Sep. 25, 2014
Deborah Graham Warren

Ask Sharon: Cosmetic Surgery for the Body Facebook Chat Recap

Cosmetic surgery is a big decision!  We know many people have questions about cosmetic surgery, but aren’t quite ready to pick up the phone and schedule a consultation. That’s why we’ve created our “Ask Sharon” Online Facebook Chats and Coffee Talks. From your home, office, or in person, you can Ask Sharon everything and anything you want to know about cosmetic surgery. 

Sharon: I guess everyone is being a bit shy so I’ll get this conversation rolling. Here are the top 3 questions I encounter during consults.

What is involved in recovery time?

Sharon: Recovery times vary depending on procedure. For a Quicklift, recovery varies from 2-3 weeks. For a tummy tuck, most patients can return to a normal routine in 2 weeks. For breast augmentation, 1-2 weeks is the average recovery. The quickest recoveries are with Fat Transfers and Arm Lifts, generally patients are doing well in about 1 week.

Another of the top 3 question is how much younger will I look after the Quicklift?

Sharon: We have seen patients who look 10-15 years younger after their Quicklift facelift.

The 3rd most commonly asked question is how much weight I will lose after a liposuction procedure.

Sharon: We measure results not by weight but by inch reduction. The average person can expect to drop 1-2 sizes after a liposuction procedure. It is important to remember liposuction is a body contouring procedure, not a weight loss program. Today, the coolest and newest procedure is using the unwanted fat and transferring it to volume loss areas such as breasts, buttocks and face. Fat is a permanent filler.

Jessica: Hi Sharon! Can you please explain the difference between a mini tummy tuck and a full tummy tuck? I’ve had 3 C-sections and I’m not sure which would be a better option for me?

Sharon: Hi Jessica, a full tummy tuck would involve drains for up to 2 weeks because the skin must be released above the naval. The mini tuck addresses the skin from the naval down to bikini line and requires no drains. There is no addressing of the muscles with a mini tuck which is also called Avelar tummy tuck. During the evaluation, we would only recommend a mini tuck for the right candidate.

Sharon: I know this is a very personal topic and many of you may still have questions but did not want to ask them in a public forum. Please feel free to email me at or call 412-429-1161 ext. 113 for personal attention.

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