Since 2000, there has been a significant increase, about 37%, in breast augmentation procedures over the United States. Women from ages 13 to 55+ are seeking changes in their breast size. However, it seems the 30-39 age range is the dominating group out of all them. Why you ask? The reason could be very simple.

Women in this age group are typically finishing up their childbearing years. After pregnancy, you lose breast volume and your breasts are never really the same. To fix this issue, women seek breast implants to restore their breasts form and size. Sometimes liposuction and a tummy tuck are included with the breast implants to give a complete “mommy makeover.”

Dr. Mandell-Brown, Director of the Mandell-Brown Plastic Surgery Center in Cincinnati and Dayton, perform both breast augmentation and mommy makeover procedures. “Once mothers have children, their bodies may not return back to their pre-baby body they are used to so they seek small cosmetic changes to help get their bodies back to (or as close to) original form,” says Dr. Mandell-Brown.

Many people believe these women are seeking changes to feel younger, sexier and attract the attention of wondering eyes but that is not the case for most. When women go through changes, such as pregnancy, restoring your original body can be extremely hard and sometimes not possible. It can build unnecessary frustration and stress. “That is why some women seek plastic or cosmetic procedures, to help them feel “right” again,” notes Dr. Mandell-Brown.

Whatever the reason, women have to live with their bodies and when changes are made to its shape and form, it can be hard to deal with. That is why we have certified plastic and cosmetic surgeons, such as Dr. Mark Mandell-Brown, who are able to help females feel sexy and themselves again.

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Tummy tucks can sometimes be seen only as a cosmetic procedure to become skinnier. Although it is a cosmetic change to your body shape, the benefits can go deeper than just feeling skinny. Dr. Mark Mandell-Brown, a well-known plastic surgeon in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; explains there are more benefits to a tummy tuck than meets the eye.

1. Sagging skin. Sagging skin is not a desired feature. A tummy tuck is a great procedure to get rid of extra skin. This extra skin could be a result of dieting and losing weight or pregnancy.

2. Firm abdominal skin. A tummy tuck allows the surgeon to pull excess skin in a firm manner to achieve your tummy tuck goals. This will give your abdomen a more firm look once you are fully healed from the procedure.

3. Visible muscle tone. During the tummy tuck procedure, Dr. Mandell-Brown will tighten abdomen muscles with internal sutures. This is to help tighten weak muscles.

4. Flat abdomen. Tummy tucks also help achieve a flatter abdomen. During the procedure, along with tightening abdomen muscles, fat is removed as well as excess skin. This results in a flatter abdomen.

5. Youthful lower abdomen and navel. For a full tummy tuck, a new opening is made for the navel. Dr. Mandell-Brown takes his time recreating as natural a belly button as possible resulting in a more youthful navel and lower looking abdomen.

Dr. Mandell-Brown of Mandell-Brown Plastic Surgery Center is nationally recognized for his Natural Look results and has taught other doctors how to perform tummy tuck surgery. For more information, please call us at (513) 984-4700 or email us at

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Venus Legacy and liposuction could be seen as two different services that can achieve close to the same goal. However, both services are completely different from the actual procedure performed to recovery time. Why would someone choose one over the other? Dr. Mark Mandell-Brown of The Mandell-Brown Plastic Surgery Center explains the differences between the two.

Dr. Mandell-Brown, a well-known Cincinnati and Dayton plastic surgeon, provides both of these options to his patients. “It ultimately comes down to the patient and what he/she wants and does not want,” Dr. Mandell-Brown states in regards to recommending one procedure over another.

The Venus Legacy is a non-surgical procedure that uses radio frequency waves to generate heat that can be harnessed to not only tighten skin and reduce fat but to help cellulite and stretch marks. Liposuction on the other hand is a surgical procedure that suctions the fat out of those stubborn fat deposits.

“Venus Legacy is ideal for patients who prefer no down time and prefer a non-surgical approach. Liposuction is for patients who want more dramatic results with a few days (3) of down time,” says Dr. Mandell-Brown, Director of The Mandell-Brown Plastic Surgery Center.

He goes on to explain that there is more control with liposuction and we can see the fat as it is removed. Whereas the Venus Legacy, one is relying on the technology to ‘melt’ fat. “Venus Legacy is great for patients who can accept a 10%-35% improvement and liposuction is great for patients who want 70%-100% improvement. Major difference is the procedure itself: non-surgical vs. surgical,” says Dr. Mandell-Brown.

All in all, it comes down to the patient and what their goals are. It is important to consult with your plastic surgeon and talk about the pros and cons of each procedure.

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Another Frivolous Class Action Lawsuit – protecting the public or enriching themselves?

A large California Law Firm, Hagens Berman, filed a class action lawsuit against SkinMedica claiming the company unlawfully marketed Tissue Nutrient Systems (TNS) without proper safety information.
The law firm claims that SkinMedica did not properly research the safety of the tissue growth factors, a key ingredient in SkinMedica’s best selling product.
According to Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio plastic surgeon, Dr. Mark Mandell-Brown’s office has used the SkinMedica line of products for the past 6 years. “My family uses the skin care product, my staff uses the skin care products and I use the products.”  He added, “most patients can’t guess my age, 60, partially due to daily use of  SkinMedica.”
Just like the lawsuits in 1992 when the class action attorneys enriched themselves at the price of the patients, history repeats itself.  SkinMedica was recently acquired by Allergan, a very deep pocket company. Now the attorneys are attempting a financial windfall.

The breast implants, after 13 years of research, were found to be safe. “I am certain so will the TNS in SkinMedica,” proclaimed Dr. Mandell-Brown.

Where were the attorneys who were so interested in protecting the public when SkinMedica was a small skin care company? Nowhere. Now that they are owned by one of the largest cosmetic companies in the world, they see big dollar signs.
Sharon Sweitzer, office manager at The Mandell-Brown Plastic Surgery Center, stands by the SkinMedica line. “I think their skin care products are wonderful and their safety is beyond reproach.”

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