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.
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Many women and men find it very difficult to loose weight or firm up the abdominal area. Common complaints are that the belly area is the last and hardest area to improve despite efforts to tone this area with diet and exercise. Abdominoplasty is a very common procedure performed to contour the abdominal area. Candidates for abdominoplasty typically suffer from loose (inelastic) skin on the abdomen as a result of age, childbearing or significant weight loss due to diet, exercise or bariatric surgery. During this procedure, an incision is made along the lower waist, usually below the panty line to allow for removal of excess skin and fat. There are usually drains placed at the time of surgery to allow for removal of fluid that may collect under the skin. These are easily removed after surgery during a follow up office visit.
During this procedure, tightening of lax abdominal muscles (rectus diastasis repair) is also typically performed. This is similar to an internal corset that results in further contouring of the abdomen. Liposuction is also typically included to improve contour along the waist area.
Most patients feel tired and sore after surgery, and are typically able to go home the same day of their procedure. This usually improves daily and is minimal within a few days following surgery. Patients are encouraged to walk immediately following surgery, but are restricted in their activity for the first 2 to 3 weeks. Many patients return to full activity within 4 to 6 weeks.
There are usually few stitches that need to be removed, and you should expect to be seen within a week following surgery. Any post-operative pain, swelling and sensitivity will diminish over the first few weeks.
Scars from abdominoplasty incisions are typically hidden below the panty line, will begin to fade in a few months and will continue to fade for months or years.
Complications following abdominoplasty surgery are uncommon and usually minimal. They may include fluid collections (seroma), swelling and pain, infection and bleeding. Dr. Callahan will schedule you for follow up appointments to monitor your healing progress.
This procedure is less invasive than other surgeries and is performed on various areas of the body to improve shape and contour thru very small (less than a half inch) incisions. This procedure is usually done on patients who wish to improve the contour of areas with excess fat, but have good skin tone – typically without stretch marks. This procedure has a much faster recovery time than more invasive procedures and allows you to return to normal activity within a few days. Pain is usually minimal, and bruising resolves quickly. There are several different methods of performing liposuction (power assisted, ultrasonic, laser, etc.) each having different risks and benefits.
This new and powerful technique allows your plastic surgeon to remove fat from areas you don’t want it, and move it to areas you that you want to enhance. Truly a win – win situation for the patient! With this surgical procedure, fat is harvested from your own body and is immediately transferred to areas such as the face, breast and buttocks. Fat grafting is a minimally invasive procedure, causes little discomfort and the results are long lasting. This may be done under general anesthesia or sedation depending on the area of the body and amount of fat required.
Also called belt lipectomy or torsoplasty, the circumferential body lift is performed to remove excess skin and fat from the torso (back and front). Candidates for body lifts typically suffer from loose (inelastic) skin on many or most areas of the body as a result of age, childbearing or significant weight loss due to diet, exercise or bariatric surgery. Because of this, the procedure is often combined with others such as breast lifts, arm lifts and liposuction to retain a proper body proportion. Body lifts tighten and tone the abdomen, back, buttocks and hip areas. During the procedure, skin is lifted from underlying tissue, muscles are tightened and stitched and fat is removed where necessary, and the skin is sutured closed. The navel is often removed and replaced in its new position. Surgical tubes may be needed for a few days to drain any fluid, and patients may need to wear compression garments for a few weeks to facilitate faster healing. After surgery, patients are encouraged to walk as soon as they are able, strenuous activities must be limited for about a month. Results are visible immediately.
Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)
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. Patients who have significant amounts of fat may want to consider combining the procedure with liposuction. Incisions are usually hidden along the inner arm. This allows patients to wear sleeveless clothing as scars are out of view.