Mommy Makeover – Get your body back with the help of Dr Ash Dutta

Are you looking for mommy makeover but confused what this life-transforming surgery will give you, then this blog written by Dr Ash Dutta is only for you.

Becoming a mommy and raising your child is undoubtedly the most fulfilling experience in a woman’s life. The female body’s ability to carry and give birth to a child is one of life’s true miracles. However, pregnancy and childbirth puts a considerable strain on a woman’s body and takes a predictable yet distinctive toll and often leaves her with sagging breasts, loose abdominal skin, excess fat on the hips, buttocks, thighs, arms and stretch marks.

All this leads to a reduction in self-confidence and stress. But rather than bothering about your post-pregnancy body just give yourself a little attention to make motherhood a completely enjoyable experience.

Mommy Makeover

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 62% of mothers are seeking some sort of plastic surgery to help restore their pre-baby figures. The most common is actually a combination of procedures dubbed the ‘Mommy Makeover’.

A mommy makeover is not a single cosmetic surgical procedure, but rather a combination of aesthetic surgical and non-surgical treatments to reverse and correct the visible and unwanted effect of childbirth, breast-feeding and child rearing. The procedure involves different techniques as per the requirements of that particular woman which may include the following treatments:

Mommy makeover can include either one or all of these body contouring and skin rejuvenating procedures to treat different areas depending on your desired body shape.

  1. Abdomen Makeover-

    Abdomen Makeover

After pregnancy due to sudden and massive weight loss, the abdominal skin loses its elasticity resulting in a flabby stomach. To contour your full abdomen, abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) is a good option which involves the removal of excess skin, tightens the weakened muscles and can even eliminate stretch marks to a great extent especially those located below the navel. However, if you have loose hanging skin only around the lower abdomen, between the belly button and the pubis, then partial abdominoplasty (Mini tummy tuck) may also solve your problem which leaves a smaller scar and less downtime as compared to full abdominoplasty . If you have stubborn fat deposits in your abdomen, your surgeon can combine these surgeries with liposuction (either Laser lipo or Vaser lipo) to remove excess fat for a complete transformation. It is generally recommended that the abdomen makeover procedure be deferred until after the final pregnancy.

  1. Breast Makeover-

    Breast Makeover

Since breasts are an essential feminine feature for women, it is quite obvious to get worried about the shape and size of it. During pregnancy, your breasts usually swell to a fuller size and shape due to milk production. In some women, the breasts remain larger which may cause back-pain, neck pain, making women tired and look out of proportion. To make your breast in better proportion with your body, you can choose Breast reduction surgery (also called Reduction Mammaplasty) to reduce the size of your large and heavy breasts by removing  excess fat, tissue and skin from the breasts and reshape them. After a successful surgery the accompanying pain in your upper back, neck and shoulders may completely vanish.

Due to post pregnancy hormonal changes after breast-feeding, the breasts tend to flatten resulting in loss of volume of the breast in the upper half which makes the breasts loose, saggy and shapeless. Then Breast lift (with or without implants) surgery can restore the breast shape and volume. A breast lift (Mastopexy) involves trimming away excess skin and tissue from beneath the breast and repositioning them at a higher point on the chest and it may also lift the nipple to the right level to eliminate the sag. Another option is to combine a breast lift with breast augmentation/implants.  If a woman has lost too much breast volume after breast feeding, a breast lift with implants will return the breast to their optimal size and position. If a woman does not have sagging after breast-feeding and only desires replenished fullness, a breast implant will increase lost volume.

  1. Hips and thighs Makeover-

    Hips and Thighs Makeover

Unfortunately, after Pregnancy the woman’s body becomes more susceptible to accumulate fat in the most frustrating places such as hips/flanks, thighs and belly. To get rid off these stubborn fat deposits, you may choose to have Liposuction surgery either with Laser lipo or Vaser lipo. But with a small child around, invasive surgery may prove to be strenuous for any mom. We generally recommend minimally invasive and safer techniques such as Vaser liposuction for excess fat removal. The surgeon performing your mommy makeover will likely recommend liposuction of the hips and thighs at the same time as a tummy tuck. Liposuction is also effective in the chest, thighs, neck, upper arms and knees. But Liposuction isn’t recommended immediately after pregnancy you should wait for 4-6 months after delivery.

  1. Facial rejuvenation and enhancement-

    Facial Rejuvenation

During pregnancy, many women have glowing skin because of positive hormonal changes. However, post-natal hormonal fluctuations start to take a toll on your skin, the glow vanishes and your skin starts looking tired, dull and loose. But don’t fret over your weary skin as the mommy makeover procedure also includes a skin treatment plan to restore your pre pregnancy skin glow and contour. If you opt for the mommy makeover skin treatment plan, then you can choose the following non-surgical (non-invasive) facial  treatments to “glow back”.

Regardless of what treatments you desire or you may need, it is important to know that cosmetic procedures shortly after childbirth are very rarely recommended. Even with the most minimally-invasive methods, recovery time is necessary which is not always practical with a newborn baby. And likewise, after pregnancy, your body will change and some issues will reverse themselves. Thus the ideal time for a mommy makeover is four to six months after childbirth and an overall surgical should be considered once the patient has completed childbearing.

For breast makeover surgeries such as breast augmentation and breast lift, Dr Ash Dutta always recommends to wait until after you have stopped breast-feeding for at least 6 months. Waiting for this duration allows the breasts to stabilize in their final shape and size which is necessary for successful surgery. But for abdomen makeover surgeries we recommend to wait until you have completed your childbearing and have achieved stable weight, as the final result may not be as good if the tissues are stretched again with another pregnancy. If you are going for mommy makeover surgery shortly (at least six months) after childbirth it is better to choose a surgery with minimal downtime or recovery period, so you can resume normal “Mommy” activities. And even though in some cases recovery times do vary for procedures performed, our team works with you to customise your ‘makeover’ plans that meet your goals and works with your lifestyle.

If you would like to schedule a consultation for the “Mommy Makeover” with Dr Ash Dutta please call us on 0191 2739339.

At Aesthetic Beauty Centre, qualified doctors and nurses will discuss the procedure before any treatment, explaining any possible side effects.

-Dr Ash Dutta

What are the ways to get rid of embarrassing gynaecomastia during different phases of life?


Gynaecomastia may be seen in three phases of the life span of an individual and is basically associated with hormonal changes in the body.

  • The first phase is during neonatal period (birth to 3 months) when 60-90% of babies both male and female, develop breast tissue. But this is asymptomatic gynaecomastia.
  • The second phase being in teenagers or between 10-18 years or more, when 48% to 64% of all teenagers have some form of breast tissue growth.
  • Gynaecomastia is believed to be a mid-puberty event as it is more frequent in boys. There have been a number of conflicting study reports in the literature regarding the association of BMI with gynaecomastia. While several investigators demonstrated that boys with gynaecomastia are heavier, others have found that boys with pubertal gynaecomastia are shorter, leaner and have a lower BMI.
  • The third phase being in old age or between 50-80 years. The reported prevalence is up to 70%.
  1. Neonatal Gynaecomastia – Usually self-limiting and treatment not necessary

The neonatal gynaecomastia is asymptomatic which occurs as a residual effect of androgen to oestrogen conversion by the placenta. This temporary gynaecomastia usually subsides within four to three weeks.

2. Pubertal Gynaecomastia – Permanent solution is surgery

Gynaecomastia in teenagers is one of the most embarrassing situations and is very common for them. It is generally referred to as pubertal gynaecomastia. When boys go through puberty, their body produces slightly higher amounts of oestrogen (female hormones). Some boys will have a higher than usual level of oestrogens and this naturally results in growth of their breast tissue.

But pubertal gynaecomastia mat settle as teenagers enter adulthood. The excessive breast tissue that is the cause of concern will even out as the chest expands when you finish your teenage years. However, if this breast development carries over to adulthood, then you need to be concerned as this may be genuine case of gynaecomastia.

Post 20, if gynaecomastia symptoms persist then you should consult with a doctor so that a proper diagnosis can be performed.

If you are over-weight and have pseudo-gynaecomastia, then you can avoid surgery as you can probably reduce it with proper diet and exercise. You should  go for a low fat diet in order to allow the body to burn off excess calories.

If you are suffering from pure glandular gynaecomastia or Mixed gynaecomastia then you should consider surgical options. However, if you don’t want to get surgery done, then you can also use gynaecomastia shirts or gynaecomastia pills. But the success rate of these non-invasive treatment depends on the severity of the problem and all these are temporary solutions. If you are looking for a permanent solution for gynaecomastia, then the only option is surgery.

3. Senescent Gynaecomastia – If severe, seek surgery

When males get older, the testosterone levels either become dormant or decreases from their earlier levels and there may be a relative increase in the fatty tissue which can lead to a dominance of the female hormone oestrogen over male hormone androgen and it may cause senescent (age related) gynaecomastia. In older men, the use of numerous drugs may also cause gynaecomastia. If medication or chemical use is the cause of gynaecomastia, then there is a chance that if you stop using these medications, then your gynaecomastia may also go away on it’s own but it depends on the severity.

If you think that you may have gynaecomastia, you should see a doctor so that it can be investigated and diagnosed. You should not try to guess whether you have just chest fat or true gynaecomastia, because the success of the cure depends on the reliability of the diagnosis.

If gynaecomastia is a new symptom, one should always consult with their doctor first and especially if it is unilateral to rule out any sinister causes.

Dr Ash Dutta has been performing surgery to correct gynaecomastia since 2000.

-Dr Ash Dutta

The Cost of Vaser Lipo

Cost of VASER Lipo

When you are considering a cosmetic procedure, cost should never be your deciding factor, as a cheaper operative cost doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be getting the same standard of quality care.

VASER liposuction is a relatively straightforward procedure to perform but requires a certain level of expertise and experience.  And like any surgery, it can have complications. So be sure your surgeon is board certified in cosmetic or aesthetic surgery. Thus it is better to have an experienced surgeon from the outset rather than have to pay more later to get it corrected.

The cost of VASER Liposuction procedures usually range from £2,000 to £8,000 and depends on the following factors:

  • The area and number of body parts that are being targeted
  • Amount of fat to be removed
  • Technique of liposuction (Vaser lipo, Vaser Mid Def or 4D/Hi Def)
  • Sedation or local anaesthesia (LA) to be used

At the Aesthetic Beauty Centre, the estimated cost may be as follows :

Area(s)    cost starts from
Small Area £2000
Large area £2500
Large + Small Area   £3000
Large + Small + Small Area £4000
Large + Large Area £3750

Thus the cost of VASER Lipo is dependent on your requirements and expectations, which must be realistic.  It is potentially a great solution for many problematic areas such as abdomen, thighs, buttocks, lower legs, flanks/love handles, arms/bingo wings, back, chest/man boobs, bra bulges, chin/double chin and neck.


-Dr Ash Dutta

How to Choose a VASER Lipo Surgeon?

Choosing the right surgeon is the most important thing that you can do when you are preparing for VASER lipo. Although this procedure is considered a minor surgery and minimally invasive, there are certain risks and potential complications like any other surgery.  Hence it is necessary to find a doctor with extensive experience in VASER lipo and an exceptional track record of safety and good reviews. Additionally, the results of your VASER lipo could last for a long time, so you should choose a doctor who will give you the results you desire.

While cost is obviously an important factor when it comes to VASER lipo, it should definitely not be the deciding one. The ultimate metric of measurement should be the doctor’s capability to deliver desired cosmetic changes and the patient’s well being after the surgery. Choosing the wrong doctor to save a little today could cost far more in the long run if it requires a corrective procedure.

With so many doctors offering VASER lipo, choosing the right one is not always an easy task. However, there are certain things to take into consideration:

1) Certifications and Affiliations

Technically, any licensed doctor can perform VASER lipo, but not all doctors offer the same degree of expertise. For your safety and ultimate satisfaction, you should always choose a surgeon with a long track record in this technique.  Also, another thing to consider – being a plastic surgeon does not necessarily mean being good at VASER lipo.

2)  Experience

It is important to choose a doctor who is performing regular VASER lipo procedures and achieving good results. Ask for details of previous patients to speak to, if needed. Even if a surgeon has a great reputation for tummy tucks or facelifts, if he does not have first-hand knowledge of VASER lipo, he is possibly not the right choice for your treatment. It is also beneficial to choose a doctor who is capable of dealing with complications.

3) Procedures/Techniques Offered

Before choosing your surgeon, you should do a bit of research about the different types of liposuction available. If you know other people who have had VASER lipo, you should ask them about the level of sculpting their doctors used and how they felt about the treatment. That way, if you are interested in a particular technique, you can find a doctor who provides the treatment according to your choice. Also, do not believe everything on the internet, look for reputable blogs and review sites.

4) Previous Outcomes

Most doctors have pictures of past procedures available to view online or offline. However, sometimes the best patient result photos can give you false expectations – it is important to remember that not all patients are the same and no Surgeon should give guarantees.

5) Bedside Manner

Choose a Surgeon you feel comfortable with and who answers all your questions. You should never choose a doctor who pressurizes you to undergo more treatment than you want or expect. Make sure your expectations and your treatment care plan are in alignment.

-Dr Ash Dutta