A ^Retired Plastic Surgeon's Notebook

Welcome to my blog. I am a retired plastic surgeon in Seattle and was in private practice since 1991. I've seen more than a few interesting faces and cases through my years spent in the exam room, the operating room and the emergency room. And I have an opinion on just about everything relating to plastic surgery (and a lot of unrelated stuff). If you like my blog, let me know. Thanks for reading! Lisa

Category: Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck t-incision.

October 9th, 2017 — 9:39am

I just love doing tummy tucks because this procedure allows me to tighten skin, fix muscle position, remove fat and improve a belly button in one operation.   Usually this can be done with an incision that is admittedly quite long but is where the sun doesn’t usually shine.  But sometimes, maybe 10% of cases, it isContinue reading…

Body Contouring, Tummy Tuck

FAQ: If I gain weight after liposuction, where will the fat go?

September 2nd, 2016 — 9:43am

Seattle Plastic Surgeon answers common Liposuction FAQ:  Where will the fat go if I gain weight? This is one of the great plastic surgery mysteries because in any given patient, I cannot really predict where the fat will go if a patient gains weight after liposuction.  I can say with confidence that it won’t likely goContinue reading…

Body Contouring, Liposuction, Obesity, Tummy Tuck

A cancelled operation is like an empty airliner taking off.

October 14th, 2015 — 2:58pm

Yesterday I had to cancel a case.  This patient was having a tummy tuck and I do not do tummy tucks on smokers.  She showed up for her surgery and confessed that she indeed had not completely quit smoking but was only smoking about 5 cigarettes a day.  Even that relatively small amount of nicotineContinue reading…

Patient Safety, This Makes Me Cranky., Tummy Tuck

Progressive Tension Sutures in Tummy Tuck – well worth the extra 15 minutes

May 20th, 2014 — 8:10pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon explains why she uses progressive tension sutures in her tummy tuck patients. I saw a patient today for a tummy tuck consultation.  She had spent quite a bit of time researching tummy tucks on the Internet and had a lot of questions about my technique.  I went down her list of questionsContinue reading…

Body Contouring, Mommy Makeover, Tummy Tuck

Mons pubis reduction: Yes, it is a procedure I perform.

April 24th, 2014 — 8:51am

Seattle Plastic Surgeon blogs about the saggy and/or fatty mons pubis. I get a lot of email inquiries about the mons pubis.  This is a problem area for many women and there just is not a lot of information out there about treatment options.  So, here’s some info about that mons pubis a.k.a. the Mound of Venus (I justContinue reading…

Body Contouring, Mommy Makeover, Tummy Tuck


April 9th, 2014 — 11:10am

Seattle Plastic surgeon shows why belly fat cannot be treated with liposuction (with a little help from Oprah and Dr. Oz). I saw a patient a couple of years ago who was requesting abdominal liposuction.  I did my usual body contouring evaluation and had the unenviable task of informing him that he was a really lousy candidate forContinue reading…

Body Contouring, Liposuction, Obesity, Tummy Tuck

Pregnancy After Tummy Tuck

April 9th, 2013 — 2:29pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon discusses pregnancy after tummy tuck. There must be something in the water lately.   I just got word of another one of my tummy tuck patients being pregnant.  This will be the third one and they have all been in the past year. All of these ladies were several years out from theirContinue reading…

Tummy Tuck, Uncategorized

Downton Abbey – those corsets remind me of tummy tuck surgery

March 11th, 2013 — 11:16am

Seattle Plastic Surgeon riffs on how those Downton Abbey women stay so slim and what it all has to do with the modern day tummy tuck. The ladies of Downton Abbey spend a lot of time having their corsets laced up by their maids – and it’s always right before they go down for dinner. Continue reading…

Body Contouring, Now That's Cool, Obesity, Tummy Tuck, Wardrobe Observations

Rectus Diastasis Explained

September 18th, 2012 — 10:45am

Seattle Plastic surgeon thinks a picture is worth a thousand words in explaining what she does with the muscle during an abdominoplasty a.k.a. tummy tuck.   Check out these drawings of the abdominal wall.  The one on the left shows what I see during an abdominoplasty a.k.a. tummy tuck.  The white area in the middle isContinue reading…

Body Contouring, Mommy Makeover, Tummy Tuck

Do I get a new belly button?

September 12th, 2012 — 2:29pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon blogs about a common tummy tuck question. The belly button does not move, but everything around it does. I do alot of tummy tucks and patients often have questions about what happens to their belly button.  There is a common misperception that somehow we “move” it.    We don’t “move” the belly buttonContinue reading…

Body Contouring, Tummy Tuck

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