The following surgical procedures are only a small fraction of the possibilities.
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
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.
Body Contouring (Post Wight Loss)
This surgical procedure removes excess sagging fat and skin improving the shape of the underlying support tissue. Sagging skin may be caused by aging, pregnancies, or extreme weight loss. Once stretched, the skin and tissues often lack the elasticity to conform to the reduced body size. This procedure returns the body to its normal appearance with smoother contours.
Depending on which areas of the body is/are affected,
body contouring procedures may include:
Facelift: sagging of the mid-face, jowls, and neck
Breast lift: sagging, flattened breasts
Tummy tuck: apron of excess skin hanging over the abdomen
Lower body lifts: sagging of the abdomen, buttocks, groin and outer thighs
Medial thigh lift: sagging of the inner, outer and mid thigh
Brachioplasty (arm lift): sagging of the upper arms
During your recovery from body contouring surgery, dressings or bandages will be applied
to your incisions following the procedure. Small, thin tubes may be temporarily placed
under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect. You will be given
specific instructions that may include how to care for the surgical site(s), medications
to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific
concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon. You may be instructed to avoid bending, straining or lifting for several days to weeks. Where tightening of the abdomen or thighs is involved, your plastic surgeon may also instruct you to avoid standing fully upright and stressing any internal sutures as they heal, and to sleep with pillows elevating your knees. To minimize the risk of DVT (blood clots in the legs) you will need to be up and walking as soon as possible, and drinking plenty of fluid.
Follow all instructions carefully – this is essential to the success of your outcome.
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.
At our discretion we have chosen not to publish photos of this procedure on our web site. They will be available in our office.
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 as an outpatient 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.
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.
Eugene STRASSER, M.D., F.A.C.S., P.A.
1505 University Drive
Coral Springs, Florida 33071