19 Nov

Top 3 Plastic Surgery Procedures in Houston, Texas

Plastic surgery is a field that adapts to the needs of the patient. Being one of the most effective ways to help them reach their cosmetic goals, plastic surgery has gained acceptance into the media and our society. Houston, being the diverse and fast growing city it is follows the general cosmetic trends of the United States. According to WebMD the top three most common plastic surgery procedures are:

  1. Liposuction: A relatively simple and safe procedure that can help you remove unwanted body fat from areas that are hard to trim-down with diet and excessive alone. The procedure is fairly simple and consist of injecting a fat-dissolving substance into the body and then using a “fat vacuum” remove the excess fat from the body.
  2. Breast Augmentation: A procedure that helps patients increase their breast size and gain extra firmness. The procedure can be performed with or without breast implants and can dramatically improve the appearance of the patients breast.
  3. Abdominoplasty: Also known as “tummy tuck”, this procedure helps reduce body fat in the mid-section area and firm out the skin specially after weight-loss or pregnancy.

Source: WebMD 2011.

Contact us today if you would like to know more information about the different types of plastic surgery procedures available for you. We are happy to help you clarify any questions you might have.

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13 Nov

Mommy makeover, Plastic Surgery Just for Houston Moms

Moms have many things to be proud, having a baby is a true miracle. Yet after childbearing the body might have a hard time adapting back to ones normal state before pregnancy. If you are a mom and would like to regain your body contour and looks before you became pregnant and or would like to improve your appearance after years of childbearing, then a special kind of plastic surgery might help you look your best.

What is a mommy makeover?

Moms deserve the best and because childbearing can sometimes reshape the body in undesirable ways, there is a special kind of procedure than targets many of the bodily change can occur because of having a baby. A mommy makeover is a plastic surgery than combine many types of procedures with the goal to correct consequences of childbearing.

What kind of procedures might be included in a Mommy Makeover?

A Mommy Makeover is a personalized surgery that can join different procedures to help you archive the results you want. Depending on the features that you would like to work on and the areas of the body you wish to change a mommy makeover might consist of

  • Breast Lift: because of the increased size of the breast during lactation, collagen fibers might become overly stretch and as a result your breast might actually cut in size after a pregnancy. Breast augmentation is usually included in a mommy makeover to help increase the firmness and size of the patient.
  • Tummy Tuck: while some woman report recovering their normal waist line after child labor, some might notice extra skin hanging or build up of unwanted fat deposits around the abdominal area. By removing loose skin and unwanted fat, tummy tuck is also included in most mommy makeovers.
  • Body Sculpting: over all pregnancy changes the physiology, a body sculpting procedure helps literally reshape the body using its own tissue to help enhance your overall appearance. A body sculpting might be included in a mommy makeover to help the patient transfer fat from one area of the body to another. Liposuction is usually included as well in a mommy makeover procedure.


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20 Oct

Scarless Breast Implants, Breast Augmentation without Scars?

There is a lot of controversy among patients about the claims some plastic surgeons make about “scarless breast lifts” and other forms of “scarless plastic surgery“. Although there have been a lot of amazing technological breakthroughs and a great deal of innovation in plastic surgery procedures, to claim that any surgery can yield “scarless results” is a false claim. There are many ways to decrease the appearance of a scar after a cosmetic procedure such as breast augmentation or tummy tuck. Because every person heals differently some patients undergoing breast lift might experience minimal scaring tissue after a few months of the procedure, but results cannot be generalized to all cases.

There is no real “scarless breast lift”

If scars are a major concern to you, there is an alternative that might help you improve the appearance of your breast and yet at the same time have a very reduced scar as a result. This procedure is called “short-scar breast lift”. You can find out more about this amazing procedure by following this link: http://bodylifthouston.com/home/breast-lift-houston/

Do you have questions? We have answers. Contact us today and let us help you look your best.

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19 Oct

Dr. LoMonaco Reviews: Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery

Here are some of our patients reviews kindly submitted to several medical doctor review sites. Hopefully you can find the information that you need to decide what kind of plastic surgery/procedure is right for you. Give us a call today and see why so many people are talking about Dr. LoMonaco.


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15 Oct

Tummy Tuck Cost in Houston, Texas

Patients looking to increase the firmness of their body might consider abdominoplasty (or tummy tuck) as a viable option. A tummy tuck might help you specially after pregnancy, fast weight loss, and even age. This procedure can be performed as a “mini tummy tuck” or as a full tummy tuck.

  • Mini Tummy Tuck: Relatively simple procedure that might help patients remove excess skin and stretch marks. A small incision is made just above the pubic hair-line. A great option for patients looking to give their bodies a quick sculpting to correct minor cosmetic imperfections.
  • Full Tummy Tuck: A surgical procedure that usually involves a 24 hour observation period but can yield dramatic results in some patients needing to reduce excess skin and body fat deposits. The best option for patients that have great struggles losing weight with diet and excercise alone.

Tummy Tuck in Houston, TX Cost: Because each patient is unique and each procedure requires individualized attention, the cost of an abdoninoplasty procedure varieties according to individuality cases. The average price according to Real Self  of a tummy tuck in Houston, Texas is $8000. Yet, there are several factors to consider when deciding how to finance this life-changing procedure. Some of the factors that you might want to take a look at are:

  • The Surgeon’s fee: $3000-$7000 depending on the type
  • The anesthesiologist’s fee: $2000-$4000
  • Facility fee

Other factors that can affect the price include: the doctor’s use of pain pump device for pain control, the use of an insurance program to cover complications, post-operative garments, supplements and scar care.

If you are looking for ways to finance your Tummy Tuck Procedure, contact us today. We can help you find the best financing package available for you fast so you can start making preparation for an amazing life changing experience that will help your body match your inner beauty.

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14 Sep

About Dr. LoMonaco

Dr. John LoMonaco attended Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and completed his 9 years of postgraduate training there as well. He trained at major hospitals in the Texas Medical Center, including Memorial-Hermann Hospital and M.D. Anderson Cancer Institute. During his training, he conducted laboratory research for two years at the Medical School studying tissue healing and helping develop skin substitutes for burn victims.

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Dr. LoMonaco graduated from a rigorous residency in general surgery, and received board certification by the American Board of Surgery. He then went on to complete an accredited fellowship in plastic surgery, and received board certification in Plastic Surgery during his first year of practice. During his formal training, Dr. LoMonaco participated in over 5,000 surgical procedures.

After graduation, Dr. LoMonaco taught plastic surgery for 2 years at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and served as Director of Plastic Surgery at the LBJ Hospital. In 1999, he traveled to El Salvador as part of a medical relief mission to perform surgery on children with facial deformities.

Dr. LoMonaco’s  practice is focused on breast and body contouring surgery, with a special emphasis on post-bariatric surgery reconstruction. His office is near the Webster Medical Center, which offers both convenience and privacy. Dr LoMonaco is on the staff of several Medical Center hospitals and maintains privileges at private surgery centers. He is a member of both local and national medical societies.


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14 Sep

Liposuction and Liposculpture

Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the United States today. This procedure allows the removal of the areas of unwanted fat from almost any area of the body. The most common areas treated are the hips, thighs, and abdomen. Other areas that are also treated include the arms, knees, ankles, and fat around the neck and lower face. This procedure can be performed safely in our office surgery facility. However, larger procedures may need to be done in the hospital.

Liposuction is best for patients who are close to their ideal body weight and wish to have certain areas of the body sculpted for a more contoured look. Other patients who are good candidates for liposuction are those who are also undergoing tummy tuck or other procedure. Liposuction is a valuable part of these procedures as well. Liposuction is performed by first injecting the fat with a special solution, which aids in its removal. The solution also has medication to help reduce pain and swelling after the procedure. A special garment is worn for several weeks after surgery to help support the new shape.

I urge my patients to begin a diet and exercise program for the best possible results. For those already in a fitness program, I allow a gradual return to activity over a period of 3 to 4 weeks.

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14 Sep

PitStop Procedure for Underarm Sweating

Excessive underarm sweating, or hyperhidrosis, can be a problem for both men and women. Individuals who have hyperhidrosis may suffer from the embarrassment of odor, ruined clothes, and apprehension when they remove their jackets. Excessive sweating may also give the unwanted appearance of stress.

The traditional treatments for underarm sweating have been transthoracic endoscopic sympathectomy (TES) and Botox.

TES is surgery under general anesthesia, and involves an endoscope being placed through the chest wall to gain access to the nerves that control sweating. The nerves are then cut, and sweating is stopped. However, in some cases sweating in other areas such as the hands or feet may actually increase. This compensatory sweating is a major drawback of the procedure.

Botox injections, done in a series of 20 on each side, can also effectively stop underarm sweating without any major side effects. The drawback is that the treatment only lasts for 6 -8 months before the sweating returns and the treatment must be repeated. At an average cost of $2000 per session, most people find the long-term cost prohibitive.

Ultrasonic liposuction is a decade old technique that has been used to melt fat, and had been used in over 1000 patients in several research trials. Through a tiny incision in the armpit, numbing medicine is applied and then the ultrasonic probe is placed under the skin. The technique permanently destroys or disables the sweat glands, or reduces sweating to a very low level in almost all cases. Complications are related to skin damage or burns, and are rare. The cost is much less than surgery or Botox, and repeat treatment is simple and free of charge.

Research studies showing the safety1, effectiveness2, and superiority3 of the ultrasonic approach have been published.

1. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2006;59(9):978-82. Epub 2006 May 11

2. Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2009 May;33(3):312-23. Epub 2009 Jan 3

3. Surg Neurol. 2008 Dec;70 Suppl 1:S1:64-8

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14 Sep

Thigh Lift

Thigh Lift (Thighplasty)

A thigh lift, or thighplasty, removes excess skin and fat from the inner, outer, and front part of the thighs. The goal of a thigh lift is to improve the appearance of the thighs by removing the dimpled look produced by excess skin and cellulite. Symptoms that come from the extra thigh skin rubbing, like rashes and infections, can be relieved by thigh lift surgery.

The incisions for the procedure vary, and several types of thigh lift surgeries are available to discuss a variety of patient needs.

Anterior and Lateral Thigh Lift (front and side of thigh lift)

These procedures lift and tighten a loose skin of the front and sides of the leg. It is accomplished through a bikini incision, and almost always is done as a part of either a tummy tuck or a lower body lift. Anterior and lateral thigh lifts leave a scar from hip to hip that usually fades in time, and can be hidden by a bathing suit or underwear.


Inner Thigh Lift

An inner thigh lift removes the excess skin of the inner thigh, and can be done using a short incision that leaves a scar in the groin crease, or a longer scar that extends down to the knee to remove the excess skin lower on the leg.

Inner thigh lift can be done in combination with arm and breast procedures, and in some cases may also be combined with tummy tuck or body lift. Because tummy tuck and body lift both use a bikini incision, the inner thigh incision can sometimes result.

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14 Sep

Arm Lift

Arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove loose skin and excess fat deposits in the upper arm. This can produce a trimmer appearance and aid in the fit of clothing. Symptoms of skin irritation can also be relieved by an arm lift.

Patients who want to tighten the arm skin may benefit from liposuction alone or along with an arm lift. Sometimes, a short-scar arm lift may also be done, depending on the amount of excess skin. Short-scar arm lift is usually reserved for patients who only have excess skin near the armpit area.

The scars from an arm lift are on the back of the arms, and are partially hidden in almost all social situations. As with any surgery that produces visible scars, the scars from brachioplasty is a good tradeoff for patients troubled by large amounts of excess arm skin.

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