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Planning for Breast Augmentation Before Your Wedding

July 08, 2021
Cosmetic surgery in preparation for a wedding is not an uncommon thing to do. After all, your wedding day should be an event to remember! You deserve to look and feel your absolute best. Brides-to-be may be curious about enhancing their breasts, but wondering if there is enough time for all to be healed before the wedding. The answer is that it depends. For the most part, you should schedule a breast enlargement at least 6-12 months before the wedding. This provides ample time for: Healing and reduction of swelling. It takes about six weeks for most of the swelling to go away. Not only do you want the swelling to be gone for the actual wedding day, but also consider when you’ll be trying… Read Full Post

Am I a Candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?

June 30, 2021
If you have chronic health or posture issues due to large breasts, you are not alone. Nearly 100,000 patients receive a breast reduction procedure every year in the United States to help address both functional and cosmetic issues that accompany large breasts. The surgery is not only an effective way to reduce or eliminate pain associated with heavy breasts, but also a great option for those who want to enhance the shape of their breasts. Here are some indications that you may be a good candidate for breast reduction. Your Have Difficulty With Chronic Pain or Trouble Breathing One of the most common reasons that women receive a breast reduction is to find relief for chronic back, shoulder… Read Full Post
Category: Breast Surgery

Breast Lift Recovery Timeline

May 25, 2021
In total, it takes most patients approximately 6 weeks to recover from their breast lift surgery. During this time, it is important to follow Dr. Michael Chiaramonte’s post-operative instructions to ensure that there are no complications with healing. By making just a few changes to your routine, you will be able to enjoy your results sooner rather than later. Here’s what you can expect during your breast lift recovery. Week One When you exit your surgery, you will need someone to drive you home since you will still be under the effects of anesthesia. Before you leave, Dr. Chiaramonte will put dressings around the surgical area and dress you with a compression bra to provide some support… Read Full Post
Category: Breast Surgery

What Causes Gynecomastia?

April 26, 2021
There are several things that can trigger gynecomastia in men. In general, gynecomastia occurs when there is an imbalance between the amount of testosterone and estrogen in the body. A decrease in testosterone or an increase in estrogen can cause breast tissue to grow. Here are some of the ways that your hormones can become imbalanced and cause you to develop gynecomastia. Natural Hormonal Changes Gynecomastia can happen whenever your body goes through natural hormonal changes. Most often, this is due to birth, puberty, or aging. For example, more than half of male babies have gynecomastia at birth due to the amount of estrogen they receive from their mother. Pre-teen and teenage boys can… Read Full Post

How to Recover from a Tummy Tuck Procedure

March 19, 2021
If you are interested in having a tummy tuck, you are probably wondering what recovery is like. While the process is relatively straightforward, planning your recovery ahead of time will make it easier to heal and get back to your daily routine. At Bella Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Michael Chiaramonte always provides detailed recovery guidelines so that you can look and feel your best sooner rather than later. To adequately recover from a tummy tuck procedure, make sure you do the following: Wear your compression garment as instructed. On the day of your surgery, you will be given a compression garment to help protect the incision area. This will not only reduce swelling but also hasten your… Read Full Post
Category: Tummy Tuck

When Do I Need a Breast Implant Revision?

March 19, 2021
While breast implants can give you long-lasting results, they can eventually wear out, requiring an implant exchange. When considering a breast implant revision, it’s important to know what your options are in case you want to alter your results. At Bella Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Michael Chiaramonte can help by creating an individualized plan for your implant exchange that is quick and easy. In general, many patients choose to have a breast implant exchange to: Upgrade from saline to silicone implants. Even though saline implants can provide amazing results, some patients do not like how firm they are. Silicone tends to have a more natural look and feel. Change the size of their implants… Read Full Post

How Soon After Birth Can I Have a Mommy Makeover?

February 22, 2021
Since pregnancy comes with quite a few bodily changes, it’s best to wait a minimum of 6-12 months after birth to receive a mommy makeover. The amount of time you should wait for a mommy makeover depends on a few factors, including: The types of procedures you want The nature of your pregnancy Whether or not you plan on having more children Whether or not you choose to breastfeed During the first year following childbirth, you will experience fluctuations in hormones, skin elasticity, body fat, and more. As a result, having a mommy makeover too early can have a negative impact on your results. At Bella Cosmetic Surgery, we can help you determine the right time to have a mommy makeover… Read Full Post
Category: Mommy Makeover

Rhinoplasty FAQs

October 01, 2020
If you have questions about rhinoplasty, often referred to simply as a nose job, you are not alone. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that nearly 214,000 people underwent the procedure in 2018, and that number has only increased since then. At Bella Cosmetic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Chiaramonte has helped many women and men achieve the balanced, proportionate nose appearance they desire with rhinoplasty. He is committed to providing exceptional results that are centered on your unique goals and facial attributes. Frequently Asked Questions About Rhinoplasty The following are some of the most commonly asked questions about rhinoplasty: What Is… Read Full Post

Common Misconceptions about BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport

August 12, 2020
Wrinkle relaxers such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport are the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic treatments performed each year. Chances are likely that you know someone who has undergone this procedure. If you’re reading this, it’s also likely that you’re considering BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport yourself. There is a good reason why these treatments are so popular. When performed by a skilled and experienced provider, they achieve great results with minimal, if any, risks or side effects. However, this immense popularity also results in a great deal of misinformation and myths that may prevent you from making an informed decision about your treatment options. Below, we’re going to debunk… Read Full Post

Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures

July 22, 2020
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recently released their annual report regarding the latest trends in plastic surgery. We’ve created the following infographic to highlight the most popular surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures performed in the last year. You can learn about your options and receive individualized treatment recommendations by speaking with Dr. Chiaramonte. He’ll work with you to develop a treatment plan that will address your unique needs and goals. Contact our Maryland Plastic Surgeon Please contact Bella Cosmetic Surgery using the form on this page or call 301-567-6767 today to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in Maryland, Washington DC… Read Full Post