plastic surgeryThere are numerous reasons to consult a plastic surgeon, but some are more common than others. Plastic surgery isn’t something to take lightly, and no two people’s stories are exactly the same.

Whether you’ve been considering cosmetic surgery yourself or simply want to know why people elect to have these procedures done, here are a few of the most common reasons people give.

Breast Augmentation
Breasts often sag and lose volume with age. It’s certainly not an abnormal process, but it makes many of those people who experience it uncomfortable. Breast lifts can help correct stretching and sagging, making breasts appear firmer and more youthful. In addition, some people choose to make their breasts bigger to enhance their appearance, or to make them smaller in an effort to reduce back issues.

Facial or Body Contouring
Implants can change the contour of the face and other parts of the body. Recently, surgeons have seen a near 56% increase in those patients asking for cheek improvement. Other common implant procedures are frequently performed on the jaw, chin, and buttocks.

Reduce Signs of Aging
People frequently joke about getting facelifts, but truthfully, they are among the most common procedures performed in plastic surgery. A facelift can help reduce the appearance of sagging skin, as well as definition around the jaw and neck area.

Removing Excess Body Fat
Unfortunately, traditional weight loss isn’t always enough to rid a body of excess fat. In these cases, many people turn to fat removal procedures. These can be done on the belly, buttocks, thighs, cheeks, hips, ankles, knees, upper arms and neck. Tummy tucks, for example, include removing fat and skin from the belly.

Removing Excess Skin
While a tummy tuck covers removal of fat and skin, some people simply elect to have excess skin removed after weight loss. Removing excess skin and reshaping the supportive tissue beneath it can help create a much smoother appearance.

Plastic surgery is certainly something to put a lot of thought behind. However, with an experienced surgeon and with good intentions, it’s safe to say you’ll definitely be pleased with the results.

tummy tuckPlastic surgery has a bad reputation in some circles, but some surgeries are necessary and have amazing health benefits. From rhinoplasty to botox, there are genuine medical reasons that people undergo plastic surgery.

Tummy tucks and liposuction are popular among mothers who have recently given birth. Sagging skin and excess baby weight often have moms feeling less sexy and confident. If you’re a mother who is contemplating surgery because of these issues, you’re not the only one. But did you know that a tummy tuck can help with other postpartum-related health issues as well?

Urinary Incontinence

After a natural birth, many women develop urinary incontinence. Coughing, sneezing, exercising, and laughing can all cause bladder leakage, no matter how many times you relieve yourself.

While incontinence can often be treated without surgery, a tummy tuck can often help fix the problem as well. A small obstruction near the bladder can be created using pelvic soft tissue, reducing incontinence.


Multiple pregnancies or significant weight loss can cause stomach muscles to stretch out and become distended. No matter how many crunches or other abdominal exercises you do, or how well you eat, some extra skin may always hang off of your belly.

Abdominoplasty can tighten the muscles by bringing them closer to the body while reducing extra skin and fat as well.

Better Posture

Weak abdominal muscles can be associated with significant back problems. If you are unable to keep your core up straight, you may have lordosis, or sway back. After abdominoplasty, patients notice that their tighter stomach muscles help keep them sitting and standing up straight, reducing back pain.

Risks and Rewards

Abdominoplasty is growing in popularity and is often a preferred method of weight loss over liposuction. While candidates for liposuction should be within 30% of their ideal body weights, tummy tucks don’t have a goal weight ideal.

Many people think that this means that the procedure is easy, however. This is false. While the procedure can seem simple on paper, it is still a major operation that requires general anesthesia.

Abdominoplasty often removes up to 10 pounds of stomach fat in addition to excess skin. Like any surgery, there are risks of complications and infections.

For many, the medical and cosmetic benefits are worth it. Dr. Salameh can help you refine your tummy and help you take care of other post-pregnancy health problems as well. To book a consultation, call our office at (270) 904-7791, or fill out the appointment form.