setting.