William J. Hedden, M.D.
I had a consult in May 2009 for a breast augmentation and was happy with the doctor I chose. I want to have the augmentation as well as a procedure called a smooth tuck to help with a 40 pound past weight loss. I saw this on "The Doctors" TV show; the smooth tuck is different but similar to a tummy tuck. It is where fat from the stomach and abdominal areas are liposuctioned, loose skin is pulled down and removed, and the bellybutton is repositioned. The abdominal muscles are not tightened. I've never had children and don't intend to so I don't think I would need an actual tummy tuck. Would having these two procedures at the same time be safe, or would it be best to do one first, then the second at a later time? Thank you.
It is OK to have multiple procedures in the same setting as long as the physician is able to limit the overall time under anesthesia. We commonly perform tummy tucks and breast augmentation together in what is called TABA where there are no new incisions on the breast and everything is performed through the abdominoplasty incision. I would be careful with the lipoabdominoplasty or what you are calling the smooth tuck as not everyone is a good candidate for the procedure. For more information please check out our website at www.heddenmd.com.
I recently had a consultation with a plastic surgeon regarding breast implants. I asked him specifically about high profile implants. He stated that he does not use them because they cause damage to the skin. Is this true?
High profile implants do not hurt the skin. They are not for everyone but in the right patient are very good implants. Profile should be chosen by your plastic surgeon to fit your breast. For more information please refer to our site at www.heddenmd.com.