Kate Winslet’s Baby Bump a Mommy-makeover in the making?

Cosmetic Surgery for Real, by Richard Buckley, MD, Milford, PA

Kate Winslet’s Baby Bump a Mommy-makeover in the making?

Actress Kate Winslet looked stunning with an obvious baby bump, when she attended the premier of her new film “Labor Day,” at the Toronto Film Festival.

But, as many moms know, the beauty of the baby bump fades after birth. Often even the fittest moms are left with physical signs of pregnancy they no longer want, including a stretched out belly. Hollywood moms are especially in tune to what post baby bulge can do to their careers. So, many turn to diets aimed at slimming their bodies and exercises focused on toning.

Sometimes, though, dieting and exercise just aren’t enough. That’s when women come to us for the ultimate in mommy makeovers–one or a combination of three procedures that address what pregnancy left behind.

Give your breasts a boost. Especially after nursing, breasts often lose some of their fullness and might not be as high or perky as before pregnancy. Breast augmentation with breast implants can restore the breast fullness and height. Some women, however, might prefer a breast lift only, or even a reduction, after pregnancy.

Fat pockets be gone! The body prepares for pregnancy, in part, with added fat stores. The problem is that those pesky pockets of fat around the upper and lower abdomen, love handles, hips, outer thighs, inner thighs and inner knees are tough to shed. Liposuction targets those areas, removing the fat permanently.

Tuck in that tummy. Pregnancy leaves some women with excess skin and a Jell-O appearance. Tummy tucks are surgical procedures which trim the unwanted skin and flatten the abdomen.

Today’s mommy makeovers can be done, in many cases, in an outpatient center (not in the hospital), while patients are comfortably and safely awake. Some mommies go back to daily activities within days after breast augmentation or liposuction. Tummy tuck procedures might require a little more time to recover.

Key words: mommy makeovers, baby bump, post-baby bulge, breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tuck

Nobody Wants a Turkey-gobbler Neck this Thanksgiving

Cosmetic Surgery for Real, by Richard Buckley, MD, Milford, PA

Nobody Wants a Turkey-gobbler Neck this Thanksgiving

Noninvasive lunchtime procedures can have you glowing and more youthful, just in time for Thanksgiving dinner!

My top four picks for this year’s Thanksgiving rejuvenation menu to fill, smooth and tighten the face.

#1: Fillers

Today’s assortment of cosmetic dermal fillers opens a world of options in facial rejuvenation, from smoothing unwanted lines and wrinkles to restoring a more youthful facial shape. Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Restylane, Perlane, Juvéderm, Prevelle Silk and Belotero Balance, replace lost volume and restore youthful facial contour, by softening wrinkles and folds. Radiesse is an injectable implant, which has proven to be versatile for augmenting such areas as the chin and cheeks. And Sculptra, a long-lasting filler option, helps to replace lost collagen.

#2: Neurotoxins Botox or Dysport

We wear our emotions on our faces. After decades of frowning, stressing, getting mad and making other faces, we develop more permanent versions of those looks. Neuromodulators help to relax the muscles that make those lines. The result? A smoother, more youthful and relaxed look.

#3 Skin tightening with the Venus Freeze

The Venus Freeze is all the rage. Why? The technology combines radio frequency and magnetic pulses to tighten facial, neck and body areas. Right in line with the Thanksgiving theme, women who don’t like the turkey gobbler look of their jowls and neck can benefit from treatments with Venus Freeze to tighten the area and make it more youthful. The technology also has been shown to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

#4 Polish skin with the Parisian Peel medical microdermabrasion

Using this medical microdermabrasion system, we deliver microcrystals to exfoliate the skin; then, vacuum the skin’s surface to remove dead cells. Patients emerge with glowing skin—perfect for the holiday season.

Learn more about these and other cosmetic surgery procedures here: http://www.milfordmd.com/pages/procedures_we_offer.html

“The bigger the better…” is out in breast augmentation

Cosmetic Surgery for Real, by Richard Buckley, MD, Milford, PA

“The bigger the better…” is out in breast augmentation

Mariah Carey’s new album cover, “The Art of Letting Go,” reveals a curvy 43-year-old singer. One thing that does stand out—when you look at this photo compared to photos taken much earlier in Carey’s career–is her breast size.

Pop stars often start fashion, hairdo and makeup trends. Even the shapes of their bodies make statements. In this case, though, Carey’s larger breasts are not what’s trending. In fact, I’ve noticed in my practice that women are opting for a more natural, proportional look after breast augmentation.

No implants needed

Breast augmentation by fat transfer–a procedure that uses one’s own fat to plump the breasts one cup size–is all the rage. Sometimes, we can go a cup and a half larger.

The concept is simple, we remove fat from places a woman doesn’t want it and use that fat (rather than implants) to rebuild, rebalance and re-volumize breasts that might have lost some of their size and perk over time. The result is a natural looking larger (but not too large) breast. You can see and example here: Before and After Breast Augmentation.

Other benefits of breast augmentation by fat transfer include:

  • Only local anesthesia is generally needed for the procedure.
  • Results last for the long-term– several years in many cases.
  • We don’t use a scalpel, so there are no visible scars.
  • There is no capsular contracture, which is hardening of the breasts, because we use fat, which is soft.

Good candidates need to have enough unwanted fat to do the procedure and only want up to be up to a cup and a half larger.

What’s new in breast augmentation with breast implants?

For those who want to go up in breast size by two cups or more, we’ve come a long way in refining breast augmentation with implants. Today’s patients have more options. For example, newer implants include the Allergan Natrelle 410 and Mentor MemoryShape implants (FDA approved in June 2013). These are cohesive get breast implants. Cohesive gel is firmer and retains a fixed shape. But, in my opinion, while they are newer options, they are not as popular as the softer, more pliable silicone and saline implants.

Learn more about breast augmentation by fat transfer and breast augmentation, in general, go to: http://www.milfordmd.com/pages/fat-transfer-breast.html


Can we maintain near flawless beauty into our 70s?

November 18, 2013
Cosmetic Surgery for Real, by Richard Buckley, MD, Milford, PA

Can we maintain near flawless beauty into our 70s? Just take a look at Raquel Welch!

Women are looking better and better as they age. I think three things help determine how a woman will look in her 60s, 70s and 80s: lifestyle (including sun exposure and smoking), genetics and whether or not a woman has cosmetic facial rejuvenation surgery, as well as how skilled and experienced her surgeon is.

I know the last two might be controversial. After all, many women maintain beauty into their later years with only a healthy lifestyle and good genetics. But to achieve a look relatively free of wrinkles, lines and furrows that come with a lifetime of expressions and movements; to keep eyebrows elevated, cheekbones crisp and the neckline defined, one needs a little help.

The caveat to that is that help has to be by a skilled cosmetic surgeon.

Case in point, look at Raquel Welch. The actress emerged November 16 at the 2013 Governors Awards looking spectacular.

But if you look at befores and afters of Ms. Welch since the days of her famous bikini pinup poster in 1966, you’ll see a graceful (albeit artful) transformation. Yes, I think Ms Welch probably eats right, exercises and seems to have great genetics. But I also believe (and many colleagues agree) that Ms. Welch had a little help with facial cosmetic surgery.

Specifically, I think she might have had:

• a facelift, which has given her a jowl-less neckline and a more sculpted lower face;
• eyelid surgery, which has helped her to maintain the open, almond shape of her eyes;
• Botox, to address forehead and other lines and lift her eyebrows; and
• fillers, to re-volumize her face and lips.

Whether Ms. Welch has maintained her looks so beautifully with the help of cosmetic surgery has not been confirmed. But if it is the case, her looks at age 73 are iconic for today’s older woman. I’ve seen many women in their 70s and, even, 80s who look spectacular with the help of artful, skillful and mindful facial cosmetic surgery.

For more about what we do to rejuvenate the face, see procedure descriptions and before and after photos at http://www.milfordmd.com/.