People choose to undergo cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery for a variety of different reasons. Some may only want to correct what they see as a very specific area of concern, like the nose or ears, while others might be seeking more comprehensive enhancement and an entirely new look. However, in the fifty years that Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C. has been the Southeast’s premier center for cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery, we have found that the most common reason that both men and women come to us is to help them look younger. When most people think of plastic surgery that can effectively “turn back the aging clock” they think of the myriad facial rejuvenation procedures that are available. But aging affects every part of the body, and there are also several different body contouring techniques that can help reverse the effects of time on your physique.
Procedures that affect the size, shape, or position of the breasts are all consistently popular, but none have risen in popularity more quickly in recent years than breast lifts. As we get older, our tissues will gradually start to lose elasticity, which means that certain areas of the body (like the breasts) may start to sag and droop. A breast lift, or mastopexy, procedure trims away excess, sagging skin and tightens supporting tissue, lifting the breasts to a higher position on the chest. In some cases natural fat may be repositioned from the lower half to the upper half of the breasts using a procedure called fat grafting to help give them a firmer and more youthful appearance.
Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
The natural loss of elasticity that causes the breasts to sag and droop can unfortunately affect other parts of the body as well. For example, many older patients use the term “bat-wings” to describe the excess, sagging skin that hangs loose underneath the upper arms. An arm lift, or brachioplasty, removes some of the excess, sagging skin from the area while tightening the underlying tissue. This serves to give the arms a much more slender, athletic, and toned look.
Few things in life can affect the body as dramatically as pregnancy, childbirth, and breast feeding. The abdominal muscles can be stretched and distorted, the size, shape, and position of the breasts can shift, and elevated blood volume can even cause the appearance of spider veins. Many women who have undergone these changes may be able to benefit from Mommy Makeover surgery, a combination of cosmetic procedures custom-designed to reshape the body after the effects of pregnancy and help a woman to get back the body she once had. A mommy makeover will generally include an aesthetic breast procedure, a tummy tuck, and liposuction, but may also include other procedures depending upon the specific needs of the patient.
One of the reasons that plastic surgery appeals to so many men and women is because it can accomplish so many different goals. No matter what alterations or enhancements you may be interested in, the experienced Atlanta Plastic Surgery surgeons can work with you to help you achieve the look you desire. If you are interested in in learning more about any of the various cosmetic plastic surgery procedures that we can perform, please contact one of our Atlanta Plastic Surgery locations. During your plastic surgery consultation we will discuss your specific areas of concern and arrive at an approach that is customized for your individual needs. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to get all the latest plastic surgery news.