Saturday, August 4, 2018

What Is a Mommy Makeover And What Are Its Benefits?

A mommy makeover is a combination of procedures to help mothers restore the shape and appearance of their bodies, recapturing how they looked prior to having a baby. The goal is to make women regain confidence in their looks and feel younger and happier as they bring up their child.

This series of surgeries is meant to regain desired contours in areas affected by pregnancy and child birth, from the breast and abdomen areas to the thighs and hips. The usual first procedure is the tummy tuck, helping a mother get rid of stretched skin after she gives birth. A tummy tuck is often followed by breast augmentation or a breast lift. In most cases, both surgeries are performed as part of a single-stage procedure.

The techniques used for a mommy makeover varies from surgeon to surgeon, but important factors in identifying the best include the mommy’s desired type of implant, the placement of the incisions, and the amount of restoration she expects.

The procedures in a mommy makeover usually entail a breast lift or breast augmentation, buttocks enhancement, liposuction, and a tummy tuck. Good candidates are those near their ideal body weight, are in good medical health, and are finished with with childbearing. Recovery and healing will take several weeks, and patients are expected to abide by the instructions of the plastic surgeons and attend scheduled follow-up visits.

Plastic surgeon Alton Ingram, M.D. has published articles in peer-reviewed journals on human anatomy, surgical techniques, medical devices, finance, and law. He was Magna Cum Laude of his class, a National Merit Scholar, and William Randolph Hearst Foundation Scholar. For similar reads, visit this website.



Thursday, July 12, 2018

The biggest milestones in Habitat for Humanity’s history

For over half a century, business owners, medical professionals, architects, celebrities, and countless other people have supported Habitat for Humanity resulting in many great humanitarian efforts around the world. It all began when the Jordan and England families founded a community outside of Americus, Georgia called Koinonia Farm in 1942. From then on, the community had steadily grown and generated support from all over. 

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Ten years ago, Habitat for Humanity built their 300,000th house in Naples Florida. In 2011, it built its 500,000th house in Maai Mahiu, Kenya. And on 2013, it celebrated the 800,000th house it constructed. Here are some other great milestones made by Habitat for Humanity. 

In 2017, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter began the group’s second largest development in Edmonton, Canada. The project was a duplex and a part of the 150 homes being built in Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan with the help of over 1,000 daily volunteers. 

In 1968, the partnership housing and Fund for Humanity were created. The concept of partnership housing revolved around creating proper homes and shelters by working side-by-side with volunteers who would build these affordable homes. These houses would be built at no profit whatsoever. 

And in 1999, the Jimmy Carter Work Project under Habitat for Humanity launched its biggest project ever in the Philippines. The endeavor united 14,000 volunteers from 32 countries to build 293 homes.

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Dr. Alton Ingram focuses his practice on all kinds of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery except craniofacial surgery. In the past, Dr. Ingram had worked with Operation Smile, Doctors Without Borders, Habitat for Humanity, and The Viennese Opera Ball of New York City as a member of its Benefits Committee. For more on Dr. Ingram’s work and philanthropic endeavors, visit this page.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

When To Consider Getting a Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty, which is often referred to as eyelid surgery, is a cosmetic procedure done to repair droopy or sagging eyelids or bags under one’s eyes. It may involve removing excess muscle, fat, and skin that forms when the muscles supporting the eye weakens, and the eyelids stretch as one gets older.

Blepharoplasty can also help in recovering diminished peripheral or side vision, which can occur when the skin around the eyes weaken and sag. Of course, aside from helping recover vision, the procedure will help in making the eyes look younger. It likewise eliminates crow’s feet, puffy eyelids, and dark circles around the eyes.

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The procedure can be done alongside other cosmetic surgery appointments such as a facelift or a skin resurfacing. If blepharoplasty is considered because of impaired vision, it may even be covered by your insurance. However, if the surgery is done purely for enhancing your appearance, without your surgeon’s supporting diagnosis and documents, the cost is not.

Before your eyelid surgery, you'll have to undergo a physical examination that may include testing your tear production. Your surgeon will likewise examine your overall vision for the possibility of the abovementioned insurance claim. Finally, your eyes will be photographed from various angles to aid in planning the surgery and help your surgeon assess short- and long-term effects.

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Dr. Alton Ingram focuses his practice on all kinds of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery with the exception of craniofacial surgery. He is currently based in Nashville, Tennessee. For similar reads, visit this blog.



Monday, April 2, 2018

What Is a Gluteal Augmentation Procedure And Why Consider Having One


More commonly known as buttock augmentation, gluteal augmentation is done to improve the contour, size, or shape of the buttocks. The procedure involves using buttock implants, fat grafting, or sometimes a combination of both.

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Buttock implants are silicone-filled and are surgically placed deep within the tissues of the buttock. This process, sometimes called Brazilian Butt Lift, works by moving fat from one body area to the buttocks and grafting it into the tissue. A gluteal lift improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports skin and fat in the buttock area. .


Aging, pregnancy, significant fluctuations in weight, sun damage, and genetic factors may lead to sagging buttocks due to the poor tissue elasticity. A gluteal augmentation surgery increases the fullness, roundness, and projection of buttocks, thus enhancing your self-image and self-confidence. 

Keep in mind that a buttock lift is not the only procedure that can make one’s buttocks more voluminous. People can choose to have a buttock implant or have auto-augmentation (this procedure is one where some tissue is deliberately kept underneath) to shape their buttocks. Sometimes an accompanying liposuction procedure is even suggested by one’s surgeon for better contouring..

Dr. Alton Ingram is a plastic surgeon based in Nashville, Tennessee. He specializes in all kinds of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, except craniofacial surgery. For more insights on cosmetic procedures, visit this website..

Thursday, February 22, 2018

How To Take Care Of The Skin After Plastic Surgery

Perhaps the most important stage of cosmetic surgery is the recovery stage since it takes an ample amount of time for the skin to heal itself and this is when it is at its most vulnerable. As such, it’s very important that people take care of their skin during the recovery period. Here are few tips on how to do it.

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Block the sun.

While patients are urged to stay out of the sun while recovering from cosmetic surgery, sometimes, it’s inevitable that they need to leave the house during the day. During this time, sunscreen is enough to do the job. Choose products with SPF 30 or 40. Don’t go higher as those kinds of sunscreen tend to block pores.

Stay hydrated.

Staying hydrated during recovery is very important. Be sure to drink the usual six to eight glasses daily. This helps skin heal from underneath, and it also expels toxins from the body through urination. Stay away from alcohol as it dehydrates the body.


Follow the doctor’s order.

When surgeons prescribe meds, the prescription usually comes with instructions. There is no room for interpretation with this. It should be followed explicitly. For face cleansers, mild, hypoallergenic products and natural moisturizers should do the trick.

Alton Ingram, M.D.’s practice focuses on reconstructive and cosmetic surgery.  He is also involved with several nonprofit organizations, including Operation Smile, Doctors Without Borders, and Habitat for Humanity.  More articles on cosmetic surgery can be found here .

Monday, January 8, 2018

Road To Recovery: Postoperative Care For Breast Augmentation

A breast augmentation procedure is considered a major surgery; therefore, it requires extensive postoperative care for weeks after the operation.

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The first thing to remember is to make sure that the support garment (gauze dressings and elastic bandage or support bra) is worn at all times or as instructed by the attending surgeon. The only time that it can be removed is when the incision sites are cleansed or when ointment needs to be applied. However, plastic surgeons may vary in their directions, so it is important for patients to listen to them carefully.

Then for at least six weeks, patients should take it easy and not perform strenuous tasks, such as household chores or doing heavy lifting – not even their children. Also, if they are still on pain medication, they are better off not driving yet.

Just like in any other surgeries, patients should get enough rest, sleep, and sustenance as they recover after the procedure. This means that they have to sleep in a comfortable bed with plenty of pillows available so they can prop themselves up at a relaxed angle.

And for the first few days, the patient may not have that much of an appetite, so light, healthy food should be prepared and kept ready. It is also important to drink lots of water as it is easy to become dehydrated during the recovery period.


Dr. Alton Ingram, a plastic surgeon currently residing in Nashville, Tennessee, is a renowned expert in the field of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He is a member of the American Medical Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, and Tennessee Medical Association. Follow this Twitter page for more discussions on the industry.