Get Your Pre-Baby Body Back
MOMMY MAKEOVER - SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION
You're a whiz at baking blueberry muffins for the kids, but you'd love to deflate the muffin top that spills over your jeans. Your breasts, on the other hand, could use some volume and need to "rise" from their droopy position. This isn't what you signed up for when you became a mom!
Pregnancy can take its toll on a woman's body. Today, busy moms often need a little help — beyond exercise and dieting — to get their figure back and revive their looks. Metro-area medical professionals and cosmetic specialists offer a range of "mommy makeover" treatments that will rejuvenate moms from head to toe.
Noninvasive laser treatments and customized peels can renew a lackluster complexion that results from hormones gone awry. And if the problem of shedding hair hasn't stopped once you've given birth, low-level laser light therapy can help to revitalize weak hair follicles and regrow your curls. Moms can get a boost of confidence with professional teeth-whitening or braces, to turn their so-so smile into something spectacular.
Surgical procedures for the breast and belly represent the classic mommy makeover. Individualized treatments may include breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck, and liposuction. Some moms choose a noninvasive, no-downtime fix with energy treatments that shrink or destroy fat cells, reduce cellulite, and tighten skin.
On a lunch break, you can restore your lovely legs with noninvasive treatments for spider veins — or refresh your style with a new haircut, a manicure, or a pedicure. Thanks to a variety of cosmetic treatments designed to improve your body image and enhance your looks, you'll feel like a newborn woman.
Cosmetic Dentistry Institute
At the Cosmetic Dentistry Institute it's not unusual to hear a new mom say," I never got cavities until I had a baby." While babies don't cause cavities, events during pregnancy can take a toll on your teeth and gums.
"Stomach acid from daily bouts of ‘morning sickness' and reflux can dissolve areas of tooth enamel," Dr. Craig Goldin says. "Frequent snacking and sucking on hard candies to relieve nausea can feed the type of bacteria that causes decay. And hormonal changes can affect your gum tissues and lead to gingivitis."
Take the first steps to a well-deserved mommy "smile" makeover by having a professional teeth-cleaning, to bring your gums back to a healthy state and repair any areas of decay.
"When you still have those baby pounds to loose, lift your spirits with professional teeth-whitening for a big, bright, movie-star smile," Dr. Marcy Goldin adds. "Whether your teeth are too long, too short, crooked, chipped, overcrowded, or just plain unattractive, we can create a smile that looks phenomenal and gives you a boost of new confidence."
"We offer many options to our patients," Dr. Craig Goldin says. "Invisalign invisible braces, porcelain veneers, all-ceramic crowns, dental implants, and sedation dentistry allow our patients to have healthy, stunning smiles." Chosen as the top cosmetic practice in the nation, the Cosmetic Dentistry Institute offers nothing less than excellence in dentistry.
"Everything we do is driven by our pledge to go above and beyond for our patients," Dr. Craig Goldin says. "We want our patients to be thrilled with their new smiles."
Cosmetic Dentistry Institute
Dr. Myra Danish, M.D., F.A.C.S.
"As women recuperate from having a baby, they are eager to get back to a skin care regimen and they come in for treatments to look better," says facial plastic surgeon Dr. Myra Danish, M.D., F.A.C.S.
"Hormonal changes during pregnancy can leave the skin looking dull. For women who are nursing, we take a conservative approach and start with glycolic peels or laser facials to brighten up their skin and make it look more refreshed," she says. "Some women get brown pigmentation, or melasma, on their face. We treat that with the IPL laser to lighten up the dark spots."
New moms who are not nursing, or those who have finished nursing, are treating themselves to an injectable Lunchtime Lift. Dr. Danish analyzes the patient's facial structure, skin type, and degree of aging, and then recommends the best products for their specific needs. Even the busiest of moms can look years younger and more energetic in less than an hour and with very little downtime.
"I generally inject fillers into the cheeks, the laugh lines, the chin area, and under the eyes, if needed. Some patients may need Botox for forehead wrinkles, frown lines, or crow's feet," Dr. Danish says. "I perform all of the injections myself, so the patient can get the best results and look rejuvenated and natural — not like they've had work done."
Myra Danish, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Facial Plastic Surgery
Address: 4550 Investment Drive #290, Troy, MI 48098
Co-located: Pure Rejuvenation Center
Hospital Affiliation: Beaumont, Royal Oak
Jeffrey H. Miller, M.D.
Pregnancy is a big risk factor for the development of varicose veins and spider veins, says Miller Vein's Dr. Jeffrey Miller, who offers state-of-the-art, minimally invasive treatments to help new moms have "legs like new."
"Often, people will think, ‘I've been on my feet all day. I'm a busy mom. My legs are aching, but that's to be expected.' Once we treat them, they realize, ‘Oh, my gosh, it was my veins that were causing such pain!"
Dr. Miller recommends that women wait a few months after pregnancy to see if their vein issues resolve, because they often do. If the spider or varicose veins haven't gone away after a few months, they're not going to, he says.
Should women be treated if they're considering future pregnancies? "While every case is different, if your veins are bothersome, there is no risk and no reason to wait in getting treated," Dr. Miller says.
"Varicose veins are easily treated in the office. All the procedures are done through tiny, pencil-tip-sized incisions that don't require sutures. People are up and walking immediately afterward and, once healing is done, there are no scars."
Varicose veins are part of a medical condition and are usually covered by insurance. Threadlike spider veins, on the other hand, are typically considered to be a cosmetic issue. The good news is that, thanks to the no-downtime VeinErase™, embarrassing spider veins are treated in less than 30 minutes. Even the tiniest of spider veins, including facial veins, can be eliminated with VeinWave™ and VeinGogh advanced radio-frequency treatments.
"Our spider vein treatments are very easy on patients," Dr. Miller says. "People can drive themselves to and from treatment on a lunch break. They don't have to wear compression stockings afterward, and their legs look great when they have completed their treatment sessions."
Jeffrey H. Miller, M.D., Steven K. Wang, M.D.
Varicose, Spider & Facial Vein Treatment
Locations: Novi, Troy, Dearborn
The hormonal fluctuations associated with pregnancy can cause surprising changes in the look and feel of a new mother's skin, says Dr. Charles Boyd, a double-board-certified plastic surgeon.
"While some women experience the pregnancy ‘glow' due to increased blood circulation, other patients suffer from less positive effects like melasma chlosma, the appearance of dark, splotchy spots due to increased pigmentation in their skin," he says. "Women may also notice a darkening of their moles and freckles, or suffer with acne and blemishes — perhaps for the first time since adolescence."
At Boyd Birmingham, new moms are seeing wonderful results with customized chemical peels including the Vi Peel, which improves skin tone, texture, and clarity, and improves or eliminates troubling skin concerns. Minimal-downtime laser treatments deliver deeper skin resurfacing for further rejuvenation
"We always recommend a skin analysis and consultation to determine the best treatment plan for the patient," Dr. Boyd says.
Charles M. Boyd, MD, MBA, FACS
Facial Plastic Surgeon
135 East Maple, Birmingham, MI 48009
Hospital Affiliation: St. Joseph, UnaSource Surgery Center
Mune Gowda, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mune Gowda combines liposuction with a tummy tuck to give his patients the most aesthetically pleasing results.
"Most women want a tight, flat stomach after pregnancy. If you only do a tummy tuck and you don't remove excess fat on the back or the waist, the stomach actually looks wider," he says.
"I look at the stomach like a little landscape, or a bodyscape. Using liposuction and SmartLipo, you create an attractive shape with curves and contours."
Most women have a tummy tuck with a breast lift and volume restoration at one time.
"I use either an implant or a fat graft," Dr. Gowda says. "The patient's own natural fat is an excellent alternative to add volume and lift."
Mune Gowda, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Novi Surgical Center
Address: 26850 Providence Parkway, Suite 125 Novi, MI 48374
Troy Office Address: 3270 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 415 Troy, MI 48084
Hospital Affiliation: William Beaumont, Providence Hospital
Gina Randhawa, M.D.
Women who want to get back to their pre-pregnancy weight without subjecting themselves to surgical procedures are finding success through medical weight loss, says Dr. Gina Randhawa, a bariatric / internal medicine physician.
"They go on a customized calorie plan. I give them a lot of information on the best kinds of exercise and simple lifestyle changes," she says. "A more structured program is easier for them to follow."
Noninvasive Zerona laser treatment is a popular incentive to help patients reach their target weight.
"Patients can lose up to 12 inches in two weeks," Dr. Randhawa says. "It encourages them to put even more effort toward their weight-loss goals."
Gina Randhawa, MD, PC
Internal Medicine and Bariatrics
Address: Yorktowne Executive Offices, 5777 West Maple Road, Suite 180 West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Address: Rochester Office Parc, 6585 Rochester Road, Suite 105 Troy, MI 48085
Hospital Affiliation: William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI Huron Valley Sinai Hospital, Commerce Township, MI
Michigan Hair & Skin Center
As hormone levels change, it's not uncommon for new moms to experience temporary hair loss about three to four months after delivery. What can you do if the shedding doesn't stop? A program of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is the natural, noninvasive, and painless solution.
"Light energy from our state-of-the-art machines safely clears away buildups of DHT, a body chemical that clogs hair follicles," says Carol Wagner, owner of Michigan Hair & Skin Center. "The laser increases blood flow to the scalp so active follicles can receive the nutrients needed to regrow hair."
As part of an all-inclusive program, clients receive vitamin-rich hair products that cleanse and nourish the scalp, and promote regrowth in problem areas. Laser light therapy not only stops hair loss; it makes all hair strands thicker and healthier. Wagner recommends that moms come in sooner rather than waiting until later, as their hair will grow back more quickly with the laser light program.
"We have a laser comb that moms can use at home, with the products, if they're too busy to come in for weekly therapy sessions," she says.
Moms aren't only getting wonderful results with laser light therapy; they're also losing inches — and reducing body fat and cellulite — with FIT Bodywrap.
"It's like a sauna in a sleeping bag," Wagner says, describing the infrared heat wrap treatment that helps women burn up to 1,400 calories in a one-hour session. Clients read a book or just relax as they sweat out toxins, boost their immune system, and reduce aches and pain.
Michigan Hair and Skin Center
Natural, Noninvasive, Pain-free, and Permanent Solution for Thinning Hair
Address: 312 Town Center Drive, Troy, MI 48084
Phone: 248-678-3633 or 248-250-7640
Troy, Novi, Dearborn and Eastside locations
"Today it's very common for patients to have the classic mommy makeover procedures — liposuction and tummy tuck with breast augmentation, or with a breast augmentation and lift — all at once," says board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. William Stefani.
"One reason for that is moms are in better shape now. Because they don't lead a sedentary lifestyle, they're up and moving much quicker after surgery," he says, noting that operating times are shorter than they were years ago, and because of many of the local anesthetics currently used, recovery is generally much easier. Silicone gel implants are the choice of 95 percent of the patients at Spa Renaissance. "They don't ripple. The rupture rate is less than that of saline implants, and they're softer," Dr. Stefani says. "Women prefer silicone because the implants feel more natural."
Dr. Stefani typically recommends that women postpone surgery, especially a tummy tuck, until they're done having children.
"You want to avoid problems, such as re-stretched skin, which may develop with a subsequent pregnancy," he says.
Spa Renaissance & Renaissance Plastic Surgery
William A. Stefani, M.D., F.A.C.S., Jeffrey L. Williams, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Address: 85 E. Big Beaver, Troy, MI 48083
Physician Office: 586-779-3030
Spa/Salon: 248 498-8100
Hospital Affiliation: William Beaumont, Troy & Grosse Pointe, St John's Hospital & Medical Center
The Grande Med Spa
The Grande Med Spa offers the most advanced laser and spa treatments, designed to help moms get their "pre-baby body" back without invasive surgery or downtime. Using laser energy and specially designed rollers, VelaShape safely shrinks fat cells and reduces cellulite. The mechanical massage smooths the skin and contours the body, with noticeable circumferential reduction.
"You can use VelaShape on any part of the body — tummy, legs, back, hips. It works wonderfully," says Brenda McDermaid, co-owner of The Grande Med Spa.
State-of-the-art laser treatments for "the mask of pregnancy" can safely and painlessly remove brown spots more effectively than topical creams. The laser rejuvenates the skin, creating an even and glowing complexion.
"We have excellent skin care products and facial treatments to help moms get their skin back to a healthy condition," McDermaid says. "Our friendly staff will make you feel comfortable and pampered."
Look better. Feel better. Call the Grande Med Spa today.
Grande Med Spa
West Maple Plastic Surgery
New moms who want to improve their post-pregnancy figure will typically come in to talk about breast augmentation, breast augmentation and breast lifts, tummy tucks, or a combination of all of those, says board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Sherbert.
"We usually see the patients when their children are old enough to walk, about a year to two years old," Dr. Sherbert explains. "Because they are busy and will need help with household chores and childcare during the one to two weeks of recovery after surgery, most women choose to have all of the procedures done that can be safely completed at one time."
West Maple Plastic Surgery
Daniel D. Sherbert, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Address: 5807 W. Maple, Suite 177 West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Hospital Affiliation: Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak and Beaumont West Bloomfield Ambulatory Surgery Center
"Moms want a hairstyle that's simple, easy to manage, and current. They don't want to feel frumpy" says Toni Vitale, owner of Salon Bliss in Rochester Hills. "We start with a great haircut and recommend professional products to keep it stylish. We recommend color to brighten up their style."
Open seven days a week, with evening and weekend appointments available, Salon Bliss is a full-service salon with a staff of more than 50 highly trained stylists, manicurists, and facialists. Whether you want a new hairstyle, a "no-chip" manicure, or a soothing facial, expect a superior experience at Salon Bliss.
Salon Bliss Salon & Spa
Address: 1126 South Rochester Road Rochester Hills MI 48307
Say goodbye to stubborn fat. Moms can have a smoother, firmer, more shapely figure with cutting-edge, noninvasive body treatments from FACE Skincare~Medical~Wellness.
Using focused ultrasound, FDA-approved Liposonix can safely and permanently destroy fat cells on any area of the body in just one treatment. In comparison, fatfreezing procedures only treat select areas of the body and can leave you with loose skin. Liposonix creates a mild tightening effect, for true body-sculpting.
With comfortable and warming Venus Freeze treatments, two types of energy work in synergy to safely tighten skin, improve cellulite, and reduce circumference. Use Venus Freeze as a follow-up to Liposonix, then add a smoothing body peel or treatments that will remove unwanted hair, unsightly veins, or brown spots to achieve an overall body makeover that requires little to no downtime.
Doug Cutler, ND; Holly CaSaroll, CEO
Non-Invasive Skin Rejuvenation and Laser Services, Naturopathic Medicine, Injectables and Liquid Face-Lifts
Address: 29350 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI 48034
Websites: www.facebeautyscience.com; www.cutlerintegrativemedicine.com
Nick Palmer, D.D.S., M.S.
Braces aren't just for kids. A growing number of moms are having orthodontic treatment for a more beautiful smile, orthodontist Dr. Nick Palmer says.
"There are a number of options for adults now. We have braces that go on the inside of the teeth, and there are clear braces that are barely noticeable."
AcceleDent is a new FDA-approved technology that can reduce the time required for orthodontic treatment time by an average of 37 percent — an advantage for busy moms. The at-home program requires patients to bite on a gently pulsating device for just 20 minutes each day.
With orthodontic treatment, form and function go hand in hand, says Dr. Palmer. "Not only do your teeth look better, they also function better," he says. "When the braces come off, patients change. They smile without covering their mouth. They're more extroverted. A great smile lasts a lifetime, and makes life better."
Nick S. Palmer DDS MS PC Orthodontist
Address: 39242 Dequindre, Suite 102, Sterling Heights, MI 48310
Birmingham Plastic Surgery
Most women don't realize that a tummy tuck involves more than just the removal of loose skin and excess fat, says board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ahmet Karaca.
"A very important part of the procedure is repair of the ‘six pack' abdominal muscles that tend to separate a little during pregnancy, which can lead to a protruding stomach over time," Dr. Karaca explains. "Tightening the muscles also supports the back."
Moms are also seeking help to correct breast-sagging and/or loss of volume after pregnancy or breastfeeding.
"With breast augmentation alone or augmentation and a lift, we give the breasts a natural, more aesthetically pleasing appearance," Dr. Karaca says.
Birmingham Plastic Surgery
Ahmet R Karaca, MD Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Address: 101 Townsend Street, Birmingham, MI 48009
Hospital Affiliation: William Beaumont, Royal Oak; Huron Valley-Sinai (Chief of Plastic Surgery); St. Joseph Mercy, Oakland
Renew Hair & Skin Center
For the majority of women, hair-thinning is common and progressive with aging. But even busy moms can take measures to maintain or improve the integrity of their hair.
"Hair wellness starts from the inside. If you're eating your kid's leftovers or skipping meals, your internal reservoir is getting depleted," says Renew Hair & Skin Center co-owner Robin Welford. "Stick to a healthy diet of whole foods and, if you're not getting the proper nutrients from your diet, make sure to take supplements."
Common practices like blow-drying and flat-ironing can also damage hair. So keep down your hair aerobics!
"Try a more natural hairstyle and maintain a healthy cut that gives you style and bounce," advises Renew co-founder Suzie Meklir. "Or consider going shorter, which makes your hair look thicker and fuller. Always use hair products that are paraben-free and sulfate-free."
Renew's specially formulated hair products include Topical Solution, which nourishes hair follicles and creates the optimum environment for new hair.
"Our groundbreaking Hair Advancement Serum, with stem cell extract derived from plants, has the ability to regenerate inactive follicle stem cells to promote hair growth," Welford explains. "Our clients have had wonderful success."
Renew's FDA-approved low-level laser light therapy (LLLT) is a noninvasive, no downtime treatment that is capable of thickening existing hair and promoting an increase of new growth.
"The results have been so amazing that we now offer our own FDA-approved at home version of the laser," Meklir says. "Clients are seeing less hair shedding and more hair growth."
Call today to schedule a consultation.
Renew Hair and Skin Center
Low-Level Light Therapy Programs, At-Home Laser System, Exclusive Specifically Formulated Hair Rejuvenation Products, Skin Care Products for All Skin Types
Address: 30150 Telegraph Road, Suite 173, Bingham Farms, MI 48301
Phone: 248-723-NEWU (6398)
Toll Free: 877-723-0020
Dr. Ellen Janetzke
According to Dr. Ellen Janetzke, a "mommy makeover" varies from woman to woman, and is designed to best meet the needs of the individual patient.
"Women with smaller breasts prior to pregnancy may lose even more volume. They will benefit simply from a breast implant," says Dr. Ellen, a board-certified plastic surgeon. "For those who started with more volume, the breasts tend to get droopy and deflated after pregnancy and breastfeeding, and require implants and a lift.
Other patients just need a breast lift, without an implant.
"Once they've stopped breastfeeding, women should wait one year before having breast surgery," she advises. "An operation could cause lactation to start again, and that can lead to infection and difficulty healing."
For the abdominal area, Dr. Ellen usually performs a tummy tuck that may include liposuction of the hips — and sometimes the "love handles" — for a more contoured waistline. To get the best results from these procedures, women should wait until after they've finished having children and are close to their ideal weight.
Dr. Ellen Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Dr. Ellen A. Janetzke, MD Plastic Surgery
Address: 390 Park Street, Suite 201, Birmingham, MI 48009
Hospital Affiliation: Beaumont
WhiteScience, Dr. Samuel First, D.D.S.
Consumers spent more than $23 billion in 2010 on products and services to achieve whiter, brighter, more confident smiles. Dr. Samuel First, a specialist in general and reconstructive dentistry with over 25 years of experience, believes that because of a push from consumers seeking more affordable and painless cosmetic teeth-whitening options, no one needs to settle for yellow teeth and dull smiles.
"WhiteScience created an industry turning point six years ago when it introduced a suite of cosmetic teeth-whitening products that were safe, effective, and affordable," Dr. First says. "In 2007, Dentistry Today and Dental Product Reports magazines rated WhiteScience whitening products among the best in the industry. For many of my patients, the SpaWhite or Artiste 30-minute whitening treatments provide fantastic results with excellent customer satisfaction."
Once a boutique product only available through the dentist's office, WhiteICE was named one of the top 100 dental products when it was introduced in 2007.
"The WhiteICE stick is a wonderful and unique maintenance product that is formulated to work either in concert with other WhiteScience products or by itself," Dr. First notes. "Applied to your teeth like you'd use lip balm on your lips, WhiteICE is a quick, easy way to literally erase stains in minutes a day and maintain that perfect smile. This is a remarkable product with a price tag that's less than what teenagers spend on a pair of shoes!"
WhiteScience Worldwide is the leading manufacturer and seller of cosmetic teeth-whitening technology in the world, and it offers the No. 1 teeth-whitening products and patented whitening delivery systems in the United States.
What You Should Know About the Latest Cosmetic Laser Treatments
Recent advancements in laser technology have provided doctors with highly sophisticated tools with which to treat patients. This is especially true, in the practice of aesthetic surgery. Up until only a few years ago, the number of available laser assisted techniques was fairly limited. Doctors and patients now have an exciting array of alternatives from which to choose when it comes to selecting a laser procedure to achieve desired cosmetic goals. These newer, more advanced lasers do everything from turning back the clock on aging skin, to getting rid of fat, to removing unwanted hair and even tattoos.
Todayʼs laser therapies are designed to target specific problems and, therefore, provide physicians with the ability to carefully customize and implement personalized plans for their patients. Laser technologies using different wavelengths to treat different issues, now offer physicians the unique ability to create patient specific treatments. Whatʼs more, todayʼs state of the art laser procedures are not only newer, but significantly better. They are safe, effective, involve minimal downtime, donʼt require general anesthesia and provide more dramatic and lasting results.
SmartLipo: A Better, Safer Way to Reshape your Body
The introduction of the SmartLipo system is by far one of the most exciting advancements in the area of cosmetic body contouring to date. It is the first and only laser assisted lipolysis system offering a state of the art, minimally invasive procedure for the removal of fat. Using a high-powered Triplex laser, SmartLipo is an advanced body sculpting procedure which can create the definition and tighter skin that traditional lipo cannot. This unique system safely and gently delivers the optimal blend of three laser wavelengths for better fat removal and tissue tightening, reducing the sagging and dimpling that can occur after traditional liposuction. And the biggest benefit is that SmartLipo destroys fat cells forever with just one treatment.
Performed in a doctorʼs office, the procedure effectively targets smaller areas that donʼt generally respond to diet and exercise, like saddle bags, stomach, neck and arms. Patients are awake during the procedure; there is minimal pain and less downtime and bruising than with standard liposuction. One of the greatest advantages of this procedure is a speedy recovery. Patients can return to their normal activities within a day or two.
Active FX: The Gold Standard of Laser Resurfacing
Considerable advances have also been made in techniques for skin resurfacing and rejuvenation. The Active FX laser is the latest in the fight against aging, scarred or sun damaged skin. Many problems, such as deep wrinkles, simply canʼt be erased with creams or lotions alone. But, laser therapy can make a significant difference in overall tone, texture and smoothness. What makes this system so remarkable is the fact that it is both safe and effective for a wide range of skin types from fairer complexions to skin of color. During this procedure, topical anesthesia is applied and a high energy beam of laser light is used to smooth out fine lines, wrinkles, remove brown spots and other irregularities. With fractional laser treatment, only a fraction of the skin is treated by the laser, leaving small "bridges" of untouched skin, making the healing process much faster. After a day or two of downtime, damaged skin is replaced with a fresh, youthful looking complexion.
Laser Hair Removal: An Easy and Permanent Solution
Traditional hair removal routines, like shaving or waxing, can be tedious, painful, expensive and offer only a temporary fix. The good news is that up to the minute laser procedures can now make the process of hair removal safe, effective, pain-free and fast. The most comprehensive laser hair removal system today combines two optimal wavelengths in one system. The ability to switch between wavelengths, makes it both effective and safe for any given hair or skin type. The systemʼs two separate lasers make it the ideal method to successfully treat diverse skin types from fair, light complexions to skin of color. The laser emits gentle pulses of energy that pass through the skin to the hair follicle; destroying it. It can never grow there again, getting rid of unwanted hair once and for all.
Tattoo Removal: Time to Re-Think Your Ink?
It is estimated that over half the people who get a tattoo later regret it and want it removed. In the past, tattoo removal procedures were fairly unsophisticated and, as a result, often painful and unsuccessful. Now, laser technology is changing all that. Lasers selectively target the pigment of the tattoo without damaging the skin. With this improved technology, using multiple wavelengths to treat a spectrum of colors, most tattoos can be erased with minimal scarring in 6 to 10 treatments.
Ask Dr. Gowda
Q: How do I know what laser procedure is right for me?
A: "I know that there are a lot of different procedures from which to choose, and that can be confusing for many patients. I personally consult with each patient who comes to my practice. Because today's laser procedures are so versatile, we no longer offer "a one size fits all" approach. When recommending a laser procedure, I take a number of factors into consideration, from my patient's skin type and texture, body style, age and activity level. After discussing his or her particular issues or areas of concern, I create a customized treatment plan that will help my patient achieve the best possible result. Generally, patients have a number of questions about what to expect during their upcoming procedure. I talk with my patients about what will happen before, during and after their treatment."
Mune Gowda, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with Over 30 Years of Experience