Suction-assisted lipectomy, commonly known as liposuction, is often mistaken for being a weight loss procedure. In actuality, liposuction is used as either a “touch-up” procedure or in addition to other surgical procedures such as breast reduction, abdominoplasty, mastopexy, mommy makeover, arm lift, thigh lift, or buttock lift. On occasion, liposuction is a suitable procedure on its own, in the properly selected candidate. Dr. Cohen will carefully evaluate your goals, your medical history, and your anatomy, prior to determining what procedure is the most appropriate for you. Dr. Cohen’s liposuction technique of choice is tumescent power-assisted liposuction, which is one of the several liposuction methods that have stood the test of time in terms of their safety and efficacy.
The most common reason for someone seeking a tummy tuck is the desire to restore an attractive abdominal wall contour. A woman who is finished having children will often want to restore the appearance of her body to the way it looked prior to having kids, in order to match her appearance to the way she feels. Additionally, a person who has lost a lot of weight may be unable to get rid of the loose lower abdominal skin through diet and exercise. The separation of the abdominal muscles (“abs”) that often results from pregnancy is also impossible to reverse with exercise alone. It is primarily those two anatomic issues that a tummy tuck aims to correct. This is accomplished by removing the loose skin, restoring the abdominal contour through muscle repair, and creating a new belly button through a new skin opening in the new abdomen. The final result is restoration of a more normal appearing lower abdomen and anterior abdominal profile.
Many women who are finished having children often want to restore the appearance of their body to the way it looked prior to having kids, in order to balance how they look with how they feel on the inside. The term “mommy makeover” traditionally refers to surgical restoration of the breast shape and volume and of the abdominal contour, although it does not have to be limited to those two, additional procedures such as liposuction, arm lift, buttock lift, and thigh lift can also be included in this procedure.
An arm lift or a brachioplasty is the surgical excision of excess loose skin on the upper arm. The most frequent individual seeking this procedure is someone who has lost a large amount of weight and has developed skin deflation as a result. Since the loose skin contains no muscle and barely any fat, no amount of additional weight loss or toning exercise will be able to get rid of this skin laxity. The procedure is appropriate for a patient whose weight has been stable within 10 lbs for about six months, who is happy with his or her weight, and who does not object to having a longitudinal scar extending from the armpit to the upper inner forearm.
Brazilian buttock lift has gained popularity over the past decade. This procedure enhances the size and shape of the buttocks by obtaining fat via liposuction from elsewhere on the body and injecting this fat into the buttocks in order to improve their contour and volume. This is an excellent procedure in the right patient, which depends very much on your desires and your particular anatomy. During your consultation, Dr. Cohen will perform a thorough evaluation of your medical history, your goals, and your body’s characteristics in order to develop the most appropriate procedure best suited for you.