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Breast Lift Surgery When addressing breast concerns I feel there are two keys  question that must be answered up front. 1. are you happy with the breast volume? 2 are you happy with the breast position/shape? These are two very different issues and should be addressed separately.  For example – I have seen many women over the years who wanted a lifted breast and instead received a large implant – yes the implant will fill out the extra skin – however if extra volume is the primary desire she will not be happy with the outcome.  It is important to understand what a breast augmentation and/or a breast lift can do for you. Breast Augmentation When addressing volume we have techniques to both reduce the amount (reduction) and well as augmentation with Breast Implants or Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation. Breast Lift Surgery Only after the volume issue is addressed can you address the position of the breast, which is just as important.  Ptosis,  or sagging of the breast, must be addressed if an implant is being placed.  Excess skin could allow the breast to hang off the implant creating a significant deformity.  Breast lift procedures can be done with or without volume augmentation.  Breast lift with an implant will address the excess skin only.  Breast lift without an implant will first rearrange the breast architecture (creating a more round and protruding breast) then will remove the excess skin. Breast Reduction Surgery Breast reductions are typically performed for one of two reasons: A perceived abundance of breast tissue with a cosmetic desire for a smaller breast  or for improvement in quality of life. Women with proportionally large breasts can suffer from a variety of issues such as back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches, rashes & grooves in the shoulder.  It is also common to have difficulty finding clothing that fits and appropriate fitting support garments and therefore difficulty exercising.  Many women also report feeling self conscience about their breast size. Breast reduction surgery procedure  not only reduces the volume and the weight of the breast, but also lifts the breasts into a higher and tighter position.  This will not only result in a cosmetically improved breast but will offload the neck, shoulder and back, thus improving the discomfort.  Post operative patients typically report being thrilled with their improved quality of life, reduction in pain and increase in activity.  Breast reduction can be an important first step in helping women maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.  I feel it is important to note that if you desire reduction in volume you will get a lifted breast during the reduction procedure as well. Breast Rejuvenation Surgeon Plastic surgeon Dr. Staci Hix-Hernandez MD is an accomplished breast rejuvenation surgeon.  She has more than 7 years experience performing complex breast reconstruction procedures at a major teaching hospital.  Please make a free consultation with Dr. Hix-Hernandez to discuss your breast rejuvenation needs. Plastic Surgery Austin TX…

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Mommy Makeover Surgery & Mommy Makeover Recovery Austin Plastic Surgeon Dr. Staci Hix-Hernandez MD’s  Approach. Traditionally mommy makeover surgery is thought to be a tummy tuck with a breast augmentation +/- breast lift.  however, no two women are alike, and certainly no two pregnancies are alike.  Some women gain more weight and lose more weight than others.  Some women are blessed with great genetics and end up with no body changes after pregnancy.  However, many women suffer loose skin, relaxed muscles and stretch marks.  There is a lot to say about going into pregnancy as healthy as you can as a way to avoid these problems.  But once you have them, what can you do about them?  The Plastic Surgery procedure known as Mommy Makeover Surgery can help. What is Mommy Makeover Surgery? I view a mommy makeover as addressing the concerns that arose as a result of pregnancies.  For each individual this will be different.  There are certain anatomical changes that occur as a result of pregnancy that diet and exercise alone cannot fix.  Its not always the breast and stomach.  Maybe the primary concern is her neck or arms, perhaps the thighs. The most important thing is to sit and listen.  I need to discover what each patient is concerned about as well as what her outcome goals are. I don’t try to fit a patient into a cookie cutter procedure.  I design a specialized treatment plan to treat each individual.  In my opinion this is the only way to get the best possible outcome. Breast Rejuvenation. The breasts can take a beating after pregnancy and breastfeeding.  Many women are left with deflated and droopy breasts.  The approach to breast rejuvenation in the mommy makeover involves a breast lift or mastopexy and/or breast augmentation.  Some degree of sagging breast tissue may be dealt with breast implants alone, but significant breast sagging will most likely require a breast lift.  If the breasts are deflated, they can be augmented with breast implants or natural breast augmentation with fat transfer. Tummy Tuck The abdomen takes the brunt of the effects of pregnancy.  It stretches out to accommodate the pregnancy and then is expected to return to normal.  Unfortunately, sometimes the muscles of the abdominal wall come apart, letting the abdomen to bulge out.  This is where a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty comes in.  These muscles are actually sewed back together leaving a tight, flat belly.  The abdominal skin can also be stretched out leaving sagging and stretch marks.  The tummy tuck addresses this too, removing the excess skin and stretch marks. Body Contouring Smartlipo Liposuction can also be used in a mommy makeover.  Excess fat can easily be removed and even transferred to another body area like in a Brazilian Butt Lift. Mommy Makeover Recovery The great thing about mommy makeover surgery, is that all of the procedures can be done in one session.  As a result, your mommy makeover recovery is combined and shortened.  You will be back on your feet immediately, but will need to take it easy for a few weeks.  However, the wait will be worth it as your pre-pregnancy figure returns! Mommy Makeover Austin Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Staci Hix-Hernandez MD is an expert at mommy makeover surgery.  With 7 years experience in complex abdominal reconstruction surgery at a major teaching hospital, she possesses the skills to give you the best possible results.  Make your free consultation with her to now to discuss how a mommy makeover can help you! …

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Fat Transfer: What is it and why I should I want it! Fat transfer is simply the removal of fat via liposuction from one area of the body and then transferring it to another area of the body. Fat for transfer is collected somewhat differently than standard liposuction. The fat is collected under lower pressure and we avoid using any lasers during it’s harvesting.  It is then separated from the tumescent fluid or anesthetic fluid, and then is carefully under sterile conditions transferred into the desired areas of the body.   Some uses of fat from fat transfer include fixing liposuction defects, breast fat transfer or natural breast augmentation, fat transfer to buttocks or Brazilian butt lift and facial fat transfer. Each of these that transfer areas requires different amounts of fat and different techniques to get the best results. Fat Transfer: Stem Cells The other thing to know about that transfer is that it contains a lot of stem cells. Stem cells are cells that can turn into any other cell of the body.   These cells are the holy Grail of rejuvenation procedures as they can be turned into new skin, fat, bone et cetera.   Fat  also contains 500 times more stem cells than the most common source which is bone marrow.   Bone marrow stem cell harvesting is very difficult and very painful.   Obviously we all have very readily accessible amounts of fat for stem cell harvesting. When we put these r stem cells into the new areas it appears that some of them do turn into new cells and give the longevity of fat transfers.   It is currently not known how to activate these cells but it  could be helped by using platelet rich plasma.   Platelet rich plasma or PRP comes from blood platelets and contains growth factors that may stimulate these stem cells in the fat. This is why we offer platelet rich plasma as an addition to our fat transfer procedures for stem cell activation. Breast Fat Transfer or Natural Breast Augmentation. Fat is an ideal component for use in increasing volume of breasts. There are no artificial implants or any worry of foreign objects.   However fat transfer breast has limited ability to increase size.   Maximum increase in size with breast fat transfer can be half  to a full cup.  But the increase is also more natural as it follows the natural curves of the breast.   The fat is injected throughout the breast to gradually build up the breast in small amounts.   The fat is a natural component of the breasts and will take root in there if properly placed and not placed under pressure.   It’s important that the breast envelope or the Breast skin have enough room to accommodate increased volume via the fat.   Fat under pressure will die.   This is why the procedure is ideal for post-pregnancy patients who enlarged breasts that have now deflated. The extra skin allows increase of size with the fat and this allows the fat to survive.   Stretching procedures such as Brava which also help stretch out the skin.   The other thing to remember about breast augmentation fat transfer is that it does disrupt the architecture of the breast. There has never been any studies showing breast-cancer caused by fat transfer however screening for breast cancer can be affected. This is why we ask for a mammogram to be completed before a breast fat transfer. Mammograms look at the architecture of the breasts via x-ray. When we do breast fat transfer some of this architecture of the breast is disrupted and this could lead to misleading diagnoses and tests. It is important to know this before going into the procedure and to have a baseline mammogram. Fat Transfer to Buttocks or Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) Fat transfer to buttocks is ideal for buttocks augmentation. The buttocks already contain a great deal of fat  and are a great environment for the fat to survive. Shaping of the buttocks can easily be done using liposuction and appropriate fat transfer to buttocks. The Brazilian butt lift involves more than just fat transferred to the buttocks.   The Brazilian butt lift also involves extensive Liposuction and body sculpting of the lower back and flanks.   The lower back and flanks affect the appearance of the buttocks.   A much smaller and flatter back and flanks makes the buttocks to project more and appear larger.   This is a crucial element of the Brazilian butt lift.   The transferred fat is then placed judiciously in the buttocks to accentuate the areas that need it most.   The combination of body contouring of the lower back and flanks and increase in size of the butt produces a shapelier and larger butt.   After the procedure the patient cannot sit on the buttocks  for three days and as little as possible for the first week.   This is to promote survival of the transferred fat and a compression garment will have to be worn around the chest for about a month.  Some of the fat will die naturally…

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