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Is Emsculpt® Right for Me?

May 16, 2019

Maintaining a toned, fit figure is hard work. You can put in countless hours at the gym and eat a healthy diet only to find that your efforts haven’t delivered the results you desire. This is actually quite normal. Our bodies are genetically predisposed to store fat in certain locations, and it’s common for some of these fat deposits to persist in spite of your most diligent workout efforts. In these situations, body contouring solutions can help you put the finishing touches on your fitness routine.

While liposuction has traditionally been the go-to option to eliminate targeted areas of fat, there are an increasing number of minimally invasive…

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When Can I Work Out after Male Breast Reduction Surgery?

April 22, 2019

Gynecomastia is a common condition impacting roughly half of the male population. It results in the development of excessive male breast tissue. If you experience gynecomastia and feel self-conscious about the condition, you may benefit from a male breast reduction procedure.

man working out after male breast reduction surgery to treat gynecomastiaJust as with all surgical procedures, there is a recovery period after male breast reduction…

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What to Expect Before and After Your Mommy Makeover

March 27, 2019

If you would like to restore your pre-pregnancy figure, a mommy makeover may be an excellent option for you. A mommy makeover consists of several plastic surgery procedures performed in combination that will address the changes to your body that occur as a result of pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding. In many instances, a mommy makeover can help you put the finishing touches on your fitness efforts to restore aspects of your figure that cannot be achieved with diet and exercise alone.

We’ve created a slide presentation discussing what you can expect before your procedure and during your recovery. We hope this presentation is helpful as you…

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Category: Mommy Makeover

5 Reasons to Get a Tummy Tuck

March 27, 2019
Woman Laying Down and Showing Off Stomach After Tummy Tuck


A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to tone and tighten your midsection. Men and women in all different stages of life seek tummy tucks to give them flatter, slimmer stomachs. If you have one of the five following concerns, this body contouring treatment could be a good option for…

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Category: Tummy Tuck

How Much Do You Know About Breast Implant Removal?

February 28, 2019

Many women are happy with their breast implants and the confidence that comes with looking their best. However, there are cases where women want their implants removed.

If you're considering breast implant removal, this quiz can help you learn more about the procedure and decide if it's right for you.

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Category: Breast Implants

Breast Implant Illness

February 12, 2019

A Word About Breast Implant Illness (BII)

My daughter’s school hosted a father-daughter dance last year.  After dinner, they served up a delicious dessert called spumoni.  Spumoni is an Italian ice cream made commonly with pistachio. My daughter dutifully asked the server if spumoni had any nuts in it.  She was told no. My daughter is quite disciplined about asking if any food item has nuts in it since she has a severe allergy.

After a…

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Category: Breast Implants

Do I Need a Facelift or Injectables?

January 30, 2019

Both facelifts and injectables can help treat the signs of facial aging, but they’re not created equal. While injectables are a non-invasive, temporary treatment for fine lines and wrinkles, a facelift offers lasting results for loose, sagging skin that injectables alone cannot fix. Learn which treatment is best for your needs.

What a Facelift Does

A facelift is a surgical procedure that can treat a wide range of facial and neck aging caused by time and gravity, including:…

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Ongoing Impact of Pregnancy on a Woman’s Body

January 07, 2019

Pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding will often cause your body to undergo several changes. Unfortunately, these changes often make it challenging to restore the figure you enjoyed prior to having children. Eating well and exercising regularly can have a positive impact on your body’s appearance, but these efforts won’t be able to restore lost breast volume, tighten stretched abdominal muscles or eliminate stretch marks. In order to address these issues, you may need the assistance of plastic surgery.

The infographic below highlights many of the common ways your body will be impacted by the rigors of pregnancy. Dr. Lee offers mommy makeover

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Category: Mommy Makeover

Will Fat Cells Return after Liposuction?

December 21, 2018

It’s common to find that in spite of your most diligent fitness efforts, you still have a few stubborn pockets of fat that just won’t go away. This occurs because we are genetically predisposed to store fat in certain areas of the body, and this often may not be where you want this fat to accumulate. Liposuction can be an effective way to eliminate these stubborn pockets of fat in order to achieve the toned, sculpted figure you desire.

One of the most common questions Dr. Lee receives during a liposuction consultation is, “Will the fat cells come back after my procedure?” The good news is that fat cells removed during liposuction will never return.…

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Category: Liposuction

How Long Must I Wait after Giving Birth before I Get a Mommy Makeover?

December 04, 2018

Motherhood brings many changes to your life. Most of these changes are joyous, as you get to revel in each milestone your child reaches. Watching your baby crawl, walk, and talk for the first time will put a smile on your face and remind you that the hard work you’re putting in as a mother is truly worthwhile.

However, not all of the changes associated with motherhood are desirable. Pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding will take a toll on your body, and the sacrifices required while taking care of a baby (you may lack proper sleep, nutrition and exercise for a while) often make it hard to regain your figure. Fortunately, a mommy makeover can help…

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Category: Mommy Makeover