What is a mommy makeover?

A “Mommy Makeover” is a surgical procedure that involves the entire body of the patient – the breast and the tummy in particular. The procedure includes both lifting the breast as well as tightening the stomach area. Sometimes it may also include a liposuction procedure on the stomach, the flank area and even the thigh area. These are the particular areas where a mom generally tends to add fat during or after the pregnancy. She may also develop sagging breasts, and sagging muscle and skin in the stomach region due to the pregnancy.

A Mommy Makeover usually begins with the breast lift surgery, which is a major part of the whole procedure. The breast lift involves making incisions under the breasts to remove excess skin that has been stretched out, and the entire breast may have to be lifted to add perkiness. In some cases, the patient may also need volume to be added in order to enhance its perkiness, which may require a breast implant to be inserted at the same time during the surgery. This adds perkiness to the breast and the extra skin that has been stretched out also gets removed at the same time.

With the stomach area, some patients may just need the excess fat to be removed. This can be done with liposuction procedure. Dr. Edmund Kwan uses a liposuction technique called tumescent liposuction. In a case where the skin has not been stretched out too badly, liposuction can be an effective procedure to remove the unwanted fats, especially from the flank area and the front of the stomach.

However, in cases where the stomach muscles have become loose and the skin has been stretched out too much, perhaps due to the baby’s size or due to complications during the pregnancy, the patient may require a tummy tuck procedure. This is also known as abdominoplasty. This involves both liposuction and the removing of extra skin, particularly stretch marks, as well as the tightening of muscles. This is a more complex procedure, and may take about two to two and a half hours, resulting in a very flat stomach.

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    The staff treated me very kindly, with respect and genuine smiles. Dr Kwan is a real professional in my opinion. He took the time to listen to my story, addressed my concerns and took his time to walk me through the process and give me his opinion and explanation on his recommendation. I had my surgery in his practice and we went over everything again before I met up with the anesthesiologist, who was equally as nice and professional as everyone else at his practice. We started counting bikes ... and after bike #6 I fell a sleep. When I woke up, he was there to tell me I did great and before I knew it I was in a taxi cab back home with my best friend who came to pick me up. So I don't know if this is typical, but I had no pain whatsoever after the surgery. . I am very very happy with the results. Dr Kwan did an amazing job and I couldn't be more pleased.
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    I was invovled in an automobile accident last May, 2013. The outcome from the emergency room left me with 5 stitches on the bridge of my nose, and the tip of my nose was missing due to the severe impact of the accident. I called and scheduled an appointment to visit Dr. Kwan so he could assess my nose. Upon arriving to the office, I was immediately impressed with the facility, service, and profesionalism of his staff. Dr. Kwan met with me and examined my nose and in detail, he explained the approach he would take in order to get my nose like brand new again.On the day of my surgery, I was met by Dr Kwan, who performed the surgery, himself. His Anestigeologist was very informative and professional as well. The outcome of Phase 1 was a success. In addition to that, the staff even called my medication into the pharmacy that way it would be ready as soon as I left the office. My nose is 98% back to normal, I now look forward to Phase 2 to be completed. After that procedure is done I am positive my nose will look absolutely perfect and I will be back to my confident self again. Thanks Dr Kwan and Staff.
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    I have had several surgeries with Dr Kwan, and would recommend him highly. Liposuction of abdomen and love handles came out smooth. Upper eyelids look younger and refreshed, and the Basal Cell Cancer he cut out of my nose is not even visible, despite the fact that it was right along the rim of my left nostril.
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    I have been using Dr Kwan for over 10 years now. I have had many different procedures and all of them have turned out great. One of the breast augmentations had a crimp in the left breast and he had no problem going in to revise it to assure my satisfaction. I have always liked the way he answers each of my concerns and we go over everything for each procedure I've done several times to assure we are on the same page :) Take a list of any questions or concerns an I guarantee you will love your results no matter what procedure he is doing for you! .
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