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Body Contouring Procedures

Liposuction Surgery

Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, is a popular surgical procedure designed to break down and extract excess fat from various parts of the body. This surgery aims to reshape specific areas, improving body contours and proportion, which diet and exercise may not have been able to correct.

A hollow instrument called a cannula is inserted under the skin during the procedure. A high-pressure vacuum applied to the cannula then suctions out the fat. Common areas where liposuction is applied include the thighs, buttocks, abdomen, upper arms, and neck.

While liposuction effectively removes fat deposits, it’s important to note that it’s not a weight-loss solution or a substitute for proper diet and exercise. Instead, it’s a method of removing stubborn fat that hasn’t responded to traditional weight-loss methods.

The best candidates for liposuction are individuals with firm, elastic skin and who are within 30% of their ideal body weight. After undergoing the surgery, patients can expect a reshaped body contour, providing a more flattering and proportionate appearance. However, maintaining the results of the surgery requires consistent healthy living, including regular exercise and a balanced diet.

Liposuction is typically performed under local or general anesthesia, and recovery time can depend on the extent of the procedure. As with all surgery, liposuction carries certain risks, such as infection or changes in skin sensation, but these are typically rare and the overall procedure is considered safe and effective when performed by an experienced surgeon..

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Tummy Tuck – Abdominoplasty Surgery

A tummy tuck, clinically known as an abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure aimed at creating a smooth and firm abdominal profile. It’s a popular choice among individuals who have excess sagging skin or fat, or weakened muscle in their abdominal region that diet and exercise have been unable to correct.

The surgery involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and the tightening of muscles in the abdominal wall. The procedure commences with a horizontal incision placed just above the pubic area, the length and shape of which will depend on the amount of excess skin. In some cases, another incision around the navel may be necessary to remove surplus skin in the upper abdomen.

A tummy tuck is not a substitution for weight-loss or exercise programs, and it should not be chosen as an option for obesity treatment. It’s a fit for individuals who are in good health, at a stable weight, and have realistic expectations of the surgery outcomes. It’s particularly sought after by women after pregnancy, and individuals who have undergone considerable weight-loss that has left behind loose skin.

Post-procedure, patients can anticipate an enhanced body image with a toned and sculpted midsection. Results are usually long-lasting provided a balanced diet and regular exercise are maintained. As with any surgery, a tummy tuck comes with potential risks such as scarring, infection, or changes in skin sensation, but these can be managed under the guidance of a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon.

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Buttock & Thigh Lifts

Using the latest techniques in body contouring, Dr. Rodriguez can remove excess skin, correct sagging and help restore the contours your body was meant to have. Learn more about thigh lift surgery and buttock augmentation.

Arm Lifts or Brachioplasty

We use an arm lift or brachioplasty to correct excess skin to the arms. Over time, excess skin to the upper arms can develop compelling people to seek correction.

Arm lift surgery, also known as brachioplasty, is a cosmetic procedure designed to improve the appearance of the upper arms. It is a popular choice for individuals who are dissatisfied with the sagging or loose skin in this area, commonly caused by weight loss or aging.

During an arm lift surgery, excess skin and fat are removed, resulting in more toned and defined upper arms. The procedure typically involves making incisions along the inner arm, extending from the elbow to the armpit. The length and pattern of the incisions may vary, depending on the extent of correction needed and the individual’s specific goals.

Once the incisions are made, the surgeon will carefully remove the excess skin and fat tissue. If necessary, liposuction may be used to further contour the area. The remaining skin is then pulled taut and sutured together, creating a firmer, more sculpted appearance. In some cases, drains may be placed to prevent fluid buildup and promote faster healing.

Recovery after arm lift surgery can vary from patient to patient, but it generally takes a few weeks to fully heal. During this time, it is important to follow the post-operative instructions provided by the surgeon. This may include wearing compression garments to reduce swelling, keeping the arms elevated, and avoiding strenuous activities or heavy lifting.

Like any surgical procedure, arm lift surgery carries some risks and potential complications. These may include infection, bleeding, scarring, changes in sensation, or asymmetry. However, with an experienced and skilled surgeon, the chances of such complications are minimized.

Arm lift surgery can have a transformative effect on the appearance of the upper arms, helping individuals achieve a slimmer and more proportionate silhouette. It can boost self-confidence and make wearing sleeveless or fitted clothing more comfortable. As with any surgical procedure, it is important to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon to determine if arm lift surgery is the right option for you and to discuss your expectations and goals.

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Mommy Makeover

For women who have had children, the toll on their bodies can sometimes be significant. The tummy has been stretched out with excess skin containing stretch marks that won’t go away along with breasts that have expanded resulting in drooping and deflation. This can certainly be discouraging for patients who, despite rigorous diet and exercise, simply can’t return to the way they were before their children were born. The good news is that surgery can restore a woman’s figure in so many ways. With a breast lift, breast augmentation, tummy tuck and often liposuction, lifelong changes can result with scars that can be so well hidden that the dream of wearing that bikini once again can actually happen! Please contact the plastic surgery clinic for further information or to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Rodriguez. Learn more about a mommy makeover.

Labiaplasty Surgery

Labiaplasty surgery is a cosmetic procedure designed to alter the labia minora and labia majora, the “lips” surrounding the vagina. This surgical modification primarily focuses on enhancing the patient’s comfort and psychological well-being; it is not typically associated with altering sexual function.

The process might involve reducing excess tissue to alleviate discomfort during sexual intercourse or daily activities, or it might entail remolding asymmetrical labia for aesthetic purposes. Labiaplasty may be paired with other procedures like a vaginoplasty or hoodectomy for comprehensive vaginal rejuvenation.

The surgery is performed under local anesthesia, sedation, or general anesthesia, and it takes around one to two hours. During the procedure, a surgeon trims excess tissue with a scalpel or laser before suturing up the edges. These sutures usually dissolve over time, eliminating the need for return visits for their removal.

Post-labia surgery, patients may experience swelling and mild discomfort. However, with prescribed pain medication and adherence to post-operative care instructions, such symptoms generally subside within a few weeks. Recovery times can vary by individual but most patients can return to work after a week and resume sexual activity after four to six weeks.

 
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