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Can You Walk After A Thigh Lift?

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A thigh lift is a plastic surgery procedure that involves removing extra skin and stubborn fat pockets from the thighs. While it most commonly treats the inner thighs, it can treat any area of the thighs. While many want to address this area, many patients express concern about their recovery. Let’s look at one commonly asked question, “Can you walk after a thigh lift?”   You likely will not feel like walking immediately after surgery and may need help for the first day or two. However, usually within a few days, patients can get up and walk on their own. However, it is important not to do any more than light walking as you do not want to put a strain on your incisions or healing tissues.   Avoid running, stretching, or lifting with your legs. Regular exercise can usually begin about six to eight weeks after surgery. Though, most patients can return to their daily activities in about two to three weeks depending on the extent of their surgery. Ultimately, each recovery period is different based on the patient.   To learn more about thigh lift surgery, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via chat, contact form, or Price Simulator.
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Does A BBL Leave Scars?

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Brazilian butt lift surgery is known for being less invasive than previous forms of buttock augmentation. Unlike placing implants, it does not involve large incisions. However, patients do still have concerns about the potential for scarring with a BBL surgery, which is a common concern shared among most plastic surgery patients. Let’s take a look at the question, “Does a BBL leave scars?” First, it’s important to understand how a BBL works. It uses liposuction to remove fat from other areas of the body and then transfers them to the buttocks. To achieve this, tiny incisions are necessary in the areas where fat is harvested and to insert the fat into the buttocks. While these do have the opportunity to scar, they generally fade rather quickly. Additionally, the scars are often hidden in natural folds or creases of the body to disguise them, regardless of if they scar or not. If you are prone to raised scarring, you may have a higher risk of developing any type of visible scarring following a BBL. Make sure to discuss this with Dr. Jonov before your procedure. To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via Price Simulator, chat, or contact form.
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Can You Do Renuvion Without Liposuction?

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Renuvion–also known as J Plasma–is a skin tightening procedure that uses radiofrequency and helium plasma technology to promote tighter, younger skin. While not entirely non-surgical, it is non-invasive and can be performed under local anesthesia. The recovery and downtime is also minimal, especially when compared to more invasive options. Often paired with liposuction patients sometimes ask, “Can you do Renuvion without liposuction?”   Yes, Renuvion, while usually performed with liposuction, can be performed in isolation. Renuvion and liposuction have two different goals, even though they often come together. Renuvion tightens the skin while liposuction removes fat. If you do not have extra fat to be removed, Renuvion is great for tightening up the skin. Additionally, if loose skin is not a concern, but fat is, liposuction can be performed.    However, it is almost always a good idea to use Renuvion if you are a candidate for liposuction. After liposuction, the skin must retract to match the new contours of the body area. Renuvion aids this process and can improve the results of liposuction.   To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via Price Simulator, chat, and contact form.
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Does Liposuction Cause Saggy Skin?

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Fat loss–whether to age or dieting–is one of the main factors in causing saggy skin. While this can happen at any age, it is especially common after pregnancy and in older adults. Knowing that fat loss contributes to this, it is logical for many patients to ask, “Does liposuction cause saggy skin?”   The answer is no, though it can if not performed correctly or on the right patient. The best liposuction candidates are those who only need a small amount of fat removed and who still have good skin elasticity. This means that the skin can still retract easily and is likely to retract after fat removal. Younger patients tend to have better skin elasticity than older patients.   If liposuction is performed on a patient with poor skin elasticity, or too much fat is removed, the skin may not adequately retract. This can lead to loose, saggy skin and the need for another procedure to remove this. Commonly, many patients will come in for abdominal liposuction, only to find out that they would benefit best from a tummy tuck for these reasons.   It should be noted that even in ideal patients, it will take several months for the skin to fully retract. Wearing a compression garment and following post-operative instructions are the best way to promote optimal skin retraction.    To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via Price Simulator, chat, and contact form.
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Does Lipo Leave Scars?

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When comparing liposuction to procedures like a tummy tuck, liposuction consists of small, minimal incisions. While liposuction typically does require some incisions, it is a much less invasive procedure than one that removes skin. Naturally, this leads to questions like, “Does lipo leave scars?” The answer is that it depends. The average incision size for liposuction is about a quarter inch. Some may even be as small as an eighth of an inch, with most not getting larger than half an inch. Though, liposuction can treat multiple areas at once, meaning that there may be multiple incision points. Generally, they are located in natural creases of the body.  While these incisions can scar, in most cases they heal well. Regardless, Dr. Jonov will do his best to hide the incisions in creases or places that undergarments should cover. If you are prone to hypertrophic or keloid scars, it is important to discuss this with Dr. Jonov during your consultation. Based on your medical history, previous scar history, and other factors, Dr. Jonov can determine what you can expect from liposuction scars. In most patients, the scars heal well and fade. Scar Protocol treatment can also help. To schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via Price Simulator, chat, or contact form.
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Inner Thigh Lift vs. Vertical Thigh Lift: Which Is Best For You?

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The thighs are a common area that women tend to hang onto stubborn fat, especially the inner/upper thigh. For some patients, liposuction of the thighs is enough to clear away this stubborn fat and leave the patient with the thinner thighs they desire. However, sometimes if a patient has lost a significant amount of weight, extra skin can appear on the thighs. Unfortunately, liposuction cannot address this. This is when a thigh lift may be necessary to achieve the look they want. Patients, once learning their options, often ask, “What’s the difference between an inner thigh lift vs. vertical thigh lift?” The main difference between an inner thigh lift and a vertical thigh lift is the extent of the procedure. An inner thigh lift mainly only removes skin from the inner, upper thigh. This is among the most troublesome area and some patients may only need to address this area for a good result. Conversely, a vertical thigh lift incision extends further down the thigh and addresses a larger area. This procedure is usually performed when extra skin is present further down the thigh as well as the inner thigh. Beyond this, the two procedures are strikingly similar and both use virtually the same incision. To find out whether an inner or vertical thigh lift is right for you, schedule a consultation by calling 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online at Price Simulator®, chat, and contact form.
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What Is The Difference Between Abdominoplasty and Fleur de Lis?

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An abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a popular plastic surgery that involves removing extra skin and small portions of fat from the abdomen. However, not all tummy tucks are the same, there are several different types. The most common are mini, standard, and extended tummy tucks. There is a less frequently performed technique called a fleur de lis tummy tuck. What is the difference between abdominoplasty and fleur de lis?   A standard abdominoplasty uses an incision that spans along the lower abdomen. The extent of the incision depends on the type of tummy tuck, but the most common is one that goes from hip to hip. A fleur de lis tummy tuck also uses this incision, but also includes a vertical incision, creating a shape similar to a fleur de lis. The length of both the horizontal and vertical incisions depends on the patient’s goals and anatomy.   Dr. Jonov may recommend a fleur de lis tummy tuck if the extra skin extends up to the waist or upper abdomen. It is common for patients who have lost massive amounts of weight to benefit greatly from this tummy tuck technique. While the incisions and subsequent scarring have a chance of being more extensive, the procedure can completely change the look of the body, especially in clothing.   To find out whether a traditional tummy tuck or a fleur de lis abdominoplasty is best for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Jonov at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery. He specializes in the fleur de lis technique and has widely performed the procedure. To schedule, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via Price Simulator®, chat, or contact form.
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Can You Still Have Children After A BBL?

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Having children after plastic surgery is one of the most frequently asked questions in our consultation rooms. For certain surgeries, such as tummy tuck, Dr. Jonov will almost always recommend waiting until you are done having children before the procedure. Other surgeries like breast augmentation, it is perfectly fine to have kids after. Though, having children will almost always impact the look of your results. Let’s take a look at a procedure not always talked about in this discussion, “Can you still have children after a BBL?” The answer is generally yes. There is nothing risky about pregnancy or having kids, as long as you have fully recovered. Though, like with other surgeries, it does have the potential to alter your results permanently. Usually, the buttocks are not too affected by the changes associated with childrearing. However, the areas of liposuction can be. Additionally, you may see the weight come in in other areas not treated with liposuction. Unlike a tummy tuck though, the overall results of a Brazilian butt lift are not typically undone by having kids. You can expect to maintain the fullness and shape of your booty after pregnancy. Other factors can influence this such as weight loss or gain, medical conditions, etc. Most patients see no major changes in their buttocks following pregnancy.  To schedule a free consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via Price Simulator®, chat, or contact form.
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What Is The Age Limit For A Tummy Tuck?

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Tummy tuck surgery consistently ranks among the top plastic surgeries performed around the world, especially for women who tend to carry more weight in their lower tummy. However, many prospective patients worry that they are too old for a tummy tuck. The average age for the procedure falls around 42. Is 50 or 60 too old for a tummy tuck? What is the age limit for a tummy tuck? Plastic surgery–as long as performed in a healthy patient who could benefit from the procedure–generally there is no hard age limit. If a 60-year-old patient is a good candidate for a tummy tuck and healthy enough to undergo the surgery and recovery, they have the procedure. However, conversely, there may be a 35-year-old patient who is a good candidate, but due to a medical condition cannot undergo the surgery. Dr. Jonov may advise younger patients to use caution when seeking tummy tuck surgery. While most adults 18 or older can have a tummy tuck, pregnancy and having kids can reverse results as can major weight fluctuations. Therefore, in some cases, Dr. Jonov may actually advise patients to wait until they are older for an abdominoplasty plastic surgery. To find out if you are a good candidate for a Bellevue tummy tuck, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online using Price Simulator®, chat, or contact form.
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How Much Weight Do You Lose With A Mommy Makeover?

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How Much Weight Do You Lose With A Mommy Makeover?

Many patients who undergo a mommy makeover have experienced changes in or struggled with their weight. They often seek out this procedure to correct the damage or changes in their body due to weight fluctuations. Therefore, some patients sometimes still carry some weight when they come in for surgery. Does this mean you cannot have surgery? Will it eliminate all of this weight? How much weight do you lose with a mommy makeover? Let’s answer these questions.

Weight & Mommy Makeover

People who have had children do tend to carry extra weight due to this for various reasons. Hormones, age, genetics, having a C-section, and many other factors all contribute to this extra weight. Due to this, post-baby weight can be especially difficult, if not impossible to lose.  At your mommy makeover consultation, Dr. Jonov will evaluate if you are healthy enough to undergo a mommy makeover surgery. Typically, as long as you are not obese and fairly healthy, you may be a good candidate. That said, it is recommended that patients be between five and twenty-five pounds of their goal weight before surgery. Why? A mommy makeover is not a weight loss surgery. While it may include procedures that remove fat such as liposuction and a tummy tuck, these procedures do not remove large amounts of fat. Most of the time during any plastic surgery, patients do not lose more than ten pounds during surgery. Mommy makeover surgery can be a motivator to lose weight–both before and after the procedure. Many patients do not need to lose any or a significant amount of weight before surgery. However, if it is necessary, Dr. Jonov will discuss this with you during your consultation.

Mommy Makeover Surgery

The exact outcome of a mommy makeover depends on the procedures involved. A mommy makeover is an extremely customizable procedure. Traditionally, the surgery is a combination of breast surgery (like breast augmentation) and a tummy procedure (like a tummy tuck). Though, a mommy makeover is not limited to two procedures or to breast and stomach surgeries.  A mommy makeover can include nearly any combination of procedures. However, it usually contains at least one breast and/or tummy surgery. Some of the procedures that can be a part of a mommy makeover are: Dr. Jonov will discuss your options for mommy makeover and what procedures will help you reach your cosmetic goals. Every mommy makeover is custom tailored to fit each patient’s unique desires and needs. As an experienced plastic surgeon with over two decades in the field, Dr. Jonov brings his expertise to every consultation to advise you on your mommy makeover journey.  To learn more about mommy makeover surgery in Bellevue and to schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach us online using Price Simulator™, chat, or contact form.
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