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people (according to surveys) are dissatisfied with their bodies.
work, jobs, motherhood prevent us from being all we could be with
regards to figure and
shape. The flat tummy, narrow waist or proportional bust line elude
us because of the
necessities of our busy society. Surgery is a safe, predictable,
reliable option due to
today’s less invasive techniques.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
An abdominoplasty is what is commonly
referred to as a "tummy tuck." Abdominoplasties are used to tighten the skin
and/or muscles of the abdominal wall that have been stretched
the aging process and/or by weight fluctuations.
Abdominal procedures are divided into
three patient categories; 1) people with excess fat, 2) people with excess
muscle laxity and excess skin fat.
The first category of patients, people with excess fat, require
nothing more than Liposuction. Liposuction has advanced in recent years
and the procedure is now a minimally invasive extraction of fat that
requires only a couple of days of recovery. In some cases, some patients
who might be considering a tummy tuck would be well served to proceed
with a thorough Liposuction first and then wait and see if the more
invasive tummy tuck is necessary.
The second category, people with excess
muscle laxity, require some type of tummy tuck. Tummy tucks can be done two
ways. The mini-tummy tuck and the full tummy tuck. The difference in the two
procedures is the way the navel is handled. In a full tummy tuck, the entire
area between the navel and the pubis needs improvement, therefore a new
navel is created by the surgeon. This is done in a very natural way and the
incision is hidden within the navel itself. In the mini-tummy tuck, the
navel is just pulled down a little and it gets no actual surgery upon it.
Hence, there is no scarring in or around the navel whatsoever.
The third patient category, people with excess skin and
frat and muscle laxity, requires abdominal reconstruction often known as a
panniculectomy. This something that patients who have lost a significant
amount of weight frequently have done to totally remake their bodies. It is
not uncommon nowadays for a patient to have successfully undergone a weight
reduction plan or gastric bypass operation to lose 100 or more pounds.
Obviously, the would cause excess skin the abdomen and around the back. This
so-called belt lipectomy attends to all the loose skin, circumferentially
around the patient. It gives a person an entirely new body.
Liposuction is the removal of fatty
deposits from the body with the aid of a vacuum technique. The fat is
removed via a "cannula" which is inserted through small incisions which are
hidden as much as possible.
You may be a good candidate for
liposuction if you have localized excess fat or if you desire contouring in
any of the following areas:
cheeks, jowls and neck hips and buttocks
upper arms inner and outer thighs
breast or chest areas inner knee
back calves and ankles
abdomen and waist
Liposuction may sometimes be used to treat
a condition called gynecomastia, or male breast enlargement, which
frequently occurs among both teenage and adult males.
Lower Body Lift
buttock and thigh lifting procedures are used to elevate the lower body,
buttocks and thighs while excising redundant tissues. Excess skin and
fat are removed and the remaining tissues are tightened to produce a
more attractive body contour. The skin laxity and poor tone may be
related to the normal aging process and genetics, pregnancy or
significant weight loss. Frequently, patients who have lost large
amounts of weight benefit greatly from these procedures. After you've
done the hard work and shed the pounds, the skin frequently remains
loose and excessive. No matter how hard you try, you can't alter your
skin's elasticity. A body lift is the answer. Those who have suffered
the effects of gravity or pregnancy may also enjoy the results of a
An arm lift or brachioploasty is done to remove excess
skin from the upper arm area. An upper arm lift removes skin
and fat from various body areas. This sagging skin in the
upper arm is usually caused by weight loss. However, the natural ageing process
also causes skin to lose elasticity naturally. Many individuals find that the
arms, in particular, lose their firmness as the layers of muscle and supporting
fat become thinner.
arm lift can improve your appearance and your
self-confidence, but it won't necessarily change your looks
to match your ideal, or cause other people to treat you
differently. Before you decide to have surgery, think
carefully about your expectations and discuss them with Dr.
Chicarilli. The best candidates for an arm lift are men or
women who are looking for improvement, not perfection, in
the way they look. If you're physically healthy and
realistic in your expectations, you may be a good candidate.
This surgery is not suitable
after mastectomy or other operations in the axillary
(armpit) lymph nodes. Those with multiple infections of the
sweat gland may also be poor candidates for brachioplasty.
You're likely to feel tired and
sore for a few days following your surgery, but you'll be up
and around in 24 to 48 hours. Most of your discomfort can be
controlled by medication that we will prescribe. Within
several days, the dressings, if you have them, will be
removed, and you will be asked to wear a compression
garment. This is to reduce swelling and assist in shrinking
and tightening of the skin. You should wear it as directed.
Elevation with pillows increases comfort.
patients can return to work within a week, depending on the
level of activity required for one's job. Limiting lifting
is important. Follow our advice on when to begin exercises
and increasing activities after surgery. Your scars will be
firm and pink for at least six weeks. They may remain the
same size for several months, or even appear to widen with
time. After several months, your scars will begin to fade,
although they will never disappear completely.