At Tarola Plastic Surgery in Murfreesboro, TN, Dr. Nicholas A. Tarola, MD prides himself in his ability to help his clients look young and beautiful regardless of their age. Today, we’re looking at one of our most popular anti-aging procedures, a thigh lift. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about this procedure and more.
How Long Does a Thigh Lift Last?
Thigh lift results usually last between five and 10 years. The longevity of your results depends on several factors, including your age, health, lifestyle, and weight management. Generally, the younger you are when you get surgery, the longer you can expect your results to last. You can also expect to enjoy your optimal results longer if you maintain your health and weight.
What Can I Do To Extend the Longevity of My Results?
One of the most effective things you can do to enjoy your thigh lift results longer is to maintain a stable weight after your procedure. If you lose a significant amount of weight very quickly, your thigh skin may sag again. You can also help extend the longevity of your results by drinking at least six cups of hydrating fluids daily. Hydration is crucial for skin elasticity.
You should also exercise regularly to enjoy your results longer. Do such exercises as leg presses, weighted squats, weighted lunges, and Olympic lifts. You should also regularly do aerobic exercises that work the thighs, like walking, running, swimming, or cycling. Furthermore, you should do your best to eat nutritiously most of the time. Aim to get plenty of vitamins, minerals, and protein in your diet.
What Should I Avoid If I Want To Enjoy My Results Longer?
To keep your thighs looking young and beautiful for as long as possible, you should avoid sun damage. The UV radiation emitted by the sun damages the collagen that keeps your skin tight, smooth, and healthy. You should also avoid smoking or consuming tobacco products in other ways if you want your thighs to look firm and smooth for as long as possible.
Consuming tobacco products is bad for your skin because they contain nicotine. This chemical compound affects your collagen negatively in many ways, including reducing the rate at which your skin produces collagen and damaging the collagen you have. For similar reasons, you should avoid consuming copious amounts of alcohol. Men should drink no more than two units of alcohol daily and women should stick to one unit daily at most.
How Long Will My Procedure Take?
You can generally expect your procedure to take two to three hours to complete. Factors affecting the duration of your procedure include the number of concerns being treated and the severity of the concerns that you need to treat. Before your procedure begins, we will inspect the targeted areas to ensure there are no contraindications and sanitize the incision locations.
Then, we will administer anesthesia to ensure you remain calm and comfortable during your procedure. After that, incisions will be made so that we can remove excess skin and a little excess fat. Additionally, we will manipulate your underlying tissues to further enhance your appearance. After that, the remaining skin will be sutured closed. Depending on your goals, we can enhance your inner or outer thighs or both.
How Should I Prepare for My Procedure?
The most important thing you can do to prepare for a thigh lift is to attend an initial consultation with a qualified surgeon. During this consultation, Dr. Tarola will verify that you are a good candidate for this procedure and advise you on what other preparation steps are required. You should let him know what medications you are currently taking. You may need to stop taking some of your medications, like:
- Fish oil supplements
- Ginkgo biloba supplements
Another vital preparation step to take is to not smoke for two weeks prior to surgery. Smoking and consuming nicotine in other ways can negatively affect your blood pressure. Similarly, you should not consume alcohol for two weeks post-op because it can thin your blood or change your blood pressure drastically.
What Aftercare Guidelines Will I Need To Follow?
During the first four days following your procedure, you should try to do as little as possible. However, every couple of hours you should get up and walk a bit. You should also get plenty of sleep.
What Other Ways Can I Reverse the Signs of Aging?
BOTOX is another popular way to reverse some of the signs of aging. This injectable prescription medication can reverse many aging signs, including smoker’s lines, crow’s feet, glabellar lines, and forehead folds. However, it is not appropriate for everyone, including people who can’t stop taking NSAIDs, certain sleep aids, or oral muscle relaxants.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today
Thigh lift results can last for up to a decade. Factors that affect the longevity of your results include how well you maintain your weight, how young you are, and how healthy your lifestyle is. To find out if this treatment is right for you, contact us today at Tarola Plastic Surgery in Murfreesboro, TN to schedule your initial consultation.
From BOTOX to comprehensive body contouring procedures that can address many concerns throughout the body, you can get help achieving your desired appearance at Tarola Plastic Surgery in Murfreesboro, TN. Today, we’re looking at everything you need to know about a mommy makeover, including what it includes and how long you can expect the results to last.
What’s Included in a Mommy Makeover?
Breast augmentation, sometimes referred to as augmentation mammoplasty, is a procedure designed to enhance the shape and size of the breasts by placing implants in the breast. Depending on your unique goals, you may benefit from a saline or silicone implant. To be considered a good candidate for this procedure, you should have realistic expectations about the results. You should understand that results vary based on the type of implant selected and the implant shape and placement chosen. You also should understand that the volume increase you can expect depends on a multitude of factors.
A tummy tuck, often called abdominoplasty in the medical community, is a procedure that is usually used to address such cosmetic concerns as removing excess abdominal skin and tightening loose abdominal skin. You can also get a small amount of subcutaneous abdominal fat removed. However, there are a wide range of medical concerns that can be corrected with this procedure. For example, if you opt for a full tuck, you can treat a ventral hernia and strengthen the abdominal muscles to reduce the likelihood of future ventral hernias. As another example, you can treat stress urinary incontinence with a full tuck by strengthening the pelvic floor. Moreover, you can treat certain types of lower back pain.
A breast lift, otherwise known as mastopexy, is often considered an anti-aging procedure. It is used to lift and reshape sagging breasts, making them look perkier and more attractive. The size and locations of the incisions depend on your goals, concerns, and other factors, but they are placed discreetly. During your consultation, Dr. Tarola will advise you on whether the same incisions can be made to perform your augmentation and lift. Once the incisions have been made, your breast tissue will be lifted and reshaped as necessary to enhance the shape and position of your breasts. During this procedure, your areola and nipple may also be repositioned, and the size of your areola can be reduced. Dr. Tarola will let you know what benefits you can realistically expect from this procedure during your mommy makeover consultation.
Finally, if you are considering a mommy makeover, you can generally expect that liposuction will be performed along with other body contouring procedures. This procedure involves making one or more small incisions while you are under anesthesia and suctioning out excess fat through a thin cannula. After that, the incisions will be closed. When performed during a mommy makeover, liposuction is usually used to remove excess abdominal and upper arm fat. However, if there is a moderate amount of excess subcutaneous fat that does not respond to a caloric deficit, you should qualify to have liposuction remove fat from other areas, like the:
- Submental region
How Long Will the Results of My Procedure Last?
You can expect to enjoy your fat removal results for the rest of your life. Your body has a set number of fat cells once it is fully developed, so you don’t need to worry about your body growing replacement adipose cells. However, you should note that no procedure or treatment can eliminate every subcutaneous fat cell from an area of concern. You must maintain a fairly stable weight to maintain your slim contours. You can expect to enjoy your skin removal results for a lifetime if you don’t gain and subsequently lose too much weight too quickly. If you gain no more than 10 or 15 pounds after surgery, you shouldn’t need to worry about excess skin in the future. There is no need for concern about loose skin if you lose no more than 1% of your body weight after surgery. However, loose skin may also occur due to:
- Severe sun damage
- The natural aging process
- Muscle weakness
What Can I Do To Keep My Skin Tight for Longer?
Moisturizing at least once daily and staying hydrated are two of the most effective things you can do to keep your skin tight for as long as possible. However, there are several other steps you can take to keep your skin young and healthy. For example, to prevent the premature breakdown of the collagen that keeps your skin looking young and healthy, you should avoid consuming tobacco products. Similarly, you should only drink alcohol in moderation if you drink it at all. You can also maintain your skin elasticity by protecting against UV damage, eating nutritiously, and minimizing stress levels.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today
Usually, a mommy makeover involves liposuction, augmentation mammoplasty, mastopexy, and abdominoplasty. To find out which procedures you qualify for, contact us today at Tarola Plastic Surgery in Murfreesboro, TN to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Tarola.
At Tarola Plastic Surgery in Murfreesboro, TN, Dr. Nicholas A. Tarola, MD is passionate about helping his clients improve their self-confidence. One of the most popular cosmetic treatments he offers is CoolSculpting Elite, an FDA-approved body contouring treatment that can enhance the appearance of virtually any contour. Keep reading to discover everything you need to know about this treatment and more.
How Much Fat Can You Lose With CoolSculpting?
With CoolSculpting Elite, you can generally expect to lose between 20 and 25% of the subcutaneous fat cells in the targeted area per session. For instance, if you have pounds of subcutaneous abdominal fat, you can expect to lose between two and 2.5 pounds of belly fat after just one treatment session.
How Soon Will You Be Able to See Your Desired Results?
It will be at least three weeks before you can enjoy your desired CoolSculpting results. It takes this long for your lymphatic system to process and eliminate the fat cells frozen to death during treatment. If you need several sessions to achieve your desired contours, it may be closer to four months before you are satisfied with your appearance.
What Can You Do to Enjoy Your Final Results Faster?
You must ensure that your lymphatic system is operating as efficiently as possible to enjoy your desired results as quickly as you can. One of the most effective steps you can take to boost your lymphatic system’s efficiency is to eat a balanced diet that is packed with essential minerals and other important micronutrients. Simultaneously, you should limit your intake of processed foods and alcohol. Another effective step you can take is to stay active. You should aim to get 2.5 hours of moderate cardio weekly if you are already happy with your weight. If you want to lose weight, aim for five hours of cardio weekly.
How Long Will My Treatment Session Take?
You can generally expect to need one to three hours per treatment session. Several factors affect how long each treatment session lasts, including the number of areas you are targeting for treatment and the size of the areas you are targeting for treatment. Generally, if you are treating a smaller area, like the submental region, your session may only take 35 minutes. Your treatment session may take closer to 75 minutes if you need to eliminate a lot of fat from a large area, like the upper and lower abdomen. During your initial consultation, we will gain an understanding of your goals and advise you on how long you can expect your sessions to take based on your current contours. We will also advise you on how many sessions per area of concern you can anticipate needing.
Are You a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
You need to attend an initial consultation with Dr. Tarola to determine if you are a good CoolSculpting candidate. This cryolipolysis-based body contouring treatment is safe for most people, but there are some contraindications that preclude people from treatment. For instance, you will be considered a poor candidate for this treatment if you suffer from:
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Raynaud’s disease
- Paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria
- Cold urticaria
You also will not be able to receive this treatment if the skin in the targeted area is infected or cut. Additionally, bleeding disorders, pregnancy, and lactation will disqualify you from this treatment. Moreover, this treatment is not appropriate for people who are underweight or suffering from obesity.
Where Can This Treatment Remove Fat From?
This non-invasive fat removal treatment is FDA-approved for removing unwanted subcutaneous fat from nine regions of the body. Women and men can treat submental fat, abdominal fat, flank fat, upper arm fat, upper back fat, buttocks fat, and inner, outer, and distal thigh fat.
What Other Cosmetic Treatments Can Help You Improve Your Confidence?
We don’t just offer body contouring treatments. We also offer a wide range of cosmetic treatments and procedures designed to reverse the signs of aging. If you have concerns about dynamic wrinkles and other problems caused by muscle hyperactivity, you may be an ideal candidate for BOTOX. This FDA-approved injectable muscle relaxant can correct a wide variety of concerns, like:
- Glabellar lines
- Forehead folds
- Crow’s feet
- Smoker’s lines
- Nasolabial folds
- Platysmal bands
- Chin dimpling
Most people start seeing the results of this treatment a day or two after their injections are administered. However, it may take up to four days for you to start seeing an improvement in your appearance, especially if you have never been treated before. Usually, it takes a week or two for the final results of treatment to develop. However, it may be closer to a month if you need multiple sessions to achieve your desired results.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today
You can lose up to 25% of your localized subcutaneous fat cells with each CoolSculpting Elite session. However, you may only lose around 20% of the subcutaneous adipose tissue in your areas of concern. To find out if it, or any other cosmetic treatment, is right for you, contact us today at Tarola Plastic Surgery in Murfreesboro, TN to schedule an initial evaluation.
At Tarola Plastic Surgery in Murfreesboro, TN, we offer the facelift; the ultimate anti-aging procedure that can take years off the overall appearance. This procedure is designed to meet the needs of patients who have experienced advanced signs of aging that can’t be effectively treated with non-invasive options like dermal fillers, neuromodulators, and other non-surgical professional skincare treatments.
How Does a Facelift Work?
A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a procedure during which the surgeon addresses how aging has affected the middle and lower half of the face and, often, the neck. This procedure is customized to each patient’s needs and can treat jowls, facial folds, deep lines and wrinkles, and severe skin laxity on the face and neck. A typical rhytidectomy consists of several steps, each working together to ensure patients achieve their desired aesthetic and anti-aging goals.
The Initial Consultation
The first step in this surgical treatment process is an initial consultation. During this consultation, you’ll meet with the surgeon, who will evaluate how aging has affected your overall appearance and confirm that this procedure is right for you.
He will ask you about your medical history and treatment goals, and once he confirms you’re a good candidate, he can customize your procedure to address how aging has affected your appearance so he can take the necessary steps and use the right techniques during the procedure.
Preparing for the Procedure
Once you complete the consultation process and you’re confirmed as a good candidate for this surgical procedure, you’ll need to take some steps to prepare for surgery. You’ll be given a surgical packet that includes specific pre-surgery instructions, postoperative care directions, and what you can expect after your procedure. You’ll also need to temporarily discontinue certain medications and take steps to ensure your body is healthy and ready for surgery.
On the day of your procedure, you’ll need someone to drive you to and from your appointment. You’ll be given anesthesia to maintain optimal comfort during and after surgery. The surgeon will use different surgical techniques to tighten your skin, eliminate lines, wrinkles, and facial folds, and restore a youthful-looking appearance. Once it’s over, you’ll be moved to recovery.
The Recovery Process
You’ll need to follow some very specific aftercare and recovery instructions to ensure proper healing and the best possible results. The best way to promote healing is by avoiding smoking, alcohol, sugar, and activity as directed and following all of the post-operative directives.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Will It Take To See My Results?
After your procedure, it can take a few weeks for the swelling to subside, and at that point, you’ll be able to enjoy your results. Following all the aftercare instructions will ensure a quick recovery and rapid healing. On average, the recovery process takes four to six weeks, and the best results are visible within six months of the procedure.
How Long Will My Results Last?
A facelift is designed to deliver long-lasting results. The results typically last ten years or longer, but the results aren’t permanent since nothing can stop the aging process. However, if at any point after your procedure, you start to notice additional signs of aging due to the natural aging process, we can work with you to design a non-invasive treatment plan to address those specific concerns.
Am I a Good Candidate for Facelift?
The best candidates for a facelift are non-smokers in good health who have realistic expectations about the procedure and the outcome and have tried alternative treatments to restore youthful-looking skin but have been unsuccessful. Patients must also be willing to comply with all of the pre-surgical and post-operative directives, as the final outcome hinges on patient cooperation.
If you’re interested in learning more about our facelift and how we can customize it to meet your needs, we can schedule an initial consultation at our office to give you more details and confirm that it’s the right choice for you.
What if I Don’t Qualify for the Procedure?
In some cases, certain patients may not be eligible for this procedure for different reasons. However, you still have options if you don’t qualify for a rhytidectomy. We can design a customized treatment plan with other non-surgical treatment options like anti-aging injectables and skin resurfacing treatments to address your cosmetic and aging-related concerns.
Dermal fillers can restore natural volume to the middle and lower half of the face to eliminate jowls, nasolabial folds, and wrinkles. BOTOX® injections can smooth expression lines on the upper half of the face to restore smoother and youthful-looking skin for several months at a time. These treatments are long-lasting, and with consistent maintenance appointments, you can maintain your desired appearance long-term.
The facelift can transform your appearance, boost your confidence, and significantly reverse the aging process. We can give you more details at a pre-surgical consultation. We can answer any questions, discuss your primary concerns, and determine if it’s right for you so we can move forward with a treatment plan that will help you feel like a whole new you. Contact us at Tarola Plastic Surgery in Murfreesboro, TN, to schedule your initial consultation.