Neck Lift

What Is a Neck Lift?

istock 1145058911The neck is one of the first parts of the body to show a person’s age – it easily collects excess fat and skin. This is incredibly difficult to remove on your own, no matter what treatment or skin care product you may try. However, when people consider a procedure to make themselves look younger, very often the neck is the last thing they think about. A neck procedure can make a huge difference, though. Read on for more details about neck lifts and why such an option might be right for you.

What can a neck lift do?

A neck lift can get rid of excess fat and skin to give your neck a more toned appearance. It can also be used to get rid of “turkey wattles,” the wrinkled, saggy folds of skin that appear on the neck as we age. Turkey wattles can be caused by many things, such as rapid weight loss or genetics, and occurs when the skin loses elasticity. Whatever the cause, they can definitely make a person look older.

What can I expect from a neck lift?

A neck lift procedure can take several hours; the time it takes depends on exactly what is being done. The surgeon will remove excess fat and skin and lift the neck muscles. After the procedure, your neck will feel “tight” and you may notice some bruising, which will go away in a couple of weeks. You should plan on taking at least a week off of work, although recovery may take as long as 14 days. You shouldn’t take part in hard physical activity such as sports for at least 3 weeks.

Once the healing is complete, your skin will look smoother, your neck will look younger and more contoured, and your face will look more defined and toned.

You may have considered a face lift, but have you thought about what a difference a neck lift could make? The experts at 22 Plastic Surgery in Cottonwood Heights or Salt Lake City, Utah, can help you to decide if a neck lift would be a good option for you. Call (801) 937-9650 for a consultation today!

Mommy Makeover

You Deserve a Mommy Makeover

istock 1217412939Some people may think that a “mommy makeover” is meant to please the partner of the new mommy – not true! A mommy makeover gives the new mom a chance to renew her body and feel better about herself after a year or so of massive changes.

What is a mommy makeover?

A mommy makeover is whatever you want it to be. You can pick and choose which procedure or procedures you want. Depending on the results you want to see, it can include liposuction to remove stubborn fat, labiaplasty to repair a torn or stretched labia, a breast lift to reshape breasts, and/or a breast augmentation. Having more than one procedure performed at once is safe and also limits exposure to anesthesia. Also, it means only one recovery period, and it is more affordable than having the procedures performed separately at different times.

Who can get a mommy makeover?

Before you get a mommy makeover, you should be in good physical shape, not be overweight, and not plan on having any more children.

For stomach procedures, it is best to wait until a year after giving birth. For breast procedures, you should wait for 3 months after you have stopped breast feeding.

What can I expect after a mommy makeover?

Depending on which procedures you choose to have done, the surgery can take anywhere from 2 to 5 hours. After the procedure it will take 2 weeks to a month to get back to your normal activities; you will need help for the first week after the procedure, especially if your children are very young.

Once the healing is complete, you’ll see a reduction in stretch marks, a less noticeable cesarean scar, firmer skin, and reshaped breasts.

Motherhood is a beautiful thing, but you shouldn’t feel self-conscious about your body as a result – and you don’t have to! A mommy makeover can help you feel better about yourself and get your body back into shape. 22 Plastic Surgery in Cottonwood Heights or Salt Lake City, Utah, performs mommy makeovers. For more information or to make an appointment, call (801) 937-9650.

Tummy Tuck

Preparing for Your Tummy Tuck

istock 475742572If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to start feeling better about yourself, a tummy tuck just may do the trick. In a tummy tuck (or “abdominoplasty”) procedure, excess fat and skin is removed from the abdomen and midsection. It can help people who have lost a lot of weight (but are stuck with excess fat and skin) as well as women who are finding it hard to lose that poochy tummy after having a baby. However, a tummy tuck is a medical procedure, and there are some things you should know about how to prepare for it.

Do what your doctor tells you to do

Your doctor will give you specific instructions, but here are some things to keep in mind: stop smoking, as this can weaken your immune system, slow down the healing process, and increase the risk of complications. You should also stop taking any anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen and aspirin) a couple of weeks before the procedure. And, if you are taking any herbal supplements, you should ask your doctor if it’s all right to continue taking them in the weeks leading up to your tummy tuck.

Stay healthy

Yes, your tummy tuck will help to flatten your stomach. However, you shouldn’t stop taking care of yourself just because you have a tummy tuck scheduled. Eat healthy, high protein, low fat foods and get regular exercise before your procedure so that your body is up for the procedure and the recovery.


Make sure you have someone to drive you home after the procedure and to stay with you at least overnight. A few days before your tummy tuck, make some meals ahead of time so you don’t have to spend time cooking. Also, make sure you have a comfy spot prepared, and make sure that you have bottles of water, puzzles and books, and the remote within reach and ready to go.

If you have any questions about your upcoming tummy tuck or you would like to schedule a consultation for a tummy tuck, contact 22 Plastic Surgery in Cottonwood Heights or Salt Lake City, Utah. Call (801) 937-9650 today!