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

Improved posture – another benefit of tummy tuck.

September 6th, 2012 — 2:45pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon observes that many of her tummy tuck patients have improved posture after surgery. These waistline close up photos show marked improvement in this tummy tuck patient’s posture. Tummy tuck is one of those great operations that improves both form and function. Removing the excess skin and fat makes the torso look betterContinue reading…

Body Contouring, Now That's Cool, Tummy Tuck

Pregnancy after tummy tuck?

August 28th, 2012 — 10:19am

Seattle Plastic Surgeon discusses one of life’s little surprises. I have seen 2 patients in the past week who had babies after having had a tummy tuck.  These were surprise pregnancies and both patients had been concerned about 1) the effect of their surgery on their baby and 2) the effect of their baby onContinue reading…

Body Contouring, Mommy Makeover, Tummy Tuck

Fat Necrosis: it looks and sounds worse that it really is.

August 24th, 2012 — 9:52am

Seattle Plastic Surgeon explains fat necrosis. Fat necrosis often gets much, much better with a little tincture of time and usually does not require reoperation.  It occurs most frequently in overweight patients who have a thick layer of fat.      Recently I re-operated on an abdominoplasty patient of mine for fat necrosis.  The term, fatContinue reading…

Body Contouring, Breast Reduction, Obesity, Postoperative Care, Tummy Tuck

Overeating – the addiction of choice for “carers”

June 19th, 2012 — 11:11am

Seattle Plastic Surgeon shares an article in last Saturday’s Wall Street Journal that takes on the problem of food addiction in women. I am a bit of an expert on the subject of overeating.  I’ve been in practice over 20 years and many of my patients are women with “food issues.”  I always try to gently probeContinue reading…

Body Contouring, Breast Contouring, Liposuction, Mommy Makeover, Obesity, Tummy Tuck

Smoking and tummy tucks – a bad combination that makes me wanna holler.

March 13th, 2012 — 6:42pm

There’s nothing that makes me wanna holler much more than an anatomically perfect patient for tummy tuck who smokes! Last week I saw two patients in one day who were both absolutely anatomically perfect patients for tummy tucks.  They were both done with child bearing, they were both thin and both had abdominal muscle separation and loose jelly belly skinContinue reading…

Body Contouring, General Health, Mommy Makeover, Patient Safety, Plastic Surgery, Tummy Tuck, Uncategorized

600% Increase in Body Lifts in the Past Decade

March 10th, 2012 — 1:12am

Seattle Plastic Surgeon’s hunch confirmed by recent report – body lifting is in demand. I really, really like doing body contouring procedures on patients after massive weight loss.   There are many, many types of lifts that are done below the neck.  They include:  lower body lift, flank lift, mons lift, brachioplasty (upper arm lift), thighContinue reading…

Body Contouring, Breast Contouring, Breast Lift, Obesity, Tummy Tuck

Are you short or long waisted?

March 8th, 2012 — 6:13pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon blogs about the influence of body type on body contouring procedures. Short waisted on the left and long waisted on the right. It is super important for your plastic surgeon to be aware of body type when he or she undertakes a body contouring consultation.  A lovely hourglass waistline is on everyContinue reading…

Body Contouring, Liposuction, Mommy Makeover, Plastic Surgery, Tummy Tuck

It’s not an “outie”. It’s an umbilical hernia.

March 6th, 2012 — 12:48am

Seattle Plastic Surgeon finds (and fixes) umbilical hernias in about 20% of her tummy tuck patients.  I do a lot of abdominoplasties a.k.a. tummy tucks and I fix a lot of umbilical hernias.  Here’s how I approach this very common problem: During surgery, I carefully exaimine the umbilicus (that’s belly button in normal speech) to feel ifContinue reading…

Body Contouring, Mommy Makeover, Tummy Tuck

Not all fat is created or treated equal.

January 27th, 2012 — 11:13pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon blogs about the importance of distinguishing belly fat a.k.a. visceral fat from subcutaneous fat.  Pull up a chair.  This is going to be a long one. Abdominoplasty a.k.a. tummy tuck is a BIG operation and it is in every ones best interest to do everything possible to make sure that the surgeryContinue reading…

Body Contouring, Obesity, Plastic Surgery, Tummy Tuck

Having a tummy tuck or a body lift? Considering getting a WALKER. Really.

January 23rd, 2012 — 9:44pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon recommends a WALKER for recovery from tummy tuck and body lift surgery. Years ago I did a body lift on a patient who had lost over 100 pounds.  She advised me to advise other patients to consider getting a walker for post surgical recovery.  She found it so much easier to getContinue reading…

Body Contouring, Postoperative Care, Tummy Tuck

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