How to Get an Hourglass Figure

Body trends are similar to fashion trends; they sometimes feel like they change every season. The narrow waist and large bust desired during one decade fades into straight lines and ultra-thin bodies the next. In recent years, there has been a return to women wanting womanly curves.

Healthy bodies with specifically placed fullness in the hips, butt, and breasts have become the ideal body type, and many women are more than willing to turn to plastic surgery to achieve that look. With curvaceous women like Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and the Kardashians being symbols of beautiful bodies, women are willing to own the curves they have and enhance the curves they don’t.

Curves in the Right Places

Your body shape can make or break your image. Whether your body has attractive curves or no curves at all, your body shape sends a message about you and your perceived overall attractiveness. While many people focus on trimming their waistlines to improve their body shape, there are multiple ways to enhance your curves.

Breast Augmentation

Breasts have been associated with femininity and sensuality for a long time. Breast implants can help women attain fuller, larger, or shapelier breasts and achieve the feminine physique they desire. Breast augmentation uses implants to boost the size of your breasts and create more voluptuous curves. Breast implants come in many shapes and sizes so you can get exactly the look you want. The scars from inserting the breast implants can easily be hidden by most undergarment styles, and most women consider them well worth the increase in breast size.

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Liposuction

If you have a muffin top, love handles, saddlebags, or bra bulge, liposuction can permanently remove stubborn fat to create leaner, smoother body contours. This procedure targets areas of stubborn fat and leaves minimal to no scarring, so you will not have to worry about telltale scars showing on your abdomen, thighs, or back. With liposuction, you can have a narrower waistline, trimmer thighs, and a slimmer body to complement and accentuate your bust.

Liposuction has long been used to remove excess fat pockets that a healthy diet and consistent exercise regimen cannot, leaving you slimmer, trimmer, and more toned. The fat cells removed during the procedure are gone for good, meaning you can enjoy your results for years to come. Liposuction can also be used to enhance your desired curves, such as in the hips or butt, by treating and balancing the surrounding areas.

Butt Lift

The shape and curvature of your derrière can be enhanced in various ways. The preferred tactic for many people is to use exercise to reshape their buttocks. Jumping rope, running up the stairs, cycling, squats, and lunges are all great exercises that can tone and firm your backside. However, not everyone has the time, energy, or ability to do these kinds of exercises. Even for those who do, many people who invest time in butt-shaping exercises won’t see the particular results they are looking for. If any of this sounds familiar to you, improving your derrière may require a different approach: undergoing butt lift surgery. A butt lift can provide you with the customized enhancement you want.

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A butt lift can fix a number of common complaints, such as having a flat or saggy butt, or one that lacks fullness or skin elasticity. A butt lift can be performed in different ways: it could be a surgical procedure, or it could be a minimally invasive procedure designed to enhance the buttocks. Depending on your needs, Dr. Mesbahi may perform butt enhancement with liposuction, fat injections, removal of excess skin, or surgery to insert butt implants. Each of these methods can help to enhance your curves and create the body shape you desire.

You can choose from several different procedures to improve your body shape. Achieve the hourglass figure you desire by choosing to undergo one surgery or a combination of procedures.

To learn more about how to enhance your curves, schedule your consultation today by calling us at (703) 287-8277 or filling out our online contact form at your convenience.

As humans, we find symmetry to be quite attractive. Symmetry and balance symbolize both beauty and equity that we find mesmerizing, satisfying, and calming. When things that are “supposed” to be symmetrical are not, it can make you feel uneasy, uncomfortable, dissatisfied, or otherwise at odds with the subject. Breast asymmetry is a classic example. If you have breast asymmetry and it has led to anxiety and/or poor self-image, the following breast surgeries can enhance your breast appearance, restore balance, and boost your self-confidence.

Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation Before and After PhotosIf your breasts are different in size or volume, breast augmentation can enhance their appearance. A silicone or saline-filled implant can be inserted into your smaller breast to increase its size so that it matches the size of your other breast. Receiving breast implants in both breasts may be recommended to achieve even more balanced results in which the breasts are not only the same size but also the same shape and feel. You can get implants of different sizes so that the final result is an even bust line. Breast augmentation may be recommended for women whose breasts are naturally small or have lost volume due to pregnancy, weight loss, and/or aging.

Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction Before and After PhotosBreast reduction can also help you achieve breast symmetry. Excess breast tissue can be removed from the larger breast, or different proportions of tissue can be removed from both breasts to reduce their size. Breast reduction may be recommended for women with breast asymmetry if their breasts are overly large, cumbersome, and painful.

Breast Lift

If your breasts are different in form or position, a breast lift may be the recommended treatment. Women whose breasts are pendulous or saggy due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss, and/or aging may discover asymmetries in how their breasts have responded to these life circumstances. A breast lift can reshape and reposition the breasts so that they are both firm, perky, youthful, and balanced.

Breast Reconstruction

Some women have breast asymmetry because they needed to have breast tissue removed for cancer treatment. Breast reconstruction can correct asymmetry after a unilateral mastectomy by recreating a smooth and natural-looking breast on the affected side. This surgery can improve quality of life and confidence for women who have had surgery for breast cancer treatment.

 
If you have unwanted breast asymmetry, one of these procedures can help you achieve an even and balanced breast appearance. Call (703) 287-8277 or contact us online to request your consultation with Dr. Alex Mesbahi today.

Any woman who has ever been pregnant is familiar with the intense changes that occur in the female body during those short nine months. One of the areas that is most affected by pregnancy is the abdomen. While some new mothers are able to reclaim a firm, flat abdomen, many others struggle fruitlessly to do so. Tummy tuck surgery can eliminate excess fat, trim away loose skin, and tighten the abdominal muscles to help women recover their narrow, smooth waistlines after pregnancy.

The Benefits of Tummy Tuck Surgery

before-and-after-tummy-tuckWhile exercise and a healthy diet can help the body shed excess weight, these tactics cannot target particular areas of the body. The tummy tuck procedure can directly target specific body issues that occur because of pregnancy. First, the procedure can eliminate the excess fat that has accumulated around the abdomen to protect the mother and baby during pregnancy. Second, the procedure can get rid of the loose skin that resulted from the skin stretching to make room for the growing baby. Third, tummy tuck surgery can treat diastasis recti. Diastasis recti occurs when the abdominal muscles separate during pregnancy and create a perpetual belly pooch. Many formerly pregnant women are never able to fully correct diastasis recti with exercise and will need tummy tuck surgery to once again have a flat abdomen. Tummy tuck surgery can trim your waistline and help emphasize your feminine curves in all the right ways.

Timing Your Procedure

Even if you want to undergo tummy tuck surgery immediately after your pregnancy, it is important to give your body time to heal after giving birth. Most women should wait at least six to 12 months after childbirth before undergoing tummy tuck surgery. During this time, the tissues of the abdomen can heal and contract on their own, especially with the assistance of exercise. Furthermore, women who plan on having multiple children should wait to undergo tummy tuck surgery until after their final pregnancy so as to maintain the best surgical results.

Consider a Full Mommy Makeover

before-and-after-mommy-makeoverFor many women, a tummy tuck is not enough to fully reclaim their pre-baby figure. Sagging, deflated breasts and localized pockets of fat all over the body can prevent women from feeling youthful and attractive. Those who would like a full feminine makeover should consider a Mommy Makeover. The Mommy Makeover is a group of surgeries that are commonly combined to enhance a woman’s figure after pregnancy. Tummy tuck surgery, breast augmentation, breast lift surgery, and liposuction are usually part of the Mommy Makeover, although other procedures can also be included. A full makeover can tackle the specific concerns you have with your body and restore an attractive, feminine, youthful figure.

Tummy tuck surgery and the Mommy Makeover are both excellent ways for women to enhance their figures after pregnancy. To learn more, schedule your personal consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alex Mesbahi. Call (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form to book your appointment today.

Breast Augmentation Before and After PhotosA common concern among breast augmentation candidates is whether or not breastfeeding is possible after breast augmentation. If you are interested in having a child or children after your breast augmentation, rest assured that it is entirely possible to breastfeed with breast implants! However, certain factors such as the incision type and implant placement can affect your ability to breastfeed after breast augmentation.

The Three Incision Types and Breastfeeding

Dr. Mesbahi uses one of three different surgical incisions for breast augmentation. With the transaxillary technique, the incision is placed in the underarm crease and does not affect the milk ducts or nerves that are needed for nursing. With the inframammary technique, the incision is placed along the fold beneath the breasts. Like the transaxillary incision, this incision does not affect the milk ducts or nerves that are needed for breastfeeding. However, the third incision type, which is the periareolar incision, can affect breastfeeding. Women may choose the periareolar technique because it disguises scarring and allows for greater control in placing the implants, but this incision type can increase your risk of breastfeeding complications and unwanted changes in nipple sensation.

How the Periareolar Incision Could Affect Breastfeeding

The periareolar technique involves incisions that encircle the areolas. Due to the incision location, the periareolar technique can reduce nerve response to the nipple, making it more difficult to breastfeed. The periareolar technique may also significantly reduce milk ejection. As milk ejection is limited, the body naturally responds by reducing milk production. If you are interested in breastfeeding after breast augmentation, it is better to choose one of the other incision types to minimize your risk of these breastfeeding complications.

How Implant Placement Could Affect Breastfeeding

The placement of the breast implants can also affect nursing. With subglandular placement, the implants rest directly on the glandular tissue. This can put excess pressure on the glandular tissue and impede milk flow, which could reduce your milk production over time. With submuscular placement, the implants do not place pressure on the gland and therefore should not affect nursing.

If you would like breast implants but are concerned about the potential ramifications of breast augmentation for nursing, schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Mesbahi to learn more about ways to minimize your risk of complications. Dr. Mesbahi and his staff would be happy to answer all of your questions and alleviate your concerns. Call our office at (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form today and we will be happy to assist you.

Breast Augmentation Before and After PhotosWith breast augmentation, there are many things to consider in addition to the type of breast implants you should get. One of these important considerations is the incision technique. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alex Mesbahi will use the transaxillary, periareolar, or inframammary incision technique to expertly perform your breast augmentation surgery.

The Transaxillary Incision

The transaxillary incision is made in the natural underarm crease. After making the incision, Dr. Mesbahi will use an endoscope to guide the breast implant through the channel to the breast pocket. He will then repeat the process for the lateral breast. Dr. Mesbahi uses this technique for submuscular placement of saline implants. For women who want silicone breast implants and/or subglandular placement, this incision may not be appropriate or even possible. Due to its location, the transaxillary incision is the only one that leaves no visible scarring on the breasts themselves.

The Periareolar Incision

As its name implies, the periareolar incision circles the areola. With this technique, Dr. Mesbahi has greater control when placing the breast implants. He can also perform surgery with more breast implant types when using this incision. One downside to the periareolar technique is that because Dr. Mesbahi must cut through the breast tissue, this technique is associated with an increased risk of changes in nipple sensation and difficulty in breastfeeding. The periareolar incision is designed to disguise scarring, as the incision scar will blend in with the border of the areola.

The Inframammary Incision

The inframammary incision runs along the breast crease, which is the natural fold beneath the breast where it meets the chest. The location of this incision means that the scar is easily hidden most of the time. In some small bathing suits or bras, the scar may be visible beneath the breast. The scar may also become more pronounced due to rubbing against underclothing. Still, this incision technique gives Dr. Mesbahi excellent visibility and control over placement of the breast implants, making the procedure an easier operation than either of the other incision types. Overall, this technique is preferred by many patients and surgeons.

Ultimately, the incision technique that is best for one woman may not be best for another. When you meet with Dr. Mesbahi for your consultation, the two of you will discuss your goals, your medical history, your lifestyle, and all other relevant factors to determine which technique will be best for you.

Dr. Mesbahi is a board-certified plastic surgeon and has ample experience in performing breast augmentation procedures on women with a variety of unique preferences and body types. He will be pleased to perform your operation and will take the greatest care to ensure that you are completely satisfied with your results. Please call our office at (703) 287-8277, or complete our online contact form to schedule your personal consultation with him today.

A Mommy Makeover for Mother's DayMost of us know and love a mother in our life. We also know they sacrifice and do a lot for their children, their spouses, and their family as a whole. All too often, one thing many moms sacrifice is their bodies. Some mothers can seem to find the time to hit the gym and tone their bodies, but others simply can’t get their body to look and feel like it did before they had children.

In many cases, women find that their bodies struggle to regain the skin elasticity, tone, and firmness they had pre-baby. Pregnancy stretches the abdominal muscles, nursing causes decreased volume in the breasts, and the hectic lifestyle of a parent leaves little time to work off those stubborn fat deposits. So this Mother’s Day, say “thank you” to that amazing mom in your life and treat her to a Mommy Makeover.

What’s a Mommy Makeover?  

A Mommy Makeover is a set of body contouring procedures specifically designed to treat common problem areas that many new and experienced moms suffer from: the abdomen, breasts, hips, and thighs. Each procedure is tailored to the patient to remove unwanted fat, tighten the muscles, achieve a more toned body contour, and, above all else, restore her self-confidence.

  • Liposuction: Removes stubborn fat deposits from the abdomen, hips, thighs, and back. Through tiny incisions, a narrow tube (cannula) vacuum suctions out the unwanted fat. Recovery takes about two weeks. This procedure is ideal for patients with good skin elasticity, or it can be combined with tummy tuck surgery for a toned and contoured abdomen.
  • Tummy Tuck: Rids the abdomen of excess skin, tightens loose abdominal muscles, and pulls the remaining skin firm. A small incision is created across the lower abdomen through which unwanted tissue is excised and the abdominal muscles are stitched back together. Recovery time is about three weeks. This procedure is ideal for patients who have experienced a loss of skin elasticity and cannot achieve a toned abdominal contour through diet and exercise.
  • Breast Lift: Eliminates unnecessary breast tissue and sutures the remaining tissue into a firmer, more perky position on the chest. An incision is made that runs along the bottom of the areola and down to the crease under the breast. Tissue is removed, and the breast is lifted to a more pleasing position. The recovery period lasts just over a month. This procedure is best suited for women who experience breast sagging but have adequate volume. Women with both breast drooping and volume loss should consider combining breast lift surgery with breast augmentation.
  • Breast Augmentation: Increases the size and corrects the shape of the breasts with implants. Patients can choose between saline and silicone implants based on their desired aesthetic outcome. An incision is created around the areola, along the breast crease, or within the armpit. The implant is inserted and placed either in the subglandular or subpectoral location. Implant, incision, and placement type all depend on each patient’s aesthetic goals and body type. The recovery period is just over a month. This procedure is designed for women who have experienced volume loss due to pregnancy and nursing or who would like to enlarge their naturally small breasts.


This Mother’s Day, treat yourself or that special mom in your life to a Mommy Makeover. Moms give so much to the people in their lives, and it’s time they did a little something for themselves. Schedule a consultation today with Dr. Mesbahi and see how a Mommy Makeover can transform you from post-baby drab to new-mommy fab! Contact our office at 703-287-8277 or fill out our online contact form here for more information.

Female considering breast augmentation surgeryAs the most popular cosmetic procedure in the United States, breast augmentation is performed on thousands of women every year. Whether you desire a breast augmentation to increase the size of your breasts or to restore volume lost during pregnancy, there are four main things to consider before undergoing this breast enhancement procedure.

Saline or Silicone

You likely already know about the types of implant options that are available for breast augmentation but may not know which is best suited for you. Although the majority of women choose silicone implants because of their natural feel and low rupture rate, saline implants look very natural and are easier to detect if a leak or rupture occurs.

Incision Placement

A variety of incision methods can be made when inserting the implants, including:

  • Periareolar: Incisions are made around the areolas (dark circles) of the breasts
  • Inframammary: Incisions are made underneath the folds of the breasts
  • Transaxillary: Incisions are made in the armpit

A consultation with Dr. Mesbahi will determine which incision technique is most suitable for you.

Implant Size

It is common for women to desire very large implants, but bigger is not always better. Since every woman’s body is different, implants of one size that look great on one woman may not look as good on another. During your personalized consultation, Dr. Mesbahi will evaluate your body and the current size of your breasts to determine the implant size that will look best on you.

Selecting a Surgeon

Choosing the right plastic surgeon is perhaps the most important aspect to decide on before undergoing breast augmentation. A surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) will ensure he is extensively knowledgeable and experienced in performing breast augmentation.

To schedule your consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Alex Mesbahi, we welcome you to call (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form today. Along with his caring staff, Dr. Mesbahi looks forward to fulfilling your expectations.

woman touching chestCapsular contracture is a potential complication that can result from breast augmentation with implants. It occurs when the thin lining of scar tissue that naturally forms around a breast implant hardens and constricts the implant.

There are varying degrees of capsular contracture; in the most severe form, the breast could become distorted and painful, but at the beginning stage of capsular contracture the breast usually feels a little firm but appears natural. The causes of capsular contracture remain unknown but may be related to bleeding, infection, or seroma (fluid collection).

How to Reduce the Risk of Capsular Contracture

Since there is no single definitive cause of capsular contracture, there is not one definitive way to prevent it. However, research has shown that fewer occurrences of capsular contracture may be associated with the following:

Inframammary Incision

There may be a slightly higher incidence of capsular contracture when implants are placed through the areolar incision as opposed to an incision in the breast fold. This may be due to a higher bacterial burden around the nipple that can cause a subclinical infection that will not make you sick but can be enough to cause an inflammatory reaction in the breast and around the implant. Dr. Mesbahi will discuss the various incision possibilities with you so you can make the most informed decision.

Textured Implants

Studies have shown that textured implants may discourage hardened scar tissue from forming when the implant is placed above the pectoral muscle (subglandular). This benefit is limited when the implant is placed beneath the muscle (submuscular).  However, the overall risk of capsular contracture is generally considered to be higher for subglandular implant placement.

Submuscular Placement

Studies have shown that the risk of capsular contracture is higher when implants are placed above the pectoral muscle. This may be due to contact between the implant and the breast tissue or ducts that can lead to infection.

Following Postoperative Instructions

Overactivity after surgery can cause of many of the complications that can result from breast augmentation. Dr. Mesbahi will give each of his patients a customized postoperative plan. Lifting heavy objects or exercising before your surgeon recommends can lead to capsular contracture, increased pain, and possibly the need for breast revision surgery.

Choosing a Highly Skilled Surgeon

Although the causes of capsular contracture are based on several factors that are often uncontrollable and unpredictable, choosing a highly skilled surgeon can decrease your risk. The right surgeon will have many years of experience as a breast augmentation specialist, strict standards regarding sterilization protocol, and knowledge of the most advanced and proven techniques for the procedure.

Breast Revision to Correct Capsular Contracture

Although capsular contracture can be a frustrating complication for women to experience, potential patients should know that it can be corrected with revision surgery. Dr. Mesbahi will remove the implant and excise the scar tissue. A new pocket is formed, and a new implant is inserted if the patient desires.

If you are considering breast augmentation in the Washington D.C. area, please schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alex N. Mesbahi. With many years of experience with satisfied breast augmentation patients, Dr. Mesbahi is a surgeon you can trust. Please call (703) 287-8277 today or fill out our online contact form for more information.

A Mommy Makeover is a combination of procedures designed to improve the unfavorable effects that pregnancy can have on the appearance of a woman’s body. Mommy Makeover surgery consists of some or all of the following procedures to correct these conditions:

Procedure → What it Corrects

A smiling, attractive mother holding her baby on a white backgroundBreast lift → Drooping breasts with stretched skin

Breast augmentation → Loss of volume in the breasts

Breast reduction → Large breasts that cause back pain and discomfort

Abdominoplasty → Loose skin and stretched abdominal muscles

Liposuction → Excess fat deposits

Mommy Makeover Recovery Period

This surgery is tailored to meet the individual needs of the patient because every woman is affected by pregnancy in a unique way. Therefore, the amount of time needed to recover after a Mommy Makeover will depend on the specific procedures performed. Rather than having the procedures performed separately and needing to take downtime to recover from each at a different time, a Mommy Makeover allows the patient to recover from all of the surgeries at once. In general, our patients can expect to feel back to normal after four weeks.

In general, most Mommy Makeover patients adhere to the following recovery guidelines:

  • Week 1: Rest at home and take occasional short walks
  • Week 2: Return to work and resume light activities
  • Week 4: May lift light objects or small children
  • Week 6: Resume more strenuous activities or workouts

For mothers with young children at home, it is advised to arrange for someone to help you care for them during the first week or two after your Mommy Makeover surgery. Dr. Mesbahi will provide you with specific instructions and details about your individual recovery based on the procedures you undergo and your unique circumstances.

If you are interested in Mommy Makeover surgery or any other plastic surgery procedure, please call (703) 287-8277 today, or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation. Dr. Mesbahi is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and has extensive training and experience to provide his patients with safe and effective procedures that produce beautiful results.