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Is a Mommy Makeover, Tummy Tuck or Breast Augmentation Right for You?

September 07, 2017
lastic surgeries such as breast surgery and tummy tucks can give you the figure you've been working toward with diet and exercise. Take our quiz to see which procedure is right for you.  If you're interested in improving your appearance with cosmetic surgery, please contact our board-certified plastic surgeon today at 301-567-6767 to schedule your initial consultation. Bella Cosmetic Surgery serves clients in Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC and surrounding areas. 

History of the Bella Body Lift: Lipo & Tummy Tuck

August 31, 2017
Liposuction and abdominoplasty are two of the top five plastic surgeries in the United States. Hundreds of thousands of men and women go under anesthesia each year to obtain a leaner, firmer figure. Our board-certified plastic surgeon at Bella Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Michael Chiaramonte, has performed both procedures many times over his tenure, and he quickly recognized the need for a combination procedure for lipo and tummy tucks. Many patients came in for liposuction and later realized they needed excess skin removed through an abdominoplasty or vice versa. This left them paying for two procedures and requiring two separate recovery periods. Dr. Chiaramonte saw this as an opportunity to… Read Full Post

Why Breast Surgery is the Most Popular Plastic Surgery in the U.S.

July 31, 2017
The number of plastic surgeries continues to increase each year, but the most popular procedures tend to stay the same. Breast augmentation has been the top plastic surgery in the United States for nearly two decades. In 2016, 290,467 breast augmentation procedures were performed. This trend could be due to the higher ratio of women to men—approximately 85 percent of patients are women—choosing cosmetic enhancements, but there are many reasons women (and sometimes men) opt for a form of breast surgery. Some of the common reasons our plastic surgeon in Maryland performs breast surgery include: Bigger or Smaller Breasts Some women simply want breast surgery to give them a larger breast… Read Full Post

The Benefits of Over and Under the Muscle Breast Implants

July 10, 2017
When it comes to breast augmentation, women have multiple choices regarding the size, type and placement of the implants. The best way to determine whether subglandular (over the muscle) or submuscular (under the muscle) positioning is best for you is to schedule a free, one-on-one consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon at Bella Cosmetic Surgery in Maryland. However, there are several aspects you can consider prior to your appointment. The Pros of Over the Muscle Breast Implants Subglandular implant placement allows for breastfeeding in the future but will require more images when you have mammograms. Some of the benefits associated with the subglandular technique include… Read Full Post

How Long Do Cosmetic Injectable Results Last?

June 30, 2017
The length of time your cosmetic injectable results will last largely depends on which injectable product you choose and the skin issues you want to address. Our plastic surgeon, Dr. Chiaramonte, offers an array of injectables such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and Juvederm®. Some of these options last 3-4 months while others may last up to two years. It’s important to remember that all cosmetic injectables will require repeat treatments to maintain your ideal look. There are two forms of cosmetic injectables: dermal fillers and neuromodulators. Dermal fillers are used to plump up or “fill in” areas of your face that may have developed fine lines, wrinkles or scars. Neuromodulators are products such… Read Full Post
Category: Skin Care

What Plastic Surgeries are in a "Bella Body Lift" Makeover?

June 28, 2017
There are many forms of plastic surgery. Each one is designed to improve a particular area of your body, but often, men and women have multiple body issues they’d like to address all at once. Our plastic surgeon, Dr. Chiaramonte, developed the Bella Boldy Lift Makeover to help patients achieve their desired outcome without having to undergo several procedures. The Bella Body Lift combines a tummy tuck and liposuction into what Dr. Chiaramonte has termed, “lipoabdominoplasty.” An abdominoplasty procedure removes excess skin tissue and tightens underlying abdominal muscles, but doesn’t address any surplus fat. Liposuction gets rid of unwanted fat but doesn’t do any skin tightening or tissue… Read Full Post

Slideshare Presentation - All About CoolSculpting

June 13, 2017
CoolSculpting® is an FDA-approved fat-reduction technique in which fat cells are actually frozen. Once frozen, your body will naturally remove the cells leaving you with a thinner appearance. CoolSculpting is meant for fat-reduction and not for weight loss, but can deliver amazing results. Find out more in this presentation:   To schedule a consultation about CoolSculpting with Dr. Chiaramonte, please contact Bella Cosmetic Surgery today by calling 301-567-6767. We are proud to help patients in Washington D.C., and Alexandria and Fairfax, Virginia.
Category: Liposuction

What to Ask Yourself Before Having a Tummy Tuck

May 11, 2017
A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) or any other form of plastic surgery is a big decision and shouldn’t be one that’s made lightly. You have several aspects to consider such as why you want the procedure and choosing the right plastic surgeon for the job. These are important parts of the cosmetic surgery process. So, before you go under the knife, ask yourself these questions to avoid unnecessary concerns later: Do I want a tummy tuck to improve my self-confidence or am I considering plastic surgery to please someone else? Have I tried losing weight through diet and exercise? If so, am I close to my goal weight but still struggle with loose, sagging skin? Am I done having children? Am I… Read Full Post
Category: Tummy Tuck

3 Reasons Why Breast Reduction is Necessary

May 02, 2017
Large, heavy breasts can lead to a wealth of health problems. A breast reduction often alleviates the symptoms associated with macromastia—the medical term for large breasts. Macromastia can be asymptomatic or symptomatic, meaning you exhibit little to no symptoms or have many health concerns due to the size of your breasts. There are several reasons why breast reduction or another form of breast surgery is needed for women, and in some instances, men. Three of the most common reasons for breast reduction include: 1. Chronic Physical Pain Related to Breast Size Many women experience chronic pain due to the size of their breasts. This may prevent you from exercising, which can lead to… Read Full Post

How to Choose Between a Tummy Tuck and a Mommy Makeover

April 19, 2017
Pregnancy is a beautiful part of life, but often leaves women with sagging breasts and excess abdominal fat. Diet and exercise can help you slim down to your pre-baby weight, but can’t address loose skin and stubborn fat. A mommy makeover or a tummy tuck are two ways you can achieve your goals, but which one is right for you? What is a Mommy Makeover? A mommy makeover addresses several body issues and involves multiple procedures performed at once. This plastic surgery combination typically consists of: Breast augmentation or a breast lift to address deflated and sagging breasts. Liposuction to remove fat in areas where traditional methods haven’t worked such as your “love handles.”  … Read Full Post