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Get Answers to Improve Your Body This Swimsuit Season

Feb 27, 2014 01:27PM ● By Dia

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The most popular cosmetic body procedures include breast augmentation (breast enlargement with implants) with or without a breast lift, tummy tuck and liposuction. These can be done in combination for both men and women. We are sharing some of the most common questions patients have regarding these procedures. 

Dr. Mason of Southlake Plastic Surgery has been practicing in Southlake for more than 13 years and has performed more than 4,000 cosmetic procedures ranging from head to toe. 

What is the most common cosmetic procedure for the body?

The most common procedure in my practice is still Breast Augmentation surgery. This can be done with or without a lift, which depends on the amount of sagging. This is most common for women who have had children but may also be necessary for patients who have undergone weight loss. Tummy Tucks (Abdominoplasty) and Liposuction are also very common surgeries performed in our accredited Surgery Facility on site at Southlake Plastic Surgery. Any of these procedures can also be done at the same time; this is often referred to generically as a “mommy makeover.” 

How long is the recovery process after cosmetic surgery?

This depends on the particular procedure. For almost any procedure, the first two days are the most uncomfortable/painful. Pain medication and muscle relaxers are prescribed to alleviate any discomfort.

For Breast Augmentation surgery, most patients feel good after 3-4 days.

For Tummy Tuck patients, patients feel better after their drains and pain pumps are taken out after about 4-5 days. There is still quite a bit of soreness and discomfort for 2-3 weeks.

For Liposuction surgery, patients feel sore and can be bruised for about two weeks.

Full recovery for most procedures is about 4-6 weeks before patients feel “normal.”

Can you exercise after surgery?

It is recommended to take it easy for the first 6 weeks after surgery. No aerobic activity or weight lifting can be done for at least the first 4 weeks. Depending on the procedure, moderate activity such as walking, stair-step, or elliptical can be resumed after 2-3 weeks. After 6 weeks and everything has healed completely, all physical activities can be resumed.

Can I get in the water and swim after surgery? I am planning to go to the beach this summer.

Patients are discouraged from submerging in water for the first 6 weeks of surgery until after all incisions have completely closed and healed. This includes hot tubs, swimming pools, lakes, and even full baths. We want to minimize the chance of infection and keep all incisions clean and dry until completely healed. 

What is the total cost of these types of procedures?

All of these estimates include the surgery fee, the surgery facility fee, anesthesiologist, and implants/supplies.

Breast augmentation surgery (with silicone gel implants) is about $5500. It is less expensive if you choose saline implants.

Tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) is about $8500.

Liposuction for the first area (for example, inner and outer thighs) is about $3200. If you add a second area, the total cost is about $5500.

Any or all of these procedures can be combined, and if so, the fees are reduced.

For BEFORE and AFTER photos, visit Southlake Plastic Surgery.



Southlake Plastic Surgery specializes in a wide variety of procedures from  breast augmentations and liposuction to microdermabrasion and facelifts.  Dr. Mark E. Mason, the founder of Southlake Plastic Surgery, is a board-  certified, Stanford-trained plastic surgeon with years of experience  performing cosmetic procedures. Our dedicated staff will work closely with  you to help achieve your desired results. We are here for you every step of  the way. Learn more about Dr. Mason and our professional staff at  Southlake Plastic Surgery.