Posted in: Uncategorized | December 18, 2013 | Comments Off
The last month, I have had friends and husbands purchase gift certificates for their loved ones as presents. Good Morning America did a segment recently about giving plastic surgery procedures as Christmas gifts. Botox, liposuction, and breast augmentation were found on several women’s Christmas wish list.
Considering that Botox usually costs a few hundred dollars and other plastic surgery procedures in the thousands – it is a rather generous gift. Obviously when it comes to suggesting someone improve their appearance, discretion is recommended. If a friend or family member had been wanting something, talked about it openly, but perhaps couldn’t afford it, plastic surgery might make a great present.
Drop by our office if you are interested in purchasing a gift certificate for a loved one!
Dr. Catherine Begovic
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
This last month I performed plastic surgery on two sets of couples. One was a young couple in their early thirties who had recently gotten engaged and wanted to do a little body reshaping with liposuction before their wedding in the spring. The other couple was a military wife and husband. The husband had initiated the plastic surgery visit – he had lost a lot of weight and had some extra skin that needed trimming and also wanted gynecomastia surgery. When he told his wife he was going to come in for a consultation, she also wanted to get something done and had a “mommy makeover” – breast augmentation with tummy tuck.
I’ve operated on many couples who underwent their plastic surgery together. For most couples, they are able to provide support and understanding through each other’s procedures. Sometimes they have surgery the same day, but in most cases that they choose different days so they can take turns taking care of each other. Couples also come in together for office procedures like botox or filler. Regardless, couples plastic surgery is becoming increasingly more common as men are having more plastic surgery procedures. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, last year, 9 percent of cosmetic procedures, around 1,194,000 were performed on men. In my practice, being in Los Angeles, where men are more open to plastic surgery, the percentage is even higher.
I personally enjoy taking care of couples as patients, especially being married myself. Their overall experience is usually greatly enhanced by sharing it with their partner and it’s a privilege for me to be a part of.
Dr. Catherine Begovic
Posted in: Plastic surgery and Pregnancy | January 5, 2012 | Comments Off
In general, with any cosmetic procedure, especially when it comes to body contouring, it is best that your weight is stable before proceeding with surgery. Therefore I tell patients who want to get liposuction or an abdominoplasty that they should wait several months after having their baby. There is no harm to the baby or the patient to having these surgeries before pregnancy, however, because of weight fluctuations and body changes that occur with pregnancy, they may need a second procedure later.
The same thing holds for breast surgery, especially if you are thinking of having a breast lift or reduction. Because the breasts expand and then deflate after pregnancy, you may need to have your lift revised after pregnancy depending on how your body changes. For breast implants, the shape may hold through pregnancy, but it really depends on your anatomy. I know many women who happened to get pregnant just after they had implant surgery and in most cases they retained a nice shape. Of course, you should expect that your breasts will expand greatly with pregnancy on top of the increase from the implants.
For other procedures of the face like rhinoplasty, eyelid, or brow lifts, the anatomy varies less with pregnancy so it wouldn’t be a problem to have the surgery before pregnancy.
Dr. Catherine Begovic M.D.
Last week I saw a few of my patients who recently had labiaplasty. They really felt so much better after having had their surgery and were thankful their OB-Gyn had made the suggestion they have the procedure done. A “labiaplasty” involves trimming some of the excessive labia that shows or hangs. Although it is considered to be vaginal cosmetic surgery, I would argue that in many cases the procedure is more than that – it really improves women’s quality of life. Now, every woman’s anatomy is variable but in general, most women do not like having their labia minora protrude and hang. This can become more noticeable after pregnancy. Sometimes, women are born with significant asymmetry between labia – one is much larger than the other. Most of my patients cannot wear leggings, workout clothes, or even have pain when wearing jeans. They complain of discomfort during common activities like exercising or riding a bike. In many cases, the main complaint is women feeling self-conscious during intimacy.
I know it sounds like a painful surgery, but my patients are usually pleasantly surprised at how quickly they recover. I recently authored a book chapter in the“International Textbook on Aesthetic Surgery” on “Female Vaginal Cosmetic Surgery” which describes in detail the steps of different techniques. In general, the excess labia is carefully trimmed and shaped. The surgery takes about 2 hours. The suture line is hidden along the inner edge of the labia. All sutures are dissolvable so they don’t need to be removed after surgery. Most of the swelling goes down in just a few weeks and patients can return to normal activities within a month or so. For more details please go to the Procedure Section of my website http://www.makeyouperfect.com/procedures/labiaplasty/
Dr. Catherine Begovic M.D.