The Modified Abdominoplasty at Yager Esthetics

There are no Plastic surgeons I am aware of who do as many Tummy Tucks as I do. I have done as many as 200 in a single year. I have done in excess of 1500 Abdominoplasties in my private practice. These have all been what are known as Full Abdominoplasties, where the muscles are tightened from the ribs all the way down, and the belly button is inset in a new opening. Until last year, I had only done 2 Modified Abdominoplasties.

A Modified Abdominoplasty leaves the belly button attached to the skin, and moves it lower down where it is reattached under the skin, so no scar exists around it. It is for when the muscle needs to be tightened and there is a minimal amount of loose skin. Very few patients were good candidates.

Where I have used it three times this year is in patients who have had Tummy Tucks done before, and the problem is a high scar or inadequate muscle tightening. As long as the belly button is not too low, it has been perfect.

That is the beauty of doing so many of these procedures. You can take a procedure which was created for a very few special cases and use it as a reconstructive salvage operation with fantastic improvements possible.


Better Bodies after Babies- The Mommy Makeover

After the joys of pregnancy and childbirth often come the sorrows of altered body shapes. Having children, especially with significant weight gain, can change not only your stomach, but your breasts, back, skin, buttocks, and thighs. This is not news to many of you moms out there.

What you may not know, and what your Ob/Gyn may not tell you, is that there are things that you can do to repair the damage. The combination of several of these procedures at once is often known as a Mommy Makeover. I perform these procedures every week, and it is gratifying to know that it not only fixes physical issues, but can elevate your self esteem and outlook on life.

When considering a combined plastic surgical procedure, it is important to be honest about any health problems you may have. Sometimes it is safer to do each separately, and safety should be your primary concern. Your weight and age also have to be considered.

In my practice, the most popular combinations are abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) with liposuction and/or fat transfer to buttocks, or abdominoplasty with breast surgery. The results can be quite dramatic, as our photo gallery can show you.

I do more mommy makeovers and combined cases now than 10 years ago, as my surgical times have gotten shorter from experience, and risks can therefore be reduced. The results are better than ever. I do not perform surgery that takes longer than 3 hours, as risks from anesthesia and being immobile increase. If more is desired, I break it up into 2 sessions to enhance patient safety.

If you are healthy, are done having children, and want your prebaby body back, think about the mommy makeover. It can change the clothes you wear, increase your confidence and self esteem, and make your after child years the best of your life.