Plastic Surgery Body Procedures

“My body is a bulletin board, transmitting my condition.”

T. Guillemets

“What do you want to transmit?”

C. Reeder

You take pride on your appearance, and work at staying fit. And for the most part, you do a good job. You eat well. You get your rest. You fit exercise into your busy schedule. You have succeeded in losing that last five pounds, and in toning up. Yet there are some areas that don’t respond quite as well as the others, and you get surprised when you turn around and look in the mirror. That is not the you that you see in your mind’s eye, and you have done what you can. Is now the time that you want to talk to Dr. Reeder about what might make that picture in your mind a reality?

Liposuction Overview

Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty and suction lipectomy, is a surgical procedure designed to improve the body shape by removing unwanted fat deposits from targeted areas of the body. Areas commonly treated using liposuction are the abdomen, buttocks, cheeks, chin, hips, knees, neck, thighs, and upper arms. Liposuction may be performed along with other procedures, such as abdominoplasty, breast reduction or facelift surgery. There are several fairly recent developments in liposuction which offer many benefits over the traditional techniques. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction and tumescent liposuction are two of these techniques and they typically involve quicker recovery times and more precise results.

The best candidate for liposuction is a person who is physically healthy and of normal weight but with areas of excess fat that are resistant to regular diet and exercise. Patients should also be psychologically stable and have realistic expectations of what the procedure can offer. Results of the procedure are dependent on skin elasticity so older patients with diminished skin elasticity may not achieve the same results as a younger patient.

Liposuction can successfully improve the shape of the body and, like many cosmetic procedures, may improve one’s self image as well. After surgery, you’re likely to find that you’re able to wear a wider variety of clothing than before. Liposuction is not a substitute for regular exercise and a healthy diet. Staying committed to exercise and eating well will help you to maintain your liposuction results.

Thigh Lift Overview

Did you recently lose a large amount of weight? Do you feel that you have no knees or you cannot find them under the sagging skin? Perhaps the skin between your legs constantly rubs together. Did you feel that your legs appeared more “normal” prior to losing all of the weight? If this describes your situation, you may want to consider a thigh lift.

A thigh lift removes excess skin and fat from the upper legs. The best candidates typically have loose, inelastic skin after significant weight loss. The procedure can help an individual to achieve a more normal body proportion. A thigh lift can be combined with liposuction for improved contour for those individuals who still have some fat deposits on their legs which are unresponsive to diet and exercise.

Tummy Tuck Overview

Tummy tuck surgery, known technically as abdominoplasty, is a procedure designed to minimize the appearance of a protruding abdomen. This procedure involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen. In addition, weakened muscles of the abdominal wall are often tightened as well.

Though sometimes combined with liposuction in order to provide improved contour and smoother edges, this procedure does differ from liposuction. The tummy tuck procedure deals with the removal of both fat and excess skin, whereas liposuction mostly addresses localized areas of fat. A mini-abdominoplasty can be performed on patients with only localized fullness of the lower abdomen, typically resulting in decreased scarring and shorter surgery and recovery times.

The best candidate is a person with a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that does not respond to exercise and diet. Patients should otherwise be in relatively good shape, physically healthy and psychologically stable. It’s also important that patients have realistic expectations of what the procedure can offer. Tummy tuck surgery can be particularly effective when performed on patients following pregnancy or significant weight loss or on patients with weakened abdominal muscles or older patients with decreased skin elasticity. Patients anticipating future pregnancy or weight loss may want to wait until afterward for their tummy tuck surgery.

Tummy tuck surgery can successfully improve the appearance of the abdomen and, like many cosmetic procedures, it may improve one’s self-confidence as well. Though the procedure can effectively remove stretch marks from the lower area of the abdomen, it may not remove all stretch marks. Further, tummy tuck surgery may not remove all skin folds or reduce the appearance of ‘love handles’ on the lower back, and it will leave a significant scar that extends from hipbone to hipbone just above the pubic area.