Category Archives: Body Contouring

The Miracle of the Mommy Makeover

woman-holding-child-standing-in-oceanPregnancy and breastfeeding can dramatically change your body in ways that exercise and diet can’t reverse. This can be particularly discouraging in a place like Southern California where beach and bikini life never stops. The term “mommy makeover” refers to a custom combination of procedures intended to revive and refresh your body after pregnancy, so you can feel like you again. Continue reading

How Long Does Hand Surgery Recovery Take?

Hand using a computer mouse in need of hand surgery due to carpal tunnel

If you need to undergo hand surgery, you’re probably wondering what the recovery process is like. Hand surgery is intricate and complex, and recovery time varies depending on the extent of your surgery and whether you need to undergo physical or occupational therapy following your surgery. Each person is different, and you should listen to your hand surgeon and follow all post-surgery instructions to the letter in order to facilitate a smooth recovery.

If you are suffering from carpal tunnel, rheumatoid arthritis, Dupuytren’s contracture, or another type of debilitating hand condition that requires surgery, please don’t hesitate to contact the hand surgery specialists at UCI Plastic Surgery at 714-456-3077 to schedule your consultation.

What to Expect During Hand Surgery Recovery

It can take months to fully recover from hand surgery, but it is important to be patient and follow your surgeon’s and physical therapist’s post-surgery instructions. You’ll be given prescription medications to manage any pain or discomfort, and you may be given special wrappings or splints to keep your hand still and control swelling.

Although recovery may seem to take a long time, you shouldn’t try to push yourself too hard. Trying to do too much too fast can be detrimental to the healing process and set your recovery back. On the other hand, you should also try your best to do everything asked of you by your physical or occupational therapist, even if it’s painful or uncomfortable.

We use our hands every day, so it may be difficult at first to adjust to having limited use of one or both hands. You may find yourself automatically reaching for things or trying to pick up things that would normally be no problem, but that after surgery are too heavy for you. Do your best and try not to get too frustrated – remember that once your healing is complete, your hand will be in much better shape than it was previously.

Tips for a Smooth Hand Surgery Recovery

Here are some things you can do to ensure your hand surgery is as smooth and quick as possible:

  • Ask a friend, family member, or significant other to help you out around the house after your surgery
  • Make things easy for yourself before surgery by doing things like preparing meals and moving everyday household objects into easy to reach locations
  • Follow all post-surgery instructions and guidelines given by your surgeon
  • Call your surgeon if you experience any complications
  • Don’t skip any post-surgery appointments
  • Be patient

Patience and following your surgeon’s instructions are key to a smooth recovery.

Schedule Your Hand Surgery Consultation

There are a number of conditions that hand surgery may help with. If you are interested in learning whether hand surgery may be right for you, call UCI Plastic Surgery at 714-456-3077 to schedule your consultation. We serve patients in Orange, Tustin, Costa Mesa, and other nearby areas of southern California.

Get Beach Body Ready with Liposuction

Young woman wearing sunglasses and black swimsuit posing on the beach, showing off flat stomach after liposuctionEven if you eat right and exercise regularly, you may still struggle with areas of fat that just won’t budge. This can happen because of genetics, a slowing metabolism, or a lack of an active lifestyle. Even if you exercise after work, it’s hard to fully counteract 8 hours of sitting at a desk.

Liposuction can be a great option for healthy men and women who want to get rid of these stubborn fat areas. While it is not a way to actually lose weight, it can help you look better in your bathing suit when you hit the beach.

If you are interested in liposuction, call UCI Plastic Surgery today at 714-456-3077 to schedule your consultation.

Am I A Candidate for Liposuction?

The best candidates for liposuction are at or near their goal weight and lead a healthy lifestyle. In addition, good liposuction candidates:

  • Are in general good health
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Are able to maintain a healthy, stable weight
  • Are not heavy smokers

If you have significant amounts of loose, sagging skin, or if your abdominal muscles have separated after childbirth, you may be a better candidate for a tummy tuck. Liposuction does not address the abdominal muscles or the skin, while a tummy tuck does.

Liposuction results are permanent as long as you maintain a good diet and regular exercise. However, keep in mind that if you put on a significant amount of weight, you will again have fat in the areas that were treated. This is why it’s important to be committed to a healthy lifestyle and confident that you can maintain your weight before undergoing liposuction.

How Long Does It Take to See Results from Liposuction?

Immediately after your liposuction procedure, you will have some bruising and swelling. This is normal, and nothing to be concerned about. Your swelling may cause you to look lumpy in the areas you had treated, but rest assured that your final results should be smooth.

Swelling typically begins to subside after just a few weeks, but it can take up to 3 months to fully resolve. Winter is a great time to have liposuction done, as you’ll be bathing suit ready by summer. The beach is an integral part of the southern California lifestyle, and you’ll be ready to show off your new body without embarrassment or self-consciousness.

In addition, liposuction can kick start your motivation to lose the rest of the weight you’ve been working on and reach your goals if you haven’t already. It’s okay to give your new year’s resolutions a little boost!

Schedule Your Liposuction Consultation

If you are interested in contouring your body and dropping a pant size or two, don’t hesitate to contact UCI Plastic Surgery today by calling 714-456-3077. We will be happy to answer your questions and determine whether liposuction is a good option for you.

We serve patients in Orange, Costa Mesa, Tustin, and other nearby areas of southern California.