An abdominoplasty usually involves the removal of skin and fat from the area between the navel and pubic region of the patient. If the patient desires, it may be combined with liposuction of the abdomen, inferior breast regions, love handles, or hip rolls. Other areas are less commonly treated. Before the procedure, we’ll discuss with you the look you’re trying to achieve and review other options.
Once the tissue is removed, we tighten the muscles and advance the skin and fat from above the navel down to the pubic region to reconstruct the abdominal wall. The length of the transverse scar will depend upon the amount of tissue being removed; being much longer in patients who have lost significant weight, or have additional fat on the sides.
During the time surgery, if any herniae are discovered, they will be corrected. Drains may be placed at the discretion of the surgeon to help prevent fluid buildup behind the abdomen. An abdominal binder is usually worn when the patient is sitting or standing, for approximately 3 weeks. Some patients feel more comfortable wearing a mild, less restrictive compression garment for a few months following surgery.
Brachioplasty consists of the removal of extra skin and fat on the under surface of the arm (located between the elbow and armpit). In cases where there are only large fat deposits, liposuction may be an option. If there is significant excess skin, it often extends to the back fold of the armpit and upper part of the chest.
Remove localized deposits of fat with our liposuction procedure. Liposuction can improve the way you feel inside and out by removing the excess weight that your body is carrying you’ll feel better than ever.
This non-invasive procedure is done through multiple small incisions. Compression garments are usually worn for a week before the patient is able to wear more comfortable, less restrictive garments. Post-operative pain can occur, it’s easily managed with oral analgesics.
Lower Body Lift
Dramatic weight loss or natural aging can lead to excess skin, which inhibits mobility. A lower body lift surgery can be performed to remove the excess skin while improving the look of the buttocks, thighs, hips, and abdomen.
Medial Thigh Lift
Medial thigh lifts can be performed by removing skin and advancing the skin into the groin, but because of the weight of the thigh skin, it is usually only used if the excess is in the upper thigh. A medial thigh lift helps to eliminate wrinkles and improve the tone in the patient’s upper thigh area.
The most popular, current procedure is the removal of excess fat and skin which hangs on the medial (inner) thigh. An incision is made from the knee and extends to the groin. A perpendicular incision may be created from the buttock to the anterior pubic regions, which forms a “T.” Because the scar is located on the medial thigh, it is not significantly visible from the front or back.
Ear surgery is performed to improve the aesthetics of the patient’s ear by changing its shape, position, or proportions. The surgery can be performed on patients looking to correct an ear structure defect that has been visible since birth, or those whose ears have been misshapen due to injury.
During surgery on the breasts, when extensive skin is removed, occasionally, the incision extends laterally when there is a significant fold of skin extending onto the lateral side of the chest or onto the back. The procedure can be performed using local anesthesia, but patients usually prefer a general anesthetic. On rare occasions, if the insurance company paid for bariatric surgery, they may partially cover the charges for surgical treatment of excess skin in the arms, abdomen, or thighs. Because the scar is located on the inside, or backside, of the arm, it is usually not apparent in most positions.