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Butt Implants - Liposuction - Thread Lifts - Ideal Solutions or Surgeries to Avoid?
Plastic surgery--like any other surgery has inherent risks, no matter what type of surgery that you are having. Just as in necessary surgery, elective surgery comes with some important risks that you should know about.

The difference is that with an elective surgery, you have the option to say no. I think it's just wise to exercise that option and look for alternatives to risky and costly butt implants.

Thanks, in part to the media--television and movies--society today has been literally bewitched into the notion that plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery is a cure-all for the process of aging. In fact, the anti-aging sentiment that is rampant in the world has become nothing less than ridiculous, as those who are over a given age are treated less respectfully and rewarded with fewer appearances in movies and television, regardless of their fitness for the project.

Aesthetically, older bodies or bodies which are less than perfect are not touted as worthwhile, leading us to dangerous situations and surgeries that are designed to somehow make us more worthwhile or more perfect.

Cosmetic surgery is a perfect example of being led by media and society into feelings of inadequacy which impel us toward dangerous surgeries. Many women in studies admit to actually having fantasies about cosmetic surgery in order to perfect a "flawed" component of their body, such as their breasts, their face, or the buttocks.

In fact, so greatly are plastic surgeries such as liposuction or butt implants touted, the media today has gone so far as to pull celebrity photos and use them to facilitate further spending on plastic surgeries which may be dangerous and even deadly.

One very recent ad for plastic surgery and liposuction uses the very lovely and slender Duchess of Cambridge-Kate Middleton- as the hook which will compel women to get that liposuction. The ad urges those reading it to "Get a waist like Kate." The advertising is one way that plastic surgeons are making the surgeries which have risks seem easy and fast ways to get the flawless looks of Kate Middleton or others.

Physicians themselves are decrying these ridiculous tactics and commenting on the risks involved in listening to advertising such as this for things like butt implants.

Dr. Terry Dubrow, a plastic surgeon in Newport Beach, calls the ad "a classic example of over-promising and under-delivering that leads to dissatisfied cosmetic surgery patients."

Famed physician Dr Oz offers his own cautions against certain procedures which are cosmetic in nature. Dr Oz asked his listeners which of the following plastic surgeries should be avoided at all costs and his response was butt implants. To reiterate that he related a story about a person that he had met in the hospital. Her daughter had received a Butt Implant, and the material they injected went into her vein and up into her lung.

She was in the ICU with an embolism and was not expected to live. That story is haunting enough that people are beginning to notice.

Another very tragic incident which highlights the dangers inherent in plastic surgery is the death of very famed author Olivia Goldsmith who died from the complications of her anesthetic before her plastic surgery even began.

In actuality there are other ways in which to arrive at firmer skin and many of them are much safer and easier to use; not to mention far more cost effective than hazardous surgical procedures. One newer method which seems to be offering some promise is a cream that offers women who are considering butt implants the means to use a non-invasive cream instead of having the more invasive butt transplants done.

The creams offer collagen and elastin, which quite literally are a facelift--or buttlift as it were--in a jar. They can firm up the tissue and the skin, offering you a better looking backside, if that's the goal that you're aiming at, and allowing you to get some admittedly lower impact changes, but to avoid all of the risks that are involved in injecting chemical substances into your buttocks.

Most of these creams are not going to offer you a very dramatic result without some accompanying exercise which in and of itself is designed to do the changes to the buttocks. Using the creams will offer you firmer skin and a more taut buttocks area, but using the creams in combination with the exercises will allow the underlying muscle to also become far more firm and will naturally lift the buttocks and assist you in getting that firmer buttocks area that you're looking for.

If you're willing to forego the more dangerous surgery and actually put some effort into getting the firmer, more taut body that you want, you can quite likely use the creams in combination with the exercise regimen and achieve a better look and feel for your butt as well as avoid the butt implants. Along the way, the physical activity will enhance other areas of your body as well as your overall physical fitness. The answer is that using creams for your buttocks may not always enhance it to the level that you want it enhanced. The exercise will assist you greatly in getting the look to your bottom that you want, but there is no magic pill that will give you that perfectly sculpted buttocks that you may be looking for.

That panacea is not found in plastic surgery any more than it may be found inside the cream or the herbal pills that you will find on the market. The key is to become involved more in your own fitness and to realize that there are no magical anti aging processes, up to and including cosmetic surgery, and even exercise. You'll stay fitter, more trim and avoid risky surgeries by the use of creams and exercises, but you will, in the end, still grow older.

There's a lot to be said for aging gracefully and there's a great deal to be said for aging at all. In fact, the alternative to aging is an early death, which is what you just may net if you opt in for some of the more risky and unnecessary surgical procedures.

Add a little exercise and some more safe cream methods to your daily health and beauty regimen and see if they don't offer the benefits that you're looking for. The results may be better--and certainly easier to heal from, than the butt implants surgery that you've been considering.

Click here to visit Shaniqua's recent article on getting a bigger buttocks. And if you're serious about making your butt larger and without surgery, you may click here for some great info you'll need.
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Butt Implants - Liposuction - Thread Lifts - Ideal Solutions or Surgeries to Avoid?

Got those Loose Skin Blues?

Massive weight loss is a huge decision, most of you reading have either gone through a massive weight loss or are contemplating going through a massive weight loss. One of the most common hesitations in losing weight is the resulting loose skin that occurs once your body has gone through a significant weight loss. It is common knowledge that losing weight = loose skin.

Loose Skin after losing weight

Loose skin not only occurs with a massive weight loss but also with natural body occurrences such as pregnancy. This is because once your body stretches through weight gain or through pregnancy; your skin loses its elasticity. First patients come in to talk about weight-loss and bariatric surgery, how it works and your results. Many patients, however, decide they want to go the less expensive and natural way by strict diet and exercise but are concerned about the loose skin.

Our doctors always tell patients to be realistic, being healthy is far more important than having loose skin.

Even when you have loose skin after weight loss there are ways to remove it such as post-bariatric surgery which includes tummy tucks, breast augmentations, and thigh lifts. The loose skin, although it may not seem like it, is a proud reminder of how far you've come and if you take that extra step to remove the loose skin, your body will be an entire trophy dedicated to yourself. In this post, we will see why and where that extra skin came from and how to reduce or remove it.

How We Burn Fat

As we all know, matter cannot be created nor destroyed, so when you exercise and diet fat is not simply "disappearing" off your body. What occurs is a form change, just like water and steam. The glucose and sugar that is harnessed from carbohydrates are the first fuel sources. Once the glucose runs out, fat takes over. Your body is a constant interconnected conveyor belt that removes essential nutrients from the fat and delivers them to specific body parts. Hormones that regulate our blood sugar levels activate an enzyme in fat tissue called lipase. Lipase ignites fat cells to release triglycerides, which is what makes fat cells fat. When they receive a signal from lipase to exit the fat cells, the triglycerides break-up into glycerol and fatty acids and then enter the bloodstream for use in your body. The process of breaking down triglycerides into reusable energy is called lipolysis which is shuffled and reshuffled to produce heat, water, carbon dioxide, and ATP. Since the fat tissue has lost some of its components, the cells shrink.

Why the Extra Skin?

When fat tissue is worked and the cells shrink, wouldn't it make sense that your skin would shrink as well?

Yes and no. In the cases of moderate weight loss, skin can certainly shrink back to fit the body's new size because of its elasticity due to collagen in the skin. However, collagen does have its limits. Collagen fibers weaken with age and results in wrinkles. Rapid growth or weight gain also outpaces collagen production in the skin causing areas to over-stretch, leading to stretch marks commonly seen in pregnancy and adolescents going through puberty. In cases of massive weight-loss, the skin that has been stretched has lost its collagen strength making it very difficult if not impossible for the extra skin to shrink back to its former shape. Those undergoing gastric bypass surgery or bariatric surgery feel this pain. As the number of patients going through weight loss surgery increases, so do corrective surgeries for the unwanted and uncomfortable skin. This extra skin can actually be a serious problem and can actually cause infections, rashes and even back problems.




Post-Bariatric Surgery and Treatment Options

The most important determinant of how much loose skin an individual will have following weight loss is their age. Younger patients tend to have less loose skin than those who are older because of the strength of collagen in your skin. The next most important factor is the amount of weight loss. An individual who loses 200 lbs. is more likely to have excess skin than someone who has lost 80 lbs. There are other factors of who is more likely to have loose skin such as smoking, sun damage and skin color.

- Exercise: Exercise that includes increasing muscle town can tighten connective tissue. For patients who have undergone bariatric surgery are recommended to add a regular exercise regimen that is helpful to maintain ones weight and can also serve to tighten loose skin to some extent.

- Body Contouring Procedures: For those that are losing 80 lbs. to over 100 lbs. surgical procedures, known as post-bariatric surgery, are available to tighten skin and remove the extra pockets of skin that inhibit your body from being as toned and tight as the individual would like. Below are the most common procedures for massive weight loss patients.

Abdomen, Thighs and Buttocks- The abdomen is usually one of the greatest concerns for individuals following massive weight loss. In both men and women, excess fat is stored both in the abdomen and beneath the skin of the abdominal wall. Consequently following weight loss in those areas, extra skin appears. Large amounts of hanging skin can lead to the collection of moisture between the skin folds resulting in a condition called intertriginous dermatitis, which leads to irritation, redness and pain. Occasionally, the skin may even breakdown, bleed and become infected. With proper documentation, many insurance companies recognize this problem and provide full coverage from surgical removal through a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty.

The abdominoplasty will solely remove the excess skin from your stomach which is ideal for women following pregnancy. However, for those who have undergone weight loss surgery or a massive weight loss, excess skin is not limited to the stomach but also results in the buttocks and thighs. Because of this, surgeons will perform a procedure specifically for weight-loss patients called a body lift. This involves an abdominoplasty, thigh and buttock lift all at one time. This addresses and removes loose skin and cellulite along the thighs and buttocks as well as the abdomen. Although the resulting scar is lengthy, it is confined to the waistline and is hidden by underwear, panties, or a bikini.

Breasts- Following a great weight loss, breast size and shape often change significantly in both men and women. Everyone worries about sagging breasts as we age but few know that massive weight loss greatly accelerates the process. As women advance from girls to teens to twenties and into their later years, the glandular portion of breasts is replaced by fat. The original glandular tissue is significantly more firm than fat and consequently the skin becomes unable to retract completely and produces severely ptotic or sagging breasts. This is called breast involution. There are many treatment options for women following weight loss.

If a woman desires less sagging and wants to be larger, a breast lift or mastopexy is needed. Again, surgeons will tell you your options and also remind you to be realistic with or breast augmentation may be satisfactory. The problems in men are similar however treatment is slightly different. Men tend to have larger breasts when over-weight. Depending on a man's age, degree of weight loss, and a few other factors he may result in large breasts, large and/or sagging breasts, or satisfactory breasts following weight loss. Large and/or sagging breasts in men is called gynecomastia. Here liposuction alone may be satisfactory, however this is not typical.

Most men with both sagging and large breasts go through a two-staged procedure. The first stage is liposuction and is performed to remove excess fat and some glandular tissue. Over the next few months, the breast skin will retract slightly. Three to six months later, the patient will return to evaluate the situation and determine if the outcome is satisfactory. Delaying the second stage allows for significant skin retraction and if a skin tightening procedure is desired it is likely to require smaller incisions.

The Bottom Line?

Being healthy has far greater importance than excess skin. Although, having excess skin can lead to some serious issues there are non-surgical ways of preventing infections such as keeping your excess skin dry. For those who are able and want to remove the excess skin, post-bariatric surgery is for you. It is important to remember that these procedures should only be considered after ones weight has stabilized; especially after weight loss surgery. This can range from 7-18 months after weight loss. The most important factor in finding a plastic surgeon who can perform these procedures is that they must be board certified. If your plastic surgeon's website or office does not advertise that they are board certified you must RUN! For everyone who has heard horror plastic surgery stories, this is probably where it started, having a surgical procedure done without a board certified surgeon. Use ASPS (The American Society of Plastic Surgery) to find a board certified surgeon near you.





Luna Plastic Surgery in Atlanta provides expert knowledge and information for their patients. Directed towards patient care, Luna Plastic Surgery specializes in post-bariatric surgery and tummy tucks. They are committed to compassionate care, excellent results and patient safety. Luna Plastic Surgery aims to provide the best aesthetic and functional results under a warm personal interaction. We are proud to offer our patients the kind of changes that will improve patients' self-esteem without ever compromising their natural appearance.

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Weight Loss Surgery, Loose Skin, and Post-Bariatric Surgery