Abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a
removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen and tightens the abdominal wall muscles. The best candidates have pockets of fat or loose skin that haven’t responded well to diet and exercise. Women with stretched or pooched abdominal areas due to previous pregnancies can also benefit considerably from abdominoplasty, although they should have completed their childbearing.
Individuals who have had weight loss or have experience excess skin from aging can experience dramatic improvement in their abdominal area. The procedure can potentially reduce or even eliminate a protruding abdomen, especially in the thin patient who has little abdominal fat and works out frequently. It is important to let potential patients know that a tummy tuck will leave a permanent scar stretching between the hips low on the abdomen, although this should be very low and easy to cover with a swim suit or underwear.
Brachioplasty is surgically recontouring the arms. The procedure is usually reserved for the patients who have excess arm skin that hangs from the upper arm, especially after major weight loss. Two types of brachioplasty are performed in our office. The hidden incision technique hides the scar under the arm in the armpit, but results in only a moderate improvement to the arm contour. The traditional incisions run from the elbow to armpit along the arm and although easy to see with short-leaved shirts, can make a dramatic improvement in the arm contour.
We attempt to hide the incisions as much as possible by putting them on the inside and backside of the arm. Patients who have this incision are willing to forego an incision for an improvement in the hanging skin which follows every move of their arm.
Liposuction, or surgical removal of fat by suction using fine cannulaes, is now one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures. Also known as “lipoplasty” or “suction lipectomy”, liposuction sculpts the body by removing undesirable fat from areas around the thighs, buttocks, waistline, hips, abdomen, back, chin, neck and upper arms.
The tumescent technique and the super-wet technique are among the various techniques used to provide precise results. 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.