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Have you spent seemingly endless time and energy on diet and exercise, only to find that you can’t achieve the appearance you want? Pregnancy​ ​or massive​ ​weight​ ​loss​ ​can significantly alter the face, breasts and body in ways that you may not have foreseen. You may have excess skin or stubborn pouches of fat in all the wrong areas. At OptimalSelf MD, we offer several types of procedures to correct these types of issues.

How can we balance achieving confidence in our physical appearance without losing sight of ourselves? As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Shawn Birchenough has a large “tool-box” of surgical and non-surgical techniques to address all areas of the body — face, neck, arms, breasts and chest, upper and lower abdomen, flanks (“love handles”), inner thighs, outer thighs (“saddlebags”), inner knees and more.

Often, patients are eager just to suck the fat away. It’s true that liposuction​ ​is the standard for fat removal, but it must be performed with exceptional technical accuracy and only in certain ways. Dr. Shawn makes sure that each liposuction procedure is advisable and yields desired results. He’s the expert, and he knows that the overlying skin elasticity and muscular tone determines whether liposuction should be done at all!

Another commonly sought procedure after weight loss is a​ ​“tummy​ ​tuck​,” or abdominoplasty. Tummy tucks are used to tighten stretched muscles and remove excess skin but can only be performed where is appropriate. Dr. Shawn has the expertise and experience to properly counsel patients on the procedure.

“Patients​ ​often​ ​ask​ ​for​ ​a​ ​‘mommy​ ​makeover’​ ​without​ ​necessarily​ ​knowing​ ​what​ ​that​ ​means.​ ​Actually,​ ​there​ ​is no​ ​single​ ​definition​ ​—​ ​everyone​ ​uses​ ​the​ ​phrase​ ​a​ ​little​ ​differently​ ​in​ ​the​ ​plastic​ ​surgery​ ​world.​ ​The​ ​common denominator​ ​is​ ​the​ ​combination​ ​of​ ​both​ ​a​ ​breast​ ​and​ ​an​ ​abdomen​ ​procedure,​ ​either​ ​together​ ​or​ ​as​ ​staged procedures.

Although​ ​a​ ​seemingly​ ​homogeneous​ ​term,​ my ​‘mommy​ ​makeover’​ ​is​ ​a​ ​customized, carefully-formulated​ ​plan​ ​for​ ​one​ ​individual’s​ ​improvement​ ​in​ ​the​ ​areas​ ​of​ ​the​ ​body​ ​that​ ​have​ ​changed​ ​since giving​ ​birth.”

— Dr.​ ​Shawn​ ​Birchenough