• Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
• Body Lift
• Brachioplasty (Arm Surgery)
• Liposuction (Abdominal and Thigh)
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is a procedure to remove
excess skin and tighten the underlying muscles to give the stomach a flatter,
firmer, tighter appearance. Many women seek tummy tucks to ameliorate
the affects of pregnancy, which take an enormous toll on a woman's abdominal
area. Men and women alike want tummy tucks to improve the appearance of
a stomach that has been stretched and scarred with weight gain and loss.
There are several techniques for tummy tucks. The most
common involves an incision across the lower abdomen, just above the pubic
area but beneath the "bikini line" and another around the belly
button. The skin is repositioned and sutured tightening the muscles, provides
a stronger abdominal wall, and makes the waist smaller.
Abdominoplasty generally takes 2-3 hours. Surgery is
performed in a surgeon's office, medical facility, or hospital under local
anesthesia with sedation. Patients often stay overnight.
The purpose of the body lift is to remove excess skin
and fat from the sides and the back of the body, with main emphasis on
the mid body region, including the abdomen, hips, thighs and buttocks.
It is an extension of abdominoplasty. Many women find that, especially
after pregnancy, they have skin and fatty excess and that their skin has
been overstretched and body toning has been lost.
The body lift procedure begins by lifting skin from
the underlying tissues. Muscles are then tightened and stitched while
excess fat is removed. The skin is then sutured closed. When necessary,
the navel will be removed and replaced. Sometimes, surgical tubes are
required for a few days after surgery to drain fluids and patients should
wear compression garments for a few weeks to assist the healing process.
Body lift surgery is a very involved process, usually
taking 6 to 8 hours. Hospitalization following the surgery usually lasts
for 5 days with a subsequent recovery period of 3 to 4 weeks. Although
there is an investment of time and effort for this procedure, the results
A formal consultation is required before surgery in
order to determine whether liposuction, abdominoplasty, or the body lift
is the most appropriate procedure for each patient.
Brachioplasty (Arm Surgery)
Brachioplasty is a surgery for those who wish to remove
loose, saggy skin and fat on their arms. Having loose and flabby arms
is a common side effect of weight fluctuation and the effects of aging.
Certain patients may wish to combine brachioplasty with liposuction. The
biggest drawback of brachioplasty is scarring from the armpit to the inner
Brachioplasty begins with a surgeon making zigzagging
incisions on the upper arm in order to remove fat and excess skin. Afterwards,
the skin is stretched and sewn together. Depending on the surgery technique
being used, 1 to 2 weeks after surgery drains and stitches may need to
Brachioplasty typically is a 1 to 2 hour long surgery
performed with general anesthesia or sedation in at your doctor’s
office or in a outpatient hospital. You are likely to receive 2 to 5 days
of prescription medication to help relieve mild to moderate levels of
pain. Bandages will be removed after 1 to 7 days. You may be advised to
wear compression garments. Although most patients are back at work within
1 to 2 weeks, it can take 2 to 6 weeks to recover. It is advised that
exercise be resumed after 2 weeks. It should be noted that final results
can be seen after the scars have matured about 6 months after surgery.
Liposuction (Abdominal and Thigh)
Liposuction is a technique developed to remove stubborn
fat deposits from the abdomen or thighs that don't respond to dieting
and exercise. The fat that is removed is gone forever, resulting in a
permanent recontouring of the body. This can offer a new shape for people
who never thought it was possible and allowing for greater comfort and
Liposuction starts with a small incision in the umbilicus
or near the pubis for abdominal work, or near the buttock crease for thigh
liposuction. A thin, smooth, hollow, blunt, surgical suction rod is inserted
and connected to a vacuum. The vacuum removes the unwanted fat, leaving
the skin, muscle, nerves and blood vessels intact. The surgeon then carefully
sculpts the area into a new, improved contour.
Surgery generally lasts 1-2 hours per area and is performed
in the surgeon's office or medical facility. The procedure is commonly
performed with local anesthetic supplemented with light sedation. The
risks associated with liposuction are minimal.