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Here is a listing of some of the procedures that we offer:

Liposuculpture
Abdominoplasty
Full-abdominoplasty
Mini-abdominoplasty
Liposuction with abdominoplasty
Muscle tightening
Abdominal liposculpture
Brachioplasty / Arm lift/tightening
Thigh Lift
Calfplasty
Autologous fat transfer
Bariatric Surgery Corrections
A variety of operations can help correct excess tissue following massive weight loss
Aging hands (Microderm)
Fat transfer for aging

Abdominoplasty:

“Tummy tuck” is the common name for an abdominoplasty. This operation may includes all or some of the following:

1. Remove excess abdominal skin
2. Contour/shape the abdomen into a more pleasing appearance
3. Removal of excess fat deposits by liposuction
4. Tighten abdominal muscles

The operation is customized for the individual patient as each person is different, with a different set of problems. The typical patient is a woman who has had children and has stretched and excess skin, or is a person who has lost a lot of weight, and has excessive skin. In this situation there is often a lot of excessive skin and the incision will be longer, and is some cases we might need to excise excess all the way around the back as well (Belt lipectomy). Men can also be candidates. Abdominoplasty is very popular as it produces excellent improvements, as long as you are happy to live with the side effects (see below).

Liposuction alone

This may be all that is needed if you have little skin excess, good skin tone/elasticity, and are wanting to get rid of diet resistant fat deposits. (Liposuction is not a form of weight control. It is best to diet away the excess fat as much as you can before undergoing liposuction.)

Mini-Abdominoplasty

In some patients the skin excess is all in the lower abdomen, above the pubis, and they may be suitable for a lesser operation, with a shorter scar and quicker recovery. This can be combined with liposuction if necessary.

The Scar

Usually a significant skin excision is required, and this will leave you with a scar just above the pubis. We try to place the scar so that it will be covered by your panties or bathing suit: this involves adjusting where we excise the skin. If you have a lot of skin excess, you will have one long horizontal scar. If there is less skin excess you may have a vertical scar of varying length below your umbilicus. There is a scar around the umbilicus as we have to keep the its correct position on your tummy.

Side Effects

Every surgery has side effects that are part and parcel of the surgery. A side effect is not caused by something going wrong, it is simply part of the operation. Abdominoplasty side effects are the scars, and loss of sensation to varying degrees below the umbilicus. The scar is almost never exactly symmetrical, as there is always a differential stretch and tension and healing on each side. We do however attempt to get it as symmetrical as possible.

Recovery

This depends on the extent of the surgery – a mini-abdominoplasty and liposuction have relatively quick recoveries. When sutures are used to tighten abdominal muscles the recovery is more significant, and it may take up to 3 months before you feel back to normal. Most patients are quite uncomfortable for 2-3 weeks, and then gradually improve over time.