COSMETIC PROCEDURES FOR THE BODY

Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, Breast Reduction, Breast Reconstruction, Liposuction, Tummy Tuck, Labiaplasty, Arm Lift, Lower Body Lift

BREAST AUGMENTATION

Breast augmentation is designed to help women with small or unevenly-sized breasts or decreased size breasts as a result of having children. The goal is a fuller, firmer, better-proportioned look, somewhat firmer, and shapelier breast. The skin incisions for placement of the implants can be made just above the crease beneath the breast, inside the areola, or through the armpit. A pocket for the implant can be created behind the muscle of the chest or behind the breast tissue. Both saline and silicone gel filled implants are currently FDA approved.

BREAST LIFT

Mastopexy or breast lift is designed to lift breasts that have sagged as a result of aging, gravity, loss of skin elasticity, pregnancy or weight loss. The goal is to return youthful shape lift and re-contour the breasts by removing the lower portions of the stretched skin and reforming a tighter and more supportive "bra" from the remaining skin. The incisions usually extend around the areolas (areola size can be modified), there can be a vertical component, as well as along the fold (circle, lolly-pop or anchor shape).

BREAST REDUCTION

Breast reduction surgery is most frequently done to provide relief from symptoms caused by large, heavy breasts such as back, neck, and shoulder pain. The procedure removes excess fat and breast gland tissue and tightens skin to produce smaller, lighter breasts. The resulting scars are similar to the breast lift but they are more likely to widen, which is easily offset by the physical relief and improved breast shape.

BREAST RECONSTRUCTION

Breast reconstruction is surgery to rebuild a breast's shape after a mastectomy. It cannot give a woman back her breast - a reconstructed breast does not have natural sensations. However, the surgery offers a result that looks like a breast. Most women who had breast reconstruction are glad they did. In breast reconstruction, a surgeon forms a breast mound by using an implant or tissues from the belly, back or buttocks. Implants are silicone sacs filled with salt water or silicone gel. The type of reconstruction you get depends on your body type, age and cancer treatment. Breast reconstruction takes more than one surgery. Extra steps may include adding a nipple, changing the shape or size of the reconstructed breast, operating on the opposite breast for a better match.

LIPOSUCTION

Liposuction (lipoplasty), liposculpture) is by far a most popular cosmetic surgery procedure today. This procedure requires minimal incisions (punctures) so the fat can be removed with small tubes. It is ideally suited for the removal and re-sculpting excess fat deposits in areas such as the abdomen, waist, hips, thighs, knees, chin, neck and upper arms that are resistant to diet or exercise in patients of "normal" body weight and good skin tone. It is not a procedure which should be performed for weight loss, and cannot eliminate "cellulite" or correct loose, hanging skin in which case skin excision procedures such as tummy-tuck, thigh-lift, arm-lift or face-lift may be indicated.

ABDOMINOPLASTY

Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is designed to give you a smoother, flatter, and tighter abdomen by removing the skin and fat from the belly button to the pubic mound and tightening the underlying muscle. It results in a horizontal scar across the pubic area and extending laterally. A new opening is also made for the re-positioned belly button. If the loose skin and muscles are limited only to the lower abdomen, or excess lower abdominal skin results from a liposuction; a modified abdominoplasty (mini tummy tuck) can be performed with a shorter horizontal scar and no incision around the umbilicus.

LABIAPLASTY

Labiaplasty can help women who experience pain, irritation, self-consciousness, hygiene issues or sexual dysfunction due to an enlarged labia.

BRACHIOPLASTY

Brachioplasty (arm lift) removes excess skin and fat from the extremely flabby upper arms. It produces a long scar along the inner arm. In less serious cases a short-scar-Brachioplasty can be preformed combined with liposuction and results in a short horizontal scar hidden in the arm crease.

LOWER BODY LIFT

Dramatic weight loss from gastric bypass surgeries produces excess skin of the upper arms, back, hips, thighs, and buttocks. In cases of extreme and extensive skin laxity of the trunk, a circumferential "lower body lift" may even be performed which incorporates an abdominoplasty with a simultaneous hip, lateral thigh, and buttock lift. Such procedures produce significant scarring but the patients who are judged to be good candidates for these procedures usually find the associated scars an acceptable and worthwhile trade-off for their improved comfort and self-confidence when wearing normal clothes.