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    Exercise of the Week!

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    Exercise Of The Week

    Here at the Plastic Surgery Institute of Atlanta the health and wellbeing of our patients is a priority in everything we do! Besides eating well, exercise and having an active lifestyle is vital to support good health. Each week Dr McCluskey demonstrates a different exercise for everyone to try as well as setting a challenge for the week. This week it’s all about the abdominals-a problem area for many! It is important to remember that abdominal exercises alone will not give any one a flat stomach, eating healthy food and appropriate portions is also vital!

    The Full Extension

    This move can take a little while to conquer as it requires stability as well as abdominal strength, but stick with it! Full extensions utilize the entire core giving the upper and lower ab muscles work as well as using the entire core to stabilize. Try performing thirty of these each day for the next week and tell us if you see any improvement! Here’s how to perform one full extension:

    1. Extend both legs and arms long

    2. Reach up and over your head with your arms while simultaneously tucking the knees towards the chest.

    3. Extend both arms out in front of you with knees tucked in to your chest

    4. In a controlled motion extend both the arms and legs and return to your original position.

    Watch as Dr McCluskey and our lovely Dani demonstrate this move!

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    The Brazilian Butt Lift has exploded in popularity recently and for a pretty good reason: curves in all the right places!

    The procedure involves liposuction of problem areas like the stomach, lower back and the thighs, then the fat taken from these areas is purified and injected into the butt to give a fuller, rounder derriere. Patients are ecstatic with the results (like those seen below) and are keen to maintain their new flatter waistline and slimmer thighs, but when they go to the gym to maintain or even enhance their amazing new figure how do maintain their post-surgical curves?

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    In the first weeks after surgery it’s important that patients stay off their butt as much as possible but many can resume exercise in just three to four weeks with their surgeons permission. The best type of exercise to begin with is some low impact and toning exercises like squats, lunges and deadlifts that will help to continue to shape the legs and thighs while lifting the buttocks by tonging the hamstrings. In both lunges and squats it is important to maintain proper form to avoid adding any stress to joints. Important tips to remember are to keep the back straight and to keep the knee behind the toe as shown below.













    As the patient continue to heal these low impact workouts can increase to higher intensity by adding the use of weights and cardiovascular exercises that sculpt the legs and abs while increasing the size of the butt muscles to give an even greater result, give the booty a natural boost and improve all around health and fitness!

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    Plastic surgeons and reality television shows popularized the term ‘mommy makeover’. It’s a common Google search term and there are over 3,000 Instagram posts with the hashtag #mommymakeover.

    So what is it?

    Put simply a mommy makeover is a cosmetic improvement of the breasts and tummy.  The goal of this combination of procedures is to restore a woman’s pre-baby body, but a mommy makeover also helps rejuvenate women who’ve lost weight.  Typically a mommy makeover combines breast augmentation and tummy tuck with or without liposuction of the waist.  The procedures are designed to lift & rejuvenate the breasts and also to flatten the tummy while removing loose skin and stretch marks.  The liposuction removes excess fat in the love handles, muffin-tops, and bra line (ie “back fat” or “back rolls”).


    During a mommy makeover I perform more than one procedure while the patient is under anesthesia thus I’m able to save time & money on surgical setup and anesthesia fees & I can pass these savings on to the patient.  Another huge advantage of combining multiple procedures such as breast and tummy rejuvenation is that there is only one recovery period!


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    Liposuction is something most of us have heard of. Between celebrity plastic surgery stories, and plastic surgery television shows you’ve probably become familiar with the term and seen the great results but how much do you really know? Here are the five things every one who is interested in liposuction should know:


    1 Liposuction is safe and it can be performed under general or local anesthesia

    2 Dr. McCluskey performs tumescent liposuction.  This reduces pain and bruising after surgery.  

    3 Liposuction reduces fat in troublesome areas like love handles and the “saddlebags” but it is not a weight loss procedure.  

    4 It takes weeks to months for swelling to completely resolve after liposuction

    5 Patients can return to normal activities and exercise within 2-4 weeks after the procedure

    If you are interested in liposuction or any of our other procedures and would like to schedule a consultation, call us! 404-255-3555

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    Breast lift procedures are typically performed in older women who’s breasts have sagged due to aging and child-bearing as well as patients who have had a dramatic weight loss. The sag is essentially caused by an excess amount of skin in comparison to the amount of breast tissue present and the procedure aims to correct that ratio with out the removal of breast tissue itself. Another effect of breasts sagging is that nipples become low on the breast which is addressed during a lift procedure, moving them back to the desired position. Nipples may also enlarge due to sagging and this can be remedied during the procedure also!



    As you can see above the results of the procedure are youthful, full and lifted breasts that help to define the patients waist and give a younger figure! To learn more about the procedure you can read here and see Dr McCluskey discuss different incision types here.

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    Flat tummy, beautifully tapered waist, tight abdominal muscles – these are results that patients enjoy after a tummy tuck.  In one operation the excess fat and skin are removed, the 6-pack muscles are tightened, and the love handles (muffin-tops) are sucked away via liposuction.  Once they heal, tummy tuck patients are eager to show off their new figures & buy new form-fitting clothes.  They’re also very inspired to start exercising to maintain these dramatic results.


    What do I tell post-tummy tuck patients about exercise?  I want them walking the evening of surgery.  I don’t want them just lying in bed and I want family members to help them but also to make them walk.  As their body heals and the discomfort improves I want them increasing their activity and within 2-3 weeks after surgery I have no problem with brisk walks, or elliptical machine type exercise (low-impact!).  Within 4-6 weeks the tummy tuck patient may resume her typical workout or exercise activities.

    The most common exercise-related questions I get relate to situps or crunches.  When should patients resume situps after a tummy tuck?  Do patients need to do situps after a tummy tuck?  Can abdominal exercises hurt or “mess up” a tummy tuck?

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    Here’s my answer:  The patient will see a dramatic difference in her tummy before & after surgery.  The entire torso is flatter & more trim after abdominoplasty.  In the first few weeks after surgery there is not a need to resume situps or crunches after tummy tuck.  Patients may resume these exercises many weeks after surgery without any adverse effects.  After a few months performing abdominal exercise will help support and even improve the tummy tuck results.

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    You won’t believe the results of this liposuction with Dr McCluskey. He managed to remove 3 liters of fat from this patient and the final look is absolutely beautiful

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