Am I a Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover has become a popular cosmetic surgery option in recent years, due mostly to its ability to achieve dramatic results with a single procedure and recovery period. As the name suggests, this combination of procedures is primarily designed for women who wish to offset some of the changes in the body after pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. While the mommy makeover offers a myriad of benefits for some women, it isn’t right for everyone. This checklist will help you determine if it is the right choice for you.

Has pregnancy brought unwanted changes to your body?
Some of the concerns a mommy makeover typically addresses include:

• Sagging breasts that have lost volume and fullness
• Isolated pockets of fat that have not responded to diet and exercise
• Excess skin in the midsection that interferes with the overall body contour

Are you finished having children?
It is important to wait on your mommy makeover until you are relatively certain you are finished having children, since subsequent pregnancies can affect the results of your procedure. General recommendations are to wait at least six months after your last pregnancy. If you are nursing, it is also a good idea to wait until the breastfeeding phase is over, especially if you are considering a breast procedure as part of your makeover.

Are you currently at a stable, healthy weight?
A mommy makeover is not a weight loss procedure. Ideally, patients’ weight should be as close to ideal as possible in order to achieve the best possible results from the procedures. However, isolated fat deposits that have not responded to your diet and exercise efforts can be effectively removed during a mommy makeover.

Are you in good health?
A mommy makeover typically includes major surgical procedures like breast augmentation and tummy tuck, so it is important to go into your procedure in the best health possible. These surgeries can be particularly risky for women who smoke regularly, so you will likely be asked to stop smoking at least two weeks prior to your procedure and for two weeks after. Underlying medical conditions must be evaluated on an individual basis to determine if they might affect the safety or outcome of the procedure.

Can you allow your body sufficient time to recover?
There is a recovery period after a mommy makeover, which varies somewhat based on the specific procedures performed. Most women will be able to return to day to day activities within two weeks. Some activites may require up to six weeks. During the recovery period, you are encouraged not to remain in bed. Nonetheless, you should have allow ample time for your body to rest and heal.

A mommy makeover can be an excellent way to address certain changes in the body after having children. To learn more about this procedure or find out if a mommy makeover is right for you, contact us at Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery: 855-338-3511.

Is a Breast Reduction Right for You?

A woman’s breasts play an important role in her sensuality, femininity, and self-image. However, many women with large breasts often feel embarrassed and suffer from physical discomfort. If you have ever considered breast reduction surgery to reduce back and shoulder pain, or to achieve a more proportionate figure, check out these basic facts about the procedure to determine whether breast reduction is the right choice for you.

What is Breast Reduction Surgery?
Breast reduction is a surgical procedure to decrease the weight and size of the breasts. The procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis. Incisions are typically placed around the areola, down the lower half of the breast and under the breast in the crease (sometimes referred to as an “anchor scar”). Excess breast tissue and skin is removed to create a smaller breast and an uplifted shape.

Best Candidates
Candidates for breast reduction surgery are women who want smaller, reshaped breasts. Good physical health is a must, as well as realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure and acceptance of the resulting scars. The procedure is typically reserved for adult women who have fully developed breasts. Common complaints that lead women to seek breast reduction include:

• Breasts that are out of proportion with the rest of the body frame
• Asymmetrical breasts (one breast is larger than the other)
• Dissatisfaction or self-consciousness over the appearance of the breasts
• Physical discomfort from large breasts, such as back and neck pain
• Skin irritation due to heavy breasts rubbing against underlying skin
• Painful grooved in the shoulder from bra straps
• Avoidance of some activities due to physical discomfort or embarrassment

Results and Recovery
Breast reduction is a surgical procedure that requires a recovery period afterward. Patients considering breast reduction should be prepared to give themselves plenty of time and rest to fully heal from the surgery. Most women are able to return to the majority of activities within two weeks and all activities within 4-6 weeks. The improvements afforded by breast reduction surgery are usually long lasting.

Insurance Coverage Options
Women that are experiencing physical symptoms from their large breasts may qualify for insurance coverage for at least a portion of their procedure. To determine whether this applies to you, we recommend talking to your insurance provider before making an appointment for your initial consultation.

Breast reduction surgery is an effective way to achieve a new body contour and relieve physical symptoms for some women. Patients from San Diego and surrounding areas can learn more about this procedure by contacting us at 855-338-3511.

4 Ways to Get Your Summer Shape On!


Summer is here, but it’s not too late to hone that physique for the season. In fact, sunny skies and warmer weather make the perfect combination for a variety of fun and healthy options. We have four ways to get your summer shape on, from local recreation to cosmetic procedures.

Hiking in Torrey Pines
Get your fitness in while enjoying breathtaking views and a natural wildlife habitat at beautiful Torrey Pines State Natural Preserve. This day-use park features a scenic array of hiking trails, majestic cliffs and some of the best views in the San Diego area. There is also a visitor center and museum for those who want to learn more about the geology and history of the region.

La Jolla Water Sports
Whether your passion is kayaking, scuba diving or paddle boarding, you can find it all at the pristine beaches of La Jolla. Some of the coastline in the area even boasts fabulous waves for surfing. La Jolla also offers a variety of classes to acclimate newbies to the many water sports enjoyed by La Jolla visitors and residents alike, as well as tours and group activities for those new to the world of water recreation.

CoolSculpting
CoolSculpting takes body contouring procedures to a whole new level. Through controlled delivery of cooling, isolated pockets of fat are destroyed so they can be naturally eliminated by the body. Results begin to be seen within weeks and continue to improve in the months following the procedure. There are no incisions and no downtime afterward, so you can get your bikini body while you hit the beach this summer, without worry of time off work for recovery.

Tummy Tuck
The most dramatic results for a lean, sculpted summer body can be achieved through the surgical procedure known as abdominoplasty or a tummy tuck. This procedure removes excess tissue and skin from the midsection for a more sculpted look from the waistline to the ribcage. The procedure may be recommended for patients with excess skin around the middle due to significant weight loss or pregnancy.

Drs. William and Jeffrey Umansky offer CoolSculpting and tummy tucks, as well as other procedures to help you get in the best shape for summer. Contact Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery at 888-418-7756 to learn more about your plastic surgery options or to schedule your personal consultation today.

Tips on Injectables for Men You Need!


More than one-half million injectable treatments were performed on men in 2013, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Men are beginning to tune into the advantages provided by these quick procedures that require no downtime. Injectable procedures are allowing men to maintain their youthful appearance much longer, which can be beneficial for both their professional and personal lives.

Botox Cosmetic for Men
The most common injectable treatment sought by men in 2013 was Botox Cosmetic. This neuromodulator effectively relaxes facial muscles that lead to the formation of wrinkles, resulting in a smoother, more youthful look. Botox is commonly used to treat the following concerns in male patients:

• Frown Lines – vertical lines that appear between the eyebrows
• Crow’s Feet – fine lines that appear in the outer corners of the eyes
• Horizontal forehead creases
• Chin wrinkles and dimpling on the chin

Botox works best on lines and facial creases that appear during the formation of certain facial expressions, known as “dynamic” wrinkles. These lines respond particularly well to immobilizing key facial muscles, which prevents the facial wrinkles from forming in the first place. Botox Cosmetic may be recommended as a preventative measure for younger patients, as well as a means for smoothing away wrinkles that have already formed in older patients.

Dermal Fillers
Men are also seeking hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers like Juvederm, Restylane and Perlane. Dermal fillers are used to reduce the appearance of “static” wrinkles – wrinkles that are always present. They can also be used to restore volume to areas like the cheeks and chin. Fillers can be used specifically to treat the following concerns:

• Nasolabial Folds – lines extending from the nose to the corners of the mouth
• Marionette Lines – extend from the mouth to the jawline
• Vertical lip lines above the upper lip
• Loss of volume in the cheeks or jawline, or a receding chin

Both dermal fillers and Botox are temporary treatments that require follow up treatments to maintain results. The time between treatments will depend on the specific formula used and the individual patient. Because these treatments involve no downtime afterward, men can enjoy positive, discreet results without worry those around them will know they paid a visit to the plastic surgeon.

At Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery, Drs. William and Jeffrey Umansky use injectables to treat both men and women. Our goal is to make sure all of our patients feel comfortable with the treatment they choose and the service they receive. To learn more about our options in injectable treatments, contact Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery at 888-418-7756.

Brow Lift or Eyelid Lift: Which is Right for You?

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A variety of surgical procedures are available today to reduce signs of aging on the face. Two popular options include the brow lift and the eyelid lift. Which procedure is right for you? The answer depends on your specific concerns and your desired results.

Brow Lifts

The brow lift is a surgical procedure performed on an outpatient basis to restore the forehead and eyebrows to a more youthful position. The procedure involves incisions behind the hairline, which allow access for the surgeon to remove excess tissue and skin from the upper region of the face. Brow lifts can result in a more open-eyed look, due to the raising of the eyebrows. They can also reduce the appearance of frown lines and horizontal lines across the forehead that creates a more aged appearance.

Eyelid Lifts

Also referred to as blepharoplasty, this procedure specifically addresses drooping and bagginess of the upper and lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty removes excess tissue and fat deposits that contribute to a tired, older appearance. Blepharoplasty can be done on the upper eyelids, lower lids, or both lids at the same time. The procedure is also typically performed on an outpatient basis, with incisions where they will be nearly invisible after surgery.

Choosing Your Procedure

The best procedure will depend on an individual’s anatomy and specific concerns. As a general rule, brow lifts are recommended for patients with eyebrows that droop below the natural position of the brow bone. On the other hand,  an upper eyelid lift might be a better choice for  excess upper lid without any sagging of the eyebrow. In some cases, a combination of a brow lift and eyelid lift may be the only way to achieve the best possible results.

It isn’t always easy to know whether a brow lift or eyelid lift will offer the greatest benefit. Fortunately, patients at Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery can rely on the expertise and trained eyes of Drs. William and Jeffrey Umansky to determine which procedure will be the right choice. To learn more about these procedures, contact us at 888-418-7756 to schedule your consultation today.

What You Need to Know Before Getting Rhinoplasty

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Rhinoplasty is one of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures today. The surgery offers the ability to change the size, shape or positioning of the nose, improve asymmetry, or even make breathing easier. Nasal enhancement is an effective way to subtly alter a person’s appearance and build self-confidence. However, before you jump into nose surgery, Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery has a few important facts to consider.

 

Am I a Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is not the right choice for everyone. Individuals should be in reasonably good health with realistic expectations about the outcome of the surgery. Rhinoplasty is not usually performed on patients under the age of 15, since the nose is not fully developed until after that time.

 

Type of Surgery

There are a variety of techniques that may be used for rhinoplasty, depending on the specific concerns and the desired outcome of the patient. Incisions may be completely hidden inside the nose, or there might be a small incision on the columella, the narrow area of tissue between the nostrils.

 

About The Procedure

Rhinoplasty may be performed in a hospital or outpatient surgical center. Outpatient surgery centers should be accredited, which assures that they will have the same equipment and services as a hospital, including an anesthesiologist and monitoring equipment to track the patient during the procedure. In our practice, the procedure is performed in our AAAASF accredited facility, usually under general anesthesia.

 

Recovery Time

Recovery from rhinoplasty can take up to three weeks before you are able to resume all of your regular activities. However, most patients return to work and light activities within 7-10 days. It is important to discuss recovery time with your physician to ensure you allow ample time to heal from your surgery.

 

Choosing the Right Surgeon

It is essential that you choose an experienced, highly trained surgeon for your rhinoplasty to ensure the best possible results from your procedure. Drs. William and Jeffrey Umansky have the expertise and education necessary to perform a wide range of rhinoplasty techniques. Both are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, giving patients the peace-of-mind in knowing these surgeons adhere to the highest standards in their industry.

 

To learn more about your options in rhinoplasty, contact us at 888-418-7756 to schedule your personal consultation today.

 

Gynecomastia: End the Embarrassment

Gynecomastia is characterized by swollen or enlarged breast tissue in men. The condition is rarely a serious medical problem, but it can lead to embarrassment and low self-esteem in some men. The good news? Treatment options are available for gynecomastia to help men achieve a more masculine contour of the chest and regain their self-confidence.

Causes of Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia can be the result of a hormonal imbalance, which may be caused by one or more of the following:

  • Natural hormone changes that occur during puberty or as a man ages
  • Medication, including some types of antidepressants, anabolic steroids, antibiotics or heart medications
  • Chemotherapy treatment
  • Health conditions like hypogonadism, hyperthyroidism, kidney or liver failure
  • Use of marijuana or alcohol

In some cases, stopping a medication or treating the underlying health condition will be enough to reverse gynecomastia. However, men who don’t see changes in their breast size with these measures, may need to seek surgical treatment to reduce the size of the breasts and restore a masculine body contour.

Treatment Options for Gynecomastia

The two most common treatment options for gynecomastia are:

Liposuction – This procedure works effectively on men whose excess breast tissue is more fatty in nature. Liposuction involves the insertion of a narrow cannula directly into the breast, which gently breaks up tissue and fat deposits for easy removal. A suction device attached to the cannula takes the fat deposits away, leaving a smoother body contour. Laser assisted liposuction uses a laser to help tighten the skin, which can improve the results.

Breast Reduction Surgery – When the tissue is more fibrous in nature, excision of the tissue may be required. This can be combined with liposuction. Rarely, skin may need to be removed and the nipple may need to be repositioned.

Gynecomastia procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis under twilight sedation or under general anesthesia. Most patients can return to work two to three days after liposuction or a breast reduction procedure. While recovery times vary widely from patient to patient, it’s important to allow time to heal fully after a surgical procedure, as complete recovery can take up to a few months.

Drs. William and Jeffrey Umansky have spent many years earning their reputation as the top gynecomastia plastic surgeons in the San Diego area. The surgeons have performed hundreds of these procedures using state-of-the-art techniques and medical equipment to give patients the best possible results. To learn more about gynecomastia treatment, contact us at Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery at 888-418-7756.

 

3 Places for Liposuction You Didn’t Know About

Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed today. When most people think of liposuction, sculpting of the waistline or thighs comes to mind. Liposuction is much more versatile than just addressing love handles or a “muffin top.” For satisfactory results, all that’s required is good skin elasticity.

Neck

Excess fat doesn’t just accumulate below the waistline. Some people find the buildup of fat around the neck and jaw line to be even more bothersome. Liposuction is an effective way to remove those excess pockets of fat below the chin and around the neck for a smoother facial profile. This can have a result that looks similar to weight loss. For even more dramatic results, consider a combination of liposuction and a skin rejuvenation procedure.

Arms

The upper arm area is another popular place for a liposuction procedure. This area is a common place for fat to accumulate, leading to arms that are embarrassing to flaunt during the warm weather months. Liposuction removes those excess fat pockets for smoother, younger looking arms. The procedure is usually recommended for patients with good skin elasticity. Patients that have excess sagging skin, as well as fat pockets, may need to combine liposuction with an arm lift for the best possible results.

Inner Knees

The inner knee is another common area of the body where excess fat gets stored. That accumulated fat can result in knees that appear disproportionate to the rest of the leg. If those knees are not responding to diet and exercise as you hoped, liposuction for the inner knee can immediately remove stubborn fat pockets for a leaner, sexier leg that you will love to show off under shorts and skirts. Keep in mind that recovery from liposuction of the knees may take a bit longer, since the knees are further from the heart than other areas where liposuction is commonly used.

Liposuction continues to be one of the top choices in body sculpting procedures today. This minimally-invasive procedure provides stellar results with little discomfort or downtime afterwards. To learn more about how liposuction can help you achieve a smoother, sleeker body contour, contact the staff at Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery. Call today: 888-418-7756

What is the Difference Between Liposuction and SmartLipo?

When it comes to liposuction procedures today, there are many options available. For example, SmartLipo brings a newer type of technology to the procedure table, using laser energy to make the liposuction process more efficient and less uncomfortable. But is SmartLipo the best option for you, or would you get more benefit from a traditional liposuction procedure? What is the difference between the two procedures?

About Liposuction

Traditional liposuction uses a narrow tube called a cannula, which is inserted directly into the fatty deposits targeted for treatment. The cannula loosens the fat, while a gentle suction device attached removes the fat cells from the body. Very small incisions are required for insertion of the cannula, which may require sutures after the procedure. Patients will experience some bruising and swelling after the procedure.

 

Introducing SmartLipo

Also referred to as laser-assisted liposuction, SmartLipo integrates laser energy into the procedure to liquefy fat for easier removal from the body. The procedure also helps tighten the skin in treated areas. SmartLipo has also been shown to cause less bruising and swelling after the procedure, which can lead to a faster recovery time.

 

Making the Choice

So which treatment is best for you? For most patients, the two are combined for best results. In our experience, combining traditional liposuction with laser-assisted liposuction has provided our patients with the best possible results. The most important factor in the success of the procedure is the skill and experience of the physician. If you select a doctor who is highly trained in liposuction procedures, your chances for positive results are greatly increased.

At Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery, we have extensive experience in liposuction procedures to help patients get the precise results they desire. Our professional staff with spend time speaking with you about your concerns and treatment goals before recommending the best technique for your specific needs. To learn more about your choices in liposuction at Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery, contact our staff at 888-418-7756.

How do I pick a Doctor for my Cosmetic Procedure?

Choosing the right doctor for your plastic surgery

When you decide to have plastic surgery, the right doctor can make all the difference in the success of your procedure. But how do you know which physician to choose? By considering a few key factors as you search for the best doctor for your needs.

Look for Board Certification

Board certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery is the first qualification the cosmetic surgeon should have. This certification lets patients know the physician has completed a minimum of 3-5 years of training in general surgery and another 2-3 years of training in plastic surgery. In addition, board-certified physicians have undergone a variety of examinations to prove their expertise in the area of plastic surgery.

Consider Training and Experience

Qualified physicians will provide plenty of information about their education and experience in the field, including the schools where they earned their degrees and the hospitals where they did their internships and residencies. This information lets you know whether the doctor has worked specifically in the area of cosmetic surgery as a part of the training process.

Ask about Hospital Privileges

Even plastic surgeons that perform the majority of their procedures at their own outpatient facility should have privileges at one or more area hospitals. This is a good factor to weigh, since hospitals offer their own system of checks and balances to ensure the competency of each physician that works there. It also provides an option for patients who may need a hospital facility during or after their cosmetic surgery.

Ask for Referrals

Don’t be afraid to ask your surgeon for referrals from previous patients. Patients can let you know many key details about the quality of care the physician and staff provide, in addition to the results of the procedures. In addition, most physicians will share before and after photos of previous patients to give new patients an idea of what they might expect from their procedure.

Bring Questions to Consultation

When you schedule a consultation with a cosmetic doctor, bring a list of questions you want to ask to that appointment. The physician should be willing to take the time to answer all your questions and thoroughly explain the procedure you are interested in. If you don’t feel you get sufficient time and attention at this appointment, you may not receive the quality of care you are hoping for during your procedure.

Dr. William Umanksy and Dr. Jeffrey Umansky pride themselves on offering the highest level of care to patients at their medical center. To learn more about the procedures offered by this experienced, talented team, contact the staff at Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery.