• Best Foods to Eat After Liposuction

    Liposuction is one of the most popular surgeries requested.  Liposuction can positively change the appearance of your body by sculpting and contouring your figure, however it is not a weight loss solution, nor is it a substitute for diet and exercise.  The best candidates for liposuction have developed a healthy lifestyle prior to having surgery.

    In order to realize the best results following liposuction, you must maintain a healthy lifestyle by continuing good eating habits and, if necessary, adopt new eating habits by making certain modifications in your diet.  These changes do not need to be extreme, just make sure your diet after surgery includes healthier choices over unhealthy eating.  The best rule of is to incorporate more fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins into your diet and watch your sugars and simple carbohydrates and saturated fats. Keep your body hydrated with plenty of water and watch your portion sizes.   These simple strategies, along with your commitment to healthy living will allow you to keep looking your best following liposuction. 

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  • Smoking and Plastic Surgery: A Dangerous Combination

    Before getting plastic surgery, there are a few lifestyle changes a patient may have to make to make the surgery and recovery process successful.  A few changes your plastic surgeon may recommend are changing your diet, drinking more water, or discontinuing the use of certain supplements.  One major lifestyle change many plastic surgeons recommend of every patient in order to be eligible for a procedure is quitting smoking. 

    Body by Motoki: Requirements
    Because we care about the overall well-being of our patients, we will not perform procedures on individuals whose smoking habit will jeopardize their recovery.  As such, we require a patient to quit smoking and all forms of nicotine exposure for a minimum of 6 weeks before and after surgery.

    Why is this a requirement?
    Nicotine, a chemical found in cigarettes, e-cigarettes, patches, gum, snuff, chewing tobacco, pipes, and cigars, has several significant adverse effects on the body.  One of these major effects is shrinkage of the blood vessels which results in overall decreased blood flow.  After plastic surgery, the body relies on blood to help the recovery process. Limited blood flow caused by smoking can hinder or extremely delay proper healing from a procedure.  Also, individuals who are exposed to nicotine are more likely to have procedure-related complications including blood clots, infection, and loss of tissue.

    If you considering undergoing plastic surgery and are a nicotine user, there are several resources available to help you stop.  These include support groups, counseling and smoking cessation resources.  Begin your nicotine-free journey to a healthier you TODAY!

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  • How Soon After Having My Baby Can I Get a Mommy Makeover?

    Many mothers struggle with the weight gain and body distortions that come with pregnancy. The effects of these body changes can leave the mother feeling self-conscious and vulnerable about what their body now looks like. Luckily, there are surgical options that can drastically improve the post-baby body. The Mommy Makeover can include,

    Breast Augmentation: Breast augmentation can be done using silicone gel breast implants, saline breast implants or anatomical breast implants. The implants will give you fuller breasts.

    Breast Lift: Once your breasts have gone through the process of pregnancy and producing milk, they may suffer from stretching, leaving them saggier than before. A breast lift can help reduce the sagginess and lift them to where they used to sit.

    Abdominoplasty: Women are blessed to have bodies that can undergo the stress of having a baby. Pregnancy can leave the body looking different from what it was before. For example, the stomach muscles can stretch making it harder for the tummy to be firm and flat again. Loose skin commonly occurs resulting in a sagging appearance. An abdominoplasty can tighten the muscles and remove excess skin, to help you feel more confident.

    Liposuction: Liposuction is ideal for mothers who have areas of excess fat even after toning their bodies.

    So, how soon after the baby is it safe to get a mommy makeover? You may want to consider holding off until you have lost the baby weight. You should also wait until you are done breast feeding for at least three months if you are considering breast surgery. Schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. David Motoki to learn about your options for a Mommy Makeover. 
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