Sometimes, our bodies just do not respond to diet and exercise the way we want them to. Cosmetic plastic surgery procedures can reshape many areas by removing excess fat and skin and toning muscle. Below are some of the procedures we perform for body contouring.
High Tension Lateral Abdominoplasty ("Tummy Tuck")
A high lateral tension abdominoplasty combines the effects of a tummy tuck and a lateral thigh lift without the need to undergo an extensive body lift. The resulting scar is a little longer and is located slightly higher up the abdomen than the scar created by a regular abdominoplasty.
This is ideal for the patient who has skin rolls that extend around towards the lower back.
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Tummy Tuck with Liposuction
Tummy tuck with liposuction is a surgical procedure which reduces unwanted fatty deposits in the abdomen. This body contouring procedure can help give the patient a desired tapered waist or flatter abdomen. It is also helpful in men who are trying to shed their "love handles".
Generally, tummy tuck with liposuction works best for patients without significant skin excess, who have localized deposits of unwanted fat.
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Liposuction (Lipoplasty/Suction Lipectomy)
The most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the U.S. today, liposuction sculpts the body by removing undesirable fat from areas of the body such as the abdomen, waist, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, chin, cheeks, neck and upper arms that have not responded to diet and exercise. Local anesthesia or general anesthesia may be used and can last anywhere from one to five hours depending on the amount of fat being removed.
There are several different methods surgeons use when performing liposuction, including tumescent liposuction, the super-wet technique, 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 and super-wet liposuction use 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.
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