Mini abdominoplasty is appropriate for people with redundant lower abdominal skin but acceptable skin above the belly button. Mini abdominoplasty is similar to abdominoplasty except a shorter incision is made and the skin is only lifted to the navel, which does not have to be moved (although it may be pulled into a different shape as skin is stretched).
Liposuction (Lipoplasty/Suction Lipectomy)
Now among the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures, liposuction (also known as "lipoplasty" or "suction lipectomy") sculpts the body by removing undesirable fat from areas around the thighs, knees, buttocks, waist, hips, abdomen, chin, cheeks, neck and upper arms. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL), tumescent technique and the super-wet technique are among the various techniques used to provide precise results.
Liposuction is not a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise, but the procedure can eliminate areas of fat that are unresponsive to typical weight-loss methods.
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Manufactured by Palomar™ Medical, the SlimLipo™ Laser system is a revolutionary liposuction technique that uses tiny laser fibers to melt away fat cells and slim targeted areas of the body for an overall improved body contour. This procedure melts up to five times more fat than other laser liposuction procedures, such as SmartLipo, and is considered safe for most patients. SLIM, which stands for Selective Laser Induced Melting, is an advanced technology that offers patients effective, long-lasting results with less bleeding, smaller scars and faster recovery times. Only the fat cells are destroyed, unlike standard liposuction procedures that can affect all tissue in the area. The SLIM laser system also tightens skin during the procedure to eliminate the need for additional treatments.
After substantial weight loss, weight gain or simply from the effects of aging, skin on the upper arms can become inelastic, loose and flabby. Arm lifts, also known as brachioplasty, remove that excess skin and fat. Patients who have significant amounts of fat may want to consider combining the procedure with liposuction.
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Lower Body Lift
The lower body lift is performed to tighten and elevate sagging thighs and buttocks. It is usually performed for patients who have lost significant amounts of weight as a result of diet, exercise, weight loss surgery or who have loose, elastic skin for other reasons. The procedure is often combined with others such as breast lifts, facelifts, abdominoplasties and arm lifts to retain a proper body proportion.
A thigh lift is performed to remove excess skin and fat from the inner and/ or outer thighs. Candidates typically have loose, inelastic skin after extreme weight loss due to diet, exercise or weight loss surgery. Because of this, the procedure is often combined with others such as breast lifts, facelifts, abdominoplasties and arm lifts to achieve an attractive body proportion.
If you want to enlarge or re-shape your buttocks and have discovered that they do not respond to diet or exercise, buttock implants may be the solution. Implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are made of soft silicone, which provide a firm, smooth yet natural feel. They are placed away from the bony area on which you sit. Incisions are made inconspicuously in the depression between the buttocks. It may be performed in conjunction with liposuction for a more dramatic change in contour.
Types Of Buttock Augmentation
Buttock augmentation is usually performed with implants or fat transfer, or a combination of the two. Which method is used depends primarily on the shape and size of the buttocks, the skin's quality and elasticity, and the amount of body fat available for transfer.
Buttock Implants For Buttock Augmentation
Typically, incisions for buttock implants are made in one of four areas: in each gluteal crease; overlying the tailbone at the top of the buttocks; in the crease between the buttocks; and at the side of each buttock, near the crease. After the incision or incisions are made, a silicone implant is inserted in each buttock within or above the gluteal muscle. The tissue within the buttocks is sutured, and the incisions are closed using sutures, adhesive or tape. Drains are usually inserted to prevent fluid from building up, and are left in place for about 7 days. During surgery, either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation is typically used.
The results of buttock augmentation using implants is permanent, and are immediately apparent after surgery. Final results are evident after 3 months, at which point most of the swelling has subsided and the implants have "settled."
Fat Transfer For Buttock Augmentation
The fat used for buttock augmentation is usually taken from the patient's abdomen, hips, thighs or lower back. Fat is removed using liposuction, in which a cannula (a thin, hollow tube) is inserted through small incisions, and then moved back and forth to loosen excess fat, which is suctioned out using a vacuum or cannula-attached syringe. The fat is then purified, and injected into the buttocks at different depths for maximum absorption.
It can take up to a year to see the final results of fat-transfer buttock augmentation, because the fat needs time to be completely absorbed. The results of buttock augmentation using fat transfer are often more natural-looking than those from implants, but a downside of the fat-transfer method is that the body reabsorbs part of the fat over time, so some of the initial fullness is lost. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, patients tend to retain 60 to 80 percent of fat that has been transferred.