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Breast Augmentation Outcomes

Wed, 10/18/2017

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular procedures performed by Dr. Kleto, and it can have a dramatic impact on your appearance. However, it’s important to have realistic expectations for what can and can’t be accomplished prior to moving forward with your procedure. In the infographic below, we explain how breast augmentation can help you achieve your desired breast appearance.

Please contact Dr. Dean Kleto using the form on this page or call 865-366-4475 today to schedule your breast augmentation consultation. We serve patients in the Knoxville, Tennessee area.

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Is Liposuction Permanent?

Tue, 09/19/2017

Knoxville liposuction Liposuction is a safe and effective way to remove targeted pockets of fat that have been resistant to diet and exercise in order to achieve a more toned, sculpted figure. If you're considering liposuction, you may be wondering whether the results of your procedure will be permanent. The good news is that liposuction results are permanent. However, it's also important to understand that you'll need to put in work in order to maintain your new figure.

During your liposuction procedure, a hollow tube called a cannula is used to remove fat cells from the treatment region via suction. Once these cells are removed, they will never regenerate. So in this regard, your liposuction procedure results in a permanent removal of these fat cells.

While these fat cells will never return, you will still have many other fat cells throughout the rest of your body that weren't impacted by your liposuction procedure. Therefore, it's still possible to gain weight if you don't maintain a healthy lifestyle after your procedure.

Due to the fact that there are significantly fewer fat cells in the treatment region, it's very unlikely that fat will re-accumulate in this area of your body. What's much more likely to occur is that fat cells in other areas of your body will grow in size if you gain weight in the future. This can potentially result in a situation where fat accumulates in unexpected parts of your body, creating an unbalanced contour.

Maintaining Your Figure after Liposuction

It's important to remember that liposuction is not a tool for weight loss. It's a body contouring procedure intended to put the finishing touches on the hard work you've already done so that you can enjoy the toned, fit figure you desire.

If you are currently overweight, you'll need to put in the work to reach your ideal weight prior to undergoing liposuction. In addition, you will need to make the lifestyle changes necessary to ensure that maintaining this ideal weight is sustainable for you in the future.

Dr. Kleto also offers the following tips to help you maintain your newly contoured figure after your procedure:

  • Follow Dr. Kleto's Instructions - During the planning phase of your liposuction procedure, Dr. Kleto will carefully review your medical history and discuss your lifestyle choices with you. After your procedure, he'll work with you to design a customized weight plan that will help you minimize your risk of fat growth in the future.
     
  • Eat a Healthy Diet - One of the most important things you can do to maintain your results is to eat a healthy, balanced diet. Remember, failing to do so may result in fat growth in unexpected regions of your body, and you may not be happy with the way this will impact your figure.
     
  • Exercise Regularly - Eating a healthy diet isn't enough to maintain your figure after liposuction. It's also important to lead an active lifestyle and exercise on a regular basis. This is especially important as you get older and your metabolism slows down. Dr. Kleto recommends that you establish a consistent exercise routine as soon as you're fully recovered from your liposuction procedure to ensure it becomes part of your lifestyle moving forward.

Please contact Dr. Dean Kleto using the form on this page or call 865-366-4755 today to schedule your liposuction consultation. We serve patients in the Knoxville, Tennessee area.

What To Expect After Breast Augmentation

Mon, 07/31/2017

Breast augmentation is the single most popular plastic surgery procedure performed in America, and has one of the highest post-surgery satisfaction rates as well. Despite this, some women are apprehensive about having breast surgery, fearing that the recovery will be long and painful or that something will go wrong during the surgery.how long does swelling last after breast surgery

We are here to put your fears to rest. Dr. Dean Kleto has years of experience performing all kinds of breast surgeries, including breast augmentation, breast lift, and breast reduction. We've put together this guide to recovery after breast augmentation in Knoxville to ease your worries and lay out what exactly you can expect after surgery.

Recovery After Breast Surgery

Breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia, so you will not be able to drive yourself home. We recommend making plans to have someone pick you up so that you don't need to worry about it afterwards. In addition, it will make your life a lot easier if you have someone to help you out around the house for the first day or two.

You should expect some discomfort and swelling, but this can be managed with medicines that Dr. Kleto will provide. Most patients tolerate the initial recovery very well.

For the first two days, you should:

  • Take only the medicine Dr. Kleto prescribes - do not take aspirin or ibuprofen.
  • Keep your sutures clean and dry, and do not use creams or lotions on them.
  • Take the full course of any antibiotics prescribed.
  • Do not perform any strenuous activities.

After the first two days, you should:

  • Replace your dressings with a sports bra.
  • Continue to keep sutures clean and dry.
  • Sleep at a 45 degree angle to reduce swelling.
  • Perform mild exercise such as walking, but continue to refrain from strenuous activities.

The majority of swelling after breast surgery tends to dissipate in just a few weeks, but you may experience residual swelling for up to three to six months. Bruising usually resolves over a week or two. Most patients are able to return to work (as long as that work does not require heavy lifting or strenuous exercise) in as little as four to seven days.

Schedule Your Breast Surgery Consultation in Knoxville Today

If you are considering breast augmentation or another breast surgery procedure, don't hesitate to call Dr. Kleto at 865-366-4755 today to schedule your initial consultation. Dr. Kleto will answer any questions you have and determine if you are a good candidate for breast surgery.

Dr. Kleto serves patients in Knoxville, Sevierville, Knox County, and other nearby areas of Tennessee. 

What Procedures are Part of a Mommy Makeover?

Tue, 07/25/2017

Motherhood is one of the most rewarding experiences life has to offer. It's extremely hard work, but that effort becomes tremendously worthwhile as you watch your young, helpless baby grow into an independent person with passions, interests and a dynamic personality.  That being said, this hard work often comes at a price. While putting their children first, most mothers end up sacrificing sleep, exercise, and nutrition, and this can take a toll on your body.

Fortunately, there's a way to take care of your own well-being while still devoting the attention to your children that they deserve. If you're ready to regain the youthful appearance you enjoyed prior to having children, a mommy makeover may be the right option to help you achieve your goals.

What is a Mommy Makeover?

Knoxville mommy makeoverPregnancy and childbirth result in certain changes to your body. Abdominal muscles can become stretched, making it difficult to restore a toned, flat stomach after your child is born. Breastfeeding can result in changes to your breasts, including lost volume and in some instances premature sagging issues. Many mothers also find that it can be difficult to lose all of their extra baby weight after childbirth.

A mommy makeover consists of a series of plastic surgery procedures performed to help reverse these various unwanted impacts on your body caused by pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and the rigors of motherhood. The primary benefit of undergoing a mommy makeover is that since multiple procedures are performed at once, it will significantly reduce your recovery time. That way you'll be back to normal much quicker, which is very important when you need to give your young children the time, energy and attention they deserve.

Dr. Dean Kleto will customize your mommy makeover to address your unique aesthetic goals. Your treatment plan will consist of several breast surgery and body contouring procedures that will help you recapture the figure you had prior to having children.

Depending on your unique needs, your mommy makeover may include one or more of the following:

Correcting Changes to Your Breast Appearance

Pregnancy and breastfeeding can result in several changes to your breasts. You may lose a significant amount of breast volume, changing the size, shape and overall appearance of your breasts. In addition, you may also begin to experience sagging issues as a result of this process.

Dr. Kleto can address both of these concerns through breast surgery. Breast augmentation can be performed to restore lost breast volume, increase the size of your breasts, correct breast asymmetry and improve your overall breast shape. If your primary concern is the correction of moderate to severe sagging, then a breast lift will be the ideal procedure to achieve your goals.

Both of these can be performed as stand-alone procedures or in conjunction. For example, if you would like to restore lost breast volume and correct sagging, Dr. Kleto may recommend breast augmentation with a lift in order to achieve your desired result.

Dr. Kleto will customize your breast procedures in order to help you achieve your desired outcome. You'll have the ability to achieve your desired breast size and shape while simultaneously restoring a perkier, more youthful appearance.

Correcting Stretched Abdominal Muscles

mommy makeover procedures - KnoxvillePregnancy often causes the muscles in the abdominal region to become stretched. In some instances, these muscles may even become completely separated from your abdominal wall. Often, this will make it extremely difficult to restore a toned, flat stomach after giving birth. Many mothers find that in spite of exercise efforts that include rigorous ab workouts, they're simply unable to achieve their desired appearance. This is because there's a limit to what can be accomplished when your abdominal muscles become sufficiently stretched.

Dr. Kleto can perform a tummy tuck in order to tighten these abdominal muscles. In addition, the procedure will remove any excess skin and fat in this region. The end result is a more toned, flat stomach. In addition, your tummy tuck will be able to help you improve the appearance of stretch marks in the abdominal region that occurred as a result of pregnancy.

Eliminating Stubborn Pockets of Fat

Weight gain is common during pregnancy. For some women, it's easy to lose this extra baby weight. Within months after childbirth, they're back to their normal weight and have regained their pre-pregnancy figure. But this isn't the norm. Many women find it very challenging to lose this weight after having children.

If you've put in the time through diet and exercise to lose the baby weight but still have stubborn pockets of fat that simply won't respond to your efforts, liposuction can help you regain that toned, slim figure you enjoyed prior to pregnancy. Dr. Kleto can perform liposuction on just about any area that has a moderate amount of fat which has been resistant to your fitness efforts.

Keep in mind that liposuction is not a tool for weight loss. In order for liposuction to be included as part of your mommy makeover, you must be at or near your target weight, and you must have tried to eliminate this fat through diligent fitness efforts.

Contact our Knoxville Plastic Surgeon

If you'd like to find out whether a mommy makeover is right for you, please contact Dr. Dean Kleto using the form on this page or call 865-366-4755 today to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in the Knoxville, Tennessee area.

Should I Wait until after Having Children to Get a Tummy Tuck?

Wed, 06/28/2017

Knoxville tummy tuck surgeonA tummy tuck is a great way to put the finishing touches on your fitness regimen in order to achieve the toned, flat stomach you desire. However, there are certain factors that must be considered when determining the right time to undergo the procedure. One of these factors is whether you are planning on having children in the future.

Dr. Kleto typically recommends that you wait until after you’re done having children to get a tummy tuck since future pregnancies can potentially have an adverse impact on your results. During a tummy tuck, Dr. Kleto will remove excess fat and skin from your abdominal region and tighten abdominal muscles to help you achieve a flatter stomach and smaller waist. During pregnancy, this region will stretch again as the fetus develops, which may cause the muscles that were tightened to stretch apart again. In addition, abdominal skin may not have sufficient elasticity after childbirth to return to its pre-pregnancy state. Therefore, you may need to undergo a tummy tuck revision procedure in order to restore your initial results.

Of course, life doesn’t always go as planned. Even if you think you’re done having children, an unexpected pregnancy down the road can always occur. The good news is that a tummy tuck won’t prevent you from having children in the future or adversely impact your pregnancy in any way. However, you should always inform your obstetrician of a prior tummy tuck if you become pregnant so that your doctor is fully aware of your medical history.

During your initial consultation, you should discuss any future family plans with Dr. Kleto so that he can help you determine whether the timing is right for your procedure. In most instances, the best course of action will be to finish having children, put in the hard work at the gym to get your body as close to its pre-pregnancy figure as possible, and then use a tummy tuck to put the finishing touches on your efforts.

Ideally, you should wait six months to a year after giving birth to undergo a tummy tuck. This will give your body sufficient time to recover and restore as much of its pre-pregnancy form as possible. In some instances, Dr. Kleto may also recommend other procedures in conjunction with your tummy tuck as part of a mommy makeover in order to address some of the other areas of your body impacted by pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Please contact Dr. Dean Kleto using the form on this page or call 865-366-4755 today to schedule a tummy tuck consultation. We serve patients in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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