One day, about ten years ago I got a call from a style writer for a weekly news magazine asking whether I could comment on the trend of women getting plastic surgery for their belly buttons. “Huh?” pretty much summed up my response. Worried I had just brushed off a potential free advertising opportunity (I did), the next day I called some plastic surgery colleagues in New York and Los Angeles and asked them if they were noticing such a trend in the places where the trends tend to start. Nope. My plastic...Read More
This plays out in my office all the time when I evaluate patients for body contouring procedures (I left out the beginning of the quote)… Here is the complete quote: “I go to the gym all the time and I just can’t get rid of this!”. As the patient says “this”, she is grabbing a hunk of skin, typically on the lower abdomen. Most commonly, she’s a mom or has lost a bunch of weight. Or both. But now she’s reasonably fit (or maybe super fit!) and is frustrated that the rolls...Read More
Writing this post was prompted by two recent patients I saw that had the same problem with their abdominoplasty scars that they got elsewhere, by different surgeons. They actually came to me for other reasons, but the subject of their abdominoplasty scars came up. They already knew that not much could be done about their situation.
Sometimes surgical outcomes are not what we want or expect. Usually these unexpected outcomes arise from minor complications, rarely from major complications, and often...Read More
Motherhood brings an unimaginable amount of joy, the experience of unconditional love and is by far one of the most rewarding experiences a woman can have. Unfortunately, most women don’t love the toll that pregnancy and breastfeeding has on their bodies. While a healthy lifestyle is essential, many women find that despite eating healthy and working out, it can be difficult to get their pre-baby bodies back.
The “Mommy Makeover” refers to a combination of surgeries that help to...Read More
When you visit our Santa Barbara office for a tummy tuck, you can expect aesthetically superior results that greatly complement your body’s curves and proportions. Furthermore, you benefit from Dr. Mackenzie’s years of expertise and state-of-the-art practices that maximize your comfort. Before you can see the results of treatment, however, you must allow time for your body to heal. During recovery, it is common for patients to experience a few side effects of surgery. These are a natural part of the...Read More
By definition, body contouring surgery aims to improve a patient’s overall curvature by enhancing the skin and subcutaneous tissues of the body. Some procedures, like a tummy tuck, concentrate primarily on removing excess skin, whereas procedures like liposuction focus on removing excess fat. All body contouring shares one common factor, though: it requires a healthy recovery. After all, the body needs to heal any tissues damaged during surgery as it adjusts to its new form.
Among the various...Read More
Wound healing is a complex process that takes time. A surgical scar is the visible part of the scar tissue that results after the skin incision (wound) heals. This is the type of healing that is of most concern to patients – the visible scar. As I have discussed in a previous blog post (here), there is no such thing as scar-less surgery, and plastic surgeons can only minimize and mitigate scarring, not eliminate it.
One of the enemies of a nice scar is tension. Tension is the body’s...Read More
Before undergoing tummy tuck surgery, it is important to understand what to expect after treatment, including the timeline for recovery. Though each abdominoplasty procedure is unique and each patient’s recovery experience will vary, understanding the general recovery timeline can help you avoid complications after surgery. For your personalized recovery timeline, schedule a consultation with Santa Barbara-based plastic surgeon Douglas Mackenzie. In the meantime, you can familiarize yourself with the...Read More
Do you look in the mirror and see a toned figure everywhere besides your belly? The abdomen can be one of the most stubborn areas of the body to define. If you have excess skin around your lower abdomen due to aging, pregnancy, or weight gain and are searching for a viable option to reduce the appearance of loose skin, a mini tummy tuck may be the best solution. This procedure will help Santa Barbara patients improve the shape and contour of their bodies. To ensure that you achieve optimum results with your...Read More
Not all bodies are created equally, and surgical treatments should reflect that. There is no “one size fits all” method for plastic surgery, as all patients must be treated according to their physical needs and goals. To this end, tummy tuck procedures can be tailored according to the extent and location of a patient’s excess skin. Those who are looking to reshape the flanks in addition to their stomach may be good candidates for an extended tummy tuck. To better serve our patients in Santa Barbara,...Read More