What’s it really like to have a cosmetic procedure like a tummy tuck, breast lift, or liposuction, and what should you ask a surgeon to help you decide? Why are some of the criticisms of plastic surgery outdated? And can cosmetic procedures and body positivity co-exist? In this episode I talk with Terri Zomerlei, MD, from the Centre for Plastic Surgery in Grand Rapids, MI. We dig in what to think (and ask!) about when considering having a cosmetic procedure, some of the procedures she performs most often on women in their 40s and 50s, and what you can do to increase the chances you’ll stay safe during and after the procedure – and be satisfied with the results.
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A West Michigan native, Terri A. Zomerlei, MD joined the Centre for Plastic Surgery in 2019 following her many years of medical experience, education and training. After practicing as a PA in the field of General Surgery for several years, Dr. Zomerlei pursued her dream of practicing as a physician and attended Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.
Dr. Zomerlei has developed a reputation for providing exceptional patient care and being a meticulous and conscientious surgeon. She has presented her work at multiple forums and national meetings and is an established author- having published numerous book chapters and articles. She recently published a book chapter on abdominoplasties and liposuction in Grabbe and Smith, the gold standard text in the field of plastic surgery. Dr. Zomerlei is an enthusiastic teacher who loves the opportunity to educate patients and residents alike.
A self-proclaimed Lake Michigan aficionado, Dr. Z enjoys spending time at the lakeshore with her husband, daughters and lazy Great Danes.