What is a mini abdominoplasty?

What is a mini abdominoplasty?

I have to agree that it is a confusing term. There is no standard agreement as to what is involved. This is what makes it dangerous. It allows anyone to come up with their own definition, confuse consumers, and take advantage of the confusion created.

For some a mini abdominoplasty is a small, ill-defined procedure on the abdomen to improve its appearance. There is intentional vagueness as to what the intervention entails in order to take advantage of the patient.

For some a mini abdominoplasty is standard abdominoplasty, with the procedure done on someone with a small deformity and through a smaller incision.

For some a mini abdominoplasty is a procedure that concentrates its effort in the area of the lower abdomen between the umbilicus and the pubic hairline, tightening the muscles of the lower abdomen and removing excess skin.

For some a mini abdominoplasty entails the excision of skin from the lower abdomen, and on occasion liposuction of the upper abdomen is included, but there is no muscle correction.

These various possibilities create confusion as to the surgical time the procedure takes to perform, the recovery time involved, what outcome is to be expected and what a fair cost should be. The lack of clarity prevents interested people from having a clear value proposition.

In order to properly define a “mini abdominoplasty” let’s first identify the elements in a standard abdominoplasty and see which ones are included in a mini-abdominoplasty.

In a standard abdominoplasty:
1- Excess skin is removed through an incision at the pubic hairline.

2- Muscle relaxation and the occasional hernia are corrected by tightening the abdominal wall muscle and providing a strong platform on which to re-drape the skin.

3- As the skin is pulled down the belly button (umbilicus) has to be addressed. It cannot be eliminated nor can it be pulled down towards the hairline. So a specialized incision needs to be made around the umbilicus leaving it attached to the abdominal wall like a flower on a stalk. The abdominal skin is separated from the umbilicus and the abdominal muscles underneath, and an attempt is made to remove then skin segment between the belly button and the pubic hairline. The belly button is then brought out through an incision in the pulled down skin.

Sometimes included in an abdominoplasty is the suctioning of the upper abdomen and sides.

For everybody the relocation of the umbilicus on the abdominal wall skin as part of a standard abdominoplasty. The mini abdominoplasty does not involve an incision around the umbilicus in order to allow its relocation.

What are the choices in a mini abdominoplasty?

Type I involves a skin excision over the pubic hairline with or without liposuction of some part of the abdomen.

Type II involves type I and tightening of the abdominal muscles below the umbilicus without its relocation.

Type III also called “umbilical float” procedure involves keeping the umbilicus attached to the skin around it separating the whole abdominal skin and bellybutton from the muscles underneath tightening the abdominal muscles. As the skin is pulled down the umbilicus is relocated one inch lower than its original position and extra skin is removed at the pubic hairline incision.

Liposuction or Tumy Tuck?

Liposuction or Tumy Tuck?

Many patients are unable to decide what the best procedure for them in order to reduce their abdominal girth. The easiest way is to look at what causes the bulge.  If it is fat, and the fat is located in the skin then it can be suctioned.  If the bulge is from extra skin and stretched muscles then the tummy tuck will take care of the problem.  Sometimes we need to do both liposuction and a tummy tuck because multiple factors are involved in creating the bulge and both need to be addressed.

Liposuction or tummy tuck for men? 

The mechanism of increase in abdominal girth in men is very different than in women.  Men store fat primarily with the internal organs, whereas women store the fat primarily in the skin.  The fat present behind the muscle and with the intestinal organs cannot be reached with liposuction.   A low carbohydrate diet is a way to reduce that type of fat.  Liposuction of the skin fat is possible provided there is enough fat to make a difference. 

The only time a tummy tuck is required for a man is if he has lost a significant amount of weight.  There will be excess skin removed and the abdominal wall muscles would have been stretched by the excess weight in the skin the man had been carrying around.

Breast Augmentation (Mammaplasty)

Breast augmentation surgery increases or restores breast size using silicone gel implants, saline implants or in some cases, fat transfer. One of the most popular and frequently performed aesthetic surgery procedures, breast augmentation has a long and successful track record in satisfying women who wish to enhance, regain or restore balance to their figures.

When to consider Breast Augmentation

  • If you want a better proportioned or more appealing figure
  • If you wish your clothes fit better
  • When pregnancy, weigh loss or aging has affected the size and shape of your breasts
  • To restore symmetry if one of your breasts is smaller than the other


Is Breast Augmentation safe?

It is important for women with breast implants to keep in mind that while breast implants are intended to last your lifetime, replacement may become necessary. After breast implant surgery, you should have periodic examination by a board-certified plastic surgeon to monitor your implants.

Silicone gel−filled breast implants have been under scrutiny for years, but after gathering detailed and meticulous research and data, the FDA has approved them for use in cosmetic breast enhancement surgery, finding no link between silicone gel breast implants and connective tissue disease, breast cancer or reproductive problems. In addition, the FDA has approved three companies to develop and market breast implants and continue to collect data on their long-term safety and efficacy. For more information, please see the FDA breast implant information provided on their site.

Surgical techniques for breast augmentation and all breast implants are continually being refined, increasing the safety and reliability of the procedure. Ask your Dr. Makhlouf to provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision.

How do I prepare for a breast augmentation procedure

Dr. Makhlouf will provide thorough preoperative instructions, answer any questions you may have, take a detailed medical history and perform a physical exam to determine your fitness for surgery.

To help detect and track any changes in your breast tissue, your plastic surgeon may recommend:

  • A baseline mammogram before surgery
  • Another mammogram a few month after surgery

In advance of your procedure, Dr. Makhlouf will ask you to:

  • Stop smoking at least 6 weeks before undergoing surgery to better promote healing.
  • Avoid taking aspirin and other certain anti-inflammatory drugs that can increase bleeding.
  • Hydrate, regardless of the type of surgery, hydration is very important before and after surgery for safe recovery.

For breast augmentation using autologous fat transfer, you may be instructed to wear a special bra to expand the skin and tissue around the breasts to prepare them for fat injection.

Breast augmentation is usually performed on an outpatient basis. Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and to stay with you at least the first night following surgery.

Maintain a relationship with your aesthetic plastic surgeon
For safety, as well as the most beautiful and healthy outcome, it’s important to return to see Dr. Makhlouf’s office for follow-up evaluation at prescribed times and whenever you notice any changes in your breasts. Do not hesitate to contact us at 847-297-8124 when you have any questions or concerns.

Prominent Ear Pinning (Otoplasty)

Prominent ears, and other ear deformities, usually present themselves at birth. An estimated 30% of these deformities correct themselves with normal aging, but a majority will require some form of treatment for correction. There are many variations, but protruding ears is the deformity that is most frequently corrected with Otoplasty.

For the first days of life, the ears can be molded. Mother’s estrogen makes the ear’s cartilage soft, allowing a brief window of time in which to reshape the ear. According to research, treatment started within the first couple of weeks after birth can be up to 90% effective, and avoid any future need for surgery. If you do notice that your newborn has an irregular shape to their ear, mention this to your doctor and see if Ear Molding is your best option.

A common time for treatment though for Prominent Ears is between the age of 5 and 6. By this age, the ear is close to 85% of its adult size, and if it was going to correct itself spontaneously, it should have by this time. Otoplasty ,is performed  as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia with good long term results. The head is often wrapped for a week, and a head band worn for a few months overnight, which helps protect the results while the ear shape becomes set.

Otoplasty though can be performed at any age. A very common time for Otoplasty is in young adulthood. The ear re-shaping surgery is performed in much the same way as it is in childhood, though it can be performed under local with light sedation for the properly selected patient. If the idea of being awake causes anxiety, anesthesia may be the better option.

The most common reasons for a prominent ear are:

  • Incomplete folding – leaving the rim sticking out
  • A large central bell of the ear (concha)
  • Anterior rotation of the ear

Each of these deformities can be addressed during Otoplasty. Incomplete folding can be corrected with sutures, or by scoring the cartilage. A oversized concha can be surgically reduced, and an anteriorly rotated ear can be set back. Most of these corrections are done through a small incision hidden in the fold behind the ears, so it remains hidden, even to those with short hair.

If you or your child has prominent ears, Enhanced Form and Dr. Vincent Makhlouf can help. A consultation can be scheduled today. Please call 847-297-8124 today for help.

Abdominal Liposuction the Right Choice?

It’s no surprise that abdominal liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the United States. The tummy and the love handles seem to plague even the most fit and beautiful people and a lot of that is because abdominal fat can be some of the most stubborn and difficult to burn.
Well, the good news is that you don’t necessarily have to turn to a full on tummy tuck to get some good results. In fact, quite often, abdominal liposuction will give you results that will please you, with less risk, less recovery time, and a lower cost.
For women hoping to reduce fat in their tummy area after having a baby or for men who need to hone their physique, abdominal liposuction is the easiest way to go. There are some risk factors and abdominal liposuction pitfall to avoid, buy you can get a great result if you are a well informed patient. For instance, you need to inform the physician if you have a hernia or have had prior abdominal surgeries, you should be healthy and within 30 lbs of your ideal weight, and you should have realistic expectations about your results.
For most people who undergo tumescent liposuction of the abdomen, the results are excellent and eliminate the need to have a tummy tuck or further procedures. Tumescent liposuction is the most commonly used liposuction technique and has been used for over 20 years for safe and successful liposuction results. If you get tumescent abdominal liposuction, you’ll be home and up and around the day of your surgery. You’ll have relatively little soreness and will probably only need Tylenol to eliminate discomfort.
So if you are considering a tummy tuck or an Abdominioplasty, think about getting liposuction first. If the procedure is successful, you will have spent less time and less money on a less risky procedure and you may achieve satisfactory results. If the abdominal liposuction is insufficient, you’ll have completed the first step of your tummy tuck anyway, which is fat removal, and you can move forward with your Abdominoplasty.

Liposuction Scarring?

Everyone remembers the moment, early in a relationship with a new boyfriend or girlfriend, when you compare scars and tell the stories of how you got them. No one wants to say, “I just got that one after my liposuction surgery.” That’s a reason why one of the fears that patients have about undergoing liposuction is that there might be permanent scarring. After all, liposuction requires an incision in the skin; any time the skin is punctured there is a risk of permanent damage. So if you elect to have liposuction done, will you be forever explaining the scars to your significant other? The good news is: probably not.
Many people get liposuction in order to feel better about their physical appearance. They’d like their “love handles” removed, breasts reduced or enlarged, and some of the excess flab removed from their thighs and arms. In liposuction, a device called a cannula is inserted below the skin which then breaks up and sucks out the fat. Fortunately, the incision required to perform such surgery is often very small, leading to a low risk of scarring, in addition, board-certified doctors are well-trained to make the tiny cuts in unobtrusive locations.
Of course, there is always a chance that there could be scarring. If you are someone who is already prone to easily scar, you run a higher risk. In addition, the larger the cannula used, the larger the incision and the more likely it is that there will be scarring. And the darker your skin, the more likely you are to scar.
The largest factor in determining the success of you liposuction surgery ,including reducing the chances of scarring, is finding a highly-trained , board-certified physician like Dr. Makhlouf. Dr. Makhlouf is a skilled surgeon and knows the best ways to take care of you and your skin so that you can be proud of your appearance. Choose the right doctor, and you’ll never have to explain where you got those scars.

A Quick Timeline about life after breast augmentation surgery

3 weeks after surgery: You can go tanning and swimming!

You will be able to go swimming because the incision will be healed three weeks after surgery.

If you chose to tan 3 weeks after, make sure to protect the incision with sunscreen that is SPF 15 of higher so the scar won’t become dark.

8 weeks after surgery: Swelling will go down and you will have an accurate idea about your new breast size!

That means 8 weeks after surgery it is time to go shopping and buy new bras, swimsuits, and other clothes!  It is essential that any decisions that take into account your breast size, such as a wedding dress, should not be decided until 8 weeks after surgery.

Factors to consider before having a breast augmentation


A breast augmentation will NOT affect your pregnancy.  You will still be able to breast feed.  Pregnancy, however, does affect one’s breasts.  After being pregnant some women’s breasts get smaller, others bigger, and others droopier.  That means if you get a breast augmentation and soon after get pregnant your breasts may change and you could need a revision surgery to get them back to how they were before you were pregnant.  So if you plan on getting pregnant take that into consideration while thinking about your breast augmentation surgery.  You can even wait until having your child or children and add a tummy tuck and get what we call a mommy makeover!

Weight loss

Weight loss can cause one’s breasts to decrease in size or can result in droopy breast due to there being more skin than there is fatty tissue in the breast.  That means if you are planning on losing weight you should ideally do so before your breast augmentation.  The reason for this is so that the excess skin can be factored into the surgery and taken care of so you do not finally have the breasts you want only to lose weight and then have your breast droop.  However, if you end up losing weight then you should also check out Dr. Makhlouf for a tummy tuck in addition to your breast augmentation!

Post Partum Fixes: Am I ready for a Mommy Makeover?

Post Partum Fixes: Am I ready for a Mommy Makeover?
Changes to the body, especially a woman’s breasts, are a major side effect of pregnancy and a problem that most women just aren’t ready to face. It happens over such a long period of time, so new moms don’t even notice how much she has changed until it’s time to put on her favorite bra or swimsuit for the first time, and then it hits her, it’s abundantly clear that she now has post-pregnancy breasts.
Is it time for a mommy makeover? What to think about.
A can change your life. After giving birth to your bundle of joy, many women find that they do not feel “normal”, or like themselves anymore. Stretched out skin and muscles, breasts that no longer sit as high as they used to or are not as voluminous, and pockets of fat that didn’t used to be there can put a real negative effect on your confidence. A mommy makeover is a perfect way to fix these body issues, but you first need to consider your lifestyle and if you’re ready for this surgery.
How to be OK with your body after pregnancy
Take some time and talk to 20 new mothers about their post pregnancy bodies and you’ll get 20 different opinions about their feelings of the change. Some are most bothered by their breast changes, which often is associated with a decrease in firmness and volume. Others will say they are most upset about their stretched out skin around the abdomen area and how they still have a “paunch” even after losing all their baby weight. And others will say they are puzzled to find that they have excess fat in places they’ve never had it before, despite vigorous exercise and dieting.
Making the decision
Even though it is a very popular procedure, having a is not something that’s decided overnight. Moms today are more involved in their careers, caring for the children, helping out at the school, and all of their other responsibilities, needless to say moms today wear many hats. And for that reason alone, it’s understood why it takes time to make the choice to get your .
Help during recovery
You’ll need to take some time after the surgery to recover and we can make sure we go over exactly what you procedure with specifically cover. Many moms worry that it will take too much time, but once they ask, they find that help is usually available for a couple of days from those around them. You’re used to doing things yourself, so asking isn’t always easy. But we can assure that it’s the best way you can get the procedure you want and deserve.
If you’d like to find out more about a , we are more than happy to schedule a consult to answer any of your questions.

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At Magnifica Figura, Winter Is a Popular Season for Cosmetic Surgery

Like many other cosmetic surgery centers around the U.S., Magnifica Figura of Chicago, IL, headed by Dr. Vincent Makhlouf, sees many patients during the colder months of the year. For those unfamiliar with cosmetic procedures, this trend may seem curious; why get a beach body mid-winter when bikini weather is six months away?

The benefits to scheduling one’s plastic surgery far in advance of hot summer days are myriad, and at Magnifica Figura, Dr. Makhlouf and his expert staff encourages new and current clients alike to visit the center this winter in order to begin their process of total transformation. In addition to allowing patients to be nearly healed by the time summer is upon them, winter surgeries also allow patients to easily conceal the evidence of a recent procedure under cold-weather clothing, and also spend less time recovering during beautiful days when they would undoubtedly prefer to spend their time outside, enjoying nice weather.

Patients of Magnifica Figura who are seeking facial surgery will also benefit from weakened sunlight during the winter season, as beneficiaries of facelifts, rhinoplasties, eyelid surgeries, neck lifts, and other procedures are advised to carefully avoid exposure to strong outdoor light in order to avoid scarring.

While winter is a popular time to schedule consultations and procedures for all of these reasons and more, Magnifica Figura is still currently accepting new patients looking for a new self in the New Year. Their offices invite prospective patients to visit www.magnificafigura.com for pictures of abdominoplastia antes y despues, as well as before-and-after photos of other procedures, or call 877-532-3476 to inquire about the costo de cirugia de parpados, abdomen, face, or other areas of the body.

Acerca Magnifica Figura

Fundado por el Dr. Vincent Makhlouf, MD, Magnifica Figura de Chicago, IL, le ofrece los pacientes con un complemento completo de procedimientos de cirugía plástica, como tratamientos faciales, incluyendo la rinoplastia y estiramientos faciales, cirugía de senos, piel y otros procedimientos del cuerpo, como los aumentos de glúteos y la liposucción.

Para ver todos los procedimientos disponibles y una galería de fotos después de antes, se invita a los clientes potenciales a visitar www.magnificafigura.com.