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From dieting and crunches to tummy tucks and liposuction, the belly is one of the most focused on parts of the body for both women and men. However, with all the attention that we put into our stomach, it is shocking how little many people know about it. Here are five commonly misinterpreted facts about the tummy. More » « Previous PageNext Page »


Body contouring is extremely popular in the United States and tummy tucks and liposuction are two of the most popular plastic surgeries in this category. Oftentimes, people tend to blur the line separating the two procedures because they are not quite sure what aspect of body contouring each treatment addresses. While they work well together, each has its own definitive job. More » « Previous PageNext Page »

The Mommy Makeover: Session II

Are You Ready for a Mommy Makeover?

It’s common for mothers to feel as though they’re doomed to life with a post-baby body. This is simply not true. Last month, we introduced you to the Mommy Makeover. Today we bring you Part II in a series designed to help you decide if the Mommy Makeover is right for you. More » « Previous PageNext Page »

3 Tummy Tuck Myths Debunked

Even with the popularity of tummy tucks, there are still a lot of misconceptions preventing some people from pursuing the procedure. We are debunking the top three tummy tuck myths and exposing the real truth. More » « Previous PageNext Page »

The Mommy Makeover: Session I

A Makeover Made for Mothers

“I just want to look like myself again.” This is one of the most common things being said by mothers once they are done having children. The body that existed before the baby can often seem like nothing more than a distant memory after pregnancy and nursing. However, many mothers have been finding out about the mommy makeover and are calling it one of the best decisions of their lives. More » « Previous PageNext Page »


A new study published by the American Society of Plastic Surgery’s official medical journal provides data showing the benefits experienced by patients when combining liposuction and a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). More » « Previous PageNext Page »

Female Celebrities Fueling Current Arm Lift Trend

women inspired obama arms First Lady Michelle Obama has inspired more women to improve their arms than anyone else, according to a recent poll. This poll, which was conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, was recently discussed in a Los Angeles Times article. The much-talked about arm lift trend, which has caused arm lifts to increase by 4000% in the past decade, has led many to look for possible causes of this trend. The ASPS report states that one cause may be that women “are paying closer attention to the arms of female celebrities.”

Jennifer Aniston, Kelly Ripa, Demi Moore Are Also Arm Inspiration

While Michelle Obama may have been deeply inspirational to the women of the past few years, the other celebrities listed in the poll likely had a greater impact in the first half of the decade, before the 2008 election. These women include Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore and Kelly Ripa. Many women are not able to achieve the arms they want through exercise and diet alone. According to Dr. David Reath, who serves as the chair of the ASPS Public Education Committee, “We are genetically programmed to have different accumulations of fat in different areas, and for some women the arms can be a problem area.” These fat areas may often be treated through highly targeted and minimally invasive liposuction procedures. However, when the skin lacks its former elasticity, or there is too much arm tissue present, the excess skin must be surgically removed through a process known as an arm lift, or brachioplasty. In an arm lift, an incision is made between the elbow and the armpit, with the length varying based on the amount of skin being removed. Excess skin and tissue are removed, giving the upper arm a sleeker, more toned appearance, and allowing it to more fully reflect other exercise and muscle-building activity. Other common procedures which target these types of deposits include thigh lifts, tummy tucks and buttocks lifts. Photo by dbking on Flickr. « Previous PageNext Page »

Arm Lift Procedure Up 4,000% Since 2000

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. « Previous PageNext Page »

Increased Pressure for Women to Look Younger, Survey Shows

denver female cosmetic surgeryA new survey from Allure magazine shows big differences between the genders when it comes to aging. Those surveyed stated that women are more greatly pressured by aging, and men are believed to age more gracefully. According to the study, which was discussed recently in the New York Daily News, 90% of US men and women feel that women are under a greater pressure to appear young. The survey also showed that women cross the “old” threshold about five years sooner than men, who get away with looking “distinguished” rather than elderly. Men were even found to peak in physical attractiveness at an older age than women, around 34 for men in comparison to 30 for women.

Many of Those Polled Would Consider Cosmetic Surgery

In the words of Kristin Perrotta, executive editor of Allure, “People overwhelmingly said they were concerned about the effects of aging. They were concerned about how it would affect their attractiveness to the opposite sex and particularly with women, how aging would affect their career.” In fact, nearly twice as many women in their fifties reported that they felt they had to look young in order to succeed at their career. While only 5% of the 2,000 people who participated in the survey had previously undergone cosmetic procedures, 42% of women and 18% of men reported that they would think about it as a future option. The most common anti-aging procedures are non-surgical injections, like Botox or dermal fillers. Surgical procedures, such as brow lifts, face lifts, and breast lifts are particularly impactful for giving an impression of youthfulness. And this is an important factor, since according to Perrotta, “this survey definitely shows that aging, when we are talking about appearance, is a real emotional touch point for both men and women, no matter whether they are 20, 40, 60.” Photo by UggBoy/UggGirl on Flickr. « Previous PageNext Page »

Thigh Gap Online Trend Boosts Liposuction and Thigh Lifts

denver thigh lift surgeryAn online leg appearance craze may be leading to more cosmetic procedures, according to the Daily Mail. The new trend involves the pursuit of a defined space between the upper legs, known as a “thigh gap.” Although women throughout history have always pursued the perfect legs, the level of devotion which this trend has gathered is drawing media attention. In addition to widespread online content focused on this goal, including Facebook groups and countless websites, the trend is contributing to the rise in specific leg contouring procedures. According to the article, these groups have more than 700,000 followers, and some surgeons are reporting dramatic increases in the number of leg procedures performed.

Treatments to Help Shape the Inner Thigh

The two most commonly performed procedures for the legs are the thigh lift and liposuction, both of which are procedures that can have a dramatic effect with a relatively short recovery period. Each procedure varies based on the extent of the treatment goals, which are unique to each patient. Liposuction comes in a variety of forms, and is generally used for more minimal treatments where the skin still retains a healthy amount of elasticity. It may be specifically targeted to address certain trouble areas of the legs where the fat deposits persist despite focused exercise. Thigh lifts represent a more significant treatment, in which excess skin is surgically removed along with the excess fat. Often, liposuction will be used to enhance the overall appearance of the final result. A thigh lift is typically done in cases where greater amounts of fat must be removed, and the skin has lost its elasticity, meaning that if only liposuction were to be performed, excess skin would be left behind. Other procedures that may be performed in this area at the same time include buttock lifts and tummy tucks. Photo by Lorena Cupcake on Flickr. « Previous PageNext Page »

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