Abdominoplasty (also called tummy tuck) helps to flatten and shape the abdomen and waist by removing excess fat and skin and tightening the rectus muscles (the 6-pack muscles). The best candidates according to Dr. Bershof, a 5280 Top Doctor include those who have abdominal wall weakness (pooch), such as from pregnancy, and those who have a burden of fat and excess skin of the lower tummy. The procedure can also be useful for women with stretched skin and stretched muscles after pregnancy but in whom there is no burden of fat.
The procedure takes approximately 3 hours and is performed with general anesthesia. Initial recovery, such as return to work usually takes 7-14 days depending on the nature of the work, with full recovery after several months. Although a longer recovery than other aesthetic procedures, an abdominoplasty is a very powerful procedure. With a balanced diet and regular exercise, results are long lasting. Abdominoplasty generally leave a permanent scar very low on the tummy between the hips, such as an extended C-section incision, but over time, it usually fades to a point that it is difficult to see, and is low enough to be hidden under certain clothes and bathing suits.
After substantial weight loss, weight gain or simply from the effects of aging, skin on the upper arms can become inelastic, loose and flabby. Arm lifts, also known as brachioplasty, remove that excess skin and fat, sometimes referred to as bat wings.
The most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the U.S., liposuction sculpts the body by removing undesirable fat that has not responded to diet and exercise, from areas such as the abdomen, waist, hips, buttock crease and thighs. Liposuction is not for weight loss. Usually performed under general anesthesia although occasionally under local anesthesia with IV sedation, the procedure can last anywhere from 1-2 hours to several hours, depending on the burden of fat and the number of areas being suctioned.
There are several different methods surgeons use when performing liposuction, including ultrasound-assisted lipectomy (UAL) and suction-assisted lipectomy (SAL). In both types, fluid is injected into the area to be treated. Then a tiny incision is made in as inconspicuous a place as possible, and a suction cannula (looks like a hollow knitting needle) is inserted and the fat aspirated out.
Mommy Makeovers are specially designed cosmetic procedures that can help you feel youthful and renewed after pregnancy and breast-feeding. We know that family comes first, but it's important for mommies to feel as good about themselves as they do about their growing families. Mommy Makeover procedures are variable and can include one or a combination of breast surgery, tummy surgery, and liposuction, addressing the cosmetic concerns of the mother, budget and recovery time constraints. A Mommy Makeover is an important step that can help you feel so much more confident about each exciting and challenging day.
A thigh lift, also called an inner or medial thigh left. is performed to remove excess skin and fat from the upper inner 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 other procedures such as liposuction, tummy tuck, breast augmentations, lifts or reductions, facelifts and even arm lifts.