Case of the Week Mommy Makeover
Mommy Make-over after 6 children: Lower Body Lift (buttock lift/thigh lift) Liposuction of lateral and medial thighs Bilateral Brachioplasty (arm lifting) Liposuction of the abdomen and flanks
This 49 year-old patient from Hemet, California (Riverside County) came in to see Dr. Pousti for a “Mommy make-over”. She had lost a lot of her weight with a low carbohydrate / low fat diet and daily exercising. She had previously had breast implants and an abdominoplasty surgery by another surgeon and was unhappy with her results. She wanted to meet with a board certified plastic surgeon in the Temecula/Murrieta Valley area so that it would be convenient for her. She was recommended to Dr. Pousti by a co-worker.
When she came to her consultation, she gave Dr. Pousti a “wish-list” of everything she wanted performed (after years of gaining and losing weight and having six kids). Dr. Pousti gave this patient all the pros and cons of the different surgeries and he asked her come back so that they could discuss things further and make sure she was a good candidate for the procedures. This patient appreciated the fact that Dr. Pousti didn’t rush her and asked her to take time and think about the procedures. Dr. Pousti allowed this patient to meet several other patients who have had similar procedures performed so that she could ask questions and feel comfortable with her decision.
On December of 2004, this patient underwent a lower body lift (buttock lift and lateral thigh lift) as well as revision of her previous abdominoplasty surgery. Below you will see the "markings" that Dr. Pousti performs before surgery.
On November of 2005, she underwent liposuction of the lateral and medial thighs. As you can see below, the proportions are much better after the liposculpture.
On September of 2006, she had liposuction of the abdomen and flanks. She had wanted upper blepharoplasty surgery (eyelid surgery) but Dr. Pousti decided that with all of the position changes associated with the liposuction, it would be better to perform the procedures at different times and the patient decided that the body contouring was more important to her than the blepharoplasty surgery so she postponed the eyelid surgery for a later date.
Dear Dr. Pousti,
I just want to thank you for the wonderful change in life you have made! Each of my surgeries has turned out to be better than I could have ever imagined. After losing approximately 65 lbs and having six children I needed help! My skin is so thin and the sagging was so disappointing after all of the exercise and dieting. Two years ago I had a tummy tuck by another doctor in the Murrieta area. I was pleased (As I did not know what to expect). I wanted to continue on my journey and a co-worker highly recommended you. A little over a year ago I went to you and another Doctor (located La Jolla) for a consultation. The day after my consultation in La Jolla, the doctor’s office was already calling to offer me a discount. I received calls from his office form almost year (even after my surgery) offering discounts. It made me feel like they were a little too desperate for my business! You have such a good attitude and make your patients feel so special! My husband and I appreciate how thorough you were explaining the procedure (belt lipectomy) and what to expect. I was also impressed that you wanted to meet with me several times before agreeing to perform my surgery to make sure that I was a good candidate, was fully aware of what to expect with this type of surgery, and that I was comfortable with you. After getting to know you and your staff I had no hesitation in having you perform this procedure. Until I saw some of your patients, I had no idea what a difference there was in the way your tummy tuck procedures looked and the way mine looked! My scar was so wide and thick and your patients had beautiful thin scars. When you preformed my surgery you also revised my scar. I was so pleased with the outcome that I knew I would have you complete my transformation. My second surgery was one year later for a medial and lateral thigh lift. I had so much extra skin that I was embarrassed to wear shorts or a bathing suit! You again were very honest and explained all the details of the procedure and recovery. You recommended that I stay at a recovery center for several days after the surgery as we live out of town. I am so glad that I stayed at the Hideaway as I needed to stay put and they made that easy. My husband and I were very impressed with Julie, Christy and their staff and how gentle and compassionate they were. They are a great complement to the whole experience. Again I was so pleased and the results were so much more than I expected. My legs look great! My last surgery was an arm lift and again the results were beyond what I had dreamed. The outcome is so impressive and you are always there for my husband and I. You are always more than happy to answer our endless questions and explain everything. I can’t express how grateful I am to you. You are such an artist and make such a difference in your patients' lives. In fact my husband and I were so pleased that I encouraged my daughter to consult with you for her breast augmentation and tummy tuck. She was so impressed with you, your staff and the patients she spoke with that she had you perform her procedures and she couldn’t be happier. She looks fantastic! You and your staff are so caring, professional and welcoming. You definitely have the best staff! You always take time and never make me feel rushed. You are with your patients all the way treating them with dignity and respect. You don’t do the surgery and then only see the patient once or twice and that’s it - you’re there for the complete recovery and beyond.
You and your staff are a rarity in this day and age of everyone being in a hurry. I truly feel you are one of the most gifted surgeons and I am so thankful for everything you have done for me. I highly recommend you to anyone contemplating cosmetic or reconstructive surgery and I would be more than happy to share my experiences. My results are amazing!