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Breast Augmentation for Uneven Breasts

January 13, 2016
Living day to day with uneven breasts impacts many aspects of your life. Your clothes don’t fit the way they should, your bra is constantly too big or too small, and looking in the mirror can easily become frustrating. Most women in Maryland who undergo breast augmentation for uneven breasts just want to feel normal. There are several reasons for uneven breasts. There are many reasons why breasts may be uneven, including genetics. During puberty, one breast can develop smaller than the other. As you age, this imbalance could correct itself. Another common cause is weight gain or loss, and pregnancy. These too can resolve themselves, which is why it’s so important to schedule a consultation… Read Full Post

Do I Need to Lose Weight Before My Tummy Tuck?

December 10, 2015
Abdominoplasty is designed to give you a flat, slender midsection, but it is not intended to be used as a weight loss tool.  Although it will slim and tuck your waistline, many of our patients considering a tummy tuck procedure in Maryland ask if they should lose weight before the procedure. The answer to whether or not a patient needs to lose weight before a tummy tuck surgery is unique to each candidate.  However, there are a few general considerations to help shed light on how weight loss, or weight gain, can impact your tummy tuck. Having realistic expectations: We all have an ideal body weight we’d like to achieve. Unfortunately, achieving your goal weight can often prove to be… Read Full Post
Category: Tummy Tuck

What Should I Ask at My Cosmetic Surgery Consultation?

October 16, 2015
One of the most important steps to ensure a successful and satisfying cosmetic surgery procedure is the initial consultation. During your Maryland cosmetic surgery consultation you can expect personal attention from Dr. Michael F. Chiaramonte to address all of your goals and concerns. 5 Questions to Ask During Your Consultation Are you board certified in cosmetic surgery? Certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery ensures that your surgeon has attained a high level of training and experience. How often do you perform my particular procedure? Cosmetic surgeons routinely specialize in particular procedures. You want to be sure the surgeon you choose is familiar with the… Read Full Post

Will Insurance Cover My Breast Reduction?

September 25, 2015
When considering a breast reduction, Maryland patients often wonder if the procedure will be covered by their insurance. Despite the overwhelming physical and emotional benefits of breast reduction surgery, affordability can ultimately be a deciding factor. Of all plastic surgery procedures, breast reduction surgery boasts one of the highest patient satisfaction scores.  For many women in Maryland, the procedure provides life-changing improvements to their health, confidence, and freedom of movement.  However, that doesn’t mean that insurance will cover it. Each insurance plan specifically details breast reduction policies. Some plans exclude breast reduction outright, or qualify the… Read Full Post

Should I get a Breast Reduction or a Breast Lift?

August 24, 2015
If your breasts are sagging, you may be considering a breast reduction, like many of our Maryland patients. However, based on your individual goals, a breast lift may be a more appropriate solution. How do you decide which procedure is right for you? The short answer: discuss your aesthetic goals with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Chiaramonte. During your initial consultation, Dr. Chiaramonte will work to understand your ultimate hopes and expectations, asses your current situation and physical attributes, and recommend a solution that best matches your needs. In the meantime, learn as much as you can about each option, so you can enter your consultation with a basic… Read Full Post

What’s the Difference Between Liposuction and a Tummy Tuck?

June 29, 2015
Many Maryland patients hoping to gain a youthful, flat stomach aren’t sure which plastic surgery procedure will give them the best results.  At Bella Cosmetic Surgery, we’ll work closely with you to make sure you fully understand your options, and our board–certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Chiaramonte, will help you choose the best procedure for attaining the shape and confidence you desire. Liposuction and tummy tucks are two popular body-contouring procedures that can improve the shape of your abdominal area.  Neither should be considered as a weight-loss tool. There are significant differences between the results, recovery time and candidacy requirements of the two procedures, and… Read Full Post
Category: Tummy Tuck

What are the different types of tummy tucks?

November 19, 2013
Though every patient is different, the main goal of a tummy tuck is to provide a smoother, flatter stomach. But did you know that there are different versions of the popular procedure? Most patients require a standard tummy tuck, but some patients will require another type of tummy tuck such as an extended, circumferential or inverted-t. A mini abdominoplasty is less invasive than the full version of the surgery. Typically, just one incision near the bikini line is necessary. This single incision provides access to the lower belly area, so that the underlying muscles can be tightened. Patients who are good candidates for this version of the procedure typically include those with a "trouble… Read Full Post
Category: Tummy Tuck

What are the different types of tummy tucks?

November 19, 2013
Though every patient is different, the main goal of a tummy tuck is to provide a smoother, flatter stomach. But did you know that there are different versions of the popular procedure? Most patients require a standard tummy tuck, but some patients will require another type of tummy tuck such as an extended, circumferential or inverted-t.   A mini abdominoplasty is less invasive than the full version of the surgery. Typically, just one incision near the bikini line is necessary. This single incision provides access to the lower belly area, so that the underlying muscles can be tightened. Patients who are good candidates for this version of the procedure typically include those with a "… Read Full Post
Category: Tummy Tuck

Does Non-Invasive Liposuction Work?

April 09, 2013
Liposuction is one of the most widely practiced plastic surgeries in the industry and one of the most popular procedures at Bella Cosmetic Surgery. The popularity of the procedure nationwide has led to the appearance of a variety of “non-invasive” liposuction procedures.  The notion of a non-invasive liposuction is a bit counter intuitive. It’s like calling something a non-invasive surgery. Liposuction is a procedure that actively removes fat from targeted areas of the body, mostly in hard-to-target areas around the waist, thighs, arms, back, and neck. CoolSculpting, a laser-powered treatment, targets these same areas, though the mode of action is quite different. By releasing beams of… Read Full Post
Category: Liposuction

Major Changes with Minor Risk: Which Non-Invasive Procedure is Right for You?

February 19, 2013
If you’re looking to give your complexion a youthful lift, rid yourself of an unsightly blemish, or eliminate spider veins, Bella Cosmetic Surgery performs a variety of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures that can help you achieve your desired results. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Chiaramonte has experience performing everything from liposuction to breast augmentation and facial reconstructive procedures. But these drastic changes are not right for some people. Why not? All surgery demands recovery time, and some procedures require more than others. Many people simply cannot fit the required downtime of surgery into their schedules. Similarly, many people decide to pass… Read Full Post
Category: Skin Care