Abdominoplasty ("Tummy Tuck")
Generally referred to as a "tummy tuck", abdominoplasty removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen.
The improvement in contour can be quite dramatic. Many patients say that they have many more clothing and bathing suit options after the procedure, that their clothes fit better, and that they feel more confident overall.
The procedure helps to improve the contour of the abdomen and to narrow the waist by tightening the abdominal muscles. Women that have stretched abdominal areas, due to previous pregnancies or weight gain, can benefit considerably from abdominoplasty.
Women that are concerned about abdominal fat or loose skin, which does not respond to diet and exercise, are good candidates for abdominoplasty. Most women can potentially reduce or even eliminate a protruding abdomen with the procedure. Abdominoplasty will produce a permanent scar, which can possibly extend to both sides of your hips, depending on the amount of loose skin the patient has. The scar will likely be located below the bikini line and is easily covered with the latest styles in swimwear and undergarments. With our scar treatment plan, caring for your incision will be simple, with the goal being a thin, flat incision, which will fade over time.
A "modified" abdominoplasty or mini-abdominoplasty can sometimes be performed when the full procedure is not required, usually resulting in a shorter incision line.
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Liposuction (All Techniques)
Now among the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures, liposuction (also known as "lipoplasty" or "suction lipectomy") sculpts the body by removing undesirable fat from areas around the thighs, knees, buttocks, waist, hips, abdomen, chin, cheeks, neck and upper arms.
For some areas that are more difficult to treat, such as the back, flanks, male breasts, and others, we sometimes utilize a Power-Assisted technique (PAL), which helps break down and emulsify the fatty tissue. This technique generally produces better results in those areas.
Liposuction is not a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise, but the procedure can eliminate areas of fat that are unresponsive to typical weight loss methods.
In many cases, Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL) can greatly enhance your results. This advanced technology is more effective, yet gentler on the tissues. This allows us not only to treat the difficult areas more effectively, but also to treat the more delicate areas, such as the neck and inner thighs. with a gentler sculpting touch, achieving results that are clearly superior to traditional liposuction techniques.
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Brachioplasty (Arm Reduction)
Brachioplasty is surgically recontouring the arms. The procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia.
Excessive skin is removed, sometimes in conjunction with a liposuction procedure to remove fat from the arms. For removal of large amounts of skin, an incision is required that runs from near the elbow to the armpit. The incision is placed in the most inconspicuous location (inner arm toward the back), but some scarring may always be visible. More moderate skin removal is sometimes possible with a smaller incision, which is limited to the armpit area, in an effort to make the incision less noticeable.
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A "lifting" of the entire trunk (abdomen, flanks, and back) and sometimes of the buttocks and thighs, is sometimes needed, especially after large amounts of weight loss. Excessive skin and loose tissue is removed, and the contour is improved by "lifting and tightening" in a circumferential fashion.
This is usually an extensive procedure that requires general anesthesia and a more involved recovery period than other standard body contouring procedures. The rewards of the procedure can be great: completing the process following weight loss and restoring improved contour.
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A thigh lift is performed to remove excess skin and fat from the upper legs. Candidates typically suffer from loose, inelastic skin after extreme weight loss due to diet, exercise or bariatric surgery. Because of this, the procedure is often combined with others such as breast lift, face lift or arm lift to retain an attractive body proportion.
In a medial thigh lift (inner thigh lift), the surgical incision is made in the inner thigh along the line where the leg meets the groin. In a lateral thigh lift (outer thigh lift), the incision is made from the groin around the back of the body, so that the buttocks are lifted along with the thigh.
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Regardless of how strenuously you diet and exercise, those unsightly bulges around the abdomen, buttocks and thighs often will not disappear. Through our artistic body sculpture technique, we can enhances your body's natural definition as a sculptor creates a fine work of art. We utilizes the tumescent method and is certified in Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction, the most advanced liposuction technique.
There are several different methods we use when performing liposuction, including tumescent liposuction and ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL). In all types a tiny incision is made in as inconspicuous a place as possible. A cannula (small tube) is inserted and moved back-and-forth beneath the skin, breaking up the fat layer and suctioning it out. Tumescent liposuction uses fluid injection, which facilitates fat removal, reduces blood loss, provides anesthesia during and after surgery, and helps to reduce the amount of bruising after surgery. UAL liquefies fat with ultrasonic energy and is highly precise.
After surgery, drainage tubes, compression garments and antibiotics may be needed to facilitate the healing process. Patients are encouraged to walk as soon as they are able and many return to work within a few days, although strenuous activity should be avoided for about a month. Results are visible immediately, though improvement may continue as swelling subsides during the first three months. Scars are small and inconspicuous. Other irregularities in appearance are possible, such as asymmetric or "baggy" skin, numbness and pigmentation changes.
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