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Preparing for Rhinoplasty Surgery | Beverly Hills Plastic SurgeryFor a successful rhinoplasty plastic surgery procedure, it is critical to have adequate pre-operative preparation. Patients who are thoroughly prepared for the procedure are likely to achieve better outcomes and faster recovery. Dr. Gary Motykie is a board certified and dependable cosmetic surgeon providing rhinoplasty to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding locations.

 

Ahead of the Consultation

Once the patient has decided to go ahead with rhinoplasty, they can begin their preparation from that moment itself. The following preparation steps can be taken before the patient makes a visit to the surgeon’s office for a consultation:

  • Arrange to send medical records to the surgeon’s office from the primary care physician and specialists. This will allow the surgeon to know about any pre-existing breathing issues, sinus, chronic diseases, or allergies from the records.
  • Get in touch with the insurance provider to find out whether rhinoplasty plastic surgery costs may be covered in specific cases.
  • Arrange and carry along the insurance documents to the surgeon’s office at the time of pre-op consultation.
  • Prepare a list of current prescription and non-prescription drugs, including herbal supplements and vitamins.
  • Go through the website of the surgeon to become familiar with their practice prior to the consultation.
  • Make a note of all the questions, doubts, and concerns that the patient may want the surgeon to address during the consultation.
  • Choose some images from publications or websites that represent the type of nose or face the patient wishes to have.

The consultation process will become more meaningful with this simple advance preparation, time will be saved, and the focus can move towards getting ready for the procedure.

 

Determining Candidacy and Planning the Surgery

Based on the patient’s medical records, unique aesthetic goals, and their specific nose and facial anatomy, the surgeon will determine the suitability of a candidate for rhinoplasty. A customized surgical plan will be prepared after taking into account the patient’s inputs on various aspects.

As part of the preparation process, the surgeon will like to patient to form realistic expectations from nose surgery. They will encourage the patient to review as many rhinoplasty before and after images as possible to have a clear understanding of what to expect and what not to expect from the procedure.

Once the patient has made the final decision about the surgery, the process for insurance or financial loan application may also be initiated well in time. Dedicated cosmetic surgeon Dr. Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for nose surgery.

 

Before the Surgery

Prior to the surgery, the patient should arrange for transportation and aftercare. Once the surgery is completed, the patient will need someone responsible to drive them back home. They should preferably also have someone to assist with household chores for the first two to three days. This is not the time to run full blast on the treadmill, play soccer with your kids, cut off a limb from a tree, and so on.

The surgeon will require the patient to quit smoking for stop certain medications for a few weeks before rhinoplasty. The patient should start taking a balanced diet and increase the intake of lean proteins before the surgery.


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Your Rhinoplasty Plastic Surgery Consultation | Beverly HillsThe first stage in the rhinoplasty plastic surgery procedure will be a detailed consultation with the surgeon. The consultation process will enable the surgeon to create a customized surgical plan, and will help the patient to learn all about the procedure and related aspects of preparation and precautions. Open communication and trust between the patient and surgeon will help to ensure an effective consultation.

Dr. Gary Motykie is a well-established cosmetic surgeon providing rhinoplasty and other cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. At the time of initial consultation, Dr. Motykie will explain various aspects of the procedure, and enable the patient to make an informed choice. He provides rhinoplasty to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding locations.

 

Patient’s Feedback

At the very outset of the consultation process, the surgeon would need to know why the patient wants to receive nose plastic surgery, and which aspects of their nose are bothering them. The patient will also be required to provide accurate and updated information about their health records and current medical condition. The surgeon can prepare an appropriate surgical plan once the patient shares all the necessary details.

 

Patient’s Cosmetic Needs

The surgeon will encourage the patient to be forthcoming about their intrinsic cosmetic desires and aspirations about their nose and face appearance. One the patient’s aesthetic goals are clearly known to the surgeon, they can try to customize the rhinoplasty surgery plan in a way that those are incorporated to create more effective outcomes.

 

Current Health Condition

The patient will be required to arrange for their medical records to be shared with the rhinoplasty cosmetic surgeon. If the patient is suffering from any existing health condition such as diabetes, heart disease or neurological problems, or if they have any specific known allergies, they should disclose all such information transparently to the surgeon.

 

Ongoing Medications

Before visiting for the rhinoplasty consultation, the patient can prepare a list of all the prescription and non-prescription drugs, including herbal supplements and vitamins to present before the surgeon. If the patient has a history of smoking or a problem of excessive alcohol use, they should be frank about informing accurately on these issues for their own safety.

 

Questions to Ask

The consultation will be an opportunity for the patient to ask as many questions as they want, and clear all their doubts and concerns before making a final decision. The surgeon will answer all the questions with accuracy and in proper details in a patient-friendly language. Experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr. Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for rhinoplasty.

 

 

Photos and Testimonials

Many nose surgeons prefer to present before the patients rhinoplasty before and after images at the time of initial consultation. This allows them to ensure that the patient knows about what the procedure can or cannot do for them, and forms reasonable expectations.

At the patient’s request, the surgeon may also provide testimonials of past patients who have received nose surgery and shared their experience. Aspects related costs, insurance and financing should also be discussed with the surgeon during the rhinoplasty consultation.

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Rhinoplasty Risks and Safety | Beverly Hills Plastic SurgerySuccess rate of rhinoplasty plastic surgery is very high, provided the procedure is performed by a board certified and experienced surgeon. However, it will still involve certain potential risks and complications, which should be known to the patient before they decided to go ahead with the surgery.

The surgeon will discuss the temporary side effects as well as risks and complications that could be associated with rhinoplasty specifically as well as with any surgery in general. The patient should be prepared to follow the surgeon’s instructions carefully for a safe surgery. Astute and committed to his craft cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides rhinoplasty to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding locations.

 

Potential Complications

Rhinoplasty plastic surgery will usually have only a few minor and temporary side effects. However, in rare situations, one or more of the following complications may take place:

  • Infection in the incision area during or after the nose surgery
  • Adverse reaction to general anesthesia or lidocaine
  • Restriction in breathing through the nostrils
  • Chronic nosebleeds
  • Perforated septum
  • Accumulation of fluid below the skin
  • Burst blood vessels
  • Conspicuous scarring in case of open rhinoplasty
  • Asymmetrical nose shape
  • Possibility of a revision procedure

Dr. Motykie is a board certified and dedicated cosmetic surgeon receiving patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for rhinoplasty and other procedures for the face, body and breast.

 

Reducing the Risks

The single most important factor that will influence the risk profile in rhinoplasty will be the skill and experience of the operating nose surgeon. A board certified plastic surgeon would typically adopt the best practices and standards, pursue continuing training, follow advanced surgical techniques, and use the latest safety protocols to achieve safer and more effective outcomes.

An experienced surgeon would be in a position to strike a delicate balance between the facial and nose anatomy of the patient and their personal cosmetic needs and expectations. The patient, on their part, should diligently follow the surgeon’s pre- and post-operative instructions. All these efforts, along with the patient’s existing health status, would make an impact on risk profile of rhinoplasty.

The patient and the surgeon should have a relationship of trust and open communication in order to ensure that no critical information is missing from the patient’s side, which could increase the risk of rhinoplasty. The patient should answer the surgeon’s questions with accuracy and transparency, and have the confidence to share all relevant health and lifestyle related information.

 

Scarring Risks

Nearly every cosmetic surgery procedure will have some risk of scarring. But in case of closed rhinoplasty technique, the incisions are made inside the nostrils, and no scarring is visible from outside. In case of open rhinoplasty, minor scarring will occur in a discreet location as a small incision is made across the columella.

 

Risk of Unsatisfactory Aesthetic Outcome

The aesthetic outcome may be unsatisfactory either due to a surgical error or due to the patient’s unrealistic expectations. The surgeon and patient should have clear communication to minimize the risk of disappointment later on.

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Rhinoplasty Nose Surgery Procedure | Beverly Hills Plastic SurgeryRhinoplasty plastic surgery procedure can be performed using different surgical techniques, according to the unique requirements of a patient. But the primary steps in the rhinoplasty procedure will mostly remain unchanged irrespective of the type of technique chosen. The nose surgeon will explain various steps involved in the procedure during the initial consultation.

Once the patient knows more about the procedure, it will help resolve some of their pre-surgery anxiety. If they have any questions or concerns, they should freely ask at this stage and the surgeon will address them to their satisfaction. Dr. Gary Motykie is a board certified plastic and cosmetic surgeon providing rhinoplasty and other procedures to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding locations.

 

Consultation Process

The first key step in the rhinoplasty surgical procedure is the pre-op consultation. At this stage, the surgeon will explain all aspects related to the procedure, determine the suitability of the patient as a candidate for rhinoplasty, evaluate their medical records, current health and personal cosmetic goals, and try to establish a good rapport with the patient.

If the surgeon feels necessary, they may order a few diagnostic tests at this stage. The surgeon will also assess the thickness and quality of the skin in the nose area and evaluate any present or past sinus or nasal breathing issues. Rhinoplasty plastic surgery ‘before and after’ images may be presented before the patient during the consultation.

 

Surgical Planning

Following the detailed consultation process, the nose surgeon will prepare a customized rhinoplasty plan that is designed to match with the specific aesthetic and health needs of the patient. The goal of the surgeon will be to strike a fair balance between the patient’s natural facial and nasal anatomy and their cosmetic goals and expectations.

The patient will encouraged to actively provide inputs at this surgical planning stage before decisions such as the type of rhinoplasty technique and the nature of nose changes required are determined. The type of anesthesia, the placement of incisions, and the choice of surgical venue will also be decided. Judicious and proven cosmetic surgeon Dr. Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for rhinoplasty.

 

Surgical Procedure

Anesthesia

Rhinoplasty may be performed using light general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. An anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist will perform the procedure, and will usually be present throughout the surgery. Prior to general anesthesia, the fitness of the patient will be determined for this procedure.

 

Surgery

Closed or open rhinoplasty technique may be applied, depending on the extent of nasal corrected needed. Tissue from the nose area may be added, removed or modified as part of the procedure. Implants or grafting may be performed in some cases. Open rhinoplasty will leave a small scar in the columella, but closed rhinoplasty can be performed from inside the nostrils, leaving no visible scarring.

 

Incision Closure

Incisions will be closed using traditional or dissolvable sutures once the surgery process is over. Nasal packing may be applied initial to support the nose. Most patients can go back home the same day of the surgery and get on with their day and lives.

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Skin Rejuvenation for Ethnic Skin | Beverly Hills Medical Spa | Los AngelesAlthough plastic surgery skin rejuvenation procedures are usually equally suitable for all skin types, but the same cannot be said about non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatments. Particularly, in case of people with ethnic skin, they are often told that skin rejuvenation non-invasive treatments are not appropriate for them.

However, an experienced skin care expert will be able to recommend safe and effective skin rejuvenation non-surgical treatments for ethnic skin. Dedicated cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides skin rejuvenation treatments for ethnic patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities.

Characteristics of Ethnic Skin

One of the key characteristics of people with ethnic skin, including Hispanics, Asians, and African Americans, is that their skin has a relatively higher concentration of melanocytes. This creates a higher production of melanin in their skin.

Therefore, if ethnic skin with higher melanin concentration is treated aggressively, it may lead to hyper or hypopigmentation. An experienced provider can offer appropriate plastic surgery and non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatments that are safe and effective for ethnic skin.

Laser Genesis

Laser Genesis by Cutera is a non-ablative skin treatment that will reduce the appearance of fine lines and enlarged pores, while stimulation the generation of new collagen and elastin fibers for smoother, volumized, and more youthful looking skin. Skin texture and tone will improve with each treatment. Laser Genesis treatment is appropriate for ethnic skin, and produces desirable outcomes with little to no discomfort or downtime.

Vi Peel

Aggressive skin rejuvenation procedures such as medium or deep chemical peels can induce higher melanin production, resulting in hyperpigmentation for people with ethnic skin. Therefore, chemical peels are usually contraindicated for Hispanics, Asians and African Americans. Vi Peel is specifically designed as a unique peel for ethnic skin. This medical grade peel uses a synergistic combination of ingredients to suppress melanin production, which makes it safe for ethnic skin.

eMatrix

For Caucasians, IPL, and Fraxel Laser are widely considered as the most effective non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatments. However, for people with skin type 4 or higher on the Fitzpatric scale, which includes African Americans, Hispanics and Asians, IPL and Fraxel may not be suitable. These treatments can result in hypo or hyperpigmentation for individuals with ethnic skin.

Leading skin care experts recommend eMatrix as a comprehensive skin rejuvenation procedure for people with ethnic skin. The eMatrix treatment is based on radio frequency (RF) energy, and not laser. The RF energy gently penetrates into the deeper skin layers to promote collagen and elastin production for natural and sustainable skin rejuvenation from within.

The eMatrix RF pulses penetrate wider and deeper than Fraxel Laser, leading to more effective results. The eMatrix treatment will utilize the body’s self-healing power to restore facial volume and firmness while smoothing skin texture.

The procedure involves virtually no downtime. The treated areas of the skin will appear reddish on the day of the treatment, but from the next day, patient can cover the effects with makeup. Maximum results will show up in four to six weeks, but improvement will continue to establish for up to a year.

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Skin Treatments for African American Skin | Beverly Hills Medical SpaWhile plastic surgery procedures are often the same for people of all skin types, in case of non-surgical skin procedures, the treatment may vary from one person to another according to their skin type. Patients with sensitive skin will require a different treatment from those with normal skin, and patients will oily skin will have to be addressed differently than those with dry skin.

African American skin has specific characteristics, and must be treated differently from Caucasian skin. Dr. Gary Motykie is an experienced cosmetic surgeon providing innovative and advanced skin procedures specially designed for African American patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities.

Obagi Skincare

Dark spots or hyperpigmentation is a common problem for African American skin. It occurs due to the excessive production of melanin in the skin, which creates patches or dark spots. Hyperpigmentation causes an uneven skin tone. Obagi provides a unique skin care program that help to reduce visible hyperpigmentation on the skin.

Obagi skin care products contain a prescription formulation that can be received through a skin care professional. These products can be used at home under the guidance of the professional to achieve safe and desirable resolution of hyperpigmentation concerns.

Retinoids

Retinoids is considered to be a proven and effective treatment for African American skin. Retinoids such as Retin-A, Differin, and Tazorac are good choices for people with multiple skin concerns. Retinoids will help to address hyperpigmentation, and at the same time, they will work to mitigate fine lines and clear acne.

Patients should note that retinoids can cause minor skin irritation initially for people with sensitive skin. Therefore, a skin care professional should be consulted to select the appropriate products for an individual African American patient. Committed and proven cosmetic surgeon Dr. Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for advanced skin care treatments.

Laser Facials

One of the best skin care treatments for many African American patients is laser facial. The device makes use of a specific nanometer wavelength that is appropriate for patients with darker skin tones. The facial will help to trigger fresh collagen production in the deeper layers of the skin to fill the wrinkles and fine lines in a natural and sustainable way.

Laser therapy will also target melanin in areas with dark spots and help to eliminate hyperpigmentation. Laser facials will also minimize large pores and reduce the appearance of recent scars. The treatment is designed to even out skin discoloration and create a smoother tone and texture.

Chemical Peels

African American skin can benefit from light chemical peels. These peels can help to improve the appearance of aging lines, skin discoloration, sun damage, minor acne scars and certain types of acne. The treatment involves application of a mild chemical, which is left on the skin for a few minutes.

Once the application is wiped off, the top layers of the skin will gradually slough off over the next few days, revealing smoother, renewed skin. Deep chemical peels may not be suitable for African American skin.

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Celluma LED Light Therapy Acne Treatment Cost | Beverly Hills Med SpaAcne breakout and acne marks are a common skin condition that affects many women and men in the US. Celluma LED light therapy is a unique all-in-one low level light treatment solution to address acne and various other pain and skin conditions. The procedure is completely non-invasive and cleared by the FDA for skin care.

People who want to avoid plastic surgery and other aggressive skin procedures may consider the gentle and convenient Celluma LED system for acne treatment. Experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides Celluma treatment to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities.

Financial Comparison

Celluma LED light therapy will prove to be more cost effective than plastic surgery as well as certain non-surgical procedures such as lasers. Celluma acne treatment can be performed as an in-office procedure, and requires no anesthesia or sedation. This will avoid the costs of a surgical venue and fee of the anesthesiologist.

At the same time, Celluma does not involve any pre- or post-treatment expenses such as prescription medications, medical tests, or post-op visits to the treatment provider’s office. The procedure does not entail any downtime, which can have indirect cost benefits for certain working people who could have lost pay for a few days in case of a prolonged recovery.

Fiscal Factors

The sticker price of Celluma LED therapy for acne can vary from one practice to another and even from one patient to another at the same practice in a few cases. Geographical factors will play an important role in determining the price tag. Living cost index differs from one region to another, which will have an impact on the average costs of most types of products and services, including plastic surgery and non-surgical cosmetic procedures.

The quality standards maintained at a particular practice, the expertise and training of the staff, the level of personalized care, service and facilities offered, and the type of equipment used can influence the costs to some extent. Patients should ideally choose a practice with uncompromising quality standards, while costs should be considered as a secondary factor.

Extent of Treatment

Some patients may have more severe acne conditions than others, requiring longer or multiple treatment sessions. In some cases, Celluma LED treatment may have to be combined with another acne reduction procedure to meet the patient’s goals.

The cost of procedure can vary according to the extent of treatment performed. Dedicated cosmetic surgeon Dr. Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for Celluma LED acne treatment.

Insurance and Financing

Celluma LED acne treatment is usually considered an elective procedure performed for cosmetic reasons. Therefore, insurance coverage will not be available to the patient. However, patients can explore various financing options to pay for the treatment in convenient monthly installments.

Specialized medical care finance firms offer loans that that exclusively designed for elective cosmetic procedures. These loan offers for surgical and non-surgical aesthetic treatments typically feature quick approvals, lower interest rates, and smaller monthly installments of up to 60 months.

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Botox Injections for Excessive Underarm Sweating | Beverly Hills Med SpaExcessive sweating in the armpits is a common problem affecting over a million Americans. The condition can make a patient sweat up to four times more than an average person in order to regulate body temperature. Excessive underarm sweating can lower the quality of life, create itching and rashes, obstruct the comfortable performance of everyday activities, and make a person feel less confident in a social setting.

This condition can be addressed in a simple way without involving plastic surgery. Botox injections can be administered by a certified Botox expert to treat excessive sweating in the underarm area. The FDA has approved Botox injections for this treatment. Results with this non-surgical injectable procedure can last for up to two years.

Successful cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides Botox injections for excessive underarm sweating to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities.

Pre-conditions for Treatment

Botox injections for excessive underarm sweating should only be used for patients who have failed to gain relief with topical creams and anti-perspirants. According to the FDA, only patients with severe sweating symptoms in the underarm area should receive Botox injections directly in the affected area. The age of the patient should be 18 or above.

The plastic surgery practice or medical spa treatment provider should inform the patient that Botox is only approved by the FDA for excessive sweating in the underarms. The FDA has still not approved this treatment for excessive sweating in other parts of the body.

The patient’s candidacy should be carefully determined before recommend Botox treatment to mitigate underarm sweating. Dedicated cosmetic surgeon Dr. Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for underarm sweating treatment.

How does it Work?

Botox is composed of a potent biological compound called botulinum toxin A. This neurotoxin has a unique property to block the communication between the nerve and muscle and cause temporary paralysis in the injected muscle. The treatment provider will inject Botox medication in precise volume in the affected underarm area.

The neurotoxin will start working immediately to block communication signals from the nerve that cause stimulation to the sweat glands in the treated underarm area. As a result, the functioning of the overactive sweat glands will be temporarily halted, causing the end of excessive underarm sweating.

Patients should note that excess sweat that is eliminated with this procedure is not collected elsewhere in the body. Botox injections will simply stop the production of sweat in the treated area. But the sweat glands in other parts of the body will continue to function as before. The Botox expert will educate the patient about the procedure to help them make an informed decision.

Results

Within a month of the Botox injectable treatment, most patients will be able to see noticeable reduction in the sweating in their underarm area. With just one injection treatment session, the patient can enjoy the benefits of no underarm sweating for about six months. Follow-up treatments can be received to extend the results for up to two years.

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Questions to Ask Your Tummy Tuck Plastic Surgeon | Beverly HillsThe decision to go ahead with tummy tuck plastic surgery procedure should only be made by the patient, without the influence of anyone else. The patient should clarify all their doubts and concerns with the surgeon, and make a final choice after due deliberation.

Patients who make a well-considered decision after satisfying themselves completely will usually have a higher satisfaction in the end. A dedicated cosmetic surgeon will answer all the questions of the patient in adequate detail. Dr. Gary Motykie is a board certified plastic surgeon providing tummy tuck to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities.

Questions about the Surgeon

  • Do you have a board certification in plastic surgery?
  • How many years of training and experience do you have in the field of plastic surgery?
  • Have you performed tummy tuck surgery in the past, and what is your patient satisfaction rate in this procedure?
  • Do you have staff privileges to operate at one of the local hospitals?
  • Is your practice equipped to handle any emergencies that may occur during or after the surgery?
  • If I am unhappy with the results of tummy tuck, would you perform a revision procedure?
  • Do you receive local patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas?

Questions about Tummy Tuck

  • Will I make a fabulous candidate for tummy tuck surgery?
  • Which surgical technique would you recommend in my case?
  • Will you perform tummy tuck using general or local anesthesia?
  • What will be the estimated duration of tummy tuck procedure, and will it performed as an outpatient surgery?
  • Are there any preparatory steps that I should take prior to the surgery?
  • Can I review a few tummy tuck before and after photos of your previous patients?

Questions about Recovery

  • How painful is going to be the tummy tuck recovery?
  • How much downtime will it involve?
  • Can I take certain measures to make the recovery easier and faster?
  • What are the risks and complications associated with tummy tuck?
  • In how many days will I be able to return to my normal routine, including physical exercises?

Questions about Costs

  • What is the estimated cost of tummy tuck surgery?
  • Does your cost estimate include pre- and post-op expenses?
  • Will it bring down the cost if my surgery is performed at a surgery center instead of a hospital?
  • Will you charge separately for post-surgical appointments?
  • If I combine two or more procedure, will it make me eligible for a rebate or a package price?
  • Can your office provide me guidance about medical insurance and financing options?

The patient should feel free to ask a question twice if they are unclear about the answer the first time. They should preferably prepare a list of questions in advance and bring it to the initial consultation. This will ensure that all important questions are answered, and the patient can make a decision with a clear and confident mind.

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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Procedure Steps | Beverly Hills | Medical SpaTummy tuck is a major body contouring plastic surgery procedure involving several key steps. Depending on the type of surgical technique and the extent of surgery involved, the steps may slightly vary. The surgeon will discuss about these steps during the pre-op consultation.

Once the patient is fully aware of what to expect during the tummy tuck procedure, it will help to reduce their pre-surgery anxiety and make them feel more confident. Dr. Gary Motykie is an experienced and proven cosmetic surgeon with board certification in plastic surgery providing tummy tuck to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities.

Placing the Incisions

Following the administering of anesthesia, the surgeon will place incisions in inconspicuous locations in the abdominal area. The extent and shape of incisions will depend on the choice of surgical technique. A partial tummy tuck may only involve a minor incision made beneath the belly button.

On the other hand, a circumferential tummy tuck plastic surgery will usually involve an incision around the entire waist line, including the back.

Repositioning the Belly Button

In many cases, the surgeon may decide to reposition the belly button as part of tummy tuck. This can help to make the tightened and lifted abdomen appear more natural looking. The original navel may be detached and placed in a more appropriate location. In some cases, the old navel may not be reattached, but a new navel may be artificially created. This artificial sculpting should only be performed by a reliable and qualified cosmetic surgeon.

Tightening Underlying Muscles

The underlying abdominal muscles may become weak or separated. The surgeon can tighten these sagging muscles during the tummy tuck surgery. The abdominal skin will be separated from the abdominal walls through the incisions. A more toned look will be created by pulling the muscles closer together and suturing them into a firmer position. The waistline will appear narrowed with abdominal muscle tightening.

Removing Excess Skin

Once the abdominal muscles are tightened, the surgeon will pull the skin downward to make it taut and smooth. Excess skin will then be removed. Liposuction may sometimes be performed at this stage to remove excess fat tissue before the skin is pulled tight. Dr. Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for tummy tuck surgery.

Minimizing Stretch Marks

Although stretch mark removal is not one of the goals in tummy tuck surgery, but it is usually possible reduce the visibility of stretch marks, depending on the incision location. If the stretch marks are located beneath the belly button, they may be removed along with the loose skin. Even other stretch marks may sometimes become less conspicuous following tummy tuck.

Wound Closure

Following the surgery, the incisions will be closed carefully with surgical stitches. The surgeon may place temporary drain tubes under the skin at the incision site to collect excess fluid. This will mitigate the risk of infection. Drain tubes and stitches may be removed around the same time in about one week after the surgery.

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