Mommy Makeover procedures


What procedures are involved in a mommy makeover?


Designed specifically to address common issues faced by women who have been through pregnancy and breastfeeding, the mommy makeover is a very popular combination of plastic surgery techniques.

The term “mommy makeover” can be a sort of catch-all phrase which refers to a combination of body contouring procedures that are performed together. These procedures improve the physical changes that linger in many women long after pregnancy.

Mommy makeovers are custom-tailored to fit each patient’s individual needs; however the surgical approach generally starts with a contouring procedure for the breast and abdomen. Then additional elements are added as needed.

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The typical components of a mommy makeover concentrate on the breasts and abdomen

Because they are the primary areas of change during pregnancy, mommy makeovers center around procedures to improve the breasts and abdomen.


Throughout a pregnancy and during the period of breastfeeding, breasts can enlarge greatly. A “return to normal” can lead to a significant loss in breast volume and noticeable sagging.


The abdominal muscles, skin and tissue stretch to accommodate a growing baby during pregnancy. After childbirth these abdominal layers often never bounce back to their taut, pre-baby shape.

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A mommy makeover may include these specific components:

NOTE: Depending on the individual surgeon and the recommended set of procedures, a mommy makeover can be performed during one single operation, or for safety reasons, may be spread out over multiple surgical sessions.

Seven things you need to know about recovering from a mommy makeover

  1. Mommy makeovers at Edina Plastic Surgery will be performed as an outpatient surgery in our onsite outpatient surgical center. This allows you to recover at home.
  2. Although your recovery time will depend on the specific procedures included in your mommy makeover, plan on your recovery taking up to two weeks.
  3. You will need help around the house because you will be tired and tender for several days after your mommy makeover. Enlist assistance around the house from a family member or friend.
  4. Swelling can last for six months or longer. While some benefits of a mommy makeover are immediate, and others can be seen fairly quickly, the full results cannot be assessed until all swelling has subsided; and this can take from six months to a year.
  5. Vigorous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for at least six weeks. Moms can start lifting their babies after 2 – 3 weeks, but we recommend that they be very careful to avoid injury.
  6. A mommy makeover is for non-smokers, because smoking decreases circulation, delaying wound healing and substantially increasing the chance for serious complications to occur. Stop smoking for at least four weeks before and four weeks after your mommy makeover. Better yet, use this as a reason to stop smoking altogether.
  7. Only board-certified plastic surgeons like the surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery should be chosen for mommy makeover procedures. Never risk your health and safety to cut corners or save money.

Mommy makeovers have a very high satisfaction rate. The majority of patients say that their mommy makeovers are life-changing; restoring their confidence and the pride in their appearance.

Best abdominal procedure


How do I decide what the best abdominal procedure is to meet my goals?


Plastic surgery to improve the appearance of the midsection is popular for both men and women. Procedures can correct many issues including post-pregnancy laxity or simply extra weight in the midsection. The board-certified plastic surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery are experts in abdominal procedures.

Even though there is a growing popularity for minimally invasive body-focused procedures to address this area, according to recent statistics, there does not appear to be a corresponding decrease in patient interest in abdominoplasty (tummy tucks). Since the year 2000, the number of tummy tuck operations performed annually has more than doubled.


Patients who are looking for sleeker, smoother abdomens often ask whether a stand-alone tummy tuck or if liposuction combined with a tummy tuck is the best choice for them. Dr. Nathan Leigh, Dr. Robert Wilke and Dr. Michael Philbin offer free consultations, and will advise the patient as to which procedure would best achieve their goals.

There are three very important factors that are taken into consideration during a consult for abdominal procedures:

  1. Skin quality
  2. Muscle tightness or unity
  3. The presence and location of excess, protruding fat

These factors vary widely in patients; specific variables can include genetics, age, diet/exercise and whether pregnancy and childbirth have occurred.

The abdominal wall can be tightened during a tummy tuck

For patients with excess, lax skin and/or stretched-out muscles of the abdominal wall a tummy tuck would be an appropriate procedure. And while addressing the excess abdominal skin is strictly cosmetic, the abdominal wall repair may be performed for both cosmetic and functional improvement.

After experiencing massive weight loss or pregnancy and childbirth, centralized abdominal muscles which were previously firm, can loosen and weaken, sometimes to the point where they separate from each other. This is known as diastasis recti. Even the most intense, ab-focused workouts cannot restore their position. Diastasis recti can also occur in women and also in middle-aged and older men, especially those with abdominal obesity.

Besides contributing to a bulging appearance of the abdomen, the condition diastasis recti compromises overall muscular support. This can result in functional issues such as lower back pain, constipation, urinary leaking or incontinence.

In some cases patients benefit most when liposuction is combined with a tummy tuck

The plastic surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery do case-by-case evaluations of each patient and determine the best procedures to achieve the patient’s goals.  Frequently, liposuction is used in combination with abdominoplasties to achieve the best results.

Three things you should consider

If you are a prospective patient who would like to improve the appearance of their midsection, there are three things you must bear in mind.

First, you should consult with a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has extensive experience in both procedures with successful results. Dr. Nathan Leigh, Dr. Robert Wilke and Dr. Michael Philbin of Edina Plastic Surgery all meet this criteria.

Second, based on their assessment, you must be open to the possibility that your surgeon may recommend a different course of action than the one you may have in mind. You might have planned on having just a tummy tuck, but it might take a combination of a tummy tuck and liposuction to reach your goals.

Finally, you need to be committed to following all post-surgical instructions, including maintaining a long-term healthy diet and exercise regimen to sustain your results.

Abdominal procedures have a very high satisfaction rate

In general, tummy tucks and tummy tucks combined with liposuction have a very high satisfaction rate with patients. Here are just a few testimonials from patients who came to Edina Plastic Surgery for their procedures:

“When I met Dr. Leigh, I knew he was my surgeon for my tummy tuck. He was funny, personable, and he made me feel beautiful. My results have been beyond my expectations! My belly button looks so much better than some of the other results I have seen. I am happy and satisfied, and I highly recommend Dr. Leigh for tummy tucks.”

“Dr. Wilke, thank you so much for the awesome work you have done on my body with my tummy tuck. I really appreciate it. I feel great just being able to put on a pair of jeans and a shirt and not have to hide my belly. I’m a completely new person because of you and your work. Thank you!”

“For many years after my children were born, I debated about a tummy tuck. Even though I am a competitive athlete, I could never regain my previous shape. When I began to consider having the procedure, I asked a friend whom she recommended and without any hesitation she recommended Dr. Philbin. The day of the procedure was smooth and professional. Dr. Philbin, your caring bedside manner was unbelievable! You made yourself available to my family in the event they had any questions about my recovery overnight. Thank you Dr. Philbin for all you have done to help me! P.S. My husband loves my new flat stomach too!”

Misconceptions about breast implants


What are the most popular myths and other misconceptions about breast implants?


According to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the United States. More than 300,000 women underwent breast augmentation in this country in 2017. The three board certified plastic surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery are experts in breast augmentation and take the time to carefully discuss implant options with each patient.

Because the procedure is so popular, there is a great deal of media coverage on the subject. With it comes some common assumptions about breast implants that may not be based on scientific fact, but rather on popular fallacies.

Here is some pertinent factual information that will dispel some common myths about breast implants.

1. All implants need to be replaced after 10 years

The older the implants are, the higher the chance that there may be a leak or rupture, but there is no absolute indication to remove or replace implants at the 10-year mark.

The most common reasons implants may need to be replaced include rupture or leakage and capsular contracture. If saline implants leak, the saline is reabsorbed by the body. With silicone gel implants, the gel that is now used is highly cohesive (sometimes called “gummy bear” gel), and if the implant ruptures, the gel stays in the implant pocket. Ruptured implants are removed and a new implant can be placed with a relatively minor procedure.


2. Implants can be dangerous for babies during breastfeeding

Because the majority of women who undergo breast augmentation are in their 20’s and 30’s, many breast augmentation patients are concerned about potential risks for the baby should they subsequently become pregnant. Many studies have shown that there is no medical risk for babies who are born to or breastfed by women with saline or silicone breast implants. Also, there are no inherent risks in breast augmentation that would make the surgery a contraindication to a future pregnancy.

3. Bigger is better when it comes to implant size

With the wide range of implant types and sizes currently on the market, there is an enormous range of possible results from breast augmentation. Our skilled and experienced surgeons will provide you with the insights and appropriate options for your body type to try and achieve your goals. Dr. Nathan Leigh, Dr. Robert Wilke or Dr. Michael Philbin will discuss a multitude of factors with you, including the implant shape, size, type and texture, as well as placement options tailored to your individual body. Bigger is not necessarily better in the long run when it comes to breast implant selection.

4. Implant sizing is just a “guessing game”

Edina Plastic Surgery is the only clinic in the Twin City area with the Vectra XT imaging equipment that shows before and after options for breast implant patients. Our Vectra XT camera captures comprehensive 3D images of your breasts. The 360-degree images, which have a sharp definition, can be used to show the possible outcomes of various implant sizes and shapes for breast augmentations. Patients can “test drive” various implants using this virtual technology so they know what to expect before they make their final decision.


Any “cosmetic surgeon” is qualified to perform breast augmentation surgery

When choosing a surgeon to perform a breast augmentation, it is extremely important that patients realize that “cosmetic” surgeons are not the same as “plastic” surgeons.

Breast augmentation patients should only consult board certified plastic surgeons such as Dr. Nathan Leigh, Dr. Robert Wilke and Dr. Michael Philbin from Edina Plastic Surgery who have completed years of rigorous training and passed written and oral examinations in order to become certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).

Breast augmentation surgery may seem to a patient like a relatively simple operation, but ensuring the best results involves a long and comprehensive process on the part of the plastic surgeon and requires the knowledge and expertise of a surgeon who is board certified.

Combination of breast lift with implants


What do I need to know about getting a combination of breast lift with implants?


After losing a lot of weight or having children, many women feel the desire to look and feel younger. Some choose to have a breast lift combined with an implant to enhance their appearance and restore their self-confidence. If a woman’s breasts are small or have lost volume – for example, after pregnancy – breast implants inserted in conjunction with a breast lift can increase both their firmness and their size. The board certified plastic surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery are experts in the breast lift with breast implant procedure.

Adding a breast lift to an augmentation can maximize results

Breast lifts typically involve lifting the breast and eliminating excess skin while moving the nipple and areola into a new, more natural position. The end result is a perkier more youthful look and is very much appreciated among those women with sagging breasts.

Combining a breast lift with implants is a good way to get the maximum results from breast lift surgery. When breast lifts are combined with an augmentation, the patient’s breasts will increase in cup size and the results will generally be more pleasing than the results from a breast lift alone.

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Deciding on the correct breast implant type

The type of implant that patients choose will affect how they look and feel after the surgery, so it’s important to select the correct option. Two types of implants are currently available and FDA-approved in the United States: saline-filled implants with a silicone elastomer shell and cohesive silicone gel filled implants with a silicone elastomer shell. The type of implant that is right for you will depend on your individual goals and circumstances.

  1. A saline implant is less expensive, firmer and has more ripple potential. It can be placed with a smaller incision no matter the size of the implant and is adjustable in volume.
  2. A silicone gel implant is more expensive, tends to be softer and shows ripples less. This implant requires a bigger incision for larger implants. It is the most natural feeling implant because the silicone gel is thicker and more similar to the consistency of body tissues.

Factors to consider when choosing the right implant size and shape

When considering the appropriate breast implant for a breast lift patient, our surgeons take many factors into account including shape (round or teardrop-shaped), texture (smooth or textured shell) profile and overall size. The appropriate size should be based on body proportions, posture and skin elasticity. Our surgeons discuss these options with each patient.

A breast lift with implants is a complex procedure

This procedure is more complicated than either a breast augmentation or a breast lift surgery alone because there are many changes being made to the breasts at one time. There is also a higher incidence of revisions when a breast lift is combined with implants.

It is very important for patients to consult board-certified plastic surgeons such as Dr. Nathan Leigh, Dr. Robert Wilke and Dr. Michael Philbin of Edina Plastic Surgery. They all have a great deal of experience with this procedure and will take the time to discuss the risks and benefits with each patient. We encourage patients who are considering a breast lift with implants to contact us for a free consultation.

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The top eight misconceptions about liposuction


What circumstances are best for using liposuction, and can it be used to treat cellulite or droopy skin?


Liposuction is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgical procedures in the United States and around the world. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 246,354 liposuction procedures were performed in the U.S. in 2017. The three board-certified surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery are all experts in the art of liposuction. However, many patients still have questions about what conditions liposuction can and cannot treat.

Because liposuction is a shaping procedure and not a weight loss procedure, not every area can be treated with liposuction, but the typical procedure locations may include the neck, arms, back, abdomen, thighs and knees. It can be done as a stand-alone procedure or in conjunction with other procedures such as an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).

Despite its popularity, many people still have misunderstandings about liposuction; the most common misconceptions are listed below.


1. Liposuction can help you lose weight

Even though some of the results for liposuction can be very dramatic, the reality is that most patients only lose about two to five pounds in total. In fact, the best candidates for the procedure are generally within 10 percent of a healthy weight range and have localized fat pockets they would like to reduce.

2. Liposuction can be performed to treat cellulite

Cellulite occurs when subcutaneous fat pushes connective tissue bands beneath the skin, causing those characteristic dimples and bumps. Cellulite is not simply an irregular pocket of fat. Liposuction is only able to remove soft, fatty tissue and does not directly affect the skin or other tissues, so the fibrous connecting bands that cause cellulite are not altered.

3. Liposuction is only for “younger people” and not for “older people”

Liposuction can be safely performed on any patient who is in good health and has had a positive medical examination. If the patient has a lack of firmness and elasticity (both of which commonly decrease with age) it may compromise the skin’s ability to re-drape over newly slimmed, reshaped contours. One of the main contraindications for liposuction is poor skin quality.

4. Liposuction will “fix” lax or droopy skin

Because the appearance of a double chin or a heavy tummy may involve a degree of sagging skin with reduced elasticity as well as excess fat, your surgeon may recommend a skin tightening procedure instead of (or in conjunction with) liposuction. Liposuction alone cannot fix sagging or drooping skin.

5. After liposuction the fat deposits removed will return

Liposuction is “permanent,” in that once the fat cells are suctioned out, they will not return. However, if a person’s calorie intake is excessive, there will still be some remaining fat cells that can grow in size and expand the area. The best way to maintain the results of a liposuction procedure is to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen.

6. You can get back to your normal routine immediately after liposuction

Liposuction is a relatively safe procedure, however every surgical procedure entails a recovery period, and liposuction is no exception. The most common after-effects include swelling, bruising, and soreness at and around the treatment areas. While the healing process varies from patient to patient, most people should plan to take some time off from work to rest and recover. It may be four to six weeks before a patient can resume strenuous activity or exercise, and swelling to a certain extent may be present up to nine months.

7. Liposuction is only for women

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, 28,180 men had liposuction procedures in 2017. fact, it was one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries for American men this past year. Common areas for treatment in men include the abdomen, love handles and chest.

8. Liposuction is always the answer to belly fat

Liposuction can only targets subcutaneous fat which is the kind that is located below the skin and above the muscle. An abdomen that protrudes due to fat under the muscle and around the internal organs (known as visceral or intra-abdominal fat) will not be improved with liposuction. The only effective methods to combat visceral fat are diet and exercise.

Good information about an eyelid lift


What is an eyelid lift and what can eyelid surgery treat?


Blepharoplasty, or an eyelid lift, is a cosmetic procedure that has continued to grow in popularity. It is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed in the United States, coming in fourth in the list of top cosmetic surgeries published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. In 2017, more than 200,000 eyelid lift procedures were performed in this country.

Over time, upper eyelids often develop an excessively full or droopy appearance, and lower lids may develop puffy fat pads and loose skin. Surgery for these conditions can provide a more rejuvenated appearance – and can improve vision when skin is heavy enough to block the eyes.

Eyelid lifts can have a dramatic effect on the face and patients have said that their self-confidence has been greatly improved because their eyes look so much more youthful and they no longer look “tired all the time”.


1. What is an eyelid lift?

There are three distinctly different types of eyelid lift surgeries. The board-certified surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery meet with each patient to discuss which of these options is best for their situation.

  • Upper Eyelid Surgery: This type of blepharoplasty is most often performed to improve the appearance of the eye due to aging genetics. For some patients it is performed to improve vision loss from drooping lids. Focused only on the upper eyelid, this surgery can restore the function of the eye and also provide a more open and youthful appearance.
  • Lower Eyelid Surgery: This procedure is based around the lower lid and eyes, focusing on the removal of wrinkles in the skin and the correction of baggy eyes.
  • Double Eyelid Surgery: This is when both procedures, upper and lower are combined. Doing both types of eyelid surgery at the same time can make a very dramatic change to the look of the eyes, and as a result the patient can look much more youthful.

2. What can eyelid surgery can treat?

  • Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision
  • Fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the eyelids
  • Bags under the eyes
  • Drooping lower eyelids that reveal white below the iris
  • Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid

3. Who is a good candidate for eyelid surgery?

Good candidates for eyelid surgery include:

  • Healthy individuals with no medical conditions that can impair healing
  • Nonsmokers
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic goals
  • Individuals without serious eye conditions

The approach that our surgeons will recommend for eyelid surgery is based on your needs and goals. During the initial free consultation, our board-certified surgeons will assess whether a blepharoplasty may be beneficial for each patient and, if so, what type of surgery will provide the desired results. Eyelid surgery is performed on an outpatient basis in our fully accredited onsite surgery center and does not require an overnight stay.

The top seven facts to know about breast augmentations


What are the things that patient ask about most when it comes to have a breast augmentation?


Some answers to the most commonly asked questions are below:

1. The choice of breast implant type is not as simple as saline versus silicone. When considering the appropriate breast implant for a patient, our surgeons take many factors into account including shape (round or teardrop-shaped), texture (smooth or textured shell) profile and overall size. The appropriate size should be based on body proportions, posture and skin elasticity. Our surgeons discuss these options with each patient. In addition, we use the Vectra XT 3D camera so patients can see the different virtual implants shown on photos of their own bodies.


2. There are three incision options available for placement of a breast implant:

  • Inframammary uses an incision in the breast crease.
  • Periareolar uses an incision in the nipple area.
  • Transaxillary uses an incision in the under arm area. An endoscope is used to assist in creating the pocket for the implant.

Some patients may be a good candidate for only one or two of these breast surgery approaches – or all three. Our surgeons have extensive experience in all of the breast augmentation incisions.

3. When it comes to implant placement, there are two pocket options for the implant itself; under the pectoralis major muscle (submuscular, partial submuscular or biplanar) and under the breast gland itself (subglandular). There are advantages and disadvantages to both positions, and all three of our surgeons have a great deal of experience in both pocket placement options.

4. Sagging breasts cannot be fixed simply through a breast augmentation. Some patients believe that an augmentation will fix sagging breasts, but actually when you increase volume in the breasts it can exacerbate the appearance of sagging. A breast lift or mastopexy is the appropriate procedure to correct sagging breasts. A breast lift involves tightening tissues and removing any excess, as well as potentially repositioning the areolas and nipples to more suitable positions. When a patient wants to both lift and augment their breasts, a lift combined with a breast augmentation can be performed.

5. It is true that all breast implants will need to be replaced at some point. While today’s breast implants are long-lasting, they are still devices that are not designed to last for a lifetime. Almost all implants will last more than a decade before they require replacement. Most breast augmentation patients will outlive their implants and/or may choose to receive a breast lift in the future when their implants are replaced.

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6. Your final results are not what you see immediately after surgery. Many patients become distressed with the level of swelling they see in the days immediately following the surgery. This swelling can take weeks to resolve, along with the adjustment of breast implants to an appropriate position. Eventually the swelling does subside and the implants settle in.

7. All patients who smoke cigarettes must stop smoking for a minimum of two weeks prior to their augmentation procedure. Nicotine can constrict blood vessels and therefore poses a problem with blood circulation. The carbon monoxide created by cigarettes can affect the oxygen supply to the healing tissue. So as a result, even one single cigarette before surgery can create a risk to healing.

“I had wanted to get a breast augmentation for a long time and when I left my first appointment at Edina Plastic Surgery I literally cried from happiness and excitement. The ability to see my own body on the computer was very important to me.  Not only was I able to see what the implants would look like when placed under the muscle, I was able to see what it would look like on me vs. what it looks like on others. For patients looking for unsurpassed expertise and the highest level of technology, Edina Plastic Surgery is the only place to go. I am extremely happy with my results and would recommend them highly.”

The many elements involved in a successful tummy tuck


What is involved in a tummy tuck procedure?


Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is one of the most common body contouring procedures performed at Edina Plastic Surgery. Because every patient has a unique body shape and size and their own set of personal goals, each tummy tuck is customized and no two will be exactly alike.

When it comes to a tummy tuck, the procedure is much more than one single surgical step, but rather it is a series of elements that are customized to create the best results for each patient.

By addressing a number of conditions that keep the abdomen from looking toned, the surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery can achieve tummy tucks with excellent results.

1. Removal of excess fat

Stubborn areas/pockets of fat are responsible for increasing the size of a waistline. Although liposuction is frequently performed as a standalone procedure, it is also an element of a tummy tuck used to help flatten the area. During a tummy tuck the surgeon uses the main incision to get access for the liposuction cannula to loosen and suction out the fat.

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2. Removal of excess skin

Excess skin can create a sagging pouch that hides even very well-defined abdominal muscles that may sit beneath it. Some patients have a small amount of excess skin; others have a great deal of excess skin which is often called an “apron”. During a tummy tuck the surgeon re-drapes the abdominal skin until it sits flat and tight. The excess is then trimmed away. The surgeon places the incision in an area that is typically very low on the torso where it will eventually be hidden by underwear or a bathing suit bottom.

3. Tighten lax muscles

Belly muscles and the fascia covering them often become loose over time. A fascia that is firm helps to hold everything in place much like a “girdle”. When the fascia becomes lax the contents behind it bulge outward. When abdominal muscles separate, it can also make the entire midsection look flabby. When necessary, the surgeon will stitch the abdominal muscles and fascia back together to create a tight and toned look.

4. Belly button placement

During a full tummy tuck the surgeon “relocates” the belly button. This involves creating an opening in the newly-taut abdominal skin, allowing the navel to appear where it should be to look proportional with the rest of the body. This procedure is called an umbilical translocation. For mini and modified tummy tucks, the incision needed is somewhat shorter and the belly button is not impacted.

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Plastic Surgery for Men


What are the top reasons why men are having more cosmetic procedures?


More and more men of every age are opting for plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures to improve confidence and body image. The number of men seeking plastic surgery procedures in 2017 was at an all-time high of 1.4 million according to statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Here are some of the top reasons why men chose plastic surgery:

  • To stay competitive in their careers
  • Build their self confidence
  • Feel better about their bodies
  • Preventative steps for aging

“Men should do their homework and choose a board-certified plastic surgeon,” says Dr. Robert Wilke from Edina Plastic Surgery. “A board-certified plastic surgeon has extensive training and is best equipped to offer each patient the right choice of procedure to get the most natural looking results.”

Men are feeling more confident about visiting plastic surgeons to discuss a wide range of procedures. When men have a procedure on an area of their body that they are not happy with, their confidence rises and impacts how they see themselves.

Plastic surgery does not have the same taboo for men that it did years ago because socially there is a greater sense of acceptance for physical body changes from elective plastic surgery. Today more men are seeing the importance of taking care of themselves in order to look their best, and one way to do that is through cosmetic procedures.

The rise in plastic surgery procedures among men is driven in part by the aging of the baby boom generation, but men of all ages, even those under 30 are interested in body contouring procedures.

Recent statistics regarding plastic surgery for men have shown a five year rise in procedures such as liposuction which has had an increase of 23%, tummy tucks which have increased by 12%, and male breast reductions which have increased about 30%.

Statistics show that the majority of younger men tend to focus on enhancing their bodies, while older men are showing greater interest in having minimally-invasive procedures to take years off of their faces. In 2017 nearly 100,000 men had filler injections, which is a number that is up a whopping 99% since the year 2000. The popularity of Botox for men has also skyrocketed in popularity. Many men believe that their careers and productivity can suffer if they look tired, so cosmetic facial procedures can be just the solution that they are looking for.

Because they see it as a key to remaining competitive in the workplace, many male patients are reporting a desire to look younger. This trend to look good for the sake of a career is often called “the executive edge”. When men look as young as they feel, the resulting rise in confidence benefits their careers and lives.

Mommy Makeovers After Pregnancy


Can a Mommy Makeover Restore My Pre-Baby Body?


A plastic surgery procedure that has received a great deal of media attention is the mommy makeover. Mommy makeovers have become increasingly popular, partly due to the fact that so many women are having children later in life.  Women who have babies in their mid to late 30’s and beyond may be less resilient to “bouncing back to pre-pregnancy shape” than those of their younger counterparts.

“Many of the women that come to us for mommy makeovers are over 35,” says Dr. Robert Wilke, a board certified plastic surgeon at Edina Plastic Surgery. “Healthy women who are done having children can be excellent candidates for abdominoplasty, liposuction and a breast lift, reduction or augmentation.”


Not all “mommies” need the same “makeover”

Some women are lucky and are not negatively affected by pregnancy or breast feeding, while other women experience loose abdominal skin, separated abdominal muscles, droopy breasts and fat deposits in areas that are resistant to diet and exercise.  In many cases these women need plastic surgery to achieve the kind of improvement that they are looking for.

A mommy makeover is a customized set of surgical procedures aimed at reversing the negative changes associated with childbearing. The board certified plastic surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery will carefully listen to each patient and assess their individual needs. The ultimate goal with this procedure is a return to the “pre-baby body”.

The breasts and the abdomen are affected most during pregnancy

A typical mommy makeover often includes abdominoplasty combined with liposuction. Very frequently the patient also has a breast lift, reduction, or augmentation.

During mommy makeover procedures extra skin is removed, stretch marks are minimized and the breasts and body/abdomen are lifted to regain a comparable figure to pre-pregnancy form. The operations are all individually quite simple, but when combined together as a “whole solution”, the transformation from a mommy makeover can be incredible.


“The overall satisfaction rate for mommy makeovers is very high,” says Dr. Wilke. “Many women have told us that they are delighted with their transformation and the only regret they have is that they wish they had come in to see us sooner.”

A big benefit of the mommy makeover is that the patient has a single recovery vs. two or three separate ones. This shortens downtime from family and work as well as reducing the costs of anesthesia. Due in part to the popularity of television shows that focus on plastic surgery procedures, requests for multiple procedures done at one time are rising each year.

Many factors play a role in determining the ideal time to have a mommy makeover
  1. For the maximum benefit, women should be fairly certain that they are done having children.
  2. Women who have small children will need to have help in their homes to take care of the children during the recovery period, which can last between two and three weeks.
  3. We suggest that women take a minimum of two weeks off from work for recovery time, so the necessary vacation time should be factored into the equation.
  4. It is recommended that women who smoke quit a minimum of two weeks pre-surgery and need to refrain from smoking during the recovery period. The surgical flaps used for a tummy tuck or breast lift are particularly susceptible to compromise from the effects of smoking; so much so that skin loss is possible.
  5. A woman’s weight before surgery also plays a role in the recovery from a mommy makeover. Studies have shown that surgical risks for complications related to healing and infection are more frequent in patients with higher BMI (Body Mass Index). Ideally, patients should have a normal BMI which is a score below 25.
We specialize in mommy makeovers

The board certified plastic surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery listen carefully to each patient and advise them on the most appropriate procedures for their mommy makeovers. During a span of more than 40 years of making patients more beautiful, we have helped women of all ages improve their bodies and boost their confidence.