Some of the most common questions I get from my patients after breast augmentation have to do instructions after breast augmentation. Most of my patients are feeling pretty good by the 3rd or 4th day and they want to get back into the gym or resuming normal activities.
I always caution my patients that even though they are feeling great – they still need to be very careful and take it easy while they are healing. It’s fine for patients to return to work and drive after about a week if they are off all pain medication as long as they don’t have to use their arm muscles in their job or to drive their vehicle. When driving, especially with patients with SUV’s I tell them to be careful when getting in and out of the vehicle and not to use their arms to pull themselves in or out.
I have my patients try to use their arms as little as possible for the first 2 weeks. I tell them to pretend that their elbows are glued to their sides and to try not to raise their arms out to the side. I remind them when getting out of bed or a chair not to push off with their arms, to use their stomach muscles or have someone help someone support their back. This is to prevent the implant from migrating, or excessive movement that may cause some internal oozing or bleeding. They also shouldn’t do anything that will raise their blood pressure because this can cause oozing too. Definitely no smoking after surgery while the body is healing and also refrain from alcohol for about 2 weeks. The best thing is to take it easy after surgery and relax! Eat healthy foods that are high in natural vitamins and protein that are the building blocks for your body to heal.
After 2 weeks, patients can resume most normal activities even light cardio at the gym. It’s ok to take vitamins, herbals, and any other medications that were held before surgery. At a month, I lift almost all restrictions including carrying things. I wait until 6 weeks after surgery for patients to do exercises that really use the pectoralis muscles.
Although it’s easy to get impatient – post op care is critical to minimize complications and insure preservation of your beautiful results!
Dr. Catherine Begovic
The National Sleep Foundation estimates that 18 million Americans have sleep apnea, which is associated with overweight people. Reason being is that when a person gains weight in the trunk and neck areas, sleep disordered breathing rises and sleep is constantly lost. Thus, those who are sleep deprived often lack motivation to exercise. A study published in the American Journal of Health Promotion showed that women who keep to a consistent sleep pattern maintain a healthier weight.
Researchers from Brigham Young University studied over 300 women from two Mountain West region universities to determine the relation between sleep and weight loss. Their report concluded that healthier weight was achieved by women who stuck with their sleeping patterns along with healthy sleep, than others who had less sleep and inconsistent sleep cycles.
Better Sleep Enables Healthier Weight Levels
Participants were assessed for body composition and recorded their daily body movement with activity trackers. The data helped authors evaluate sleep patterns and weight management throughout seven days for several weeks and results revealed:
Consistent bedtime and waking hours resulted in lower body fat
Those with less than 6.5 hours or more than 8.5 hours of sleep had higher body fat
Women with varied sleep and waking time by more than 90 minutes had more body fat
Quality sleep enables a woman to maintain body composition
The researchers also concluded that women who achieved healthy sleep had the lowest percentage of body fat when they slept between 8 and 8.5 hours.
Set Yourself Up for Sleep and Healthy Weight Loss
Most Americans try to do more while we are awake, even if it calls for losing precious hours of sleep. Unhealthy habits of staying up late, sleeping in too long and inconsistent sleep patterns do nothing to achieve healthy weight loss. The solution to weight loss is eat a nutritional diet, follow a normal exercise routine and develop a consistent sleeping pattern. After these steps are followed women who are still bothered by unwanted pockets of stubborn fat can turn to liposuction.
The study reveals that 8 hours of sleep a night, within a regular sleeping pattern should be consistent to maintain a healthy weight. Those who slept and woke up at their usual hours possessed the lowest body fat percentage, compared to those who were sleep deprived and slept irregular hours. Healthy diet, sleep and exercise are all ingredients to maintaining the lowest weight levels that we are desperate to achieve.
Posted in: Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, Fitness & Health, Labiaplasty, Liposuction, Mommy Makeover, Plastic surgery and Pregnancy, Tummy Tuck, Vaginal Plastic Surgery | November 22, 2013 | Comments Off
As a new mom myself, I know how challenging it can be to get back to your pre-pregnancy body. Even if you’ve managed to lose all the baby weight, there are still some things that you may need some help with. Gaining weight and then losing it really changes things. You are not alone! Here are some of the common procedures that moms get to help them do something nice for themselves for once!
Breast augmentation can help restore volume and fix the deflation that occurs after pregnancy and nursing.
Breast lift will bring your nipples back up to where they once were as well as create a more youthful shape.
Tummy tuck will remove excess skin, tighten your stomach muscles and remove any stretch marks that are below your belly button.
Liposuction can help remove those stubborn pockets of fat and help create a more feminine shape [Liposuction picture]
Labiaplasty will help shape your labia which after pregnancy can cause discomfort or create a visible bulge in tight pants or leggings.
I always tell my patients that diet and exercise are always essential to being healthy after pregnancy (even though we all know it’s hard to find time for this!) However, with these mommy makeover procedures can definitely help new moms kick-start themselves back into shape.
Dr. Catherine Begovic
The short answer is no. Insurance doesn’t cover anything cosmetic. However, there are some associated
anatomic problems in the nose that cause functional problems that most insurance companies will cover. If you broke your nose and it causes you to have trouble breathing, insurance will usually cover the surgery to straighten it. If you have a deviated septum or large turbinates (the pink ball like structures that hang down in your nose) that impairs your breathing insurance will usually cover surgery to straighten the septum and reduce the turbinates.
Many patients who need surgery for breathing problems also desire cosmetic changes to their nose since they’re being operated on in that area. Some of these things are taking down a nasal hump, refining the tip, making the nose more narrow, or making the tip less bulbous. The insurance will usually cover the part of the surgery that is medically indicated, but patients will have to pay out of pocket for any additional cosmetic work that is performed. I always advise patients check their out of pocket expenses and deductible and co-insurance fees with their insurance companies to see exactly what is covered since every plan is different. However, because some of the surgical, anesthesia and operating room time expenses are covered, it does help the patients with the overall cost compared to paying everything out of pocket.
Posted in: Blog | January 2, 2013 | Comments Off
A few days ago, the FDA issued a warning that foreign non-FDA approved Botox was being used in medical practices in the U.S. These practices were purchasing drugs from non-licensed U.S. pharmacies in an attempt to save money. The FDA released a letter stating that batches of Botox shipped by suppliers owned by a pharmacy called Canada Drugs were not approved by the FDA and that there was no verification of their effectiveness or safety.
I would like all my patients to know that I only use FDA-approved Botox purchased directly from Allergan, a licensed U.S. supplier. I never believe on compromising safety or quality when it comes to my practice. As a consumer, try to watch out for ads where Botox is extremely cheap – it may have come from a discounted foreign supplier. Never hesitate to ask or even to see the bottle.
However, Botox itself, when used by an experienced injector and purchased legally from Allergan, is safe, FDA approved and produces great results. Over 11 million people have used it to treat wrinkles had have younger looking skin.
Dr. Catherine Begovic