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What Should I Expect During My Mommy Makeover Recovery?

Posted on: July 15th, 2019

Many patients decide to undergo Mommy Makeover surgery, which can reverse many of the adverse effects of pregnancy and childbirth. While most women prepare sufficiently for the days leading up to the surgery, not very many typically look into what they should plan for after their surgery is completed. 

 

So what should you expect during your post-op recovery? Here are some details on what you will likely experience and some tips on how to have a comfortable and smooth recuperation.

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What Happens After I Get Home?

Every Mommy Makeover is customized to match each patient’s needs, so the procedures that were included in your surgery will affect your recovery. 

 

Typically, the breasts and midsection are wrapped in a support bra or a compression garment. You may feel sensitivity and tightness in the chest region and experience mild bruising and swelling. Redness may also occur around the incision locations.

 

Discomfort can be addressed with prescription pain medication. Refrain from physical activities such as lifting, pulling, pushing, twisting, or anything that can irritate the skin or body. Your surgeon tracks your progress and will let you know when it is safe to resume regular activities.

How Can I Ensure a Comfortable Experience?

Establish a relaxing environment by preparing things prior to your surgery is the best way to make sure that you are comfortable and content during your recuperation. Some tips for a comforting atmosphere include:

 

  • Having all of your prescriptions filled before your procedure
  • Following all of your post-surgical care instructions
  • Arranging for adequate childcare, as you will be unable to lift anything
  • Scheduling a friend or loved one to drive you home and stay with you for the first few days
  • Stocking plenty of pillows where you will be spending most of your time
  • Sleeping and getting plenty of rest
  • Drinking water to stay hydrated
  • Gathering plenty of entertainment, such as books, magazines, television, electronic devices, and your cell phone
  • Being sure to have all charging cables and spare batteries handy
  • Beginning to walk around the house after the first day or two

When Can I Resume Work?

Every patient will feel different after their procedure, but most patients can return to work in a couple of weeks. 

 

After at least four weeks, you can begin introducing regular activities, as long as your doctor has cleared it. It is important to listen to your surgeon and your body; avoid overexerting yourself—it can prolong your healing process.

 

It will usually take a few months for you to feel back to normal. Remain patient with your recovery and get plenty of rest.

What Results Should I Expect?

Dr. Robert Wald takes his time with each patient to understand their desires and preferences and creates a personalized surgical plan accordingly. 

 

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In their Mommy Makeover, most patients choose to include breast augmentation to enhance their breast volume and cleavage, a breast lift to improve their nipples and areolas while simultaneously raising the breasts, a tummy tuck to remove excess abdominal fat and skin for a tighter stomach, and liposuction to reduce fat in stubborn locations. 

 

Regardless of which procedures you decide to include in your Mommy Makeover, most patients feel a significant improvement in their overall body contour after they have healed. 

 

To learn more about Mommy Makeover surgery, please call our office for a consultation at (714) 312-3549. You can also fill out our contact form.


Facelift Surgery Recovery

Posted on: June 3rd, 2019

Undergoing facelift surgery, or rhytidectomy, can produce a significant change in your appearance and boost your confidence by removing excess loose skin, smoothing creases, correcting sagging jowls, and rejuvenating your face. One of the most essential factors in the success of your facelift is your recovery period, which may be daunting if you are unaware of what you should expect. Below is a timeline of what you can expect during your recuperation.

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Your First Week of Recovery

Directly after your facelift surgery, you can expect to experience bruising, swelling, and redness. Feelings of discomfort or nausea may occur, which can be relieved by pain medication and rest. Some patients experience sensations of tingling, burning, tightness, tenderness, or numbness in their face, ears, and neck for the first week. Having a friend or loved one as your caregiver for the first one or two days is an excellent way to ensure a comfortable recovery. Drainage tubes and light surgical dressings may be applied after your surgery and will help reduce side effects. Keeping your head in an upright, elevated position is advised. After one or two days, patients should begin to gently walk to the restroom and around the house a few times every day, slowly adding more light activities. Your first week should be focused on relaxing and getting plenty of sleep.

After One Week

Swelling, bruising, and tightness should begin to subside at this point. Direct sun exposure should be prevented. Light activities are permitted, but strenuous activities should still wait until you have recovered further. Some of the other symptoms should also begin to dissipate after the first week.

After Two Weeks

Most symptoms should completely resolve at this point. Patients are cleared to begin laying in a reclined position, but sleeping flat on your back should still be avoided for another week or so.

After Six Weeks

All side effects should dissipate at this point, and scars begin to fade. It can take up to one year for scars to fully heal and become almost invisible. Regular activities can be resumed, including some exercising. Make sure to consult with your surgeon to see what activities are permitted.

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Your Final Results

The outcome of your facelift surgery will be determined by your surgeon’s experience and skills, and your body’s recovery process. It can take up to 12 months for everything to heal and for your final results to become evident. Most patients look significantly younger with a smoother, refreshed facial appearance. Following your surgeon’s post-surgical care instructions, taking the time to rest and fully recover, and maintaining a positive outlook will increase your satisfaction with your facelift results. It is recommended that you use a quality skin care regimen to help maintain your results. In the future, non-surgical options for maintaining a youthful appearance can include injectable fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic to address sagging, loose skin, wrinkles, and hollowed areas of the face to replenish volume. INFINI™ radiofrequency (RF) microneedling can enhance skin quality and eliminate wrinkles and fine lines. Most facelift procedure results last up to ten years, and taking preventative measures can help prolong your results.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Wald or learn more about facelifts, call our office at (714) 312-3549 or fill out our online contact form.


Correcting Asymmetrical Breasts

Posted on: May 9th, 2019

Many women have differently sized and shaped breasts, known as asymmetrical breasts. This cosmetic imperfection can be embarrassing or upsetting for some patients. According to the statistics in a PRS Global Open report, 88% of women who have undergone breast augmentation previously had unbalanced breasts before their procedure, including differences in shape, size, nipple placement, and cleavage. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons concludes that even in adolescence, asymmetry of the breasts can be the source of damaged confidence levels and emotional distress. If you identify with having differently sized breasts, then breast surgery can enhance or reduce breast volume, provide a more leveled appearance, and improve the various attributes of your bust.

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Which Procedure Is Right for Me?

Every procedure is custom-tailored to meet the needs of the patient, so your surgery may differ depending on what your goals and preferences are. During your consultation with Dr. Robert Wald, your anatomical features will be analyzed and your options will be discussed. Once your desires are communicated, a personalized surgical plan is developed to achieve optimal results. Your surgery may include any of the following techniques:

  • Breast lift: A breast lift procedure can enhance sagging breasts by repositioning them to a higher location on the chest, especially if one breast tends to hang lower than the other.
  • Breasts augmentation: Breast augmentation involves placing implants to add fullness to the breasts. Implants can vary in size, shape, and texture to achieve a more harmonious bustline.
  • Breast reduction: Women with overly large and cumbersome breasts often experience stress on their shoulders and back. In these cases, a breast reduction can be performed to remove excess breast tissue to create a smaller, more proportionate cup size.
  • Nipple placement and size: Uneven or enlarged nipple-areolar complexes can be adjusted during your breast procedure to achieve a more appealing aesthetic.

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Your Unique Surgical Plan

A carefully constructed, educated procedure plan can help patients obtain the balanced and visually pleasing breasts they desire as well as provide long-lasting results. Depending on your goals, customized breast surgery can correct the size, shape, symmetry, and projection of the breasts as well as increase your self-esteem by producing a desirable body contour and more even breasts.

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Please contact our office with any questions or to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Robert Wald by calling (714) 312-3549 or filling out our online contact form.


Liposuction for the Summer

Posted on: January 16th, 2019

The summer season is quickly approaching, which means plenty of outdoor activities will soon become available. Going to the beach, swimming, getting a tan, attending outdoor music festivals, boating or kayaking, playing with your kids outside, having family and friends over for a barbecue, and many other fun activities await! Unfortunately, many men and women struggle with excess body fat that can lead to lowered self-confidence and a reduced desire to wear skin-baring clothing. As many of us already know, a healthy diet and daily exercise can only remove a limited amount of fat, so many of us are left with stubborn fat deposits. The warm summer weather is perfect for you to enjoy the outdoors. If you are embarrassed by unwanted fat, liposuction can help eliminate localized fat in specific areas and improve your overall body contour.  

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Why Should I Get Liposuction?

Millions of men and women have safely undergone liposuction surgery and enjoyed satisfying results. Dr. Wald is a board-certified plastic surgeon who utilizes advanced technologies and applies his vast surgical experience to achieve each patient’s desired results. During your consultation, you will discuss which areas of your body cause the most grief and what your goals are to determine the ideal approach for your procedure.

Candidates for Liposuction

Liposuction can remove unwanted fat from various areas of the body to address multiple areas of concern. If you have excess fat in any of the following areas on your body, then liposuction may be right for you:

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  • Abdomen: Fat can be removed from the abdomen using liposuction, and sometimes a tummy tuck is performed to rid the stomach of extra hanging skin. A tummy tuck can also repair damaged rectus muscles to produce optimal results.
  • Arms: Liposuction can remove excess fat from the upper arms to enhance definition and create a toned appearance.
  • Back, Waist, and Hips: Overhanging or bulging fat on the back, sides, or hips (often referred to as the flanks) can be targeted with liposuction. Undesirable love handles can be removed using this technique as well.
  • Breasts and Chest: Gynecomastia surgery gently removes excess breast fat in men using liposuction. Additional male body surgery techniques can also be performed to enhance other areas of the male body to achieve a more masculine, chiseled frame. Some female patients also benefit from removing excess fat from their chest, bust, or bra line areas to meet their cosmetic objectives.
  • Chin and Neck: Excess fat below the chin and around the neck can be eliminated with liposuction to improve their natural contours and enhance the definition of the lower face.
  • Thighs: Fat surrounding the thighs can cause uncomfortable rubbing and chaffing. Liposuction can improve the shape and definition of your legs and reduce discomfort during physical activities.

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What Can I Expect?

Liposuction is an effective, safe, and permanent method of removing excess fat from the body. After general anesthesia is administered, the targeted fat cells are gently removed using a small suction device known as a cannula, and fat cells are permanently extracted. The incisions are small and placed strategically to conceal any scarring. Following your post-surgery instructions carefully will result in a defined, contoured physique that will appear more toned and ready for your favorite swimsuit.

Do you have troublesome fat that refuses to go away after dieting and exercising? Liposuction might be what you need to feel your best just in time for the summer season. Contact our office to schedule your consultation by calling (714) 312-3549 today!


Breast Implant Options

Posted on: April 4th, 2019

For many women, the decision to undergo breast augmentation surgery is made with lots of thought and care. It’s a life-altering choice that can dramatically change how women see themselves, typically for the better. As such, women who choose to go down this route take time and care in picking out their surgeon and what type of procedure will work best for them.

Before and After Breast Augmentation

Women who undergo breast augmentation surgery have many options to choose from that all serve to address different needs and concerns. Choosing the type of breast implant to be used is on top of this list. Factors such as implant size, shape, and texture all play an important role in how your final results may look. In addition, the location and placement of the implant can also make a difference in how your breasts look and feel. Dr. Wald offers a few different options for women looking into getting breast implants and can help women in choosing what is best for them.

Choosing the Right Implant

There are a few different options available when choosing breast implants. The type of material used, the size, texture, and shape are some of the first factors considered when choosing what type of implant is best.

Implant Material

Breast implants are filled with either a saline solution or a silicone gel, both of which are safe to use and produce lasting results. Dr. Wald offers both saline and silicone implants for breast augmentation patients. Saline implants consist of a silicone gel filled with a saline water solution. They tend to provide a firm, even appearance and feel and are better suited for women who want larger, more noticeable results. Silicone implants, on the other hand, have a silicone shell but are filled with a silicone gel. The gel more closely resembles the feel of actual breast tissue for a more “natural” look. Gummy bear implants are also available. These contain denser silicone gel and have a slightly firmer feel.

Size and Shape

The size of the implant will determine what size your new breasts will be. While most implants are round, Dr. Wald also offers teardrop-shaped implants. True to their name, this particular shape mimics the natural anatomy of the breast. Round implants are used for larger breast augmentation. They tend to sit higher and can often be more noticeable than a teardrop-shaped implant, but produce dramatic results.

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Implant Placement

Where the breast implant is placed can also play a role in what your final results will be. Implants can either be placed under the chest muscle, which provides more firmness, or over the muscle, which gives breasts a softer feel. Dr. Wald also offers options for implant profile, such as a high profile implant as opposed to a moderate or lower one, for more dramatic cleavage. Moderate profile implants are best suited for women with a small, narrow chest, as they typically project more volume from the middle of the chest. Low profile implants are ideal for women with a wider chest wall, as they are wider at their base, and provide a boost of cleavage that is not too noticeably augmented.

Implant Texture

There are two different textures available for your breast implants. Smooth implants are as good as their name and have a smooth finish to their outer shell. These provide a softer feel to breasts with a lower chance of rippling. Textured implants have a rough finish to their outer shell and provide a firmer breast feel. The texture allows the implant to more closely anchor itself to the chest wall, so textured implants are less likely to move or shift around as a smooth implant might.

Implant Brand

In general, there are four different companies—Allergan, MENTOR®, Sientra®, and IDEAL IMPLANT®— that create and manufacture breast implants. All four are FDA-approved, are safe to use, and offer a range of options in textures, sizes, and shapes. Implants from each company are known to provide excellent and long-lasting results.

Choosing what the best type of implant to use for your breast augmentation procedure will take some thought, but there are several options available. Dr. Wald will examine your body type and frame and help you decide which option is the best one for the final look you desire.

 

Interested in learning more? Schedule a consultation soon by calling us at 714-312-3549.  


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