Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Body contouring includes tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) and surgery for flabby arms, legs, and the removal of "love handles." The most common reasons for this surgery are the stretching of the abdominal wall due to pregnancy and significant weight loss. Unfortunately, diet, exercise, and suction lipectomy are not enough to correct these conditions since the problem stems from excessive stretching of the skin that has lost some of its elasticity.
All body contouring procedures require skin incisions with removal of the extra skin and underlying fat. Tummy tuck surgery includes tightening of the abdominal muscles. In all body contouring operations, incisions are carefully placed and well hidden.
Body contouring procedures are custom fitted to the needs of the individual patient. When you come in for a consultation, we will discuss your surgery goals and decide which procedure or combination of procedures is right for you.
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Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
Extreme fluctuations in weight and the aging process can result in large, hanging flaps of skin on the upper arms. While not a health threat, many patients find these skin flaps very unattractive.
Brachioplasty involves removal of the extra skin and any underlying fat. The incision is placed on the underside of the arm so it will be less conspicuous.
Within weeks of surgery, the arms will have a thinner, more youthful appearance. As with all body contouring procedures, scars will be present. However, they will be hidden and will fade with time.
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Liposuction (Suction Lipectomy)
This procedure can be performed on patients of almost any age and can be used to target several areas of the body at the same time. However, it should not and cannot be used as a substitute for dieting and exercise. As with other procedures, liposuction can be performed in a hospital, an office surgical suite, or an outpatient surgical center. Various types of anesthesia can be used for this procedure.
After making a small incision near the area to be suctioned, Dr. Strasser inserts a small, hollow tube through the incision and into the underlying fat. In a back and forth motion, he gently vacuums out the excess fat. The amount of recovery time depends upon the extent of surgery. Swelling will usually reach its peak within the first week and then subside over the next several weeks.
Recovery time depends on the extent of surgery. Most patients can resume normal activity within three to five days. After undergoing liposuction, you may be asked to wear a compression garment over the area where fat was removed.
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Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)
Otoplasty (ear surgery) is the surgical correction of protruding or otherwise abnormal ears. Protruding ears are the most visible ear deformity and can cause self-consciousness and embarrassment, especially in school age children. Surgical correction of protruding ears can be effective in patients as young as five years old.
Dr. Strasser performs otoplasty by contouring the ears’ flexible cartilage structures. A variety of techniques are available to correct the position of the ears.
Patients must wear a full head dressing for seven days after surgery to protect the ears and prevent accumulation of fluid under the skin during the early healing period. This procedure has no effect on hearing and balance and the minor pain associated with the operation is easily controlled with medication.
Excessive tissue is removed to repair deformity in the area. The area can also be plumped up to gain a more youthful and fuller look and feel. Dr. Strasser has been performing this procedure for a number of years
At our discretion we have chosen not to publish photos of this procedure on our web site. They will be available in our office.
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