The Baldwin Report
You’ve seen the headlines on popular magazines about celebrities who get back their ‘pre-baby body’ within about a month or so of giving birth. Maybe some of them may just be blessed with exceptionally elastic skin; or they have time to do 500 abdominal crunches per day, as well as the ability to say no to every source of refined sugar—even at 2 a.m. when that doughnut looks awfully good while the little one is nursing.
‘Muffin top’ is a problem for many people, especially as they age. That little tummy bulge that never seems to go away, even with diet and exercise, can be maddening. Fortunately, it can be reduced via a number of cosmetic procedures, and liposuction is among the most popular.
Cosmetic surgery may seem like choosing from an a la carte menu: a little work on the nose here, eyelid lifts there, and maybe a facelift for dessert. Yet some procedures seem to naturally complement each other, just like wine can complement a main course.
Are you ready? Spring is here, and we’ll soon be revealing more skin as we switch to lighter clothing and spend more time lounging by the pool. If you have problem areas that could use a little improvement, you’re in luck. A panel of local experts offers advice from head to toe to help you welcome warm weather by looking your best.
Women now have more options for cosmetic and reconstructive breast procedures. And West County Plastic Surgeons is helping deliver those new choices.
There is more than one way to flatten your tummy. Diet and exercise works for those who need to reduce fat in general. Liposuction removes fat cells from targeted areas. Noninvasive procedures freeze fat and cause it to disappear over time. But the only thing that addresses the abdominal muscles, fat and excess skin is abdominoplasty—a tummy tuck.
Deciding to have a cosmetic procedure to enhance your appearance is a big step. As with any type of medical procedure, it involves cost, time and a degree of risk. So how can you make the most of your experience? We asked several local experts to give us their tips for the ‘dos and don’ts’ associated with various cosmetic procedures.
It’s a new year; and if you’re wanting a new look, consider the new concept in facial rejuvenation: pan-facial volume augmentation.
After having children, women often wish to bounce back to their pre-pregnancy bodies. St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery’s solution is the ‘mommy makeover.’
Whether you want a subtle change that helps hide your age or a more dramatic transformation, there’s a cosmetic procedure for you. The menu at the body transformation buffet continues to expand, offering more choices to fit an array of desires.
What do all those technical terms mean when it comes to our bodies and the procedures that can transform them? Although by no means an exhaustive list, the following may help decipher some alien terminology—and help you become more aware of your options.
It’s only slightly less annoying than ‘muffin top’ or ‘belly bulge.’ Those rolls of fat that form on the back and overhang bra straps can be stubborn and unsightly. But when diet and exercise fail, there are options for eliminating back fat.
Descent and deflation: These are the enemies of a youthful-looking face. As we age, gravity and a natural loss of fat and elasticity in the skin work together to allow the healthy-looking fullness in our cheeks to migrate to a lessappealing location near the jaw. The result is that hangdog appearance characterized by jowls.
Sometimes, we just want a do-over. And when it comes to our body, we can achieve something close with procedures that sculpt and transform shape and size.
Ever had a doctor inquire about your ‘lifely-ness’? That’s the word Dr. Joseph Muccini coined to explain his philosophy about skin health and how it impacts overall quality of life. “It’s one thing to be alive; it’s another thing to be alive and well and feeling great about yourself,” he explains. “There’s a misunderstanding sometimes in the Midwest—a mindset that vanity is somehow a cardinal sin. People are skittish about things that would make them feel better about themselves. It’s not about vanity; it’s about making the most of what you have.”
If you’ve Zumba’d and kettle bell’d yourself down a few sizes and the mirror is still not offering the reflection you’d like to see, how about body sculpting with the help of cosmetic surgery? According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the demand for cosmetic surgery procedures increased almost 9 percent last year. And the most common areas of concern for female patients? In their practice at West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University, Drs. Terry Myckatyn and Marissa Tenenbaum hear “breast and tummies” most often. “The No. 1 complaint, after breast size or shape, would be the stomach,” says Tenenbaum. “Especially after childbirth, women notice a pouch, extra skin or stretch marks that appeared during pregnancy and did not improve afterward.”
Wanting to slim down and lengthen her waistline, this patient underwent vaser liposelection at The Lifestyle Center. Dr. Richard Moore performed the procedure, which uses ultrasound technology to break down fat cells, and is 60 to 70 percent less traumatic than traditional liposuction. The small incision marks will fade over time, and patients are able to return to work after three to five days.
After her pregnancies stretched out her abdomen, this patient was tired of being asked when she was due, and not fitting into regular clothes. Through an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), Dr. Michele Koo repaired the muscles, removing extra skin and recreated an ‘inny’ belly button. Liposuction to the patient’s waist and thighs also helped to give the entire trunk a smooth look and reduce her size to a 2 to 4.
With swimsuit season just around the corner, you may be looking for ways to quickly trim some fat from those problem areas that never seem to budge. Local plastic surgery practices and medical spas have some potential solutions you may want to consider. Unlike liposuction or other invasive procedures, these non-invasive, FDA-approved techniques are relatively low-risk, require no downtime and have few side effects.
Here we are in a new year—and for some of us, we want a new look to go with it. We polled some of the top local medical spas to see what they’re excited about for 2011. “The industry is opening up to a larger variety of clients,” says Maria Vera, clinical director for Renew Cosmetic Spa. “We’re getting many more men in for services, such as laser hair removal, and Botox for crow’s feet and frown lines, which they tend to develop earlier than women.”
Dr. Judith Gurley performed liposuction instead of a tummy tuck for body contouring. The 35-year-old patient lost inches and went from a size 14 to a 10.
It seems like every time we turn around, we are presented with more choices for removing the fat cells that are taking up way too much room in our bodies. Constantly changing technology is also changing the terminology. We now have liposculpture, cryolipolysis, laser lipolysis, radiofrequency lipolysis, and so on. Each of those technologies has different trade names from different manufacturers, many of which are somewhat similar, so do we need a new dictionary, or what?
In the quest to appear as young as possible, women search out the latest in cosmetic procedures. But which ones deliver consistent results? For that, we asked three local cosmetic surgeons about the trends in their practices. Dr. Judith Gurley says in the surgical arena, breast augmentation (enlargement), breast lifts and breast reductions top her practice. For skin treatments, she finds Botox, cosmetic fillers, and laser treatments for firming and banishing sun spots also very popular. She has seen renewed interest in great skin care, topical growth factor and improved makeup formulations.
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