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Belly Button After Tummy  Tuck: Will it Always Look Like This?

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To me, one of the most important parts of a tummy tuck is the belly button. Whether we like or don’t like the tummy tuck scar itself, it is usually concealed under the bathing suit or bikini line, but the belly button is there for all to view. I wish more surgeons focused on it. An overly large belly button can diminish what is otherwise a lovely result. I always tell my patients that nothing is as natural as a god-given belly button, but I do my best to keep it as natural as possible after surgery. Belly button thinking… Read More

Rockville, MD Plastic Surgeon: A Closer Look at Cosmetic Surgery Abroad

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Whether it is Colombia, Mexico, or the Dominican Republic, traveling across borders for surgery is known as “medical tourism,” and as a practicing physician and surgeon, I just don’t get it.  In a perfect world, all my patients would live next door to me at least for the early recovery in their surgeries. Most patients focus on the day of surgery as the pinnacle of their treatment but to me, that day is the easiest and most controlled part. Most of what I do is preoperative and postoperative management.  A Face-to-Face Assessment is a Must An in-person consult allows me… Read More

Types of Breast Implants: Exploring the Different Kinds

types of breast implants

There are multiple manufacturers of breast implants but for the purpose of this blog, I will focus on the four that are FDA approved in the US. Breast implant Manufacturers Mentor and Allergan are the oldest and most competitive. Both make good implants, both saline and silicone and have been doing it for decades. Sientra a newer company makes only silicone. The Ideal implant is also a newer implant. It is only saline, but more on that later.  All of these companies go through rigorous safety testing in order to achieve FDA certification. In my practice I mainly use Mentor,… Read More

Breast Lift vs Breast Implants: Pros and Cons of Both Procedures

breast lift vs breast implants

It is common for me to see patients who are not sure whether they want or need a breast lift or a breast implant or in some cases both. In fact, many do not truly understand the difference. They are extraordinarily different surgeries with different outcomes and different expectations. Starting at the Consultation The beginning of the consult is trying to get to the heart of the matter. Does that patient already like her size? If a patient likes her size while in a bra, but when the bra comes off the breasts go south then that patient is a… Read More

Tummy Tuck Recovery: Tips to Speed It Along

tummy tuck recovery

Tummy tucks hurt. There I said it. It’s just the cold hard truth and you have to know that before you go down this path. People always think it’s because of the scar, but that’s really the least of it. Skin tightening doesn’t hurt that much. When you get a tummy tuck, I’m pulling the abs back to the middle, the muscle tightening, that will get you the results you’re looking for. I am not trying to scare anyone, this is one of the most popular surgeries that I perform, but I am just trying to educate you. The more… Read More

Fleur De Lis Tummy Tuck: Anatomy of a Procedure

fleur de lis tummy tuck

A Fleur de Lis tummy tuck is something you may never have heard of. In fact, it may be something you will never need, but for a large percentage of my patients, particularly patients who have lost a great deal of weight, it is at least something that they should be made aware of. A standard Tummy tuck gives a downward pull to lax abdominal skin. This is fine for the average postpartum mom who has gone up and down in weight with pregnancy. We are lucky that this works for most patients because it is really not how weight… Read More

Achieving Your New Year’s Resolution: Diet, Exercise and Liposuction

new year's resolution

Given the holiday months are often about vacation, rest, and relaxation, most people find it hard to keep up with the workout routine. Having two holidays back to back that result in people eating a lot of eating and sweets it is no wonder why losing weight is always on top of the resolution list year after year. The fact of the matter is that if we don’t see results quickly with diet and exercise we tend to give up and wait till next year. The year passes, and all of a sudden it’s a new decade with no discernable weight loss… Read More

Misapplied Botox: Dispelling the Rumors

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Botox procedures seem to be subject to an unusually large number of myths and rumors, some of which are untrue while some are quite outlandish. One of these myths portrays Botox as prone to misapplication, causing permanent disfigurement. While it’s true that some can mishandle a dermal filler and apply it to the wrong part of the face, only inexperienced and unskilled surgeons are foolish enough to do it! This article will examine Botox and dispel the countless rumors levied against its use. Misapplied Botox Is a Rarity When an inexperienced practitioner injects Botox into the wrong area, the substance… Read More

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