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Dr. Ditto's Pre-Operative Tips for Weight Loss Surgery Success Jul 15th, 2018

Bariatric surgery is a lifestyle choice and requires lifestyle changes. Here are 10 tips you can start today to help increase your post-operative weight loss success!Tip #1Be mindful of your portion sizes Tip #2 Start reading food labels Tip #3 Explore protein supplementsTip #4 Practice eating slowly and chewing thoroughlyTip #5 Practice eating a 3 small meals...

Diet Before Weight Loss Surgery Apr 27th, 2018

Why Do I Need to Lose Weight Before My Bariatric Surgery? Patients often wonder if the goal of bariatric surgery is to help them lose weight, why they need to lose any before they undergo the surgery. The goal of dieting before weight loss surgery is shrink your liver and spleen,...

Sleeve Gastrectomy Apr 19th, 2018

Have you decided you need a lifestyle change? Is your health in danger and diet/exercise failing? A Sleeve Gastrectomy may be an option to discuss with your doctor. Your weight loss journey can begin today!Weight loss surgeries are designed to help people lose weight after previous attempts at weight loss...

Kybella Apr 9th, 2018

Treatment with Kybella may be right for you if you are unhappy with the look of small areas of excess fat or skin, such as those under your chin.  The product works by breaking down fat cells, which can reduce the size of those cells and result in a thinner, more...

Ear Lobe Repair Mar 23rd, 2018

Ear Lobe RepairThis is a cosmetic procedure to repair dilated, stretched, gauged or piercing pull throughs.  This proceduresurgically closes the opening returning the earlobe back to a natural size and position.   ​Who is a Good Candidate?Any age person with gauged, stretched or dilated ear lobesAny age person with piercings that...

Back Lift After Weight Loss Mar 7th, 2018

Back LiftLosing a significant amount of weight is a great accomplishment and a step towards a healthier, more active life. However, excess, sagging skin can present a new challenge, keeping patients from fully enjoying the benefits of their weight loss.  If you are burdened by extra back skin after losing weight,...

Go Gummy! Mar 2nd, 2018

Breast Augmentation​​Breast augmentation is a procedure in which implants are placed into the breast area, often to increase the size and improve the appearance of the breasts.  The implants are made of silicone or saline.  Additionally, implants may be placed on top or or under the muscle, and there are...

Can't lose it? Lipo it! Mar 1st, 2018

LiposuctionLiposuction surgery removes excess deposits of fat sculpting your body, eliminating unwanted pockets of exercise and diet- resistant fat from the hips, love handles, saddlebags, thighs, calves, knees, ankles, breasts (including male breasts), back, arms and neck. Liposuction is often combined with other procedures to create a desired shape and is one...

All About That Waist Feb 22nd, 2018

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)Tummy-tuck surgery tightens and reshapes the abdominal area, helping to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing, slimmer overall appearance. Having a flatter, firmer midsection can dramatically improve the way clothing fits and looks, helping you feel more confident and comfortable in your body. During the procedure, the abdominal muscles...

Gastric Bypass Feb 20th, 2018

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (Gastric Bypass)The gastric bypass is considered the ‘gold standard’ of weight loss surgery.​How Does It Work? There are two components to the procedure. First, a small stomach pouch, approximately one ounce or 30 milliliters in volume, is created by dividing the top of the stomach from the rest...

The Ins and Outs of a Facelift Feb 14th, 2018

Face Lift (Rhytidectomy)A facelift is the most comprehensive surgical option to treat facial wrinkles and sagging skin that occurnaturally as we age. Facelift surgery lifts sagging facial tissue at the level of the cheek bones down (aseparate procedure is required to address aging eyes and neck tissue), which often results in a...

Baby Got Back Feb 9th, 2018

Brazilian Butt LiftDespite a healthy weight and exercise regimen, many individuals natural body habitus simply does not allow them to create the rounded, lifted buttocks they desire.  A Brazilian butt lift is a specialized fat transfer procedure that augments the size and shape of the buttocks without implants. Excess fat is removed from...

Bariatric Surgery Feb 7th, 2018

Who Qualifies for Bariatric Surgery*1. BMI ≥ 40, or more than 100 pounds overweight.2. BMI ≥35 and at least one or more obesity-related co-morbidities such as type II diabetes (T2DM), hypertension, sleep apnea and other respiratory disorders, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, osteoarthritis, lipid abnormalities, gastrointestinal disorders, or heart disease.3. Inability...

Chin Augmentation Jan 31st, 2018

Chin Augmentation (Genioplasty)Chin augmentation surgery involves placing a permanent silicone implant along the lower border of the chin bone. To do this, a small incision is made under the chin in a natural crease, or sometimes inside the mouth. Chin implants come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and...

Will My Insurance Pay for This? Jan 28th, 2018

Will My Insurance Pay for This? One of the most common questions we get from patients is whether their procedure is going to be covered by their insurance.  The answer is the same whether you have visited us from here in Austin, San Antonio, Belton, Dallas, or anywhere else in...

Considering a Breast Reduction? Jan 24th, 2018

Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammoplasty)The goal of breast reduction surgery is to reduce the size of your breasts and reshape them so that they are proportionate to the rest of your body and are no longer a source of physical discomfort. This commonly requested, predictable procedure has the dual benefits of...

Fat Grafting and Injection Jan 19th, 2018

Facial Fat Transfer (Fat Grafting or Fat Injection)In a fat grafting procedure, Dr. Ditto will transfer excess fat from areas such as the outer thighs, hips, or stomach, and inject it into areas that may be lacking in volume, such as your cheeks, brows, and lips to create an overall...

Meet Ditto Surgical Jan 17th, 2018

Dr. Shey DittoDr. Shey Ditto is a general and cosmetic surgeon who also trained in bariatric surgery. He founded Ditto Surgical in 2017. He was born in a farming community in west Texas. He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas, and worked as an...

The Truth About Injectables: BOTOX Jan 8th, 2018

Q:        Does it hurt?A:        Depending upon your pain tolerance, you may find Botox uncomfortable. A 32 or 33 gauge needle, which is one of the smallest size Needles, is used to inject the medication. Most patients describe the sensation as a sting, or a pinprick. I’ve had it myself and...

Your Breasts After Breastfeeding: Do I Need a Breast Lift? Dec 26th, 2017

Your Breasts After Breastfeeding: Do I Need a Breast Lift? Have you noticed your breasts are not as perky as they were before you had your babies? The natural effects of pregnancy and breastfeeding such as hormonal changes, weight loss and gain, and the expansion and reduction of your breast...

What is A Gastric Sleeve? Dec 21st, 2017

 What is A Gastric Sleeve?  A gastric sleeve is an abdominal surgery, often performed on an outpatient basis, that can result in significant weight loss. The surgery is performed by removing approximately 65-80% of the stomach. The remaining stomach is formed into a tubular pouch that resembles a banana.How Does It...