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Nagging insecurities about your outward appearance can weigh you down. If you feel self-conscious about the way you look, you can begin to doubt yourself, which can take a toll on your self-confidence. After all, you’re less likely to put in the effort to look your best if you constantly struggle with a negative body image.

Fortunately, you can make significant strides in reducing these types of unhealthy feelings. Cosmetic surgery is one way to work toward improving your appearance – and, therefore, your self-esteem. Here are eight procedures to consider to help you look and feel your very best.

    1. Tummy Tuck
      Many of us strive for flat, toned abs. However, sometimes exercise and weight control aren’t enough to help us achieve our goals.


      A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin from the abdominal region and, in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles, creating a noticeably smoother, firmer abdominal profile.

      Even individuals with otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop loose or sagging abdominal skin. The most common causes of this include:

      • ● Aging
      • ● Heredity
      • ● Pregnancy
      • ● Other surgery
      • ● Significant weight fluctuations

A tummy tuck is not a substitute for a proper diet and exercise regimen, but can help improve the appearance of stubborn fat deposits around the lower abs.

Though the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, the positive outcome can be greatly diminished if your weight changes significantly. For this reason, individuals who are planning substantial weight loss, or women who may be considering future pregnancies, should postpone getting a tummy tuck.

    1. CoolSculpting
      CoolSculpting is a groundbreaking, non-invasive cosmetic procedure that improves the appearance of body fat without the need for surgery. Using an advanced cooling technology, CoolSculpting targets, freezes and breaks down fat cells until they die off. Since the treatments require no incisions, CoolSculpting is a good treatment for busy patients who do not want to deal with a recovery process.


      CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved treatment method for eliminating fat that persists despite diet and exercise. The most common treatment areas include waistline, stomach, double chin, thighs, back and upper arms.

    1. Arm Lift
      Are the undersides of your upper arms flabby or loose due to excess skin and fat? An arm lift, or brachioplasty, may be right for you.


      As you age, genetic predisposition and weight fluctuations can cause the skin on your upper arms to droop and sag. Unfortunately, exercise cannot correct this condition. Arm lift surgery is designed to reduce fat, skin or both in the area of the upper arm down to the elbow, improving the appearance of your arms and enhancing your self-confidence.

    1. Breast Lift
      A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is an alternative to breast implants for women who want to improve the shape and structure of their breasts, without increasing the size. A breast lift uses the existing breast tissue to create a perkier breast shape and a more youthful, uplifted breast profile.


      A woman’s breasts often change over time, losing their youthful shape and firmness due to the effects of gravity and loss of skin elasticity. These changes can result from:

      • ● Pregnancy
      • ● Breastfeeding
      • ● Weight fluctuations
      • ● Aging
      • ● Heredity
    1. Eyelid Lift
      Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is an increasingly popular procedure among patients who want to restore a more youthful appearance. The most common requests are to remove drooping skin from the upper eyelids, which may be impairing your vision, and to remove under-eye bags and wrinkles that can give you a tired or sad appearance.


      Eyelid surgery is a highly personalized procedure, since it can involve the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both. Blepharoplasty can correct loose or sagging skin and restore the natural contour of the upper eyelid, as well as addressing excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid.

    1. Brow Lift
      A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, is a procedure many patients choose to combine with an eyelid lift to further improve the appearance of the area around the eyes and eyebrows.


      A forehead lift reduces the horizontal wrinkle lines that form across the forehead, as well as the frown lines between the eyebrows. The procedure also helps restore a more youthful and relaxed appearance by raising sagging brows and placing them in a more alert position.
      A brow lift is a good procedure for anyone whose aging face has resulted in them looking constantly tired or angry.

    1. Lip Enhancements
      Many patients want to address fine lines around their mouths, while restoring volume for fuller, plumper lips.


      The first method of lip augmentation is fat grafting. We will extract fat cells from your hip or thigh area and implant them into your lips with an extremely fine needle.

      Bio-compatible liquid fillers are another non-surgical option to improve the look of lines and folds around the mouth while plumping up lips. Dermal fillers such as Juvederm® or Restylane® contour and restore lost volume to the lips. They are virtually pain-free, and you will notice immediate results.

    1. Mommy Makeover
      Pregnancy is one of the most miraculous processes the human body is capable of achieving, but it can also take a significant toll on a woman’s body. A sagging stomach and breasts, coupled with a change in the appearance of a woman’s vaginal area, can make many women feel less attractive and self-confident.


      A “mommy makeover” is a custom-tailored approach to addressing some of the problem areas that may have occurred as a result of pregnancy. Some of the procedures we can combine include:

      • ● Breast augmentation
      • ● Breast lift
      • ● Liposuction
      • ● Tummy tuck
      • ● Labiaplasty

Sharing the best parts of yourself with the world can help you give a positive first impression and improve your relationships by showing others you take pride in yourself and your life.

What would change for the better if you had cosmetic surgery? The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for any of these procedures is to contact us for a consultation.

Dr. Gregory T. Lynam

Dr. Gregory T. Lynam is Richmond's only board-certified plastic and maxillofacial surgeon. He has helped numerous people within the community tumor surgeries, breast reconstructions, and facial trauma surgeries.

Dr. Lynam was voted one of Richmond's "Top Docs" in plastic surgery and one of Richmond's "Best Plastic Surgeons to take you back 20 years" by Richmond Magazine in 2010. Additionally, he is known as an expert plastic surgeon on RealSelf and was honored as one of the Top 100 Doctors on RealSelf in 2013.

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