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Premature Breast Augmentation

Monday April 21, 2014

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Over Easter brunch, an acquaintance related that she grew from a B-cup bra size in high school to a DD-cup bra size in college. No, it was not due to weight gain! So significant was her change that when she went back home, all of her friends believed she'd had a breast augmentation.

If you're between the ages of 18 and 22, while you are technically an adult, your body is still changing and growing...this goes for both males and females. Women considering breast augmentation may be better off Read More...

Back Rolls After Weight Loss

Monday April 14, 2014

Loose back skin
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Do you have back rolls from excess skin after weight loss? Do you avoid fitted shirts, swimsuits, or any other clothing that will reveal the excess fat and skin on your back? Removal of this excess is possible with a back lift, also known as an upper body lift or bra line back lift.

An article about the upper body lift will be posted this week.

Sagging Pubic Area

Sunday April 6, 2014

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After a significant amount of weight loss, a lot of obvious body parts may start sagging - your neck, arms, abdomen, thighs, and buttocks may all fall victim to gravity. But one area you may not pay much attention to or may not realize that can be improved in appearance is your pubic area. This is also known as your mons pubis or pubic mound, and specifically is the area covered by your pubic hair. This area can sag after weight loss and become unsightly. With the trend for zero to less pubic hair becoming commonplace, a saggy mons pubis becomes even more obvious.

To learn about how this area can be rejuvenated: Flabby Pubic Area After Weight Loss

Thigh Flab After Losing Weight

Monday March 31, 2014

Have you dropped some significant pounds and now your thigh skin is hanging and chafing? A thigh lift may be just what you need to remove all of that excess skin.

Flabby Thighs After Weight Loss

Arm Flab After Losing Weight

Monday March 24, 2014

Loose Arm Skin After Weight Loss
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Have you dropped some significant pounds and pushups, triceps dips, and planks are not giving you those sculpted Michelle Obama arms? Can you feel the muscle underneath, but it's hidden by your excess skin? Once you've leaned down to a reasonable weight for your height, excess arm skin may be hiding your hard-earned muscles. This is where you may have to rely on the assistance of someone other than a personal trainer.

Flabby Arms After Weight Loss

Getting Rid of Loose Skin

Sunday March 16, 2014

Loose Skin After Weight Loss
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Alright, so here's the first installment on loose skin after weight loss. For all of you who have loose skin after weight loss or for those of you know someone who has loose skin after significant weight loss, an understanding of what causes the weight loss will beneficial in helping you find a solution.

Lose Weight...Loose Skin...Now What?

Weight Loss and What To Do About All That Loose Skin

Monday March 10, 2014

Loose Skin After Weight Loss
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Four weeks ago a woman came to me for a consult about her loose skin. She'd undergone weight loss surgery twice and had been stable at her weight for the past 7-8 years. She had hanging skin of her abdomen, floppy skin of her arms and thighs, and sagging skin of her back that piled up at the top of her butt making her look like she had a much bigger rear than she really had.

So when she came to me expressing her dissatisfaction with her physique, she thought she knew what the solution would be - liposuction! She thought all she needed was some more fat removal and she'd be good to go. After a lengthy discussion, she learned that liposuction was indeed not the solution and that she needed surgery to remove the skin if she indeed wanted an improved body contour. I performed the first stage of her transformation, a body lift, last week! My encounter with her alerted me to how the wrong information or how a lack of information may be circulating in the massive/huge weight-loss community.

So in the upcoming weeks, the blog will focus on why skin becomes loose after massive weight loss, as well as the different body parts (breasts, arms, thighs, abdomen, buttocks, back) and how they can be improved with surgery after significant weight loss.

Lightweight Breast Implants

Monday February 24, 2014

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A new more lightweight breast implant is in the works. The Govrin brothers, one a plastic surgeon and one a biomedical engineer, have invented a new breast implant that is 30 percent lighter than its conventional counterparts. The thought behind the more lightweight implant is that less is more. The heavier the breast implant the more it can stretch the skin and cause ptosis or sagging of the breasts after a prolonged period. The manufacturers of the B-lite implants believe it is not the size of the implant, but the weight which is responsible for a large part of these side effects. The B-lite implant supposedly helps to slow this skin-stretching process by weighing more than 30 percent less than its conventional counterpart.

So when do these implants come onto the market? For more information: Lightweight Breast Implants: Taking the Weight Off Of Your Chest

Botched Liposuction

Monday February 17, 2014
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Liposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures. It usually offers a predictable result and takes away unwanted excess fat.

Liposuction patients come in two categories. There are those who are at a reasonable weight for their height, eat healthily and exercise regularly who have a little extra in certain areas. Then there are those who are admittedly overweight or obese who want to look better and are may be looking for a "jumpstart."

Either way, liposuction is not without risk. Liposuction is indeed surgery. Most people escape serious complications such as infection, fat embolism, blood clots, and death. Indentations or craters and lumps while less serious are also possible complications that can contribute to botched liposuction.

Avoiding botched liposuction is a two-sided effort. The surgeon has to be skilled and have techniques to avoid too much fat removal. The patient has to be a good candidate - loose skin and skin with decreased elasticity or skin that already has cellulite or dimples and/or stretch marks is going to be more prone to contour irregularities, no matter how good your surgeon is!

Really Big Breast Implants

Friday January 31, 2014

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Are you thinking about getting really big or extra-large breast implants? You know, implants so big they rival the size of your head! You may want to think twice, literally and figuratively!

For more about really big breast implants: The Case Against Really Big Breast Implants.

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