May Is Mom’s Month … Time for a Mommy Makeover!

We’re continuing our celebration of moms all throughout May. They sacrifice so much for us and do so willingly, but one unfortunate thing many moms have given up is the body they used to love. Don’t despair, moms. We can help restore your pre-baby body with a Mommy Makeover. Wonderful children and a sexy body, too—who says you can’t have it all?

Has Pregnancy Changed Your Body?

Being a mom is filled with sacrifices, but your body doesn’t have to be one of them. Many women experience unwanted changes to their body and appearance during pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding, including:

  • Breast Changes– The breasts may become larger or smaller and often develop sagging.
  • Unwanted Fat Deposits– Hormone changes can lead to stubborn fat pockets in areas like the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, etc.
  • Stretch Marks– Stretch marks are common after pregnancy due to the quick expansion of the abdomen.
  • Loose Abdominal Skin– Abdominal skin and muscles can be stretched out, resulting in a post-baby belly that is difficult to tighten up, even when you return to your pre-pregnancy weight.
  • Changes to Genitalia– Changes to the labia and vagina are common. Some women experience discomfort, especially during exercise.

If pregnancy changed your body, a Mommy Makeover may be able to reverse some of those changes. Say goodbye to post-baby belly and sagging breasts!

Is My Mommy Makeover Customized to My Needs?

A Mommy Makeover is highly customizable, designed to meet your unique needs and desires. During your consultation, we’ll examine your body, discuss your goals, and offer treatment recommendations. We may recommend procedures like breast augmentation, a breast lift, a tummy tuckliposuction, etc. These surgeries can often be combined, reducing the amount of time you’ll need to spend in recovery.

Everyone should love their bodies—especially mothers! Schedule your Mommy Makeover consultation today by calling 540-371-7730.

Listen to Dr. Howard Heppe and Dr. Harold Bautista on eHealth Radio!

Dr. Howard Heppe and Dr. Harold Bautista, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg located in Fredericksburg, Virginia again joins eHealth Radio and the Plastic Surgery Information Channel. They discuss how you can get summer ready with liposuction or a tummy tuck.
Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guests Dr. Howard Heppe and Dr. Harold Bautista discuss the following:

  • What are your recommendations for someone who is trying to get their body ready for summer?
  • What is liposuction? What is a tummy tuck?
  • What are reasons someone would choose liposuction over a tummy tuck or vice versa?
  • What do the liposuction and tummy tuck procedures entail? What is recovery like?
  • What are common concerns with liposuction and a tummy tuck?

Rejuvenate for Summer with Specials on Breast Augmentation & More

Summer’s coming in hot—is your body ready? Get your last-minute summer prep done while saving money with our current specials. Hurry in, as these deals are available for a limited time. Call 540-371-7730 today and reserve your savings.

Gorgeous Summer Curves Ahead – Savings on Breast Augmentation

Do you feel a bit lacking in a bikini top? If you’d like to fill your suit out a bit more, we can help. Breast augmentation can increase the size and perfect the shape of your breasts. Breast augmentation currently starts at just $4,750. This special price can’t be combined with other savings or specials. Surgery must be performed by May 31st to take advantage of this pricing.

Whether you’ve lost breast volume after pregnancy, have always wanted bigger breasts, or want to correct asymmetry, breast augmentation can make your bikini dreams come true. You’re going to love how you look this summer!

Get Surgery and Save 50% at Our MedSpa

Get plastic surgery this summer and you can enjoy a procedure in our MedSpa at a 50% discount. Ask about lymphatic massage to speed healing after your facelift, or come in for a pampering facial after your tummy tuck. This special only applies to services, not products. The maximum discount is $50.

Thinking About Plastic Surgery this Summer? Get a Free Consultation.

If you’re thinking about summertime plastic surgery, hurry in for a free consultation. We are currently offering free consultations with our board certified plastic surgeons. Ask questions and get personalized advice. We can strategize with you to determine which procedures can help you meet your goals. You still have time for last minute liposuction before summer. Call today!

Refer a Friend and Save!

We hope you enjoy your experience at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg. When you do, share with a friend. You will receive a $200 (two hundred dollar) credit for each new patient that you refer who has $2000 (two thousand dollars) or more of cosmetic surgery performed at our practice (limit of $1000.00 total credit). You can use these credits on surgery, services, and products for up to one year. Help your friends to look their best.

A gorgeous summer starts now!

Get Started on Your Summer Body – Ask Us About Liposuction!

The weather’s heating up—summer will be here before we know it. As we all know, this means it’ll be bathing suit season! If you want gorgeous curves or washboard abs this summer, now’s the time to think about liposuction. Coming in at #2 on the list of the most popular cosmetic procedures last year, liposuction can transform your body and turn ordinary into extraordinary.

How Can Liposuction Help Me Achieve My Ideal Body?

Many people mistakenly believe that liposuction is a weight loss treatment. If you need to lose large amounts of weight, lipo isn’t the answer. This treatment is actually best suited to patients who are close to their ideal weight, but with stubborn fat pockets and unwanted bulges.

Liposuction uses suction to remove this unwanted fat and, in turn, to sculpt and perfect the body. It is a great option for treating areas from head to toe, including:

  • Abdominal Area
  • Double Chin
  • Love Handles
  • Saddle Bags
  • Muffin Top
  • Neck
  • Bra Back Fat Rolls
  • Ankles
  • Buttocks
  • Hips and Upper Thighs
  • Upper Arms

Once fat cells are removed, they don’t regenerate. Although you can still gain weight, this weight gain is typically concentrated in other areas. We recommend combining liposuction with a good diet and lots of exercise to maintain your perfect new shape.

I Want a Gorgeous Body in Time for Summer. When Do I Need Liposuction?

If you want perfect curves in time for summer, hurry in for liposuction. Although the recovery period is typically just a few days, it can take time for swelling and bruising to fully resolve after treatment. Plan on getting liposuction in the spring if you want results by summer.

I’ve Heard You Offer SmartLipo. Tell Me More!

In addition to traditional liposuction, we also offer SmartLipo, a revolutionary body contouring treatment that melts fat cells and firms the overlying skin. This treatment is ideal for areas that need skin tightening in addition to fat removal. We can help you choose the best liposuction treatment for your body.

Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures, and for good reason. Who doesn’t want a gorgeously sculpted body? Call 540-371-7730 and schedule your consultation today!

Considering Male Breast Reduction? Here’s What You Need to Know.

Breasts are an asset on women but can cause anguish for men. Men that suffer from gynecomastia, or excess breast tissue, are often embarrassed by their condition. They may slump their shoulders or avoid taking their shirt off in public. This condition is common (up to 60% of men will have it at some point in their lifetime) but, fortunately, highly correctable. If you have male breasts, come in and discuss your options. Male breast reduction surgery can increase your confidence and help you to love your body.

What Causes Gynecomastia?

There is no known cause for overdeveloped breast tissue in men, although there is some correlation to various drugs and medical conditions. Hormonal imbalance may also be a factor in this condition. It can occur at any age, but is more common in teens and adult men over 50. At any age, gynecomastia can take a heavy toll on self-esteem.

What Are My Treatment Options for Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is common but also easily treated. Male breast reduction can be performed to remove the excess tissue and restore a masculine appearance to your chest. We use a few different techniques to achieve the reduction, and these depend on your anatomy. We can discuss the best options for your body during your consultation. The procedures mentioned below typically yield excellent results.

  • Liposuction- Liposuction uses suction to remove fat cells. A small incision is made through which a cannula is placed. Suction is then applied to remove the fat and sculpt the area. Finally, the incision is closed. We offer several different types of liposuction and will select the best option for your condition.
  • Surgical Removal of Glandular Tissue- If glandular tissue is present, we may recommend surgical excision to remove the unwanted tissue. During this procedure, incisions are made, tissue is extracted, and the area is reshaped. Excess skin can also be removed as necessary.
  • A Combination of Both Treatments- Some patients will benefit from both options for male breast reduction.

I Want a More Masculine Appearance. What’s My Next Step?

If you’re ready to explore male breast reduction, call our offices at 540-371-7730 to schedule a consultation. We’ll carefully examine your body and make recommendations to improve the appearance of your chest area. This is an excellent opportunity to ask questions and to learn more about the procedure. Call us today and schedule your consultation.

How To Combat Holiday Weight Gain Infographic

While the fun and festivities of the holiday season are over, you may be leftover with some unwanted weight gain. Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg can help you achieve the body you desire with a few surgical or non-surgical body contouring options. In this infographic that outlines how to combat holiday weight gain, Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg details procedures including Tummy Tuck, Liposuction, and SmartLipo to help you achieve a new body in the new year. For more information, contact us here.

Winter and Plastic Surgery: The Best Treatments to Get NOW!

Winter is an ideal time for plastic surgery. While you can achieve stunning results any time of the year, many patients find that the recovery is easier when the weather cools down. Take advantage of the winter weather and book your next cosmetic treatment with Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg. You’ll love your results whether you opt for surgery in the winter or the summer. If you have surgery now, you will be ready for next summer and bathing suit season.

Which procedures are best in the winter? Let’s take a peek at a few of our top picks for winter.

Breast Augmentation

Be bikini ready by summer with breast augmentation this winter. If you want to increase your breast volume, breast augmentation is the surgery for you. This procedure pairs nicely with a breast lift if you need to correct any breast sagging.

Why is breast augmentation better in the winter? It takes time to achieve your final results and winter surgery gets you ready for the big reveal when summer hits.


If you want a hot summer body, winter is the time to think about lipo. Liposuction shapes and sculpts the body by removing stubborn, unwanted fat cells. This procedure is a great option for love handles, belly fat, saddlebags, double chins, etc.

Why should you consider winter liposuction? After treatment you’ll need to wear a compression garment for several weeks. The extra layer of clothes during the summer can be uncomfortable but, during the winter, you’re already bundled up. Expect some swelling, especially in the first weeks after surgery. You’ll be grateful for bulky clothing to help hide any swelling that does occur. Lipo now … gorgeous body later!


Rediscover a younger looking you with a facelift. This procedure removes excess skin and fat and retightens facial muscles. One surgery can help you look up to 10 years younger.

Winter is a prime time for facelift surgery. A perk of a winter facelift? Hats and scarves are the perfect way to hide incisions and bruising as you heal.

If you’re thinking about plastic surgery, winter is a good time to take the plunge. Call 540-371-7730 today and schedule your appointment to take advantage of winter’s plastic surgery benefits.

Goodbye, Belly Fat – What Are My Body Contouring Options?

Got belly fat? If you dream of a flat, tight stomach but find yourself with something a bit squishier, come to Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg. Our body contouring treatments can banish your belly fat and leave you with the body you’ve always wanted. Call today and learn more.

Will Body Contouring Help Me?

Are you close to your ideal weight, but far from your ideal body? Body contouring treatments aren’t designed for weight loss but, if you’re within a few pounds of your desired weight, they can help you achieve your dream body. These treatments remove stubborn fat (the kind that won’t even budge with diet and exercise) and tighten up loose skin to create your ideal body shape.

Body contouring might be right for you if:

  • You are close to your desired weight.
  • You have stubborn belly fat (or fat pockets in other areas).
  • You have stretched out or loose skin.
  • You want a flat, tight stomach.

Body Contouring Treatments for Belly Fat

If you have belly fat, we have body contouring treatments available. If you have unwanted, stubborn fat in other areas, call us for treatment recommendations. Keep reading to learn more.

  • Liposuction- Stubborn fat can seem impossible to get rid of. Neither diet nor exercise seem to help. One option that is very effective is liposuction. This treatment permanently removes fat cells for a sculpted look. If you have belly fat, liposuction can eliminate it.
  • SmartLipo- For many patients with belly fat, we recommend SmartLipo. This treatment combines the benefits of liposuction with skin tightening, an excellent option if you’ve lost some of the elasticity in your abdomen area (very common after weight loss or pregnancy). Laser energy is used to liquefy fat cells before removal. This makes removal easier and has the added benefit of causing collagen to contract for skin tightening.
  • Tummy Tuck- Tighten up that tummy with a tummy tuck. This surgery removes excess fat, skin, and tissue in the abdominal area and re-tightens muscle. Many women opt for a tummy tuck after they’ve finished having children to restore their belly to its pre-baby form. It’s also an excellent option for men and women who have lost a lot of weight.

Banish belly fat for good. Body contouring can help you discover that elusive flat stomach. Call 540-371-7730 today and schedule your consultation at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg.

Party Perfect After Plastic Surgery: How Long Does It Take?

As we roll into the busy holiday season many patients wonder and worry about recovery times. How soon before an important holiday party can you schedule plastic surgery? Will you have healed enough to celebrate with family and friends this year? Here is a go to guide that can give you a better idea of how long it takes to go from plastic surgery to party perfect. Call us today at 540-371-7730 and schedule your pre-holiday cosmetic treatments.

Breast Augmentation

Gorgeous holiday curves are on the way. If you’re preparing for breast augmentation plan on being able to return to normal activities, including most holiday parties, in just a few days. You may have some soreness (be careful with hugs), but as long as you’re careful and not doing strenuous exercise, you should be fine.


Say goodbye to stubborn fat this holiday season. Liposuction can eliminate those diet and exercise resistant fat pockets. Usually a patient can return to work in 3 days, but you can have bruising and swelling for a few weeks after treatment. To minimize recovery times, consider SmartLipo since bruising and inflammation generally resolve within a week helping you get party perfect sooner.

Tummy Tuck

For many men and women the gift of a flat stomach is the only thing on their Christmas list this year. A tummy tuck can help you once again achieve this goal.  After a tummy tuck we encourage our patients to begin walking the same day.  Usually patients can be back to work in 5 to 7 days, but may want 2 weeks before an important holiday event.  If you are close to your ideal weight, a mini-tummy tuck may be all you need.  Patients generally recover from this procedure more quickly.


Turn back the clock and look like you did at Christmas 10 years ago with a facelift. Many of our patients are surprised to find that facelift recovery isn’t as difficult as they expected. You will probably having some bruising and swelling for 2-3 weeks. Surprise everyone with a younger looking you this holiday season.

Tips for Attending Holiday Parties After Plastic Surgery

The holidays are a great time for plastic surgery, but it is important to take care of yourself in the weeks following surgery. As you attend holiday parties make sure to take your surgeon’s instructions into account. Avoid or limit alcohol as instructed and don’t smoke. As you recover, you’ll need extra rest. Take it easy this holiday season and enjoy a gorgeous new you!

Schedule your pre-holiday treatments now and look party perfect by New Year’s (or sooner).

I Want to Get Ready for Summer … What Are My Options?

Looking gorgeous all summer long doesn’t just happen by chance. It takes a bit of preparation. If you want to look amazing this summer, now’s the time to come on in and see us. We’ve offer a variety of procedures (both surgical and non-surgical) to get ready for summer from head to toe. Call us today and book your appointment.


If stubborn fat is getting in the way of your ideal bikini body, liposuction might be the solution. This procedure suctions away stubborn fat permanently. Liposuction works great on the abdomen, thighs, love handles, and buttocks (and many other areas too) for a beach ready body.

We offer several different types of liposuction including tumescent liposuction and laser assisted SmartLipo.  Come see if liposuction is right for you.

Breast Surgery

Would you like bigger breasts? Have you lost breast volume after pregnancy? Are you starting to sag? We offer a variety of breast surgeries to get your body ready for swimsuit season. Breast augmentation is consistently one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures and can even be combined with other breast surgeries (like a breast lift). Think of how good you’ll look this summer with a larger bikini top.

Male Breast Reduction

Enlarged breast tissue in males (gynecomastia) is an embarrassing and surprisingly common condition. Men with gynecomastia often avoid taking off their shirts (hard to do when you’re lounging by the pool) due to embarrassment over their physique. Male breast reduction can help men to regain their confidence and achieve their ideal body by removing the excess tissue. We often use liposuction and surgical removal of glandular tissue to restore a masculine shape and create a flatter, smoother chest. We can work with you to create a surgical plan specific to your needs.

Permanent Makeup

Are you sick of your makeup coming off every time you jump in the pool? This summer, look great, even when you’re wet, with permanent makeup.  This procedure implants pigment into the dermal layer of the skin using a specialized rotary pen. The results last for years. This procedure is a great option for enhancing the lips and the eyes without the need for daily makeup application.

Chemical Peel

Summer means a lot of time without makeup. Let’s get your skin looking radiant. A chemical peel can remove dead skin cells, allowing the fresh skin underneath to shine through. This treatment is great for evening out skin tone, fighting fine lines, and dealing with problem skin. It’s very safe and effective.

Are you ready for summer? Come try one (or more) of these procedures and have your most beautiful summer yet. Call Plastic Surgery Services today for your complimentary consultation at 540-371-7730!